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  1. steve

    How long have you been doing tri's for?

    My ultrarunner girlfriend (at the time) came to Busso with me in 2004. To make it a romantic togetherness trip, we came home via NZ and did the Kepler Challenge the weekend after. It only hurt for the first 10 km, I was numb after that.
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    Another swim cancelled Waco 703

    Janet Reno is firing the starting gun.
  3. steve

    If you've done a 13 hour Ironman tell me why.

    Yep, do it with purpose. Walking is just a tool in the kit. When you're going up a hill and running as fast as you can walk, then walk. It's a good way to deal with nutrition issues too. I ran out of gas on the run at Busso, walked a couple of k's, ate what looked good and recovered. Ended up with my third best IM finish (but still more than 13 hours – 13:19 :-).
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    NYC Marathon or Kepler Challenge

    I've done Kepler twice - what Paul said is absolutely true. Everybody raves about it. It's a spectacular run and a well organised event. I've never done New York but a lot of friends have, and they love it. But yeah, those are two very different races. You can't go wrong with either one. The only logical choice is to do both :-). Ask your doc about Ambien. My doc prescribed it for me – he's a IM competitor and uses it himself. It's a high tech sleeping aid that clears your system in 4 hours, plus or minus. I use it before races to get over jet lag (doesn't cure jet lag, but at least I get some sleep), and on long flights. It's a first class seat in a bottle.
  5. steve

    How long have you been doing tri's for?

    Been training for IMs for 20 years, but my first tri was 23 years ago – that's how long I've actually been in the sport. Started training, on and off, and following the sport in 1982. I put work and school and laziness ahead of getting myself sorted to actually race, and to train more than 4 or 5 months out of 12. In 1995, sat next to Sally Edwards on a plane, had a nice conversation and she gave me her copy of Triathlete. I thought she looked familiar but didn't realise it was her until I got to my hotel and read the name on the label. Did my first race three months later.
  6. steve

    Running shorts with pockets for gels?

    Both Race Ready and Road Runner Sports make long distance running shorts with mesh pockets around the waistline. Don't know if either ships overseas, though. I use both, and love them. Good for training and ultra runs. Race Ready example: https://www.racereadyusa.com/collections/ld-mens Road Runner example: https://www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/products/09927/mens-rgear-your-long-run-printed-3-short/
  7. steve

    Challenge Melbourne 2019 (April 14)

    Too warm for wetsuits.
  8. steve

    There are some sick people out there:

    Cycling is more dangerous than driving – based on time spent – hours of exposure – you're much more likely to be killed on a bike than in a car. Sometimes the safe thing to do is claim the lane. But it's a tactic for specific circumstances, not a way of life.
  9. steve

    Congratulations to the Prince

    Yeah, but you'd still nail him on the Beer Mile.
  10. steve

    If you've done a 13 hour Ironman tell me why.

    As of today, I've been training for IMs for 20 years. Began my first IM training program with a sunrise 20 km run along the Seattle waterfront 17 October 1998 (I was on a business trip). First IM was Lanzarote in 1999, came DFL at 16:51, my slowest result to date. 34th (start and finish) IM was Wanaka this year at 16:15. I've gone under 13 once – Roth in 2004, at 12:34. 2004 was also the year I did my second and third fastest IMs – Taupo at 13:14 and Busso at 13:19. I was training hard and doing ultra runs as well. But I couldn't keep that up, because of wear and tear, but also because of work and everything else. Why? I enjoy it. I love the races and the travel. My social life is training with friends (except for my friends at our local :-). My training cycle is pretty consistent over a typical year, and in the past 20 years I've taken exactly one month off completely, because of family matters. I haven't been seriously injured – worst was a twisted ankle a month before Busso. If I had focused on faster times, I would have left the sport a long time ago, either because of injury or burnout. I'm 61 now, and I'm finding myself finishing further up in my age group, even landing on the podium every so often. There are still fast guys in my age group, but not so many as there used to be and even fewer doing IM distance. My goal is to outlast them, and if that means never going sub-13 or sub-14 again, I can live with it. I've managed sub-15s in two of my four IMs, and figure I have a least a couple more in me. Regardless, I'm planning to still be doing this 20 years from now.
  11. steve

    Not just another course cutter

    Looks like she made good on the threat: http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps I guess we'll have to take more water from Arizona to put it out.
  12. steve

    Insurance for Kona WC

    The USA Triathlon one-day membership does qualify you for insurance coverage. That's about the only benefit of it. Info from the USAT site is pasted below. It's secondary insurance – if you have regular medical insurance, that kicks in first. It only covers injuries in the race, though. If you fall off a barstool at Sam's and break your drinking arm, you're on your own. Good luck! --- Athlete Excess Medical Policy For Athletes Athletes must file with their primary healthcare provider (i.e. United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, traveler's insurance, etc.). Athlete completes a medical claim form. Athletes can contact the race director for the form or email eventservices@usatriathlon.org. The medical claim form along with all explanation of benefit documents should be sent directly from the athlete to the insurance company as indicated on the claim form. Athletes will pay a deductible. All athletes using USA Triathlon insurance will pay anywhere from $250 (two-hundred and fifty U.S. dollars) to $1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars) out of pocket and possibly more for uncovered expenses. Coverage limitations. Be advised that coverage may not apply to each and every claim. Additionally, coverage only extends to participants that have purchased a USA Triathlon annual or one-day membership and were injured through participation in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. USA Triathlon has a full-time risk management team available to answer any specific coverage questions. Athletes or race directors can call or email the group benefits department at 770-449-5559 and ask for Sean Lankie.
  13. steve

    FTP & Ironman power

    Boulder is at 1,600m elevation. Takes at least 3 weeks (or a pint of EPO) to acclimatise and build up red blood cell count. Without sufficient time at altitude, power output is going to be significantly lower.
  14. steve

    Challenge Venice (7 lap bike?) Wurf

    It was a draft fest when it was only three laps, and that was on loops. It's seven out and backs, which makes it even harder to marshal – motos can't move freely. Won't matter much, though, there was zero interest in draft busting.
  15. steve

    Fastest Ironman branded race

    It's hard to beat Challenge Roth for smooth surfaces. Swim is in a locks-closed canal – a 1,900 meter, two lane swimming pool – the roads are German-smooth and much of the run is still on a canal path that's better groomed than a 400 meter track. That's where I did my PB, by more than half an hour (it's measured correctly – also to German standards). The bike course has a lot of rolling hills -- for me, that's the best kind. Challenge Venice also has good, smooth roads and is about 99% flat. The run is on reasonably groomed park paths. The swim is a straight, point to point shot in very salty water but reasonably smooth water. Tides can have an effect, though. Edit: just checked the website. The Venice bike course was changed again, to a 7 lap, mostly out and back, circuit through a port area. As I recall, it's dead flat – make it 99.9%. Given the level of draft busting (99.999% flat), it'll be a crit. Fast, if that's your thing. The Challenge Taiwan bike course is also largely flat – a little more up and down than Busso or Venice, but not by much. The swim is in a concrete drainage pond – looks like a giant pool. It's fresh water in the same sense that Arizona is fresh 🤔. I'd say water quality (or lack thereof) is about the same. The run is weird, though. Mostly on city streets with dodgy traffic control, with one section on a wooden boardwalk.