04/03/2009 at 22:20
Chrissie has won pretty much every triathlon she's raced, and with some very dodgy kit in the early days!
She beat me in Salford in 2005 (? i think) by around 10 minutes... and I was second! She won her age-group in the worlds by about 15 minutes, and the entire race by 7 minutes or so.
No-one had heard of her until her first Kona win, and her early ironman wins were accompanied by "well, there was no real competition there
". I think she's proved a point since! The BTA were not too bothered with trying to support even after the win in Lausanne- she's obviously too old to make it as a pro at almost 30!
I will not for a moment believe that Chrissie has even entertained the thought
of drugs. She's just a machine!
08/12/2008 at 17:10
You could try some one to one sessions, which would be cheaper than TI.
I train at Birmingham University with Bex Milnes who is elite and an awesome swimmer. I don't think she has any formal qualifications, but she does years of swimming teaching and coaches one of the BRAT sessions, so definately knows what she's doing. I think she has underwater camera etc too!
I can give you her contact number if you're interested...
29/10/2008 at 21:03
I wouldn't trust what people have to say on ebay...!
There would usually be a small difference on frame size between makes, for example, my cannondale is a 50cm, whilst my Cervelo is a 48cm frame, both road bikes and both fit.
The sizing from your LBS would probally be the better bet to go with, but there will always be some tweeking with any new bike to get you into the right position.
28/10/2008 at 20:03
without a doubt, go for cleats...
I can't do the science bit, but the advantage on the bike will usually outweigh the time spent on changing shoes in transition!
24/10/2008 at 18:16
just out of interest, what's the logic behind continuous long swims at this time of year?
I would have thought most people's technique would fall apart by mid-way through- which effectively looses the benefit of the session.
24/10/2008 at 18:00
I've found a big mac meal doesn't really work before a track session...
... afterwards is fine tho!
15/10/2008 at 02:20
It way you who raised non-drafting cycling racing by way of comparison!!
My point is just that non-drafting racing is still racing. There are tactical elements rather than just balls-out for 2 hours!
Its personal preference at the end of the day to what type of races you want to enter, but please don't be-little my choice of event. I train very hard, on all three discaplines (not implying anyone else doesn't- before you take offence), but don't really enjoy the suggestion that i'm only racing in a running race.
15/10/2008 at 01:46
And how many 'non-drafting' cycling races have you watched? Time trials are an entirely different event to a cycling race.
You seem to be under the mis-apprehension that the cycle leg in drafting triathlons involves everyone spinning around the course without putting any effort in. This simply is not the case- it is a race from word go. In most events you have seperate groups, with individuals trying to put breaks in to catch/ lose different groups.
Yes, i acknowledge that the stronger runners have no reason to try and put a break in on the bike, and more reason to sit it- (the same as the sprinters so in cycles races), but watch Julie Dibbens or Stuart Haynes race...
14/10/2008 at 17:10
Try racing an elite race.
It is in no way two 'warm-up' events before the run. There is a lot more in it than that and you have to actually race rather than just do each discipline at your own pace.
thats like saying most city marathons and half marathons are a trot round the park for the top guys followed by a sprint finish.
Besides, how would it work as non-drafting? you'd have to effectivly run the race as a time trial- which wouldn't exactly be spectatlor friendly.
01/10/2008 at 17:30
They usually set the women off in the later waves- so warn your girlfriend to be really careful on the way back into stratford on the bike leg because it will be very busy and if the road is crawling (as it usually is), there is pretty much the option of squeezing up the inside or going round the outside on the wrong side of the road.
Also, the swim in and the bike out are usually not on the same rack in transition... sounds a bit dumb, but if you rack in the row opposite the swim in, the bike could be to your left one row when you come in for T2. Its worth checking your racking both ways- and yes, this caught me out my first time at startford... oh, and that someone had racked their bike in my spot whilst i was on the bike!
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