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.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Useful tips and tricks for having a great training swim

Four things that I find super useful when swim training.  Although summer swimming season is halfway over, these four items can be used when swimming at indoor pools too. 

Baby Shampoo, Rubbing Alcohol, waterproof music player, corrective lens goggles.  

First off baby shampoo.  No, not to wash your hair with before or afterwards. Baby shampoo is great for helping keep your swim goggles from fogging up.  Place a small drop of the baby shampoo in each lens, rub it around coating the entire inside. Let it sit for a few seconds then rinse out with cold water.  Don’t rub the lenses on the inside when rinsing, just use the force of the water coming out of the faucet.  With the “no-tears" properties of the shampoo, if you miss rinsing a little bit of it, it’s no big deal.  I have to use this method when I start having trouble with them fogging up.  Give it a try. 

Second on the list, is a good pair of swim goggles.  There are some corrective lens swimming goggles out there but the best I have found and love are Barracuda USA goggles.  They make non-corrective lens goggles as well. Although much of lap swimming is staring at a line on the bottom of a pool, clear vision is still important. 
As a triathlete, good vision in an open water swim is crucial to staying on course and exiting the water. This is sometimes hard enough as it is but add having difficulty seeing and becomes a little harder.  Exiting the water in a triathlon and running to your bike can sometimes feel overwhelming. Barracuda USA corrective lens goggles have made seeing that lane line as well as the edge of the pool that much sharper, vision wise. The H2RX Blue (blue strap, clear lens) and the H2RX Smoke (black strap, tinted lens) come in diopter corrections of -1.50 to -10.00. These high quality made goggles come with three different size nose bridges to customize the fit better to each persons facial features as well as two adjusting straps making sure the goggles stay put on your face. The fit is very comfortable and the anti-fog coating is excellent. The goggles come with a protective case to store them in when you are not wearing them. The wide angle view is incredible. All it would take to see if you would benefit from wearing these corrective lens Barracuda USA swimming goggles is a call to you eye doctor.  Give them your vision prescription and see if they can help you out telling you what diopter correction you would need. Simple as that.  In the long run it will save you from swimming a longer open water course in a race, or worse grabbing someone else's bike in transition. 

Next up is a waterproof MP3 music player A.K.A. iPod with case. I enjoy using numerous audio set ups from X-1.  Not only are the headphones sweat proof but underwater proof too.  The devices I own have fueled many a sweaty and or pool workout.  I am either seen at the pool with my X-1 case for my 3rd generation iPod Nano that I wear in a Velcro belt or the Interval 4G waterproof headphone system attached to my goggle strap.  I guess you could say the one I use the most, is the one that is charged ready to go.  Both securely hold my iPod and keep it dry yet allow me to use my playlist to push my workouts to the edge. Each set of headphones comes with different tip sizes that can be easily swapped out to fit comfortably, however I have had custom ear molds made at Gold Canyon Hearing, a local hearing business, helping to make sure the ear phones stay in place.  The smallest bit of water still gets in my ears, but the custom molds totally help with ear issues and getting tons of water in the ear. The set up is awesome. I fire up a good playlist and away I go.  Swim workouts are very enjoyable and the music helps me stay focused.  Really the only drawback is losing track of time and laps.  Also, make sure then you keep an eye on your battery level of your device, not having the battery charged makes for a long and sometimes dreadful swim workout. 

I advise only using your headphones while running, swimming, at the gym or other activity other than cycling on the road.  Using a headset while cycling is dangerous, as the rider must be listening for traffic and others around them. 

Finally is rubbing alcohol.  Although the custom ear pieces I had made from molds of the inside of my ear seal all water out, if you were to swim without ear plugs of any type, water might get in your ears.  After getting out, drop a few drops of rubbing alcohol in each ear doing one ear at a time.  Tip your head and let the water stuck in your ear drain out. It’s a very simple and easy fix to removing water from our ear.  There are special drops or liquids on the market that do the same, but save yourself a little money and just go with the rubbing alcohol. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Very close replica to a camera lens for a coffee cup

As a photographer and coffee lover, who wouldn’t want to sweet coffee mug like this.  Just don’t confuse it for the real lens, as it does look pretty close to a Canon 24 to 105mm lens. Made of plastic, it even has it’s own cover, looking much like the real lens cover also. A great gift for photo buffs or professionals.  If anything, its a great conversation starter to someone that might see you carrying it around with your favorite drink in it. 
The focusing and zoom rings are a little rubberized.  The switches don’t work, but it looks super real, like a real lens.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NutraEdge Shaker Bottle with Blender Ball

Mixing up a protein powder or sports drink mix is pretty easy with the NutraEdge Shaker Bottle with Blender Ball.  The latest bottle I bought, is the NutraEdge Shaker Bottle with Blender Ball that holds 20.5 ounces of liquid.  It seals perfectly and even has a measuring guide on the outside with a readout in ML and ounces.  The “see through” window makes it nice to see how much liquid is inside. The metal blending ball does its job well.  The bottom of the bottle is squared off, so some drink mix or protein powder might get stuck.  It is nice that it is dishwasher safe, so after use, just drop in the dishwasher to be cleaned.  The bottle is made of Polypropylene carbonate (PPC) material. 

