Archive | June, 2011

Profile Design T3+ Aero Bars

This is the Profile Design T3+ Aero Bar.  Profile Design’s T3+ Aerobar features multi-position drop-bend extensions for an aggressive position in Time Trial or Triathlon races.

6061-T6 aluminum extensions and forged brackets are light yet durable. Plus, the length, width, and rotation adjustment make it easy to dial-in the perfect position.

The T3+ also includes comfortable F-19 armrests (which are also length and rotationally adjustable) and the MULTI-FIT System, which accommodates both 26.0mm and 31.8mm bars. Additional J2 Brackets for offer an adjustable lower arm position.

The beauty of the T3+ Aero bar is that it angles upward so that your hands can stay in a neutral aero position.  This is particularly important especially if going to a flat aggressive position is much too drastic.

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Gatorade G Series Pro

!! NOT THE SUPER MARKET GATORADE!! –  Look carefully, these are rare Gatorade G Series PRO products. They look like stuff in the big stores but they are not. These are different.

The special Gatorade G Series Pro formula is new and exclusive to niche specialty sporting goods stores such as OneTri.com.   Divided into three stages of nutrition fueling, each product is formulated to meet an athlete’s needs during training and recovery.

Pre Game Prime G1

Pre-Race/Pre-Event fuel with B vitamins to help convert carbohydrates to energy.

Usage Times:  Drink 15 minutes prior to the start of training or a race.

Nutritional Information (4-oz pouch)

  • Calories: 120
  • Electrolytes: Sodium 110mg, 30mg Potassium
  • Vitamins and minerals:
    • 20% DV Vitamin B3
    • 20% DV Vitamin B5
    • 20% DV Vitamin B6
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Flavors: Lime, Berry

Perform Endurance G2

14 grams of carbs per serving to replenish spent energy during activity.

One canister makes 19-24oz servings or 57-8 oz. Servings. Each canister is 32 oz.

Gatorade Pro Recover G3

Post performance protein and carbohydrate rehydrating beverage formulated to stimulate glycogen replenishment and promote protein synthesis in muscle after exercise.

Usage Times: Drink within 30-60 minutes after training or competition

Nutrition Information (per 8oz serving)

  • Calories: 110
  • Electrolytes: 105mg Sodium and 40mg Potassium
  • Carbohydrate: 20g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Flavors: Mixed Berry, Orange

2XU Endurance Aero Tri Short

This is the 2XU Endurance Aero Tri Short.  Indubitably a 2XU classic, the Endurance Aero Tri Short has all the comfort and features of a short that’s enough to withstand long courses and long training days.

This short’s inseam is 9″ long, and features 2 pockets for all your nutrition needs.  Updated for 2011, this 2XU Aero Tri Short boasts the compressive yet breathable properties of 2XU’s revolutionary ICE X fabric.   This short has a silicone elastic leg hem with adjustable waist drawstring and Italian long distance chamois combine to deliver an optimal fitting, long distance race short.

Compared to other shorts in its class for the length and 2 pockets, it’s a great value.  Check out this short and others like it by checking out our tri short comparison chart.

Nineteen Tsunami Wetsuit

The Nineteen Tsunami is Nineteen’s mid level suit with advanced features second only to the Nineteen Frequency.  The 5mm of neoprene on the legs assist with providing the optimal swim body position.

  • Yamamoto Arms – In combination with WingSpan Lite, the Pipeline employs full Yamamoto neoprene in the arms to provide unmatched flexibility in its class.
  • Wingspan Lite – Built on the success of the Frequency’s WingSpan System, the Pipeline now has twice the stretch panel size of its predecessor. More importantly, the shape of WingSpan Lite provides an even greater benefit; by extending down your sides our all new pattern allows for greater extension and improved body roll. In addition, WingSpan Lite encircles your shoulders for unrestricted swimming.
  • 253 System – Successful pattern places varying thicknesses of neoprene where they are most effective at maintaining excellent body position and optimum flexibility.
  • Speed Cut Leg Opening – Speedcut leg and arm openings use elliptically cut ankle and wrist cuffs to deliver the fastest possible exits.
  • Uncollar – This will make you forget about uncomfortable and restrictive wetsuit collars. With its ultra-thin dual-sided construction and just the right height, you will forget that the suit has a collar.
  • Dual Seal Zipper – unique hidden zipper design features an additional internal seal next to the skin to further reduce water entry.

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Louis Garneau Tri Power Gripper

I’ll consider the Louis Garneau Tri Power Gripper Short the Mac Daddy of tri shorts when it comes to the inseam.  At 11.25 inches, the short solves the issue of riding up when I’m running, or me just wanting some extra coverage when I’m on the bike.

The Louis Garneau Power Gripper has an adjustable waist drawstring, a power band gripper to keep it from riding up, and a comfortable chamois, making this tri short an excellent option if you’re used to more modest athletic apparel.

Want to see more?  Check out more tri shorts and compare them using the tri short comparison chart.

 

SaltStick Review

With all the nutritional products on the market, we as triathletes are often left confused with what we really need. Between balancing carbohydrate consumption, calorie counting and protein intake, it’s easy to see why sodium can be an tricky monster. Not enough and you’re cramping, too much and you can easily end up in the medical tent.

