March 31, 2009 on 10:33 am | In Random Musings | 3 Comments
This is part 2 of my 2 part blog on shaving your legs for cycling/triathlon. Before I begin I will tell you a little story. A couple of weeks ago, I was standing next to one of our sponsored athletes, Andy Potts. I looked down and his legs were hairy; I looked at him and said “Andy, you know how I know you come from a swimming background?” Of course it was obvious because I asked the question with my head down looking at his legs. His response “Because I have hairy legs!” Both Andy and I come from swimming backgrounds and we pretty much don’t shave our legs until we are ready to drop the hammer.
Alright, you are ready to do the deed, but first you need to round up a few essential tools:
- Hair Clippers – as shown below – or you can use the beard trimmer on your trusty electric shaver.
- Razor – I have used several different kinds but I am a huge fan of the Schick Silk Effects Plus because it has protectors over the razor blades that help significantly reduce the chances of cutting your legs.
- Shaving cream/gel – you can use soap, but since I don’t shave that often I splurge and get some leg shaving cream/gel. Most brands of this cream will help you get in touch with your feminine side because they are made for women – you could use a men’s facial shaving cream if you prefer the manly scents.
- Shower – you are going to need some running water to make this process go by quickly.
Here are the directions:
- Use the Clippers to remove the bulk amount of hair – the more you remove, the easier the actual shaving will be. You should do this next to a trash can with a towel below you to catch the shrapnel.
- Lather up your legs with the shaving cream to help soften up the stubs of hair that remain.
- Use the razor to shave, making sure to rinse the blades every stroke (once you do this initial shave you won’t have to rinse as often).
- For this first shave you can expect to spend 25-30 minutes per leg.
It is beneficial to have someone with you who can inspect your freshly shaven legs. I can tell you that there is nothing more annoying than missing one single hair behind your knee and feeling it for a couple hours on your first post-shave ride. I would be careful how high you actually shave – especially the first time. If you have quads that rub together, shaving between them is not advised right out of the gate.
Tahhhh Dahhhhh. You have just shaved your legs and now look like a pro on your bike! Now get out there and train!
March 30, 2009 on 6:10 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments
The semi-famous (locally) and super-competitive Tucson Triathlon took place this past weekend. For those of you not familiar with this sprint race you can check out the details at Tritucson.com. Needless to say the first race of the Holualoa Tucson Triathlon Series provides some serious fun, great sportsmanship, and more than a little speed. Two teams in particular made a big splash this year and TriSports.com ‘happens’ to be a major supporter of both.
The first team that impressed everyone in town with a big showing from a small group was the Team TriSports.com. These athletes are individually sponsored athletes that make up our TriSports.com Team and not only are they forces to be reckoned with in the Tri World, they are all really great people. 6 of our sponsored athletes, Kara M., Chrissy P., Shannon D., Mike M., Alex W., and Matt G., came out and rocked the competition. Kara, Chrissy, and Alex placed top 3 overall and Shannon, Alex, and Matt won their Age Groups! Congratulations, you guys were awesome.
While it is important that our Sponsored Athletes work hard to perform well in triathlon, that is not the only reason we choose them to represent our company. A big part of our selection process is focused on what they give back to the sport. This race was a prime example of the dedication our athletes show to the tri community. Chris C., who was not able to race due to personal circumstances, spent the day volunteering as the run course coordinator in spite of a recent tragedy in his life. Having Chris out there, always cheering and with a smile on his face, reminded all of us that supporting and caring for the people around you is always more important than a win!
The University of Arizona TriCats also did an amazing job at this race. In the past year and a half I have watched the TriCats grow from a somewhat disorganized bunch of college kids into a team that has built an amazing sense of spirit and camaraderie. Not surprisingly this has translated into fast times out on the course. The TriCats did a wonderful job of spreading enthusiasm at this year’s event and swept many of the younger age group categories. Look for big results from the TriCats at the upcoming Collegiate Nationals! Oh, and they also looked really cool on their TriSports.com Zipp and HED demo wheels!
To view pictures from the Tucson Tri check out the TriSports.com Facebook page.
March 27, 2009 on 11:03 am | In Product Information | No Comments
Question: Which wetsuit will make you swim your fastest?
Answer: The one that works for “you”.
