04/11/2008 at 22:03
Ah, but on this you can draft regardless of the rules for everyone else[:D]
31/10/2008 at 21:23
Having tested one bike is good because you now know that a 56cm is about right. It's worth taking a note of the other dimensions (top tube, seat angle and so one) so you can compare more easily with other bikes.
Other things change with size too which some companies are more diligant at than others. Handle bar width and drop, stem length and height and crank length are the main ones I think. These are the things that make one 56cm frame fit where another may not.
29/10/2008 at 21:36
Remember that quoted sizes are usually the seat post length but it's the top tube length that's important to how well the bike fits.
Re Scott bikes - IMHO they are very over priced for what you get. I'd look at Focus and Pinnacle bikes. Some of the odd balls like the Kiron are very good value but it depends on what you're after. Road bikes are more flexible for training and racing but a TT specific bike will give you a better race position in many cases.
29/10/2008 at 21:20
Go to www.wishlist.com
and get all the red bits you want on there.
Basically, you add a short cut to your web browser toolbar and when ever you see something you like, you click on the short cut and it adds and entry into your wish list that takes Santa back to that item. Simple.
29/10/2008 at 21:20
Last time I gave blood I did the Race the Train 10k cross country 6 days later with no ill effects.
I think it only takes a few days to a week for the blood to recover to normal levels.
I don't know about your theory but I'd be inclined to give it a few days before getting the trainers out but you should be ok after that.
29/10/2008 at 08:00
As it happens, I've just started using 1000 mile compression socks. I've got pretty big calves for a runner after many years of mountain biking and field hockey so these socks help loads.
I also left my HRM on after coming back from my run and my resting heart rate has dropped to 34bpm. Perhaps my body has finally twigged that I'm not giving up on tri so it's decided to get it's act together[;)]
29/10/2008 at 06:03
On two occations now I've been doing brick sessions and started to cramp up on the third or fourth run.
For the next couple of days I'm limping around looking for sympathy but after that I've noticed a marked improvement in my fitness.
Now, is this just 'cause I haven't trained for a couple of days (bearing in mind that I probably wouldn't have trained anyway) or is there some degree of benefit from minor muscle damage?
I can't be imagining it as I've just come back from a 36 minute 5 mile run after cramping up badly on Friday. My previous best time was 42 minutes!
28/10/2008 at 22:16
I've got my swim to bike transition down to 30-45 seconds now (depending on the venue).
Clipping the shoes to the pedals first makes a huge difference and it's really not that hard to get your feet in and out while still moving.
It may seem like you're wasting time just rolling along putting your shoes on rather then pedalling but how far do you travel while standing still putting your shoes on?
Running barefoot is also easier IMO than with cleated shoes on.
Practice first on a turbo trainer if you can, then find a clear space where you can roll around slipping you feet in and out of your shoes.
Next try looping a thin elastic band through the pull loops on the back of your shoes (one reason to get tri specific shoes) and loop one onto your front mech and the other round the rear wheel quick release. The attachment points are easier if you can get used to right foot forward.
The bands hold the shoes level as you run and jump on but snap (this is why you want thin ones not the red ones the postie leaves a trail of) as you start pedalling.
Make sure you crank up the retention though or your shoes might come off as you run back in and waste time haveing to go back for them.
24/10/2008 at 17:43
Found out that bacon Wheat Crunchies repeat really badly. Gip.
Anything else to avoid?
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