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  1. chappy019

    Best cheapest smart trainer for zwift

    Im in the Wahoo camp - I brought the gen 3 over new year - had brought a gen 2 during a boxing day sale but order never processed and ended up being sold out. Was spewing as I really only wanted to spend $1k on it - the store gave good reviews for the elite and cycleops that they could do for that price. I decided to part with the extra cash for the Wahoo pretty much purely because it came with the cassette already, was plug and play and the resale considering most gen 1 are still sold for $900 bucks in a matter of hours on tri marketplace. Its been awesome and the ability to swap up to 4 bikes in and out of it (road and TT for mrs and I) in a matter of seconds picks up instantly through mobile, ipad or windows laptop on trainer road. As above has been the best investment that ive made for training.
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    Zoggs Gel Warning

    ive found the best anti fog to be baby shampoo - think I may have even read it on here. At least if you don't wash it out properly your running with the no more tears mentality!!
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    Kona Slot Giveaway

    I can see both sides to it - those inside the sport i can appreciate that the majority feel it's unfair or undeserved. Those outside the sport probably lean more towards the "feel good" element of the story. I guess as a business WTC are responsible for determining the grey of who deserves what for their event, and as a large corporate they choose what they believe is bang for buck from a marketing $ perspective. Similar to sportsbet who during the week paid the pensioner 5k when the TAB wouldnt honour his 2k win. Cheapest bit of marketing they will do all year with the greatest positive brand impact. I guess at the end of the day it really show that KONA is now an event run by a corporate entity - not a championship governed by an international federation or industry body
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    Ironman World Champs 2018

    the men's shapes as a great race - as it should. Agree Jan looks hungry - commentators at frankfurt felt the crash and the way Josh shock the field up may have him less than 100% as well but he proved them wrong. I think the one thing we know is that Josh races one way and that will be the plan again in kona - it wont be a sit and sprint affair like cairns almost played out (did i really just use that expression for an ironman?!! :P) sounds like Wulf will do the same on the bike as last year - can Lange hang at the front of the bike and then run like last year? looked to sting him a bit in frankfurt. If Josh and Wulf go balls out on the ride I cant see gomez hanging on - he was last wheel of the cairns pack from a long way out - maybe not this year but in the next 3. Any news on whether Tim Don will get an entry? As pieman said Sanders seems to have picked a predominately heavy 70.3 schedule so far this season - after last year and that toughness you would be crazy to count him out. The ladies seems to be more between Ryf and Charlies - they present as the standouts to me with Carfrae, Sarah, Jackson and Adams probably racing for 3rd. All of the above could go out the window very quickly - and that for me is what makes it so great a sport to watch!
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    I completely understand as athletes the "feel" of the devaluation of the qualification process. but doesn't an organisation who by it's own admission offers spots that can be auctioned off to the highest bidder to attend, devalue its own world championship / brand? Surely if they as the owners of the event don't have a problem with its commercialisation / devaluation do any of us really think that they have an issue with the qualifying times of its attendees? To me it's kind of like the active fee conversation - you know the rules and either opt in and play by them or you don't. Opting in and then complaining about them after the fact is pointless.
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    Well there you go! Apologies if that opens a hornets nest! It seems that regardless of how much of society today is geared towards anti bullying, inclusion and the like, almost all facets still suffer from some degree of wanting to devalue other people's achievements. Can't we all just get along? *insert multiple giant sized sarcastic emoji's
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    Kona qualifier 15+

    So i guess if we are changing the Kona qualification to the best 50 across any age group we should do the same for the ITU world champs as well? I am an average 70.3 and olympic distance athlete so either are of no bearing to me personally. I just don't understand how there doesn't seem to be the same conversation about athletes who "qualify" to represent Australia in years where the event is held overseas where qualification is essentially pay to go and few if any age groups take the maximum allocation per age group. Are they any less worthy of calling themselves an australian representative then this girl is of a Kona qualifier? It's not like the qualification process for Kona isn't known before the event - no one can complain that the goal posts are moved on them after the fact.
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    Cairns 2018

    im not sure mate - I dont recall seeing a TO come past - as above at that time the Pros would have been making there way to Port Douglas on lap 1 - Id hasten a guess that with maybe 4/5 bikes on course they concentrate on the palm cove to port and back laps for the IM rather than the last 40 mins of 2.45 70.3 bike leg!
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    Cairns 2018

