Really interesting thread this - just goes to show how many differing opinions there are out there on how to suceed in improving speed. For me, buying a bike that I was properly measured for has made a big difference, as has finally biting the bullet and going clipless (and yes, I have fallen over whilst standing still!!). I also agree that there is no substitute for just getting out there and putting the miles in - the more you do, the stronger you get and the faster you'll go. But also, sometimes, you need to accept your own limitations - I know, as a 51 year old, who only took up triathlons (and cycling) a couple of years ago, that I'll never really compete with the 30 year olds who have been cycling for longer - so I tend to just try and compete within my own age group and - if I come last (and haven't - yet!) - so what, I'm still doing something I really enjoy, which is what matters.
Hi guys, just wanted to add my little bit - absolutely loved it - I wasn't fast, found it incredibly tough, especially day 3, but I'm so glad I took part and managed to finish. I thought overall, the organisation was great. I found the Votwo guys were all friendly and helpful. I didn't really have a problem with the food portions (and I'm a veggie, so had even less choice!), but my other half was often eyeing up my plate as he finished his! I'd certainly do another of their events - maybe Atlantic next year. Nice to have bumped into you on the bus Birdypie - could luck with the fling! Well done to all.
I think my panic phase is over - I am just really looking foward to it now - especially if the weather stays nice and bright. I was looking at last years results and based on the fact that for almost every race or tri I do, I seem to end up about 2/3rds down the pack, I hope to muddle round in 6 - 6.5 hours each day. We'll all only know on Sunday eve if we've done enough, so no point in stressing now. Positive Mental Attitude guys!
I'm taking everything in terms of kit - vests, t-shirts, long sleeves, shorts, cut-offs, long tights, etc etc etc! I'd rather have my whole running wardrobe with me to be able to decide each day what will suit best. Same with road shoes and trail shoes.
I was looking at the cut off times to see if I need to change groups. I'm Currently in G3 where it seems you have around 7 to 7.5 hours to complete the distance each day. Day 1 I reckon I'll be OK and will attempt same on day 2, but then I'll see how long day 2 takes and decide if I need or want to switch down for final day. Very impressed with the organisation of it all - they do seem to have thought of everything. Part of me feels I haven't done enough training, but actually, when I compare what I've done to their own coaching plan, I've probably done more than they suggested, other than not enough hill work!!!!
Ooh - it's all starting to feel a bit real now! I was shaking reading the instructions! I was only planning on bringing a bumbag type pack, as I hate running with a backpack, but looking at the compulsary kit list, I guess I'll have to sort one out. I'm a bit confused as to why we need a waterproof warm top if we already have to have a waterproof jacket??
We're sharing with Simon and David - so say hi if you're out there!