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General discussion / Re: Triathlons
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:49:24 PM »
Have done this one a few years ago, the swim is easier than you think, nothing beats training in open water but like most people living here open water swiming isnt as easy to do than jumping in the pool...

A few tips.  get down  early and allow for traffic and whatever else can happen (Id a flat trye once on the way to a race!) hopefully your wet suit is easy to get on and not too tight as it can restrict movement and breathing (should you be hyperventalating!)

make sure you've your chip on, and you've registered

I was told by an experienced triathlete to swim as normally as you can, considering you have waves and other swimers to worry about, dont go in with the leaders stay mid, try and stay with a bunch as there is always a bit of drafting, which can help..

Once it becomes more difficult say to yourself you'll do 40 strokes and take a breather, then take another 40 strokes and just do what ya can to get round the buoy and head towards the finish... You'll have good support round you, other swimmers and the lads in the canoes.

I also headed down the day before, put my gear on and went for a paddlem, swim out a bit, turned and came back, did that a couple of times..

when you get out of the water just relax and put it behind you, youve 12 miles on the bike to do so chill out get the wet suit off, even get someone to help pull the cord down and away ya go

Cycling is fine, forget about what the brownlee boys can do, just get to the bike and dont forget anything and dont get on before the line

the first mile after the bike is the bit where you start to feel it, small strides at the start and hopefully you'll be lifting the pace...

As Pauld123 said, enjoy it, fantastic expereince great support and well run events throughout Ireland and beyond

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General discussion / Re: Triathlons
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:54:45 AM »
First sprint triathlon on Sunday in Bangor, absolutely shiteing it. 

No idea what to expect at the start or at transitions.  Swim is going to be very tough as I could barely do 2 lengths of a pool 3 months ago! 

Anyway, I've read through this thread and I'd be interested in a "top three" tips from any of you experienced fellas!

Open water swim or pool?

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General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:15:04 AM »
Dog with a bone here, another hole in his argument, either jealous of the holidays, had a bad experience with a teacher, or school, was ditched by a teacher... or currently married to one who's laughing her head off at the fact that shes off for 2 months!

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General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:40:17 PM »
Ha so says Bomber who was never a teacher!!

The legality of sending a child to school with a recording device, is breaking the law right there,

So only those who have 3/4 months annual leave in the year are entitled to comment on whether it is justified or not?

You'd soon find the real reason people take a career in teaching up if the annual leave entitlements were brought in line with other public sector workers.

Says the person who doesn't understand the idea of 'paid leave' or how teachers are paid.

Teachers are very well paid for their work. Their problem is that their place of employment only opens for 195 days per year.  So, their pay is limited.  They do not have the benefit of being able to work on the 42 days that others in full time employment can avail of.

They are only paid for working 195 days each year plus 28 days paid leave rather than the maximum 237 days ((53x5) - 28) that would be the norm for all other workers in full time employment who also receive 28 days paid leave. 

Up until the 1980s, teachers did not receive payment outside the school year.  Then a government decision was taken that payment should be spread over 12 months and not 10 months to ease and smooth the cash flow in the public sector purse.  This is now the norm for all public sector employees employed for less than 237 days.  So, at that time, teachers accepted a reduction in their monthly salaries because they were still paid for their work but payment was spread over the whole year.

Nowadays, under legislation for all employees, teachers get 28 days of holiday pay like all other public sector employees but this is subsumed into school closures. There was no increase in salary to take account of this change. Only 4 years ago, teachers received this right to the 28 days of paid holiday like every other worker.  A teacher ill for a period that does end before the summer break is entitled like every other worker to take all lost holidays before returning to work but if the period off is followed by the summer break then it is assumed that lost holidays are taken during the summer break.

However, teachers on temporary contracts, where they are paid the daily rate, remain without the right to holiday pay.  They are effectively on a form of zero hours contracts.  They earn the same as their permanent and temporary one year contracted colleagues over the year but are paid more per month, in any month without school closures, because they receive the daily rate = salary/195 rather than having it spread over the whole year.  They are only paid on the days they work and are unemployed outside the 195 days the school is open.

In short, teachers receive no more paid holidays than any other public sector employee, they are just very well paid on the 195 days they work and the statutory 28 days of paid holiday enjoyed by all.

Semantics.

They get paid throughout the year and are off work for 3/4 months of it.

Overpaid and underworked. There's never a shortage of teachers because people get into teaching for the holidays, take the holiday package away and bring it in line with other public sector areas and the amount of people pursuing teaching as a career would drop dramatically.

It then might stop teachers complaining about a lack of hours.

I think you meant underpaid and overworked. If you know nothing about a topic bomber you really shouldn't comment on it. As for people go into teaching for the holidays, wrong again. I never met a teacher who did that. In fact, I know quite a few, including myself, who got out of teaching despite the holidays

No I didn't. I've worked and lived with teachers so I do have my own insights to what they do. You said you never knew a teacher got it in for the holidays. Brilliant, so there should be no objection if teachers were put to working during the school breaks with community based projects.

Teachers live in a bubble. They are overpaid and underworked.

Are you a teacher or married to one?

