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  1. Jay

    Mt Cootha - Strava

    It used to be 8 laps ride, 3 laps run as a strength, confidence day.
  2. Masters rowing starts at 27, with wide age groups at the bottom I.e 27-35, 36-42, 43-49 then 5 year jumps from 50 up to 80, then 3 year jumps to 89 for Average age of crew. Doesn’t matter your personal age, have raced in a crew with average age under 30 when I was 52.
  3. We've come across these bad boys and girls a couple of time on the cycling paths around Rotterdam - Scottish Highland Cows (I think) - discretion is the better path of valor and we find an alternative route. Also have come up on anywhere from 2 to a dozen horses from time to time. Didn't realize the Netherlands was such a horsey country until we got here.
  4. Left sunny Brisbane in 2014 for 3 years of Chicago USA before moving to cycling heaven in the Netherlands earlier this year. Sad to say, that while not actually flush with cycling routes, and the winter weather was a bitch, I felt safer riding around Chicago northside and even though Chicago Downtown than I have on a few of the rides around brissy. Some of the organised rides around Illinois and Wisconsin were fantastic. You can ride from Chicago along the lake up to Wisconsin without any issue. The drivers were all courteous and respectful of any cyclist out and about. Have to say though, observation from both US and Netherlands, rarely see packs of more then 4, and seems most are pairs riding about, particularly here in Ned. The cycle infrastructure here in cities with paths/highways networks across the country are exceptional, and can't believe I'm saying it but am missing the hills. Oh for a Nebo/Glorious or even just a Cootha or two. Even Dutton climb would do. The agro in the who motorist/cyclist debate in Aus is just sickening.
  5. I've tried one and it works surprising well, hardly notice it's there. Good for securing your gear and for safety/viability/be seen perspective. Seen it used more in US and Europe open water swimming. Talking to people who have them, one of the major reason for use is as a confidence boost for pool swimmers moving to open water, if they get into trouble, you have something to hang on to.
  6. Not sure what it's for but it looks cool.
  7. I supported a swimmer in this a couple of years ago and arranged the boat through a friend (sorry, that option is not available anymore), and the swimmer managed to arrange the paddler through connections at work. Worth trying some of the WA sailing clubs to see what is available and also suggest above to look at Rottie swim noticeboard. . Is a great event and well run, but weather was fantastic for the year I was there. Can't think how they could arrange a one to one Swimmer/Boat/Paddler, it's massive and there are people, kayaks and boats everywhere. The do arrange a couple of helicopters on shark watch which I would say is appreciated.
  8. So had my perspective on Winter training seriously altered after dinner with one of the local guys here in the US to talk about cycling routes. He gave us some great tips and pointers, seems southern Michigan is the place to head to, about an hours drive north, nothing really around Chicago. I asked him about winter training, and he tells me he rides his road bike, with 25mm Conti Gatorskins just about every day of the year to and from work. His threshold to not ride is if the day starts below -10 and looks to be staying or heading lower. He then clarified and said that was -10F - which in normal speak is just under -23C........
  9. Jay

    Chicago Worlds

    Have been told there are two seasons in Chicago - winter and construction, would appear to explain all the street and bridge closures. And expected water temp - this from the FAQ of the annual Big Shoulders Swim run in early September probably sums it up best. Q: What is the expected water temperature on race day? A: You are kidding, right? Water temps have varied between 60-80°F (15-25°C). Lake Michigan is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, and wind and currents can cause vast changes in water temperature in a very short period of time. Check out http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/michigan/m54.html for real time temps
  10. Jay

    Chicago Worlds

    Tis true, Lush and I are fully committed to ITU and have relocated to Chicago so we can acclimatize before the race. So first impressions, flat, pot holes, limited riding routes (but we haven't been here long), great running city, drivers are much nicer to cyclists, no 50m pools and as per standard ITU events, freezing open water swimming.
  11. Jay

    Selling a bike

    Is this Triathlon Marketplace the best for selling stuff or is something like eBay, Gumtree, BikeExchange or even Transition better? I'll shortly be selling a bunch of bits and pieces from Disc to head stems & seats and possibly a bike or two.
  12. Commit to ITU for 2015. Get some point for Std/sprint Aus team selection. Relocate to Chicago end March, allow time to acclimatise and train for Worlds in September. Do worlds.
  13. Jay

    WTC transfer policy

    Al, time to finally turn your back on WTC,you've defended them long enough. Give Challenge Roth a go, they have a better withdraw policy, are nicer to deal with and hold a better race. And at your age with recent history, you need a organisation with a better withdraw policy.
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