Wetsuit technology has come a long way from the days of the first Quintana Roo. Neoprene quality, durability, buoyancy and flexibility continue to be improved upon year after year. Manufacturer’s have added features such as catch panels and water channels all in the name of making you go faster in the water. But with a vast selection of wetsuits to choose from (TriSports.com alone carries roughly 30 different suits from which to choose) how do you go about selecting a suit?
One of the TriSports.com sponsored athletes set out on a mission this winter to answer this question. He wasn’t looking for the fastest wetsuit for everyone – just for himself. His method was simple and fairly unscientific but well thought out and executed. You can read his blog on the testing protocol here. The suits tested included blueseventy, Zoot, QR, Nineteen, Synergy, De Soto, Xterra and Aquaman. Some of the suits were provided through the manufacturer and some were on loan from TriSports.com. Essentially each suit was tested twice in the pool over a series of swims, timed and compared.
The results, while unique only to this swimmer, prove that the fastest wetsuit for one person may not be the fastest for the next. His observations and feedback provide insightful, non-biased opinions of each suit. Full testing results can be found here. Essentially what he confirmed is the suit that is going to be fastest for you is the suit that is going to work best with your body type, swim stroke and comfort level. How do you find this out? Fortunately if you live in Southern Arizona, you can try on all of our suits in our endless pool. If you’re not quite that lucky we have a very generous return policy for our wetsuits. We encourage everyone to try their suit on when it is received and go for a quick swim in it to see how it adjusts and feels in the water. We also have the most knowledgeable customer service staff around. Their success in wetsuit fitting over the phone is uncanny. When it is time to suit up – give us a call. Or you can try out our handy wetsuit calculator:
March 26, 2009 on 11:09 am | In Random Musings | No Comments
I believe that one of the most underrated training elements in triathlon is rest. A lot of athletes are afraid of the word rest because it implies you are not doing anything to advance your fitness. Athletes sometimes forget that when your body is resting, it is actually rebuilding itself to make you stronger. That concept is needs more attention in our sport. The word recovery has been a staple of the triathlete vocabulary and even more so with the explosion of recovery-based compression products, but the word rest needs to more visible.
This past week, I rested. I rested from training, I rested from working, I rested from life. My favorite term to use when describing how I want to live is balance. I think balance is extremely important and forces you not to get too focused on one particular aspect in life. The week off resting allowed me to rebuild both athletically and personally while maintaining that balance.
Make time to rest. You’ve earned it and your body deserves it.
March 24, 2009 on 11:33 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments
So, you are a manly man and you have a nice fur base coat on your legs (and most likely your whole body) and you are contemplating shaving them down. As a man that is new to this sport (cycling and triathlon) you have probably noticed that many of the men around you have no hair on their legs. No, this is not a genetic mutation; these guys are shaving their legs. In this two part blog post I will explore the history of shaving and the best methods of said ritual.
Leg shaving for sport originated in the swimming world. Swimmers would (and still do) shave their bodies right before their big swim meets. This process of shaving down would reduce drag, but more importantly give a significant psychological advantage. Over the years cyclists (and hence triathletes) became very jealous of the swimmers and decided to take it upon themselves to shave as well. Ohhhh, but there was a catch. These athletes would shave all the time, not just a couple days a year. Why? Well, there are a few reasons. Ask any male cyclist/triathlete that shaves and 99% of the time they will tell you “I shave my legs so if/when I wreck on my bike I can heal faster.” Wow, what a load of crap. What these guys should really be telling you is “I work my butt off training all the time and my legs are frickin’ ripped and I want everyone to see them…and know that I ride a bike.” Trust me, I have taken a good number of spills (with and without shaved legs) and I can assure you that the healing time is the same.
Now you are reading this and asking yourself “Okay Mr. Blogger, yes, my legs look great but there certainly needs to be some more reasons.” My answer to you is YES, there are some more reasons. I actually never used to give out my reasons for shaving because I didn’t want others to use them, but since you have committed your time to reading this blog, I will share with you my three reasons:
- Massage. If I am training a lot, and my legs are looking good, then I am getting frequent massage. Hairy legs and massage don’t go together.
- Food. When I am training and racing I tend to spill energy gel, sticky energy drinks, etc. on my legs. One drop of energy gel in the ‘ol hairy legs is not good.
