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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    Wurf watch

    Towards the end of that podcast Cam discloses that he has had a meeting with the TA selectors and they have set him specific swimming goals/benchmarks to achieve in training before they select him for another World Cup race. So, it seems his Olympic canalising is still on at this stage. Edit: the clever bum comments below made do a double take - ‘canalising’ = campaign. Obviously. I must have hit the wrong key and didn’t pick up the autocorrect.
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    Mick Fuller phoning it in for Nancy Reagan: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fuller-says-he-has-a-right-to-come-out-and-stand-by-policing-methods-20191122-p53d9e.html oh, well - its not his kids in the firing line. His get on the turps and drive home drunk. How good is that? I was working as a staffer for the newly elected NSW Labor government when 15 year old Anna Wood died of an (assumed you be) Eccy OD. Her authoritarian parents have led the ‘just say no’ and law and order approach charge ever since. At the time, and now I am certain that if they had given Anna my verboten ‘hot tips’ she’d likely still be alive. Almost certainly if there was a pill testing regime in place. Surely that’s what counts most - keeping our kids alive until they grow up. In saying that i am not oblivious to the dangers of addiction. Especially of amphetamines and derivatives such as MDMA. But dead Is dead. No coming back from that.
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    That’s ok. Better keep it under the carpet. Scare them about the risk without giving them the info that might actually save their lives. Maybe cutting the break lines on a P plater’s car will scare them into slowing down as well. awesome.
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    Hot tipS for your kids who may want to experiment, even if they deny it: 1. make sure someone else is the lab rat. Watch them take whatever it is that is going around and wait at least 20 minutes before you even think of taking it. 2. Whatever you do, don’t travel with it to a venue. preload. 3. designed sober companions are essential. 4. don’t be afraid to seek immediate help if it starts to go south; and 5. Make sure that they know that you will have their back and won’t be overly judgmental BUT that they can always call you in an emergency.
  20. Lol. That was my thinking as well. I reckon you need a fascia release. Bowen massage. It may leave you feeling a bit discombobulated for 3-4 days but like a million bucks after that.
  21. It’s over 16 minutes right now. Sigh. The rot set in in late May last year. I’d actually doe a 2km triathlon swim in 28 minutes in April and 13 minutes and change for 1km (Garmin measured) in Sydney Harbour just before that and had rolled out a lazy 14:40 in the pool as well. Then I got ‘golfers’ elbow and my 2km swim time dropped 10 minutes, just like that: 38+ for IM Cairns 70.3. 3 plasma injections and 18 months later I can now do about 5km per week in the pool without pain. Anyway, enough of my pity party. Can I comment on this thread Peter?
  22. This. No point doing drills or even trying to focus on technique unless you can visualise what you are doing wrong. I reckon I learned more over a period of two weeks than in 10 years of old school squad from a few simple technique session squads where the (very good) coach simply used my iPad to video me for 10-15 seconds a time for about 5 times from above the waterline over a period of about 10 minutes of a normal 90 minute squad session, then pulled me to one side of the pool and reviewed this with me and then put me in a seperate lane with specific drills to address said issues. She then did the same to others in the squad and had each of us swimming 5-10 per hundred faster within a fortnight.
  23. After your base phase, there are only three true key sessions each week for the Build and peak phases: long bike, long run and long swim. Suggest you do the bike and run for time and not distance BUT as a discipline to ensure that swimming is not neglected, aim for a 4km swim session at least once a week. That way you’ll never be fatigued coming out of the water and onto the bike. You seem to have enough time on your hands to manage the weekends, so if your body is young and strong enough to handle it then a 4km swim Friday, long (4-6hr) bike Saturday, with short run brick (30 minutes, building to an hour or more 6 weeks out from Ironman), then a 2 hr run Sunday morning (with the option of a 30-60 minute run in the evening to make it a double run day) - right there: that is 90% enough training for the build phase of an Ironman. Monday off. Quality intensity short sessions on Tuesday-Thursday and you are done.
  24. Doing a swim and then straight away a brick would kind of make it a ‘super brick’, wouldn’t it? Personally I like a ‘super brick’ as a time crunched training hack. I also like days off. Mark Allen always said, that you don’t improve from hard training, you improve from the rest you take after hard training. I reckon for time crunched workers who are training for an Ironman that two days off - Monday and Friday - are a good option. Use the rest on Friday to recover from the shorter - more ‘quality’ focused mid week sessions, before the long aerobic stuff you need to do on the weekend. Monday’s are to recover from that before stepping back into the shorter, more intense sessions mid week. I also reckon that once you get older (over 45), especially if you have a lot of miles already in the bank, that splitting up your long bike from your long run makes sense. For example - having Saturday as a down day before a long bike ride-short run brick on Sunday is a good option. Then Monday swim and yoga or something like that. Tuesday massage, no training intensity at all - just active recovery: maybe a commuter bike ride or an hour noodling in the small chain ring in the park or on a bike-way. Wednesday morning long run, then a recovery swim (maybe 25 minutes open water). 24 hours off until Thursday afternoon quality (intervals) bike, Friday quality (intervals) run & quality (4km squad) swim after work.
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    Come back Master Wayne. Gotham needs you.
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