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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active Jun 2019

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This is mad! I'm already captivated!

  • in Rides & Races
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    I'm sorry for him and all that, but no hands on a TT bike is asking for trouble. I tried that once and never again...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Of course I don't know how strong a swimmer you are, but a slight counterpoint to the suggestion of starting at the back is that (IME) triathletes really aren't that great at swimming. I consider myself to be a very mediocre swimmer by swimming standards (I'm routinely among the slowest swimmers in the fast lane during public sessions at my pool), but I tend to be towards the front during the swim leg of triathlons. My experience has been that starting at the back can be an even greater washing machine than starting at the front as you find yourself swimming through the really busy sections at the back and middle parts of the field, and that the speed differential as you overtake people makes things even worse. If you really are a good swimmer I'd consider starting at the front, and swimming the first few hundred meters pretty hard to keep out in front before relaxing and finding some nice feet to follow once the field begins to thin out a bit. This approach worked a dream for me last month and the only washing machine I experienced was in the first couple of minutes when the adrenaline is already high.

    An intermediate solution is to start on the front but to start at the edge of the field. If you choose the side on the outside of the course then there should be relatively little traffic here and so might be a little bit smoother.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Good thank you. Hard, but good.

    According to the results I was 12th out of the swim, 9th after the bike and then back to 14th after the run. It's a small field (100 I think) but by far my best placing in a tri so I'm pretty happy with my first attempt in 5 years.

    I think doing a few years TTing means my bike position is pretty slippery and so flatters my physical ability. I created a segment for the whole bike course for comparison and I seem to be going faster than my close competitors for much less power. Once we got off the bike this really showed as 5 people ran past me. Incidentally I think something similar happened on the swim… I put myself on the front line at the start and worked hard to keep my place for the first 5 minutes or so before I let myself relax and drop back onto some fast feet. Once I had some feet to follow I could just relax into an efficient stroke and only had to sight occasionally, but again I think I lost 3 or 4 places as soon as we got out onto the long run from swim to transition.

    Entered for Helvellyn Tri in September but I won't be able to rely on aerodynamics there...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Awesome, on a cervelo p2 with generic black castelli tri suit and a blue giro selector.

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    The kid could make a case he’s looking at a computer but the other one is just taking the piss. Pretty silly.

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    Racing the New Forest Middle Distance Tri on Sunday, it’ll be my first tri in 5 years, and I think my 2nd in 8 years! So, just hoping to take it (sort of) easy although I think I’m in reasonable shape.

    Just noticed they say a lot about btf rules which I obviously haven’t read in years. So, are there any stupid rules that might catch me off guard? I don’t mean obvious stuff like drafting etc, but do I remember something about them trying to ban calf guards or something? Anything else?

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    I’m assuming dqs all round?

  • in Current Projects
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    Wait, what? You drilled a hole in the back of your ventus to run the brake cable? Was there no space in the other hole with the di2 cables?

  • in General
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    Cheers, and thanks to everyone else too. I’m booked in to see my gp but currently carrying on as normal and ftp efforts and 50mi tt have both been completely normal. This evening will be my first over ftp efforts since the spike so I’ll keep an eye on things.

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