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Forum: Triathlon
07-09-10, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,325
Posted By andygates

Race directors over here will sometimes shorten a...

Race directors over here will sometimes shorten a swim course if it's really heavy swell / waves. And sometimes not (mmm, Perranporth!).

Rain isn't a reason to stop anything. Electrical...
Forum: Triathlon
07-09-10, 06:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,222
Posted By andygates

Crate fan here in southwest England. It's blowy...

Crate fan here in southwest England. It's blowy and rainy! Crates keep all that under control.
Forum: Triathlon
07-09-10, 06:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 892
Posted By andygates

Swim performance is much more about technique...

Swim performance is much more about technique than power.

My gymstuff really helps my kayaking, but swim is practice practice practice.

One thing at least: you'll be comfortable and happy in...
Forum: Triathlon
07-02-10, 07:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,655
Posted By andygates

Good thing you're not the boss of me, then. :) ...

Good thing you're not the boss of me, then. :)

Also: the OP mentioned big dumb smiles. Endorphins, man. Best drug in the world.
Forum: Triathlon
05-12-08, 06:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 947
Posted By andygates

I think that depends on your legs and how the...

I think that depends on your legs and how the suit fits. I've got very in-outy legs (tiny knees and ankles, big muscles and big feet) and it can be a tug. I grease my heels as well as ankles for a...
Forum: Triathlon
05-12-08, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 734
Posted By andygates

Not sure I understand the poll but I just...

Not sure I understand the poll but I just marshalled a 300-strong pool-swim sprint, and there were easily 4 guys and 2 women over 65, and I'd have pegged two of the guys as late 70s pushing 80. ...
Forum: Triathlon
04-14-08, 04:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 871
Posted By andygates

"the first 1/2 mile of run is a steep uphill...

"the first 1/2 mile of run is a steep uphill death march of death and pain and suffering and piles of crushed souls, their former host bodies littering the trail, creating a sort of obstacle course...
Forum: Triathlon
04-14-08, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By andygates

Skinny kids do good. You've got nothing to worry...

Skinny kids do good. You've got nothing to worry about - no waste mass weighing you down.

The standard advice for a first open-water swim is to start at the back or edge, so you're out of the...
04-14-08, 04:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,308
Posted By andygates

Just back from Verity's Titanic outing. Alas,...

Just back from Verity's Titanic outing. Alas, she will sail no more, but oh, what glory!

I was in the town square - there are some big stone pillars (I think they're for chaining sacrificial...
04-04-08, 07:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 977
Posted By andygates

I bought a MIG and then failed gloriously to...

I bought a MIG and then failed gloriously to figure it out. It sat around for a year. So I took a class, over winter, and then made a tallbike. :)

It doesn't have to be a long class - or even a...
Forum: Triathlon
03-25-08, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 804
Posted By andygates

A little bodyglide on your ankles and the suit's...

A little bodyglide on your ankles and the suit's lower legs helps it fold over itself and come off without that awesome "cartoon treading on a pool of glue" look.
Forum: Triathlon
03-25-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,749
Posted By andygates

I wear contacts 24/7. For the swim I use a...

I wear contacts 24/7. For the swim I use a goggle with a really good seal - those teeny hard-edged Speedo Swedish work brilliantly for me. I've survived de-goggling incidents by foot, big wave and...
Forum: Triathlon
03-25-08, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By andygates

Having some practice swims in the wetsuit is a...

Having some practice swims in the wetsuit is a big help. They are very snug-fitting and the tightness around the chest can take a little getting used to.

My .02 would be a one-piece tri suit, so...
Forum: Triathlon
03-13-08, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 871
Posted By andygates

I'd never even ridden hard offroad before the...

I'd never even ridden hard offroad before the Loch Lomond tri - just bimbled along going "hello sheeps, hello trees" :)

After the jelly-legs from the swim were clear, I was pulling powerslides...
03-13-08, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,305
Posted By andygates

It's beautifully stable and serene-looking. ...

It's beautifully stable and serene-looking. Inverted pendulum for the win!
Forum: Triathlon
03-10-08, 03:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,261
Posted By andygates

But the Man Bra looks so good on my hairy...

