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  1. From a slightly different perspective, get someone to film you at least from above and side on so you can get a visual cue of how you swim. have a look at some online videos (there is a world of them on youtube and I have pasted a couple of them for you) Try them out without any thought on the pace you are swimming and this has to be done over some time so that the skill becomes ingrained and then you can increase the effort / pace. Sample videos to consider https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HLW2AI1Ink https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BJCxP6RcjE On top of that what distance events are you targeting and what you want to get out of the racing as this may influence the outcome. eg: If your holding 1:45s and focused on IM perhaps there is not a much value in spending time to reduce your swim time. If your focus is on sprint / Olympic and want to be a the front of the pack then you will need to be faster. I have always been at the pointy end of the swim and used to spend 3-4 sessions in the pool. Over the last 2 years I have reduced this to 2 sessions per week and investing the additional time into recovery and riding/running and just ensuring my swim is smooth and as effortless as possible. My pool training times have gone from 1:30-1:35 mark to 1:45-1:50 mark yet when it comes to race time still knocking out a 0:55 IM Port Mac or 1:05 Kona swim (the latter was ridiculously cruisey).
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    New 70.3 in Oceania

    I disagree, I'd choose Melbourne for a PB over Shep.. only my opinion ;-). Beach road is a much faster ride, the surface super smooth, Shep is rough road and fully exposed to the winds. The swim course is not as fast as the course is not wide enough and you have people on top of each other, that slows you down. I've even had someone so off course on the Shep M shape that the swum into me head on (nasty little blood nose for the remainder of the race). Stephen
  3. Blobby

