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Free Speed

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November 11, 2014 on 2:51 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

This blog brought to you by Team TriSports member Thomas Gerlach. He is in his third full year as a professional triathlete and recently took 2nd at Ironman Louisville, along with numerous podiums in 2013 including 2nd at Ironman Louisville and 7th at both Ironman Los Cabos and Coeur d’Alene. He has the 3rd fastest Ironman bike split by an American at 4:15:57. He writes a weekly training update every week at www.thomasgerlach.com where he publishes his weekly training numbers. Follow him at facebook.com/thomasgerlach and twitter.com/thomasgerlach

Race Wheels? How About Cleaning and Optimizing Your Drivetrain?

Why is it that people train on training wheels and with a road helmet, but then swap them out on race day for race wheels and an aero helmet?  I would argue that most people do it because they want to go faster on race day by improving aerodynamics. So why do people race on a drivetrain that is dirty and non-optimized? The reason I believe this to be the case is because people don’t understand how much time they are giving up in a dirty drivetrain, and particularly one that is not engineered for speed. If you are a serious racer looking to go as fast possible, then you need to look at places your competition isn’t. Looking around at the rest of the Pro bikes in transition I can tell you one place my competition is losing “Free Speed” is in their drivetrains.

Keep you drivetrain clean for free speed

Keep you drivetrain clean for free speed

According to Friction Facts – a totally independent testing company – those racing a dirty drivetrain could be losing as much as 7 watts in a dirty chain. A chain that was clean but had the lubed stripped off was as much as 20 watts. In both cases the load on the chain tested was 250 watts – a very realistic output of a rider unlike the unrealistic number of 30mph used in wind tunnel tests. But the savings don’t stop there. Just like race wheels are tuned to be as aerodynamic as possible over training wheels, there are drivetrains that have been engineered to reduce the energy that is normally lost in mechanical inefficiencies. One company that is engineering drivetrains to be as efficient as possible is a company called Atomic.

Aftermarket chainring coatings

Atomic specializes in making drivetrains as fast as possible but they don’t actually manufacturer drivetrain parts. Instead Atomic has a special coating that is impregnated on to your current chainrings, cassettes and metal derailleur pulleys. This coating reduces the friction between their specially lubed chain and those parts and results in an energy savings. In this case the savings is through improved mechanical efficiency and not aerodynamics. The benefits, however, are still the same…you either go the same speed on less watts, or you go faster on the same watts. Using Atomic coated chainrings, cassette, and chain, the rider can save an additional 43 seconds over an Olympic distance triathlon, 1 minute and 37 seconds over a half-Ironman, and 3 minutes and 14 seconds over a full Ironman.

Next time you set out to race, make sure you have a clean drive train. You can clean a drive train in 10 seconds by using some White Lightning Clean Streak Degreaser and then properly lube the chain afterwards. If you want to go as fast as possible, though, you can send your current parts in for coating to Atomic or you can always purchase a new set of chainrings and a cassette from TriSports.com and send them in for coating, as well. Either way, when you combine it with race wheels and an aero helmet, you will know you will be going as fast as possible.

Charity

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December 23, 2011 on 11:51 am | In Charity | No Comments

Challenged Athletes Foundation

Community. Family. Home. TriSports.com was built from a foundation of family and community contribution. It is part of who we are- and where we came from. We continue that legacy of giving back to our community and sport. From our involvement in the Challenged Athletes Foundation to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house and even cleaning up our roadways with our Adopt A Road project.

TriSports.com also supports the local Junior El Tour Program to get kids on bikes, teach them good exercise and lifestyle habits and enable them to participate in events that reinforce goal setting and an active lifestyle.

Jr. El Tour

Each year our TriSports.com Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival donates 100% of its proceeds to a host of charities that include local organizations and the Challenged Athletes’ Foundation.

TriSports.com employees volunteer throughout the year in support of charity events and projects that continuously give back to our local- and national- community.

Being a part of our community is a part of who we are at TriSports.com, and that means giving back is a natural part of our business.

