HarryD

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12/08/2019 at 09:24
Emma, Good luck for Sunday.

I've not done the course but from the map on the website there appear to be two hills. Fist a 20m climb over 750m to Milton Bryan and 30m over 750m from Tyrrels End.

I'm not aware of your cycling ability but guessing from the fact you have a choice of bikes and on is a TT that you know what you are doing. I would certainly ride a TT on that route. You shouldn't lose much if any time on the climbs and will gain far more on the other sections which make up the vast majority of the bike route.

Because of the 4 laps over 40km I would suggest working the hills a bit harder than than you do the flats but not too hard and certainly don't go into the red. Both hills appear to have descents so you should get a bit of recovery after each if you do go too hard. see conversation
08/08/2019 at 09:31
Technically good swimmers, which includes good body position, generally gain little from the extra buoyancy of a wetsuit. Getting the right fit and getting a wetsuit correctly positioned on your body takes a bit of practice otherwise it can restrict movement and slow you down. Taking a wetsuit off takes time and that can be quite a lot if you've not practiced and you haven't.

You may not have a choice over what to wear. If the water cold wet suits will be mandatory, very warm and wet suits will be banned. It is the middle range where wet suits are optional. BTF rules will give the exact temperatures.

With the caveat that I don't know you nor do I know anything about your swimming I'd suggest forgetting about a wetsuit. If you are a strong swimmer you won't take 15 mins. However, expect to hang about in the water pre-start. So you may wish to do a dryside warm up and enter the water as late as you can. Sew up any pockets as they will cause drag. Remember no calf guards etc. Work hard and you should keep warm enough. Enjoy the experience of skins racing. If you do get a bit cold expect to feel a bit dizzy when you stand up to exit the water. Some say kick extra hard for the final minute or so to get blood into your legs but that doesn't work for all. You may feel a bit cold starting on the bike but will soon warm up.

As its your first tri enjoy the day and take what comes. And, Izzy, best of luck see conversation
06/08/2019 at 09:07
Jan, sad to say but proofreading and editorial oversight seem to have gone out of fashion these days. I'm not saying that typos should never happen but glaring errors should be picked up by anyone with a love of the sport. For example my flattest hour long ride from home has 427m of ascent so 300m of the Norseman should have rung some bells

From your comments can we assume you've completed the Norseman? If so hats off to you see conversation
04/08/2019 at 16:59
Tan, for most non-Ironman distance events T1 and T2 are the same place and the following happens.

When you set up before the swim you place your bike and run kit beside your racked bike. Anything you don't race with you must put out of the way (sometimes there are bag zones). Get there in plenty of time and the race officials will help sort you out.

If the transition is split then it is usually you who puts your bike stuff in T1 and run stuff in T2.

The race details will tell you what the situation is but it is rare that the organisers will move anything of yours

Which race are you doing? see conversation
04/08/2019 at 09:16
Andrew, sorry for the delay but have been off grid for a week:

Best cross training alternatives to running best first:
1 Outdoor elliptical cycling (requires an eliptigo bike or similar so not practical)
2 Indoor elliptical trainer or cross trainer (sadly what you've read is misleading/wrong. Something I use myself and with my athletes )
3 Uphill treadmill walking
4 Pool running/cycling

Tight calves are usually a sign of weak calves. Have you tried weighed calf raises (straight and bent knee) and weighted eccentric calf lowers (do one leg at a time and use the resting leg to raise the body as the working calf should only be used to control the lower)

To take any strain off your calves you could try putting a small foam wedges under your heels. If you move your cleats as far back to to heel as you can you will work your calves less when cycling. This will save them for the run. The tightness in your calves may also be partly due to tight hamstrings and glutes so stretching may help as they all linked and make up the lower back chain of muscle and fascia. Finally, aggressively roller to soles of your feet (I use a spikey ball) as this will also release tension in the back chain.

Enjoy Allerthorpe, its fast and flat see conversation
27/07/2019 at 10:45
Which middle distance are you doing? see conversation
26/07/2019 at 08:53
Strange that Beckie hasn't been back? see conversation
20/07/2019 at 09:19
Good point. Time I cleaned mine see conversation
19/07/2019 at 09:46
Beckie, could be many reasons. A few questions first if you don't mind answering:

1. How do you know your absolute max HR for both bike and run? They are both incredibly difficult to determine
2. What zone system are you using? And how is Z2 defined? Some coaches use 3 zones, some 5 or 7 or even 9. Sometimes zones don't relate to changes in how the body works at different intensities
3. How are you measuring your HR? Does it use LED or chest strap? My athletes no longer use LED technology as it is prone to so many errors
4. Who's training plan are you using? They do vary a lot in quality
5. How do you know your VO2max is dropping? This is not easy to determine precisely
6. Have you any HR data from say an all out 10km race for example? HR zones based on Lactate Threshold HR tend to be better as they are based on your fitness state at that time and are easy to modify as fitness increases whereas max HR actually decreases with increased aerobic fitness

Answer as you can then I'm sure myself and others will be able to advise see conversation
17/07/2019 at 08:27
My advice is to go and see your GP or failing that have a word with the NHS on 111. When you book your GP appointment do it over the phone and tell the receptionist your symptoms (fatigue, easily breathless and periods of high heart rate).

Your recovery is not normal and could be one of many things that are unlikely to be diagnosed here. So start making that call now. see conversation

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