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  1. longshot

    Challenge Melbourne results (1:55 bike split)

    Is there a reason JC's name and/or link can't be given? Not that hard to find, with the google. Actually the drafting in that video didn't look anywhere near as bad as first Challenge Melbourne when it was further south, groups of 20. Although maybe that small group in the video was swapping turns.
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    Flu shot

    So roughly eyeballing it, the flu vaccine effectiveness averages out at only around 50%, maybe less. By effectiveness, surely can't be proportion of people who catch the flu that have had the vaccine, surely. But that is what the Dr told my partner and I last year, but that was I thought due to a somewhat 'special' year.
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    Drugs in triathlon 1 in 7. Really?

    Did Lance normalise it, or was he just an apex product of it. Not that I'm a fan.
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    Challenge Melbourne results (1:55 bike split)

    Sounds like a traffic jam.
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    What to do with swim caps?

    I think it's a bit like recycling now, there's just too many/much and so bin. Better to reuse the one you like, but can't in races as have to (?) wear the right group colour.
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    Flu shot

    I've had the flu shot last two years, as my partner has a condition which means if she gets flu bad news. Surprise to me when we visited Dr that flu shot last year only 50% effective, maybe that's glass half empty view, but I'd always thought it was near 100% like the vaccines for childhood diseases which we don't even hear of now (polio, mump?, chickenpox?). Not sure about this year's shot, supposedly somehow more effective, but can't see how that's really known until flu season upon us. I had the flu as a kid, could hardly walk 20m to the toilet for 3 weeks.
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    Challenge Melbourne results (1:55 bike split)

    I think people are finding new sports as a result. Pity. Not sure why tech solutions haven't emerged by now. Discussed with a few people who are into sensors and they seem to think should be relatively easy and cheap. particularly if sensors are already provided to competitors which they could be integrated with. Although they havent got definitive answers as to how to do it. However its done, I want the display to be like the scanner in Aliens
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    Drugs in triathlon 1 in 7. Really?

    I also listened to that ABC report, although on the AM radio - is that old fashioned? I was working on my bike in the backyard Intrigued I googled (on the computer!) SARM, which was mentioned in the report but I'd never heard of, as I missed whatever they said by way of introduction about it. And DMHA, DMAA etc. About 5 years ago as part of my first IM-MEL (RIP) I wanted a particular brand and flavour of gels, being cautious. Went into one of the supplement shops in the CBD. 20 litre barrels of protein powder, or something, with muscle builder photos all over it. Iso this, booster that, etc. Shelves full of stuff, same kind of marketing. I thought the traditional pharmacy now with half the shelf space taken up by unproven alternative medicine was bad enough. I think there's a runaway problem. But I don't believe 1 in 7 triathletes are into it
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    New TT/TRI bike from Wilier

    Name already taken https://www.theturbine.com/
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    Swimming stroke question / discussion

    Hmm. Roughing it out: at 15 mins for 1500 m, 100 m/min, rounding ~2m/s. A 0.2 s glide would be 0.4m. 25 strokes per 50m (?), total glide 10m, or 20%. Or slightly differently, total of 750 strokes/1500 m, total glide time 150 s, 2½ mins, about ~15-20%. Just had a quick look at a replay of the men's 1500 m, and winner McLaughlin also seems to have a decent glide, although not as much as Horton. Glide almost seems like 'free speed' (to use cycling phrase), a chance to get a bit of a rest whilst still moving, and even more a chance to play a mind game imagining you are actually swimming ok, even if kidding yourself (in my case at least)
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    Swimming stroke question / discussion

    The squad swim coach I had for a couple of years would emphasise a slight downward angle of the arm e.g. 10 degrees, when reaching forward before the catch and possibly as part of a glide, but that seems wrong 'hydrodynamically' as straight ahead reduces frontal area, even if no glide. Bending upwards towards the surface a bit may allow a bigger/longer pull using the whole arm: upper, lower and hand. There's research papers and simulation models on all this stuff, but don't amount to any definitive conclusions as to how to really swim better/faster But agree, the good/fast swimmers I saw in the pool - as BF points out, and the slow motion replays show - tend to stretch the arm straight out and even up a bit on the glide. Was watching Cate Campbell, and she seemed to have amongst the longest glides, still only a fraction of a second but noticeable, although she probably has the right shape for it, i.e. long. Others seem to have less or even no glide, especially when sprinting, but they don't slow the videos down enough nor analyse the stroke to know! Interesting, but all a second order consideration for me c.f. working out how to maintain swim enthusiasm, or to rehash CEM, how to learn to "love the swim"
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    Shorter cranks, anybody gone to them or using them?

    For the TT bike I think the extra 5mm pedal to pedal would have given even slightly better body geometry/angles. And I'm 167cm, and probably more the 'right' size - even though the studies which have been quoted in previous threads on crank length show a wide range of crank lengths is ok (IIRC), and I (now) use mostly 170s on road/commuter/MTB bikes. Apparently track riders often use shorter cranks. There is more 165s around, for sure.
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    Mitch 24 hour record attempt

    Interesting account and background by Mitch of the 12 hour record effort, as part of lead up to 24 hour record http://austrimag.com.au/labour-day-twelve-hour-world-record-ride/
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    WTB Cobb plus saddle

    I'm looking for a Cobb Plus (or Plus 2) saddle if you have one to move on. I like the Plus I've got on the TT bike, and want to try one for longer rides on a Roubaix and/or Commuter/Tourer ...