Triathlon Suit: How to Choose Your Wetsuit

Choosing the right Triathlon suit

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Choosing the right Triathlon Suit

We enlisted the expertise of Patrick Baum, customer service specialist for TriSports.com, to demystify the wetsuit selection process and map out the basic steps you should take to zero in on the just-right suit for you.

Assess the athlete’s build. “Proper fit is everything, so that’s where we start,” says Baum. “If it’s over the phone, we ask a lot of questions to get an idea of the person’s build—height, weight and so forth. Do they have a runner’s build, a cyclist’s build, a swimmer’s build?”

Consider swimming ability. “If someone’s not a good swimmer we try to get them into something that will hopefully get them in a better position in the water—buoyancy throughout the suit that puts them up higher in the water so they’ll go faster,” says Baum. “If someone’s a very strong swim- mer, a lot of the time they want flexibility because they don’t want anything getting in the way of their stroke. In that situation we start looking at a suit with Yamamoto 40 [extra stretchable neo- prene] in the arms for shoulder flexibility.”

Consider price point. “We get an idea of what races they are going to be doing—do they need or want a super high-end suit in the $600-plus range?” adds Baum. Or maybe they are just starting out, and need a low- to mid-range suit.”

Identify best-matching brand. “Each brand fits differently, and each has a sepa- rate size chart,” says Baum. “We try to fit the customer in the middle to bottom of the weight range and comfortably within the height range.” If they are in the store, Baum has the customer try on a suit and jump into the in-store pool to test it out. Phone or online customers can take advantage of Trisport.com’s “one free swim” policy. “We want people to get in the water, because feel in the water is critical,” says Baum. “If it doesn’t fit right in the water, they can send it back.”

Sleeves or no sleeves? “A lot of it is personal preference,” says Trisport.com’s Baum. “Sleeveless might work out when just starting out because there’s not a lot of constriction around the shoulders. If a lot of your races are going to be in warmer water, a sleeveless tends to work for the season. But having said that, you don’t see pros in sleeveless wetsuits that often—if they can get away with a full-sleeve suit they’re going to wear one. If someone is talking about wanting a versatile suit that is also very fast, you go full-sleeve.” More at 14 Triathlon Wetsuits Reviewed

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Running Tips: How to Breath When Running

Breathing Tips When Running

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Breathing Tips When Running

I’ve heard people advocate breathing in through the mouth and out through the mouth, using slow breathing rhythms, and all sorts of nonsense. Nothing irks me quite like the spread of misinformation, especially when it pertains to training topics. Therefore, I am happy to help set the record straight.

Breathing through your nose or your mouth?
You should always breathe in and out primarily through your mouth when running. If your nose wants to join the party and help get air in and out, that’s great. However, when you’re running, feeding your muscles the oxygen they need is of paramount importance, and breathing through the mouth is the most effective way to inhale and exhale oxygen.

Breathing rhythm
Your exact breathing rhythm will depend on how hard or easy you are running and/or the intended intensity of your workout. Breathing rhythms refer to the number of foot steps you take with each foot while breathing in or out. For example, a 2:2 rhythm would mean you take two steps (one with your right foot and one with the left) while breathing in and two steps (again, one with your right foot and one with your left) while breathing out.

Easy runs
Typically, you’ll find that a 3:3 rhythm (three steps – one with your left, one with your right, one with your left – while breathing in) works best for warm-ups and most easy paced days. This allows plenty of oxygen to be inhaled through the lungs, processed, and then exhaled with relative ease.

Don’t try to force yourself into a 3:3 breathing rhythm on an easy day if it isn’t feeling comfortable. Remember, the purpose of an easy day is to keep your effort comfortable and to help the body recover. If a 2:2 rhythm (described below) is more comfortable, go with it.

Breathing slower than a 3:3 rhythm is not advised because you’re not giving your body enough time to clear carbon dioxide. The average runner should take about 180 steps per minute (some a little less, others a little more), which means you take 90 steps with each foot in a one minute span. A 3:3 rhythm enables you to take about 30 breaths per minute, ample time to process carbon dioxide while still getting in the oxygen you need.

Moderate paced runs
Runs harder than an easy run, but not all out race efforts, should typically be performed at a 2:2 ratio (two steps – one with your left, one with your right – while breathing in, two steps – one with your left, one with your right – while breathing out). A 2:2 breathing rhythm enables you take about 45 breaths per minute, which is perfect for steady state, tempo runs, and marathon pace runs.

