Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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I’ve been a little quieter than normal lately. It seems to happen after most bigger races that I compete in; a kind of post-race blues. In one way, it makes no sense. After qualifying unexpectedly for the 70.3 World Champs in Mallorca, then quickly taking second overall at a local sprint triathlon just a week later, I should have been both over-the-moon and fired-up for upcoming races.

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So the knee issues persist. If I sound like a stuck record, believe me no-one is more irritated by this than me.

In the last few weeks I've started seeing an osteopath in Bristol. The long and short of it seems to be that there isn't just one issue causing my pain, but rather a combination of many things.

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Last night I joined the Newbury Road Cycling club for another 10 mile Time Trial (TT).  I'd like to say I was relishing the chance to improve on my previous 25:30ish effort, but in truth I was dreading it!

There's something about the sheer lung-busting leg-burning effort that really doesn't appeal - but in the spirit of 'what doesn't kill me will make me faster on race day', I duly turned up ready to give it 100%.

A slight kit clusterf*ck on my part meant I had to borrow pedals and shoes (don't ask...) for the ride, but I got my number and lined up at about 7.20pm ready for the off.

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ChartAsk many cycling experts what the ideal cycling cadence is, and they will state confidently that it’s 80-90 revolutions per minute (RPM).  But does everyone keep to that advice?  And should we anyway?

According to my very unscientific poll conducted on Twitter, it seems that around half (51%) of all triathletes questioned fall naturally into a cycling cadence of 80-90 rpm.  The next most popular category with 31% was a slightly faster 90-100rpm.  Only 15% of respondents naturally ride at 80 or lower and only 3% at more than 100rpm.

So why is 80-90 rpm often considered the optimal cadence for cycling?

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There's nothing that quite brings an age group triathlete down to earth like competing against single-sport 'specialists'.  While I've never considered myself a good runner, I would have previously described myself as a semi-decent swimmer and cyclist. 

However, I was put firmly in my place last night as I participated (I would say 'competed' but that's over-stating the occasion) in my first-ever 10 mile road Time Trial.  Now obviously I've ridden my TT bike many times in training and as part of a duathlon or triathlon - but I've never done a do-or-die 10 miles give-it-everything effort on the bike before.

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