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Old 04-07-12, 07:34 PM
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C & V goes Triathlon with SR Semi-Pro Aero



Good day all. I just got this together. What do you think? I'm rolling this sweet ride in my first Triathlon next week. The format is a 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 5k run.

Full 600 AX group except for the Dura-Ace cranks from Septacycles. The Araya Red label semi-aero wheels have bladed spokes and chug along pretty good once up to speed. Bike weighs in at 23 pounds and needs some fine tuning but its pretty much right there.

Went out for a 15 mile shakedown ride today and could hold 17 -18mph into a pretty nasty headwind without torching myself and could roll 21 - 24 with the same perceived effort when the wind would calm down. I'm not going to set any speed records or anything with it but it should be fun and will most likely be the oldest bike there. I'm just gonna try to survive the swim and make time on the bike and run.
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Old 04-07-12, 07:54 PM
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WOW that is a great looking bike. You should get an Honorable Mention for the best bike there.

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You won't lose anything over 10 miles to any of the lighter, aero bikes. Period.
Stay in the drops and hammer away, anticipate the shifts and keep momentum.

You'll be as fast as you'd be on any bike. Make sure it's ready, lubed, and without "inhibition."

Some minor tips:

1-If you don't have to do a lot of braking, release the QR's to inhibit any chance of brake rub.
2-Keep your shifting to a minimum, but stay in the right gear (tall order, I know). Changing positions robs time.
3-Put a little bit more air in the tires, more for psychological impact than anything.
4-Skip the water. Drink it before you mount. In a 10-mile ride, 5K run, it's not gonna hit you in time, anyway.
5-Transition, transition, transition. Practice, practice, practice. I take a folding chair for my transition, easier to put on shoes.
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I like the bike, and since of course I'm partial to vintage..I have my money on you! Enjoy your participation, and have lots of fun!

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Thanks for the kind words folks, and thanks to Bianchigirl for getting my garbage iphone pic up to a proper size. Robbie, the folding chair sounds like a winner as I have absolutely no idea what to expect at the transition. I've entered the Clydesdale class and expect some group suffering kind of fun Flash. This should be a good way to get out of my comfort zone.

I'll put a full race report in the Triathlon thread when it's over.
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Best of luck, glad to see that the SR will be getting put through its paces again! Where is the event being held?
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Best of luck and have a great time.
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It's the FAU Wellness triathlon at Spanish River Park in Boca. I've ridden that stretch of A1A a ton of times. We will have to deal with a couple of traffic lights and one short steep bridge both ways. Plus, there is a long gradual rise which is deceivingly flat looking in the last mile or two. My topographical knowledge of the area will be useless though in the swim, which is definitely my weak area. I just have to stay smooth and calm and not torch myself in the swim and I should be ok.
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Well, the SR and I survived the triathlon. For anyone interested in reading the admittedly very long race report, here is the link:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ce-report.Long

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! FABULOUS JOB!!!!!!!

I just skimmed the higlights but it sounds like you had a great time, despite trying to beat yourself to death doing a TriAthalon.
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Thanks Bianchigirl, it was a great time all things considered. I'll definitely do another one but it is more to push my own limits than anything. Of course, I am competitive and want to do better, but my biggest rival is myself.
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I love watching novices start the run leg.
It's how they'll run when they get to be my age.

It really is a long event, isn't it?

Way to go. I've got one Sunday, a real man's triathlon: 5K Run, 15m Bike, Eat Mexican.
It's the 27th annual version, founded by two friends and I, 27 years ago.

Even then, we had our priorities....
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That's impressive Rob. It would be even better if you ate the Mexican first. LoL
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