Hard workouts and Races
At the end of races or the end of a particularly hard interval session, a 2:2 breathing might not cut it. In this case, you can switch to a 1:2 (one step breathing in, two steps breathing out) or 2:1 (two steps breathing in and one step breathing out) breathing rhythm. This will increase your oxygen uptake to 60 breaths per minute. More at How to Breathe When Running

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Bikes: Best Road Bikes For Triathlon

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red

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Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red

If race-day speed is your only concern, then a super-expensive, super-aerodynamic TT bike is probably going to get you across the finish line fastest at your next triathlon or Ironman race. But if you’ve got a limited budget, care about comfort and/or want a bike you can also use for training, commuting or the odd sportive event, then a road bike is the way to go. Bianchi Sempre Pro Veloce (2013) The latest Sempre Pro improves on what was already a great bike. It retains the great ride and has a fully featured up-to-date frame that’s also shaved a fair few grams. Pros + Smooth over coarse surfaces + Sharp race-bike like handling Cons – Not the best value for money spec – Frame deserves better than average wheels Performance 5/5 Value 3/5 Overall 4/5 Boardman SLR 9.2 (2012-2013) The Boardman SLR is a racer’s bike: seriously light, but stiff enough to put every watt where you want it and superbly stable to make sure you can concentrate all your effort on going forward. It’ll go toe-to-toe with bikes three times its price. Pros + Superbly stiff, power-proof, stable and surefooted frameset + Top componentry keeps weight low and responsiveness high Cons – Stiff frame feels sharp rather than forgiving at low speeds – Man-size performance means man-size gears, so pootlers need not apply Performance 4/5 Value 5/5 Overall 4/5 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Red (2013) Our first ride on the Evo involved some deep breaths to ready ourselves for potential disappointment. Down-specced, mid-price carbon fibre copycats from other brands have a history of half-hearted performance. But Cannondale’s carbon guru, Peter Denk, has done an incredible job here. The ride sensation as you clip in and roll up the road is sublime. Pros + Fantastic ride quality + Super-light SRAM Red based build flatters the frame further Cons + Fantastic ride quality + Super-light SRAM Red based build flatters the frame further Performance 5/5 Value 5/5 Overall 5/5 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Red, Racing Edition (2013) Cannondale’s SuperSix isn’t a new bike, but the Evo Hi-Mod version introduced in 2012 dropped it into the competitive ultra-light frames fight. The builds available with this frame are cleverly-thought-through kit lists that create stunning performance at a relatively reasonable price. Pros + Stunning ultra-light, yet powerful and punchy frameset + Ride is really soft but it still corners and sprints very well Cons – Tubular tyres will scare some people off – Leaves you with absolutely no excuses Performance 5/5 Value 5/5 Overall 5/5 More at Best Road Bikes For Triathlon Review

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Discount Bikes: Tips for Buying Cheap Bikes

Buying Cheap Bikes

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Buying Cheap Bikes

Cycling is fun, healthy and eco-friendly. It’s also one of the cheapest ways to travel. With so many places to buy second-hand bikes, it can now be even cheaper. Here’s ten excellent sources for second hand (or free) bikes.

SECOND HAND BIKES:

1. Ebay
A vast selection of used and reduced-cost bikes. It’s always worth checking for bargains. But beware of high packaging costs. There are also no guarantees about the bike’s condition. Often sellers will expect collection – so be sure to check the location of the bike before you buy.

2. Gumtree
Another great online marketplace. The condition of the bikes varies greatly and the really great deals go fast. Look how long an item has been listed – if it’s been a while, you might try offering less than the advertised price.

3. Local paper
Scour the back-ends of local papers and scrutinize community noticeboards. They often feature advertisements for used and second hand bikes.

4. Going Going Bike
A fantastic resource for road bikes, mountain bikes and Bromptons. They also guarantee to buy your Brompton if you wish to sell it. Unsure of what you want? Try their handy bike match tool.

5. Police auctions
There are great bargains at police auctions, including assets such as bikes, vehicles, jewellery and electronics. Most of these have been seized or found by police who are unable to identify their rightful owners. With starting prices as low as £1 it may be worth popping your head in the door. Try Bumblebee Auctions for online auctions.

6. Bike charities
The UK has many fantastic bike charities that put recycled and second hand bikes to creative and socially-empowering uses. They don’t just accept old bikes – you can buy refurbished bikes from them too.

Bike Back in Bristol is run by Life Cycle, and takes unwanted bikes to Bristol Prison where prisoners help to repair and refit them with the help of experienced mechanics. Read about upcoming Bike Back sales on their website.

