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  1. Blobby

    Challenge Melbourne results (1:55 bike split)

    That bunch was of large size well before the 3rd lap. Being the last age group off and mixed with team riders, I had friends up the road in the earlier age groups and every time we passed each other at each end of the course that group was of significant size (was it always the same riders, no idea), but interestingly enough there were riders in or around that group that I would normally be faster than, that had 3-5min faster splits than me. I do remember seeing the TO riding side by side with a large bunch but there were no hands out and not talking to anyone and that was with them returning to St Kilda on Lap 2. Riders also need to be a little smarter with their pacing and the timing of when passing occurs. Heading south on my last lap there were approximately 10 riders that came together into the northern turn around and then proceeded to push the pace out of the turn. Settling down into a rhythm one would pass, so then you need to ease back to drop out of the zone and then the next rider comes by, and you need to drop back again out of the zone and this continues. By then you have dropped a bunch of watts, and then proceed to work your way forward, and in doing so others would then come past again just as you are passing someone, and they ease up, meaning you have to ease up, that then causes the person you just passed to ease up. Also understanding the strengths of the riders around you when going through the rollers. Some people keep the pace on up the hills and then roll over the back and recover, I like to keep the wattage smooth and pace might drop back a little up the hill, but I keep the power on consistently down the other side, so riders need to be smart enough to recognise those around them and ride accordingly making everyone's day that little bit easier. It took around 4 solid efforts to drop this group to just 3 riders, and then we were able to proceed in a normal manner and ride at a smoother pace. My 3rd lap caused me to drop 10 watts of power in order to stay draft free, yet this lap was meant to be a faster lap than the others. Not a major drama, but i think its something that coaches could address with their athletes. Anyway great to see the weather was awesome and a great race to be part of. Stephen
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    Port 2018 - Who’s racing?

    Who is going to be racing this year and who is going up to watch/play. Add your name to the list. Racing Race no. Trannie name Name 19106 IronmanFoz Andrew Foster 558 The New Guy Nick Hall 245 Blobby Stephen White Watching ? ?
  3. Blobby

    Paris Roubaix 2018 Gunna be awesome to watch

    The Belgian's now how to party. In 2013 watching the TdF we pulled in beside some Belgians at around the 10km mark of Alpe d'Huez and the 3 people in their car were tanked at 10:00am in the morning and were handing out beers to our group. The funniest part of all this was they weren't even cycling fans, they just heard there was a party and rocked up. That year the riders went up twice, so it was a long day, lots of noise and much beer consumed.
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    Mitch 24 hour record attempt

    Probably needs some context, that response was in answer to someone's question on when they would see some coverage. Possibly with all the other sporting news with Aussie ball tampering, Com games doesn't leave much opportunity for the average person to hear or understand the effort that this involved.
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    Port - New swim start

    Should be fine, although It will be interesting to see how they prep the start area, as that's a lot of competitors and spectators all in a small space, with the rest of the swim exit to transition all happening at the boat ramp..
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    As a great fence sitter both options have their advantages, however all athletes (pro or not) need to recognize when to train on a trainer and when to be outdoors. Indoor trainer can give you a strong workout in a shorter time, you can dial up the temperature in the room, however I have yet to hear of anyone turning on the sprinkler during a training set. ;-) How many times do you hear people worrying about the wind and the rain come race day, because they have not trained in it. Last year I raced NZ IM (Windy and hot) and Challenge Melbourne (windy, wet and cold). The only reason I care about the weather on race day is for the volunteers and spectators, as I will race in anything..........This is the point that AP was making, you do need to be ready to race in any conditions. Living and training in Melbourne I can get all those conditions in a single morning of training.
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    Trannies Strava Page

    You came so close Dave ;-) , good to see you doing some long sessions in readiness for Port Mac. Steve Foster used to have us doing 10 sessions, however this week I had 13 sessions, with commutes as just active recovery (those soon add up, however they are of 39km in distance). T Just thought I would show you my TP view, and the strength sessions don't get put onto Strava, but will give you some insight into last weeks training. This week I have 15 sessions not including the strength / release work.
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    9 weeks till Ironman Australia

    I'm back for number 9, looking to go top 5 in age group, however have only just started running again at xmas, so its going to be a very interesting 2nd half of the marathon.
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    3 Peaks Falls Creek

    I'm heading up there for my 3rd time, looking forward to solid days riding, who else is going?
  10. Blobby

    Training Peaks, ATL, CTL,TSB & ABC

    I have a discount code that was around $100py.
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    Geelong 70.3

    No good Peter, hopefully a speedy recovery. I'll be there, looking forward to some fun, haven't raced there since 2010. Keen to see how the itb holds together having just started slowly walk/running after xmas, so expect to do a fair bit of walking on Sunday.
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    Training Peaks, ATL, CTL,TSB & ABC

    Thanks Alex, that now makes sense. As for the high ATL/CTL values this is a heavy training block, and agree that I won't be able to sustain it. My coach is Gerard Donnelly and we are building up for 3 Peaks, with Geelong 70.3 this weekend (not much taper as its not a key race, more just to work on bike pacing as I start to build my running back up after injury timeout.) Regular FTP tests, the last one was slightly lower than expected so there could be a small impact there, but currently slowly improving and learning heaps especially about road riding. Cheers Stephen
  13. Blobby

    Training Peaks, ATL, CTL,TSB & ABC

    Close but still not as per the graph numbers eg: Mon CTL is 148, Sun ATL is 204 = -56 (Could be rounding) as the score is -55, however if I repeat for previous day: Sun CTL is 150, Sat ATL is 193 = -43 ( number for TSB on Sun is -47) and this continues for the previous days as well.
  14. Blobby

    Training Peaks, ATL, CTL,TSB & ABC

    Hi - Still learning this stuff, as I leave it to the coach, however the above statement appears to be a little incorrect - not sure what affects it however my current state is ATL - 187, CTL - 148 which should leave the TSB as being -39, however my TSB is actually -55, that seems to be quite a variance. thanks Stephen
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    Training Peaks, ATL, CTL,TSB & ABC

    I wouldn't see that as a high number, and depending on the length of the race you can decide on whether an additional easy run should be done. If I'm doing an IM, my previous coach used to keep me doing longish easy stuff right up to the days preceding as I have a habit of racing to feel and end up going out to hard on the 1st lap of an IM. Based on what you describe I would just stay fresh and use it as a learning exercise for next race. If you do a run before to lower the number you may not actually understand whether this had an impact on the race and whether to avoid it next time.
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