Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Making You Safer by Hearing What is Around You

When out cycling on the roads or riding with friends, its often difficult to hear what is around you due to the sound of the wind blowing past your ears. The photos and video below are two different products on the market, made by two different companies with safety in mind.  Both devices attach to a bicycle helmet's strap that runs just in front of the ear, thus diverting the wind sound from entering your ear. For either of these products to work properly your helmet and straps must first of all fit correctly.The first is from a company Cat Ears, which has many different models, some with a fabric covering the ears to also protect them from the cold. Cat Ears also has a line that is reflective and bright colors for younger riders increasing their safety while riding. So the name come from the hair seen on the inside of the ears of a feline.  The hair removed the wind noise so they can pick up on the sound their prey makes.  In the recording industry faux fur is places over microphones to help remove wind noise.  I have set of Original "Classic I" which resemble Elvis sideburns.  In my first ride with them I was able to hear a clicking noise my chain was making, chattering as I was pedaling along.  I stopped made a quick adjustment and off I went.  The Cat Ears do exactly what they say they do.  Even at some faster speeds I was hitting, the noise of surrounding traffic was more noticeable.  If I was to tip my head, say to look down at my pedals or water bottle, the wind obviously went around them and the wind noise was noticeable again.  
The video below is just to show how it looks attached to the helmet strap. 

(side note: After my ride I was hungry and had a crazy urge for a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich, not sure why?... thank you very much) 
The second a similar type of device I used and tested out was the Wind-Blox. The Wind-Blox also attach to the helmet strap the same way except does not have a furry feel.  The are comfortable riding just in front of the ear, also diverting the air around the ear opening quieting the wind noise.  

 I am working on testing theses at higher speeds and look forward to even testing them out on my aero helmet to quiet the wind noise allowing me to hear other cyclist, competitors and vehicle traffic.  Also, I have yet to get out on the trails on my mountain bike to test these out, but if they work great on the road I can only image they will be awesome out there.   

Monday, February 17, 2014

Week Six Marathon Training Update

So here is the good news and the bad news.  The bad news is the doctor has gave the diagnosis of a sprained MCL, so with therapy and exercises I should be good, but still have a long way to go for a full recovery.  The good news is I was able to rework my marathon training program, so I will be starting it over beginning tomorrow.  I will restart the blog marathon updates starting next week.
The doctor is using kinesio tape to help deal with the pain while I work on rehabbing and getting my training going.  I took a short two mile run after leaving the doctors office Monday night and everything felt great.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

Week Five Marathon Training Update

So this past week I have stuck to low impact workouts and two runs on the still sore knee.  I am working on getting into a doctor to have the issue looked at more in depth. Crazy, normally in the past two years I have issues with my IT band after a bike crash, and that seemed like forever to get taken care of.  I have reworked my training calendar, so really I am still on pace to complete the training program before the June race.  The low impact work on the rollers and riding on the road has me training for a 12 hour mountain bike race also in June.  The weather here in Arizona has been great for getting outdoors.  I put my rollers in the driveway to keep an eye on my kids while they play outside.  Not to many places can say they are in the mid-70's temperature wise this time of year.  I am working on incorporating a light weight set / resistance band work out into my training this week. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Week Four Marathon Training Update

When it comes down to it, it was the week that was not.   Waited pretty much all week for x-ray results from the doctor dealing with my knee. Workouts were kept to low impact on the bike rollers and road riding.   The night after I got results back I took a short run to work on getting back into it.  The knee is still kind of hurting so I am going to see an orthopedic doctor and see if the issue can be worked out.  I have started to experiment with a Training Mask, which simulates training at altitude.   I will break out my thoughts on it and review it in a few weeks, so hang around for that.