- Triathlon Gods. If you are doing an Iron distance then you should shave your legs just to appease the Triathlon Gods. On the flip side, nothing makes other cyclists/triathletes madder than getting beat by a man with hairy legs!
Thankfully you have now read this and are sold on the idea of shaving, and are armed with at least two good reasons why you should shave. Now you have to actually do the shaving….stay tuned next time for The Methods of Leg Shaving.
March 19, 2009 on 5:02 pm | In Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | No Comments
Now that you have met many of the employees of TriSports.com I feel that it is time you are introduced to the TriSports.com Dogs! Nothing compliments a laid back and friendly corporate environment better than the office dog, or in our case dogs. So here are the canine faces that you would run into on any given day at our store.
PICO and SIERRA (The Originals)
Pico and Sierra are Debbie and Seton C’s dogs (our owners for those of you new to the blog). They have been with TriSports.com longer than a majority of the employees and love to hang around TriSports.com. They have competed in their share of endurance events, including last year’s Doggie Du at BAM. Pico is a veracious eater so if you see everyone’s trash cans on the top of their desk you know Pico is in the house.
SAMSON (The Gentle Giant)
Samson, the Great Dane, is the newest member of the TriSports.com canine family. Sarah L, the TriSports.com Marketing Director, recently made the trek to San Diego to rescue this beautiful 110lb boy. He recently attended his first product training and was on exemplary behavior. Wherever his mom goes, Sam is not far behind. He has enormous ears which I personally take great pleasure in squishing (which Sam patienly tolerates).
SHADOW (The Baby)
A few weeks ago our Warehouse Manager, Bob, found this little girl outside of TriSports.com. Turned out to be a good break for the 9 month old puppy that had 3 employees in line to giver her a new home. Mark (and Karen) W, our Bike Manager are the proud new parents. Now, when you walk into the warehouse, Shadow is there, tail wagging and being generally adorable. Shadow enjoys running around the TriSports.com building with Samson and can almost keep up. She also gets a kick out of biting Sam’s legs while Sam tolerates her.
March 16, 2009 on 4:17 pm | In Life at TriSports.com | No Comments
As our TriSports.com Run Guru often points out to us (when we don’t show up for group runs) ‘running is part of triathlon’. Yes, it certainly is….a huge part. Tucson is known as a place to get some great spring training rides in, but over the past few weeks many athletes have asked me, “Where should I go to run?” I took an informal poll of our employees and these were the overwhelming favorites for the top three road and trail runs in Tucson.
On the Road
Saguaro National Park East- A beautiful 8 mile loop through the national park which includes tons of steep rollers, beautiful views and one very massive 1.5 mile climb. This run is more enjoyable if you are in good shape, not for the beginner. Trails can be found branching off from many places on the road if you like to divide your run time. Toilets/water located at the entrance and very little traffic (more bikes than cars). Check out the park and get directions here.
Rillito River Path- If you are looking for long and flat in Tucson, this is your best bet. 10 uninterrupted miles of either paved or hard-packed dirt path. Perfect for those Farlek or tempo runs that we all love so much. Most of the year the river is actually a sandy wash which is also great for running if you need a very soft surface due to shin-splint or other ailments. Check out the AZ roadrunners website for more information.
UA Mall/ University/ 3rd St. – Here you will get to see the best of old Tucson combined with the hippest young population of the city! Run around the Mall (home to the Tucson Tri Series run course) and then head down University Dr. and through the historic neighborhoods surrounding U of A. You will not be alone, there will be lots of fellow runners, window shoppers, students, and people from all walks of life mulling about at various cafes and quant shops. Plus unless you go to a golf course you won’t find as much grass anywhere else in the city. The guys in particular seem to be a big fan of the UA Mall….hmmmm
On the Trail
Starr Pass –Probably the run that I enjoy most frequently in Tucson due to it’s beautiful views and easy accessibility. Located near the Starr Pass Resort about 10 minutes from downtown Tucson this trail offers hills and relative flats with some wonderful views and varied terrain. Especially beautiful in the mornings and evening since you can see all of Tucson and have a direct view of Mt. Lemmon at times. There is an 8 mile loop (which is somewhat tricky to figure out so recommend a guide the first time you attempt) or you can do a solid out and back. Warning, in the summer months you want to carry plenty of water and avoid mid-day runs since there is zero shade on this trail. For more information click here.
