TriSports Coming to Tempe

By Seton
April 30, 2012 on 2:14 pm | In Announcements | 2 Comments

I would say that it was back in late 2005 that the first real thought of expanding our retail store came into my head.  At that time, we were just moving into our new facility in Tucson and our previous retail operations had been nothing more than a showroom.  Once we moved into our current Tucson location, we started a multi-year experiment on triathlon retail.

Tempe Gateway BuildingTempe Gateway – the home of the new TriSports Tempe location.

During this retail experiment, Debbie and I happened to be in Tempe in December of 2008 for the Phoenix Tri Club Holiday Party at Monti’s.  I don’t know how I missed it, but they had just built a fabulous new building smack in the epicenter of triathlon in Arizona.  I pulled Debbie out of the party and we walked around the building.  I told her that if we were going to expand our retail outside of Tucson that this was the location.  We weren’t ready on an operational standpoint to expand at that point, which was disappointing initially because we didn’t want to lose the opportunity for the space, but ultimately didn’t matter because the people who built the building went belly up and it went back to the bank.  After a couple of years sitting idle, Paul Allen’s (co-founder of Microsoft, owner of the Seattle SeaHawks, Portland Trailblazers, etc) commercial investment group came in and bought the building. So, in February of 2011, Debbie and I finally got our first look inside the building.  After a lot of negotiating, we got the deal done in November of 2011 (although it looked planned, it coincided perfectly with Ironman Arizona; sort of a big race that finishes about 300 feet from the store).

Angela Naeth and Leanda CaveThe day before her victory at Ironman Arizona, Leanda Cave poses with Angela Naeth (both proudly sponsored by TriSports.com) in front of pictures of themselves at the new store location.

The store is now slated to open in late June 2012 and in the home stretch I will be updating the progress on our blog.  For employment information, please visit http://www.trisports.com/employment-opportunities.html

Battle of Words: A Conversation Between Two Endurance Geeks

By Seton
April 23, 2012 on 10:46 am | In Fat Tires, Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | No Comments

This past summer I did quite a bit of crazy riding to get ready for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race.  One of the guys that I trained with was Paul “PT” Thomas.  This conversation took place about 16 hours after the finish of the Leadville 100 Mtb  Race (August 13, 2011) between me and PT (who subsequently went 7:13, a blazing time especially at the young age of 41).

Thesaurus:

Vangina – the name of Paul’s VW Euro Van
Noreen – Paul’s wife
Debbie – Seton’s wife
Molino – A basin about 5.5 miles up the famous Mt. Lemmon climb in Tucson.
Sabino – A popular walking/running/cycling canyon in Tucson.

Seton and PT at the finish of Leadville 100 MTBSeton and Paul at the finish of the Leadville 100 MTB Race.

(7:00 PM)

PT: How do the pistons feel?

SC: Feeling good, I just got back from an easy ride up to Molino Basin.  It was a bit warm.

(7:57 PM)

PT: I am actually motor pacing behind the Vangina as I write.  I told Noreen to keep it between 45-48 mph.

(8:49 PM)

SC: Just got back from my run.  Kept it easy, just two repeats up Sabino.  I had to run on the road because it was getting dark.

PT: Interesting….I don’t want to make it seem like I am one upping you, but Noreen ran outa gas after 3 hours of motor pacing.  We are fixing up a cabled harness and I am going to ride the Specialized, pulling the Vangina 30 miles to Deming.

(9:07 PM)

SC: That sounds similar to my experience earlier today.  Our plane ran out of fuel right after we landed so I volunteered to hop our and pull that bitch to the gate.

PT: I am way too familiar with runways.  I once had to tow a plane up to speed that needed help as it was carting the space shuttle Challenger back to Florida….not to “one up” you though.

SC: Yeah, I remember that, they had me on that mission hooked up to a power bike to provide aux power for the shuttle.

PT: Sorry for the delay in responding…I was pre occupied with taking the lug nuts off with my bare hands.  Noreen thought I should rotate the wheels as the Vangina was pulling to the left a bit.

