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June 23, 2011
Once more with feeling
WITH five ironman-distance triath-
lons behind him, it should have been
no surprise that LAC Simon Hunt, pic-
tured left, bobbed up to win the ADF
crown in Cairns on June 5.
Though it was -- even for him.
"I had no expectations of win-
ning," LAC Hunt, of RAAF Base
"I only found out from a text mes-
sage from our team manager the day
after the race that I had won the title."
Why the difficulty in determining a
Well, the Defence Ironman
Distance Championships were held in
conjuction with the Cairns Challenge
and there were 640 competitors all up.
Only 15 of those were part of the
Defence competition. Imagine the mass
of movement, colour and confusion.
LAC Hunt finished the gruelling
race (3.8km swim, 180km bike ride
and 42.2km run) in 10hr, 22min and
Second was CPL Pete Hughes,
of RAAF Base Williamtown, nearly
seven minutes adrift, and third was
CPL Owen Yabsley, also of RAAF
The three men are friends and LAC
Hunt was well aware that CPLs Hughes
and Yabsley had established a rivalry
they planned to settle in Cairns.
"Owen dared me to do the race for
which I am grateful," he said.
"I trained and worked with Pete
when he was in Townsville. It was
due to his inspiration I started train-
ing in 2010 again after a four-year
break from triathlon. I also trained
with Owen every now and again in
preparation for the Cairns Challenge.
There was always talk, emails and
race results being evaluated to deter-
mine how everyone would go."
LAC Hunt was motivated by one
other thing. He turns 40 in March and
said he wanted to do one more iron-
man-distance triathon before he left
"All other ironman-distance tri-
athlons in Australia are booked out
until May 2012 so Cairns was my last
opportunity without having to travel
EDITOR'S NOTE: During the six months of
Bill's fitness campaign we want to publish
your messages of support, your campaign
updates, advice and any questions you
might have for the fitness experts within
Defence. Keep your emails coming to Bill at
are some of the latest messages:
I have started to follow your program this week
as I have let things slip. About March 2010 I
had grown to about 134kg, but by the end of
the year had shed 29kg. What helped me then
was getting all the support I could from friends,
family and professionals and their affirmations
that I looked better, together with my own feel-
ings of wellbeing. Unfortunately, since then I
have regained 20kg, but seeing you start this
program has inspired me to get back on the
wagon. My aim is to achieve a weight with
which I feel comfortable (about 90kg). I look
forward to hearing your progress and compar-
ing it with mine. Let's make the world a lighter
How motivating it was to read your article. They
say if you want to commit to something your
best bet is to write it down and be accountable.
I, too, have slowly gained a few kilos and have
noticed the metabolism starts slowing down
after 30. I have no will and enjoy food! I would
love to join you on the 'Join Bill Campaign' and
I look forward to reaching goals and feeling
great both inside and out. My goal -- 67kg to
56kg and a 10km fun run in September.
Well done on making a commitment to lose
weight. Go for it -- the effort is truly worth it. It
seemed after 40 that my waist line got a mind
of its own, and at 51 the trend continued as I
helplessly watched the fat folds turn to chubby
rolls. However, since commencing CrossFit
12 months ago, together with eating the Paleo
diet, I have lost over 10kg and for the first time
in 30 years, muscles are appearing and I am
feeling really strong. All the best for your jour-
-- MAJ Chris Kassulke
Our readers weigh in
Bill blogs on
THE signs are all there. It'
amazing that after just a
few weeks, I'm starting
to feel energetic.
My training is con-
sistent and my trousers
(with a new button fit-
ted) are now comfortable
We travelled to
Melbourne over the Queen's Birthday long
weekend. My willpower was stretched as we
approached service centres offering fast food.
The kids wanted this and that and it made
it quite difficult for me to resist.
The good news is that I did resist, and I
didn't spoil the good groundwork I had in
On this trip we made sure we took a small
car fridge filled with various types of fruit
and healthy sandwiches.
Once again, thanks to members for their
ongoing support and encouragement. The
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