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Bike vs Swim training - comparative gains?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:56

Not to mention pasties disintegrate if they get wet 

Outlaw bike feedstation 24th July 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 21:39

Will be great to have you there Kanga

List of willing volunteers 
Cougie (very likely) 
Mr Seren 
Flat Footed 
Teapot One 
Duda (provisional) 
Mini Dudas (provisional) 
Not so Jr Magna Carter 1 
Not so Jr Magna Carter 2 
Boo & Mrs Boo (provisional) 
Mrs Digger 
Digger (after swim) 
Mixed Grill 
Mother of Mixed Grill
Mrs Scuba 
Scuba jnr 1 
Scuba jnr 2 
Nurse Ratched (for a wee while, if possible, before my jog) 
Mrs Cheggers 
A Cheggers child 
Happychap (possibly)
Mrs Bristolsparks
Button Mushroom
Mrs Button Mushroom
Mini 'Shroom
Nutty Nikki
Mini Nut 1
Mini Nut 2
Frags (back-up banana)
Little Sister
The Evil Pixie
Bobs Your Father + Bobs Your Grandfather (probably)

Bike vs Swim training - comparative gains?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:07

Just posted this online having seen many people dismissing swim training.  Interested if anyone has an opinion?

I think people misjudge the comparative gains that can be made on the swim, it’s like there's a confirmation bias affect, i.e. the bike duration is longer, therefore it’s easier to save time bike training.

How many people think about gaining 60 minutes on the bike with 6-9 hours a week average bike training, vs those that think about gaining 20 minutes on the swim with 2-3 hours a week average swim training? 

What about if you invested a comparative amount on swimming? How many who are prepared to spend £3000 on a bike are happy to spend £1000 on swim coaching?

A good ironman swim isn’t just about swim training, its also about confidence, start position, managing the turns (how many optimise their swim line or draft for the whole swim course?) swimming mid pack front pack also puts you in faster moving water (overall pull from other swimmers) so there is an small exponential benefit in open water

A good ironman swim is better than the sum of its parts, as suggested by someone else, a good swim is less tiring and in my experience set you up for a more positive day. 

Now the big benefit, a faster swim means a better legal draft on the bike. Not cheating, draftzone is 10m (5 bike lengths), 8 meters off someones back wheel. Just like the pro’s do, youll have a much better chance of sitting in a draft legal (and faster moving) line of bikes if you come out mid front pack after the swim. There’s still a massive draft gain at 10m, far better than pushing round the course on your own.

Ironman Lanzarote 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:31
By prepack I mean pack 2cartier bags or use previos race swimbike & bikerun bags

Ironman Lanzarote 2016

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 20:29
Seren stop worrying you have a whole day free, all you need to do on Friday is register & assemble bike/20 min test ride & rack. Lots of pirates around to help if anything needed.

If you want to save time pre pack your T1 and T2 bags before you leave UK.

Arm warmers

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 14:58

Arm warmers are great, warmer than the sum of their parts.  That said id want more than just arm warmers if racing long distance early May, possible a gilet or light weight jacket.

Much depends on the temperature, wind and any rain forecast.  If dry and warming up later in the morning you may get away with arm warmers only?

You need to be aware of the morning temperature, not just the forecast for the day.  While it maybe 20 degrees forecast by 13.00, it could be a cloudless night any only up to 6-7 degrees at 08.00 when youre starting the bike?

Pirate DIY Half IM 2016

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 07:08

Ive long wanted to attend this premier pirate event, but missed it due to its previous clashes with London Marathon.

SA, Mrs SA, Jordy and SA's parents, a massive thank you for organising the weekend, chip butties, meatball roles, drinks and opening your homes to us.  Thanks to Lou for the hoody

A tough, but the right decision on Saturday to cut the bike short, an inspired idea to allow more drinking time.  I was impressed how early everyone managed to get to the pub.  Talking of which, ive just one minor suggestion for improvements in any future event.  Can you get someone a little less shit to do the swim lap counting 

Nice to see everyone, good racing and drinking.

The 2016 LG PSOF Kit Order Thread

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 18:48
It's currency primarily, there was a price reduction 2013 to 2014, it's back up slightly above 2013 prices.

It's still no dearer than you'd pay for similar non custom kit at Evans Cycles. Evans actually charge more for the 'Equipe' cycle jerseys than the price above.

Ironman World Champ Qualifiers

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 14:08

Im sure Gatorade have sponsored IM at some point, corporate places?  Ive once got an entry to a 'full' North American Ironman via sponsor contact.

There could also be a factor where someone claims to have 'qualified' but wasn't at the roll down / accepted their place?

UK's first Ironman Triathlon

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 21:50

Great post, really really interesting to read about it.   When I saw the thread tittle id already imagined the contents would be asking the question, 'which was the first UK iron distance', and was almost ready to come in and suggest The Longest Day.  

Little did I know UK long distance went back to the early 1980's.

Id be interested in more information.  I wonder what became of the lifeguards, those that raced?  Have they gone on to other long distance event, even Ironman?  

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