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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


Does he work in marketing? He flogs himself on Twitter a lot


I know this sort of self publicity is endemic outside Triathlon, but it really goes against my grain. People will do anything to look 'sponsored' or 'elite/special' in some way in the sport, when actually putting in good performance should be more important (well in my view). Triathlon is a marketers' dream - people will 'rent' themselves for practically nothing. I can't be the only one who'd turn-down free low-value stuff if it meant harping on about it on social media

Triathletes seem obsessed with sports nutrition; I remember the days when I would go cycling for 3 hours on a bottle of water. Like yesterday Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


Does he work in marketing? He flogs himself on Twitter a lot


I know this sort of self publicity is endemic outside Triathlon, but it really goes against my grain. People will do anything to look 'sponsored' or 'elite/special' in some way in the sport, when actually putting in good performance should be more important (well in my view). Triathlon is a marketers' dream - people will 'rent' themselves for practically nothing. I can't be the only one who'd turn-down free low-value stuff if it meant harping on about it on social media

Triathletes seem obsessed with sports nutrition; I remember the days when I would go cycling for 3 hours on a bottle of water. Like yesterday Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


blimey...i could still run that as a vet


You should have raced aquathon!-


cant swim tim I'd like to introduce you to dont like to swim eJC Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
SidSnot wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


Does he work in marketing? He flogs himself on Twitter a lot


I know this sort of self publicity is endemic outside Triathlon, but it really goes against my grain. People will do anything to look 'sponsored' or 'elite/special' in some way in the sport, when actually putting in good performance should be more important (well in my view). Triathlon is a marketers' dream - people will 'rent' themselves for practically nothing. I can't be the only one who'd turn-down free low-value stuff if it meant harping on about it on social media

Triathletes seem obsessed with sports nutrition; I remember the days when I would go cycling for 3 hours on a bottle of water. Like yesterday Wink


facebook whores. theres a few at my old club that have some "brand" on their GEEEEEBEEEEEE suits, get some free products, then harp on about big shout to x who helped me to a 25min 5k pb today. They then have to give up numerous weekends to work for free on trade stands. Its slave labour
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SidSnot wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


Does he work in marketing? He flogs himself on Twitter a lot


No think he spends a fair amount of time selling himself via social media.

Fair play he puts in the marketing time and I am a biit jealous he got a free wetsuit and training kit having been a faster athlete but most of the stuff he seems to get seems to be tat which makes you wonder if it is worth the time He puts in. He is sponsored by a company doing self massage stuff but uses a golf ball at work but it means he can print a few names on his kit and get the pro look I guess.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:

Triathletes seem obsessed with sports nutrition; I remember the days when I would go cycling for 3 hours on a bottle of water. Like yesterday Wink


Nutrition is clearly very important in triathlon, particularly for long distance racing. However, a lot of triathletes seem to feel that they need to eat as if they are going to go for a long run after their bike ride, even when they aren't going to.

I might have the odd bar or gel when I'm out for my long ride at the weekend, but there's a fridge full of proper food waiting when I get home, so I don't need to eat a bar and two gels every hour for the duration of my ride Wink .
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never understood sports nutrition for training rides. What's wrong with a banana? I understand you have to test gels before racing, but on every ride? Ludacris
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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facebook whores. theres a few at my old club that have some "brand" on their GEEEEEBEEEEEE suits, get some free products, then harp on about big shout to x who helped me to a 25min 5k pb today. They then have to give up numerous weekends to work for free on trade stands. Its slave labour


I don't really know what this is; whether it's an ego thing, or insecurity and generally needing to be visible to other people, especially strangers. Perhaps logos make you look more 'pro' at races, and therefore are an ego boost. Some or all of the above I guess. Of course, like many middle class triathletes, I can afford to spurn free kit in favour of a bit of modesty. I think much of it comes from growing-up before the Internet age too though.

I think triathlon can be somewhat intimidating to newcomers because of all this 'peacock' like behavior; ultimately though, stick around and you'll see it's just a show.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


blimey...i could still run that as a vet


You should have raced aquathon!- Think he medalled in both Nationals and Euros but then he was up against less thsn 10 athletes each time. He can be a little cheeky selling it as bronze medalist not bronze medalist in ag, but fair enough if he is getting lots of publicity that's what sponsors want I guess.


i have a couple of AG silvers to my name - world series and europeans...


Better than me the few times I approached anything near decent running weight the likes of Lee Piercy would still put a couple of minutes or so into me over 10k and were at least as strong on the bike.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


blimey...i could still run that as a vet


You should have raced aquathon!- Think he medalled in both Nationals and Euros but then he was up against less thsn 10 athletes each time. He can be a little cheeky selling it as bronze medalist not bronze medalist in ag, but fair enough if he is getting lots of publicity that's what sponsors want I guess.


i have a couple of AG silvers to my name - world series and europeans...


Better than me the few times I approached anything near decent running weight the likes of Lee Piercy would still put a couple of minutes or so into me over 10k and were at least as strong on the bike.


and he's even better still these days...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


blimey...i could still run that as a vet


You should have raced aquathon!- Think he medalled in both Nationals and Euros but then he was up against less thsn 10 athletes each time. He can be a little cheeky selling it as bronze medalist not bronze medalist in ag, but fair enough if he is getting lots of publicity that's what sponsors want I guess.


i have a couple of AG silvers to my name - world series and europeans...


Better than me the few times I approached anything near decent running weight the likes of Lee Piercy would still put a couple of minutes or so into me over 10k and were at least as strong on the bike.


and he's even better still these days...


The same can't be said of me Iam about 10kg over wieght. Though I have retained some bike speed managing a 52:15 25miler last year I had to go to east Anglia to find a course flat enough for me to ride!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back to the original topic, I really enjoyed the Tri Show - took my son and daughter, lots of things for the family to do there, the Air to the Throne Freestyle mountain bike competition was good fun.

I agree with the comments about too many nutrition products. Personally I only take gels in competitions, train without gels and eat proper food after training rather than protein bars.

Lots of people selling clothing for running and cycling - I already have far too much of this stuff

Plenty of bike porn - had a look at the new Cevelo, but struggle to get excited by it, and struggle even more to work out why you would pay more for bike than a decent car.

Credit to the startup company from Wimborn called Fassa - manufacturing and selling bits to protect bikes in storage, my only purchase was a cover that goes over the drivetrain, I usually wrap an old towel over drivetrain, so this was a worth while purchase, and it even fits well
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The cervelo p5x does seem a bit bloated particularly in price. I am sure it may well be a stepping stone to the future but I do wonder how much of a success it will be. Given how much it costs you would need yo pay a security guard to stand with it in transition.

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The cervelo p5x does seem a bit bloated particularly in price. I am sure it may well be a stepping stone to the future but I do wonder hoe much od s success it will be. Given how much it costs you would need yo pay a security guard to stand with it in transition.


I have to say I'm looking forward to the 1st one rocking up at an a/g event in the UK. I'll have a hard stare at the owner when they complain about the cheap MTB of the newbie parked next to them that's knocking into their bike in the wind.... Wink and I wonder how many will be carried to the mount line rather than wheeled across the wet grass T zone... Rolling Eyes
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hammerer wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
cantswimtim wrote:
I went up - usual trade show fare. A lad I work with got a spot as a guest speaker on the performance stage after doing a few GB Aquathlon races. He does market himself a lot but fare play for 37min 10k club runner he has got himself lots free gear including a wetsuit, opened local events etc.


blimey...i could still run that as a vet


You should have raced aquathon!-


cant swim tim I'd like to introduce you to dont like to swim eJC Wink


Laughing

don't like to swim in this country, certainly...
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