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About BogFrog

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  1. Thanks for posting Roger. I've spent the last day doing some research (aka Google). Interesting stuff. Any shorties out there ride 650s?
  2. I've been following this thread as I'm in the market for 2 bikes (roadie and a tri-bike) and have a completely blank slate and no clue. Just wondering why the Giant / Liv hate?
  3. Some of what you wrote I don't follow, but if you seriously believe that there was no systematic human rights violations against the Catholics, you need to go and read some history books - not written by a unionist. Police & British army collusion with the unionists Employment rights / opportunities Social housing Electoral voting (based on land/home ownership) I am not the man's biggest fan and don't agree with his methods, but he became very committed to the peace process
  4. Basic human rights is a fraud of a cause?
  5. Absolutely not, and sorry if I've come across that way. Totally not my intention. I was genuinely trying to gauge opinions and have a discussion about it. I do value everyone's input, so sorry, and thanks...
  6. To see if I'm missing something I quite possibly am, but haven't come across anything to convince me otherwise - yet....
  7. There are many runners/coaches out there with differing opinions - just because I don't agree with one quote of his... And you can't compare professional, elite and/or genetically gifted athletes to your average triathlete out there. We simply cannot train the same way... I am not disagreeing with this at all. So 20% hard - why use that 20% on bricks or transition runs - that 20% is the icing, so make it work and make it fast! I have also had a similar experience to you - I was nursing an injury for a while so was keeping intensity low and also manage a briliant (for me) triathlon run of very little speed work. There is also the theory of periodisation - you work on speed for a few weeks and therefore keep the volume low. Then if you want to work on endurance, you increase the reps, slow the speed, and increase the long run... no speed work... This is also supposed to help with injury prevention. But as I mentioned above, I felt that I was going too fast and slowed it down long before it became a problem - so I would argue that I DID know what it feels like. That race was my perfect race and the fastest I've ever run off the bike. Off no bricks or transition runs in 9 months.
  8. But I slowed my pace to an acceptable level pretty quickly and did not die at the end - the last 2 kms hurt, like they were supposed to. So I would say that I judged it perfectly. But if you are already doing a decent long run, where's the point in doing another and adding additional fatigue? Wouldn't you be best off focusing on an interval session or a lactate threshold run on fresh legs (i.e. faster) I also disagree with Wardlaw on that one. Volume is important, but I think too much emphasis is placed on it. You can only get so fast doing long runs...
  9. Yep, I was using the wrong terminology and putting both bricks and transition runs into the same basket. So with the brick, I really see no need. As you've mentioned I think you'd be better off training the run properly the next day. So to transition runs - I understand doing them if you don't run well off the bike, or cannot get into your race pace straight off the bike. I get the mental/neurological benefit IF you have problems running off the bike, but if you don't, and run well off the bike, what's the point? Isn't it adding load for no reason? As zed has said above, I actually find the first km of the run, the easiest km...
  10. I believe I am riding hard enough. About 90% of FTP for a standard distance. There was a slight fade at the end of my last bike leg. I haven't done a sprint in about 2 years so can't say what that would be now, but as I've said, I need to slow myself down when I get out of transition, not speed up. My best race was 4 months ago and I hadn't done a brick or a race in 9 months. Again, first 500m of my run was at 4:10 pace which I had to slow to not die at 6K. And you are "proving" my point - this is what you used to do years and years ago. Are we all just doing this because it what has always been done, or is there any new science / research behind any of it?
  11. Beg to differ ExH. As I've mentioned, I have no issues getting into my full pace straight off the bike. I tend to need to look at my Garmin to ensure I'm not going too fast... This is why I'm trying to figure out if they are really needed as I feel no benefit
  12. But nobody has answered me why exactly. Just saying that I should be doing them. Specificity is the only answer thus far. I understood bricks are to train you to run on tired legs and to train you to get into your stride well and early - if a triathlete is doing that well already, surely they would be best off focusing a session on something else where they need work. E.g. Speed work on fresh legs?
  13. Doesn't matter at all. I swap and change all the time depending on the weather - I wont ride if it's raining but will swap a run / swim session with a bike. Also as I ride with a club that has different sessions everyday, Tues/Thurs are hard, Wed/Fri easy, I swap depending on whether I'm having an easy week or not...
  14. It does say storms in the morning so I'm expecting lightening. It's a long way for me to drive to then not swim... After heavy rain, is the water not manky? There are signs to say not to swim there 24 hours after rain... Don't the sewers overflow or something?
  15. Thunderstorms are predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning with some heavy rain. I'm out unfortunately :-(