Archive | May, 2011

Hydration Tablets – Nuun and GU Brew

Hydration tablets, such as Nuun and GU Brew Tablets, are the most convenient form of hydration in our nutrition for triathletes category.

Unknown to a lot of athletes and those new to the sport are  electrolyte solutions in a tablet form that dissolves once you drop it into water.  Containing none or nominal amounts of calories, these tablets taste great, and help keep you hydrated while you train or recover from training.

Do they work?  You betcha.  Taking one of these to prevent or to recover from a hangover after a night out is conclusive proof.  But enough about last weekend.

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Nuun

Calories: 8

Sodium: 360mg

Potassium: 100mg

GU Brew Tablet

Calories: 10

Sodium 320mg

Potassium: 55mg

Everyone in our office is crazy about them.  During training and on longer course triathlons, these are great because they’re in tube form, and you can easily carry them in a jersey pocket or a special needs bag if needed.  Looking at the numbers above, you can see that both products have the key ingredients of sodium and potassium as an electrolyte replacement.

Nuun has the edge on GU Brew Tablet in terms of nutritional raw numbers, but when deciding which one to stick with, it’s best to sample one of each to see how well you like the variety of flavors.  My favorite is the Nuun Kona Cola.

Neosport ION Tri Race Suit

The Neosport ION Tri Suit is a recent addition to our tri suit apparel category.  Modestly price at $79.95, the Neosport ION Tri Suit represent exceptional value, with surprising quality for the price point.

This tri suit has all the triathlon apparel basics needed to allow for fast transition times and comfort on the course.  Constructed from a low drag skin-like compressive material which dries fast, it has superb breathability and moisture wicking properties. It also has a sufficient pad that provides the coverage and comfort needed on the bike, without the restriction or discomfort during the run.

This suit does not have pockets, making it resemble tri suits that are common for olympic distances.

What I like about this suit is that is a solid black, and has a modest inseam length for coverage.

Check out other tri suits in the tri suit category to see the range of what’s we have to offer.

Orca Core Tri Shorts

At the core any training plan, race, and just about any endurance event is the triathlete’s comfort level when it comes to physical exertion.  Being that triathlon is grueling enough, your apparel shouldn’t add any stress when you’re in movement.  The Orca Core Tri Pant is an example of an item that aligns with this notion.
What’s special about this short is that the pad is a hybrid chamois that’s 6mm thick, giving you the extra padding and comfort while you’re on the bike, but is balanced enough to where it wouldn’t be disruptive on the run.  The short has an 8″ in inseam length, making it modest on leg coverage.  Tri Shorts usually range from 6″ to 9″ inches as noted in this tri short comparison chart.

The short has an internal drawcord, so there shouldn’t be any crazy issue with the washing machine pulling any string out of the short.

Two pockets for gels, IDs, cards, and the like.

You’ll find its companion tri top, the Orca Core Tri Tank, stylish and cool as well.  You can find this short and others like it here: tri shorts.

Carbo Pro Energy Drink

The Carbo Pro Energy Drink Powder is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates for endurance activities.

As a ready to mix powder that can be dissolved into water or any other sports drink, the formula provides 112 calories per ounce serving.  It’s flavorless, so it wouldn’t kill your water, or what you’re usually drinking during the bike or run.

What makes this product special is that as a glucose polymer, it does not create a hypertonic solution in the gut, which is often caused by most sports drinks which have monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, corn syrup, galactose, etc.).   So if you’re the type of person who might have difficulties with certain nutritional products, Carbo Pro is certainly worth trying.

Carbo Pro product is also recommended for carbo-loading as well.  It contains no added sugar, wheat (Gluten), yeast, preservatives, artificial color or flavor for those with allergy concerns.

Quite a few staff members are either devout users, or recent converts when it comes to Carbo Pro.

Check out Carbo Pro, and nutrition solutions on the nutrition page.