So you have no first hand experience of teaching do you? Why would they do community based projects? Although I know quite a few who do that kind of work during holidays, running summer camps etc, but why would they? Would you put a doctor onto community based projects during thir time off? A binman? A solicitor? So why a teacher
I will say it again, with first hand experience, unlike you. Teachers are overworked and underpaid

Why would they do community based projects? Because for one quarter of the working year they do nothing. Teachers are like unionists in that they feel a sense of entitlement to perks that others don't have and never will

It's quite simple really. If the very generous holidays that teachers get are not a reason or incentive for people pursuing that career then it shouldn't be a problem scrapping that entitlement and bringing it in line with other, already generous, public sector employment.

Teachers are very defensive about their  3 months holidays. They feel a sense of entitlement to them. Why do they feel they deserve them in contrast with other workers?

you do not have a clue what you are talking about and quite clearly now nothing about the working lives of teachers. Cheerio

Or rugby, so if there are any rugby playing teachers out there ....

I can't wait, while I loved the holidays when I did it I'm glad I work over the summer as being off the whole summer with the wife would drive ya batty!

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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:32:32 PM »
Arrived in the Alps, my husband is doing the Mont Blanc Cross (14m trail run) as part of the Marathon du Mont Blanc festival. It is currently 32.5 degrees. The run's on Saturday, albeit at 8am but there's a net elevation gain of 1k in his run. I feel so sorry for him!
I will wait at the cafe on top of the ski bubble...

Now that sounds like a challenge, not sitting in cafe though

Morning shouldn't be too bad! But the elevation will kill him! Ran every day in Tenerife first thing in the morning, the place was rammed with runners, never seen anyone running after 9

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General discussion / Re: Running
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:35:13 PM »
Lisburn half marathon and 10K race tonight, the heat was rotten! Massive turn out and well marshalled as usual, new route since I last done it not too many hills but you feel them all the same!

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Championship odds
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:46:12 PM »
Any one of them is a good bet! Obviously those straight through to semis has a better chance., or do they?

Problem for Galway will be their lack of tough games (should they dispose of Wexford handy enough) once in a semi..

Will wait till after those finals, last team to win coming out of qualifiers??

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General discussion / Re: US Open 2017
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:29:13 PM »
You would think Koepka won't be a one hit wonder

A Danny Willet special?

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General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: June 18, 2017, 10:49:54 PM »
Didn't see all of Barnes fight but he struggled throughout !

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2017
« on: June 18, 2017, 05:52:41 PM »
It looks like Cork are going to win Munster.  Qualifiers will be super interesting. KK Tipp and Déise can't all make it.

Clare not turning up?

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General discussion / Re: Fire in tower block in London.
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:32:55 PM »
The lack of a common fire alarm in the building is shocking. That the girl in that report and many other remained in the building until it was too late to escape is absolutely mind - boggling.

If you were in a tower that was on fire and the fire brigade said stay in, would you stay or try and find a way out? Remember they said to the ones in the twin towers, stay there until it was too late!

It's madness that in some reports that they could have put the sprinkler system in place for 20grand! But to believe some other reports they mentioned the residents didn't want anymore upheaval
Read that.  Even if its true ( which I highly doubt), its disgraceful that the TMO would even say mention it.  So what if the residents objected to a sprinkler system being installed.  It should get installed anyway.   Not sure how much good it would have done them all the same.  God love them

Until the whole truth comes out (if ever) we are listening to info from all different media outlets... I'd say most buildings meet regulations, problem is just cause it meets the regulations doesn't mean it's safe

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General discussion / Re: Fire in tower block in London.
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:27:56 PM »
The lack of a common fire alarm in the building is shocking. That the girl in that report and many other remained in the building until it was too late to escape is absolutely mind - boggling.

If you were in a tower that was on fire and the fire brigade said stay in, would you stay or try and find a way out? Remember they said to the ones in the twin towers, stay there until it was too late!

It's madness that in some reports that they could have put the sprinkler system in place for 20grand! But to believe some other reports they mentioned the residents didn't want anymore upheaval

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Kilkenny
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:05:29 PM »
But you are in agreement he's the best manager of the modern times? Regardless of his closed interviews he's always had a knack for winning

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Kilkenny
« on: June 16, 2017, 03:40:14 PM »
In soccer there was Fergie time. Cody time is probably up. It is impossible to have continuity after a superstar team.
I would say that this year will finish him however it ends up. He has had a few health scares as well
the greatest hurling manager ever.
All the journalists are afraid to ask him hurling questions. He knows everything

His record speaks for itself ! His club career alone he's more than Galway has amassed

??

I'm replying to Seafoid, I'm assuming he's giving off about Cody and his ability as a coach, Cody as a player managed to achieve 3 all Irelands as a player and 2 as a player for his club, not to mention his exploits as a manager.. Seafoids distain for Kilkenny and Cody is down to the fact that Galway (a team Ive always wanted to do well) have come up short on most occasions to The Cats... It's like people hatred of Ferguson at Utd and his success, childish

His record speakes for it's self.

Ive never known a journalist to be afraid to ask him hurling questions, for years he kept the gates open at Nowlan Park for training sessions... his tactic was simple back then, Cody has come up short recently because the personnell isnt the same, and playing players out of position is filling in cracks.. could be a while before they get to that standard (if ever) again

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General discussion / Re: Mayweather v Mc Gregor
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:53:14 PM »
I am in actually in Vegas that weekend for a stag.

Have no interest in MMA but how would one go about getting tickets?  8)


Not the first hybrid fight even Ali fought a Japanese wrestler once

And who can forget this?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1_uCeBCYtU

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