August 31, 2010 on 4:00 am | In Random Musings, Sponsorship | No Comments
Susan: If you had a snail that could magically grant wishes, what would you name it and why?
Andy: A snail is granting wishes now huh? Well, I’d name my snail Dex. I’ve always wanted a pet named Dex because it is a manly name.
Sarah: What is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Andy: Wolverine. He recovers quickly, which I can relate to and is fearless. Plus, he is named after Michigan’s mascot!
Tom: Are you afraid of spiders?
Andy: No. Like Wolverine, no fears.
August 30, 2010 on 3:28 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments
Swim anxiety. Swim technique.
Those are tops on every triathlete’s worry list. The path to good swim enlightenment comes not only from time in the pool, but time on the yoga mat.
Yoga, the increasingly popular set of physical and mental exercises that originated in Central Asia, is an effective way to train the body and mind in stroke technique and better swim performance. Yoga will help calm your emotions during a violent swim start and empower you with control over breathing, even when submerged. The calmness learned during yoga practice is a behavioral choice you can make during a chaotic water start. Through yoga, calmness becomes a skill you can summon any time.
While the rudiments of freestyle swimming seem simple the nuances are complex. The increased proprioception, or “self sense” learned by yoga practice help build awareness of your posture in the water.
A common swim problem is not swimming level and letting your feet sink. The yoga practice of tucking in the tail bone in the Plank Pose teaches a sense of what it feels like for the legs to be horizontal and in line with the torso. This awareness will help you correct your swim posture without cognitive thought. Through your yoga practice you learn what it “feels” like to be in the right posture. Once in the water you mimic this posture almost reflexively. Your stroke becomes more streamlined and efficient, you swim easier and more relaxed. It becomes automatic.
While wetsuits help float your legs the increased kinesic sense from regular yoga practice heightens this awareness. Wetsuits insulate us from tactile feedback in the water but yoga restores that awareness and ease of motion. If you watch how a fish swims you see an elegant application of efficient movement through the water. Yoga helps teach this reflexive, elegant technique.
Yoga also emphasizes breath control. This mastery of breathing and sense of calmness will help prevent panic in chaotic swim starts when an attempt at breathing turns into a kick to the head from the swimmer in front of you. Yoga teaches full breathing with every breath and complete expansion of the diaphragm. In the water this means you are better oxygenated. If you are forced to miss a breath or two it won’t cause you to become hypoxic as quickly. The “learned” calmness prevents panic.
Regular yoga practice also trains the supportive muscles that stabilize the core and help maintain a straight and level posture in the water.
Yoga is one of the few exercise mediums that provide tangible mental and physical benefits that will help on race day- not only with performance, but with you appreciation of the beauty of our sport.
- From Certified Yoga Instructor Krystle Potter of TriSports.com.
August 27, 2010 on 2:01 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
The TYR Torque SwimSkin Series has finally arrived! Both the men’s and women’s Pro and Elite series speed suits are WTC and USAT legal – they’re part of TYR’s revolutionary new 2011 Triathlon Collection.
The material in the Torque SwimSkins incorporates two-layer technology. The inner hydrophobic core and hydrophilic outer finish combine to create the most synergistic, fast and water repellent swimskin on the market.
These cutting-edge “Kona legal” speed suits are the choice of world champions who demand the most of their swim equipment. If you want to set a personal best swim time – the TYR Torque SwimSkin can be part of your arsenal, too!
August 25, 2010 on 3:37 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
Getting caught on the side of the road with no more CO2 cartridges and yet another flat can be a real pain. Not if you carry the Genuine Innovations Second Wind Carbon Mini. The Second Wind Carbon Mini is one of the lightest and most versatile pumps that you can take with you during your ride. Consisting of a high pressure hand pump and a CO2 applicator, the Second Wind Carbon Mini is a must have for your rides where you go through your entire collection of CO2. Can be used with 12g, 16g, or 25g threaded CO2 cartridges.