Races

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December 23, 2011 on 11:46 am | In Races | No Comments
Youth Deuceathlon

Youth Deucathlon at Dueces Wild Triathlon Festival

In our hearts, we are racers- athletes. Our culture was born from racing and competing and has grown from a commitment to racing and participation at all levels- from beginner to world class.

TriSports.com Sponsored Athlete

TriSports.com supports athletes and events around the country- and around the world. From our top professionals like Leanda Cave, Ford Ironman Arizona Champion and 3rd pro at the Ford Ironman World Triathlon Championships in Kona, Hawaii in 2011 to our grass-roots triathlon team that provides coaching and support for local athletes of all levels.

Our commitment to racing goes beyond just generating results. It includes supporting events around the United States with sponsorship and logistical support. We even host our TriSports.com Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival here in Arizona, the largest multisport festival in Arizona including a 70.3 distance triathlon, an X-TERRA off-road triathlon and children’s races.

Racing and supporting the sport is a part of our foundation at TriSports.com- and a part of our future.

Solar

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December 23, 2011 on 11:29 am | In Solar | No Comments
Solar Panels on the roof at TriSports.com

Solar Panels on the roof at TriSports.com

Tucson has 284 days of sunlight per year. 284 opportunities to convert clean, waste-free, ultra-low impact solar power into environmentally responsible energy.
The solar farm built on the TriSports.com Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona is one of the largest private solar farms in the U.S. Over 90% of TriSport.com’s energy is clean, renewable, ultra-low impact solar. The project to convert to solar took nearly a year to complete, and longer to plan. When the last panels were erected in fall of 2011 the energy consumption footprint of TriSports.com was reduced to near zero.
The local renewable energy specialists at Technicians for Sustainability installed the 128 kilowatt system on the roof and in front of TriSports.com’s headquarters and warehouse in Tucson. There are 416 panels pointing south toward the arc of the sun through the Arizona sky during all seasons.
Solar is one more part of TriSports.com’s commitment to the environment. It is renewable, safe energy for the future of our business, community and our desert landscape.

Solar Parking lot panels near completion

Water

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December 23, 2011 on 11:28 am | In Water | No Comments
Water Harvesting Tank in front of TriSports.com

Water Harvesting Tank in front of TriSports.com

There is no more precious resource in the desert: Water.
TriSports.com uses an advanced water harvesting system, one of the largest private systems in the U.S., to reclaim the precious desert rainfall into usable water. As a result, less water is pulled from commercial sources reducing our impact on the environment and on the local environmental infrastructure.
Water is channeled from the roof of our headquarters building in Tucson, Arizona into two massive 18,000 gallon storage tanks. The tanks store water for use in a vital irrigation system that sustains all of our irrigation and non-potable water needs, reducing our water consumption significantly.
Our water harvesting system is so advanced it is a City of Tucson Water Harvesting Demonstration Site, an example to other businesses of how to manage the desert’s most precious resource.
Water harvesting is one more part of our commitment to our community and environment, and a huge part of who we are at TriSports.com.

Interbike 2009 videos are coming

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October 6, 2009 on 8:13 am | In Announcements, Product Information | No Comments

Have you ever wanted to be an industry insider? To see the latest and greatest gear from bike and tri manufacturers months before it hits stores? Stay tuned to TriSports.com TV in the coming days for a cavalcade of videos showcasing the latest and greatest in cycling, swimming and triathlon from the greatest manufacturers in the business. You’ll get all inside info, minus the sore feet and hoarse voice from actually going.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here is De Soto Sport founder Emilio De Soto showing a product that’s already created quite a buzz on the blogs: the 10mm (you read that right!) thick Water Rover Wetsuit.

BAM Race Report: The Good and the Scary

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June 19, 2009 on 11:29 am | In Employee Adventures, Life at TriSports.com | No Comments

TriSports.com once again made the pilgrimage to the mountains of Utah for the annual Battle At Midway Triathlon.  It was a rare treat for our Sonoran Desert crew to get out of the summer heat of Tucson and enjoy the cool mountain air for a weekend (even if it left us perpetually out of breath).  Luckily, we arrived the Thursday ahead of race day to set up our expo, which gave us a bit of time to get acclimated to the altitude.  It had been raining off and on in the days leading up to race, so we were a bit nervous about being caught in a storm during the race – and well, we were half right.