Louis Garneau Lazer Elite Tek Short

By far one of the coolest looking Tri Shorts for the season is the Louis Garneau Elite Lazer Tek Short. Composed of 8 panels, this short has a 10.5 inch inseam, providing excellent coverage and support for both your training and race day.

The short itself has been wind tunnel tested along with a whole slew of Louis Garneau gear, and has produced favorable results. The chamois is medium in terms of thickness compared to what we offer in our tri shorts catalog.  It only has only pocket, so if you’re into storing massive amounts of gels and other goodies, be sure to have yourself a hydration belt if you’re so included.

This short does not use silicon as a gripper.  Those who’ve owned or tried other shorts have developed a love or hate relationship would find this information important.  Pictured below is the Lazer Elite Suit from a photo I took at Oceanside 70.3.  The short is the same bottom half of the suit.  The decision to choice between the two is preferential, but factors would include the type of distance you’re doing.   Shorter (Olympic and below) would favor a one piece, but longer distances points to two piece apparel items should you plan to take a bathroom break.

Cool right?

Anyway, find out more about this short and others like it by checking out the Tri Short Comparison guide.  Over and out!

GU Chocolate Mint Review

At the urging of a fellow co-worker at OneTri.com, and awesome triathlete, I sampled a GU Chocolate Mint.

What’s it like?

Imagine trekking through a rural village in the Swiss alps.  You’re hungry, cold, and homeless for the night.  It’s snowing, and you need shelter.  Upon finding a single and desolate house still lit, with the chimney on to boot, a family welcomes you in, and feeds you a glorious meal.

At the conclusion of dinner, they tell about a special and modest dessert that they eat only on special occasions.  They decided to make it, as you and your girlfriend have been quite the enchanting guests.  They spread the finished product on a sweet biscuit – it looks like chocolate spread.

The both of you take a bite, and you’re transported through some of the sweetest life moments.  Your first kiss, your first successful bike ride when you were 7, and the first time you make it down a black diamond back in college.

The night wraps up, you go to bed, and you return home back to the States several weeks later.  You’re unable to find this dessert again, and no one seems to know that you’re talking about.  After tremendous despair, you find you’re able to get it at OneTri.com in the form of Chocolate Mint GU when looking for triathlon gear.  See more gel solutions on this link GU nutrition.

Life is complete.

The Nutrition Facts:

2XU Active Tri Short

Is your first tri coming up in a week? Do you want a good value on tri shorts?  The 2XU Active Tri Short might just be what you’re looking for.

Priced at $59.95, the 2XU Active Tri Short has an inseam of 7.5″, a thin fleece pad to keep it light for the bike and run, and has a silicone gripper to keep the short from riding up your leg.  It’s made of elastane lycra, so it’s stretchy and comfortable upon wearing and use.   It doesn’t have a pocket, so if you’re looking to go with this item for a non wetsuit swim, you can be sure it won’t slow you down.

The short is available in black and blue.

Here are some more tri short resources:

  • Want to see shorts like this and more?  Check out the Tri Shorts Comparison Chart.
  • If you want to check out many more brands of tri shorts just visit here: Tri Shorts
  • If you are a fan of 2XU check out the latest 2XU gear here: 2XU

2XU T:2 Wetsuit

Update 02/16/13:
The latest 2013 wetsuit will be coming out soon. In the mean time here is a link to the current 2XU T3 wetsuit: 2XU T3 Wetsuit.

The 2XU T:2 Team Wetsuit is an update to last year’s T:0 suit that was wildly popular at triathlons everywhere. As an “entry-level” triathlon wetsuit, the T:2 packs quite a few features that makes it stand out from other suits in its class.  Just check out this wetsuit comparison chart and see for yourself!

Composed with 39 Cell Yamamoto Neoprene,  the 2XU T2 wetsuit has rollbar, floating zip and transition panels coated with both SCS and 2xU’s proprietary SXS coating, making the suit slick and fast.  The 2011 updates include strakes running down the chest to improve your direction in swim.  This feature is cool, as it was unique to the V:1 from the past two years.