Let’s look at when you really need additional salt and why SaltStick is clearly genious. Any time you’re racing or training longer than an hour you’re sending your body into some kind of (larger or smaller, depending) salt depletion. Longer than three hours, you’re at a definite depletion and it might be time to consider a salt supplement. So what’s in a SaltStick Capsule? Isn’t it just table salt? NO. Per Salt Stick’s webpage, it’s the combination of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride which all aide in assisting with crucial roles in muscle contraction, relaxation, and performance. Without them, our muscle function will be inhibited to function properly. So how much salt are you actually losing? A whopping 400-1,000 mg per hour (heat, humidity and body size considering). Salt Stick notes to take 1 capsule every 30-60 minutes. This is very dependent upon how much you sweat. If you find a white residue that seems to be dried on a lot on your training clothing you’re most likely a heavier or saltier sweater. Training in harsher weather conditions will most times often warrant needing a higher salt and sodium intake particularly due to heat stress.

I myself was having a very difficult time with fatigue and nausea, and found out I was a heavy sweater and was losing large amounts of salt during my long rides. Once you get up to the half ironman and full distance, Salt Sticks are going to become a staple in your nutrition. Please be sure to follow all of their advice when taking salt tablets.

Nutrition Facts

Louis Garneau Superleggera Aero Helmet

Ever golf?  The Louis Garneau Superleggera aero helmet has the properties of a golf ball to encourage better laminar flow.  This is the same technology that allows golf balls to fly straighter and farther.  Not even close to being a physicist – I studied philosophy in undergrad, I ended up reading up on the dimples in golf balls to get a basic understanding of how better airflow is encourage.  Interesting to learn something new.

Extremely light, this helmet weighs-in at a mere 12 ounces.  The helmet has a total of 5 vents. Up front are two vents that follow through to the rear three large vents for maximal airflow as an evacuation channel.  The Superleggera comes in two colors – Red/Black and White/Silver.

Interested in seeing more aero helmets?  You can find the Superleggera and more at our Aero Helmets page. For those of you new to aero helmets they are also known as triathlon helmets, aerodynamic helmets, or TT helmets (TT stands for time trial).

Nineteen Pipeline Wetsuit

Noted has having the most accurate sizing chart, Nineteen Wetsuits developed its wetsuit by balancing superior craftsmanship with exceptional value. The Nineteen Pipeline features a maximum of 5mm of to provide the swimmer of needed buoyancy.

Nineteen Pipeline

A notable feature of the wetsuit is the variance in neoprene thickness, 2-5-3, on the arms, torso and legs. This variance is important with triathlon wetsuits, as different parts of the body require different neoprene thickness to encourage proper swimming form. The higher cut on the legs allows for faster transition. Still unsure about this wetsuit? Nineteen Wetsuits features a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty, the longest in the industry. Brilliant.

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Giro Selector Aero Helmet

Having been long anticipated, the Giro Selector Aero Helmet made its made debut at time trials earlier this year. Specifically built for uncompromising time trial use, the Giro Selector features an eye shield and tail section, making it a unique aero helmet for the year. We’re sure this will quickly become a favorite triathlon helmet for triathletes.

I got a sneak peek a few weeks ago, and snapped some photographs.  Light and sturdy, these helmets are a departure from the Giro Advantage 2.  In particular, the helmet doesn’t have bendable flaps that goes over the ears.    Also notably different are the lack of front vents, adding to its aero attributes.  However, this may be of concern for those who race farther than an Olympic distance, as front vents become more desirable in longer distances or more specifically when heat is an issue.

Check out more on the Giro Selector, and other aero helmets to make the comparison for yourself.

FINIS Swimsense

Making Sense of your Swim.

The Finis Swimsense is a new high tech device from the swim company Finis. Using technology that’s similar to what’s found on your smart phone for orientation (accelerometers, magnetometers, and other secret stuff) – “Oh look, you’re right side up! Let’s see it sideways!” – this watch senses stroke type, frequency, and lap counts.

That’s correct, it recognizes the freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and the backstroke. Using this technology, the watch is able to help you see that your form is actually faltering as you fatigue.

Plug it into your computer, it’s both Mac and PC compatible, you’re able to graph out and visualize your swim on the computer as you would with another device all triathletes are familiar with, a GPS watch. This nifty feature adds tremendous value to your swim, as you’re able to breakdown your workout in an entirely different way. However be clear that this isn’t a GPS watch, you won’t be able to track your swim with a GPS watch because GPS doesn’t work even a couple of inches under the surface of the water. This watch is specifically designed to track your pool laps without pushing a button. For anybody who spends a good amount of time in the pool this tool is a no brainer.

You can see calories, distance, pace, and time. This means that setting goals and and tracking progress is a little easier, especially if you’re used to seeing data graphed and charted as I am.

This could be very motivating.

As far as battery life, swim use is about 4 hours, so you’re likely to charge it weekly depending on how often you’re swimming. The Finis Swimsense retails for $199.95 and you can find it here: Finis Swimsense