Cheerful Dave

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Boston 2017

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 21:33

Not sure exactly pidge, but they do send the international ones out first for just this reason.  However, one of the answers to an FAQ on the website says:

"If your Number Pick Up Card does not reach you before race weekend, please be sure to bring a photo ID with you to Number Pick-Up at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo located at the Hynes Convention Center. Go to the "Replacement Number Pick-Up Cards" booth near number pick-up, show your valid photo id, and a volunteer will print a new card for you. You will use that new card to pick up your number. We are requiring that all participants claim their own bib number at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo during normal expo hours. Friends or family will not be allowed to claim your bib number for you."

College project - triathlon shoe

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 14:27
Ben Ainley wrote (see)

Let's change the approach then. This will be a good turning point in the project... This will be designed for a triathlete who wants to be able to clip in and run without the faff of changing shoes during transition. So instead of wearing the shoe during the swim, they put it on after the swim.

Is that better?

There have been attempts to use running shoes on the bike before - google 'pyro platforms', essentially something that clips onto a regular pedal to create a stiff platform and toe cage for a running shoe.  Some duathletes use them, especially in shorter races but there's a compromise in that there's still a relatively soft, flexible layer or running shoe between your foot and the rigid 'sole' of the platform.

Like FB says, your best bet might be swim-run where some manufacturers are looking at designing specific shoes and competitors are already customising existing designs.  I suppose the ideal shoe would need to run like an offroad trail shoe, but with some buoyancy built in for the swim, be streamlined to reduce drag in the water and have some drainage to let water out after the swim.  And be comfortable enough to use without socks with no blisters, even when your feet are wet.

Sub 3

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 08:51

Can I just take a moment to urge all those lurking on this thread not to be put off joining in by statements like "20K at just under World record pace and it felt ok". 

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 08:27

Eric Bristow, you are a prize cockwomble of the highest order.

Over-Subscribed runs

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 16:34
Jan77 wrote (see)

Think of the Marshall's and the extra time they will be on the course if you introduced 2 waves

20 minutes max.  That's assuming that the slowest runners are in the second wave.  Last time I marshalled a 10 mile race I was out on the course for over 2 hours anyway.  You'd make it condition of the second wave entry that marshalls on the second half of the course will be withdrawn after the last runner from the first wave has passed.

Over-Subscribed runs

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 12:50

Or, wait until the race has actually started, then sell the unused numbers off cheap for a second wave starting 20 minutes after the first.  No chips, so no official times or problems with the results, but you take your own time and get the medal at the end. No issue with the overall number of runners because the two waves wouldn't overlap too much (and the numbers in the second would be much less than the first)

Over-Subscribed runs

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 12:46

It would work if you declared that any runner who hadn't collected their number (say) 20 minutes before the due start time forfeits their entry.  Potential runners arrive before that, fill in the entry, then join a queue with their cash ready.  20 minutes to go, they start getting the unused numbers, details can be entered into whatever system the organiser is using in the same way that entries on the day would be.

Or, make it easier for runners who aren't going to show up to let the organisers know, even on the morning of the race.  Right now, if I decide that I'm not going to run, there's no point letting the organiser know because my number is just going to sit in an envelope in a box anyway.  If I had a text number to use to let them know they could re-sell my number then I'd use it, even if I wasn't getting my entry fee back.  I'm a runner, I'd want an unused entry to be used somehow.

Pool Length

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 13:15

I would have thought that if the gym pool is relatively empty then you might get better training in it than in a crowded lane at the local pool.

Bike help....

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 11:46

If you've not had a road bike before and you want to have a go at triathlon, after you've bought your bike one of two things will happen.  Either you'll find that triathlon isn't really your thing and the bike ends up unused in the garage, or you'll love it and wish you'd spent a bit more on better wheels/components/colour/whatever.  Maybe look for something used on ebay to start with - any one of those brands or many others (Specialized to throw something else in) would be fine, anything where you can find an on-line sizing chart for a very rough fit.

Then, after you've ridden it for a summer you'll have a much better idea of the type of bike you're after and what kind of money you want to spend.  And the first one goes back on ebay

GPS and measuring gradient

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 10:35
LogicScience wrote (see)
I know it's contrary that's why i followed my explanation with "however" before I posted the link.

Distance is measured and displayed accurately by your gps receiver so for example a Garmin watch on your wrist will say 10k for the theoretical 10k that goes up 500m then down 500m but when that same data is displayed by an ap it will show 9950m.

All of which is affected by how much smoothing of the raw data is being done both by your GPS watch and the app.  Not to mention the quality of the signal you're receiving.

GPS accuracy in altitude is a lot less than longitude & latitude.  To say that "distance is measured and displayed accurately by your gps receiver" just because it takes account of the altitude measurement is a bit misleading - the margin of error should be less using the extra variable, but you'll still have a margin and no real way of knowing whether the 10k you just ran was short 'because my garmin said so' (OK, maybe not you personally, but that's often claimed).

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