17/04/2008 at 15:30
shaved heads- seriously sexy[;)][8D]
17/04/2008 at 15:13
Depends on several things-mainly is it a one off shift or do you envisage moving your bike about a lot? If it's one off- pack it up in a bike box- most bike shops will give you one for free. Then you can either fly it or drive it across the ditch. Check with airlines re weight limits- some charge extra per kilo that you go over your baggage allowance and others a set fee for "sports goods". Freight companies in my experience charge through the teeth for small "part loads"- it's often cheaper to get a cheap ticket on a budget airline and take it as baggage.
The other issue to consider is what sort of bike do you have? If it's mountain bike or hybrid it'll be pretty sturdy and able to take a fall off a baggage trolley. But if it's a full carbon racing bike then the chances of damage on an airline (or haulage company) is much greater. Then collecting it and driving it back yourself option is better.
Or you can buy a hard bike case which I have done for my carbon bike. It has travelled from UK to Korea to New Zealand then a return trip to Australia and the bike is in perfect condition as is the box. They are expensive to buy- mine was about 280 pounds but it's cheaper than a new frame.
It really does depend how much you plan on traveling with your bike in the future.
03/03/2008 at 08:33
I can do that- stinky running gear for a few hours- no worries- my family LOVE me--not..........[;)]
03/03/2008 at 08:33
In reply to leaner's request for ideas for his bike: what about alleyoop? It's a play on the word Allez (your bike model) and comes from a basketball term
"An alley oop in basketball is an offensive play in which one player throws the ball up near the basket to a teammate (or, much more rarely, to himself) who jumps, catches the ball in mid air and immediately scores a basket, usually with a slam dunk. It is an impressive way to score and often electrifies the spectators. The alley oop combines elements of teamwork, pin-point passing, timing, and dunking." Wikipedia
03/03/2008 at 08:33
I found the swim to bike transition Ok as by the time I have exited the water, run up the beach (or around the pool) then got out of the water and into cycling gear- my body has adjusted to being upright again and legs have been working a bit. I do increase leg kick for last 50m or so before exiting.
With bike to run I also found the legs feel heavy and like dragging lumps of lead about. On my last Tri (sprint) I spun at high cadence 110rpm for about 2km before the end then at about 750m to go changed to high gear and stood up on pedals all the way into T2. I found this reduced the lead feeling incredibly. But I need to do more bricks that's for sure to get legs used to it.
Good to hear from the other guys that doing the bricks in training improves it for the race.
01/03/2008 at 17:06
I would try riding your bike with the swimsuit underneath BEFORE you race. I personally find the seams in a standard swimsuit are too thick and will cut into you when on the bike. I chaffed all the skin from the top of my thighs cycling home from the beach in a wet swimsuit- not pretty- even drew blood![:@]. If the distances you are racing are sprint to olympic then don't "flap about" changing from cycle shorts to running shorts. I ran my last sprint tris in bike shorts no problem. Wouldn't want to do longer than Olympic distance though.
I wear my bike shorts and an Asics lycra sports bra under the wetsuit. In T1 I pull on a T-shirt and then add cycle shoes and helmet and I'm off. In T2 I just change into running shoes and swap bike helmet for suncap. Transition times will be faster in a Tri suit but until you really know whether this is for you- stick to the minimum expenditure- unless of course you have dosh to burn!!!!
01/03/2008 at 16:50
Merlot is my touring bike- named after the bike's colour and my favourite tipple- when touring there's always room for a bottle of wine in a pannier.
Buzz is my roadie Scott CR1 Carbon- cos it's black and yellow
Black Adder is my very dated stiff tail MTB cos it's a black Diamondback - also one of my fav TV series. I do sing the Blackadder song when riding this one- anything to keep the bike in one piece!!
I name my cars and motorbikes too- all started with The Yellow Poo- a Ford Cortina stationwagon inherited from my brother and you guessed it- the colour of baby poo.
01/03/2008 at 16:50
Noticed that a lot of you talk about the advantages of compression gear after training. What about during? I am looking at a pair of CWX running specific tights for medium distance (20-35km) mountain runs- the benefits hopefully to reduce muscle fatigue which can then lead to injury as you tire.
Any thoughts on this?
16/02/2008 at 19:13
I saw an ironman held in Western Australia a few months ago (on TV) and the first guy out of the water totally blitzed the field in a time of 44:42 versus 48:32 for the eventual winner.His bike race started to falter but his time was 4hr 48 versus 4hr29,so still looking respectable. But the run was 5hr18:53 versus 2hr48. He went from first out on the swim and still pretty well ahead on the bike to finish 305th. I don't know the guy (Pete Jacobs) or what his goal was for this race - maybe the swim was all he wanted, who knows. I have to assume he wanted a good place- anyway I think his race illustrates the point ytriguy was making.
Interesting to look down the times for that race (and probably any other) and see how many sub 1hr swimmers were overtaken by the slower swimmers when it came to the finish line.
16/02/2008 at 18:40
long as it's not pink[:'(]
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