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Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 10:34

I'm doing the sprint - I was too late to get in for the Olympic - and our lad is up for the Tristar 2 race on the Saturday morning. What with watching the main races on teh Sunday afternoon, it'll be a busy weekend!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 11:38

I didn't bother with aero bars, and still haven't - I won't be using them for this year's Outlaw either. I reckoned that any time I made up on getting a better streamlined position on the bike I'd lose while trying to get my back straight again on the run. Until I know that I can do 6 hours in that position, I think I'll stay on my hoods and drops and make up for the time on the run.

OK, that last bit didn't work particularly well last year, but one can always hope...

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 11:58

Simo - no requirement for a recce. The course is well marshalled - even in the rain last year you'd have to try quite hard to miss it. I didn't do one at all - I just looked at the map.

2015 Buffs

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 11:56

Since my lad has not only borrowed mine but managed to lose it, I'm in for one of each, if there's an order happening. If he's good, I won't take it out of his pocket money!

What the Hell! I'm giving it a go

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 11:22

When buying a bike, unless you have a friend who can do a decent bike fit for you, budget in the cost of getting it properly fitted. You'll do better (and enjoy it more) on a cheaper bike that fits properly than an expensive one that doesn't. My first three years of tri were on a cheap road bike off EBay.

On pedals, you will get advantages from cleating into pedals, but its not a first priority. Get riding first - you can easily change the pedals out later.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 15:39

Mini pork pies might have to happen this year, as something that isn't sweet would have been very nice at that point last year. Although I don't know how they take rain. By the second time I hit the pirate feed station last year, the bento box was half full of water, my jelly babies had drowned, and the flapjack was a sludge that prevented me from seeing whether I had any gels left underneath or not.

Someone on the pirate station took the logical pirate approach to this, which was to pile three more gels on top of everything else and worry about it later. And to give me a chocolate. Which they had to unwrap for me, as my hands didn't work. Very grateful!


UK's first Ironman Triathlon

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 15:32

MC - we'll be coming over as a family on Saturday mornings once the season starts, as all three of us have OW tri events this year. I'll look out for the hat!

UK's first Ironman Triathlon

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 12:09

We'd be there - its one of our two open water swimming practice places!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 13:47

I'll admit I was wondering that!

Holkham Outlaw

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 16:30

I think the key word in your post was "first". You've still got plenty of time left, and with more practice the cycling will come more easily. Give your system a chance to get used to the loading, and it'll come.

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