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Andrew #1 last won the day on June 26 2019

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    Transitions Legend!
  • Birthday 30/01/1969

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    Earlwood, Greece
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  1. Andrew #1

    Collins Cup

    I’ve always wondered why pro athletes never managed to get their shit together and have a large and more effective voice in the sport. Those twitter comments probably provide a good insight into the problem. Sarah True? Currently ranked 73rd has the shits because a Herald didn’t arrive with a parchment invitation to join the PTO? If a Tweet is good enough for the President of the United States to sack his Secretary of State, then a Social Media launch is good enough for Sarah, surely. ... Cunnama has the shits because their is no official application to join the PTO? Also claims some agency for the idea in the first place and cracks another big shit at Frodo for climbing on board at the heal of the hunt. Frack me. One other thing: I’d say the Europeans have already won given their dominance of the ranking (assuming that most of them front up to race). Lastly, to keep it real there should have been some of the $2million overall purse allocated to winning team (say $250K) and overall top 10 fastest times for men and women (say another $250K) instead of just ‘appearance’ money based on rankings points. Otherwise folk with other big race plans for later in the year (Javier and Alistair amongst others will be focusing on gaining Olympic selection and then preparation in May I suspect) will just turn up for the rankings check and have a giggle during the actual ‘race’.
  2. Both Yee and Bishop don’t have many races left before they start cannibalising the points they have already earned from their (5?) points results from phase 2 qualifying. Only the best 7 races count. Wheat as Brownlee and a couple of other GB athletes ranked between 50-100 have another 5 races before they cannibalise the points they already have in the bank. i remember in 2008 when Tim Don went from nowhere on the rankings list to qualifying comfortably on the back of several back to back top 5 finishes (including a World Cup win). So someone could come home from nowhere atm on the back of some solid performances in the next 4 months.
  3. By my reckoning there are 3 World Series races and 7 World Cup races - each earning Individual Olympic qualification points to run between February and the cut off on 11 May. The ranking lists will change considerably between now and then. Lots of chances for both Australia and GB to secure 3 spots in each gender. I wonder how much ITU racing AB is planning on doing until May? He’s got a maximum of 7 races in this second phase of qualifying to score points - and he’s only done two events thus far. Whilst he’s only ranked 89th a few big points hauls could see him break into the top 30 on his own steam. There are a couple of other male GB athletes floating around the top 30 as well that will be keen to impress selectors.
  4. I think Lucy has shown good progression on the run, albeit her progression did stall a bit this year (on the other hand that gritty last 3km to beat Crowley was actually impressive). Clearly she has a massive massive aerobic engine. She has the potential to work down to a 2:55 Kona run in a few years (it’s easy to forget she’s only been in the sport as an elite AGer and Pro for less than 5 years). That, combined with a fearsome swim-bike combo will take a lot of beating in Kona, even from the most likely ITU uber runners to make the switch after the Tokyo games. Ryf , Haug and Crowley are all a lot closer to the end of their careers than Lucy. Crystal ball gazing is not an accurate science, but I’d say the odds are in her favour of winning at least one Hawaiian ironman in the next 5 years.
  5. I do pretty much all of my bike training indoors, using TrainerRoad. I sometimes use Zwift, but I’m not a huge fan. I haven’t tried the Sufferfest App, but that seems geared to a different structured training regime, so while I will probably try it over the xmas-January period, I think I’ll end back on TrainerRoad before long. Especially as I am going to lock into another half Ironman (maybe even Ironman) year: Cairns, Western Sydney and maybe Busselton! Usually I watch triathlon videos but i am finding they are getting a bit repetitive. Streaming services like Netflix are fine for lower intensity workouts but I really cant concentrate on either the workout or Netflix if I’m doing a VO2 max or sweet spot workout (most TrainerRoad workouts are one of either of these). I’ve tried the CTXC videos on Utube, but watching some dude’s arse through Lycra shorts is even more boring than doing that in an actual bunch ride on the road (although the m used is pretty good). So, does anyone have any other suggestions? I’m looking for good ‘up beat’ work out music set to something mildly inspirational to watch that wont distract overly from what I am supposed to be concentrating on with the TrainerRoad workout that I’m doing. Thanks in advance.
  6. Andrew #1

    Bucket list races

    Transitions alumni Sputnik has discovered a new bucket list race. 45 years strong - how did I know know bout this gem? https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-cat-that-s-bidding-to-join-sydney-s-annual-dog-race-20191223-p53mgr.html
  7. One thing I noticed in the highlights video from Busselton: AB had a cap on for the marathon. A change from Kona. He’s learning.
  8. Do they still have the rule of allocating a slot to the country that wins their Continental championships? If so, Alastair qualified Britain for an extra slot by winning this year’s European championships back in June.
  9. Who are the contenders for the third spot on the UK Olympic Team. Yee and JB seem to be the two form British ITU racers at the moment. Of hand I can’t think of a serious rival to deny AB another Olympic shot. If he does qualify, there is little chance that he’ll go to make up the numbers: he’ll be chasing a medal. I reckon he’d actually like to anchor the relay team as well.
  10. There were four crocs sunning themselves or floating in the river adjacent to the Highway Crossing last time I was there (June last years); including one light grey coloured 4.5M behemoth. ...
  11. Dolphins swimming under your feet as you run across the bridge at Forster.
  12. The Crocs sunning themselves on the mudbank said you cross the Mowbray River in Ironman Cairns ...
  13. What about the ellipticals they are flogging at Decathlon? Any good? Also, Fitness Buddy - I would also be interested in having a read of your book.
  14. Andrew #1

    Busso 2019

    Yeah I remember that. Hamilton island in summer. Makes Kona look frigid. 😂 Seriously though, he’s done ok in the heat and humidity over the years in key races. He just needs a trucker’s hat for Kona and he’ll smash it out of the park. Eventually. He did way better this year than Macca on debut. I reckon both he and Gomez will win Kona before they retire.
  15. Andrew #1

    Wurf watch

    Last year in Kona he was towards the front half of the main pack and only 2.5 minutes off the back of that front pack. This year he felt flat in the swim and bike - he puts it down to the travel after Italy, but it might just be from laying down a 7.46 Ironman 3 weeks out. Who knows. Anyways, he came out of the water towards the back of the main pack and 5 minutes behind the very small elite selection that hammered the swim. Big difference in terms of being able to quickly move through the main pack of swimmers in the opening miles of the bike and bridge up to the Frodo pack on the QueenK. So, this year - without that late Ironman and travel 3 weeks out he might have come out towards the front of the main pack of swimmers - and only 3 minutes behind Frodo etc. However, with ITU swim training over the next 6 months, it seems likely that his swim will be more consistent - always able to place him towards the front of the main pack: whether the head of the main pack gets out of the water 2 or 4 minutes behind the first - breakaway - pack depends on how much the likes of Josh, AB and Gomez are prepared to put the hammer down in the water. If they ‘take it easy’ then Cam might actually be able to ‘tag along’. This probably means that AB and Gomez will put the hammer down to get a gap out of the water and make Cam work harder on the bike to catch up ...
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