Iron Rose

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Ironman UK 2014

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:27

they indicated this at the end of race party last year, still does sheep house but only 2 loops.

MK is fine for training, I work in NTON 2 days a week and know a few triathletes down there.

Fancy a free race entry?

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 11:24

Thanks Fegan, appreciate it.

How bad were you...

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:14

I smoked 40 a day up until Jan 1999, gave up when it turned £3 a packet, started running and managed 3 miles without stopping by March. Did my first sprint at Horwich (for those that know me that is somewhat a sign ) and came 3rd, thought this was easy.

Then in Sept 1999 did Bala Olympic distance and nearly coughed a lung up, back to reality.

Bravado and a willingness to push further than my mates meant I did the Longest Day IM distance in August 2000, finished in 11.26 and loved it, unfortunately I am a mad sportsman at heart so that Xmas I snapped my ACL snowboarding in Whistler and took 3 years off, coming back in 2003 and doing IMCH.

Done a few more since then getting faster each year, at least one a year except 2010 and 2013 when we had a child each of those years.

Still love it and aiming to do Copenhagen this August for number 15.

Ironman UK 2014

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:08

are you talking 2014 or 2015 ? just checking ?

If you want to do an IM branded event then I would never talk you out of it but do consider the challenge races.

And once you have that nailed ask yourself if staying in this country to do a race of this magnitude on your 30th is maybe not reaching for the best race you can do.

there are a lot of races just over the water that would be worth a jaunt for such a great occasion, Frankfurt, Austria, Roth etc.

And if you are still in this country (well UK) then doing either of these races for your first will be tough but well doable if you train appropriately for them.

Wales is tough, hilly, can be windy and late on so exposed to weather variations on the coast as autumn sets in. Well supported and a well run race.

UK have bedded in very well over the last few years at Bolton and gets better each year, again well supported and tough but not as much as Wales.

Depending on your location being able to train on the course in my opinion (not always shared) is a benefit.

Good luck with your decision.

IM Mallorca 2014

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:36

If the second half of the race is the 70.3 course you have it made, the course is a steady rise out of Alcudia and then the main hill, its steady, around 7-10% depending on the bend radius of the corner. Take it steady and you won't blow it.

There is no real recovery and gain on the descent as its hairpin after hairpin and there will be traffic with other bikes.

Once you are through the village at the bottom its a good steady power course and the only thing will be the wind in the exposed parts.

Not sure on temps but in the 70.3 the run was a bit toasty and right on the prom so factor up and drink plenty.

I hope this race sticks as a good test as I can't do it this year but may attempt another year.

Race well and I hope they put on a good first race.

Rear water bottle holder

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:31

I have an x-lab rear holder and a profile design one - both for sale cheap, both take 2 bottle cages. 

I have now moved to the minoura single seat clamp that you then fix a bottle cage to so its rear facing but sits under the saddle, I run a bit lighter than most. I had to get it shipped from the states but its very cheap and looks great. A bit like the set up Peter Jacobs used when he won Kona.

As for drinks flying out, one thing to watch in some WTC races is that they can use the actual drink manufacturer bottles (US races and Kona do this) so they don't fit in any cage. However, I have found that its sometimes down to the actual cage, not the carrier, the gorilla cage from x lab seems to be pretty pullet proof but at 50£ its a tad expensive, whatever you get, just make sure its solid.

And if you are carrying a gel bottle with markings, make sure you carry that on the frame so you can see it, once that's gone, game over.



Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:21

I am with FF.

Go and get a bike fit done and they will work out your stack and reach (S+R)

then have a look at slowtwitch's S+R table of bikes which is on the forum - just google 'slowtwitch stack and reach'

Then make a list of the bikes that are in your range, you are basically 'allowed' to go 30mm up or down on both measurements to give you a bit of flexibility

Then have a look at bikes, don't pick the bike and then try to make it fit, its an expensive mistake.

1p's worth.


Sub 10:00...

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 20:17

I run an 11-28 as well, I won't normally spin out a 53-11 on the flats in any race so happy with it. I am alao not precious about running lower to be a 'real' cyclist as one person I met a few years ago put it.

In fact one of the classics was a few years ago I was chatting about set up with someone on a training ride and they asked what I was running as a cassette, I replied, 11-28, their reply, I thought you were a good cyclist ?

They didn't mean to be rude or condescending but it shows the naivety of some and the stereo types of others.

Whatever is comfortable and gets you up the hills and keeps you going on the flats will suit me fine thanks.

And as for the stats over the page, OMG ! that was too much for me and I don't mind stats, my training peaks now is lucky to get my uploaded files for my computrainer as its on a non networked computer and I have to remember to upload my swims and runs.

Pirate Race Team

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:46

of course, ginsters right across my backside, sweet

Pirate Race Team

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:30
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Im not saying who should and shouldn’t race in pirate kit, ive never criticised Rosey for the sponsorship logo, it was a one off.   But I don’t see anyone in favour of sponsorship on kit.

Evening all, can I just point out, I'm glad no-one had an issue with my sponsor. To be honest, its my kit, its not a one off and when my new kit comes it will go on there as well, I own the kit and as we don't have a 'club' constitution that says otherwise, its not really an issue.

The reason there probably isn't more on there is.

1. I'm not good enough to get enough exposure on media

2. Nothing goes with yellow - except black so most of the logos I have look rubbish on the top.

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