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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject: Windsor triathlon - the thread Reply with quote

Have had look for a thread for Windsor but couldn't see one. If there already is on could someone bump it and then the moderators can delete this one.

This'll be my first time doing it, any tips from race veterans?
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This article has most of the tips you need:

http://www.tri247.com/article_2109.html
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Windsor triathlon - the thread Reply with quote

Triangular wrote:

any tips from race veterans?


dont drink the water...its makes you ill Wink

The flat bike route is somewhat undulating early on! The section through the park is awesome! The run hurts and theres some strange tree near the finish that gives me the worst hayfever I have ever had. Both years I was not only sick as a dog because of the water, but eyes out on stalks after the finish due to the hayfever. Lovely race apart from that though Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. If current is strong (you’ll know when you get in and try to swim to start line) hug bank on right upstream, swim back down middle

2. T1 is long so plenty of time to get wetsuit down to waist whilst running and before you reach you bike

3. If you leave your shoes clipped on your bike then pedal with feet on tops to first roundabout and then get feet in sheos before 2nd roundabout

4. Entry to T2 off road is fairly long, so wait until you come off road to take feet out of shoes – keep pedalling along side of transition

5. Aim to get progressively faster on each lap of run – use short steps up the hill
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advice. when i searched the site for Windsor it returned a bunch of comments on how ill people got, especially in 2010.

Would be interested to hear why it gets rated so highly that's not to do with the 'historic' location.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Triangular wrote:
Would be interested to hear why it gets rated so highly that's not to do with the 'historic' location.


Apart from the historic location (and the fact its one of the longest running races in the country).

- well organised
- attracts both the top age groupers and novices so a real mix of folk to race with
- scenic
- great crowds, atmosphere and support
- fun watching the elite race
- overall just a very enjoyable race, I've done it several times and will do it again sometime

Downsides:
- river swim can often be challenging with the current and sometimes a bit rank, but is normally fine.
- bike course can be crowded at points
- expensive
- need to register + rack on the Saturday
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6 weeks to go. It will be my first time at Windsor and I can't wait
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump, just found this thread.

Admittedly its my warm up event for Bolton IM but looking forward to this now!

Great to also read that the bike course is flat, looking forward to smashing T2 as I'm a crap swimmer, always fun playing catchup. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only advice would be to listen to every bit of advice from Savaloy.

Seemed to go quite well for him last year... Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i do it every year, will be my fifth this year

i can walk to the start though from my flat

savaoly and hammerer spot on

do be careful with the water, i suffered slightly in 2010. last year in henley though, a few miles upstream doing the half ironman i had 3 days off work with stomach cramps so bad i had to have the stereo on constantly so i couldn't hear the noises!

stay on the right of the swim, walk if you need to.

great race. hope its not a beer towel memento this year
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dee dee wrote:


stay on the right of the swim, walk if you need to.


You mean walk in the shallows of the river?

Sorry for the potentially stupid question but every event I've done so far has been at Dorney
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can walk

slows you down mind
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

watch out for the turn to the swim exit - if you miss it, with the current it can be a 'mare to get back!! catches a few out every year

and the hill up to the castle hurts - every lap
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Windsor triathlon - the thread Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
I was not only sick as a dog because of the water


Did you not drink any coke or did it not work ?

I've been told that drinking some regular, red canned coca-cola kills pretty much all bugs you may swallow in OW swimming.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Windsor triathlon - the thread Reply with quote

SuperSonic wrote:
hammerer wrote:
I was not only sick as a dog because of the water


Did you not drink any coke or did it not work ?

I've been told that drinking some regular, red canned coca-cola kills pretty much all bugs you may swallow in OW swimming.
Not that old wives tale again Crying or Very sad It might be acid but nowhere near as acidic as stomach acid which is in part designed to help defend us against bugs
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