11/10/2017 at 16:27
Have had a Timex Ironman classic for over 10 years on the same battery and it's still going strong - I keep expecting the battery to die but, so far, so good. If all you want is a rugged watch that tells the time, has an alarm, a stopwatch and an interval timer (useful for IM - I set mine to beep every 15 mins to remind me to eat/drink on the bike) then this is fine. Yes, I also have a Forerunner 310XT for the clever stuff, but I wear the Timex every day.
26/09/2014 at 15:56
Typically, it's quieter on the roads - although not everywhere, so you do find some Saturday races for that reason! That's also a reason for an early start. Also, it gives the race organisers a day to arrive and set up, which is essential. These things don't just happen, you know!
28/11/2013 at 11:49
The winter is a great opportunity to work on your weaknesses. Reflect on your last year - where were you weak, where were you strong? For me, it's the running, so I will be focussing on my run technique - mixing up offroad running, hills, track sessions and long, easy runs, interspersed with some winter races to see how I'm doing and add some interest!
Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't: swim a lot and improve your technique; run offroad (it's more fun that plugging the roads, anyway); get good base miles in on the bike at the weekend if you can. Mountain biking or cyclo-cross are a great alternative. If you can't get out and can't face the turbo, go to a spin class. Get in the gym and do strength work, especially remembering your core.
Finally, be flexible with your plan - if you'd planned a long bike on a Saturday but the weather is bad, move it to the Sunday (or vice versa). If you've planned a 3hr long ride but are starting to get cold (or wet) after one, ride home rather than get injured, ill or start to hate cycling so you won't go out again!
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