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  1. Turts

    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    are Tweet Email What triathletes can learn from Japanese “citizen runner” Yuki Kawauchi’s shocking win in Boston. When the men’s Boston Marathon winner broke the tape in Copley Square earlier this week, announcers were scrambling. No one had expected Yuki Kawauchi, the first Japanese winner since 1987, to beat pre-race favorites like defending champ Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya or American two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp. But he did. “I think there is probably not a single person in Boston who thought I would win this today, but in the marathon, you never really know what’s going to happen,” he said post-race, via a translator. Not only did 31-year-old Kawauchi surprise the pundits to brave some of the worst weather conditions in recent history (race morning temps hovering in the mid-30s, wind, and rain) and win with a time of 2:15:58, but he also works full-time while he trains and races. And Kawauchi loves to race: This year he had already finished four marathons before Boston; last year he raced 12 and won five. Let’s take a look at what regular triathletes can take away from Kawauchi’s spectacular victory. #1: Use bad weather to your advantage. With frigid temperatures, driving rain, and headwinds gusting around 25 miles-per-hour on the already-challenging Boston course, most of the major contenders either faded to the back or didn’t finish. According to The Oregonian, Rupp dropped out between miles 18 and 19 and was later treated for symptoms of hypothermia and asthma. Of the 10 Kenyan and Ethiopian elites entered—many of whom have very low body fat and train mostly in warmer climes—only two finished, according to calculations from Letsrun.com. “I’ve always been strong in the cold weather, I’ve always run well in the cold weather,” Kawauchi said post-race. “I think the conditions were instrumental in getting the win.” It was no fluke that Kawauchi found success in terrible conditions, he had run a marathon in Massachusetts with single-digit temperatures already this year. This makes sense, says mental training coach Jeff Troesch. “If you really want to put yourself in the best position to give yourself a chance to manage any conditions, you need to be willing to train in any conditions,” says Troesch, who has worked with high-level triathletes and clients in the NBA, MLB, PGA, and LPGA. “It helps us acclimate, not only from a physiological perspective, but from a psychological perspective”. In fact, athletes need to believe poor conditions benefit them—regardless of whether or not they’ve prepared for them. “There’s a psychological advantage to expecting it to be very challenging and expecting it to be difficult and almost embracing that challenge, rather than wishing conditions were different.” Troesch says. Read more at http://www.triathlete.com/2018/04/training/lessons-years-surprise-boston-marathon-winner_321379#68O37071xYuFSbwf.99
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    What training did you do today?

    I swam into a wine bottle the other day. Yes literally. Headbutted it.
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    It is age group racing. If you want only the fastest, be a pro.
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    ITU Worlds - the new thread

    Same with multisport worlds. Partly because part of ur contribution is team management and support. No need to pay that twice for the same person so they do a package.
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    ITU Worlds - the new thread

    Crankys going. Youll set a new page record. Smash it in fact. 28 pages will just cover which suit to buy
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    Commonwealth games chat.

    Kurt Fernley played a massive part this year. In the past, there has been a few para events at the Comm Games, as an intro to them being more involved. Kurt was involved in pushing for more para events in this Games, and the management of the programming. Still some compromises, as only some events and classifications included, so some had to pool together. But the goal is to fully integrate them I think.
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    Garmin Edge 810 trouble

    I just got an edge 1000. They are going cheap as being replaced. I havent used it yet, but all the reviews were positive, and there are some good specials to be had
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    Swimming stroke question / discussion

    I've found the water polo swim drill helped me focus on staying wider when swimming normally. And I hate drills Also good for training for sightng in bumpy conditions if ur used to transitioning comfortably
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    Swimming stroke question / discussion

    All my recent coaching has been around keeping elbow high after the catch. Most people say high elbow and think in the air. But it's under the water. As opposed to sweeping ur forearm under ur body
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    Cell Bikes Webshop, problems??

    That sucks! I nearly placed an order around the same. Dodged a bullet! Will it bank sort out the $$ for you?
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    Texas 70.3 (Carfrae)

    How come she lost so much blood? Traumatic injuries? Or the surgery? I lost many litres last year too. Some voluntary. Some not. And multiple surgeries. But I am shit.
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    Hoping to "touch the tiger"?
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    Commonwealth games chat.

    I think the whole team had flats with runners. Probably saved them a good 15 sec overall. Won bronze over 4th by less than that
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    Even worse is the CrossTri. Applications closed 28 March Preliminary team announced 9 April Last race is in WA, on 22 April. So most likely people who haven't been able to do any of the other 3 races (Crackenback, Tassie and bendigo). So basically, you need to cough up the $75 on the hope that the race goes ahead, and you finish. (becuase basically if you finish I think you'd make the team if you wanted to). Then again, you get $55 back if you don't make the team. $20 gamble - done worse!
  15. So what do you dirty devils ride?
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    Hmm maybe it's a stuff up on dates? No way there will be the last OD race on the 8th and then announcing the team on the 12th. Takes a while longer to sort out results and points!
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    You don't have to apply until after the last race, so if ur not confident and waited till last race but before closing, should not be an issue
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    Whoopsie. Missed all the emails and social media ?(website not worth it for updates)
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    HOW? (As in Hell of the West)
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    You don't have to train in shit weather to be able to race in it. Rain is wet. Wind is blowy. It ain't really rocket science. I weigh up the risks of being on the roads in shit weather and train indoors. As for specificity, is Mt Cootha reps part of the IM bike course is it? Interesting.
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    Cool number plate

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    Running shorts

    Do they have to baggies? Not tri shorts or the like?
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    Heart checks, stress test etc

    Too funny Do you not worm urself pre race like AP?
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    I think the qualification standard for commenting was winning. Sorry. Good try tho
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    Weak ankles and trail running

    I have nothing to help. But im doing cross tris this season. Twisted my ankle during the bike a few weeks ago.. Fell in a rabbit hole in transition before race start 2 days ago. Same ankle. Still.raced. hurt. I'm a gumby.