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welsh sports personality of the year

Posted: 03/12/2014 at 14:54

Following the doping scandals at the Commonwealth Games a couple previously well thought of Welsh athletes are now disgraced. This may have had a knock on effect (unfairly some might say) for Welsh Athletics in general. 

I am surprised to see Lee Halfpenny or George North not shortlisted.

Dublin 70.3 2015

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:21

I was planning to do this but they dicked around over opening entry for so long I booked other events instead. I love Dublin, and would love to have raced there - hopefully I will do the following year.

Boxty and Guinness sounds like pretty good recovery food to me

First Tri Sunday (Brownlee Leeds) bit nervous.

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:07

I started triathlons this year too, and like you I like to give everything my best shot. I de died that the best way to do that would be to build up gradually and get used to racing different distances. This year I did a sprint and Olympic - starting after a spring marathon. I also did a few other running races. Next year I will do a few more half marathonsk Olympic distance tris and hopefully one or two half iron distance tris. From that point I will decide if I am in a position to give a good account of myself at a longer distance.


This might not be a fashionable approach - and very different to what many on this site choose to do - but if you are injury prone and struggling with the bike and swim training then a slow and steady approach to training may be better. I guess my main difference is that I don't necessarily see an ironman as my final goal (which is where I differ to most) but I like racing and always want to go as fast as I can - even if I won't win, which I know I won't, I'm not ever going to be fast enough, but I like to be sure I can race rather than survive, I would never want a race to be the final destination, or do something that injures me for a season and as such my approach works for me. Some of my friends are very different to me and wouldn't take my approach, but I felt it was something worth suggesting. 


First Tri Sunday (Brownlee Leeds) bit nervous.

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 18:22

On tri talk you were talking about doing Ironman UK this summer and discussing how your training was going regularly - what happened? 


Ironman package deals

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:33

It was for the company to make a profit. They don't do it out of kindness, you pay a premium to get everything sorted for you, and to get into a race which was - at the time of booking - closed. 

Is iit being too ambitious to aim for half-ironman in the next 18months?

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:35

Just go out and ride your bike - you don't need to tell your friend. If she sees you just tell her you fancied going for a ride. Don't make excuses not to train. 

Well done on the swim. If the club has some coached sessions for people learning front crawl it would be worth going. I could hardly swim front crawl at all but made great progress when I had someone telling me what I was doing wrong and helping me. 

Liverpool Tri

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 21:39
Stanners from the Bridge wrote (see)

You too mate. Despite the elements, a cracking day. Even managed a PB on the swim and run  Those elite males need to HTFU



From what I saw on twitter some of the elite males were pretty angry that they had their race cancelled with one calling for the prize purse to be split between the entrants to contribute towards the costs that they had such as travel/accommodation etc for a race that never happened.

I am sure the decision wasn't taken lightly but I can see why they were frustrated. I guess the organisers had the choice of pissing a few people off or risking a serious accident so very understandably chose the former option. 

70.3 Staffordshire

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 12:42

I read that Dublin was going to be August 9th, then it changed to TBA - I hope it is the 9th (or later) and not the week before.

70.3 Staffordshire

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 23:15

How much roughly is entry to the IM 70.3 races? I am contemplating doing Dublin next year which is supposed to be opening for registration next month and was wondering how much to budget for race entry. I assume it varies slightly from race to race but I am just after a rough idea. 

Do pirates shave their legs?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:58
YiddBarmy wrote (see)

But when measuring efficiency based on changes the power at the pedal only measures output, which is meaningless unless a cost is, as in oxygen usage/hr is used to quantify output as a % of max, if that makes sense. As in a 70% effort with hair vs a70% effort without hair, that is a real world measurable test. This is how running studies are conducted.

The only real way to see if a car saves fuel by having something stripped off it is to run a test with the item attached, measuring fuel consumption and then do it again by taking it off and running the same test, and repeating several times to ensure the data is constant or to find an average. 

The thing about theory is it only generally works in theory because us humans mess things up in the real world.




They are testing aerodynamics, effort makes no difference.



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