Product Review: Omnium Bike Trainer

Omnium Trainer Folded UpThis is a product review of a super-portable bike trainer that really works.  Its called an Omnium bike trainer.  It folds up small, can fit in a carry-on bag (although you’ll probably want to check it), and can go just about anywhere.  Mine has been around the globe and goes with me every time I take a bike.  Here’s a quick review– and why you should get one soon. Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Stryd Running Power Meter

Stryd FootpodUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month or so, you have no doubt heard about the upcoming Stryd running power meter.  As far as I can tell, DC Rainmaker was the first to do a review of the unit.  Since then, more and more publications have been talking about it.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a power meter for running and here are my thoughts on it. Continue reading

Thinking About a Moxy Muscle Oxygen Sensor

Moxy MonitorI was recently telling my physical therapist that my BSX Insight had shipped and that I was excited to be doing tests of my lactate threshold– and his coworker asked me if it was the same as the Moxy muscle oxygen sensor.  I told him that, while they both look at blood oxygen, they get different data– the Moxy is a realtime measurement device while the BSX Insight uses a test to find a single number (the ever-critical lactate threshold).  Apparently, a rival team to mine across town uses the Moxy extensively.  Then this weekend another friend pointed me to Richard Wharton’s blog outlining how he uses the Moxy and I was just blown away.  I may have to start saving my pennies to pick up one of these things. Continue reading

A Brief Garmin 920xt Transition Guide

IMG_5676 2I own a lot of Garmin devices.  I love their devices and I’m always impressed with what they come up with.  Our team recently got a great deal on the Garmin 920xt and so I updated my multisport watch to Garmin’s latest running/cycling/swimming watch.

This article isn’t meant to be a review of this watch– DC Rainmaker does a fantastic job at reviewing the 920xt that simply can’t be matched.  Instead, this post is a quick transition guide for anyone using the previous generation of triathlon watch (the Garmin 910xt)– it includes the information that I wish Garmin had told me about the 920xt– it would have saved me a bunch of time if I knew up front what I’m about to tell you. Continue reading

Review: The Supple Leopard and Ready to Run– What Endurance Athletes Can Learn From the CrossFit Community

I live down the street from one of the many crossfit studios that are springing up like autumn mushrooms here in Seattle.  I’m not a fan of crossfit.  In this regard, I agree with Steve Magness’s strong criticism of the crossfit movement.  Nevertheless, I do have profound respect for Kelly Starrett, a doctor of physical therapy and self-professed avid runner, who is at the core of the crossfit movement.  This review is about two of his books: Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready to Runwhich I think belong on every endurance athlete’s bookshelf.

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Coravin Wine Preservation System

CoravinIt might seem odd that a review of a wine preservation system would find its way onto an blog devoted to multisport performance for older athletes, but the connection actually makes a lot of sense.  The reason is that serious triathlon and multisport is not exactly an obsession of the masses.  It tends to attract upper middle-class athletes (who else can afford the carbon fiber bike equipment).  And this same crowd tends to appreciate some of the other finer things in life– like good food and great wine.  Here’s a really cool device for balancing an older athlete’s refined gastronomical hedonism with serious athletic performance. Continue reading