Monday, September 18, 2017

Race Day a little over a month away



So I am signed up with three other friends to do the Showdown at Usery this year.  Last year I competed as a duo, doing four laps of the almost 11 mile course.  This year it will only be two laps as the four of us will be trading out who is riding. I rode the course Saturday morning for a training workout, not really out to set any blazing times or anything, but just get a feel for the course again and know where I need to made some adjustment in my training.  We have just a little over a month and a half before race day.  Saturday morning I struggled hard with riding eastbound looking directly into the sun.  I had a hard time navigating the trail and the washes and turns, I couldn’t wait until the sun was to my side or behind me. 

Some of the washes on the course are a little thick with sand still, but that shouldn’t be a problem.  I will try and get out there a bunch more times leading up to race day.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Suunto "Moves Count" Mobile App update


I love to new Suunto Moves Count mobile app update.  I first noticed the update happened while uploading Bluetooth-wise the other day.  The synchronizing screen looked different.  The screens have changed a bit. The app has always been able to be used to manually add a "Move" or workout, and can use your smartphone as the device to captures your workout also.  I upload my Suunto Spartan with heart rate sensor. 










Here is a video I made early this summer about the Suunto Spartan. Check it out if you have time. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Parateck Cycling Tights

These Parateck cycling compression tights/cycling pants with silicone pad are very comfortable.  The leg portions of the tights are thin but should be warm enough for some winter riding outdoors. There are two zippers at the bottom of each leg allowing for easy entry and can be closed to keep air flow from coming in. Behind the knee, there is a breathable mesh type of fabric. There is a small zippered pocket in the back of the pants for maybe your keys or a gel, but its not very big. There are reflective strips on the sides of the leg that could be useful in low light and night time to alert traffic you are on the road too. The gel pad in the crotch is nice and thick, yet not too thick. The shorts are made of 82 percent nylon and 18 percent spandex. I have used them for both road and mountain bike riding. When ordering, I would agree and strongly recommend ordering one size bigger than you typically wear.  The stitching is very well done. With all my cycling and compression gear, I recommend only hand washing and letting them hang to dry to extend the lifetime.  













Order them online here amazon.com/gp/product/B074SGF8KZ 











Note: I was giving a discount for my opinion and review. 

Parateck Cycling Shorts

These Parateck cycling compression shorts with silicone pad are very comfortable.  From the leg grippers keeping the shorts in place on your leg to the small zippered pocket in the back of the shorts for maybe your keys or a gel, but its not very big. There are reflective strips on the sides of the leg that could be useful in low light and night time to alert traffic you are on the road too. The gel pad in the crotch is nice and thick, yet not too thick. The shorts are made of 82 percent nylon and 18 percent spandex. I have used them for both road and mountain bike riding. With all my cycling and compression gear, I recommend only hand washing and letting them hang to dry to extend the lifetime.  












Order them online here amazon.com/gp/product/B074SGZCQR 




Note: I was giving a discount for my opinion and review. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Foojin

The Foojin









I have often turned to placing essential oils on a cotton ball ( I have used Oil of Wintergreen) and wearing them inside my nose when riding my training and sometimes to start off my training rides.  Having essential oils touch the inside of the nose directly is not the best, as some essential oils should not touch the skin.  


Now why would a person do this? 

 
Olbas oil can be purchased here Olbas oil

It’s really about respiratory health. Cyclists warming up have done this for a long time.  They shove cotton pieces with Olbas oil on them into their nostrils. What is Olbas oil?, It’s a decongestion oil made with Cajaput Oil, Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Levonmenthol, Dementholised Mint Oil and Wintergreen Oil. The combination of all these natural ingredients clear the sinuses and air ways making breathing easier and allow the necessary oxygen for a proper performance. So once again when it comes down to it, it’s really about respiratory health. 
How to use these essential oils yet avoid them touching the inside of your nose. 

Here you can see professional cyclist Bradley Wiggins being given cotton balls with Olbas oil on them to place in his nostrils, as we warms up on a trainer before a race. 


There is the Foojin.  Its a essential oil diffuser that is worn on the septum, the piece of your nose that separates the left and right nostril. The Foojin is gently clipped just below the nose, with two small cups in which a “wick”, that can soak up a small amount of essential oils. Only a drop or two is needed. Unlike a cotton ball, it does not hinder the air flow into the nose. The Foojin nose clip is easy to insert in the nose and the essential oils can last up to three hours.   No more need to have cotton balls hanging out your nose. 
Small “wicks” that sit in the baskets on the bottom of the wearable essential oil diffuser hold onto the oil placed on them.  The essential oil never touches your skin or the inside of your nose. 







I wear the Foojin while riding on my set of rollers (a stationary bike type of trainer) or if I’m headed to a group ride, I wear it while riding there in the car. 

There are two different models of Foojin. There is the Sport model, which is orange in color, and the Therapeutic model, which is tan in color. They both do the same thing, the real difference is the Sport model is designed to be worn during activity while the Therapeutic model is more for less active times. While inhaling through the nose, essential oils enter the nose.  Both models of the Foojin come with a storage case as well as 20 wicks to start with,  while more wicks can be purchased at The Foojin     

The Foojin also includes a glass eye dropper for helping place the essential oil on the wicks. 

Special formulated blend have been created to use with the Foojin. A performance blend for energy during high intense activities. An endurance blend for long extended activities, and a recovery blend for relaxing and restoring your body. 

The blends are blended by BlueSkyOils

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles about three days after a strenuous workout.

I wonder if anyone else out there suffers from this?  I have tried mixing up my workouts to add more swimming.  Also hitting my Rumble Roller foam roller more. 





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lasten storage container for small camera or bike parts









Wanting to organize the many GoPro mounts and other smaller camera gear I have, using the Lasten storage container is perfect.  The removable dividers, allows me to fit different size objects or mounts in each section. It is made of high quality “see-through” plastic. The 36 divided container can be adjusted a few ways to fit your items.  The dimensions of the storage box are 10.8"x7.3"x1.8" and made of a hard plastic.  Each divided section can be as small as 1 3/4 by 1 inch.  The dividers are only removal on width wise. The vertical divided sections are permanent. The see through aspect is perfect, stopping the need to open it to see exactly whats inside.  How does it seal and latch?  There are two very secure snaps on the front of the box keeping it closed.  It could be used for sorting and storing small bike components, but it works perfect for organizing and storing my GoPro mounts. With some sections not being able to be removed and adjusted it is limited to what it can store. 

















Note: I reviewed this item as a reduce cost in exchange for my opinion.