Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What I have been up to

Training is coming along both road and mountain bike.  I have been able add a bike commute to work a few times here in there when I can.  I am working more on increasing my length of workouts in my garage using both a sandbag and kettle bells.  I am still getting my daily mile run in.  I have taken the dogs again the last few weeks.  The pace slows down after we hit about the .25 mark.  It also slows down due to needing to stop for potty or poop breaks. 

Verto Reflective Graduated Compression Calf Sleeves

I was sent a pair of Verto Reflective Calf Sleeves to review. The Verto Reflective Graduated Compression Calf Sleeves are made of 90 percent nylon and 10 percent spandex,  a two way stretchable fabric.  The light grey sleeves have a reflective “V” on the back and the Verto name on the front.  With any calf compression sleeve they are great for helping improve circulation, therefore increasing blood flow, speeding healing and cutting down on the amount of swelling.  The sleeves, once put on, stay in place and help keep my muscles warm, yet allow for ventilation as to not over heat.  These are very easy to pull over the foot and ankle. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mr. Visibility USB Rechargeable Green Reflective LED Belt

I was sent the Mr. Visibility USB rechargeable green reflective LED belt to review.  First off it is very comfortable after adjusting the belt to fit your waist. I have worn the belt both running and cycling.  Seriously on numerous occasions, after passing someone, I have heard “what is that” start up their conversation.  Right there I know it increases visibility.  While only the back portion has the blinking or solid LED light up section, the rest of the belt is bright green and is reflective. The belt is USB rechargeable and gives up to ten hours on the flashing mode and six hours on the steady mode. 

Friday, April 17, 2015


I was sent the SKORCH white dry bag to review.  The SKORCH dry bag is small, only measuring 305 Cubic Inches, so just enough room for the essentials to be sealed and kept dry.  It is perfect for kayaking (which I have used it for) or any sport where you might get your possessions wet and/or ruined by water. The high quality polyvinyl chloride material is very durable and flexible. With its shoulder strap, it is very comfortable to carry around and is easily sealed with its buckles after forcing excess air out of the bag. 

Fit Foundations’ Reflective Calf Compression Sleeves

I was sent a pair of Fit Foundations’ Reflective Calf Compression Sleeves to review. The black sleeves are made of 20 percent spandex and 80 percent nylon with a highly reflective design on the front.  They are a little tight pulling them as I near my ankle joint.  The compression sleeves feel great and have two, two inch size pieces of silicone along the top portion inside the front and back of the sleeve to help keep them in place, stopping them from slipping down. The sleeves fit those with calfs with a circumference of 12 to 16 inches. The advantage to using calf sleeves is the compression not only keeping muscles warm and helping with circulation but helping your sore muscles to recover faster whether you have been running, cycling, walking or just standing on your feet for a long period of time. The Fit Foundations’ can be worn during activity or afterwards and even sleeping.  The reflective design on the front is a "v" both right side up and upside down, pointing towards each other.   

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alien Armor Arm Compression Sleeves

I was sent a pair of Alien Armor, arm compression sleeves to review. The Alien Armor sleeves fit snug and feel great.  As with calf sleeves, these too have equivalent benefits. They conform to you arm increasing the blood flow and prevent strain and fatigue while keeping your muscles warm.  They wick away moisture from your arms keeping, you dry and warm. They create protection from UV rays.  These sleeves are great for runners, cyclists, cross fitters, and basketball players. Inside the upper band is a ring of rubber latex for preventing them from slipping down. This latex rubber band  does a great job. If you have an allergy or react to wearing latex, you should avoid this.  The Alien Armor arm compression sleeves can be machine washed and tumble dried on low.  I tend to let a lot of my active wear air dry anyway. They are made of 27 percent Spandex and 73 percent polyester. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Swimmo ---- Tech device launched on Kickstarter

Swimmo: The Ultimate Swimmer's Smartwatch Improving Strength

This information is coming directly off Swimmo's Kickstarter campaign, which launched today, April 15, 2015.  It is rapidly gaining backers and I have no doubt the campaign will be a total success. Not just for Swimmo, but swimmers who will become stronger and faster swimmers. 

Follow the link below to find out more on this device.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Life and Food's Omega 3 Supreme

I was sent a bottle of Life and Food's Omega 3 Supreme supplement to review.  The 90 count soft gel dietary supplement is recommended to taking 2 soft gels with a meal.  This is a premium quality Omega 3 supplement with 1,400mg fish oil - 75 percent Omega-3s.  The soft gels go down smoothly. I take Omega 3's to help with stiffness and joint pain, but there are many other reasons to take Omega 3's.  I know that the best way to get Omega 3's is directly from food sources rich in them, but to make sure I am getting my daily amount I use the supplement. This supplement is sustainably sourced from wild Alaskan Pollock. The no fish burp, high absorption, is great for heart heath, brain and joint support. 

Iyzer Socks

I was sent the a pair of Iyzer socks to review.  First off they are very comfortable. The sock is moisture wicking being made with Coolmax© technology and provides a very fitting compression in the arch as well as around the top, above the ankle. The sock is comprised of 42 percent cotton, 40 percent Coolmax© fabric, 16 percent polyester and 2 percent spandex. The sock provides extra cushion in the heal and ball of the foot with the upper part of the sock being made of a breathable mesh. I have primarily worn the sock for running and it does a great job with it's construction of staying in place inside my shoe. I would recommend it for those wanting to try a new sock for running in. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blog update April 1, 2015 (no joking)

This morning marked my 121 consecutive day of running at least "a mile or more".  I have been able to get some great mountain bike rides in over the past week for training.  I am staying really focused on my heart rate as well as finding good lines.  I am also working on my body position, staying seated, or getting up out of the saddle to help maneuver my bike around the trail.  There are two washes out on the trail that I am working hard to master.  I have been successful a few times, but I am really mentally and physically wanting to nail them, both, numerous times in a row.  I guess part of my struggle with them is the following through with my momentum and being able to carry it up the other side.  The lines I am choosing could improve also.  
I have begun some sandbag and kettle bell workouts at home looking to improve my strength.  
I am excited to also to be chosen to represent Eternal Water , a naturally alkaline spring water, again this 2015 year as a brand ambassador.