About me

Waiting at Platform 1 3/4

Waiting at Platform 1 3/4

I am a traveler and story-teller at heart. There’s nothing I like more than exploring new places, cycling, hiking and camping in my tent.

I started this blog (as https://transtri.wordpress.com) in November 2011. At that time, I was just getting back into fitness after a long period of depression. I spent about a year as a triathlete from July 2011 – April 2012 before switching to adventure racing and trail running (May 2012 – December 2013). I also started participating in Audax cycling events from January 2012 – January 2013.

However, after I completed 11 day / 250km Great North Walk in July 2013, I realised that racing was little more than training as preparation for real adventures in the outdoors. I started to do a lot more micro adventures and hikes.

Then, in February 2013, I had a serious health scare when I had a suspected mini stroke (TIA). This led to some serious soul searching. As a result, I sold my house, got rid of almost all my “stuff”, bought a set of panniers for my bicycle and negotiated aΒ flexible work arrangement that will allow meΒ to be free to travel the world. I officially became an itinerant person on 14 April 2014 when my house was sold. I will be leaving my home city of Brisbane, Australia on my bicycle on 1 July 2014 to see where the road takes me. In the meantime, I will explore the campsites in my local area because I have no intention of renting a house.

Come join me on my adventures. Feel free to comment because I love to hear from people. I try to respond to all comments.

Enjoying the waterfalls

Enjoying the waterfalls

38 responses to “About me

  1. Congratulations on your journey thus far Andrew, you look amazing and so happy! I think anyone who reads this page is sure to be inspired. I know I am! Keep up the great work πŸ™‚

    Simone

  2. nice work bloke.. Getting back into training again as well.. 2012 must be the year for it πŸ™‚

  3. Good for you Andrew – glad you found my blog, because I’ve now found yours. Hope good things continue for you πŸ™‚

  4. Inspirational story, Andrew! Good luck in 2012, and thanks for following our blog!

    • Thank you Vladimir. I love your blog … It’s interesting. I used to have a kayak (a plastic Ventura that was a cross between a white-water and flat-water kayak that I sometimes surfed in on 2 foot waves) but now that I no longer have access to a car at the weekends (I ride a motorbike) I kind of don’t have a kayak anymore 😦 … I’m living my kayaking dreams vicariously through your blog – who knows, it might inspire me to buy another water craft πŸ˜‰

  5. Hey Andrew. Came across your blog initially when I was looking for other triathlon blogs, especially from people like me who are just trying to get to grips with the whole swimming aspect. Kept reading and saw that there was a whole lot more to your story. Really interesting stuff and a great read.

    Trevor

    • Thanks for coming along to check out my blog πŸ™‚ I’m on my way to check yours out too – I enjoy reading other tri blogs very much.

      Yeah – there’s a little bit more to my story but at my core I’m just another triathlete enjoying the multi-sport life πŸ™‚

  6. John Goasdoue

    Truly Inspiring story Andrew! I was drawn here while looking for coverage of the Noosa Adventure race, which I also did as my first ever running / bike race of any kind. I did the RAW section, and enjoyed it very much! This led me to read your story. You’re an inspiration to all people who have difficulties in their life, as you’re so right, this kind of event absorbs you and makes takes you away from your own personal tribulations for a few hours of pure living!

    • G’day John πŸ™‚ Thank you for coming to check out my blog.

      How awesome was the race yesterday πŸ™‚ Congratulations on finishing your first ever running / bike race. That’s a wonderful achievement. Maybe it’s the first of many similar races. I can highly recommend that Tre-X off-road duathlon (run/bike/run) and triathlon (swim/bike/run) races. I was an official at a race earlier this year and the atmosphere was similar to the adventure race yesterday (the same company organises the events). I’ll be participating in the triathlons later this year (I still might also turn up to the off-road duathlons too … unless I decide to take an off-season).

      Feel free to come check out my blog anytime. I write most days about the outdoor adventures I got up to in training and racing.

      And good luck with your future running / bike racing πŸ™‚

  7. Oh my gosh, you look SO happy! πŸ™‚ I look forward to following your blog. I’m also into Triathlons and eventually want to work into a duathlon (I hate running and am currently nursing two knee pains–I refuse to call them injuries) and LOVE the outdoors.
    Yea! So happy for you!

    • πŸ™‚ … I am a pretty happy chappy πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming to visit my blog. I just went to look at yours and have subscribed to follow it.

