Monday, August 29, 2011

Chris McDonald wins IM Louisville

Congratulations to Big Sexy on his 1st place finish at Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:27:36. The first two time champion at Ironman Louisville. Chris was racing in the SLS3 Compression Socks.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Petr Vabrousek takes 4th at European Championships

Petr Vabrousek finished 4th at the ETU Long Distance Championships in Finland. He had, once again, the fastest run of the day finishing in a time of 5:38:53 for the 4k swim, 120k bike and 30k run. " I only missed the bronze medal by 27 seconds at the end of almost 6 hour day…"
His great shape came from the pre-race weekend, where he raced 3 races within 3 days:
Friday – MTB sprint triathlon – 1st place
Saturday – olympic distance triathlon – 1st place
Sunday – 1/2 Iron Distance Doksyman – 1st place
"… and then 6 days of fun with my son and newborn daughter."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kevin Gillotties duathlon preparation for the World Championships in Spain

So in the last month I raced the 2 final duathlon races in San Diego – Solana Beach and Imperial Beach (a.k.a. Surf Town). I have been on a heavy training block of miles and speed work to try to get ready for worlds in Spain in September.
Things have been coming around, but with all of these miles and speed work and little rest, it can leave one a bit fatigued.

I went into Solana Beach right in the middle of one of those training blocks with little rest and downtime, and it robbed me of the turnover I needed in the end as I was overly laboring from race start to finish. I tried as hard as I could to stay strong out of T1 onto the bike and opened a nice gap, only to have it pulled back in at the end which left me having no cushion coming into T2. I then had try to redouble my efforts and try to get some speed out of T2 into the final run, and just did simply not have the leg turnover to make it happen. Thus, I was caught and passed and simply could not respond to the surge by the ultimate winner. The best way I can explain it, I have to keep in mind the bigger picture and goal for 2012 – worlds in Spain representing Team USA – and therefore decisions have to be made about training and those decisions can and do effect race day performance as I just cannot justify and afford rest and taper weeks for these local races as I then loose a week of valuable training and that has a compounding ripple effect. Therefore, I looked at Solana Beach as a bit of a sacrificial lamb for the greater good. I wanted to win, I felt capable of winning, I have won there, but I was just to fatigued to turn it over and paid the price for it. I had no gears and no turnover to call upon and just felt flat enough the 30 seconds I lost by is all it took to damage me, and there was nothing I could do about it on tired legs. But that’s cool; it is a decision I made for the greater good, I knew the potential downside, and I can live with that (though in the moment, it is irksome that you can’t get the body to respond).

Now this weekend, at Imperial Beach, I was rested and the results show just what rest and a taper can do for performance. This race came at the end of a block of months of pushing and I took a well deserved rest this week which timed perfect with this race. I felt way more control in terms of heart rate, I had several gears in the legs (both run and bike) I could call on and maintain, I had the turnover I needed and mentally I was fresher and and I just put it on the line to see where I was – against the clock first – as this is my last duathlon before worlds and I very badly wanted a win inside so I could mentally go into worlds coming off a win. It was a good day and I had the zip I hoped for. From first run until final crossing of the finish line, I was in control of my heart rate and was able to find the push and gears and turn-over and the body responded with no overly labored efforts. I calmly went into T1 second but came out first, went out on the bike and opened up a pretty good lead, came into T2 and out in first and really put the hammer down on the final run. At the turn around cone I had :53 seconds – so nearly 1:45 when doubled – on second place and rather than easing back with a “comfortable” lead (as comfortable as these 100% red line sprint races can be) I opted to try to find yet another gear and see if I could manage to elongate the gap. In the end, I crossed the finish line at 48:41 and won by nearly 2:20 which means I was able to open the gap a tad bit more. I felt very strong mentally and physically and it turns out my time of 48:41 is the exact time – to the seconds – of my winning finish time the last time I raced this race in 2008.... That is a once in a lifetime matching of numbers you never see, but nice to know 2 years later and 2 years older and 2 years off competitive duathlon, I can still match a past time. That is a good feeling and shows me the training is coming around and it is nearly time to start to hone the final sharp edge of my training in these coming final few weeks.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Linda Schuecker finishes 3rd at Challenge Copenhagen

Congratulations to the best German girl in Copenhagen: Linda Schuecker 3rd girl overall at Challenge Copenhagen in 9:38h. Read more here.

Friday, August 12, 2011 Review: SLS3’s Latest Compression Bike Bib Short

Over the past several years, compression apparel has taken the tri-world by storm. We were all scratching our heads only a few short years ago when we saw the first person running down Ali'I Dr looking more ready to play soccer than racing an Ironman. Fast-forward to today, it seems every apparel company has some type of compression line in their catalog and what we once thought of as a fad is only growing!

We were giving the opportunity to test out SLS3's latest Compression Bike Bib Short. The first thing we noticed was the use of three different materials in the garment. This does a variety of things making the product unique. It provides compression where you want it, on the main, large muscle groups used for cycling, while providing flexibility and breathability where you don't need compression making the bib shorts very comfortable to wear and keeping you cool on those long hot rides.

Read more here

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Team Athlete, Matt Hiramoto, takes on the Waimea Bay 1.2 Mile Swim in the SLS3 Fobic Speed Suit

Team athlete, Matt Hiramoto from Honolulu, Hawaii, recently competed in the annual Waimea Bay 1.2 mile swim. Here, he exits the water in our SLS3 Fobic Speed Suit.

Besides swimming and triathlon racing, Matt's other favorite hobby is cooking. If you are a "foodie" or just enjoy great food, read more on his blog: