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 

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 

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.  

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.