    Giro Della Donna 2019

    im heading up there for a spin thru the hills. hopefully i can have a dry ride, yet to experience that as yet.
  4. Being tossing this up for a few weeks and finally made a decision to give it a go. I've just entered and wondering if anyone is heading up from Melbourne or if anyone has a spare bunk before I go and book some accommodation. Stephen
  5. Quick report. 1st Kona, via the legacy program. I would love to think I can qualify via the normal process, however nutritional problems plague the back end of any endurance event - ending in vomiting whether it be IM or long rides. I spent a number of sessions with Monash Uni having gut tests and sweat tests and we set about a program to resolve the problem over the 6 months leading into Kona. Signed up with TriTravel to do the conditioning tour and had an absolute blast and the whole experience lived up to all the expectations. Had some long sessions on the bike riding up Hawi and back to town and got to experience the brutality of the winds and associated heat challenges. On this pre-race day ride the wind was ferocious but doable and according to the pro's on Strava indicated that it was a really bad day. Also did a long run from the run turn around in town all the way out the energy lab, so got to see the entire length of the course which ended up proving to be really valuable come race day. The race week lead in was awesome, getting to meet so many greats of the sport (Dave, Marc, Paula, Michellie, Cam Wurf etc....) and the functions for the Aussie/NZ team as well as a special nibbles and drink for the Legacy athletes. Spent a night doing the Manta ray dive and a day driving the island, eating portugese donuts, visit to the volcano, which was a nice break from all the race prep. Race day Being the 1st year of the swim waves, meant a very low stress, post check in, got to spend time back in our hotel (Kona Seaside) and watch the earlier wave starts (my start was the last and was 1:05 after the male pro's headed out. Got to watch the male pro's exit the water before being bundled down the steps into the water to begin the short swim out to the start line. Whilst I thought there was only going to be 100 legacy athletes in the wave it was much larger and looks like we had just short of 300 athletes starting in this wave. I started on the right hand side and was quite stunned to see people take off at break neck speed. Swim is my best leg and had decided to find some feet and just sit in and enjoy the drag. It was quite a slow pace and tried a few times to go past the feet I was on, only to find that the 2 sets of feet I was following didn't want me to go, so I just dropped back in behind them. Wasn't long before we were passing the back end of the last of the ladies and the fun of trying to find a good line through the swarm of people. Got a kick from a female that set my watch to transition mode, so from that point on had no idea of the pace. Arrived back on shore in 1:05:30 which was the end of the range that I expected. I normally swim around the 55-58 mins and this had been cruisey. On to the bike and its taken me a few years to learn to ride at a consistent pace and avoid surging and not being able to bring the back end of the ride home. Just prior to heading over to Kona my PM died and I had to switch to one off the roadie and knowing they are not the same numbers, we decided on a range (20min FTP test in the week before going over and an hour FTP test on the Queen K 1 week pre-race), so we had a new number to work with and a range. Dave Scott had mentioned a few times that the race doesn't start until the 160km mark of the bike and the 30km mark of the run, so I just settled into a nice comfortable power and focussed on nutrition and ensuring I managed the heat. The ride out of Kona is slightly uphill before you drop down into Kawaihei, and start the climb to Hawi. Thoroughly enjoyed this section and got to see my wife and daughter at around the 45km mark (TriTravel take them on a bus out to see us), and was amazed at how much effort people were putting into the ride. Before turning the corner we got to see the male pro's returning and it was clear that they were flying, but the back few bikes in the lead pack were definitely pushing the draft zone. The crosswinds across to the base of the climb were strong and then the head wind up the climb. got to the turnaround, picked up the special needs drink nutrition and started the decent. The winds were certainly up, but not quite as bad as our training ride, but still there were a few people that had come off. Took the right hand turn back onto the Queen K and decided it was time to start picking up the pace, and really enjoyed the trip back into town, passing so many people that had pushed to hard earlier. Managed to put away 8 bottles of fluid plus my 4 bidons, (1.6l litres per hour) so I was confident that my nutrition was on track according to my tests and trials. Ride time was a very comfortable 5:21:34 and keeping a 13watt differential between AVG pwr and NP (I was planning on this only being around 5, but there was a number of surges down during the day to keep out of draft zones.) Onto the run and prove the litmus test for the nutrition and up Palani on to Kukini waving to the family before settling into my race rhythm. Had the pleasure of being passed by Jan as he turned the corner (he at km 41 me at km 1), I gave him a pat on the back and he was gone. Checking my race pace it was still a little quick (my aim was for around the 6min km) so I started to ease back and then got to see iFoz cheering everyone on outside the Royal Kona. At the far turnaround I was passed by John Hill and watched him run off, as I continued to find my speed and get used to the heat. Ran back past iFoz, then my family and walked up Palani to the Queen Q and started the section out to the energy lab. Around km 15 I could feel my gut starting to misbehave, and had to slow up and ease some burps out, and realised over the next few km, that some walking was going to be required. Not long after this caught up to Ken Glah who was competing in his 36 Kona, and after a short chat I ran off feeling a little more upbeat. Not to much further on I ran past John again, his day was done and would be walking it home. Down into the energy lab, by this stage the sun had gone behind the clouds and the sting of the heat had disappeared, walked a portion of the flat section and the uphill out of the energy lab, Saw a few friends on the return out and wondered how long it would be before the ran past me, but somehow I managed to find some more walk / run on the way back into town and they didn't catch me. Walked the final hill up to Palani thinking about the iron war on this very section, and then ran down the hill, into town and across the finish line. Somehow managed to keep from throwing up but went straight into medical tent and received 2 drips (I had lost 4.5kg). This was the 1st race that I had manged to keep from throwing up in and keep taking on fluid throughout the run. Albeit I only managed to ingest 1 cliff chew bar, 2 cups of gatorade, the rest was just water for the entire run leg. This was not what my nutrition plan was, but it was ll I could do on the day. Run time was 4:50 which was a little off target but the best I could do on the day. (Dream was 3:50, with 4:15 being more realistic). Absolutely loved the whole experience and would love to do this again one day with a bunch of mates once they get there. Closed out the day with 11:28 and overall place of 1387, not bad for someone who can't qualify. Then got a surprise when a friend mentioned I had won my age group, which was a great laugh. On the IM tracker the category I started in (last wave is known as the Kukui), and they have age groups for them. I had won the 50-54 age group.
  6. Just came across a new line of clothing.
  7. Headed down to Lorne on the weekend for the annual Amy Gillet Foundation ride with a bunch of mates. Another great event was put on by the organisers unfortunately spoiled a little bit by the wet conditions. For me it was a great distraction from Kona training and an opportunity to jump on the road bike and just do something different. Having not ridden any real hills with intensity, and having a cold, I wasn't sure how it would all pan out, but ended up with many strava PB's and then took great care on the final descent in the rain, wanting to make sure that I stayed upright and in good shape for Kona. Was passed by a bunch of around 30 on the descent and had to ride solo for around 25km of the 40km flat section to the finish. The quality of the field down there is top class so well done to all those that raced. Anybody else head down?
  8. Certainly tired enough, the Melbourne winter is certainly not the best place for it, but on the whole its coming along well. Had to move to split runs for the long run to keep an angry knee happy, but the most important part is the nutrition side of things. I have a final test this coming weekend but seems like the body is handling it better than previously. Now to just add heat. It sounds a bit like baking a cake, get all the ingredients sorted and then put in the oven to bake. Certainly excited and great to see light at the end of the tunnel, four more weeks before heading over there.
  9. so its you that I seem to crash into in open water swims. I just thought you didn't swim straight, now I know the real motive behind it. 😉 I swim just to one side, have since forever and only a couple of coaches tried to get me to change, but plenty of others said it makes no difference, breathe when you need to. So every 2nd stroke for me. I can do both sides, but it takes to much effort.
  10. Definitely worth having a look and if you do some clever planning, can actually see quite a bit. But they do fly past and its all over. Did a tour with Phil Anderson in 2013 seeing many stages, starts, finishes, mid race. The highlight of that trip was riding Alpe d'Huez the day the pro's rode it twice, crazy times on the mountain. In 2017 did a trip with some mates and again saw quite abit, the TT is a fantastic opportunity to watch them warm up, cool down, have a chat to the riders. Saw them start a days ride, then went a different route to watch them descend the Galibier, so its very possible. You need to be flexible in movement, and you can ride before the start or even after the start depending on what you want to see. Another trip we did the Vuelta (2018) and had the best access , whilst still lots of fans, in some stages we were riding up and down the start line up to 30 mins before the start. we were there for a week on the north coast, say them each day (bar 1), then drove to the Pyranees and rode the Tourmalet both sides, Pyerosourde and then drove to Andorra and watched the final mountain stage only missing a flat day.
  11. Blobby

