Zoot Endurance Tri Tank

Here we have the feminine Endurance Tri Tank by Zoot. It is a tri -specific top which is perfect for racing as well as training. It is composed of a nylon/spandex fabric featuring Endura technology. This technology is custom to specific Zoot items, allowing for optimum compression and muscle support, as well as reduces muscle fatigue and extends endurance. The stretch in the fabric allows for superior range of motion. The top also features a built-in bra, as well as a 10″ zipper.  Zippers can be great on race apparel because it allows for venting should you get over-heated, and opens the top to feel less restricting. There are two pockets that are placed on the sides to avoid catching any water are perfect to hold your nutrition goodies. The top comes in a array of colors: Virtual Pink/Fuel, Tropic/Green Lantern, Indigo/Ice, Black. The collar around the neckline gives the top an added touch of style. Pair with the Zoot Endurance Tri Short to complete the look. Both on sale now at One Tri.

Bellwether Forma Bike Short

Recently while on my stationary trainer, I got the chance to wear the Bellwether Forma Bike Short. Boy was I excited. This short comes with some noteworthy features worth taking a look at. As previously noted in another blog, I discussed the differences between tri shorts vs. bike shorts. The Forma falls into the bike short category, bringing with it a thicker chamois, longer inseam, and different material. The chamois and material are what drew me in. The material used in the short is called LYCRA POWER™ which just so happens to come along with compressive qualities to it. We’re all aware of the supportive dynamic compression offers our muscles which I certainly could feel. The material is not only compressive, but comes with a ribbed surface, allowing more airflow into the short (we all know how sweaty we tend to get under all that lycra). Bellwether innovated this fabric by means of trying to achieve the correct balance of breathability and moisture transfer.

Onto the chamois…I’ve certainly made a point to make the padding a topic of interest in my posts when discussing shorts. Let’s face it, what our unmentionables get squished against better be comfortable. Here’s why it’s different: The overall design was made with elite-long distance riding in mind. The foaming in the chamois was placed strategically to be more dense along the contact points that hit the saddle in order to alleviate pressure and reduce road shock. We’ve all felt that surprise pothole 40 miles into the ride and could use the additional suspension in our shorts. I also found that while I was in aero position, I continued to feel padding in the pelvic bone region. Most cycling shorts are a giant boat pad in the back and that’s it, not taking into consideration that one might be pronating their hips forward. This was great. I felt added relief in the front, important to a triathlete who might spend most of their time down on their aero bars.

Another feature to note is the soft elastic band that didn’t create imprints on my hips. Always a plus. Although not a tri-specific short, the Forma’s are perfect for the long distance rides and well worth the buy. Available for purchase at OneTri.

Zoot Women’s CompressRx Sock

Behold the Zoot CompressRx Sock. Along the lines of items necessary to your arsenal of tri gear, I would claim it fair to say these should certainly be included. With all the hooplah out there on the market about compression, let’s clear some things up on the science behind it all and why these socks in particular are going to help your performance.

Let’s start with the science. Zoot utilizes graduated compression, and more importantly, utilize it correctly. The amount of compression ranges from 26mmHg (mmHg is the unit of measurement used in compression garments) at the ankle and decreases to 18 mmHg just below the knee. The strongest amount of compression is found in the lower part of the leg. This method allows for deoxygenated blood to flow back to the heart. Within the ranges of compression, the 26mmHg falls under medical grade compression. This factor is important when choosing compression. Anything less than 20mmHg isn’t considered medical grade, and will not offer the same benefit. So what is all this doing doing? The socks help to flush out lactic acid in the veins as well as assist in proper venous flow and return. While running with CompressRx socks, one is able to get up to 40% more arterial flow in their calf by supporting consistent pressure on the musicle. The compression increases the pressure in the tissues beneath the skin allowing for reduced excess leakage of fluid from the capillaries and increasing absorption of tissue fluid by the capillaries. The goal is to assist the body in doing what it naturally does in flushing damaged muscle tissues.

So what the heck is the benefit? Well, here’s a couple noteworthy stats:

  • 29% decrease in lactic acid build-up.
  • 25% reduction of perceived effort.
  • 40% improvement in recovery time.
  • 5%   incraese in performance.

These socks in particular can be used as active compression (use them while training or racing) or recovery. Also, keep in mind that they’re perfect for travel use while flying, driving, or even if you plan to be on your feet for a prolonged period of time. The sock is also foot specific with padded foot soles to prevent irritation.

Measurements: It’s important that you measure your calf (circumference of the largest part of the muslce belly on your calf) prior to choosing your size. Proper fit will ensure optimal performance.

Train on!