TrisPorts.com Crew at the BAM swim start

Race morning greeted us with partly cloudy skies and cool temps.  Water was in the low 60’s, and I was very happy I had sprung for the blueseventy Neoprene Swim Cap – we didn’t have much chance to warm up in the water and I needed every bit of help I could get.

The bike was a pleasant surprise, however.  I had laid out my TriSports.com Arm Warmers on my bike in T1, expecting a chilly start to the 22 mile course.  Coming out of the water, however, the sun was peeking through the clouds and just warm enough to convince me to leave the insulation behind.

Nick L. had finished the swim well before me, having (wisely) opted for the “Lite” distance, but Lisa R. blew by me in the first miles of the bike, acting entirely too cheery.  After that, I just enjoyed the scenery and marveled at the speed of the Zipp 606 wheelset I  was demoing.

I finished the bike in just under an hour, which was another pleasant surprise, but I knew the hurting was just about to begin.  The 9k run in Soldier Hollow is infamously brutal, and it did not disappoint.  I had just finished the bulk of the first climb and was looking down on the finish, hundreds of feet below and too many miles away, when I heard the announcer call out Nick as he finished.  After a few more miles running a roller coaster of lung-busting ups and knee-pounding downs I entered what I thought was the home stretch, but turned out to be a cruel joke of a climb in the last mile.  I was especially cursing Lisa (or would have, if I had any breath to spare) as she finished the race.

So all in all a great race – beautiful scenery, a fast bike course, and a butt-kicking run.  Congratulations to Lisa on finishing 3rd overall (took the sting out of her destroying me by 12 minutes!).

Congrats Lisa!  3rd overall.

If only the story ended there . . .

After the awards ceremony, and just before packet-pickup for the Xterra Duathlon, a freak Thunderstorm came through and completely obliterated the expo.  Luckily, all that was hurt was gear, and not the TriSports.com crew or any of the fabulous BAM race workers (who were superstars in helping us gather and dry all the merchandise we could).

before

after

The severe wind and lightning shut down the rest of the day, which was a bummer to the athletes in the Duathlon, but it was undoubtedly the right call.  Kudos to the BAM staff for putting on an excellent event under difficult circumstances, all while keeping safety as their top concern.

To Ride Your Bike

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January 15, 2009 on 6:43 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments

I am a creature of routine.  It accounts for my workout schedule, the meals that I make, and the work that I do.  My routine was certainly the hardest thing to overcome when I made the decision about a year and a half ago to stop driving to work and start biking.

Learning to ride in traffic, walking the last two miles the day my chain spontaneously exploded (and then learning to maintain my bike myself), were all things I had to overcome, but mostly it was the inertia of reworking my morning ritual that was the toughest.
To you, readers of this blog, I’m certain I don’t need to go over the benefits of biking instead of driving.  Environmental, economic, physical: the upside is self-evident.  I also know that my new routine is not feasible for everyone – I ‘m fortunate enough to live close enough to work to make my commute in a reasonable amount of time (a half-hour, depending on how I’m feeling) and have a company that supports my habit through some extraordinary measures (we’ve got showers, secure bike storage and they even pay us to do it!) but I will say that I started this before I came to work here, where conditions were less than optimal and my former employer less accommodating.
The rewards for me are more personal.  Assuaging guilt over the unintentional harm I do to the environment, avoiding morning road rage, saving some cash.  We do get rewards at TriSports.com for doing it, and I was very honored this year to get the “most trips” trophy, handmade by Seton, (not the most miles, that went to my colleague Chet who busted out almost 3000!), and the swag that goes along with it (a great light from NiteRider) but I like to believe that I’d be doing it anyway, as something vaguely cynical like a protest against prevailing culture, or something sentimental and corny like my personal hope for change.

Chet A (most miles 2008) and Zachary C(most trips)

George and Jane

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December 1, 2008 on 7:38 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments

On the subject of giving thanks: sponsored athletes George and Jane shared their story with a local news station this past Thanksgiving. A great reminder to appreciate what is precious, wear your helmet, and be careful at intersections.

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