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  1. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    Ha ha, Cam expoded - yeah right. Backing off was the the smartest thing he could have done, it was impressive to see him realise it in real-time. I’m sure he realised halfway back to town that given the conditions he was never going to create a gap big enough, so set himself up for his best chance of a good run. everyone out there takes their chances. Even Lange took his chances and gambled that the extra Bike speed this year would still allow him to run well. Gomez took that same gamble and blew up on the run. Amberger rolled the dice by NOT gapping the field in the swim would allow him to ride better in a pack. Aeronoughts gambled by letting Currie and TO gap him at the start of the run and not following. McNamee gambled that he would be able to overcome a massive deficit in the Bike. Some gambles have better odds, but they are all gambles.
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    Any news on Lionel Sanders

    I think Lionel totally can win Kona, but like most athletes who aren't Frodo or Lange, they need conditions to suit. This year came 100% down to a runners race because the bike conditions took a lot less out of the runners, and didn't allow the super strong riders to excel in the normal challenging conditions. He was only 2 minutes off winning last year, with a blow up on the run. The reason he was ok last year is he got into an uber cycling group early, and they rode big time into the runners in normal Kona conditions. This year, neither he nor Sebi got into that rider pack due to other issues. If he can get out in the second swim group - like he did last year, if he can get in a good cycling group, like he did last year, and that group can work together to gap the runners, like they did last year, he is 'potentially' one for the strongest runners in the 'cyclist' group. His run in Samorin was awesome, where for the first time he was unable to catch Sebi on the bike (due to the first mistake of switching to a small frame bike after Oceanside) but still completely schooled Sebi on the run leg. The problem is that he wont always be in that swim pack, and from there its really game over.
  3. The new guy

    Nepean 2018

    I said in a race briefing once when they bought it up - 'let us know where they are testing so we know where to dump our bags of ice...'
  4. The new guy

    Nepean 2018

    Regatta centre website is stating water temp at 1.2m is approx 16 degrees. If thats legit, surely wetsuit swim?
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    Any news on Lionel Sanders

    I think Dave Scott in Boulder. He played more of a mentor role to Chrissie when she left Sutton (at least from her book). That could be the balance that has the respected voice, allows him to still live in North America, get him into training group training while still letting him run some of his own stuff.
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    Any news on Lionel Sanders

    I think we need to look through this with a 'Lionel the human' filter though. i share a few parallels with him personally that I wont go into, but look past him as an athlete for a moment and his mistakes make a lot of sense. He is a late developing professional athlete who hasn't gone through ITU. He started triathlon as an adult age grouper and has developed from there, so the whole structured training thing is new to him compared to say an ex swimmer who spend 1200km a week in the pool since birth like some, or athletes who have come through national scholarship programs etc. But most importantly he is a recovering (recovered??) substance abuser and suicide survivor. Those things tell me through experience his personality deals with every problem 'in excess'. He would have massive highs, massive lows. Massive swings of motivation an massive swings in priority, all of which have been seen through hi youtube channel and various podcast interviews et. I remember him telling the story of a conversation with Sebi after his second Kona - Sebi said, 'look at your training from the first time, and look at your training from the second. Both are at extremes, find something in the middle and you will be close.' Next time out he leads the majority of the marathon and finishes second. Firstly, I think his attitude towards a coach is great. I think that could be the things required to get him into the top 3-4 consistently. But far more importantly, I hope he has someone good to talk to about his mental state right now. While you wouldnt be putting him 'on watch', I think he needs to get his balance right in his own head before a coach will be able to make the most of his talents - and the last few moths have very very obviously given him a big beating.
  7. The new guy

    Nepean 2018

    I’m in. First time for Nepean.
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    Any news on Lionel Sanders

    Kienle has an amazing swim, then had to have a wheel change in transition. He kept having minor mechanical issues on the ride - I presume rear mech - and then pulled up lame with a heel injury 1k into the run.
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    Any news on Lionel Sanders

    Yep, as soon as I heard his hydration strategy I thought ‘Maccas already made these mistakes’. He went through the whole sweat testing scientific route, and it failed miserably. It wasn’t until he started the traditional and simple strategies like taking coke o the run run that he became able to compete at Hawaii. Ryf was I to the coke on the bike!
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    Data says wurf wasn’t even trying on the bike

    He said in an interview post race that he was cruising the ride to make sure he had the legs for the run. That matches up with his first half/second half power/pace difference as well, and he did run very well (for him) for the first half or so of the run. Also he did outrun Gomez at the end..
  11. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    I really did wonder when he first images of this came out mid-week, how much training time did the pro's get on this new bike? I couldn't imagine that they would have only received it that week - imagine stating the biggest race of the year with a new bike you may not have even had a proper fit on, with a new hydration system that you hadn't been practicing all year with, and a bloody spinnaker hanging off your seat post in what is usually the worst affected bike coarse for crosswinds all year. Does anyone know any different?
  12. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    Yep agree, Im a Sanders fanboy, but he is too busy learning lessons that others have already learnt. So much talent and passion, but he needs a cool head to direct it the right way.
  13. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    Wurfy P9!
  14. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    Currie and TOD shoulder to shoulder for 4th as well!
  15. The new guy

    Kona Race Day Discussion

    I think Lucy will break the course record and be beaten by near 10 minutes. Ryf really is on a completely different level.
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