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  1. bRace

    Tweed Coast Enduro

    My thoughts: - try not to be devastated, it's just a race and should be fun. Stuff happens sometimes, so learn from it and move forward. - I don't know your personal circumstances but maybe keep training for SC70.3 and see how it goes once the twins are born. Maybe there'll be time maybe there won't. - are these your first kids? Nothing focusses your priorities like when kids come along. It's possible you'll end up shelving your race ambitions for a little while and be happy to do so, knowing what's really important.
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    Advice for first 70.3

    I like to allow for 3 or so nervous trips to the toilets, as well. 😁 Are you staying nearby? If it's all nice and close I like to go back to my accom between transition set up and race start, if there's time. That way I can leave all my other stuff like goggles etc and get into my tri suit then. Mooloolaba is great for this option, but not all races are.
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    Jan Fredeno - Training

    Sorry, I don't really follow along with much social media, but are PJ and Frodeno mates just taking the piss out of each other, or is there ill feeling?
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    Training Question

    I don't know if you're in a position to do this, but something I've done in the past is to arrange a couple of weeks of rec leave from work during the training block. For me, it's helped relieve some of the time pressure of fitting training in around work etc and potentially prevents wearing myself out too much. It can also be a chance to add a bit of volume to your program, that might not otherwise fit in with day to day life.
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    Training Question

    This is closest to my approach. Consistency is key. I train solo 99% of the time and probably only 4-6hrs per week. 2 or 3 rides, 2 or 3 runs, 1 swim (maybe 2 for a few weeks before a 70.3) per week. Before a 70.3 I build one of the rides and one of the runs up to be long(ish) each week to make sure I can go the distance, but even that's probably only a 2 or 3 hour ride and maybe 15k run. That gets me round 70.3 in about 5.15, which suits my goals and my training/family balance. There's no question that extra training time brings results, but if you're just looking to finish there's no need to go overboard, especially if it puts family life at risk. PS I don't do any early morning sessions.
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    Benefits of knowing your swim time

    I don't look at my watch at all during the swim (only as I exit the water). I check it a bit during the ride, mostly for nutrition timing, but mostly ride by feel. I check it a fair bit during the run to monitor/adjust effort to maintain either HR or pace (depending on course/distance/goals/etc).
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    Benefits of knowing your swim time

    I don't really see an advantage, but looks like there might be a disadvantage for some, judging by the number of people saying they get stressed by it. That surprises me as I thought everyone would have their head around the uncontrollable aspects of the swim. I always look at it but don't really care what it says. Most of my races are wave starts so I can gauge my swim on the number of same caps in front of me. That said, it doesn't mean much either as I never know anyone in my wave except for mates, so I have no idea whether a bunch of uber swimmers happen to be racing or not.
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    Benefits of knowing your swim time

    I always look at it, but mainly out of curiosity. I know if I've swum okay or not, so it doesn't matter. I always have a quick look when I'm hitting the lap button on the way to T1. The time is what it is and knowing it doesn't affect the rest of my race either way.
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    Safety - There are dickheads and there are dickheads.

    Dedicated bikepaths/footpaths etc, would normally see everyone following the 'keep to the left' convention. Doing opposite to that would be an oddity. This is different to a runner or walker on a road where they are dealing with vehicles and a big speed differential and where the onus is on the person to keep themselves safe. A pedestrian is probably more likely to see the car first and react, than the car driver is to see them.
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    Safety - There are dickheads and there are dickheads.

    Yep, I know where you mean and I remember it being nice along there. I ran a lot up Castle Hill and The Strand when I lived in North Ward, but then moved out to the burbs and my running became much less scenic. Definitely ran into a lot of snakes trail running though (Goat track and through the Common at Many Peaks). I enjoyed living up there, but left 15+ years ago. Probably changed a fair bit since then.
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    Safety - There are dickheads and there are dickheads.

    Geez, must have changed since I lived there. Maybe you're running in the wrong neighbourhoods 😀. That said, I left years ago and never ran after dark (when the drunk bogans emerge).
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    Safety - There are dickheads and there are dickheads.

    Fair point about running around corners towards traffic. That scenario without a footpath to go to is probably the only time I'd run in the traffic direction. That said, where I run is pretty quiet or there are footpaths, so it's not much of an issue for me.
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    Safety - There are dickheads and there are dickheads.

    I disagree re the cyclist comparison A bike is a vehicle and mixes (to varying degrees) with other traffic, IAW road rules.. A runner is a pedestrian and is potentially in the way and an unnecessary hazard to drivers. Don't get me wrong, I run on the road all the time around my quiet, suburban streets, but always towards the traffic and I always move on to the footpath/nature strip when a car approaches. It's a courtesy issue in my mind.
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    Patronising or encouraging?

    That doesn't sound right at all. I've always thought it was an obligation.😄
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    Patronising or encouraging?

    I don't tend to say much if I'm actually racing, unless it seems appropriate to the person/situation, ie they look like they could do with some encouragement, or conversely they're at the the pointy end racing for the podium. Usually stick to 'good work' , 'hang in there' comments rather than 'looking good' or 'nearly there'. Personally I'm happy to receive any encouragement and quite like spectators reading my name off my bib and calling out for a bit of a lift on the run.