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  1. Hi there, welcome to the sport and forum, - Clothing? Generally most people would wear the same clothing for the entire race - choice between a one-piece trisuit or separate tops/bottoms is really personal preference. Both trisuits and tri shorts have a thin chamois - so it's comfy for both the ride and run (and swim!). Many brands are good - I've liked Scody and Skinfit. - Wetsuit or not? Whether you can wear a wetsuit is first and foremost dictated by weather/water temp. Typically, many races will fall in the 'wetsuit optional' category, and you'll find most people would opt to wear a wetsuit (feeling safer for some, faster for most!) - Swim caps? Typically provided by the race and colour coded to denote your start wave / age group. - Socks? Again, personal choice when / if you wear socks. Some people don't wear them at all, some for the run, some for run and ride (and will vary by distance - I.e. shorter stuff, fewer people wear socks, longer stuff - most would!) Personally, I'm blister prone, so prefer to take 30 secs to put socks on before the ride rather than risk blisters later on... Hope that helps!!! Alex
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    easy clipping out

    Agree Dazmuzza - from memory, the Shimano red cleats are effectively zero flex, yellow have a few degrees of travel, red have zero degrees. I'd assume that this may make the red ones harder to twist to get out and a bit stiffer and less forgiving anyway - try the yellow ones 🙂
  3. Do you get it all year round? I have something similar for about 3-4 weeks of the year (which feels like breathing through a wet sponge and leaves me dry retching) which I've finally worked out is some specific kind of pollen... Maybe something like that if it's not an 'all year round' thing?
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    Hoka One One

    I went back to my old tried and tested Saucony Triumph... a far more neutral shoe without the build up under the arch on the Hoka's (that I only noticed after 5km of course!!!)
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    Hoka One One

    Anyone wear Hoka Clifton's? Or want to? Anyone want to buy my spare pair off me! I liked them when I tried them on in the shop so bought two pairs, but have now realised that they really don't suit my feet and give me blisters galore... They've never been run in, Hoka Clifton 5, US Size 11 and 2E (wide)... $140 if anyone wants 'em? So, they're effectively brand new but no longer in box / no receipt I have the other pair too, which I've worn for 3 x 5km runs (no blister) and one 9km run (big blister) 😞 $100 for those ones
  6. As a pom living here for 20 years now, in order I go to the BBC, the guardian and the SMH... BBC good for news and sport and more global view (And free) Guardian great for more in depth stuff, some quite funny things (football weekly podcast is great!) as well as more Aussie content (also free) SMH for a local view (until I've read all the articles I'm allowed)
  7. I did an effortless swimming course and whilst I thought the coaches and advice were sound, I felt you end up waiting around for quite a long time while they look at other people's form and videos... and as it's a 'once and done' type thing (And not cheap), I'd say find a local coach/squad that you can spend more time with regularly and go from there
  8. Ps... I'd say that the mental health thread is a great example of the power for good that this site / community can be... we're a good bunch!!!
  9. I'd agree with a lot of what's on here... I don't know any of the people or any of the issues or history... I've managed to tune it out, and try to post and ask genuine questions / provide genuine answers when and where relevant... I get that there's some banter and friendly chit-chat, all well and good - but the Q&A style useful stuff (that I come here for) has been getting a bit lost, and of late the banter has been less friendly! I'd agree that if people want to keep that going, have at it, but that this sandbox place is better for it (I've been here for 3 or 4 years and never knew it existed!!!) so I'd say let the main trichat threads do what they say on the tin!
  10. Take your time, enjoy it all and soak it up! As a fellow pom, I couldn't swim 50m when I decided I wanted to do a triathlon - I so I entered an Ironman!!! Swim nerves and open water can be a challenge, but as people have said, position yourself well - to the back or side if needs be so you don't get bashed! Watch to see if earlier waves are getting moved by the current at all - usually someone will comment on that. The kurnell swim water is usually quite calm and clear so can be enjoyable. A few other tips from a fellow dodgy swimmer: - Get there nice and early - Check you know the swim course, check again! - Jump in the water and get wet before your wave starts, swim a few strokes to get used to the wettie and water temp - Ask questions if unsure, most of us triathletes are a pretty friendly bunch! - If you have experienced friends or training buddies, get help getting your wetsuit on 'right' - it'll help make sure you can swim comfortably without arm-ache (often find you need to pull it up as far as you can, and then a bit more!) - Think positive thoughts throughout - you've done the training, it's fun, it's a first one - a real achievement, it beats sitting on the couch! - Finally, don't worry too much about the 'right' way to do transitions for now - do what works for you! Wear socks if you need them (30 seconds putting them on will be better than 5km of blisters), get on and off your bike safely and however you're comfy! Just make sure you double check you know which row you're in and where your stuff is! Welcome, enjoy and let us know how you go!!!
  11. I'd agree with folks on here about getting a bike fit first! I had my beady eye on lots of nice aero TT bikes, not remembering the fact that my back is crocked and I have terrible flexibility - ended up narrowing it down to a Shiv for best fit for my limited mobility / ability... Then had a bike fit on said bike once I'd got it to make it work for me - I'm still not terribly aero in the grand scheme of things but comfortable and able to get power down well... Happy hunting!
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    Ash Gentle - Xiamen 70.3

