Monday, December 28, 2009

Long time between drinks

After a rather long enforced layoff after the last ITU worlds, today marks the start of training for this season. Yeah, kinda late, but better than never.

Been swimming a lot, but only running and riding infrequently. CTL 43.

It's time because Triathlon Australia, in their infinite wisdom (did you get the sarcasm there?) scrapped the Challenge Series, and moved all the National championship races from Mar 20, to OD in Canberra Jan 24, and Sprint Mar 20 to Feb 21. So instead of 90 days I now have 27 days to train for the OD champs and 55 for the Sprint champs. Nice one TA.

Might have to blow off the OD champs and concentrate on Sprint. Turns out after having chased this race all over the country for the last 10 years (Southport Qld, Forster NSW, Huskisson NSW), it's in my own backyard in Sandringham, Vic, on my local 2x20 course. So close I'd have to ride somewhere else first to get a decent warmup.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Carbon Hydration system

Following up on the value of wind tunnel testing ... this little puppy helped refine my CdA down a tad more.

Carbon Hydration system by fishboy, with help from Raoul Luescher (my mold, his carbon work). That's an Oz 50 cent piece if you can't tell.

Xlab sticker to put people on the wrong trail

How it gets mounted... sorry ;-).

I will say this ... with a little patience, and some applied thought, you can produce stuff way better than a lot of the commercial crap floating around (and I do mean crap from an aero point of view). Bit more exxy... (like twice the price) but it works about 500% better, and a lot more satisfying.

The blue mold is shaping foam that can be bought commercially - about $50 for a 1.5 x 0.5 x 0.05 m slab.
Cardboard profiles sketched, then knife away the large chunks and 2 hrs of hand sanding to reach final shape.