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#1 StellaBella

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 01:51 PM

Hi all!

Clearly I'm getting in early but of late I'm wondering if I'll be ready to tackle the 42.2 earlier than I thought. With this in mind I'm thinking Canberra is a possibility to pop my marathoning cherry and am wondering if, at this stage, anyone else intends to do it also.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:38 PM

Hi Stella

I have Canberra on my radar as my first marathon too. Of course, I've yet to run my first half marathon (Melbourne) so I'll have a better idea of how realistic this plan is after that.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:45 PM

Yep, it is Plan C if Plan A (London) or Plan B (Tokyo) don't pan out.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:53 PM

Would love to return after a great weekend this year.  

Just need to remember to book one of those Kingston Italian restaurants for Saturday night - the place was swarming with runners looking for pasta!

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 02:04 PM

Yep I'm in, could well be my first ultra...

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:06 PM

Is this the one where they have the 50k option. Might be tempted to do that. I think I am being drawn to the darkside of Ultra's  :p

Cheers
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:09 PM

View PostEwoksta, on Aug 6 2008, 03:06 PM, said:

Is this the one where they have the 50k option. Might be tempted to do that. I think I am being drawn to the darkside of Ultra's  :p

Cheers
Andrew



ewoksta...keep your eye on the SFT prize...don't be waylaid until AFTER 14 March.

http://www.sixfoot.com/index.php

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 03:26 PM

Ewoksta,

stuff your mouth full of garlic, put a cross over your bed, and don't invite anyone unless you are SURE they are not agents of darkness.

May the running gods have mercy on your soul.



Stellabella,

it's never too late to panic and it's never too early to make a big call.  See you on the 19th - no excuses.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:37 PM

The year begins with this one.  All things being equal I'll be there.

Incidently it's a great marathon to run as your 1st marathon - flat course & lots of friendly cool runners.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:55 PM

View PostLilly Legs, on Aug 6 2008, 03:26 PM, said:

Stellabella,

it's never too late to panic and it's never too early to make a big call.  See you on the 19th - no excuses.

It's seeming more and more likely...


What's the weather likely to be like... wouldnt want it to be too hot!

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:16 PM

too hot? wouldn't think so.. we in canberra should be so lucky..

last year started in the rain which went on for a while then cleared and the year before was mostly overcast with some fine periods which were a bit warm actually..

I have heard mention of a Canberra mara that was pretty hot..

i'll be there i think!  good luck with your training SB..

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:42 PM

View Postdeadcat, on Aug 6 2008, 07:16 PM, said:

....last year started in the rain which went on for a while then cleared....

you forgot to mention the HAIL!!  I ran the last part (ultra) for about 20minutes in hail.  That was fun.  Rain, then sunshine, then hail, it was all very balanced.  I'll be there again, loved it  :p

Edited by RunBare, 06 August 2008 - 07:43 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:46 PM

View PostRunBare, on Aug 6 2008, 07:42 PM, said:

you forgot to mention the HAIL!!  I ran the last part (ultra) for about 20minutes in hail.  That was fun.

Ow!  What was it like running on hail?

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 07:58 PM

Hey StellaBella - I think it's a great idea to make your debut in the Canberra marathon.  

I'm planning to be there to make up the numbers in the FF (funny footwear / five fingers / fancy footwork / freaky feet) category.

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:03 PM

View Postdropbear, on Aug 6 2008, 07:46 PM, said:

Ow!  What was it like running on hail?

Was a good dose of HTFU

View Postslowmo, on Aug 6 2008, 07:58 PM, said:

I'm planning to be there to make up the numbers in the FF (funny footwear / five fingers / fancy footwork / freaky feet) category.

Good plan slowmo.  We need a freaky feet t'shirt  :p

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:09 PM

View PostRunBare, on Aug 6 2008, 08:03 PM, said:

We need a freaky feet t'shirt  :)

Absolutely !  

I wonder if something like the Isle of Man flag would work ?  You know, one barefoot, one five fingers, one sandal ?  Marketing isn't my strong point :p

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:16 PM

Sooo....If I run 50km do I get to qualify for 6 foot in that category of running an ultra within the cut off time?!
And what IS the cut off time? I can't find one!

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:24 PM

View Postslowmo, on Aug 6 2008, 08:09 PM, said:

I wonder if something like the Isle of Man flag would work ?  You know, one barefoot, one five fingers, one sandal ?  Marketing isn't my strong point :p

working on a few ideas slowmo... will add that one in.  And we need to mass product those tights of yours too.

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 6 2008, 08:16 PM, said:

Sooo....If I run 50km do I get to qualify for 6 foot in that category of running an ultra within the cut off time?!
And what IS the cut off time? I can't find one!
i have no idea.  i did 6foot before the canberra ultra.  There didn't seem to be a cut off time.  I was about 6.15 for the 50k and I wasn't last.  Okayyy almost last, there were about 3 people behind me.  One of them was even under 70!

