HarryD

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25/06/2019 at 16:55
Sounds like they made the best of a bad situation. If you get stuck behind someone or something and can't do anything about it at that moment simply relax, have a bit of rest, a drink and perhaps a gel. Then when you can, go for it!

Agree about the bike handling. So simple to coach and it's free speed. Mounts and dismounts are another easy winner but just watch at a mount/dismount line and despair

Glad you enjoyed your first event. They are always something of a learning experience. Hope you enjoy many more see conversation
17/06/2019 at 16:58
First thing is don't worry. The draft busters I've come across usually take a common sense approach. They generally don't police pinch points such as dead turns. I greatly doubt they're strict on the 20" rule. Often you'll get a warning if there is an issue. Expect blatant drafting to be dealt with.

Keep moving forward and you should be fine. You'll know from your TT background that as soon as you get within 10m the drafting affect speeds you up and will slingshot past. You will get twats who speed up as you pass or jump on your wheel then try and re-take the lead immediately. So overtake crisply. see conversation
17/06/2019 at 10:40
Training plans on websites and in magazines are generally pretty dreadful and are very rarely even targeted at beginners. Not hard to see why eyes glaze over when reading them.

Have a look at Matt Fitzgerald's 80/20 Triathlon. The book has several training plans for each distance from sprint up to Ironman. They are well thought out and achievable. It explains durations and training intensities. Some sessions will feel too easy and some will be quite challenging which is how it should be when training properly. The plans are 12 week long including a two week taper. I'd suggest start with the Level 0 plan and when you complete week 10 either move to Level 1 or restart but increase the session by a Code or two depending on how you feel. its all in the book. see conversation
17/06/2019 at 10:40
Training plans on websites and in magazines are generally pretty dreadful and are very rarely even targeted at beginners. Not hard to see why eyes glaze over when reading them.

Have a look at Matt Fitzgerald's 80/20 Triathlon. The book has several training plans for each distance from sprint up to Ironman. They are well thought out and achievable. It explains durations and training intensities. Some sessions will feel too easy and some will be quite challenging which is how it should be when training properly. The plans are 12 week long including a two week taper. I'd suggest start with the Level 0 plan and when you complete week 10 either move to Level 1 or restart but increase the session by a Code or two depending on how you feel. its all in the book. see conversation
05/06/2019 at 09:25
One Step Beyond do one using their sprint events in the East Midlands but don't know of any others. Not handy for where you are. May be worth checking other multi-event organisers and see what they do - thinking of the organisers of the Dorney Lakes ones.

Otherwise looks like you may need to organise your own league. Would get more credibility if done through a club. Having organised a running club league my advice would be to keep it simple, simple scoring, not too many events with say maximum of 3 out of 5 possible events score to count and make it so that as many as possible get points. The year before i took over my running clubs league it was so complex with so many events that only 2 members actually scored the right mix of events, and there was only one point difference between the two who were rivals. Who won depended on who interpreted the rules and the initial award was overturned. The 2 ladies didn't get on at all before and it all left a horrible taste afterwards. see conversation
21/05/2019 at 09:04
Great place to live with the sea never getting as cold as on the east coast but possibly not so good for wetsuit shopping.

As you already know getting a good fit is vitally important. Wrong size and it doesn't work. Even if it feels good a different size may be even better and the only way is to swim in them. I learnt this from personal experience.

If you just want to try them on for size then order various sizes over the internet and return those that don't fit. Use the distance selling regulations to get your money back. Good if you have some cash in the bank.

If you want to swim in it to check it's the one for you then you could try hiring one then keep it if it works out well. They may even swap out if the size is wrong. You'll have to do a web search for suppliers but there are a few around.

What me and my fellow swimmers have found regarding sizing is if you fall into two size categories then the smaller size will be better for swimming in. Also the first few times you put it on expect to struggle. see conversation
01/05/2019 at 17:32
Here are my guesses:

RI = Recovery/Rest interval

PB = Personal Best or Pull Buoy

PD = Polo Drill or PaDdles see conversation
01/05/2019 at 13:57
Get hold of the Total Immersion book The Revolutionary Way to swim better, faster and Easier.

In the 2004 edition Chapter 8 is The School for Fishlike Swimming. Do the six lessons starting at the beginning and work your way through. Don't rush and don't even think of trying front crawl until it tells you. Don't dip in and out.

TI has a bad reputation with some but I've found that it is the best way of teaching adults front crawl. I use it in my swim teaching and it typically takes 5 x 40min sessions to get a water confident breast stroke swimmer to swim pretty good front crawl. Many able to complete 100m of three stroke breathing at the end and do tumble turns.

By the way there is a difference between swim teaching and coaching and often swim teachers are only taught to work with kids because that is where the money is.

If you can get to North Yorkshire this Saturday afternoon you can do my next course.

Hope this helps, HarryD see conversation
06/04/2019 at 10:05
Rudedawg, I think you've got magazines wrong. Articles are the fillers between adverts to suck us into buying. Some are well researched and well written but a lot are slap dash, shoddy and shallow. I think you can trust the reviews of what is reviewed but the reviews don't cover the entire market. A lot are really poorly edited and many contain basic errors. There is a lack of coherence from one article to the next and it gets worse edition after edition. One month its HIIT the next its 80/20. As an example try and make sense out of the many heart rate zone systems the writers use and how they refer to them. Is moderate aerobic or what. Then the recent laughable article on indoor Zwift type bike training which claimed you were doing aerobic training because your heart rate passes through the aerobic zone during recovery. Thats just an example. Sorting the wheat from the chaff is not easy but there is occasionally some good stuff there. John Wood (swimming) and Tim Heming (general) seem sound and trustworthy. see conversation
22/03/2019 at 12:17
Try Matt Fitzgeralds book 80/20 Triathlon see conversation

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