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Triathlon Equipment Review – Aevero Tri Shorts

Posted by madtrippin on July 23, 2008

I’d been looking for tri shorts (basically bike shorts with a thinner, perforated pad to allow the water to drain off more easily and make for easier running) for a while.  I was finding $45 to $60 to be a pretty common price range.  Fortunately I stumbled across a pair while digging through ebay from a company called Aevero for considerably less.  The buy-it-now was just $19.50 + a few $ shipping. 

Of course I asked my friends if they’d ever heard of the brand and they hadn’t.  I had heard of sugoi and louis Gareau, but never Aevero.  I looked  up their site and they were obviously not a big company, but the site didn’t look like a fly-by-night.  Turns out they also sell cycling shirts and shorts.  Too bad they didn’t have a tri shirt for cheap.

I decided to pick up a pair.  I got them in just a couple days.  The shipping packaging was a simple bubble mailer, but definitely sufficient – plus it keeps the cost down.  The packaging of the shorts was a simple plastic bag with a paper insert.  It also included care instructions and a pair of free cycling gloves.  The gloves weren’t anything special, but the shorts looked pretty good.

I took them for a spin on the bike and the pad is about 1/2 the padding of a typical bike short, but good enough to get the job done (especially on a Sprint distance tri).  I emailed the company about wearing them in chlorine and got a response before days end that it was o.k.  They also recommended hand-washing and not wringing out the pad.  Drip dry would do and that’s what I did.

My practice swim went really well.  I was used to wearing the old saggy, baggy swim trunks and felt 1,000,000 times faster with the tri shorts.  Afterwards, I just rinsed and hung them to dry.

I’ve now run one sprint tri with these shorts and they worked like a charm.  I really don’t know how they could have been better.  I didn’t even notice them at all, which I’d say is pretty sweet.  I experienced no discomfort and abrasion or anything through the whole race.  I went right from the lake to the bike and through the run without missing a beat.

My final thoughts…
Durability has yet to be tested, but I’ve now trained for 4 weeks in them and ran 1 race and the reflective Aevero silkscreen logo on the bum hasn’t even begun to peel off and I really thought it would.  I think this is a great product so far.

GREAT DEAL and Great product so far.

***UPDATE AS OF 10/9/08***
So far these are holding up quite well.  My training has slowed considerably, but I’ve been using them in the pool and they’re still in good shape.  I haven’t been using them on the bike since the big first tri in July, as regular bike shorts are just more comfy.  They have faded a little bit and aren’t quite the crisp, dark black they were when new.  I’ve been pretty careful with them, in terms of washing and drying, so the pad is still fully intact.

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45 Minute Run to Make Up

Posted by madtrippin on June 27, 2008

My training plan had me doing a 45 minute run last night.  I didn’t do it.  On Wednesday I did a 30 minute swim at 5:30 in the morning and then did a 45 minute bike ride + a short mile run after (bricking).  I was whipped yesterday, so I skipped the workout.  Now I’ll have to do the run today after work, but before I pick up the kids.  No big deal.

On sunday I’ll be doing my first open water swim, followed by a 60 minute ride.  Should be a good time.

Yesterday I got my tri shorts from Aevero in the mail.  I got a great deal… $19.50 + $3.00 for shipping.  It only took about 3 days to get them.  I also got a free pair of gel-padded cycling gloves with my order.  I’m not so sure of the comfort/quality of the gloves, but the shorts seem top notch.  I’ll test them out Sunday during my workout and report back.

I also got all the preliminary info for the race.  That will give me the opportunity to ride/run the course a few times before the big day.  I’m amped.

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Less Than 4 Weeks Till the Big Event

Posted by madtrippin on June 25, 2008

Better late than never…

I started running almost 5 months ago.  In Minnesota, February is cold and nasty, so I started on a treadmill at the community center.  I found this to be extremely boring.  Although I hadn’t been all that physically active (I had zero cardio) for a while and have always disliked running for the sake of running, I quickly came to realize the biggest challenge was mostly mental.

I’d always thought it would be cool to do a triathlon – I was really into cycling from the time I was a kid through college.  Lacking motivation to continue to work out, I decided to do the local Chaska River City Days Tri. 

Not wanting to go it alone, I mentioned it to my friend Ben and he was on board with zero sales pitch – impressive.  The next thing you know, his brother was in and Team Triple H was formed.  We’re all first time Tri-ers.

Here are the Chaska Sprint Tri race stats:

  1. 1/3 mile swim in the tiny clay hole lake in Chaska
  2. 16 mile bike through the countryside from Chaska to Victoria and back – mixed hills
  3. 3.11 (5K) run up hwy 41 and back – 1st mile has a pretty crazy grade uphill

At present date, I’ve been running or cycling and doing some weight training at least 3 times a week for nearly 5 months.  Much of that has been indoor, but I’m getting my fair share on the street.  I’m turning in respectable 1st timer 5K times at around 24 minutes and my cycling is definitely no concern.  The swimming is what’s worrying me.

Seeing that it was so short, I’ve neglected the swimming pretty badly.  Today was my first training swim.  1/3 of a mile is short… right?  It’s not far – only 10 laps of the pool – but it’s also not that easy, even with a solid cardio base.  I swam for 35 minutes today (I’m now following a training routine I saw on beginnertriathlete.com).  I’m impressed that I was able to do it, and disappointed now that I know this will be my worst event.  I haven’t left myself much time to improve upon my terribly inefficient form.  Such is life.

Despite the swimming, I’m pretty pumped up.  I’ve been watching videos and reading articles online and feel that I know what to expect.  I do have some gear that I still need to pick up.  I’ve got some tri shorts from Aevero coming (great deal on ebay), new shoes this week to break in before the big show, new rubber for the bike along with a tune and maybe a few other bobbles.

This weekend I’ll be doing my first open water swim with a transition to the bike. 

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