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Melt last won the day on August 8 2014

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About Melt

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  • Birthday 01/02/1973

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  1. On the TA site I think it said late April the races would be confirmed. Can’t see it on mobile but read it on desktop.
  2. I’ve flown about every 3 months with a Scicon tri bag, last time a fortnight ago. At most tri races it is around 70% of the bags off the plane. No issues whatsoever on Qantas.
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    Busso 2019

    Triratings tried to apply some level of science to comparing Ironman courses. All the Oz courses are within 11 mins on average of each other at 9hrs. Cairns is slowest (swims and run) and Busso quickest (bike). Port Mac has the quickest run but a slower bike. Some of the differences are probably course but some are probably typical weather. That 11 mins equates to 2% difference in time across the 3 and is less than a lot of transitions I see, so the difficulty argument in Oz hasn’t got much truth to it.
  4. My 2 cents worth....I used to be rigid in limiting toys then read something from Brett Sutton that said triathletes can mix it up if it helps them swim longer with form. I now use them about 50% of my laps....... don’t think my speed has improved or declined but my swims are less boring and feel like less effort! 14min km, 53-55min IM but poor technique and certainly not a gun swimmer.
  5. Your program looks good to me for base phase, though I’d personally feel claustrophobic having to do something both morning and night so early in a season. Another alternative is a couple more bricks in the week or the weekend to keep up the frequency, but also give you more free time when it’s not your biggest life focus and you don’t want it to become grind yet. I would normally have a full rest day in base phase, but as my fitness and training ramps up I turn it into easy recovery swim e.g 2km with snorkel. Actually helps shed fatigue and allows me to focus on one less session in the week when I am doing higher quality sessions.
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    Noosa Triathlon

    Well done, certainly steady progression over the years! Sub 2 in another 15 years!
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    Xiamen 70.3

    Well done on the race. I was there too and agree the run felt super hot even if the temperatures didn’t show it. The average times were a lot slower than prior years on the run.
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    Ash Gentle - Xiamen 70.3

    I did it on the weekend. Best organised event of the 20 or so I’ve been. The swim was long by about 200m and the opposite of prior years being against the current, bit of wind on the bike too so the pro results were pretty strong.
  9. 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!
  10. I’m in for the 70.3. Haven’t done anything that long for 4 years, so will be educational! # 2822
  11. I flew Qantas yesterday. No issue with a Scicon Tri bag.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
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