    I did the 70.3 last year on what was a pretty good day weather wise for cairns. the initial road out of palm cove is bumpy as all hell and has a couple of speed bumps from memory - definitely worth securing your nutrition! The ride in general is pretty nice - being able to have a peek across the road and into the ocean is a good mental break. The rolling start means that there were people everywhere - I wouldn't say its dedicated trains of drafters, just clumps of people at the same point on the course at the same time. There is a bit of shade and coverage on the way out to the turn - Rex's is talked about like MFD - reality is if you have done any training other than windtrainer or flat timetrialling you should be able to spin up it without to many dramas! As above there is a couple of good decents that you get a little chop out from. Turn around and then work back into Palm Cove is reasonably uneventful - Look for the leading men to be heading out to Port Douglas at a rate of knots with the tailwind. The last 30km I found hard mentally - you are exposed on the road back to cairns and with traffic flowing alongside, it can make it difficult to get around some of the larger groups. You go from having the whole road to having a shoulder which can be a little frustrating. The turn off to then go out around the back of the fields before getting back on the road to transition played with my mind as it seemed pointless - I like the idea of riding to and from somewhere - doing a detour to make up kms to effectively end up back in the same spot felt like a bit of a drag. (we hadn't driven this part of the course so it was probably more of the fact I didn't know where and what to expect then it being completely pointless!) Back past the airport and then head into transition - couple of roundabouts to negotiate and your done. I think its a course where you have a good opportunity to get what you deserve - if you have done the work you will enjoy it.
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    Best AG IM coaches - QLD or Online

    Pieman I don't swim with them so I can't comment on that part of the coaching - but OP asked about online coaches, so the relevance of stroke correction in that environment is zero really isn't it 🤔 If runs on the board is measured purely only by kona qualifiers then you are probably right - I must have missed that in the initial post
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    Best AG IM coaches - QLD or Online

    Have had experience with both Tzero and SBR and can speak highly of both. my girlfriend works FIFO and has a program set up through Emma Quinn at Tzero thats set up week to week and participates in group stuff with SBR when back in Bris. Head Coach Rich won Ultra Man last year so knows a thing or 2 about Long Course! Alternatively my experience with SBR has been great as a club that is very welcoming and with Michelle Cooper and David Tabernacle has some pretty knowledgeable coaches.
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    Who's trying to qualify for itu worlds?

    its effectively the same ride course as far as I can tell as the previous luke harrop set up (out of transition to the left up to queen street lights). strange that the swim only details the sprint course with bike and run making note that its 2 laps of designated course. would imagine an up and back on same course. They will have had plenty of opportunity to experiment with it over the last cpl of years with 2 luke harrops, ITU and comm games!
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    Mooloolaba Start Waves

    cat apologies my post wasn't clear - I don't think you can race (as in participate) without being a TA member either from having to buy a one day membership or annual. Your point about points eligibility is correct. yeah I also would prefer to keep my 7.02 start time! 2 qualifying races changed to Duathlons and now wave startgate - TA are probably thinking "just when we thought all the stars aligned with a home based world champs"! expect the unexpected!
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    Mooloolaba Start Waves

    ex I think you only need to nominate and pay the nomination fee before team is announced but would need to be TA member either through one day or annual to race anyway.
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    Mooloolaba Start Waves

    can appreciate the concerns regarding conditions and age up gaps etc. as a rough estimate what % of entrants would it be assumed are competing for points? Last year there were 166 men competing in 30-34, 208 in 35-39, 218 in 40-44 - obviously an increase in total competitor numbers would be expected this year given it is double points. But I can't help but think that maybe only a 3rd of all of those were genuinely FOP and the MOP and BOP actually don't care what the time difference between the waves is and just dont wanna be stuggling down the esplanade at 11-12 in the heat. be interesting to see how it plays out - what interest does "Ironman" as an organization have on setting up a preference for an itu qualification process vs potentially the interests of the larger % of there customers who might be MOP/BOP/ bucket listers.
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