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Tri'ing Swimmer




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it's a slog rather than a race, nowhere to get tuned in physically or mentally, and then the sketchy downhills too especially if wet. Need to downgrade any pace goals to make sure don't run out of leg strength on second lap. There'll also likely be a high DNF rate for people getting timed out on bike, it's slow, even slower than 8,000 feet climbing suggests.

I rode bits of the old course with tri club before entering and people sold it to me who loved the course and atmosphere up Sheephouse/Hunters etc. I entered to see what the hype was about with a branded event but small part of me wonders if I'd have preferred Lakesman or Yorkshireman.

Still, I'm in now so no point letting it change my enjoyment of the day.While I'm definitely the type to chase times and PB's, the accomplishment of doing everything as well as I could is will be enough.
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Buzz_




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lanza and Wales sell themselves on being tough. It's a wonder that Bolton cannot do the same? As a strong man's course it will probably appeal to KQ people who don't want the lottery of a drafting race.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buzz_ wrote:
Lanza and Wales sell themselves on being tough. It's a wonder that Bolton cannot do the same? As a strong man's course it will probably appeal to KQ people who don't want the lottery of a drafting race.


Sounds perfect for me, shame I'm doing Austria Smile
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Tri'ing Swimmer




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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buzz_ wrote:
Lanza and Wales sell themselves on being tough. It's a wonder that Bolton cannot do the same? As a strong man's course it will probably appeal to KQ people who don't want the lottery of a drafting race.


Perhaps it will build that selling point, but I think it will be limited to people strategically wanting to place, rather than people who just seek the challenge. I didnít get that buzz or sense of accomplishment from summiting any of the climbs, or feeling like I was getting stuck in, it was just when all strength drained away I realised how much it had taken out of me.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doca wrote:
Buzz_ wrote:
Lanza and Wales sell themselves on being tough. It's a wonder that Bolton cannot do the same? As a strong man's course it will probably appeal to KQ people who don't want the lottery of a drafting race.


Sounds perfect for me, shame I'm doing Austria Smile


I'm doing Austria as well (Plus Midnightman and IM Barca)
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