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  1. 5 points
    For those interested, here's my race report. Well done to all those raced last weekend! http://just-tri-hard.blogspot.com/2017/06/ironman-cairns-2017.html
  2. 3 points
    IM Cairns 2017 Prelude: Originally planning to do Busselton in December but having found out we are expecting our first child in December (very close to Busselton race-day) I decided to change races, on relatively short notice (8 weeks). Preparation went well, I felt fresher the whole way through, for IMNZ the lead-in had practically been 5 years from when I first joined the sport to race-day. Throughout the 8 weeks I also kept intensity even lower than before (same mileage, mostly same sort of sessions) and did not have the summer heat to deal with which is fairly taxing on the long training days. Arrived on Thursday night, Friday check-in, build bike, 4-5km jog and early night. Saturday short roll on the bike, pack bags and drop off at all the required spots. Race-briefing with Coach Al Pitman. Race Morning Woke up to great conditions - slightly cloudy and a little breeze. Went through normal rituals and settled down to refocus thoughts. There was no issue about finishing this one - I was going to make sure I was about 10-20% above where I thought I was comfortable at any time, being a naturally "over-conservative racer" this was how my brain thought it could learn to push itself. Are you comfortable? yes - well then you should be going harder. Swim: 1:16:04 (2min/100m) Rolling start - huge difference from the mass start and IMNZ, I get what all the fuss about a mass start is. It really think it makes it something special - a rolling start certainly makes no occasion of it. First 500m, fast arm-turnover, rolling waves but minimal chop vs IMNZ/Last year Cairns. Couple of kicks/punches with people but nothing major. Slightly zig-zag but turn buoys came. I rolled over to check watch - 39mins. Very disappointed as I went out fairly hard. So I went harder home. It was either current or faster swimming but ended with 1:16 for 4.17km. okish~happyish. T2: ~6:30 - nothing to note really. Bike: 5:33 (32.1kph) Hired a set of wheels 80/60mm TLR carbon clinchers with vittoria tyres. Fast and did they roll! I knew the course from last year - started out around 36kh before hitting the few hills and then held around 34. My heart rate monitor didnt work for the first half but suddenly kicked into action about 2hrs into the bike leg. Was getting around where I wanted to be by then, but a bit high towards end of first lap - 165bpm+. Fairly comfortable in my position spent much longer in TT position than in IMNZ Settled back in to a good pace just under 33. Picked up second set of bottles from special needs. I think, (for first time) my second bottle of Opti was off. Felt quite sick in the stomach so had to wait for ~1hr for it to settle around the Port Douglas turn around. Disappointing as had found a decent group, good rhythm but was dropped. Water at the next aid station and a gel and I settled again. (Also dropped my first GU waffle at Port D turnaround) Last 20kms, slightly more exposed roads, a bit more of a headwind. After my IMNZ experience this was acceptable levels of headwind. I had however arrived at some significant back pain and discomfort in my shoe. These things start messing with your head and ended up in a fairly miserable mental position coming off the bike despite being very happy about the time/speed. Nutrition: 3 bottles Endura, 2 bottles water, 1 (and a bit) bottle Opti, 3 gels, 1 GU waffle. 1 No-Doz towards the end + extra salt tab. Theres 2 salt tabs in each opti bottle. T2 - 3:20~: In a bad place, I was questioning it all for a moment. Sat down - closed eyes for a second and then got going again. I walked somewhat slowly out of T2 not sure how 42.2km was going to pass. Run: 4:20 (6:14km’s) Hard to explain but within 1-2km my entire attitude had changed. Not sure if it was the crowd/atmosphere in town or just finally being off the bike but body kicked straight into gear. I had thought through a few affirmations I wanted to have for the day in the last week, but ended up only with one from the coach briefing - run hard between aid stations (walk aid stations). I headed out at 5:40-5:50's, despite my IM "goal plans" always reading 6-6:10's. It just all seemed to work, as much as I can't explain the mental turnaround, I can't explain why I was able to keep running at the pace I was. First goal was a 2hr 20km, which gave me 2.5hrs to go sub 11:30 or 3hrs for sub 12. I didnt know what the second half was going to end up with, had to drink more salt than ever before, and kept a good mix of gel/coke/water/redbull as I felt like it. Walked more of the aid stations and even in between in the final 20km, also felt left hamstring twinge a couple of times in final 10km. It all hurts, it hurts for a long time but at the end of the day on a pain scale its really only a 6/10 so you just keep going. This one evidently felt faster, its mostly a blur now but the day went surprisingly fast (the last 10-20kms on the bike probably took up half the day) Nutrition – 1 pack of Shot-Blokz, 5 (maybe 6?) gels, coke/redbull and bit of watermelon. 3-4 salt tabs, 1 more no-doz. Total: 11hrs 23mins10secs I really wanted it this time, I know it can fall apart on race day for anyone but the stars aligned for this one with weather, good luck with no bike issues and fairly good nutrition. Count myself lucky to be able to race and to put it all together. Not saying a lot of hard work didn’t go into getting lucky but this was one of those days. Can I go faster? With some changes I’m pretty sure I can.....it all depends when I will get the next chance to.
  3. 3 points
    I just bought the next model up from this. The one with Ultegra Di2 and Zipp 606. Beautiful bike and Canyon were excellent and simple to deal with. The only problem I have with the bike is that the recharging port on the junction box is a little hard to access inside the storage compartment. I think that you'd be hard pressed to get a better spec'ed bike for that money than a Canyon.....
