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BNothling last won the day on August 13

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  1. My twins were born on the 10th of June this year, with my next big race being the Sunshine Coast 70.3 (08/09). I was training about 10-12 hours per week right up until they were born. I was actually on the bike when my wife went into labour and came home early on instinct to find her recommending that we finish anything that we needed to do last minute, but that's a whole other story. The girls spent 4 days in hospital initially, in which I actually was on a deload week so I went for a few small jogs and did an hour or so on the trainer when I was at home doing washing and bringing back clean clothes to the hospital for the both of us. After that, the girls came home for 3 days and pretty much all training stopped which was fine with me. They were then admitted back into the NICU for 2 weeks and my wife and I were coming home at night time. I went back to do workouts on Zwift and small running workouts that were higher in intensity to make the most of my time. Once they came home again we had the understanding that I could do what I wanted, as long as I was around to help put the girls to bed and spend an hour with them in the morning to give my wife time to have breakfast and a shower and become a human. That continued right through until the 70.3 when I ran a 5:29:37 and really enjoyed the day and the experience. Since then, I have completely shut down the 'triathlon' training per se and now run on the treadmill once per week and do my local ParkRun on Saturday. I time a Sunday Zwift ride when they go down for their big nap and I do bits and pieces on Zwift at night time once they go to bed. I'm not swimming any more and will be doing the cycling thing for the time being because I can manage that at home. I'll race the TCE in March as a team cyclist and I'm very OK with that. I'll also do a few more TT races when I can because that was next level fun. I'm incredibly grateful and lucky because I can still train and exercise for fun, earn enough to contribute to my family (wife is still on maternity leave until May 2020), and I get to spend time with my girls in the mornings and at night time before and after work. I'll still race the local Cleveland QTS races because they are short enough that I don't need to specifically train for them, and they're 20 minutes up the road from me, but other than that, I'm there for my wife and family as much as I need to be. My training and exercise only happens after everything needs to be done around the house such as meal prep, baby clothes washing, bottle prep etc etc. I limit my sessions to 60 minutes so I'm usually done by 8 so I have around 90 minutes to spend time with the wife before bed every night as well which keeps her happy. I feel like I've found that balance, but at the sacrifice of the 70.3/140.6 dream, but I'm OK with that. Those races will always be there but my girls will only be screaming, permanently awake, constantly hungry, temperamental demon spawn in cute dresses for a short period of time
  2. From memory it's one of the most addictive substances on the planet. In terms of the addiction itself and the number of people with a caffeine addiction.
  3. He seems like the sort of dude to do that just to amuse himself too. Just burn past someone at 50kmh with a gentle pat on the butt and a comment about a rubbing brake caliper.
  4. We had a bit of a play with caffeine at uni but it was centred more around the vasodilation, rather than bronchodilation. Here is a review from 2001 that I found quickly that looked at a few different studies: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11687099 It appears that it does have an effect, although one of the studies found that it wasn't as effective as theophylline (aka Uniphyl and Theochron).
  5. As someone that wears a size 16/17 4E shoe, I often have my ear to the ground for anything. My MIL is also a podiatrist so she has inside industry knowledge. She told me that Hoka are bringing out a much larger size range around the middle of next year, and I also had a chat to the Hoka guys at the Sunshine Coast and they confirmed the same. He said to come back to then stand next year and they will more than likely have something that will fit me. I know that doesn't help you right now, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  6. I've known Dean and Donna for quite a few years now and some of the stuff that he's done and continues to do is incredible. They were half of the reason that I got on a push bike in the first place and we built my first roadie in his garage, with him doing most of the work entirely by feel. It was nuts. It was awesome to see you guys out and about on the course and you guys should both be incredibly proud of what you've achieved. Doing one of those tied to a guy who can't see is bad enough, but being tied to Dean for 5:20 is a whole other kettle of fish!
  7. BNothling

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    I hope Shimano aren't changing their line. I wear a 52 Wide and they are the only ones I can get.
  8. That was my biggest moment too. Came over the top, tucked in and down behind the aerobars and crouched low. Caught a crosswind and had a bit of a wobble. Grabbed the top tube with my knees, kept weight back and caught it. Wasn't a huge moment but enough to make pay a lot more attention.
  9. Makes you wonder how much indoor training apps play a part too...
  10. There didn't appear to be much of it going on yesterday. It makes you wonder if with the wind the way it was, people were so scared/unconfident/uncomfortable that they were just 100% focused on their own riding and weren't dedicating any energy to things like that?
  11. I hope that was all. I glanced over quite late as I was passing someone but it didn't look great. He had a moto with him though and by the time that I looped back there was an ambulance parked in the centre of the road and he had been loaded into the back.
  12. Solid day out for me. Since the twins were born, I haven't trained for more than an hour other than my nutrition sim last weekend. I knew that I would blow up at some point, so yesterday was all about trying to delay the inevitable. Cruised the swim, rode the first lap of the bike well and then shut it down just past the Maroochy River bridge on lap 2. The wind was pretty bad, but wasn't completely unmanageable. It was more the mental aspect of pushing 150W and doing 45kmh in one direction, and then 250W and 27kmh a few minutes later as the road swung around. Did also see a rider face down on the road in a guard rail being tended to by a medic which turned into an ambulance on my way back which shook me a little bit. We pretty much all do this for fun, and it's not really worth not going home safely. Rolled my way back in and did surprisingly well on the run. Was sitting around 5:45-5:50/km until about the 16.5km mark when the legs eventually went. Bit of aid station walking and I ended up PB-ing my 70.3 run leg by a decent amount. Crossed the line in 5:29:38 so fairly happy with that all things considered. Drafting on the highway was bad, but not as bad as blocking. People seemed to be very nervous in the gusts and were giving each other way too much room and blocking the lane. Lots of people having to back out of it and wait which caused a few groups. For the most part though, it seemed like most MOPers were trying to do the right thing, but I do get the feeling that the course is too crowded now. I happened to be following a guy into one of those little groups and we copped it for drafting, but myself and then another chick who pulled out behind me to go around a few others all commented that there was little to be done when the lane is blocked. Does anyone have any news on the rider that I mentioned on the highway? It wasn't great to see him lying face down against the guard rail and not moving.
  13. To be honest, I've seen that many different forecasts that I've stopped looking. Some say it'll be blowing from dawn, others say that it won't be too bad until around 10 or 11. Nothing that I can do about it. I've got my other wheel sorted in the case that they do pull the plug, but I feel that it's too late now to do anything about it from the RD's perspective.
  14. TO in transition has told me that tomorrow is "disc optional" and that a ruling will be made later. He suggested prepping a spoked rear wheel just in case.
  15. I'm a big fan. I think with the ability to brake and potentially turn they have future-proofed themselves. If you were a dedicated indoor cycling trainee, this is exactly what you want and need. Up, down, round and round and with gear selection simulation. It's pretty close to riding outside, inside. Give it a little while until there is triathlon/TT integration with aerobar shifters, and you'll have a lot of people won over. It's just the pricing though, it's a bit steep for me personally. I know that there'd be a lot of people out there who would love to take their bikes off their trainers to protect them from any damage and run this 100% though.
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