April 30, 2010 on 8:50 am | In Sponsorship | 6 Comments
Drew Maddy is new to the TriSports.com Team this year, and at age 14 he is the youngest athlete we have ever sponsored. Last weekend Drew and his father headed down to St. Petersburg, Florida to compete in the St. Anthony’s Meek and Mighty Triathlon. “I got out of the water fast and ran to the transition area, excited about riding my new bike. The bike race was short and hard because it was very windy, had lots of turns and some parts were cobblestone. I came into the transition and took off for the run at a very quick pace; it was the fastest I have ever taken off after the bike. The run was on the road and then along the beach until the finish line.” With nearly 500 triathletes under the age of 14, this was Drew’s largest race to date. Drew didn’t let the large field intimidate him and he finished 3rd overall. Congratulations Drew on a great race!
How long have you been racing?
This is my third season. I started when I was 11 years old.
What is your favorite part of the race?
When the race is over. It’s a great feeling to know I have just finished something at my hardest effort.
There aren’t a lot of young triathletes out there, who do you train with?
I train daily with the Sarasota Sharks YMCA club swimming team. I bike with my dad and two of his friends, we call ourselves the Maddog Mashers. I just finished running in eight high school track meets to improve my running. (Below: Drew with the Maddog Mashers)
Where are your favorite places to swim, bike, run?
Swim: Anywhere there is water.
Bike: The Withlacoochee Trail: a rails to trails path in central Florida. It is a 92 mile loop.
Run: Robinson Preserve: a coastal nature preserve starting next to our backyard.
What do your friends think about you being a triathlete?
They don’t really know or understand how hard it really is.
If you could train with any athlete (dead or alive) for one day, who would it be?
Steve Prefontaine. He said he was not the best athlete but that he could suffer more than others.
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Having bagels with my dad at 5:00 am before we leave to go to our race for the day.
What is your favorite race and why?
Baldwin Park Tri by Buttar.com in Orlando, Florida. It is a race around a big lake that you circle five times on the bike and one time on the run. There are always people around to pass up.
When you aren’t training what do you like to do?
Play Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox Live.
April 29, 2010 on 11:29 am | In Product Information | No Comments
The new Timex Ironman TAP Sleek 150 wristwatch continues the legacy of excellence expected from Timex. The TAP 150 is a true athlete’s watch, not just wrist eye candy. Wanna see your mile split - no problem, just tap the Timex Sleek 150 Lap TAP Screen and ‘bam’ there it is in big bold numbers. Taking nothing away from previous models, the new Timex Sleek 150 TAP controls are a breeze to use and allow you to concentrate on the task at hand.
Hydration and nutrition alarms are easily set to remind yourself of when to drink and eat during training and events. An on-board training log gives you up to 150 dated entries and even allows you to lock reference PR performances.
Total capacity is 100 hours for the stopwatch so even ultra-dstance events can be timed and logged. Along with three alarms and two time zones, the INDIGLO feature with the new “Night Mode” actuation is included.
Timex Ironman TAP Sleek 150 is gear that gets used!
April 26, 2010 on 1:21 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
Ladies rejoice! We now carry LUNA Sport Clothing! From the maker of the healthy food and nutrition products for all athletes, the CLIF BAR & Company and inspired by the LUNA pro racer the LUNA Sport Cycling Clothing is here for women who choose to live in great fitting, performance driven clothing that make a difference. Why is this great news for TriSports.com? LUNA is also leading the way with usage of recycled and renewable fabrics. We feel a great responsibility to support companies that have strong environmentally friendly policies and are happy to bring in a product that isn’t only “green” but looks good and feels great also! So please join us in welcoming LUNA Sport Clothing to the TriSports.com family of products.
Local Team TriSports.com triathlete Chrissy Parks couldn’t wait to get her hands on the Valtellina Pro shorts after modeling them for our 2010 Product Catalog.
April 23, 2010 on 9:45 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments
Last weekend sponsored club team the University of Arizona TriCats, coached by Brian Grasky, traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the 2010 Collegiate National Championship. The team selected its top seven male and female athletes to compete in the Olympic distance championship, while several other members came to cheer on the national team and compete in the sprint race.
