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  1. Stuie016

    Time management

    In my highly uneducated and rookie opinion the first question in the above comment hits the nail on the head, what do you want out of triathlon. Are you after Front of Pack results with World Championship qualifications or are you happy to compete and provide an example to your children of what you can achieve in life in the hope that they may follow in your footsteps to compete as well, which will lead to greater time spent together. I have three children (5, 9 & 13) and fully understand my place in the triathlon world. I have no aspirations for World Champ qualifications and am happy to be able to front up and give an honest effort and finish. I have gone through the frustration in trying to prepare for my first 70.3 with all the grand plans of programmed training sessions only to be unable to do them due to life getting in the way. Be it children not sleeping, working late, wife working late, family event commitments and the list goes on. The greatest piece of advice I feel I can give you (because it helped me) is to roll with life and accept your place on the triathlon totem pole. If you hold aspirations to become front of pack your children will be out doing their own thing in a few years’ time and that is when you can ‘ramp’ up your training. Now in regards to fitting things in now around life, try to use the commute to work if you can. I have just started to ride to work, with it being just over 20km each way I am getting over 170km of riding (almost 3 ½hrs) in each week as one day I need to catch the train to be able to pick the girls up from dancing one night during the week. Short half hour runs in the evening once or twice a week with a long run (1hr at the moment) on a weekend. This can either be while my middle one does a boxing class or Sunday morning before the wifey gets up. This way we still have breakfast together as a family. Swimming is the issue at the moment but as my 70.3 goal isn’t until December I am just doing what I can and will see where life takes me in the months to come. Just do what you can but most importantly accept what you can otherwise you will become bitter towards yourself and those around you.
  2. Ok, being a newbie to the sport it's good to know these things. Agree on the volunteer comment, however is the issue lack of volunteers or is it that the event isn't making the organisers enough money? I imagine the issue with volunteers in Busso would be seeing it is 2 hours from Perth and then paying for accommodation on top of traveling to help out would be a deterrent to many.
  3. Could the Challenge brand make a move over?
  4. Had a mild head cold last week, but have run (well lets call it a pacy jog :)) 3 times since with no struggles so hopefully it's not coming back.
  5. Peter, this was more than just that it felt like. I have done hard interval sessions on consecutive days and never experienced anything like this. Any other time competitive juices flow and I can usually keep pace with the riders around me at 2-2.4 w/kg for a significant amount of time, but tonight I was toast from the drop of the gate.
  6. This one is more of a question to all out there around training - On Monday night I did Tour of Watopia Stage 1 felt good all the way was able to average 2.2 w/kg over the 52 minute event. Now to tonight for Stage 2 i could barely maintain 1.9 w/kg over the 1:08 event. It literally felt like I was trying to ride in cement the whole time. I have a dumb smart trainer, so no erg mode or controlling from zwift, so basically a flat ride with no resistance change other than me going up and down in gears. checked the trainer and the rugrats haven't messed with it at all. So my question is, has anyone experienced this before where they are just gassed from the start for no apparent reason at all?
  7. I believe Rhino has pulled the pin, his knee has blown up.
  8. Just saw she is ahead of Cashie now, so makes sense. Interesting choice of footwear.
  9. Something must have happened to French Dragon as she has come back 100km to Norseman in the last hour or so.
  10. Anyone have any idea what's going on with Maprogress? dots are moving, albeit spasmodically, but timing saying they haven't for hours.
  11. I'm following Cashie. Poor bloke had a rough start to it all, after 250k on day 1 returned to Perth with bad gastro. After a day and a bit felt better to try again, returned to the spot where he stopped and kept going.
  12. Seeing I am still harbouring wishes to do Busso in May thought it was a good day to attempt a 'long' run. Did my first ever 10k run this morning. Was feeling it throughout the day but not too bad this evening. Proof will tell tomorrow morning me thinks....
  13. @IronmanFoz - Unfortunately it is the only session i am doing in the day so can't pin it on workload. Not sure if hydration is the issue as i do drink a minimum of 2L combination of water and green tea throughout the day. Plus my water bottle while swimming has Hydralite tabs in there too. @monkie - Have used BioCeuticals Ultra Muscleze Magnesium Powder previously so might have to get some more again. I have only just got back to swimming after a decent layoff so hopefully muscle memory will kick in and ease the pain.
  14. Wondering if anyone else has/is experiencing this and might know of a solution. I have ongoing issues with cramping in my feet and calves while swimming. It seems to come on the harder/faster I try to swim. Monday night I managed to swim 1900m (broken up, not continuous) at a steady pace and only experienced mild cramping in my feet towards the end of my session. Last night after a 300m warm up I went in to 4 x hard 100’s followed by 3 x 200’s (100 easy, 50 mild and 50 hard). Bang went the feet and calves on the second 200 during the hard phase. Finished the session using a pull buoy but still experienced intermittent cramping with complete seizure at the end, and have the sorest claves today due to the cramping. I seems to stem from the pointing of my toes as even day to day I can be sitting down and point my toes and the arch of my foot will cramp from time to time. I know cramping is a relatively unknown since but does anyone know what may be the cause of this as it feels like it is more muscle related?
  15. Did my first Tri in over 18 months. Slow and steady will never win the race, but you do feel damn proud when your done though
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