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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    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
  5. So the next announcement will be Ironman 16 (sprint - covering either 500m or 750m swim), Ironman 32 (Olympic)
  6. Isn't the Melbourne tri series by SME360 also aligned to Fairfax or was that challenge Melb?
  7. I would agree and add to that people that have grown up in sailing dinghies that this also helps immensely. The ability to judge speed, distance, angles in constantly changing conditions, means you never trust anyone and constantly have eyes darting all over the place.
  8. Race report – Port Mac 2019 The objective of this race was to enjoy the experience with a bunch of mates from the Melbourne Peninsula and as a validation of what was meant to be a Kona 2020 (legacy program) race. Having only started swimming and running at xmas due to other riding related racing I always knew I would be a little under done. The years plan was to start the build up slowly and then from June 2019 switch to a full triathlon program ready for Kona 2020. In early March I received an email from the legacy team that had bumped up the Kona plans to 2019. That changed a few things……. I have always struggled with IM with regards to having to walk large chunks of the run leg as my stomach just seems to shut down even to the point that I can’t get fluids in. Having tried every variation of nutritional foods, volumes I quickly realised that with Kona coming, there is no way I can go into a hot race with the likelihood of throwing up and not being able to get around the course. Post race it can take me up to 8 hours before I can drink or eat again (IV works fine though 😉 So I decided to get a sweat and gut test performed and Monash University had the facilities. The test fundamentally required running at intervals in a tent that was heated into the mid 30s for 2 hours. Along the way the feed me specific carbs, fluids, blood tests, breath tests, thermal readings (everything you could imagine). Long and the short of it was my gut simply shuts down, the nutrition goes in but is not removed from the stomach and obviously gets to the point where the only way is up and out. So I now have a diagnosis of the problem and they set about providing a plan to resolve this (note to the reader: this test and subsequent plan was only completed 1 week prior to the Port mac, so the expectations on it working straight off the bat were low, as there are a few things that they want me to do that will take some time to resolve. Pre race Arrived in Port Mac on the Thursday and having been here many times, just settled into relaxing and preparing for the race both nutritionally and physically. The nutrition was quite different to what I would normally do but was basically good healthy foods low in fibre. Got in the usual ride / run and swims (missed the trannie one as we were a little late getting up). I was staying with a 2 friends and one was a first timer and it was a pleasure to be sharing the knowledge and experience with them and joke about all the things that can and do go wrong. My other group of friends were also a little spread out around Port but we managed a few lunches, dinners together and general banter on messenger. Race day Swim – Started at the front of the pack and quickly settled into a rhythm finding feet as the faster ones went by. Still amazes me the amount of people that try and swim over the top of you as you turn the buoys even when you yourself have nowhere to go. Nothing like the gently kicking of the feet to get the message through, but just wish people had some common sense, swim slower, swim wider. Anyway exited the water in 55 and change and off to the bike happy to have swum faster than my training has allowed (I usually go between 55-58) so not a bad day’s effort. Ride – Having done this course many times, i remember my first 3 times where I absolutely hated the ride, due to the rough course. In the last few iterations I have loved the ride, the fact that the hills make it tougher, and knowing how to ride the various sections, makes this a favourite and with a different attitude makes it easier. My focus of the ride was to get my full nutrition in and drink additional fluid (my sweet test basically shows I lose 2l per hour in hot conditions, so my aim was to consume around 8bottles – 6 litres). Quickly settled in to cruising up the hills and once on the flat past the golf course, settle into my power. For some reason I got in my head that the power calibration was off and that I had to ride slightly higher and proceeded to do so. Nutrition was going in well, but confusion with the water as the bottles were only partially filled and I couldn’t empty them into my water container quickly enough. Switched to just filling what I could, drinking and then dumping the bottles. The return leg was fast, and I turned in town around 5 mins ahead of schedule and decided I would need to backoff a little on the return lap. The only annoying part of the ride was the garmin Fenix again froze on me at the 1:41 mark (the screen just freezes, the alerts all still happen, but I cannot change the screen. This worked ok in Geelong 70.3, froze at Challenge Melb, so I was not happy. Somehow managed to reboot it on the 2nd lap and was operational for the run, but had missed a chunk of distance on the ride. I do spend quite a bit of time looking out for all the people I know and giving them a cheer, there was also a few extras for people I didn’t know where I mistook them for someone else. Picked up fresh carb drinks at special needs and repeated the process. Basically spent the entire time solo, caught a group of 3 at the far end of the second lap that were basically rotating, but the legal side of it was questionable. Got all the nutrition in, and then readied the legs for the run. Came in to transition on 5:04 at the top of my age group. I know my run is not fast enough to hold that but top 5 was likely and likely to go sub 10 (pb is 10:28.) Run – Just eased my way into the run and the plan was to have a cliff chew every 10 mins and alternate between water / sports at each aid station. Shortly into the run around the 4km mark I had a pain in my lower left side of the stomach exactly like my sweat test, knowing I can’t do much about it, I just plugged away and around the 10km mark it moved from there to just under my rib cage. At this stage, the nutrition was still going in and I managed to control the bloating with burping, but by the 14km mark I was struggling to deal with it. Pulled over just before Waters Edge hotel and tried a control burp that ending in me throwing up 5 times. (well that felt better). Proceeded to run the next couple of km, but was unable to then take in any water, and again had to walk my way home. The further I went the