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Hey kids, grandma and grandpas shed has a “envelope” in a pile of scrap aluminum.

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Childish server admins

Need to have a little rant session here. I was ban from a one of my favorite servers last night while playing BF3 with some friends. What is going on with all this child like behaviour?

Back in my days of being  a clan member, I was helping admin our servers all the time. There was a simple yet effective protocal for how problem makers are taken care of. First you start with a warning (chat channel or voip if they are on that), and a reminder of what the server rules are. If the problem persists then you kick the culprit from the server. If they load back in and continue to break the rules, then and only then are they ban from the server.

Lately it seems like all server have 10 year old admins who are immature and lack reason. I have probably been ban from more servers than I have been kicked from in the course of BF3 lifespan. For all sort of reasons, some are lame while others are justified. I get frustrated too and don’t always follow the rules. Yet insta ban seems to be the new warning system.

So what happened last night? I was playing an excellent round that was neck and neck. The teams were very evenly matched. It was 8v8 on the CQC map Grand Bazaar. Our squad was the leading force on our team and was really keeping the enemy forces in check. My squad leader up to that point was doing an excellent job of pushing the objectives. Suddenly he/she gets the brilliant idea that a claymore trap in the far corner near the enemy main base is a better idea than working on the objectives. My mobile spawn point (HC server so you can only spawn on the squad leader) had just put himself in a terrible spawn location. Trying to get back into the action was now difficult because we had rapidly lost all the flags on the map. His trap was not going to work because the action was taking place on the opposite side of the map. After two spawns from his crap position I was getting frustrated with his camping behaviour. We had now gone from an even match with even tickets, to being  50 points behind with only 100 tickets left. We were going to loose the match.

So I decided to intentionally TK him to get him to re-engage in the game. Of course he complained and asked why the TK? So I let him know that I wanted my squad leader to get back in the game and stop camping with trip mines.

Well he didn’t like that reason and complained to the server admins. And I was quickly banned for intentional TK.

This brings me back to the begining. Whats with the childish servedr admins insta kicking for such a simple TK. I was a regular on that server. I played there because it was hardcore with high ticket count and with a good map rotation…and most importantly, it is one of very few servers that has a slowed down vehicle respawn rate. I hate the instant vehicle spawn that dominates most BF3 servers, so this server was a gem in my mind for that reason alone.

I guess I should have expected this, because they also have a rule to instant ban if you use profanity in the chat channel. Even “WTF” counted as a swear and was instant banned. I knew I was playing with a bunch of hypocrites for that one since the in game soilders are always swearing during game play.

It would be nice if server admin had to pass some sort of IQ test before being given such privelages.

Whatever…end rant.

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Ironman

What a day. Here I sit feeling the after effects of a long race, sore muscles and really sorehip and knee joints. The whole race has become a blur of a memory so I want to write down as much as I can before the memory fades away. You can read more on my fitness 2013 page for the complete race break down. Finish time = 5:27:13

I must say though that the highlight of the race was the swim. It was the area I was most fearful of, thus I trained the hardest for, and it ended up being the part I dominated the most. funny how that works!

IronSwim
According to my sources, I lead the pack of newbie swimmers for at least 500 meters.

The wet suit made the difference. You feel like a million bucks once you have it on, and it adds to your bouancy. Normally when I try to float, the water level is above my eyes. Exhale and I sink right away. But with the wet suit on I could easily relax in the water with my whole head above the surface. This made me feel safe and secure and all thoughts of drowning vanished. I suddenly had huge confidence in the water.

Next, the suit makes you fast. I was staying a little too close to the edge of the lake, which ended up adding about 200 meters to my swim. At one point I was so close to the shore that I almost ran into a private dock. But looking down I could see the rocks at the bottom of the lake. I could also see that I was swimming much faster than I do in the pool. According to the Garmin times, I am a full 3 minutes per km faster with a wetsuit in a lake during a race, than I have ever been in the pool. Man did this ever make me feel good. I knew I was swimming well when I started to see green, blue, pink, and white swim caps on the people around me before I had even reached the north turn point.

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An extra 200 meters and I was still faster than any pool swim.

 

As I said, the swim was the highlight of the race because it was new, and I did way better than expected. The bike and the run portion are old hat to me now and I don’t have much to say other than I need to train harder and do more Brick sessions. Below is a list of things I learned during the race.

    • Too much water on the bike, 2 unused bottles
    • Too much water on the run, 1 unused bottle
    • Too much food total race, only needed 3 bars and liquid gels
    • Use the provided food and water to save weight
    • Only bring supplements food and water
    • Sight more often in the water, you turn without noticing
    • Try to drop into swim pace sooner, too fast out of the gate
    • Stay closer to center line, less extra distance 2.1
    • Plan out transition 1 better, too much time lost here
    • Drafting is allowed as long as you are always passing people, use the draft MORE
    • More training time in aero position to avoid a sore neck
    • Find partners to race with in the bike and run
    • Conversation makes the miles fly by, and the race more enjoyable
    • throw out the motivation to all those around you
    • Be ready for the end game, the real race started in the last 5km of running
    • Find ways to boost mental attitude when feeling defeated