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

Echo H2: Another Wearable Lactate Measuring Tool

Echo H2I just backed the Echo H2 lactate measurement strip on IndieGogo— and I think you might want to consider doing the same thing.  Here’s a quick review about what it promises– and how it differs from the BSX Insight (which I also supported– and still super-excited about). 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

Older Athletes and Avoiding Statins

PrevaliteApparently, I did a lousy job at choosing my parents.  Sorry mom and dad, but the genes you gave me left me with a tendency to naturally develop high levels of LDL cholesterol.  As we all know, this is a bad thing.  My cardiologist originally recommended over and again that I should be on statins, which I dreaded because of their effect on athletic performance.  Here’s what I did instead. Continue reading

A Poor Duathlete’s Recovery Pump

LX7 RevitapumpA few months ago, I blogged about CEP Clone compression gear.  Compression garments are what most runners and duathletes think of when they hear term “compression.”  Technically, it’s “passive compression” because it’s just a garment that isn’t doing anything “active” to remove lymph and improve circulation.  There’s another much faster form of compression called “active compression” made famous by companies like Normatec, which makes compression gear that cost about as much as a pair of high-end Zipp race wheels.  Being a cheapskate, I found a cheaper alternative.

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Future Products for Improving Video Quality

If you’ve watched either my TT training ride video or my race footage from my recent 40K TT, you’ll know that I haven’t perfected the art of stabilization or adding variety to my point-of-view.  DC Rainmaker has been much more plugged in with this technology than I am and previews some really cool technology that’s coming out that will be real game-changers if you use a video camera.

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Racing Smarter with a Power Meter

Powertap Power MeterPart of being faster when you’re older involves being smarter when you’re older.  Of all the sports in triathlon, the one that has benefitted the most from technology is cycling– and no piece of modern cycling equipment (except possibly aerobars) makes as much of a difference as a power meter.  Here’s why you’re just giving up a podium spot if you don’t own one and use it effectively in your training and racing. Continue reading

Why You Should Consider (Really) Short Cranks

Short CranksA while back, I was visiting with my physical therapist and chatting with him about my aching hip flexors.  I had recently raced the Washington State Time Trial Championship and noticed right after the race that my hip flexor ached whenever I had to raise my thigh.  He mentioned that he was shifting a number of triathletes towards much shorter cranks– about 165mm or shorter.  In his experience, this made a lot of sense because it reduced the very acute hip angle at the top of the pedal stroke.  Given how my hip flexors were killing me from raising my knees up to my chest 5,400 times (90 rpms for about an hour) only a few days earlier, I couldn’t help but nod enthusiastically in agreement. Continue reading