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:33 PM

View PostRunBare, on Aug 6 2008, 09:24 PM, said:

i have no idea.  i did 6foot before the canberra ultra.  There didn't seem to be a cut off time.  I was about 6.15 for the 50k and I wasn't last.  Okayyy almost last, there were about 3 people behind me.  One of them was even under 70!

I kind of like this idea bce I can record a marathon time and then keep running (shuffling) and do my first ultra & if I'm lucky qualify for 6 foot so I don't have to run BTBS coz I dont think i could stand the heat on that one (not that I know anything about it!).
The only flaws in this plans... 1) I'm talking about running 50km 2) I dont think I could do that in anything like 6:15!

My ideas seem to be getting bigger and bigger but hey 9 months is a long time to prepare for something!

Edited by StellaBella, 06 August 2008 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:36 PM

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 6 2008, 08:33 PM, said:

My ideas seem to be getting bigger and bigger but hey 9 months is a long time to prepare for something!
adequate gestation you might say...

slowmo

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 10:06 PM

View PostPhoenix, on Aug 6 2008, 02:37 AM, said:

The year begins with this one.  All things being equal I'll be there.

Incidently it's a great marathon to run as your 1st marathon - flat course & lots of friendly cool runners.

Only on mainland Australia does the year start with Canberra. In Tasmania the Hobart Marathon is in January.

StellaBella - Canberra is a great Marathon for your first try, plenty of crowd support and fellow runners to keep you going.  I have run Perth, on the bike track mainly and a bit lonely if you start to stuggle, at Canberra there are more people about, be prepared for a cold start.

Edited by Barefoot, 06 August 2008 - 10:10 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2008 - 10:20 PM

Yeh I'm also THINKING about entering the Canberra Marathon as my first full marathon - it has always been something I was "gunna" do before I turned 40 but hey, what's 1 week late to matter in the big scheme of things.
I did the Marathon Eve 10km last year & spectated at the Marathon the next day. I also took some photos to keep me inspired to achieve this goal and found a good vantage point for "the entourage" to watch from next year.

To all fellow first timers, keep training with this wonderful goal in mind and keep us posted how you are progressing.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 02:32 AM

All things being equal, I will be there for number three. I really love this marathon even though it beat me up in 2008 after a fantastic 2007.

It is a great first marathon and very well organised.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:33 AM

View PostPhoenix, on Aug 6 2008, 05:37 PM, said:

The year begins with this one.  All things being equal I'll be there.
For most people the year starts with 6' Track or BTBS.
But Canberra is always in the race schedule.

Brick
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:14 AM

View PostBrick, on Aug 7 2008, 07:33 AM, said:

most

I think you mean 'some' or 'many'.  Let's not overpopulate these events!

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

View PostFit&Fast, on Aug 6 2008, 10:20 PM, said:

Yeh I'm also THINKING about entering the Canberra Marathon as my first full marathon - it has always been something I was "gunna" do before I turned 40 but hey, what's 1 week late to matter in the big scheme of things.
I did not start running until I was over 40, did my first marathon in 2000 at 53 and have just done a pb in Cities.  Your future is ahead.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 10:07 AM

View PostEwoksta, on Aug 6 2008, 03:06 PM, said:

Is this the one where they have the 50k option. Might be tempted to do that. I think I am being drawn to the darkside of Ultra's  :p

Cheers
Andrew

You may have a running mate there, my friend.  So long as I can keep up.

Is an ewok a marsupial?

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:22 PM

i notice they have a 10km race the day before. How hot could it be in Canberra in April.
I would love to come down to try the 10, but i dont do heat well.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:29 PM

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 5 2008, 01:51 PM, said:

Hi all!

Clearly I'm getting in early but of late I'm wondering if I'll be ready to tackle the 42.2 earlier than I thought. With this in mind I'm thinking Canberra is a possibility to pop my marathoning cherry and am wondering if, at this stage, anyone else intends to do it also.

Cheers
~Stella~


Yes yes YES!!!!!

That's all I have to say. You can come stay at my place!!!!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:34 PM

View Postdropbear, on Aug 7 2008, 10:07 AM, said:

You may have a running mate there, my friend.  So long as I can keep up.
Sounds good - fancy a threesome ?  (mmm... perhaps there might have been a better way of putting that)

The opportunity to pick up a marathon and an ultra in one run seems too good to miss.