The floating zip enhances flexibility in the back panel which allows the zip to move in partnership with the body, especially during the recovery and catch phase of the stroke.

On the legs, the panels are 3mm thick, giving the swimmer enough flexibility to run into transition and to remove the wetsuit.  On the shoulder and arms, it’s 2mm, giving you the flexibility and range of motion you’ll need during your swim.

With all these updates, it’s fair to say that this is an entirely new suit!  Back by 2XU’s 2 year warranty and wide range of sizes available, you can rest assured that you’re covered, for both defects and fit.

More triathlon wetsuit resource links:

  • All triathlon wetsuits – OneTri.com offers one of the largest
  • 2XU Wetsuits  – Here is a link to all current 2XU wetsuits
  • Triathlon Wetsuit Rentals –  Here is one of the largest triathlon wetsuit selections on the internet. You find another place that allows a large selection of “try-to-buy” rental wetsuits.
  • Wetsuit Buying Guide – Here is a helpful triathlon wetsuit buying guide that is updated yearly
  • Wetsuit Comparison Chart – This is a men’s triathlon wetsuit comparison chart but it applies to wome’s wetsuits as well
  • Triathlon Equipment Guides and Articles – Here’s another resource for triathlon gear guides and articles

2XU R:1 Race Wetsuit

The Setup

Picture this: You’re a sophomore triathlete now with some mad masters honed swim skills, but you got mouths to feed/bills to pay/or you’re a student without a big budget, and you need wetsuit to replace the cheapest tri wetsuit you bought online last year. What to do? Wetsuits are tricky, but there’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Fit – a proper fit in terms of wetsuits is worth almost everything. You’re looking to see what kind of panels the suit has, and where. You’re going to want to try it on to see how it feels. When buying online, you can usually return the wetsuit back to the retailer if it doesn’t fit after an initial try on – like with us at OneTri.com.
  • Material – Does it have Yamamoto Neoprene? Yamamoto neoprene is commonly used for its quality and SCS coating. It’s pretty common in wetsuit but not all triathlon wetsuits are made with Yamamoto which isn’t always a bad thing. What cell? With higher cell neoprene usually comes more flexibility. It usually also means that it is easier to tear because it has a higher density of air pockets in the neoprene. Common cell ratings are 38, 39, and 40. 39 is found in most mid to high level wetsuits. 40 is almost always found in high-end wetsuits in select areas due to its flexibility.
  • Coating – Does it have some sort of coating, such as SCS or the manufacturer’s proprietary coating?
With the above in mind, I’d like to introduce the 2XU R:1 Race wetsuit as a mid-level replacement or addition to what you currently own as part of your triathlon gear. Below is more of the 2XU R1 Wetsuit Review.
Features on the 2XU R:1 Race Wetsuit
This 2xu R1 wetsuit features Yamamoto 39 Cell Neoprene, and has 2XU’s proprietary coating throughout the suit. What this means is that you’re going to feel like an aquatic animal (think dolphins, seals, or if you’re so inclined, a shark) gliding through the water. On the forearm (the blue looking surface that runs from the wrist to the elbow), is a catch panel that helps you grab more water during the catch phase of your stroke. The catch panel feature it something you’ll probably never see on an entry-level suit.
As far as the thickness of the 2xu R1, in the shoulder area, it’s 1.5 mm, and along the torso and chest, it’s 4.5mm. This variance is aligned with mid to higher category suits, as the smaller 1.5 mm shoulder thickness is for greater flexibility, and the 4.5mm along the chest torso area is for buoyancy. The lines you see running down the chest are strakes that should help you going in a single direction. Backed by 2XU’s 2 year warranty, and wide range of available sizes (11 for men, 5 for women), this suit will fit most body types.
Piqued your interest? Go to OneTri.com to add the 2XU R:1 to your cart today to try it out for yourself!

