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Melt last won the day on August 8 2014

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  1. I used a disc (1000gm direct from China) with an 808 front on the 70.3 at 80kg. Average power 220w and 2.30 time. I think the science only puts about 40 secs difference between that and the 808 over 90km - so by the time you put power meter variances and aero variances the times seem to align pretty well. Hairy legs or sleeves apparently make more of a difference, so what you feel better on is probably the best bet!
  2. I’m in for the 70.3. Haven’t done anything that long for 4 years, so will be educational! # 2822
  3. I flew Qantas yesterday. No issue with a Scicon Tri bag.
  4. The whole 13 hour thing is a time made up for MOP’s to feel elite. My times have varied from AG win to 13 hrs, my effort I was most proud of was 13 hrs because I had to battle to finish. My wife trained really well for 15 hrs a week over 4 months, she would have finished in 13.5 hrs in a perfect race and finished after a real battle in 14.5. Again, I was really proud of her.
  5. I’m excited, unfortunately not sporting leave but snagged a luxury escapes deal at what turned out to be the host hotel....cocktails, massages. Not sure I’ll be in any fit state to race!
  6. I wouldn’t be spending hard earned money on travelling to qualify unless I was hitting some minimum benchmark times. Probably 4.15-4.25 in a local 70.3 and 4.30-4.45 overseas (allowing for a roll down). You may get lucky beyond this, but that’s a big bet. Before you target races I would suggest pick one leg specifically to improve to within the qualifying zone then progress from there. The run will likely be the most challenging and biggest enabler and that’s probably around 1.25 (local) and 1.35 (overseas) for a stand-alone 21km. The improvement from 6+ hours is a lot, and doing it this way could allow a much more specific focus on the technique to get there. It also saves a bucket load of wasted time if you aren’t making the changes required, as running 6hrs a week would be a lot. You’ll find out within 12-15 weeks if it’s achievable, and if you can do the run the other 2 legs are generally more attainable.
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    Zipp recall query

    Assuming tubular, certainly possible (and likely) without tyre damage, but they could never guarantee integrity of glue or the tyre afterwards - and I wouldn't take the risk if I was them. The question on cost is subjective...I agree that Zipp should pay if it's their recall.
  8. I'm in Albury for a week from April 18th and the main pool looks like it closes April 15th (Wodonga in March)! I know there are a few on this forum from the area, is there anywhere else close to swim after this date?
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    Ironman Cairns 2016

    In for the 70.3. Started training on Sunday, got some work to do!
  10. Neither is really beneficial vs $ cost. 10 weeks is too early, 3 weeks is too late. 5-8 weeks is probably the sweet spot to do a 70.3 at full pace and get benefit for the IM. You can easily do it at 3 weeks as others said, but probably need to keep at IM pace or it will likely take too long too recover.
  11. I've got a mate that qualified on 10-12 hrs a week, then backed it up with a 9.30 at Kona. A couple of things though......1) very genetically blessed, and 2) his sessions were absolutely brutal 80% of the time. Most people are not 1) and would hate to do 2).
  12. My first IM we had an aupair (2 kids, 6 and 8) and for us as a couple it was not a great outcome. I became a little selfish and allowed the aupair to fill the family time gaps, and we drifted as a family. When I KQ'd the family had first priority and IM was built around it. A few key principles in the approach: Identify the hours I'd not miss important family stuff - for me it was before 7.00am most weekdays and 8.00-8.30am on Saturday (sport). I'd normally kick off at 4.30am to 5.15am. One BIG day each week. If I was out for 5 hours it may as well be 7. Between this 7hr day and 5x1.5hr weekday and 3hr Saturday morn, I was only looking for another 2.5hrs. Consistency. I did about 17-19hrs a week (with 13hr easy weeks) without fail but nothing bigger. None of the massive weeks that I knew would tire me out. This allowed me to do most of my sessions to the planned intensity and I could also deal with home. By not missing a session it also meant I didn't have to make it up during more important time. Bricks were critical. I was normally aiming for 12 sessions a week, so by doing 4 sessions as bricks it meant only 8 training instances. You can easily get a solid swim and run in 1.5hrs, and I'd also run off the bike each day on the weekends. Weekly planning 2-3 weeks ahead with my wife......she didn't give a toss what I did, but cared about what I didn't! Normally worked, but she still threw in a few surprise diary appointments. Very different outcome this time, and my wife was actually excited when I finished!
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    P2 vs P3

    Yes, looks great. A TT bike would give almost no improvement once you've got the new lower stem.
  14. Melt

    Caden vs Dura Ace

    Caden's are very similar shape/design to Hed which are pretty aero. Without tunnel testing it is a reasonable assumption they would perform very close.
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