PT: F#*c….after all of that manual labor, we figured out it was not the wheels, as now it is pulling to the right.  I switched my one legged drills from left to right leg.

(10:00 PM)

SC: Damn, I am spent.  There was a creaking under the house so I had to lift it off the foundation so Debbie could have a look underneath.  Turns out it was just noise from my one-arm clap push ups I was doing.

(2:26 PM next day)

PT: Just read this one. You are the winner as I am laughing hard!!!!!

A welcome home hug at the finishAfter many hard hours of training, it was good to see PT at the finish line.

TriSports Introduces Patented Hybrid Shave Technology

By Seton
April 1, 2012 on 10:13 am | In Announcements, Random Musings, Tech Tips | No Comments

Tucson, AZ  (April, 1, 2012): TriSports.com, the world’s premiere triathlon store, announces its patented new leg shaving technology known as Hybrid Shave Technology.  After 2-years of research and development using wind tunnel, CFD and real world data, the engineers at TriSports.com have released their findings.  Seton Claggett, who earned his Master’s in Hydrology from the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, says “we have been using this proprietary shave method with our athletes for years but as we have grown as a company we know that for the betterment of the sport and in light of great customer service that we should reveal our research to the world.”

TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology ResultsThe final results comparing 1) Hairy leading edge, 2) Fully shaved leg, 3) TriSports.com’s Patented Hybrid Shave Technology

The Hybrid Shave Technology uses a scientific approach to removing leg hair on cyclists and triathletes to improve aerodynamics and speed.  “The experiment,” says Tom Demerly, one of the chief investigators on the project, “was performed over many conditions and using many different shave patterns and what we found was that using basic aerodynamic principals of laminar boundary conditions coupled with muscle formation resulted in the ideal real-world power conversion on the bike.”

The partial differential equations for the continuity and Navier–Stokes for a two-dimensional steady incompressible flow with Cartesian coordinates.

The final testing came down to analyzing the real world results of 1) Hairy Leading Edge Legs, 2) Full Shaved Legs, and 3) Short Stubble Leading Edge Legs (the Hybrid Shave Technology).  Full hairy legs performed exponentially worse than the three chosen tests.  The results are shown in the diagram above.  “It was amazing how superior the performance was using the Hybrid Shave Technology”, said Claggett, “the power savings were staggering. It is amazing how basic aerodynamic principles such as using the Navier-Stokes equation and Reynolds numbers  to estimate the boundary layer conditions of a hairy legs work in wind tunnel and real world testing.”

The results have shown an actual average power savings of 10 Watts over distances greater than 30k (compared to a full hairy leg and almost 6 Watts over a fully shaved leg).  Over a 112 mile relatively flat course with little wind the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology will save you about 6 minutes.  “6 minutes”, says Claggett who used the Hybrid Shave Technology at the 2011 Ironman Arizona, “is a ton of free time, especially if you are trying to get to the finish line as fast as possible.”  Claggett consequently won his age-group by a mere 45 seconds.  “You can spend hundreds of dollars on an aero helmet, thousands of dollars on aero wheels and an aero bike, or you can use the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology and get the same benefits – do everything and you are all-in.”

A video showing actual footage of the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology


A full hairy legThe aerodynamics of a full hairy leg are so bad that we did not use this model in our final testing.


Careful muscle measurementCareful muscle measurement ensures proper shave pattern.


Marker Muscle MeasurementPrecise marking during the measurement process.


Clippers for the thick hairClippers are used to remove the Sasquatch hair.


Final Clipper ShaveFinal clipper shave.


Using the razor to clean up the hair.Using a new blade to clean up the remaining stubble on the back of the leg.


Hybrid Hariy LegThe final hairy leading edge leg.


Hybrid lLeg ShaveShaving down to the stubble for the Hybrid Shave Technology.


Final Hybrid Shave Technology LegThe final version of the Hybrid Shave Technology.

Conclusion: Hold off as long as you can during the season to get the training benefit of hairy legs and then shave them just before your “A” race. The results of the TirSports Hybrid Shave Technology speak for themselves, so when you do shave, use this method if you want to optimize aerodynamics.

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