More triathlon wetsuit resource links:

  • All triathlon wetsuits – OneTri.com offers one of the largest triathlon wetsuit selections in the nation (Current count is 11 brands).
  • 2XU Wetsuits – Here is a link to all current 2XU wetsuits
  • Triathlon Wetsuit Rentals –  Here is one of the largest triathlon wetsuit selections on the internet. You find another place that allows a large selection of “try-to-buy” rental wetsuits.
  • Wetsuit Buying Guide – Here is a helpful triathlon wetsuit buying guide that is updated yearly
  • Wetsuit Comparison Chart – This is a men’s triathlon wetsuit comparison chart but applies to women’s wetsuits as well.
  • Triathlon Equipment Guides and Articles – Here’s another resource for all types of triathlon gear guides and articles.

De Soto Carrera Tri Shorts

Other than the obvious aesthetics of tri shorts, it all ends up coming down to how comfortable we are. Females in particular tend to be far more concerned with this, and when talking about a tri short, the Women’s Carrera Tri Short tends to be the favorite. Maybe I’m a little bit partial to the short, seeing as how it’s the only short I wear for racing and training (even for the Ironman), but when it comes to the fit, it’s designed like no other short. Here is my short Carrera Tri Short Review.

The primary feature of the short that separates itself is the wide-banded waist, which can either fit as low rise or right above the hip, depending on which model you choose. What makes this so important? The last thing you want with your triathlon short is for the waist band to be leaving awfully pretty indents in your stomach that dig into your waist. This isn’t an issue with the Carrera. The band is soft and wide enough to sit comfortably around your hips.

The actual fabric of the short (Carrera™ Skin ) is made up of a nylon/spandex make-up which is breathable, moisture-wicking, and lightweight. There aren’t any surprise seams that you’ll find in the short 30 or 40 miles into your ride, either. The pad (although thin) is seamless, and makes for a comfortable run when off the bike. The shorts come in various shades and lengths (inseams varying from about 5” to 8”). The Carrera is feminine, comfortable, and affordable…and to reiterate, my personal favorite.


If you are looking for the men’s version of the De Soto Carrera Tri Shorts then you find them here: Tri Shorts

About author (added by editor): WorldofTri3 is a woman triathlete who has competed in distances up to Ironman. This is her review of the De Soto Carrera Tri Short. If you have questions or comments please leave them below.

2nd Surge Gel

Intro

A new nutrition product came into the warehouse recently – PacificHealth Lab’s 2nd Surge nutritional gel. The company behind Accelerade, PacificHealth Lab has been a pioneer in sports nutrition. What makes 2nd Surge special is the fact that it uses all natural ingredients of carbs, protein, caffeine and antioxidants formulated to delay the onset to mind/muscle fatigue during endurance events.

Taste
Awesome.  It has a mild consistency, and falls within the mid range of thickness in comparison to GU and PowerBar’s gels.  Alvin tells me it tastes like candy.
Caffeine
It contains 100mg of caffeine, which, if my memory serves me correctly, is 20mg more than a can of Red Bull, or about double shot of Espresso Clif Shot by Clif.
Nutrition Facts

Tri Shorts Guide

Do I need tri shorts? What tri shorts should I get? As a beginner you might have asked one of these questions. Here’s a list of tri short considerations and guides.

Why Tri Shorts? – Most coaches that I’ve run into in the past have all said if you buy one thing triathlon specific then it should be a pair of tri shorts. I agree as it’s likely the most important thing that sticks with you throughout the race. I think it’s important to get a comfortable good quality pair of tri shorts. This doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive pair but I wouldn’t skimp in this area. There are plenty of good tri shorts at around $60.

