Thursday, January 31, 2013

TYR Category 5 Wetsuit First Impression

Came home today to find a package on my doorstep.
And inside, this:
I ordered a TYR Category 5 wetsuit last week on eBay. I took a chance with this one because the vast majority of consumers call this suit at least a size or two too small for them. My logic was that most of these people are newbie triathletes that probably aren't used to compression gear, so the suit felt very small.
They were half right, I would say that the suit is a tight fit. However, I'm 5'7" and 135 lbs and I fit right in. For reference, the seller said that he was 5'5'' and 150. So I could understand that he may have had problems getting it up over his chest and arms.
The suit rides high on the legs. The bottom of mine came up to nearly my calf muscles. I would also say that the forearms are extremely small, I had a little trouble fitting my hands through the sleeves. But I expect nothing less, it is after all swimwear.
On the forearms there appears to be what TYR calls "catch panels," which supposedly improve your efficiency. Most every review has said that they have no effect, I'll reserve judgement until it warms up and I can swim in open water with the suit.
Overall, I have to say I'm very impressed with the suit. The Yamamoto #40 thinner neoprene is a little concerning to me, it seems susceptible to fingernail tears so I'll be careful. Is it worth the $650 price, which is still only half of TYR's top model, the Hurricane Freak of Nature? I'm not sure, but then I paid $250 on eBay. I'll follow up with an in depth review in the spring when the weather warms up. Til then, cheers.

Leadville Trail 100 MTB Lottery ends today

The Leadville Trail 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky" lottery ends today. For $15 you can enter for a spot on the starting line in Leadville, CO without having to qualify. You must be 18 on race day.

"Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet in altitude, you'll be challenged to catch your breath - while the views try to take it away."

*note: If you win a lottery spot, you do not have to qualify by riding a 50 or 100 MTB race, however you do have to pay the regular $345 entry fee. For more information, visit http://www.leadvilleraceseries.com/page/show/315773-leadville-trail-100-mtb

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lake to Lake Entry Fees to Increase February 1

Entry for the 2013 Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon will increase in cost for individuals on February 1, 2013 from $80 to $90. There will be no increase for relay entry fee until May 1, 2013 from $110 to $135 until the end of registration on June 16. Additionally, individual entry price will go up on May 1 to $105 and again on June 16 to $125. Race t-shirts can be reserved online at the time of registration for $10 each and extra meal tickets can also be purchased for $9.

The 1.5k swim, 30 mile bike, and 10k run will take place on June 22nd, 2013. For more information regarding the course or to register visit http://lovelandlaketolake.com

Personal note: This is a local favorite. In years past the race has always gone off without a hitch because of the fabulous volunteers, mostly from local high school organizations, who receive a portion of the proceeds. The food is catered by Rainbow Restaurant, out of Fort Collins, and is well worth the $9 meal ticket for a spouse or relative that isn't racing. The day of the race in my experience is usually low to mid 70s, with little to no breeze. The swim is generally fast, some relays bring swimmers from the Loveland Swim Club that are capable of a sub-20 minute swim. The bike course keeps you honest, it's fairly hilly, although in my opinion not enough to warrant a standard or aero road bike over a tri-rig. The run is flat and very fast. Additional note: This is a national qualifying event so be prepared for some of the pros to lay down some smoking times. Last year I competed in a relay with a couple friends. One swims competitively and is looking at swimming DII in college, the other is a collegiate runner that put down the fastest time on the run leg by 1:01. We won the relay division and came in second overall to a pro who bested our time by 3:00. The competition is fierce at the higher levels, but also very relaxed and fun if you don't want to race this seriously.

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all the best,

Logan