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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
12:23 am
flint proofing tyres?
Hey guys I've just started a training program for a double olympic distance triathlon, and have been doing a few long cycle rides before hand. (When I say long I mean 30-40 miles, nothing crazy yet :P) My bikes a rescued one but is running smoothly, touch wood. Problem is I suffer from punctures really bad. Especially due to the amount of flint around my area on the road sides. I mean in my last 40 mile ride I had 3 punctures in the space of the first 6km (all on the back tyre!) that I had to fix roadside. Luckily I didn't have any more on that journey! So yeah, my question is what is your puncture protection advice? Do you use slime, or have you guys found good tyres that seem puncture proof, or at least help to avoid them? (I'm using racing tyres, 700 by 23c on my back tyre, and a funky 27 by 1 1/4 on the front. I told you it was a rescue :P Have yet to get matching wheels :P)

Cheers in advance for any advice :)

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Friday, September 26th, 2008
9:58 pm
Hey, I was just wondering if you guys have any good tips for removing rust frome frames, and chrome rims? And also keeping it off.

Many thanks for any advice :)
Monday, July 30th, 2007
8:08 am
I was just wondering how prevalent you all think eating disorders are in triathletes? Do you think there is pressure in the sport to be "perfect" beyond what can normally be attained?
Thursday, October 26th, 2006
12:30 pm
Anyone in Asia?
Hey lj people,

Is there anyone from any Asian countries? I'd like to know more about cycling, mountain bike, triathlon and running races in Asian countries.

Please feel free to write should you have any information :-)


Current Mood: good
Sunday, August 6th, 2006
12:47 pm
Chest & Back Hair
I come from a cycling and mountain bike racing background & I've been shaving my legs since I started racing.. i.e. 6 years ago.

In Triathlon, how significant is the shaving of chest & back hair (I'm pretty hairy)? Does it have significant aerodynamic effects in swimming, cycling & running? Should I shave my chest and back hair?

Should I shave my chest and back hair, that will only leave my arms unshaved (LOL). Do that hair normally go off too?


Current Mood: drained
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
10:20 am
5th in my First (Mini) Triathlon
I competed in my first real (Mini) Triathlon yesterday. The race consisted of a 250m swim, an 8Km Mountain Bike cycle and a 2Km run.

I was doing well in the swim until after around 100m it seemed like I was going nowhere. I eventually made it to the large buoy, turned around and swam back (against the current). I was 6th (from 10 starters and 10 finishers) coming out of the sea.

The feelings contrasted to last year were totally different. Whereas last year I was totally dizzy climbing out of the sea, this year I was focused and calm.

I put my mountain bike shoes on, ran towards my mountain bike, put my helmet on and set off. After 2.5Km of the 8Km cycle, I managed to move up to 5th (I come from a mountain bike racing and cycling background) and by the time the cycle was coming to an end I felt that the guy in 4th was not far ahead.
I started the run and kept a good pace until the end. My calves felt like exploding after the cycle and my heart was throbbing so fast I feared the worst! I managed to finish 5th from 10 competitors in my first (Mini) Triathlon race with a time of 32 minutes 15 seconds.

Even more positive was that the top 4 finished around 3 minutes ahead of me, keeping in mind that I only trained swimming and running twice each in the past couple of weeks!

I had done the same race last year but I was a total flop in the sea, fell off my mountain bike after 50 metres & was untrained in the run. Topping all this, I guess I was also overtrained and stressed out a year ago.

I really admire triathletes, even more so, those who do Ironmans, as it’s really tough!
Monday, July 31st, 2006
5:57 pm
Running Question
Is running on the track (tarmac) the best terrain to train on for short and long distances or are cross country trails or roads better?

Do you have any suggestions for me triathlon running-wise, i.e. where to train, whether better on track or on the roads? I want to train in the most efficient location due to time availability constaints.

Your advice is highly appreciated.
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
12:02 pm
Team In Training
Okay everyone.Anyone out there who has a heart for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am taking donations! I have commited to raising $3,000 by August 15th. I am only have way thers! So come on! What are you waiting for? THese kids need your support. You can find out for infomation on my home page, or by clicking here http://www.active.com/donate/tntsac/JMathias
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
11:59 am
I have been interested in triathlons for years. I read the article in Sports Illistrated in 1979 and I watched the first TV coverage. I have loved it ever since. One thing though, I run and bike, but I am not a strong swimmer, so I have never done a triathlon. I have taken adult swimm courses, have hired a swim coach, and this year I will do it. My goal is to do the Florida Ironman in 2007. If you are interested you can check out my log at:

Current Mood: excited
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
8:23 pm
Hi all,

Updated my journal with an entry for the North Shore Tri I did today in Vancouver - looking for the next race - anyone in the Vancouver area recommend anything?
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
5:01 pm
tri gear
Hi all, new to the sport, just completed my first tri and doing another in 3 weeks.

Any know any good place in Vancouver area that sells affordable tri gear? Most prices are pretty steep so I'm also checking out classifieds as well.

If you know any goods sources, please let me know.

Looking for jerseys, shorts and toying with the idea of a wetsuit as we'll do some open water training soon.


Current Mood: mellow
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
12:11 pm
So how is everyones off season shaping up? Ready for the up coming season i hope. Will i be seeing anyone from this cafe in some midwest races?


Sunday, January 4th, 2004
5:25 pm
If your schedule resembles anything like mine, you're already into your base training for races beginning in the spring. I have two tri's I'd like to peak for, one in April, and the other in early September. After a two week bout of bronchitis the week before Christmas (which in turn, became my off-season rest), I'm hoping to remain injury free and healthy as I soon build off my base into the build, and finally, my peak.


As I'm sure you saw on television, Tim DeBoom suffered a horrible misfortune on the Queen K highway at Ironman Hawaii. Out of all the days in the year, he passed a kidney stone after losing consciousness in the med van.

It would have been such a great race if DeBoom was healthy at the race, it would have been reminscent of the formidable "Allen and Scott" dual the Ironman is remembered for. I'm a big fan of both athletes. DeBoom was primed to fight for his third victory, and Reid was hungry for vindication after placing 2nd the year before after retiring early in the year. Although Reid posed the fastest marathon split of the day (2:47), could DeBoom have consistently broken down the huge pack (leftover from the bike after the new staggered rule which prevented from anyone but Norman Staddler from breaking away) as he typically does in the run?

I remember watching the race at live on the internet, spending roughly 8 hours so in whole glued to the monitor. On the women's side, I was taken aback as Badmann was unable to destroy the field in her bike, as she usually does. Nina's bike ride truly demonstrated her committment in the pursuit of a win, and although passed by Bowden in the run (following 3 surges), it was an amazing race for her even if Badmann passed her in the later miles of the run.
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