Monday, March 12, 2012

Tri-filled Weekend

I'm not even going to try to structure this.  The following is a completely random list of happenings and thoughts from the weekend. 

Please feel free to interject with your own thoughts or advice!

CycleOps Joule 2.0
Awhile back, my sister found a CycleOps Joule 2.0 at one of my triathlons.  I contacted the race organizer and CycleOps to try and figure out who's it was - we all hate losing these things.  The race never had a report of it being lost and CycleOps said it was never registered.  So guess who now owns a CycleOps Joule 2.0?!  This kid!

Before I can use it though, I need to the mount unit, and a sensor.  The mount unit is easy.  The sensor might be interesting though.  I want a dual speed and cadence sensor, but at first I read that dual sensors don't work.  Then apparently a firmware update is required.  So if you have a suggestion for a good ANT+ dual speed/cadence sensor, I'm all ears! 

I have a half Rev in early June and a full Iron in late October, so I thought it might be prudent to look into a wetsuit.  I went to the LBS and tried on a sleeveless 2XU ST:3 at the recommendation of their resident 12x Ironman. 

First off, these things are just as difficult to put on as they seem.  Yes, this was the first time I tried on a wetsuit.  The only problem I had was that the neck seemed tight.  I know it's supposed to be tight enough to keep water out and prevent chaffing, but if I put my head down, my face would have been beat red in a matter of 60 seconds.  I thought "maybe they're all like this."  For shits and giggles I also tried on a full sleeve TYR Hurricane C1 as well.  OMG, there's no way I'd wear a full sleeve at a race!  The only thing I did like of it was the neck; it was so much more comfortable. 

Do you have a wetsuit?  Are they all tight around the neck? 

LA Fitness & Swimming
After two full months of running and biking, I finally added swimming back into the mix.  It was between Bally's and LA, but in the end, LA has yoga classes as well as a better pool despite that it's a little further away.  But WOW am I out of swimming shape! 

Running Shoes
I've been running in the Pearl Izumi Streak IIs all this year and I've absolutely loved them.  I'm about 150 miles in and I know I'm going to need a new pair by mid-summer.  I've been debating though whether I might try a different pair.  I've been looking at different shoes and I really want to try the Pearl Izumi ISO Transitions


1.  Any suggestions for dual speed/cadence sensors?  
Is the Garmin GSC-10 good or need I spend more money on something more mid-level?

2.  Do you own a wetsuit?  Is there always a tightness in the neck?  

3.  What shoes do you run in?  Has anyone tried the Pearl Izumi ISO Transition?

Swim fast.  Bike smart.  Run hard. 


Karen said...

From what I can tell, most all wetsuits fit awkwardly at the neck. I guess that is why you rub bodyglide or trislide all over to keep it from rubbing your skin off! The downside of triathlon :)

Coy Martinez said...

I need to go and try on wet suits myself. I'm gonna be an unhappy camper if I have to rub myself down in BodyGlide. :(

ajh said...

You've never worn a wetsuit? I am thinking of buying one and have so many questions! I was thinking I would get full sleeve as I am a bad swimmer and thought it would help with my buoyancy. My biggest question is the full vs. sleeveless thing.

Did you not wear one before because of expense? Getting it on/off? Water too warm? I wasn't going to wear one but feel I should.

Aimee said...

With wetsuits, they will ALWAYS feel tight when you put them on until they get a little wet. They definitely take getting used to, but I love my wetsuit. I have a 2XU full and sleeveless and love them both!

Suz and Allan said...

I have several pairs of running shoes but Mizunos are my go to shoes right now.

Zoë said...

I love love LOVE my Pearl iZUMi Streak IIs...they rock!