    It's a great course / event - I did it last year and really enjoyed it! Logistically, from Sydney it was pretty easy to 'do' and Xiamen is quite a nice place. Last year the swim was ridiculously fast - accurate distance, but downstream - I think this year they changed it as mates of mine who are far better swimmers than me swam 5 minutes slower! Similarly, transitions were 900 metres long (I spent a total of 10 minutes transitioning as a result) - I think these may have been slightly shorter this year as a result of the changed swim... The bike is pretty incredible - 3 lane highway, totally closed to traffic, pretty flat and incredibly fast smooth tarmac. And the run was coastal and flat, well equipped with aid stations etc... I'd go back and have another go there
  13. On the subject of sports / mental health... For me one of the most revealing books I've read about mental health generally, and sports people specifically was this one about Robert Enke - former Barcelona and German goalkeeper. "A life too short" by Ronald Reng A real eye opener on the insidious ways mental health can affect anyone and everyone, and that even those who seemingly have it all (from the outside looking in) can be plagued by inner demons. Well worth a read if interested in the subject, be prepared to find it pretty sad and heart rending.
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    Hoka One One

    Thanks FP & Willie... kind of glad it's not just me who has that issue with them, they felt great when I tried them on!!! Might try swapping the insoles for the ones from an old pair of Triumphs just in case that's a magical quick fix!
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    Hoka One One

    Fat Pom - not heard of Superfeet inserts? Are they from Hoka or a separate brand?
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    Hoka One One

    I bought a pair of the Cliftons as I thought they'd be a good alternative (more cushioning) than my Saucony Triumph. Tried them on in-store and they felt awesome, ran 3-4km in them, all good... But... as soon as I get over 5km in them the arch/instep is way too high and I start to rub and blister... bugger, now I have a pair of shoes for sub 5km training runs 😞
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    Sub 2hr marathon attempt

    Wow... and a sprint finish too!
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    Velothon / Etape changes

    I'd assume so, the Etape down in the Snowies is closed (or certainly very heavily martialled / policed)... so I guess that would be the difference between doing-it-yourself!
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    Velothon / Etape changes

    Agree, I wonder about the logic of Kiama; perhaps it has something to do with the UCI Worlds route heading that way in 2022? To me, whilst I love riding round the South Coast, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Southern Highlands etc - as a Sydneysider I doubt I'd pay the $300-$400 to ride in the Etape there as I could pretty much do it any weekend I want - whereas the Snowies definitely feels 'special' and (to me anyway) worth the trip. Like you Greyman, I wonder if they'll get enough Sydney people wanting to pay to ride on their doorstep whilst being enough of a draw to attract people from further afield. I guess time will tell!
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    I'm now playing this game too, with a 3 month old... any expectations and plans have gone out of the window! Had a spot for Nice 70.3 and travel plans booked etc, but the reality and practicality of long-haul trip (to say nothing of attempting to train for the race) meant that was swiftly abandoned - but for us, that was the easiest and most sensible decision we could have made... So, reality for me now is trying to get a couple of Zwifts in a week, parkrun if I can and swims during lunch from work. As someone else mentioned, turning the trip to / from work in to a run is proving the best use of my time with least impact on anyone else! Taking it in to turns to do a zwift or a parkrun with the other half and making sure we both get some sports / active time is the current plan as well... Fingers crossed 🙂
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    Calculating FTP

    I'd be tempted to work with two numbers if they end up markedly different. If you were to base your metrics solely on the indoor trainer, and then race to those parameters you could come undone, so for the real race prep stuff I'd be tempted to set yourself an ftp and race-specific zones etc on your race bike outdoors. Oh, and I'd also not get too hung up on power (don't shoot me people!) as they can and will go wrong. Two of my four IM races the power meter shat itself for some unknown reason after long haul flights, so really important to be able to race by feel too if you need to (I dare say at 4:55 bike you must know what you're doing!)
  22. Best wishes Kieran - a very scary read, but the most important thing is you're here and you're sharing - best wishes, stay strong and keep talking to people
  23. Spotted yesterday that the Velothon has been "postponed" in 2020 (and their rather obtuse responses to queries on social media would seem to suggest "postponed" = cancelled - shame! And the Etape is moving from the Snowies to... Kiama! Not quite sure what to make of that one, nearer to Sydney, but seems a bit less 'special' perhaps - I wonder if they'll get their 6,000 participating at Kiama (and if they do, I wonder how receptive the locals will be!)
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    Kona 2019 Picks

    1. Ryf Daylight 2. Charles-Barclay 3. Haug 1. Wurf 2. Frodeno 3. Brownlee
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    Nice 70.3

    I see Alexandre Vinokourov and Laurent Jalabert won their respective age groups... hmmmmmmm
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