Catalina State Park -(The 50 Year Trail)- Warning, only do this for your long run because once you start you really won’t be able to stop yourself. This might be the most scenic trail in Tucson not to mention it is just plain fun to run! This trail begins with a 1.5 mile climb that is challenging, but easily runnable. It then turns into a runners dream with rolling hills, flats, switchbacks, varying surfaces…overall the best run in Tucson if you are willing to make the drive to Oro Valley….bring $5.00 for parking, the money is well worth the experience. Check out the park site.
SabinoCanyon Phoneline Trail This trial offers some great view due to the serious climbing you do in the first mile. Park in the visitor’s center ($5) and take the trails on the back right down to the trailhead. You can either run that first 3/4 mile to the trailhead partially on the road or stay to the right of the road on trails. There is a bathroom near the trailhead, just before you cross the river. During the Monsoon season and occasionally in the spring this trail is not accessible due to high water levels. After you cross the river the trailhead will be directly in front of you. You will take the Bear Canyon Trail to the Phoneline Trail. The trail is fairly steep, but runnable for the first mile and then evens out as you wind around the side of the canyon. For details on the park and directions visit this site.
March 12, 2009 on 11:48 am | In Tech Tips | 1 Comment
Speedplay pedals are some of the easiest to use pedals on the market. However they do require some care and maintenance. Below are a few quick tips to help keep your pedals up and running.
March 12, 2009 on 10:26 am | In Random Musings | No Comments
Just a few of my favorite pictures from this past weekend’s group ride up Mount Lemmon in conjunction with the TRIFEST weekend. They all remind me why I ride my bike.
Jimmy Riccitello and the TriSports.com crew ready to start the ride.
Rolling through town.
Approaching the base.
Regrouping at the base.
Starting the climb.
A few nice action shots.
Support vehicle courtesy of TriSports.com
Views get better as you go up.
See you all next year – March 5-7, 2010.
March 9, 2009 on 5:23 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments
This weekend TriSports.com was the title sponsor for the second annual TRIFEST! For vendors the weekend started on Thursday afternoon where more than 80 of the industries leading companies and groups gathered at the Tucson Convention Center to prepare their booths for the 3 day expo. Spirits were high as everyone pitched in to get the expo set up for the opening on Friday. Not that it was all work and no play! J
Friday morning upwards of 300 athletes gathered at the Inn Suites for a ride up Mt. Lemmon. Jimmy Riccitello led the ride and it was attended by triathletes from the newbie level all the way up to many pros and TriSports.com sponsored athletes.
Friday the Expo opened and the TTC was flooded with people wanting to get a glimpse at the latest and greatest for 2009. At 5pm TriSports.com hosted an athlete lounge exclusively for our sponsored athletes! Amazingly, even in these tough economic times, we had over 35 TriSports.com athletes make the trip to Tucson to spend time training and getting to know their teammates. Cindy Duby flew in from freezing Michigan and AJ Curtis drove 1200 miles from Montana to join us. Now that is hard core! I was thrilled to finally put faces with emails and phone calls and see those friends that I only get to spend time with at a few races per year. The dinner with Dave Scott began immediately followed the athlete lounge and we strolled down to the dinner to join 300 of our fellow triathletes and hear about some old school Tri adventures.
Saturday morning started early for many with a 6:30 run with Dave Scott followed by a full day at the conference. Speakers included Andy Potts, Chris Carmichael, Bob Seebohar, Sarah Haskins, and many others. On Saturday night TriSports.com hosted a very special industry VIP party at the store for our vendors, sponsored athletes, and good friends of TriSports.com. Seton gave a very thorough tour to our sponsored athletes and then we all sat down in the retail store which had been transformed into a dining room, for some Zivaz (Seton’s favorite restaurant- I think he ate their three times last week J). There was an open bar and the multipurpose room had been turned into a casino for the night! Yes, we do have TriSports.com poker chips because we are just that cool!
Sunday morning 200 people joined Chris Carmichael for a ride over Gates Pass! Those of us who were not able to get up that early managed to make it back to the expo and conference for the final day of TRIFEST fun.
Special thanks to Seton and Debbie for hosting the TriSports.com sponsored athletes in such style and to all the athletes who attended and made this weekend such a blast! To see all the photos from the weekend please visit the TriSports.com Facebook page.