Scotland’s The Bike Station is another inspiring social-cycling initiative. Volunteers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth work with schools and youth groups to increase cycling confidence, bike awareness and pass on training skills. You can buy fully refurbished bikes from any of the stations. Or, find out about their fix your own bike sessions. More at 10 tips for buying cheap bikes

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Mountain Bike Sale: The Best Mountain Bikes

The Best Mountain Bike

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The Best Mountain Bike

‘Tis the season to be tempted by a whole new model year of mountain bikes, and we’ve got some good news. Dialing in your own personal style of off-roading has never been easier — once you wade through the overwhelming amount of options, that is. There’s a different bike for just about every type of trail and rider, and even some that claim to do it all. You need a bike best suited to the kind of riding you enjoy, but that also won’t keep you from the occasional change of pace (or any surprises the trails throw at you).

Most bang for your buck mountain bike: Looking for a lightweight, durable and fast-rolling bike that leaves some dough in your bank account? The Scott Scale Comp 29er is a custom butted 6061 aluminum frame outfitted with Shimano brakes and drivetrain, and it touts the same geometry as a higher-end carbon race bike. For just under a grand, you can’t go wrong with this set up.

Sweetest mountain bike for single track: Combine a single speed belt drive with a titanium frame and you won’t make the noise of a rocker — even an unplugged one. Instead, you’ll fly through single track with the stealth and speed that comes from one of the most advanced drivetrains (the Gates CenterTrack) ever to hit the trail. If you want to hear the sweet sound of a chain banging against titanium and gears moving up and down the cassette, not to worry: the engineers at Spot have completely re-imagined how a vertical slider-style dropout should come together. The Rocker SS allows you to run both belt-driven and chain-driven single-speed configurations, and if you get tired of pushing a single gear, you also have the option to add a derailleur.

Best marathoner mountain bike: Ample travel in a lightweight package makes this bike perfect for long-distance racing, while CTD (Climb, Trail, Descend) technology enables you to switch between three suspension setups from the handlebar based on conditions. In addition to a stunning frame, the Occam OMS 29 has some sweet design features, like the “Cable Downtube Highway”, which routes all cables through the main pivot point and limits movement as the suspension compresses, creating less cable rub. There’s also good news if just looking at this beauty is making your wallet hurt: the Occam comes in a number of different models for all budgets.

Hottest enduro mountain bike: This lightweight all-mountain ride is perfect for enduro racing. Point the 165mm of rear wheel travel downhill and let the custom Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock and Fox 34 TALAS CTD factory fork with Kashima stanchions do their thing. As they say, “all good downhills come must come to a end”, and during an enduro event you must eventually go back up. Simply adjust the seat height on the fly using the Specialized Command Post BlackLite right from the bars and start your spin back up to the next peak. Repeat. More at The Best Mountain Bikes for Every Rider

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Road Bicycles for Sale: A Guide to Road Bikes

Buying a Road Bike

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Buying a Road Bike

You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new road bike. Today, manufacturers offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points. And component companies make an exceptional array of top-notch wheels, brakes and shifting systems that operate like never before. For example, it’s possible to get 20-speed drivetrains that shift blink quick, and wheelsets so light that pedaling is effortless. In fact, there are so many attractive choices today, that if you just walked into our store, you might be overwhelmed.

Don’t be. Having a lot of choices is a wonderful thing because it drastically increases the likelihood you’ll find the perfect bike — as long as you know a little about what’s available.

To help, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide for finding the ideal road rig. We explain the decisions you need to make and offer advice on everything from frame materials and wheels to gearing and component choices. To start, though, you need to do some self analysis (therapist not required).

Answer These Questions
Before visiting our showroom, define yourself a bit. Consider how you’ll use the new bike once you get it, as well as where you’ll pedal once you’ve had the machine for a while. And ask yourself a few questions to figure out what model’s right. Are you:

A new cyclist?
Into improving fitness (medium to long rides)?
Interested in touring?
Training for an event?
Getting into road racing or triathlon?
Thinking of commuting to work/around town?
Analyze Yourself
Also, consider how many miles you might log per week, or year. And think about your tendencies in purchasing other things. For example, do you demand the highest quality, or are you more apt to look for reasonable quality and lower cost? Do you dig trick, high-tech gadgets or are you satisfied with simpler designs? Additionally, it helps to know about how much you want to spend because that’s a quick way to focus the selection process on the appropriate models.

Answering these questions will ensure that you get the best bicycle. We’ll be able to show you models with the right features for your needs, interests and budget. And you’ll soon be sailing down the pavement with a big grin on your face. There are lots of fascinating variables in choosing a modern road bike. The rest of this article explains these choices so you’ll have an easier time selecting your dream machine.

Frame And Fork Materials
Although over the years there have been such interesting designs as bamboo (still available!) and plastic frames, current road bikes are made of one or blends of these four materials: steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber (carbon). More at BUYER’S GUIDE TO ROAD BICYCLES

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