less fluid I could take on board and ended up missing the last two aid stations, and walked my way home. Every other race I have run down the finish chute and decided given I had been walking for over 3 hours I would walk the finish chute and just enjoy the atmosphere and have a chat with Pete M on the finish line. Crossed the line in 11:28, unfortunately not the top 5 placing I was seeking, but like everything this just makes the next race even more rewarding. Post race recovery, spent some time chatting in the recovery tent with friends and for the 1st time was able to slowly get food in (not much in the 1st 30 mins, but able to sip and eat, then around 2 hours later felt ok enough to get in 3 kebabs, this is amazing compared to 8hours that it normally takes. That ends IM Aus #9. Lots of learnings from the day and have provided this information back to the nutritionalist so that we can take the next steps in resolving the problem pre Kona. Next race - Kona Joining iFoz, Ironnerd, Nuked, Clintred, AP and any others I don't know about. Whilst others will be racing Kona, mine will be just to enjoy the opportunity and experience what the day brings. Now to keep working on the nutrition side of the event in order to make the day so much more enjoyable. Stephen
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    Port Race Numbers

    70.3 3199 - Flanman 2840 - MissJess 2943 - IronJimbo 70.3 2077 - wombattri (Andrew Ritter) 2599 - Limited  140.6 593 - The New Guy 752 - Trickle 497 - Monkie 31-009 - Paul Every 20-106 - IronmanFoz (Andrew Foster) 15 - 266 - Dave T 1169 - scubasteve  1011 - Tall Paul 337 - iFoz (In Cycos club kit, not dress up this year ) 1227 Blobby
  10. So true, its very disappointing that people need to think in terms of who am I suing. As adults we should have sufficient intellect to determine where to draw the line. The whole purpose of a coach is to understand your goals as an athlete, get to understand your capabilities, then devise an appropriate plan to improve you. By its mere purpose a coach needs to push you harder than you have been but in a controlled manner, but he can't stop you from being an idiot (riding down a hill faster than your skill set allows, cornering on a crit circuit etc....). In the scouting movement they were seeking suitable people to assist in water based activities (sailing etc...). I volunteered then they needed me to go through 4 full weekends of specific training (now I have sailed a variety of yachts for 30+ years, won numerous yachting regattas, held an yachting Australia coaches certification (for around 10 years when I was 16, so it had lapsed). In the end I decided not to as I didn't have the time , so the losers out of this are the kids. I get we need to have appropriately skilled people especially around youth, but why not apply some practicalities, sit a test over a few hours and that dictates if there is any gaps in your training. Stephen
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    Port 2019

    Call out for any Sydney siders that are heading up to Port Mac. I'm looking at some wheels and they guy lives in the bondi area or works in Surrey Hills. Just wondering if there is someone who could collect them and bring them up, as to post them to Melb by Tues may not happen. Just asking in case I proceed over the weekend. Thanks Stephen
  12. Great day weatherwise and everyone seemed in good spirits. The day was about consistent pacing through the bike and the run, and happy with the outcome. Swim - Starting in the 2nd last wave, is always a challenge having to navigate around the slower portions of previous age groups and it ceases to amaze me that people can zig zag the amount they do. Ended with a swim time of 31:53 when it would normally be 29-29 so I think the course was a little long. Bike - I recently have worn my roadie shoes on the ride due to the comfort factor, however the wire tightener came off its guide and I couldn't tighten the shoe. After a couple of mins trying I gave up and rode with a loose shoe. Settling into a rhythm was fairly easy albeit not quite sure what power to ride at. In the last 3 weeks the PM (stages) has calibrated differently to what it has for the last 12 months (normally 851, the closest I could get was 843) this meant the power number was displaying higher than expected. I know last year I rode just shy of 38kmh and this year was the same target, so just used a combination of speed and hr to settle on a wattage. Lap 1 was pretty uneventful, lap 2 was mentally a little tougher with a few extra riders in the sprint causing a some challenges in that they would ride hard, pass then sit up, and I'd have to go back around. Lap 3 fairly boring, with very few riders let in sight (top riders in the earlier age groups were well up the road and I had passed the back markers. My Garmin watch also froze on me from a display perspective, it was beeping away on the bike, however the display wasn't showing any splits, hr, power etc...... Having tried a few times to reset it, I couldn't even power it down. This was going to make the run interesting without any splits or pacing to look at. 2:19:43 - My first sub 2:20 with last year at 2:22. Run Eased out of transition and just worked on finding a nice cadence. The run for me is always me weakest leg, and today I had set my mind at trying to go 1:40 and not stop along the way (aid stations / toilets). Today without the benefit of the pace, as people started to pass me I would ask them what pace they were running and try and correlate that to what I was doing. At the end of the 1st lap I asked someone the time of the day, so I could work out how long I had to make it home on my target. Quick calculation saw that I was pretty much on track. Focused on keeping a good cadence and body position, and then at the far turnaround tried to pick up the pace a little. Finished well, happy with my efforts and crossed the line with a time of 4:37:07 a couple of minutes under my pb (4:40). Unfortunately I had a guy pass me at St Kilda baths who must have been in my age group (his race number was not in the same range) and he took the final podium position from me by 20sec, disappointing but realistically I probably couldn't have gone with him anyway. Great day out in the sunshine and some good racing all round. Now to recover and get ready for Port Mac. Stephen
  13. I'm in, should be fun day out. Stephen
  14. I don't get this unless you don't like the shape, color or fit. Simple put its sits on your head and gets some rain or a bit of sun on it. As we are being made painfully aware that plastic doesn't break down, why do you think the helmet is at risk? I get if you throw it around the back of the car or drop it on the floor of the garage, replace them, but outside of that it doesn't make any sense to me.
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