But the Man Bra looks so good on my hairy moobs...

1-piece = excellent, no T1 hassle putting a top onto a wet back with a frazzled post-swim brain.
Forum: Triathlon
03-05-08, 09:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By andygates

Just to be contrary, I'll say leave the pedals...

Just to be contrary, I'll say leave the pedals and whatever SPD shoes you've got, and spring for some clip-on aerobars. I'm still using Time ATACs and my regular Specialized Taho MTB / commuting...
03-04-08, 02:56 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,280
Posted By andygates

1986. I just got my first road bike (531c,...

1986. I just got my first road bike (531c, Campag Gran Sport) so my commuter (Raleigh Merlin!) got converted into a hack. Fixed was the training bike everyone used back then.

And then again in...
Forum: Triathlon
03-04-08, 02:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By andygates

A tri suit (and the basic ones are cheap) will...

A tri suit (and the basic ones are cheap) will get over one of the big problems of T1: pulling your ride/run top on over your wet, sticky body while in a funny mental state. I bought one after a...
Forum: Triathlon
03-04-08, 02:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,156
Posted By andygates

Suunto T3 and footpod here. I set upper and...

Suunto T3 and footpod here. I set upper and lower speed limits and let it nag me -- I'm a big heavy slow runner, and find it easy to lose mental focus otherwise and drift down to a jog.
Forum: Triathlon
02-27-08, 04:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By andygates

It can be done pretty simply. Get an entry-level...

It can be done pretty simply. Get an entry-level road bike with STI shifters; don't bother with anything that doesn't have 'em (STI shifters are the combined brake/gear levers, and they're a whole...
Forum: Triathlon
02-24-08, 12:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,913
Posted By andygates

+1, a good track pump is a lifetime investment in...

+1, a good track pump is a lifetime investment in free easy rolling.
02-24-08, 12:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,308
Posted By andygates

Johnny, every time you post something new, it...

Johnny, every time you post something new, it scares me. That is a glorious abomination. :o
02-22-08, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 605
Posted By andygates

Thread necromancy! How was that duathlon? :)

Thread necromancy! How was that duathlon? :)
02-22-08, 03:01 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,308
Posted By andygates

Oh man, that's going to be a laid-back ride! A...

Oh man, that's going to be a laid-back ride! A pennyfakechopper? I love it.
02-21-08, 04:08 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,308
Posted By andygates

Oh, it's fragile as hell. The welds all want...

Oh, it's fragile as hell. The welds all want gussets adding. I've stripped the bars since, too, so there's just a front (header! aiee!) brake for now. It's surprisingly graceful up there once the...
02-21-08, 06:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By andygates

Hundreds of years? Damn, they invented the chain...

Hundreds of years? Damn, they invented the chain before we did? ;)

Nice bike though. Looks... chunky!
02-21-08, 04:50 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,308
Posted By andygates

Pennyfakething

Inspired by Johnny Payphone, me and a minion built this abomination last weekend:

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h95/andygates/pennyfakething/boystoys.jpg

Ready to test-ride:
...
Forum: Triathlon
02-21-08, 04:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By andygates

Something that helped me with sea-swim anxiety...

Something that helped me with sea-swim anxiety was just hanging out with friends in the water. They took me surfing, and we gooned around and basically turned a Scary Place into a Fun Place in my...
Forum: Triathlon
02-21-08, 04:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,913
Posted By andygates

At that speed the biggest resistance is against...

At that speed the biggest resistance is against the air. Check your riding position and if you can, work on getting a deeper, tighter, aero tuck.

Try getting into your warmed-up aero position...
12-28-07, 09:01 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 19,928
Posted By andygates

But with all that weight, doesn't it ride like...

But with all that weight, doesn't it ride like crap?
Forum: Triathlon
12-27-07, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By andygates

Briefs good. Something small and supportive -...

Briefs good. Something small and supportive - tangas and the like. There's nothing worse than vexed tackle...
Forum: Triathlon
12-18-07, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By andygates

I'm guessing you mean the STI brake/gear shifter...