Considerations: There are a lot of things to consider when buying tri shorts. I’ll try to list all of them here:

  • Length – Inseam length is a common consideration for people mainly because of comfort in the past 6″ shorts were the most popular. Nowadays 9″ and longer are more common. The most important thing here is to get something you are comfortable with.
  • Pad – A good pad is a common desire of people who know their tri shorts. The most popular tri pads are the ones that have a little bit extra padding but not so much that it adversely affects the swimming and running portion of your race and training. You will generally pay a little more for these pads. Traditionally tri pads are a black, very thin, quick wicking, synthetic sponge like material. The newer pads are usually differentiated by being a different color, generally red. The best way to tell what will work for you is to just feel the difference. All pads are not created equally.
  • Pockets – Some tri shorts offer 1 or more pockets to store small items like a gel packet. In one case it’s a nice feature to have if you want a gel in your pants. On the other hand you may not really need pockets if you have a race belt and pouch on your bike. Again this is a preference thing. A lot of people like the pockets. I don’t really use my tri short pockets. I tend to use my jersey pockets.
  • Compression – This is a very popular consideration nowadays. People are leaning towards the benefits of compression and even buying compression tri shorts. There’s a lot to learn about compression so I’ll leave that for another time.
  • Material – Tri shorts are made out of all types of materials. It’s an impossible balance to make a short sturdy, comfortable, fast, fast wicking, cheap, cool, and warm when you need it. Just know that you won’t be able to find an all-in-one-tri-short-that-does-everything. The best you can do is focus on comfort an in the long run you’ll be happy.
  • Price – I already touched on this but I don’t think it’s a good idea to skimp here. You will be in your shorts for a long period of time. There is a lot of motion going on down there in the swim, bike, and run. A number of reputable brands have good tri shorts around $60 you can probably spend a little more to get something with a few more extras.
Tri Shorts – Click on this link to see a huge selection of tri shorts.

Profile Design Altair 52 Semi-Carbon Clincher

Intro

After wrapping up a few things at work, I went to the bike maintenance area to install the Altair 52 Semi Carbon Clinchers that were dropped by Profile Design for me and a few of the staff to demo.

I did a quick swap of the cassette and wheels in what seemed like record time, and was on my way home to the trail that funnels to Newport Beach.
A picture of the two aero wheel sets looking sexy in our studio.  Directly pictured is the Altair 80 Full Carbon Clincher
Insight

I squeezed in a ride about an hour 20 minutes, so I was able to get a good sense of what this deep dish wheel set could do when it comes to riding.  The feel of the wheels were undeniably carbon with an aluminum bead and braking surface, thus leading to its name, Semi-Carbon Clincher.  The weight of the wheels are listed at 1756 grams without the quick release.  A natural well-known wheel set in the same class is the Zipp 404.  In comparison for comparison’s sake, Zipp’s 404 clincher wheel set wins by about 100 grams at 1,658.  But in terms of value, function, and what you’ll get, I think Profile Design’s Altair is a no brainer.
Stiff and lightweight, I really liked how these aero wheels felt during my ride.  The winning points for the Altair 52 Carbon Clincher are its versatility and function, at its price point of only $1698.95.  With a 52mm section, it’s fast yet considerate enough of potential crosswinds that would affect a rider.  Included in the purchase of a Profile Design wheel set are 6 extra spokes, a spoke tool, skewers, valve extenders, and the backing of Profile Design’s industry leading customer service.
The Background on Profile Design Wheels
The story on Profile Design Wheels is that they’re a product of 2 years of research and development.  These deep dish wheels are unique to Profile Design, and are proprietary in nature.  They were designed using computational fluid dynamic software that calculates the interaction between the wheels and the elements (wind, air, fluid flows).  Instead of going with a wheel design and approach that benefits only the top 1% of athletes, Profiles Design factored in real world conditions, and more realistic competitive speeds in its production.  What this means is that you don’t have to be averaging 26+mph on a 40k TT course to reap the wheels’ benefit.
The Altairs are individually hand-built, and showcases some high-end features, such ahigh temperature resin, proprietary carbon lay-up, sealed cartridge bearings and bladed spokes with hidden nipples.

Conclusion

The Altair 52 Semi Carbon Clincher wheel set is excellent for all sorts of purposes – Tuesday night crit, triathlons, training, and TTs.  Its number one selling point is that it delivers performance, its craftsmanship is backed by its manufacturer, and in comparison to what is often in the market, it’s at a lower price point.  The wheel set is on my wish list!