De Soto Carrera Tri Short Low Rise

Comfort and looks. Quite frankly the two things I myself as well as most women are concerned with in apparel. I myself have worn these shorts through countless races and training rides and recommend firstly to those looking for a durable tri short. Why the Carrea Low Rise? Here are some specs:

  • Carrera™ Skin– a nylon/spandex blend that is lightweight, breathable, quick-drying and keeps its support and fit, even when wet. (I could barely even tell my shorts were damp after the swim).
  • Low-rise – Not going to dig into your hips.
  • One-piece seamless tri pad- No surprise seam that you’re going to find.
  • Contrast Microlock Stitching
  • Drawstring Elastic Waist with Wide Band –This is a great feature that keeps a possible muffin top at bay.

All around fantastic short. Below is a shot of me in a recent race sporting the De Soto Carrera Low Rise’s and bringing home the medal. Coincidence?

TYR Competitor Tri Singlet and Tri Short

TYR has debuted a new line this year called the Competitor Line. The line of tri shorts as well as triathlon singlets were designed particularly for comfort, sot that athletes could  reap the benefits of their hours spent on the road training. What’s so great and different about this line? Let me explain….

Beginning with the TYR singlet, I’d like to note the fact that it’s white. No other company makes a top for women  in this color. Why white? I get asked by countless people in the shop for white tops in general. After 4, 5, 6, hours on the road you’ll understand why a black top (in pretty hot weather mind you) will feel most certainly warmer. Beyond the fact that it’s white, it still offers 50 SPF and UV Protection. It conveniently has a zipper pocket on the back to store your necessary nutrition (my favorite part about the top, other than it being white). A front zip can be found on the front of the top, which is again perfect for adjustability in warmer weather.

On to the short..I realize that I have raved about the De Soto Carrera in a previous post. The only thing that short is missing is  a decent tri pad. The Competitor Tri Short features the newly designed and advanced TYR Tri-Pad for which denotes to help with even weight distribution and chafing, as well as  irritation prevention. It’s hard to find a decent tri pad that’s perfectly in the middle of not too bulky like a diaper, but still offers some padding. Fleece liners don’t quite cut it after miles 30 or 40. Another note-worth addition of this short is the gripper. It is lined with a silicone beading, which keeps the short from sliding up and down, while leaving you WITHOUT irritation and sausage legs! A zipper pocket is also featured on the back of the short to store even more of your goodies.

FRS Soft Chews Review

FRS has come out with these tasty soft chews, which encompass a blend of vitamins and antioxidants aimed at giving you a nice boost during training or racing. Amongst the ingredients in the chews is a flavanoid called Quercetin, which is naturally occurring in nature. Quercetin is found in many vegetables and fruits, serving many benefits, (mos important in the case of training and racing) an anti-inflammatory effect, as well as extending your body’s natural adrenaline. Per FRS’ Website on Quercetin: “Its incredible benefits were first discovered by scientists searching for a way to give chemotherapy patients more energy. In further studies, Quercetin has been clinically proven to boost your immunity while raising your levels of focus, energy, and fitness. It works by triggering your cells’ ability to produce more real energy.”

In comparing antioxidant levels amongst berries vs FRS Chews:

Per 1 serving, there’s 2X the amount of antioxidants as  a serving of blueberries, 6x the amount of one serving of raspberries, and 7x the amount of a serving of apples.

The individually  wrapped chews (perfect for on the go travel) come in 4 tasty flavors: Pomegranite Blueberry (my favorite), Pinneapple Mango, Orange, and Lemon Lime.

Perfect on the go energy source! Get them at One Tri.

Zoot Conduit Wetsuit Review

I had the joy of swimming in the Conduit, (formerly known as the Synergy), last weekend in an ocean swim. Quite frankly, after experiencing superior range of motion and essentially feeling like Gumby, I came to the conslusion alongside my co-worker that there really shouldn’t be any other triathlon wetsuit on your radar. That’s a bold statement coming from somebody who comes from a strong swim background and has swum in some of the best wetsuits on the market.

Here are some factuals on the Conduit as to why I most likely came to this wetsuit conclusion:

The tri wetsuit is a combination of 5mm, 4mm, and 1.5mm. What importance is this? The 5mm in the body gives you supreme buoyancy while the 1.5mm in the arms and shoulder makes for unsurpassed flexibility. The grade of neoprene is c39 with scs nano coating, which is on the higher end grade of materials. GLIDEflex panels can be found around the center of the chest where the arms stem away from your sternum, as well as down the ribs and continuing down the side of the legs. This feature is specific to this wetsuit, and one of the reasons I felt like I could move so well. The paneling allows for easy stretch and give where the limbs branch out from the core, allowing for free flowing movment.

Zoot has won me over with this suit. Perfect solution to upgrading your entry level westuit.

Get it at OneTri.