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  1. bRace

    2019/2020 Season

    In a way the summer/tri season ended up being my off-season with only one sprint race done late last year, before some apathy and minor injury got in the way. Focus now is building into the SE QLD running season with probably a couple of 1/2 marathons, Gold Coast marathon, and a few shorter races along the way. Next tri will be Sunny Coast 70.3 in September.
  2. Yep, all fully closed. Story bridge, Riverside expressway, Coro Dve, Legacy Way tunnel each way, Cootha, busway to Rochedale both ways. It was excellent. Worth the dollars for me. (Sorry to stray off topic)
  3. Completely agree. We had a spate of pedestrians on phones getting hit by cars not so long ago and I saw it reported in a lot of places from the angle of 'don't blame the victim'. I'm against 'victim blaming' generally, but at some point people need to take responsibility for their own survival and not be on their phone when they need to be paying attention to their surrounds.
  4. bRace

    HM pacing advice

    Looks like your number crunching was spot on! Nice work.
  5. bRace

    HM pacing advice

    I like pacers for half and full marathons. Running in or near the pace group definitely helped me maintain my effort through middle sections of runs (where I might normally struggle mentally) and hit some personal goals (sub 90min half). I've only been burned once when I had a 3.30 marathon goal and ran with that group, but they missed the time. In hindsight, the biggest error was me underestimating my fitness for the race and I probably should have run with the slightly faster group. So, my tip is realistically assess your fitness and pace for the distance and choose the appropriate group. If 5min'k's is pretty comfortable for the distance, I'd go for the slightly faster group to try to hit 1.40.
  6. Has anyone tried to switch entry from OD to sprint? I'm assuming it's possible. Just weighing up options after a week on the sidelines interrupted an already average prep.
  7. 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.
  8. bRace

    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.
  9. 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?
  10. bRace

    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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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