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  1. Rob

    Ironman Frankfurt

    She looked terrible when they pulled her off the course. Very high risk of serious health issues if she was allowed to continue. I believe the volunteers did the right thing (and probably would have been more criticised if they let her go). Sarah should have stopped at the last aid station, rested, drank and ate. 13 mins spare for a Kona slot meant she could have rested (and drank) for up to 10 mins. Her state at the time probably meant she was not capable of logical thought. Missing Kona this year will really suck, but will not wreck her career. Gives her an opportunity to set up well (ie. qualify early) for next year. And hopefully this experience will help her listen to her body better.
  2. Great thread! I find that when I increase my running and/or cycling, it has a direct impact on my swim times (more so than the other way round). It will affect your time trials and your later efforts to hit split times. Keep this in mind if your times drop by a couple of seconds. During taper I decrease the running & cycling load but maintain swimming and my splits drop back down. @Lost in transition most people would not do the same swim sets week in, week out. The 20x100 CSS on Monday & 5x400 CSS on Wed is something I might do once a month to gauge progress.
  3. Rob

    Lausanne Bike Course

    I think it depends on the rider. I'll be using a Roadie (with clip-on tri-bars) for 70.3 Worlds in Nice due to the 30 odd kilometres of descending (a fair bit of it quite technical). Descending on a roadie will not only be quicker (for me), but I will also be far more relaxed, so expend less energy. Whereas a pro triathlete with far more experience (and ability) riding technical descents on their Triathlon bike would have a different bike choice. Note that I would choose my Triathlon Bike for Lausanne.
  4. I'm too stupid to understand your response
  5. I realise you mention this in jest. But you are referring to someone who is a natural talent at any sport she tries. If would be more of a surprise if she wasn't very successful. On the other hand, if someone like me suddenly improved and became ranked 600th Tennis player in the world, then definitely send in the drug testers.
  6. The last Half Ironman I did was Geelong 70.3. Out of 270 female competitors, only 27 broke 5 hours, 6 of those were Pros. So we are talking about going from near the back of the pack to age group podium. And TC keeps on stating that the person in question is far from a natural athlete.
  7. I don't really understand why anyone would not be encouraging TC to dob in a suspected doper. Pretty much all Age Group testing is targeted (dobbed in or very fast). Drug testing relies on us identifying and reporting suspect athletes. TC has not named the athlete. She will have to pee into a cup, and nobody has to know unless she fails the drug test. So no harm done if the athlete in question is clean. Yes it is just a hobby, but racing against cheats ruins the enjoyment. My sister used to play low level competition tennis. Her and her friends were not very good, but they enjoyed their weekend tennis game and being an actual competition made it more fun than just a social game. There were no umpires, so players made all the line calls themselves (honesty system). Unfortunately some of the opposition continually lied, calling my sister's shots out (even though you could see the mark where the ball landed). Most opposition were honest, but there were enough cheats that it ruined the fun and my sister and her friends all quit. Enough people quit and the club folds.
  8. Rob

    Advice for first 70.3

    You get up to race pace then pop your first foot in the shoe. Takes 2 or 3 seconds, you drop 1 or 2kph. Back up to race pace, then the next foot. Compared to being stationery in transition while putting your shoes on and then having to run through transition in bike shoes. We have a couple of fast triathletes in our club who still put their bike shoes on and off in transition - they loose well over a minute to the rest of us in transition every race. A bit disappointing when you see some of the pros who obviously don't practice this skill. Rule number one - keep looking straight ahead. If you have to look down, glance down and then continue looking ahead. Exactly the same for when grabbing and returning your bidon.
  9. Not sure enjoyment is the feeling I experience during a Triathlon. I would probably find a different past time if enjoyment was my first priority. For me it is satisfaction, a sense of personal achievement. Obviously Kona is the ultimate sense of achievement for a lot of Triathletes. But I still don't see it as a 'Failure' if you never go. Note that I do enjoy a lot of the training.
  10. If I am not doing a reasonable amount of exercise, I am impossible to live with. When I am injured, I am told I run in my sleep. Obviously I need help
  11. Are John Landy, Ron Clarke and Sebastian Coe failures because they never raced an Olympic Marathon? Neither Brownlee has raced Kona, nor did Emma Snowsill, Emma Carney or Emma Moffatt (among many others) I have coached 2 different athletes to ITU, Age Group, Standard Distance, World Champion podiums. Neither of them have raced anything above Olympic Distance. Are they failures?
  12. Rob

    Taupo Qualification

    Qualification is based on your age group position in your qualifying race. So your age group for the World Champs is irrelevant (opposite to ITU Short Course Worlds)
  13. If using the metrics in Training Peaks, you need to constantly check (and fix) the data. Garbage in, garbage out. This means fixing heart rate and power meter spikes. Also means your threshold values have to be accurate (and kept up to date), because the TSS is calculated from threshold. Sometimes I just overwrite the recorded TSS value because it is obviously wrong. The swim TSS typically reads high. Partly because Triathletes tend to be one paced in their swim times (ie. 200m pace is similar to 1,000m pace) and I think the swim algorithm needs more work. I get around this by setting the swim threshold a bit faster. Absolutely agree with lzbones about time in zones and avoiding "no man's land". By using the workout builder or prescribing a duration and effort level for each scheduled session it will calculate the expected TSS. If the actual TSS is significantly different, chances are the session was not done in the prescribed zone(s).
  14. Regardless of what sentence she receives, I believe anyone who kills someone else as a result of careless/dangerous driving should be banned from holding a driver's licence for the rest of their life. I've only ever seen a 2 year ban from driving, which I find ridiculous.
  15. Rob

    Garmin 945

    I might not go back 7 years, but I definitely go back over my race data. Everyone's different, but for me, if I'm not learning from my races, why am I doing it. Why did I run slower this race, was my bike wattage too high, or maybe my power wasn't constant enough. Maybe a different cadence had an affect. Did I run the first kilometre too fast (or maybe too slow). The more race data I have, the more I learn how to improve. During the bike and run I glance at my Garmin from time to time to confirm it matches how I feel. It is after the race that I spend the most time going through the data.
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