MadTrippin

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Triathlon Equipment Review – Sugoi Tri Shirt

Posted by madtrippin on July 31, 2008

Originally I was planning on doing my first triathlon swim shirtless and then pulling on a cycling jersey for the remainder of the race.  After speaking with a few more experienced triathletes and hearing one story of trying to pull a tight jersey on over a wet body, I changed my mind and searched out a tri shirt. 

I’m a big fan of buying online, but was running out of time before the big day and wanted to be able to train a little in the shirt, so I sucked it up and bought through a local store.  I had intended on going to Gear West, as they have a huge selection and it looked like decent pricing online.  The night I headed out there I got stuck in traffic and wasn’t going to make it before close.  So as to not have wasted all that gas and time, I stopped at Start Line (the same place I got my running shoes) and pick up some yankz laces. 

As it turns out, they also had a small line of tri clothing, including a couple of tri shirts with reasonable pricing.  It’s good that I didn’t buy online, as I was sure I was a medium (I’m 5′8″ and a healthy 170).  When I tried on the medium, it was TIGHT (and not in a good way).  The sales woman commented on how you shouldn’t be able to see chest hair through the shirt.  When I tried to take it off I heard a small ripping sound, so I actually pulled it down past my feet, rather than over my shoulders.

So… Large it was.  I decided on the Sugoi Fuel (the price was right – at about $40 – and it seemed pretty comfy).  I wore it for training in all 3 disciplines and it seemed just fine.  I didn’t notice any drag in the pool and it wasn’t so tight I couldn’t breath on the bike or run.

After my first race I can tell you that it worked like a charm.  I went from one event to the next without even thinking about the shirt.  Plus, I looked pretty cool in it - I suppose I should have some pictures to back up my claims.  My feeling is that good clothing should feel like nothing.  I didn’t even notice the shirt at all… that’s good stuff.  It dried quickly and didn’t chaffe or irritate in any way.  PERFECT.

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It’s Race Week!!!!!!!!!

Posted by madtrippin on July 14, 2008

The Chaska River City Days Triathlon is this week!  I’m amped.  I’m not all that nervous, just excited for the event.  The nerves really only come from the having never done all this before – picking up the race packet, getting onsite at 6:00 in the morning, setting up transition area, coordinating Team Triple H’s families… But I’m ready for the swimming, biking and running.

I did a decent swim yesterday and ran about 1.5 miles at a brisk pace afterwards.  It was the first time I’d swam in the tri shorts.  What a difference in drag.  You get a lot more out of your strokes.  I’ve set a swim goal for myself of under 20 minutes and I’m feeling like that is certainly an attainable time.  Maybe it’s not aggressive enough, as I’ve been able to do that pretty easily in training.  I’m just accounting for last minute nerves, open water and the mass start.

Training overall is going to lighten up this week.  I’m going to squeeze another 2 swims in, but my run and bike will be less demanding.  Durations will be pretty much the same, but intensity will go down.  I’m saving up for the big day.

I got some new rubber for the bike this weekend at REI.  I also got new tire levers, 3 tubes, some cheapo Chilis sunglasses and a couple of new water bottles.  Today I ran some errands to get a new Helmet (the old one is way too old to be effective – besides having a cracked core), some new goggles, a number belt and 1 pack of Clif Shot Gel to try.

The helmet is a Specialized Chamonix from Erik’s Bike Shop.  I’m on a budget, otherwise I’m sure I would have been tempted by one of the other more pricey models with more color choices.  While there I also picked up a pair of Tyr brand goggles – nothing fancy, just more adjustable than the speedos I currently have.

Then I ran over to The Running Room and bought a number belt and the energy gel.  Erik’s didn’t have the non-caffenated versions of Clif gels, so I got a Razz flavored one and The Running Room.  If it’s decent tasting, doesn’t give me gut rot and actually seems to work, I’ll buy a few for the race.

Tonight I’m going to see if I can’t find me a Tri shirt locally for cheap.  Sounds like Gear West Bike and Tri may have some for a reasonable price.

I may be in trouble for the expenditures when I get home.  If the tri goes well and I decided to do more (which I think I’ve already decided), my tri expenditures will probably continue to be a problem.  I’m going to have to find another source of income to support it.  I’ve already got a nasty motorcycle accessory addiction, which I’ve been neglecting because of the tri training.

We’re (Team Triple H) already talking about the post-race festivities.  Sounds like it should be a good time.  Ben and Michael seem ready to go and now Michael is talking like he may want to do a tri next year as well.

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