      I wasn’t ready for duathlons last season either because running has also always been my weakness. This year I’m only doing off-road races, which I think will be heaps of fun … all that mud πŸ™‚

  8. Wow what a small world.. I linked to your blog from another blog.. And was shocked to discover you were both transgendered and geocaching kinda guy! What an awesome amazing coincidence .. I am a commitee member of a group down here called ygender. We are a social support group for gender diverse youth! As for geocaching I do that aswell.. Love it. As a fellow Aussie runner, I am really enjoying your blog! Hopefully one day i’ll see you up in Brisbane for an event. Cheers, bex

    • Hi Bex,

      I am sorry that I didn’t respond to your comment earlier. I read it on my phone and intended to respond from my laptop but forgot.

      That is a small world. I do like geocaching. It’s a quirky fun little thing to pay with.

      What’s ygender like? Have you been involved in it long? I think it’s great that there are now groups for gender diverse youth. I wonder what kind of difference that would have made in my life when I was younger. I used to be involved in a group called FTMQld. I don’t know whether it still exists. I spent a few years meeting transgender men and their families. It was pretty full on and I found it very difficult on a personal level. It takes a special sort of person to be involved in that kind of volunteer work. I don’t really have what it takes. Instead, I write for the transgender community. I write a column in Qld Pride and write here on my blog and in ATSAQ’s newsletter.

      Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

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  10. I think that’s the best about page I’ve ever read. πŸ™‚

  11. Wow! What a story! Congratulations on your transformation, and on refinding your sports passion. A great inspiration to us all. Keep it up!
    Matthew

    • Hi Matthew. Thank you. I have visited your blog and it’s great. I look forward to reading more about your adventures. Thank you for visiting my blog too. I hope to be able to share some more fun adventures πŸ™‚

  12. williamwraggrunningfree.blogspot.com.au

    Andrew,

    I have very few heroes. You are one! We’ve met three times and I believe we could be life long friends. I meant what I said yesterday – I really want to help create awareness as I think you, and your message, is incredible. I suffer with mild depression, well…before being only slightly medicated. I’m now as I was before that set in, I would say 10 years ago and that helped inspire my 50 Marathons in 50 Days. I wish to this year break multiple World Records and start my own Nonprofit. Running helped me to achieve this. My number is xxxxxxx drop me a text and I’ll save your number. I’l also see you down at Bayside. Whenever you have a low day or anything, remember I truly look up to you and you’re a strong inspiration now, in my life. Thanks so much for attending the Youngcare event. The Ipod Shuffle could not have gone to a better candidate.

    • Hi William πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your comment. My partner laughed when she read it because I was telling her after you came down to Bayside that I thought you and I would have a lot in common as friends. Your goals for 2013 sound amazing! I can’t wait to hear more about them and cheer you on πŸ™‚ . My current goals are to do a whole heap of adventure races with my sister. Though I do have a bit of ADHD going on so who knows what adventures might happen – LOL πŸ™‚ . After your event yesterday the cogs in my mind started to turn.

      I’ll send you a message so you have my number.

      I am determined to get out of this funk. I’m going to take charge. I have tomorrow and Wednesday off work so will be taking the time to refocus and devise a solid plan. I’m not going out trekking around or being busy. I’m just going to reflect on the inspiration I got at your event, from the blogs I follow and from the anchors in my life (the ones Kim Morrison mentioned).

  13. Hi Andrew, Took a few minutes to pop over and check out your blog. What an amazing person you are. I did not know your full story but we all loved you when we met, and now I also respect and admire you even more. You are an absolute inspiration.

    • G’day Maureen πŸ™‚ I think you guys are totally awesome and inspiring too. I have learned so much from you ad Kim. I think I need to plan a trip to the Apple Isle sometime in 2013 … All going to plan

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  15. Hi Andrew,

    What a journey you have been on! I’m not into running at all but I love swimming. Last summer I decided to commit more to ocean swimming, something quite new to me (I’m a pool swimmer) and really enjoyed the challenge. I also started cycling more until my daughter took my bike with her to Canberra, then I got injured… But life is about pulling yourself up after a few knocks so I’ll get back into it.

    • Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Ocean swimming would be so amazing. I want to give it a go one summer. Perhaps it will help me get over my fears of both sharks and waves. Perhaps this coming summer I’ll do an ocean swim. Shame about your bike going to Canberra with your daughter but perhaps that’s just a sign that swimming is more for you πŸ™‚ Yes, life is about getting back up …

  16. Glad I found your outdoor training blog Andrew. Will follow!

  17. Love your blog – looking forward to reading about your next adventures. Thanks for following us at geokult-travel.com πŸ™‚

  18. Hi Andew, Thanks for liking my blog post – Bushwalk to The Castle – A Photo Essay, I love your blog too, a fascinating story.

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