OK. As I’ve stupidly signed up to an actual triathlon, I would like to, at the very least, beat my time at the 113 from 2015.
I’ve not looked up the courses yet to see how they compare, but I do recall the bike leg being about 82km not 90km. Don’t know if that’s still the case/the same for the Classic.
One obvious area will be the bike. I did that on my crappy old Spesh Allez with tri bars. Zero aero hear other than a comedy helmet taped up for shits and giggles.
I don’t have much money to help me. So I can’t buy a TT bike, or wheels or a £200 skinsuit (nor would I want to for a single race). But what can I do to help?
1 - Obviously work on position is number 1. Free.
2 - know my power cap and stick to it. Free.
3 - See if my tri bars fit the Canyon. If not, get some that do - ebay? Free or up to £50/60?
4 - shave legs? Is the old Jesse Thomas/Specialised wind tunnel genuine? Free Watts? Free
5 - tyres and tubes. I’ll need to replace my tyres this summer anyway. So don’t mind getting a quick set. But I would want to get use out of them after the race (won’t put them on before as they’ll get wrecked in the turbo and I’m not swapping tyres 4 times a week). £100 or so for both?
6 - from a bit of research it seems an aero lid will give pretty good VFM. Don’t want a twat hat, but would be happy to wear an aero road helmet. But don’t have £200 to drop. Max £100 budget. EBay? Keep trawling sites for a couple of particular models and hope to grab a deal?
7 - anything else I’m missing?
Suggestions for any of the above welcome. Hopefully this can be a bit of a mine of information for new people in the future looking for cheap(er) aero gains where new bikes and wheels are off the table.
Oh and I’m going to hammer the forum for advice this spring! I can sort myself for a running race, short or long. But tri I’m much less experienced. I can get by just fine, but I want to tweak that up to the next level.