23/09/2009 at 22:20
Rowers are constantly striving to beat blisters... 2 popular and polar opinions are:
Surgical Spirit: Toughens up your skin making you less blister prone.
Moisturise: soft supple skin is equally less blister prone.
I always went with surgical spirit... if plunging your freshly blistered hands (or in this case feet) into vats of surgical spirit doesn't bring tears to your eyes I don't know what will.
That said I run with socks and at IMUK my toes were so blistered 2 of my toe nails fell clean off a few days later!
23/09/2009 at 20:29
I usually like the phrase "Millions of dung beetles eat shit, it doesn't mean you should" but in this case ...
I didn't see one short sleeved wetsuit at any of the OW races I did this year... this probably tells you all you need to know. I have no problem with arm movement in my Orca Sonar.
23/09/2009 at 20:24
Mdot... I did it this year and since then there has been alot of chat about the poor organisation, but when its all said and done its the only IM race in the UK that can attract 2000 starters. Just a shame its not as good as the continental Mdots (apparently).
Alternatively there is the new Nottingham IM distance race which is attracting alot of attention but I'd still go for IMUK
23/09/2009 at 18:49
At least ride the spesh if only to decide you prefer the Nag... The more bikes you can get a feel for the better!
22/09/2009 at 17:50
had this debate big time before... many people on the forum disagreed with the idea that phone books under the wheel would make any substantial difference. Hill climbing is primarily about power to weight ratio. Improve this and you will improve your hill climbing. If putting books under your tyre makes you feel better then go for it but IMO it won't make any measurable difference.
I don't mtb and have only tried it a couple of times but the big lesson for me as a roadie/triathlete is to stay seated! As soon as soon as you stand up you will loose all traction on your back end, your wheel will spin, you won't go anywhere and will probably fall over... stay seated!
22/09/2009 at 12:34
I know this has come up before but the search function has failed me...
Just thought this was an interesting article:http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnol ... d=14446710
For me I almost always train alone, but as an ex rower I'm pretty sure that I trained harder and with more discipline with my crew than I do now.
21/09/2009 at 19:39
If you work in fashion then definitely the Nag!!
Neither of those bikes is going to look out of place in transition, and Nags aren't that common so it will turn heads. All else being equal, if you want the bike for tri, and you were confined to those two I would also favour the more aggressive set up since it will make it easier to achieve a good aero position once you slap aerobars on it.
If you are spending that much money on a bike and are planning on only doing TRI I would also urge you to consider getting a tri bike. Both of those bikes will be absolutely fine at any race you go to, and will be a lot nicer than most even at some some of the big races. But... neither will be as quick as a TT bike of the same price. Road bikes offer great flexibility (especially if you are still on a hybrid) and allow you to do group rides etc but if it were me I'd always be wondering what if??
I got this: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Focus ... 360037593/
for just under a grand and thought it was an absolute bargain at the price... I can't fault it!
This also looks like a steal if you are prepared to push the budget? http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Quint ... 360043119/
although sizing might be an issue.
part of me is tempted to tell you to buy a 2nd hand road bike for £300 to get used to the more aggressive position and to use as a winter hack and to get the focus to race on!
Sorry to throw spanners
21/09/2009 at 17:45
After the IMUK race this year the organisers said that they had signed a deal with bolton council that IMUK would be there until 2011 I think... so I doubt any change of venue next year.
Of course that doesn't mean it won't move
21/09/2009 at 17:39
The Nag all the way...
A million miles cooler!
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