View Postpaigebaby, on Aug 8 2008, 09:22 PM, said:

i notice they have a 10km race the day before. How hot could it be in Canberra in April.
I would love to come down to try the 10, but i dont do heat well.
It's generally a pretty nice time to be there - cold nights and nice autumn days (20-ish degrees average)

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:34 PM

View Postdropbear, on Aug 6 2008, 07:46 PM, said:

Ow!  What was it like running on hail?

Hail was fantastic! I had just finished and was making a dash (well, a limp) for the showers when the next storm came over. All my cheerers were very happy that I finished in time!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 09:42 PM

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 5 2008, 01:51 PM, said:

Hi all!

Clearly I'm getting in early but of late I'm wondering if I'll be ready to tackle the 42.2 earlier than I thought. With this in mind I'm thinking Canberra is a possibility to pop my marathoning cherry and am wondering if, at this stage, anyone else intends to do it also.

Cheers
~Stella~

It is a great marathon to start with. There is generally a heap of CR's around and a great weekend. If yo go to Sydney, Melboune or Gold Coast people are spead out but this is very compact and there is usually a gathring after to swap post race stories. For all those reasons it is very attractive as a first one or indeed anyone. :p

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 10:06 PM

View PostGentle Runner, on Aug 8 2008, 09:29 PM, said:

Yes yes YES!!!!!

That's all I have to say. You can come stay at my place!!!!


Aw thanks!

I'm pretty much set on this now... as in not just Canberra but the 50km... however only time & training will suggest whether I'll just stop at 42.2 or not...

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 11:52 PM

I'm tempted by this now for my first marathon! For several reasons:

1. I've never been there
2. It's meant to be scenic
3. I'll still be 40 (for one more week)
4. It seems a good "medium-sized" event, bigger than Perth but smaller than GCM.

So yeah...maybe :p

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 12:18 AM

View Post20thCenturyBoy, on Aug 8 2008, 11:52 PM, said:

I'm tempted by this now for my first marathon! For several reasons:

1. I've never been there
2. It's meant to be scenic
3. I'll still be 40 (for one more week)
4. It seems a good "medium-sized" event, bigger than Perth but smaller than GCM.

So yeah...maybe :)

Yay!  :p

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:39 AM

Quick question from a newbie, Folks - what's BTBS mean?

I'm going for the Canberra marathon next year as my first one too guys as:

1. Its my home town
2. I'm well over forty (but my wife keeps telling me that mentally I'm 17......whatever)
3. Every time I'vr tried to get into the appropriate shape for this type of event in the past something's either broken or fell off me!

Gotta be very much smarter about my prep this time!

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:05 PM

View PostMalcatraz, on Aug 10 2008, 08:39 AM, said:

Quick question from a newbie, Folks - what's BTBS mean?

I'm going for the Canberra marathon next year as my first one too guys as:

1. Its my home town
2. I'm well over forty (but my wife keeps telling me that mentally I'm 17......whatever)
3. Every time I'vr tried to get into the appropriate shape for this type of event in the past something's either broken or fell off me!

Gotta be very much smarter about my prep this time!

Hey there

BTBS is Beyond the Black Stump... info can be found here:
http://www.coolrunni...The_Black_Stump

Hope that's the right link!

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:07 PM

After injuring my foot during training for this year's, I'm now absolutely determined 2009 will be my first marathon.

So, yes.

Please count me in :p

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 03:54 PM

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 5 2008, 04:55 PM, said:

It's seeming more and more likely...


What's the weather likely to be like... wouldnt want it to be too hot!

It was hot in 1977. I remember it well. I watched. I ran it the previous and the next year.

But, back in 1977, it was held in November, not April. Ha ha!

There has never been a hot April, not here in Canberra!

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:04 PM

View PostStellaBella, on Aug 10 2008, 12:05 PM, said:

Hey there

BTBS is Beyond the Black Stump... info can be found here:
http://www.coolrunni...The_Black_Stump

Hope that's the right link!

Cheers Stella - yep, its the right link!

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:44 PM

Early for a thread-but any excuse for me to throw in my 2 cents
Canberra is a great choice for a first marathon-I did my first there this year.  I only have Melbourne Marathon (I did the 1/2) or Gold Coast Marathon (my second full) of the big city marathons to compare it to, but I think it's better than either of them for a first, even though both the others are flatter then Canberra.  The support from spectators is the best I've seen at ANY run (boosted this year by the efforts of I Like Toast and I Hate Toast), the volunteers are second to none, it's a large event without being huge, the marathon is a stand alone event (support runs are the day before) and it's a beautiful city.  I'd love to do it again next year but I can only afford so many interstate trips and 6 foot is taking precedence.
My only complaint is the crap race singlet I bought.  Who puts silver writing on a grey top?

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:59 AM

View Postdropbear, on Aug 7 2008, 10:07 AM, said:

You may have a running mate there, my friend.  So long as I can keep up.
db.


