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I figured i'd best try out my gear for race day and just done my first longish ride in tri shorts rather than cycling ones - ouch.
Ghost: An effing large pot of body-bum-butter in the T1 change bag may be in order!And Vaseline in the T2 bag?
tick tock tick tock
I came out of the water plumb last for my age group in Challenge Henley. I overtook 6 in transition 1, despite taking a break for a necessary crap. Yes it's true, you should even time how long you need for a sh"comfort break"it.
wasted an hour or so twatting about - mechanical issues ( transfer garmin sensors across from old to new ), house issues ( rcd power cut off so - house in darkness - reset ) and trainer road crashed so all in all. cack
nice new bike though - need to change the saddle and the short tri bars are going take a while to get used too.
best make a proper job of it tomorrow!
garmin took 2 minutes - its feeding trainerroad so the turbo is a little more valuable - the red took forever as it wouldn't reset.
but, but, but. all excuses ! agreed
ahhhh, thats better
2 crappy swims and 90mins of threshold spinning.
proper trainerroad tomorrow on the new elephant.
hows everyone else doing?
hoping that the weather doesn't prove as bad as forecast for those doing the outlaw at the weekend?
What's your next event Dave
looks like a good one
You know what I mean lol
I know its in Wales - I know wales isn't flat : therefore Bala isn't Flat : and as Im too chicken sh*t - I wont want to do Bala.
not liking the creaking from the new steed. the cables rattle. the seats not comfy. the short trip bars are to narrow. its too hot. the wrong sort of wind and its only two weeks to bag drop off.
Does the new bike have the same saddle as your old bike? can you not move the tri bars apart if they are too narrow?
Sorry Dave, was an attempt at humour - realised I was whining like a youknowwhat about luxury items - i shall not give up the day job.
Wheels are the stock magic cosmics - not thinking deep rim until I'm a stone or three lighter AND i have a clue about handling.
its a new saddle ( same saddle brand model as the steel but in white Adamo breakaway. the steel bike had the adamo time trial - i think its a touch shorter ?). moved it a little. just need to get used to it i think. more time on it shortly.
off to do a long spin tonight and then what to do tomorrow ; have just located some OW swimming boxendpark.com ? so first OW swim since I was under 21 for anything and in the wetsuit to boot. ( was expecting only to practice putting it on without tearing the arse out of it ). so a practical BONUS . anyone know about boxendpark ?
so a dry(wet) run in out and along a bit with sighting etc - distance a second consideration ?? or do I push to cover all the tick boxes.
if all goes well tomorrow night , a repeater OW on thursday and again next tuesday and ill be all set ( as far as I can be at this point ).
post race it can be a regular feature building up tp outlaw. ?
had planned a couple of morning pool swims - but considering developments - will aim for more time on the bike ( such as it is - i know dave, spin is not bike, turbo is not bike, bike is bike. ..... as soon as i find a pair, ill strap them on and have it out with the other half. )
hope everyones week is progressing well
slightly worried now dave. but feeling assured Im a significant load to any wind sheer effect
ill have to buy some other wheels just in case - i think i have some giant sr2? 10spd in the garage ( 10spd block needs changing - assuming it takes an 11 )
mavic askiums are 188 a pair with tyres and a block 58£ from royles. the wheels are a good price but the block is pricey. still might be hob sons choice and i.e. had good service from them.
( be good training wheels in any event )
90kg - been a while since i was 90kg. about 18 years or so.
ok, so Open Water Swimming then.....
firstly, a big thank you to another dave from the office who shared with me the lovely boxden park.
now for a first time experience - it was surpassingly pleasant. not half as cold I was expecting it to be - the wetsuit kept more out that I anticipated - cold feet. rather shocking on the breathing and face which lead to other issues . ( swallowed to much air early on so needed to belch a little blast back into place ). breathing one sided really affects the stoke/pul ( the non dominate side pulls stronger and you drift across ). also stalled more water than I expected.
first 800m was stop start, learning and waiting to belch.
belch duly arrived at
second 800 much better until last 200 when a little cramp in the left calf had me floating upside down - which was peculiar as your legs are much higher and your flat in the water. yuk
finished the swim and then the surprise unpleasantness. getting out had me extremely nauseous. took my time, stomach emptied once out and felt cack for 30mins.
wetsuit washed, bio wash the hands and face. proper bath and an hour later stomach is settling down
1) can I expect the nausea ?
2) how to handle that swallowing of air and belching while in the water as it really screwed me up?
3) bi lateral breathing or breathing without drinking?
4) sighting ?
any practical advice beyond more practice?
OW swim today. FFS it was rough with that wind, but you gotta handle what's thrown at you on the day. It wasn't so much the waves/surf/slap that bothered me, it was that the water temp had taken a dive: probably only 11 degrees. I only lasted 1800m. The core temperature was vanishing fast, despite 2 hats, and cheating with neoprene gloves and socks. 14 degrees seems SO MUCH warmer.
would nausea be caused by temperature ?