I'm guessing you mean the STI brake/gear shifter unit? In what way is it loose, and what make and model is it?

(A little bit of flibble is normal)
Forum: Triathlon
12-13-07, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 969
Posted By andygates

Training - My winter is all about base, long easy...

Training - My winter is all about base, long easy stuff. I'll get faster and more race-specific when it's light enough to see where I'm going ;)

Swim - Build up to a bit over the race distance at...
Forum: Triathlon
12-10-07, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
Posted By andygates

Oh, and keep it out of sunlight. Don't be...

Oh, and keep it out of sunlight. Don't be hanging it from a curtain rail ;)
12-09-07, 02:53 PM
Replies: 1,501
Views: 186,764
Posted By andygates

Damn Vikings! You stay away from our womenfolk! ...

Damn Vikings! You stay away from our womenfolk! :mad::D
Forum: Triathlon
12-05-07, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By andygates

That's lame.

That's lame.
Forum: Triathlon
11-29-07, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Posted By andygates

I say go for it. There are no rules against it. ...

I say go for it. There are no rules against it. And since you're quick on the bike, you probably won't be last either ;)
Forum: Triathlon
11-29-07, 10:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By andygates

Rides are easy, you just sprint. Runs, a...

Rides are easy, you just sprint.

Runs, a suitably imperious "Get DOWN!" should do it and stop 'em in their tracks. Dogs are territorial, they're usually trying to scare you off their patch or...
11-01-07, 04:31 PM
Replies: 1,431
Views: 126,760
Posted By andygates

Want: Pennyfarthing in (or near) the UK. ...

Want: Pennyfarthing in (or near) the UK.
Have: Cash ;)
Forum: Triathlon
11-01-07, 04:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 962
Posted By andygates

Conan :)

Conan :)
Forum: Triathlon
10-26-07, 08:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,412
Posted By andygates

I did my first on a fixie. Span out, could've...

I did my first on a fixie. Span out, could've really used some bigger gears.

Under British Triathlon rules, they're not allowed. Check with your governing body before entering wacky bikes - mine...
Forum: Triathlon
10-26-07, 08:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 815
Posted By andygates

Get good shoes. Maybe some sorbothane inserts...

Get good shoes. Maybe some sorbothane inserts too - talk to a running shop. And to start with, plenty of rest between running sessions. The big risk for us large chaps is shinsplints, so if your...
Forum: Triathlon
10-26-07, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,209
Posted By andygates

Seconded. Plus a tri wetsuit is pretty delicate...

Seconded. Plus a tri wetsuit is pretty delicate - it has exposed rubber - and a kayaking suit is tough for all the bumps and scrapes you'll expect.

The standard bodge is a surf suit, which does...
09-28-07, 07:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,979
Posted By andygates

Why not point the laser straight up? That would...

Why not point the laser straight up? That would give an effect like the one you get in games pinpointing another racer's location without blinding anything but witches.
09-28-07, 07:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,991
Posted By andygates

I just need to repeat the earlier point that the...

I just need to repeat the earlier point that the serious rubber-clad hot chick test pilot would, definitely, be better off in the recumbent position. :)
Forum: Triathlon
09-27-07, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By andygates

+1 to that Dalai, it's sound advice - plus, if...

+1 to that Dalai, it's sound advice - plus, if you get caught in a rip, you're not far from shore. My wettie definitely gives me more confidence in the water. It's damn near impossible for me to...
Forum: Triathlon
09-19-07, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 920
Posted By andygates

Profile Century for me: cheap as you like,...

Profile Century for me: cheap as you like, perfectly good enough.
Forum: Triathlon
08-23-07, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 865
Posted By andygates

Not tri, but in my first half-marathon I had to...

Not tri, but in my first half-marathon I had to stop for a pee - the spectators were greatly amused as I barged into the public loo and barged out again with a beatific smile...

In an urban area,...
Forum: Foo
08-05-07, 04:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 919
Posted By andygates

Just bumping this thread, 'cos I'm going to try...

Just bumping this thread, 'cos I'm going to try to organise a bike / archery biathlon in the UK. No idea what the hell I'm doing, but it sounds like fun. :)
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