View Postslowmo, on Aug 8 2008, 09:34 PM, said:

Sounds good - fancy a threesome ?  (mmm... perhaps there might have been a better way of putting that)
slowmo

The more the merrier. I am sure Canberra could handle an invasion of animals and barefooters!!!! Should we start looking at accomodation and leave passes now or wait a bit??

Anyone know some good accomodation in Canberra??

Cheers
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 12:20 PM

I reckon the Canberra Marathon is a great run and have completed the last two there. Always nice to see the trees changing colour (and there not being half dead because of a lack of water!) and the race is well organised and not overly busy. I'll run there again next year. Hope to see ya'll there!

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 12:50 PM

Canberra is a great marathon to run. I did my first there this year and loved it. Nice numbers, a quick course and I'll always have great memories because it was my first. Plus I ran far quicker than I thought I would :angry:

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 04:07 PM

Hi All,

I too have decided to take part in the Canberra Marathon next year. It will be my first one also. I have been saying for the last 10 years that I would like to do a marathon so have set myself this goal...

HOWEVER!! i am currently 34 weeks pregnant and was wondering if its being a little ambitious trying to tackle a marathon 7 months after giving birth....?!   :angry:

I have stayed quite fit during my pregnancy - walking everyday and swimming 1.5ks 5 times per week.. However havnet been able to continue running during pregnancy as it is too uncomfortable!!
Before getting pregnant i was running/swimming and cycling a fair bit so am confident I will be able to get a reasonable amount of fitness back up......Dont need to go out and smash any records - hoping to finish in about 4 hours or so just to finish it then hopefully do Gold Coast in July..

Any thoughts??

Cheers,

kt

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:36 PM

Good on you kt for having such a wonderful goal, but ease back into it after the bub comes along.
Have you got yourself a good pram, even a jogging pram for you and the new bub to get outdoors? Spring will be a wonderful time to kick off your comeback and as your new baby will sleep a lot and during this time it might be good to bundle him/her up in the pram and out you go together. You could use this time to build up your base running fitness again.
On top of this each day or two or three , you then might be able to get your partner/husband to have his "bonding time" with the baby and out you go for a more "serious" training run on your own. This time could be spent doing hills/ sprint reps and long runs where you can push yourself a little more.
Alternatively, what about investing in a treadmill so you can get your run in whilst baby sleeps and you can hear for him/her waking up.
I used to do a lot of my training indoors whilst my children slept and boy oh boy did I regret the time when they weaned themselves off the 2 (and later one) daytime sleeps .
I still do the majority of my training on a treadmill whilst the kids are watching the afternoon kids shows on TV and can manage an hour without them killing one another (although they go close to it).
I am also going to build up to do this Marathon. Still doing base fitness work but need to start increasing the long endurance runs.

All the best and keep us posted.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 09:41 PM

View PostEwoksta, on Aug 13 2008, 09:59 AM, said:

Anyone know some good accomodation in Canberra??
University House - nice rooms, beautiful setting on campus, cheaper than many of the motels, fabulous brekky...

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 04:52 PM

Hi SJC,

Thanks for responding... I have purchased a running pram - it was one of the first things that I purchased, however they recommend that the bub is at least 6 months old before using it... So may have to use the phil and ted pram to begin with... I didnt really think about a treadmill - not a bad idea, I might see how it all goes and if I am finding it difficult to get out and about then I could look into hiring one... However as you say it will be a great time of year to be outdoors!!!
My husband is really encouraging me to do this I should be able to get a few hours to myself on the weekend to get in a decent run....
Will let you know how I go!!
Cheers,

Kt  :angry:

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:32 PM

I can't believe I'm going to say this out loud (or type it anyhow), but I'm contemplating this one. I have discovered that it is working towards a goal that I love as perhaps even more than the actual running. I've now done a half, and just trying to do that faster doesn't have the same appeal. So maybe.....

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 03:21 PM

I used to run everyday, but alas - for some reason I stopped. I am now overweight tipping in around 100k - have stopped going to the gym and have only done one run some weeks ago now.

I've actually got so many excuses, I could fill a book. The thing I do know though is I want to get fit again.

So this week is the week. I am going back to the gym and will be running around the lake of a morning or lunch time. I know all I need to do is start, suck up the initial pain, jump over the grumps, and basically get myself a can of HTFU as my best mate keeps telling me.

So StellaBella - I am keen to do the Canberra Marathon in 2009. My problem is that I am yet to start any serious training regime. Despite this initial lack of training, I'm sure I've got enough time to prepare....all I need to do is start.

The best thing for me is that my wife (an ex-runner) is keen to do the marathon as well. So I have myself a live in training partner already. This should be sufficient motivation.

cheers