    Challenge Roth 2020

    You will absolutely love the race, the atmosphere and the hills are not as bad as people make out, just pace accordingly. There are alot of people on the course and quite a bit of drafting. the year I did it, I hadn't run for 2 months, not ridden a bike for about a month (had an ITB release done 5 weeks before the race. Leading into the race I spent 4 days riding in the Pyranees, followed by 3 days just resting and playing tourist. I even did the race on my TCR, roadie, threw on some clip ons, and cannot believe the volume of people I passed. No hiding on the run as there were crowds across the entire course with the exception of about 1.5km. Enjoy, I can't rate it high enough. Stephen
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    Ironman Frankfurt

    I don't think any course should be changed, the event should be run as planned (hurricane's aside). Individuals need to make the decision that is appropriate for them. I hate how a swim can be altered depending on the , every athlete needs to make their own decision. I'm happy for the swim to proceed and for those that want to just do the ride / run, they can join the race at any point and their swim time is just set at the "cut off time". Having sailed in Sydney to Hobart yacht races, its up to the skipper / crew to determine whether they pull out, the race goes on. my 2 cents worth. Stephen
  13. So the next announcement will be Ironman 16 (sprint - covering either 500m or 750m swim), Ironman 32 (Olympic)
  14. Isn't the Melbourne tri series by SME360 also aligned to Fairfax or was that challenge Melb?
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