If your are looking to purchase this shaker bottle use the link below to order

Note : I was given a discount in return for my review

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR


The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch is an impressive tool to gather and monitor workout/training information. BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) connectivity with numerous devices, I have paired it with my Stryd running Power Meter POD and the Suunto bike cycling cadence and speed sensor. I have also paired it with my smartphones BLE allowing it to retrieve data for uploading to the MovesCount app by Suunto.  I have worn the MIO Alpha, in both options of the BLE and ANT+, before they combined both technologies in one HR monitor.  For awhile I had worn my Ambit 2S paired with the MIO Alpha ANT+ version.  So I had a watch on both wrists, with the MIO reading my HR to send it across the my Ambit 2S. 
The daily battery consumption is a little steep.  Being fully charged, just walking around with it on, not using it to track HR throughout the day or using during a training workout and only the steps being counted during the day, around 10 percent of the battery power is consumed. I hope during a future firmware update this can be improved.  

Check out this video showcasing the touch screen and setup of the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch and I show a little of the Suunto Moves desktop program used for setting up the watch. 


Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

The BLE version of the MIO Alpha which I use to use for 
reading my HR from my wrist. 

The ANT+ version of the MIO Alpha which I use to use for 
reading my HR from my wrist. 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

Workout show in the MovesCount mobile app 

MovesCount Desktop site

List in the desktop program for setting up your activities.

Desktop program showing the different screens each activity has. 

Four Fields 

Three fields 



After uploading your workout/training to MovesCount

Here are what the different screens look like after uploading the information and accessing the information on a smartphone.

Settings only accessible with the desktop app/ MovesCount site   

With any device that reads your HR off off your skin, like with the Spartan Sport, optical sensor, it must be worn tight, not cutting off circulation, but tight.  No sleeves/ wrist bands can be worn under it. The accuracy can be effected by skin pigment/tattoos etc.  To increase the accuracy it no big deal just to shave the hair on the portion under the watch.  
The watch is chargeable with the provided USB cable, which unlike the Ambit 2S I previously had, the charging cable also used for uploading data to a computer would use a pinch type clip to snap on the watch.  The new dongle attaches under the watch with a magnet under the watch. 

The features of the watch include a pedometer, that is always up and running, giving you a step count. So you can say good bye to wearing your Fitbit or other step counting band. You can set the watch to monitor your heart rate throughout the day as well as with it being attached to your smartphone, set you notices of activity from your smartphone.  For use in the open water or in a pool, the watch is water resistant down to 100 meters.
You can use the touch screen to move through the screens or the three buttons on the right side of the watch.  The three buttons on the watch are the only buttons. However, when used under water, the buttons on the right side of the watch are the only way to scroll or start and stop the watch.

The Movescount mobile app is used for syncing training sessions and only for basic watch settings.  If you want to configure the watch with watch screens/ data fields you must use the Suunto MovesCount computer site.  The MovesCount computer site is very impressive, not only tracking your training /workouts but allowing you to look back and compare your data.

Before I get into the info screens the mobile app provides, I have always loved their Suunto Movie.  This is a map of your workout showing from the sky your movement during your workout.  
Pair it with a cadence/speed sensor or power meter.

The app displays your distance, average pace, average HR, Calories, Recovery time, PTE (Peak Training Effect) Average speed, cadence, descent, highest point, lowest point, EPOC Peak.  You can also add to your workout photos if you want to. 

A big question I get asked a lot about the watch is, “ Can it record your HR while swimming”?  Any watch, chest-strap mounted monitor or wrist monitor is going to have a difficult time accurately reading your heart rate.  Your best bet to really get a more accurate reading is to pair the watch with the Smart HR Sensor from Suunto.  The Smart HR Sensor is a chest strap mounted sensor, keep in mind. 

Link to social media such as Facebook, Twitter or other training sites and apps such as Strava, Training Peaks. 

This is a great watch all around.  For the very convenient HR sensor as part of the watch.  The touch screen is a little stubborn at times, but a solid tap or swipe is all it needs, when used under water, the buttons on the right side of the watch are the only way to scroll or start and stop the watch.  Easily syncs to smartphone or other devices using BLE. There is no ANT+ available on this model.