August 24, 2010 on 6:00 am | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing | No Comments
Members of the TriSports.com Cycling/Eclipse Racing Team headed to Wickenburg, AZ for the Hillside Road Race. Victor Riquelme took the win for the men’s pro 1/2, and Anna Sanders and Kristen Hetzel took 2nd and 4th for the women pro 1/2! Here is what Victor had to say…
Justin Orkney and I traveled north over the weekend to race a new incarnation of the Skull Valley Road Race, the 55 mile Hillside Road Race. We had an eventful journey to the start between leaving 15 minutes late, underestimating how long it would take us to get to Hillside, and having to drive 15 minutes out of the way to avoid running out of gas. We showed up as the Pro/1/2 field was lining up, and by the time we could get our uniforms on and and put our bikes together we had completely missed the start. After a 10 minute chase on a steep downhill, and a small incident involving Justin throwing up all over the highway, we caught on to the back.
It took a while for a breakaway to establish, but on a small climb 20 miles into the race 5 guys got away. Justin went to work with Rob Alvarez (RideClean), and they kept the leaders in check until a few attacks from David Welsh (Kuhl) and David Glick (RideClean) shattered the main field. I tried to slow things down to see if Justin could make it back, but he was blown and we had to press on. Myself, Welsh, Glick, and Shawn Daly (Southwest Hand) began working to bring back the break while the teams represented up the road (Bicycle Haus, Landis/Trek, Four Unity) sat behind us. Coming up to the base of the last climb Nicholaus Schreiber (Landis/Trek) flatted out of the lead group, forcing his team to also chip in to the pacemaking.
Halfway up the final climb the break was holding on to a 45 second lead, and because of the steep grade were in plain sight. I sensed weakness in the guys around me, and decided to attack. I waited for David Glick (RideClean), who I considered to be my greatest rival there, to take a pull, and then launched as hard as I could. I got a small gap, put it in a huge gear, and rode across. When I got there only 2 remained in the break, Travis Waldron (Bicycle Haus), and a Four Unity rider. I was unable to help them with the pace for about 5 minutes, but eventually I recovered and was able to work a bit. All the time the main field was slowly gaining, but I didn’t see it as a matter of concern as the time gap was still hovering around the 30 second mark.
1 mile from the top of the climb Travis Waldron (Bicycle Haus) attacked, but I was easily able to hold his wheel. I counter attacked him immediately, and dropped him. It was only 2 miles from the crest of the climb to the finish, so I put my head down and made a run for it. I got to the 1 kilometer to go marker and had a look over my shoulder…there was nothing but open road behind me. I crossed the finish line in first.
August 20, 2010 on 1:56 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
Revolutionizing the way we look at swimming – the Blue Seventy Carbon Race Goggle pushes the boundaries of the aquatic eye wear industry. Polycarbonate goggles have long been the standard, but now this new Carbon Fiber Polymer (CFP) goggle raises the bar and challenges the competition.
This “new kid on the block” has key engineered elements that are made up to 6 times stronger using CFP technology. With advance construction and use of CFP, this modern-day swim google is twice as light as standard swim goggles.
This huge weight savings increases the level of comfort without sacrificing strength and confidence. Hailed as the next step in lightweight engineered polymers – CFP is produced exclusively for Blue Seventy. The goggle comes with a protective carrying/travel case and extra goggle strap.
Note: Image shown with clear lens to emphasize the carbon frame. Actual product comes with smoke tint lens.
August 19, 2010 on 11:27 am | In UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments
Underrated first stage begins to shake up Tour of Utah.
“It has two good climbs, and with the heat today, it proved to be a hard one,” he said.
In the end, a comfortable looking Rory Sutherland of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis took 6th on the stage to maintain his 4th overall position, with the duo of Alex Dowsett (Trek-Livestrong) and David Tanner (V AustralIa) slipping off the front on the second climb of the day and holding a gap to the line to battle for the stage win.
“Both of those guys had a prize waiting for them on the line so once they got the gap, the didn’t play any games,” Fraser said.
For Tanner, the prize was the stage win. For Dowsett, it was the race lead after taking 2nd to teammate Taylor Phinney in yesterday’s prologue.
“It turned out to be an interesting, tactical stage,” Fraser noted.
