triandrun Ballbuster Duathlon

Saturday 12th November

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31/08/2005 at 19:03
I'll be waiting for you at the finish!
31/08/2005 at 19:08
With or without KY?
31/08/2005 at 19:12
what would you prefer?
31/08/2005 at 19:20

Whatever turns you on, girl??
31/08/2005 at 21:02
Bleep, nothing to suggest you can do this as a team - certainly nobody did it that way last year looking at the results - but you can always ask the organisers.

Lindi, not sure how a circular course can be mostly downhill, but I'm hoping that means box hill is a short sharp uphill shock rather than a long painful climb. I've been practising on the former, so as a seasoned campaigner maybe you can interrupt your wedding preparations and tell me I'm wasting my time! :-)
31/08/2005 at 21:49
I asked last year about teams and they thought about it until the entries closed cause it was full!

I would say the course is about 3m fairly flat, 3m down and 2m up.

The up is not really that steep for most of the up - just long with 3 switchbacks.
It is worth cycling the course before the race if possible as there are some sharp corners, the left turn after you have come down Tot's Hill is a bit tricky as you come at it pretty fast and it can be slippy with leaves on the road.

Transition is in a muddy field at the back of the NT car park and is quite tricky to run in cycling shoes. I did it in trainers last year and am still thinking about whether I should change my pedals back to "flats and straps" instead of changing shoes this year.

One thing I should warn you about is the cold - it was freezing last year! Make sure you have planty of clothes on and especially don't forget your gloves - only a right numpty would attempt this race without gloves and then go shopping part way through the bike leg! (I won't mantion any names!)

31/08/2005 at 22:42

they used to do a relay option but with very limited parking and each team bringing 3 cars it wasn't practical.

they might entertain a few specials tho'.

one year i wore a long sleeved thermal top.. by the end of the first run it was wicking nicely... excet where the fabric wasn't in contact with my skin it had frozen!

18/09/2005 at 19:06
Just done a recce of the course - Mmmmmmmm .... interesting, very interesting! The hills aren't as bad as expected - any regular cyclist should be able to cope with them. What is of great concern, and something which just dawned upon me today is running the bastards!!
18/09/2005 at 19:20
18/09/2005 at 20:23
.......... or more to the point, running the bastards after cycling them! My cycling is improving slowly, and has at least gone from pitifully bad to poor. But when I get off the bike, my knees have seized up completely, almost locked into cycling position, and walking is a challenge let alone breaking into a trot.
18/09/2005 at 20:33
its the downhills you want to look out for, they really hammer your legs.
18/09/2005 at 20:51
Multi - give me a shout if you are riding the course again and I'll come to join you.

Hope you also checked out the cake at the NT cafe - fab!
18/09/2005 at 21:51
I'd love to do a TT of three laps to see how I do, but I think I need to spend some time practicing my hill running! Will keep you informed though, Lindi!!
04/10/2005 at 22:42
There's a lively thread on Tritalk for those interested.
04/10/2005 at 22:48
Or we could just spice this one up a bit ;-)

05/10/2005 at 14:23
The Tritalk thread seems to be mainly debating which one of them is going to win :-) All that talk of riding 3 laps in under 1:10 has me envious - I'll be way behind by then.

My vote is for us mere mortals to spice this one up!
05/10/2005 at 14:24
oh and shall i take the TT bike? or the road bike...?

you've got more than one to choose from ?! ;-)
05/10/2005 at 17:05
Don't worry Dave... I'll be draging along at the back with you - Last year the leading guy ran past me as I was still on my final bike loop... so I had to speed up a bit to get up the hill before him.

Still had fun though :-)

I'll be on my winter training bike so will use that as an excuse for being slow.
2 laps in 1:10 is more my style!
06/10/2005 at 09:07
The lead guy lapped a lot of people last year Lindi, he was pretty quick. Looking at it another way though, you got to enjoy the event for a whole hour longer than he did ;-)

For me the 'which bike?' debate comes down to a choice between road bike or folder. I think I know the answer to that one.

Mind you, making everyone do it on old Raleigh Shoppers would even things up a bit.
06/10/2005 at 22:19
I like to make sure I get reasonable value for money out of my events!

Training not going well at the moment as I have a claf injury so can't run... but I did drive up box hill today - does that count?

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