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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My First Triathlon is in 2 Days!

Posted by madtrippin on July 17, 2008

Wow!  This is coming up quickly.  I’m just hoping the weather holds.  Yesterday it was saying 40% chance of thunder storms for Saturday and now it’s showing 30%.  It would really stink if there was a thunder storm and the tri got cancelled.  Man… that would be a let down after all the training and preparation.

Last night I broke down and bought a tri shirt.  I wasn’t going to, but changed my mind last minute.  I was back at Start Line last night, where I bought my shoes, to pick up a pair of Yankz laces for my shoes and found a deal on a Sugoi Fuel Tri Shirt in Cobalt, so I bought it.

For those of you who don’t know, a tri shirt is made to be worn for all three events.  This one is basically a tank made of spandex (and other fancy space age materials).  In comparison to a cycling jersey… it’s tighter, the material is thinner, the zipper goes about 3/4 of the way to your wast on the front of the shirt and the pockets are smaller, tighter and on each side of the back, instead of all the way across.

I actually tried it on, which is very unlike me.  It’s a good thing I did, as all the fitment guides online seem to put me in a Medium.  I put on the medium and it was so tight you could see my chest hair through the shirt.  I didn’t come up with that one… it was actually the sales woman’s comment.  It was so tight that when I tried to take it off I had to pull it down over my shoulders and step out of it, instead of pulling it over my head.  So large it was.  Now I’ll look like a pro and, hopefully, not perform like a rookie.

The Yankz lacing system is basically elastic laces that you put in your shoes and adjust to fit.  Then you just pull your shoes on and you don’t have to tie them.  It’s supposed to speed up your transition time.

Today I’ll be purchasing the rest of the materials to make the Team Triple H Flag for our transition area.  Then tonight I’ll do my swim, lube up the bike (she’s all degreased already) and put the flag together.

An interesting idea was brought up today via email by my teammates.  We really haven’t talked too much about any of us beating one another in the race.  Sometimes Michael and I mention that Ben will whoop both of us in the swim, but no one has mentioned who might actually have the best time.  Now there’s been a wager placed.  The loser must buy a round.  It’s getting interesting.

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Weekend Workout – New Kicks!

Posted by madtrippin on June 30, 2008

Friday night was a bust workout-wise.  I was home with the kids with no back-up, so there was no getting away with a workout.  Again… Saturday was a ran-out, so the kids came with me to Start Line to get a new pair of running shoes.  The $29.99 Avias have served their purpose, but I need something a little more supportive now.  I wound up with a pair of Adidas SuperNova Sequence for a pretty fair price.  I ran in them for a couple tenths on the store’s treadmill and they were plenty comfy.

Sunday morning went by way too fast, but I was able to get in a ride with my Triple H teammate Ben in the afternoon.  We loosely followed a good portion of the actual tri route + to and from our houses, so it wound up being a little over the 16 miles the actual race will cover.  It should be a good ride if the wind isn’t too wild.  It’s got a heavy mix of decent hills and most of the roads are respectable.

The open water swim didn’t happen – not enough time, so it will have happen next week.

I’ve found that some investment in equipment would make things much nicer – Clipless pedals, shoes, aero bar, moving the shifters up off the downtube and new tires.  At the moment… I’m thinking I’ll only be getting the new tires before the race.  It’s really more a matter of safety and finishing the race without a flat.  It’s starting to make me angry that I’m on the email list for Performance Bike.  I had a conference call with their internet marketing team last year and signed up to see what they had going before the call and never unsubscribed.

I’ve been thinking about how much energy I’ve put into training for this thing and thinking I may need to do at least one more tri this season just to say I’ve gotten my effort’s worth.  I was surprised to hear Ben say the same thing when we were on our ride.

The only problem with doing more races is that it may require me to pick up that extra equipment I was just mentioning.

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