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  1. 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
  3. 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!)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  16. That Ceepo thing is truly minging... what is that thing on the front wheel - eeeeeugh?
  17. Dare I say it, but I quite like the Shiv!!! And would agree that the Ventum is fugly and the DiamondBack Andean is perhaps the fugliest of the lot...
  18. Thanks for the reminder... I checked here https://www.cyclingstage.com/vuelta-2019/riders-spain-2019/ and it would seem that Carapaz has disappeared 😞 transfer time!
  19. IronNerd - how d'you tell if your picks are actually 'in'? From within Velogames or cross-referencing elsewhere?
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    Nice 70.3

    I wouldn't have said Nice was a hell hole either! Yes, it gets bloody busy in tourist season - and is shite for driving / parking - but as per some of the other comments, there's worse places to spend your aussie winter! Cycling round there is great once you get out of the city itself 🙂
  21. Excellent, I can go for another wooden spoon!!! 🙂
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    Nice 70.3

    I was planning on going but have realised that a 6 week old baby and training, travelling, sleeping aren't compatible so pulled the pin... There's tons of great things to see and do - a few highlights for me from time there in the past...... Amazing walks (Cap Ferrat, Cap Martin or from La Turbie down to the coast) Head up inland for sightseeing (Grasse, Entreveaux etc) Stunning cycling once you get out of Nice itself Fab food Places to visit (Eze village, Antibes is nice, Monaco is kind of what you expect - one quite cheap (relative term) way of entertaining yourself there is go to the swimming pool that's in the port (on the grand prix course)... That should keep you out of mischief!!!
  23. I watched this last night... Pretty nuts all round - and I think I can see both sides of the issues. Without a doubt a freakish and incredible effort and feat of endurance... but was it strictly speaking 50 IM in 50 days, no... (but I'm not sure that that really matters or I care enough one way or t'other)... The other thing that struck me was the post-script of the film was that he raised $75,000 for charity... which I appreciate is a decent chunk and a lot more than most of us ever will, but, that seems to be an awful lot of effort (and infrastructure required) for not a huge amount of money raised?
  24. I definitely picked the wrong time to swap Alaphillipe out a couple of days back... error!
  25. Of course I had Wout Van Aert in my team... typical!!! Ouchy crash too...
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