Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What to wear in a Triathlon?

Triathlons are multisport endurance races that commonly involve a swim in open water, a bike ride and then a run. For beginner triathletes, what to wear on race day is often a source of concern and confusion.  The clothing options will differ according to the weather, the race distances and your overall modesty level. Don't try anything new, clothing-wise, on race day -- make sure you have trained in the outfit you will race in. 


You will save time in the transition from swimming to cycling if you wear swim clothing you can also bike in. This could be a pair of swimming shorts that you can also cycle in, or cycling shorts in which you can swim. Many triathletes wear tri-shorts for all sections of the race -- these are similar to bike shorts, but have a fast-drying pad in the crotch area so you dry off faster during the cycle ride. In some races, you will be either allowed or required to wear a wetsuit during the open-water swim. Whether a race is wetsuit-legal or wetsuit-required will depend on race-day water temperature. You will also need swim goggles -- swim caps are typically provided at the race.


When you emerge dripping from the lake or ocean after the open-water swim, you'll need to add clothing for the bike ride. Triathletes have the option of continuing shirtless (male) for the cycling portion of the race, or putting on a triathlon top. You'll need to towel off and put on your sock and bike shoes -- these can be bike-specific shoes that clip to your cycle pedals, or the same shoes as you will wear for the run. Sunglasses are a good idea, and official triathlons require all cyclists to wear approved safety helmets for the duration of the bike ride. 

Dressing for Speed

Clothing choices during a triathlon involve compromises between speed, comfort and modesty. If you want to minimize transition times and maximize overall speed, you can complete the whole race in just a pair of triathlon shorts. At longer distances, you might need additional clothing to avoid getting saddle-sore in the bike ride and chafed during the run. Tri-suits are swimming suits that have a small amount of built-in padding and are a popular choice for speedy triathletes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How to Train for a Beginner Sprint Triathlon

When you hear the word triathlon, you might get images of the long, grueling Ironman race in Hawaii. All triathlons, however, don't consist of 112-mile bike rides or 26-mile runs. A sprint distance triathlon, for example, starts with a half-mile swim, followed by a 12-mile bike and a 3-mile run. The short distance of the sprint triathlon makes it ideal for a beginner. Training for your first triathlon will take planning, preparation and dedication.

Find a triathlon you're interested in and create your training schedule. Plan to train for 8 to 16 weeks. Determine your goals for being competitive or simply finishing the race. Triathlon training templates can be found online and customized to meet your personal schedule. For example, if you have a full-time job, consider your work and family schedule. Spend the first two to three weeks of the program building a base of strength and cardio with the middle weeks being the most intense. Then taper, or gradually decrease the intensity, as race day approaches.

Train each sport two times per week. For example, swim on Monday and Friday, bike on Tuesday and Saturday and run on Wednesday and Sunday, with a rest day on Thursday. Incorporate different training methods into each workout, such as hiking hills or track workouts. Other alternative workouts could be a treadmill workout or an indoor cycling class at your fitness club. Focus on mechanics and intensity during each workout.

Strength train two to three days per week. The sprint triathlon is a powerful race lasting from one to two hours. Building strength during training will improve your performance on race day. Focus on compound exercises such as squats, lunges and deadlifts for lower-body strength, and pullups, pushups, lat pull-downs and the bench press for upper-body strength. Building your core strength with situps will improve your performance during the swim. Perform 15 repetitions on each exercise for two sets.

Practice the transitions, which can save you valuable seconds between each sport. Incorporate the transitions into your weekly training schedule at least two times per week. The transition from the bike to the run is one of the hardest parts of the triathlon. We recommend training using a "brick" where you complete a short run after a bike workout. To improve your transitions, lay out your gear so it's easy to reach, don't wear socks and use speed laces on your running shoes. Make sure to wear your triathlon suit or triathlon shorts a couple of times during training.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SLS3, needs your support to be moved on to the next step for a $100,000 Grant from Mission Main Street Grants®

Help SLS3 Grow by Voting Online Before June 19.

Oceanside, CA – SLS3, a manufacturer of Triathlon and Compression sportswear has applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase’s, Mission Main Street Grants®. SLS3 must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant.
Customers, fans and community members can show support for SLS3 by voting at using Facebook Connect.

The voting deadline is June 19, 2015 and grant recipients will be selected by expert panelists. “SLS3 is striving to grow and expand by doing developing new and exciting products for the endurance market. Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure the work of this business continues in Oceanside, especially for our new line of compression socks,” said Sebastian Linke, co-owner of SLS3.

Through Mission Main Street Grants, Chase will award $2 million to 20 small businesses across America. All businesses that apply for a grant and meet the eligibility requirements will receive access to a small business webcast by Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. In addition, the 20 grant recipients will receive a trip to LinkedIn headquarters.

The 20 grant recipients will be announced in September 2015. For additional details about Mission Main Street Grants visit

About SLS3
SLS3 is a manufacturer of specialist sport compression and triathlon race apparel. All products aim to enhance performance with an emphasis on technical design for comfort. The company’s goal is ‘to produce the best possible products to serve our customers who are looking for comfort and performance.’
“Made in USA” is an important part of the company’s triathlon apparel line, as it has made a commitment to production of its apparel in the US. SLS3 hires local staff and purchases its materials “from the highest quality vendors available.”

About Mission Main Street Grants

Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to small business, Chase launched Mission Main Street Grants, a program that will award 20 grants of $100,000 to small businesses across America. By completing a business profile, a grant questionnaire, and meeting relevant eligibility requirements, small businesses will have access to special offers from the Premier Sponsor, LinkedIn. Chase is committed to helping small businesses so they can take big steps for their business and community.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Must-Haves: Essential Beginner Tri Gear

The idea of a Triathlon  is to get from start to finish in the least amount of time, and changing from bike shorts into running shorts eats up that time, so using a triathlon suit allows you to wear the same outfit from start to finish. Comprising quick-drying fabric and a small chamois to make the bike ride more comfortable, they’ll help you get from swim to bike to run much more swiftly. You have the option of a Triathlon suit or a two piece (triathlon top and triathlon shorts). It is usually personal preference.