As the team drove across the Texas state line wearing their flip flops and t-shirts on Thursday night they were immediately faced with pouring rain that didn’t let up until late Friday evening. Driving the bike course on Friday afternoon the roads were flooded and covered with mud. As soon as the rain stopped Friday night USAT went to work cleaning up the roads so the race could go on. Despite miserable weather the TriCats spirits were high and were excited to race. A last minute stop to Wal-Mart was needed to stock up on warm clothes and rain gear. If only there had been a TriSports.com in Lubbock…
On race morning it was a cold 45 degrees outside; but the team bundled up and headed to Buffalo Springs Lake. Upon arrive the team was informed that the 1500meter swim would be shorted to 700 meters due to water temperature in the low 50’s. This news was especially discouraging to hear considering 6 of the 7 women on the nationals team come from swimming backgrounds. On the bike course the team battled wind gusts over 30 mph and had to ride against the winds for over 75% of the course. The run course was altered to two laps of the sprint course due to flooding and the athletes still had to run through thick mud and puddles.
While the TriCats did not do as well as they hoped the women’s team placed 16th and the men placed 25th out of 80 schools. Combined the team placed 20th overall.
Congratulations TriCats for all your hard work and determination!
April 21, 2010 on 12:45 pm | In Life at TriSports.com | No Comments
The retail counters are now complete. We also have our new retail carpet in that will extend from the run fit area out into the main retail floor. We have one more step left, which is to get the lighting installed and then we will once again have our run area completed. We can’t wait.
April 20, 2010 on 5:46 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments
“Elegant” is usually a word to describe an aesthetic. In its purest form elegance is function: Simple, reliable function.
French writer, aviator and philosopher Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Le Petit Prince) coined the phrase, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” This perfection is what came to mind when I first saw the SRAM Red OG-1090 Cogset.
Cogsets- the gears in the back of your bike- are a banal piece of equipment. Few people could even find it on their bike; fewer look at it up close. Most of the time it languishes under pedal load, caked in grime and stale chain lube. It’s one of the most important components on our bike- and likely the most neglected. Let’s talk about wind tunnel tests, lightweight frames, aerodynamic wheels and handlebars and power meters- but cogsets?
The SRAM Red OG-1090 is worthy of adoration though. It is, quite simply: Elegant.
Look at the photo. That is one piece of metal. The SRAM OG-1090 Cogset starts life as a large, solid, heavy block of steel. When you see the varied profile of the teeth and try to visualize how any machine could whittle a chunk of steel down to this complex shape it is boggling. SRAM won’t say how long it takes to make one SRAM Red OG-1090 Cogset, but it is a long, complex process only possible through the most sophisticated automation and robotic machining. Visualize the way the machine must maneuver around this metal- or the metal around the machine (it’s a secret) and the incredible series of intricate cuts. An enormous amount of “grind” or material comes off the original billet, recycled of course.
If you look closely at the tooth profile you’ll appreciate the subtle differences that enable the chain to move from one cog to another smoothly under tension . It’s a remarkable design few customers notice. On the largest cog two teeth appear to be missing altogether. This “shift gate” provides a smooth transition between cogs.
Few machined parts outside of watch making or aerospace are this intricate, this complex, this elegant. The entire inside of the cogset is hollow, covered on the back by the signature SRAM Red name plate.
The result of this complex manufacturing is shifting quality that is responsive, forgiving and precise.
April 16, 2010 on 6:00 am | In Sponsorship | No Comments
Here at TriSports.com we are never really surprised when our athletes do well at a race. Our athletes are constantly reporting overall and age-group wins and many have made trips to Kona and Clearwater and other notable races around the world. It is always nice to hear though when our athletes receive notice within their community for their athletic achievements. Sponsored athlete Cynthia Anderson recently received the honor of being named Hawaii’s 2009 Female Runner of the Year. Cindy was a track and cross country star at the University of Rhode Island, and placed second in the XTERRA Trail Running World Championship in 2009. Oh, and in her free time she is pursuing her PhD in cellular and molecular biology at Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu. Check out THIS article featuring Cindy by Brian Metzler of Runner’s World.
Congratulations, Cindy, on your achievements!
April 15, 2010 on 10:27 pm | In Announcements | No Comments
The staff at TriSports.com works super hard to make sure that everyone they help with a purchase over the phone gets exactly what they need. This is just a small population of our customers…the rest of you go it alone. The web makes that easy, and we try our best to help by posting the manufacturer size charts, color descriptions, general product info and product reviews. Sometimes, though, sizes aren’t quite right, or a color isn’t as nice on you as it was on the website and you need to send it back to us to get something different, or possibly even return it completely if it just didn’t work for you. Well, those exchanges and returns just got a heck of a lot easier!