  4. 3 points
    Be interesting to see what others think, but IMO, you're going to find very little difference in performance between say a $3K Cervelo P2 and a $10K Cervelo P5, similarly you'll find very little difference between a $3k disc and a $700 Renn disc. I base that on what I've experienced and observed with mates, other competitors and also what I've read. Plenty of people start off with a budget TT bike, jump to a much more expensive model and see very little, often negligible gains. So don't get caught into thinking you need to spend big.
  5. 3 points
    Thank God Tony axed that Carbon Tax. My electricity prices have been dropping ever since that visionary move.
  6. 2 points
    Now you're just showing off What do you reckon about the wheels that come with the 4 grand Canyon, are they comparable to Caden ones that cost $1,600?
  7. 2 points
    I even have carbon rims for my trainer bike
  8. 2 points
    10:28:56 for me and my 11th Ironman finish (3rd one in Cairns). Not my best but am really stoked with the results given how much training I have done. One more step closer to legacy! Race report in the reports thread if anyone is interested. Well done to all those who raced!
  9. 2 points
    I saw SUB111 last week. I figured it belonged to a struggling sprint distance triathlete
  10. 2 points
    Better she gets it than someone like Schapelle or her sister.
  11. 1 point
    Malcolm Turnbull is an idiot full stop. And if I was Trump, I'd be straight on the phone to Turnbull.........and I'd squeeze his balls like nothing else during the conversation. And then say.....you know that little agreement we had etc etc....... We'll you can piss off....it will never happen! Lol
  12. 1 point
    After the deals I saw from Shimano at Port this year, I don't I will ever buy wheels elsewhere again.
  13. 1 point
    http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/michelle-carter-guilty-in-text-suicide-case-after-boyfriend-conrad-roys-death/news-story/05176779101696458f55b5ea13fedbcb bitch is gonna pay!
  14. 1 point
    Not during a cycling show. Times when up late to watch and wanting to watch 30-60 mins, craps me off wasting 15-20 mins on the starting pre-amble and the cooking stuff. Want to watch cooking at that time, I say tape Masterchef and play it back just before the tour starts if so inclined.
  15. 1 point
    I've never used them and I've never had a problem with them. ?
  16. 1 point
    FFWD 60MM Wheelset $1177 and that includes shipping and no duty
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    I often wondered how long her career would have last. She was type cast as the token 'funny fat chick' in nearly every role. I reckon she got lucky with what ever she wins.....but having said that I hope the tabloids have to pay big time. About time they are made accountable for the lies and dribble they produce. And who buys that rubbish anyway?
  19. 1 point
    I must be getting old, all I can think of is gees that coin would buy a pretty good ride on mower
  20. 1 point
    Again following on from my post above I bought new 404s for my canyon as it came with "training wheels" i now train completely on the 404s and have a choice of 404 thubbies , 404 clinchers , 303 clinchers (Hawaii UM) and a Caden disk set and a 404 zipp 900 disk set all for racing if I'm feeling a bit low and not motivated I'll wack the disk set on amd head out for a cruise or a full on smash feast why spend money on good wheels and not use em they are arwsome to ride
  21. 1 point
    Thanks for reading! I just read yours too, great read.
  22. 1 point
    I went to Stewart Morton in melbourne (riderfit as mentioned by Naut), the best $450.00 I've spent on my bike. I had a fit done on my roadie and will go back and get one done on my TT before next season.
  23. 1 point
    Every bike shop has an "expert fitter" they have completed a 2 day course & have a shinny certificate on the wall. My LBS would drop comments like "we can get you on that bike" "lets just put a bigger stem on it" Before I order my next TT rig I will be getting Frame & component fitting done by an independant bike fitter. Then ordering a bike that fits me. Dropping $300/$500 is better than dropping $1500 on new race wheels.
  24. 1 point
    Goodbye Nick. for those that couldn't be there ...
  25. 1 point
    Actually FB, I was having a go at Trump. The Post Office worker was possibly an immigrant, but certainly not from the Middle East, and the shooter at the baseball game targeting politicians was a retired Illinois person. The airforce base incident was actually a training exercise, and a false alarm.
  26. 1 point
    Tough crowd. Seriously?
  27. 1 point
    I use them all the time. Just make sure you read the cancellation conditions. All the properties have different policies.
  28. 1 point
    I've actually found them to be good, I book through them all the time. I even got a full refund for a place that had been advertised incorrectly as a 2 bedroom apartment (it was only one bedroom plus a bed in the living room) - and that place was subsequently dumped from their listings. Never been charged an overseas transaction fee either.
  29. 1 point
    Exactly the same for me - wife is a genius at this stuff. We always get the CBA foreign currency card and load it up with USD before we go, saves a lot on fees etc.
  30. 1 point
    #worstnightmare, booked a hotel on the tablelands with 3 steps ??
  31. 1 point
    RIP Nick..........like others I have fond memories of Yeppoon and Canberra. Nick loved the sport and this was certainly reflected in the events he organized. I'll never forget how every year he would tell us at race brief how the Yeppoon swim is always with the current and guaranteed to be super fast........argh- this was rarely the case !!! I have retired from racing Tri's and will always treasure memories from the races I did with Nick.
  32. 1 point
    Great report mate. Still an awesome race despite your disappointment, congrats.
  33. 1 point
    Collectively saves trannys hundreds and doesn't get one like. (Sad face.)
  34. 1 point
    AP, I didn't know that was your car. I took a pic of it in Foster. Was going to start a thread under the title " look at me look at me" and post the pic.
  35. 1 point
    Truly pathetic...that I want one and would pay for it!
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