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Daz




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can expect to take a min off at least yes. But dont be too surprised if you don't. Sometimes a lot of energy can be wasted getting caught up in the 'wash', as well as trying to avoid people and 'possibly' going off course.

I think my cycling performance relies heavily upon my mental attitude. Sometimes I get very lazy and struggled to make the grade. Other times I'm really up for it and will spin the big gears. I'm also very fond of peoloton riding. Been in a couple of tri's where we could get away with it for different reasons and found it very comfortable. Focussing on the riders around you really does take your mind off the pain and pull you along at a faster pace.
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Robert




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do feel like going for the big gears, just make sure you're still keeping a cadence of around 70-90. Otherwise you'll end up like that Swedish guy in the NZ Ironman and collapse with cramps halfway through the race! Confused
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Daz




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh defo.
Mind you one big exception to the rule (in tri only) is Spencer Smith. He used to cycle at 60rpm. He's now been encouraged (By his Coach Bill Black (I think thats his name?)) to increase it to 80-90. But I have read the odd report in 220 where he had decided to go back to his old ways in the odd cycle leg of tri.
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Spen




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spencer, Smith and not me that is, is a very strong cyclist and so could get away with grinding a huge gear at a low cadence..however most triathletes do prefer to spin it a bit more as it does aid recovery also as by grinding big gears your heart rate will be higher also.
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Daz




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Met him, Bill and the writer of his autobiography at sandown in feb. good bunch of blokes and very humble.
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Robert




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2003 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

60rpm isn't that low - the guy in the NZIM was doing about 20rpm!! Twisted Evil He was in top gear all the way but looked like he was cycling through glue Very Happy
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