TriSports.com Easy Returns was just launched on our site and allows you, our customer, the ability to go to our website, enter your address info and order number, and print a return label right there at your computer. The coolest thing about this label is that it is able to be shipped via UPS or USPS – your choice! Whatever is more convenient for you. If your workplace has a regular UPS delivery or pick-up, you can hand it to your driver. If you go by a post office or a UPS Store on your commute, you can just drop it off. Give it to your postal worker who delivers to your home. The choices are endless, and that makes it so much easier for you to get your package back to us quickly. The cost is minimal, only $8.50*, which will be deducted from your return or charged to the original card used for your purchase if you are making an exchange. The * is for those oversized items like bikes, bike cases, wheels and other very large boxes…those will cost $45, but still quite a deal compared to what you will likely pay if you take that into a UPS facility on your own (packages over 20 pounds must be dropped at a UPS facility…the only exception to the UPS or USPS part). While we hope that everything you choose is perfect for you, we understand that’s not always the case, so if you need to send something back to us, give Easy Returns a try!
April 15, 2010 on 2:23 pm | In Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | No Comments
Well, we are coming down the final stretch here with our construction. The last big piece will be the catwalk in the warehouse which will enable us to utilize the full ceiling height of the warehouse safely when pulling product from the top shelves. Our bike fit studio is coming together nicely, and our run fit studio should be turned over to us to add fixtures and product within the next week.
April 13, 2010 on 2:59 pm | In Random Musings | 1 Comment
TriSports.com just celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Ten years in triathlon is like a century in other sports. Innovation is the fourth event in tris. What we sell today at TriSports.com is better than any equipment we used ten and fifteen years ago.
When I did my first triathlon in the mid ‘80’s I went to the book store for a book on training for triathlons. There were none. It is part of the reason Seton and Debbie Claggett started TriSports.com ten years ago. Today our website lists at least 119 books and videos.
Classic equipment exists though, even in a sport driven by innovation. As evidence I tender the above photo of me, racing in the Midwest during the 1980’s. It is a snapshot back on technology that shaped our equipment today.
First- the glasses. Oakley owns the sports eyeware category- they invented it. These are the original Oakley Eyeshades, introduced as “Oakley Lights”- an alternative to goggles in Moto-X. They featured a replaceable foam sweat band and cylindrical lens geometry to reduce distortion. They were adjustable for fit, had two temple styles (hook and straight) and interchangeable lenses. Mark Allen, Scott Tinley, Scott Molina, The Puntous Twins and Joanne Ernst wore them. Today Oakley has evolved proprietary lens geometry that mimics the complex curvature of the eye for minimal aspherical distortion. The lens is “hydro-phobic” and sheds perspiration on its own- the sweat band is gone- unnecessary. Ear socks get sticky when wet, keeping glasses in place after dumping an aid station cup over your head. The lenses exceed the federal standard for safety glasses and are worn by Navy SEALs for protection against fragments. For triathletes, Oakley sunglasses are de rigueur.
Timex introduced a sport watch in 1984 that saved the company and became the best selling wristwatch in history. US Presidents have worn it; literally thousands of triathletes have timed PR’s with it since 1984. The version we have today has a similar logic loop but a display with a touch sensitive screen, more ergonomic fit and larger display, presumably because some of us have gotten older. It stores more data and reminds you to drink. It has quadrupled the capabilities but has barely doubled in price since 1984. It is the triathletes’ “Rolex”.
As you can see from the photo we needed some help with clothing in the ‘80’s. This apparel was a first attempt at triathlon clothing called “BRS”. It was an interchangeable acronym for “Blue Ribbon Sports”, Nike’s original name and “Bike, Run Swim”- the name of the clothing line. It was, well… a first attempt. In response to this a company called Zoot Sports began making one piece suits that were more modest, provided better protection and comfort and even better aerodynamics. When the European athletes first saw these triathlon “onesies” they wanted the (said in your best German accent) “tria-talon zooots”. The name stuck and the premier purveyor of triathlon apparel became known as Zoot. The trisuit was born.
And the shoes? The extinct Nike Sock Racer. It was ahead of its time. New materials and advanced designs have been brought into a similar concept, also from Zoot, in their new Ultra Speed Shoe. It is an old concept executed better. No laces, stretch materials, faster transitions, better support and stability.
It’s been ten years for us at TriSports.com but this week we took a few moments to reflect that everything old is sometimes, indeed, new again.