In fact, things got interesting fairly quickly, on the first main climb of the day. The heat and the pace took its toll, helping to create a split of 20 riders that got off the front on the ascent. Chris Baldwin and Max Jenkins of UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis both made the split, putting the Team in a good position.
“We wanted to try and get Chris or Marc (de Maar) in a move like that with Max or Morgan (Schmitt) or Tim (Johnson),” Fraser said. “But I think the break was too big. There were too many passengers and not enough commitment amongst the guys, so they didn’t work well together. I think if that group had committed to work for 20 or 30 minutes, that might have been the race right there.”
Instead, the Canyon Bicycles team of last year’s Utah winner Francesco Mancebo put in a strong effort to bring back that move, and once the main bunch hit the slopes of the second climb the group was back, but another move went on that ascent.
This time, it was Tanner along with Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) going off, with Dowsett bridging up with teammate Ben King.
Only Dowsett and Tanner survived at the front over the top, taking a 1:10 gap into the descent toward the finish. UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis put Jenkins and Schmitt on the front to chase along with riders from BMC and Holowesko Partners. The gap came down, but with the duo up front committed to getting to the line, they were able to hold a 0:26 gap to the front group, which numbered 49 by the end. Sutherland, de Maar, Schmitt and Jenkins were all safely ensconced in that group.
“The guys rode a very good race today under tough conditions,” Fraser said. “The heat was definitely a factor. We ran out of bottles in the car mid-stage and had to stop to re-stock the cooler at the second feed zone. The conditions tomorrow should be just as challenging. But we have Rory looking good, and Marc will keep getting better as the week goes along. And Max and Morgan are both showing good form. Tomorrow’s finishing climb up to Mt. Nebo should eliminate some more guys and make the GC picture a bit clearer.”
That finishing climb, at 15 miles and over 4,000 feet of vertical gain topping off at around 9,300 feet of elevation, is arguably the longest, and certainly one of the hardest finishing climbs of any race in the NRC series. It comes at the end of an otherwise flat 78-mile stage
August 18, 2010 on 3:57 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
The 2011 De Soto Liftfoil Speed Tri Suit -Legal is approved for all USAT and WTC sanctioned races! No rubberized material, no polyurethane, and no neoprene ensures that the 2011 De Soto Liftfoil is all set for competition.
The Liftfoil uses Hydrolinear seamlines to encase your body for an ultra smooth fit that still allows for maximum stretch during the H2O event. A smaller version of the 400-Mile Pad keeps you comfortable during the bike and the run by moving with your skin – basically eliminating friction. A 16″ zipper in the front allows for much needed ventalization during the asphalt part of the competition. Available now!
USAT and WTC legal – the De Soto Liftfoil Speed Tri Suit means buiness.
August 17, 2010 on 10:58 am | In Announcements, Sponsorship | No Comments
TriSports.com is excited to announce that the 2011 Team TriSports.com applications are now available! This year Team TriSports.com will be taken to the next level as we seek out today’s top age groupers, rising professionals, and tomorrows premier triathletes. If you think you have what it takes wear TriSports.com red, white, and blue uniform and be one of the 30 athletes selected to represent the number one triathlon retailer in world, apply today!
August 13, 2010 on 2:37 pm | In Product Information | No Comments
The Zoot Ice-Fil Arm Cooler Sleeves do more than wick moisture. These arm coolers sleeves are made with Ice-Fil fabric which keeps your arms up to 3% cooler. They’re the ultimate choice when training and racing in hot humid conditions.
The Ice-Fil fabric was specially constructed and infused with Xylitol. This unique fabric blocks thermal radiation from infrared light while providing maximum U.V. protection. These sleeves are fast drying, anti-bacterial, and offer 2-way circulation.
And, as if this wasn’t enough, the fabric with Xylitol actually discharges thermal heat, controls moisture and sweat, and makes you feel cooler through an evaporative effect – making your summer ventures just a little easier.
The Zoot Ice-Fil Arm Cooler Sleeves were purpose-built for the most demanding athlete. If you weren’t cool before, you will be after slipping on a pair of these sleeves!