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  1. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    Agree. In one of my earlier posts I listed it under 'advanced' skills. Sorry for taking the thread off topic. Off topic again: I had done around 50 Triathlons and Duathlons before I did my first Half Ironman. First 5 races I wore runners on flat pedals. Bought my first 'good' bike with clipless pedals on a Saturday. That afternoon rode it to a carpark to practice shoes attached to bike and raced that way the next morning. Some of these skills are very easy to learn (although it definitely helps if you have Tri shoes rather than road shoes).
  2. Rob

    Demand answers.

    In this case you have just been to the toilet In order to smell something, molecules from that 'something' have made their way to your nose. I'm guessing a lot more molecules will have landed on your hands, than what made it up your nose.
  3. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    You're approaching to overtake the rider in front when they drop their water bottle which starts rolling into your path. You could swerve, but you might misjudge the direction of the water bottle and hit it anyway, or worse take out another rider who was just starting to pass you. Or you could hold your line and bunny hop over it. No chance of hitting the water bottle, no chance of taking out another competitor. Unless of course you have never practiced a bunny hop and don't know how to do them.
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    Is drafting cheating or other?

    You sure you were not seeing the Elites (who race draft legal). Even though they were racing Sprint Distance, they started in the waves just before the Age Group Olympic Distance. I raced at St Kilda today and didn't see any blatant drafting
  5. Rob

    Official Zwift Group RIde

    Found the article https://zwiftinsider.com/setting-up-a-zwift-group-ride-the-unofficial-guide/
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    Official Zwift Group RIde

    From what I've read, they like you to help out on other rides first as a pacer or sweeper. They want to see that you are reliable and essentially know what you are doing. Rather than allowing complete unknowns to start up ride events.
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    Is drafting cheating or other?

    I've done a couple of Draft Legal races and loved them. Adds more tactics to the race. And age groupers are never going to exit the water in one big group.
  8. Rob

    Vertical Oscillation - what's going on?!

    However running in a group, especially intervals on the Track can (but not guaranteed to) help those with poor form. That is assuming the other runners in the group are running with good form.
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    Official Zwift Group RIde

    I planning to do TDZ Stage 4 Saturday morning 6am Melbourne time. Although I think I'll take it pretty cruisey because I have an Olympic Distance race on Sunday
  10. Rob

    Straddie Salute 2019

    I love tide assisted swims
  11. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    I listed these as 'advanced' skills. If you want to do swim squads with faster swimmers, you will need to tumble turn. Otherwise you will be too slow off the wall and hold others up. Plus tumble turning will result in a better quality swim session. If you want to join fast bunch rides, you need to be able handle the occasional bump. Putting your hand on another rider's shoulder while you look behind helps you hold a straight line while you look back. I have read many on this forum say you should do all your training rides without drafting because that's how we race, but I very much disagree. There is a mid week ride I join which is by far the hardest ride of the week. I have to turn myself inside out just to hang on. I simply cannot replicate this effort when riding solo (maybe others are better than me at this). I have Bunny hopped more obstacles than I care to remember. I learnt this skill as a teenager on a BMX. But it has saved me so many times. Especially if riding in a pack when someone else 'less skilled' puts you in an awkward situation. Again, I mentioned these as more advanced skills, but would still recommend learning them. None of them are difficult
  12. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    Yes I have seen plenty of crashes at or near the mount line. But the athletes with their shoes already on seem to have just as many problems (sometimes more) trying to clip in (especially when their cleats are now full of dirt). The main issue with your shoes attached is making sure you do not start pedaling with a shoe hanging upside down. There are skills worth learning and you would be surprised how quick it is to become proficient. Some people have trouble grabbing their water bottle while riding. I know athletes who stopped on the bike every time they had to eat or drink in an Ironman. If you leave your shoes attached to the bike, you do NOT need to do a flying mount. You can simply push off from a standing start with one foot on top of the shoe and swing the other leg other. The shoe on the 'other' foot needs to be flipped over (on top of the pedal) before you start pedaling. Also, depending on the size of transition, I would suggest the advantage of shoes attached to the bike is well over a minute. Based on comparing my transition times to other athletes who run in their bike shoes. Skills in general are often neglected by Triathletes. Pretty much every bike course has u-turns (often fairly tight ones). How many people practice cornering? How many practice FAST transitions in their brick sessions, taking off their wetsuits quickly, mount and dismounts, staying outside the draft zone, descending, sighting in open water, porpoising, beach starts, deep water starts, swimming around buoys, drafting in the swim? These are just the very basic skills before you get more advanced with track stands, bunny hops, riding no hands, bumping handlebars, leaning on other riders, tumble turns, dive starts, etc. They would rather spend $3,000 on a wheel upgrade that promises a 40 sec advantage over 180km.
  13. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    No I hadn't missed your point. I just don't understand why anyone would run through transition wearing their bike shoes. It is not only much slower, but also more dangerous.
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    Vertical Oscillation - what's going on?!

    Reducing ground contact time often increases vertical oscillation. I'd hate to see these sort of stats for my swimming. Given a choice, I would pick a short ground contact time over a good vertical oscillation. Although compared to me, your cadence is on the low side, but this can vary between athletes. I don't know if your slightly slower cadence is contributing to you bounding higher.
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    Advice for first 70.3

    I always have my bike shoes attached to my pedals, so run through transition in bare feet. Wet feet will pick up stuff. But this will wear off in the bike shoes and your feet will be dry in T2 and typically much cleaner when you finally put the socks on for the run. Bike shoes are not designed for running in, you will be more comfortable and much faster in bare feet. Plus the fact that you put your feet in the shoes while moving rather than stationery. Obviously something that needs to be practiced before race day. Each to their own. My Triathlon bike shoes were purchased knowing I would not have socks. My road bike shoes were purchased knowing I would be wearing socks. Same for my training and racing runners (note I use different runners for short and long course).