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01/09/2019 at 22:11

Hi there, I'm sorry that I have not replied earlier, I thought I had done so.  I really appreciate the ideas you've both had. 

I'm looking at the Voodoo, I've had some physio and it has been interesting, I hadn't noticed that my legs are ever so slightly bowed, this of course will put more pressure on my ankles which did not become apparent as a cyclist.  My spine is  an odd shape because of an historical injury.  Basically, I'm a mess. 

Martin, as suggested, I stayed off the running for a month until my 2nd ever race, then no running until yesterday.  I've taken to wearing CEP socks supporting the Achilles both in and out of training.

I have bought a foam roller to soften my muscles as the cycling seems to have produced tight calves not allowing any give in the Achilles under stress.

Harry, I haven't had a chance to look at the paper yet but I will. The injury is still tender but only when twisting as I chase my 6 yo and the toddler around the house. Children are not conducive to injury rehab.

My Cosmeston Lakes race was always supposed to be a learning exercise even before my injury.  I raced the swim and bike.  When the run came i worked hard not to race.  It's not easy thing to do, race but not race. I ran as conservatively, at least 2 1/2 mins per mile slower than my last.  I was still faster on a sporting course than I was on my first, flat course despite the torrential rain. A huge step forward in planning and execution.

I ran yesterday and today.  I could feel it but only a little.  I barely ran, more of an easy of the easy base effort.

My A race is on 15th Sept, Saundersfoot.  Not a fast course as far as I can see and my first sea swim.  I won't run until then.  After that I have five months to work on recovery. 


Thanks again.

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15/08/2019 at 10:47
Hi all, after getting my Parkrun pb and being super confident and on a high, that say I had an off on the bike and have strained my Achilles 2 weeks ago it???s still giving me problems. Officially I have not done anything that I have my Target race in four weeks. I???m nervous that it will not be runnable. On a positive Note, it has allowed me to focus on my much needed swimming and neglected bike. Neither of which have been affected by this. Can anyone give me advice on how to get it better see conversation
15/08/2019 at 10:28
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25/06/2019 at 23:03

There's a solution?  wow, who knew.  I haven't found it after 30 years of trying.

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25/06/2019 at 23:01

Always Aim High Events is the organisation and I was very impressed with their adaptability.  Other than the amount of Portaloos.... 

I can't agree more Harry.  the mounting and dismounting that I saw in Mallorca made me cringe too.  At the time i'd not even raced.  I really thought that if a participant has paid over £3k for an aero bike they'd get a few free elastic bands and run down the street as practice.  It baffles me.   I also have raced in cyclocross. so have a bit of experience in ending flat on your face in a sandpit... 

Rant over... I think.


It was great to have my 5 yo running next to me as an unexpected surprise at the end of the run.   As Arnie says... "I'll be back".


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25/06/2019 at 14:58

Well it went ok, I survived and posted an ol start time.


The ride was a bit of a mess.  The course of two laps was at short notice cut dramatically.  Thee was a police incident that stopped us from using the whole course.  This meant that we rode four laps of a much shorter course.  Because of this, the course was very crowded.  The organisers gave the marshals instruction to give a lot of leeway on drafting. For large stretches of the course we were unable to overtake and stuck on wheels a few feet away.  a draft-illegal race became almost a chain gang in places.  Keeping a steady power was very difficult.  That said it was very enjoyable to feel the competitive spirit. again.  It is clear to me that a lot of triathletes do not have good bike handling skills.  Some were as bad at cycling as I am at swimming.  That is saying something!

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17/06/2019 at 14:30

I'm competing, or rather surviving my first tri on Sunday but have been looking at drafting rules.  I'm from time trialling on relatively open roads/ dual carriageways that make it easy to avoid.

From British Triathlon rules; "Standard distance and shorter races: the bicycle draft zone will be 10 metres long measured from the leading edge of the front wheel. A competitor may enter the draft zone of another competitor, but must be seen to be progressing through that zone. A maximum of 20 seconds will be allowed to pass through the zone of another competitor;"

I know the course, as I'm local, there are relatively short straights with  several 90 degree roundabout exits.  How difficult is it to avoid staying out of the zone?

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01/05/2019 at 14:45

in 220 Triathlon this month is an open water plan.  but I have no idea what the initials.  RI, PD, PB mean.  can anyone help please? It seems to be assumed that a numpty like me can guess.   Thanks

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30/04/2019 at 15:38

I've been thinking this one through as a soon-to-be triathlete. I have road shoes Specialized with wire and dial fastening.

As far as I can see and I've been practicing, if you get on the bike and start moving without shoes on, (we all had flats once on our BMX or Chopper right?) then, as the big boys do, put the shoe on, I can't see more than a couple of seconds difference. we can all get up to speed without shoes on.    As far as entering T2 is concerned, surely the reverse is true, whilst stretching those legs, loosten the straps.  I don't know if there are any safety rules in relation to loose flapping about straps.  I've noticed that there are a lot of rules!


From one newbie to another, Good luck

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30/04/2019 at 15:27

I'm not sure if i'm too late Ross but the Giant Propel is a good bike. Two friends have them and it is very stiff. they have them not for racing but it's a good option if you want one frame and two sets of wheels, training and racing may be the option. 

I raced all the time on 50mm full carbon clinchers and they are HARSH  as a training wheel. I'd recommend against a carbon rim that mine were as the braking is not good at all. I can't attest to disks but my Ultegra rim brakes with steel hoops stop almost immediately rom 20+mph.


Good luck

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