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  • Jul

    The Road to 70.3 - Race Day

    By Jordan Turner, SwimOutlet.com Social Media Coordinator


    “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.” I will be the first to admit that I found a lot of excuses on the road to 70.3, most of which involved avoiding my bike. However eventually, after countless hours of training, endless support, a few meltdowns and some serious soul searching, I also found my way.

    On July 26, I completed my very-first 70.3 distance triathlon, Barb’s Race in Sonoma County. Crossing the finish line after a long 70 miles— a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run—is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it was my biggest athletic accomplishment to date.

    I know what you’re thinking, who in their right mind would sign up to race 70 miles in the first place? Well, being that I am young and fairly active (and maybe a little bit crazy), I am constantly finding new ways to challenge myself. At first, after college, it was a 5k fun run here and there—emphasis on fun (often times a tutu and paint were involved). When I got bored with the local 3-mile courses, I graduated to half-marathons. After having a handful of half-marathons under my belt, I decided it was time to test the waters in a triathlon (you see where I am going with this?). A few races later, I found myself standing on the edge of the Russian River in Guerneville, CA anxiously awaiting the 10-second countdown to my first 70.3 triathlon.

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  • Jul

    U.S. Masters Swimming Club of the Month - July

    SwimOutlet.com is proud of its partnership with U.S. Masters Swimming and carries a full line of U.S. Masters Swimming products from training accessories to swim gear. Each month, we look forward to highlighting some of the great swimming clubs across the U.S. that feature Masters teams for all types of swimmers. This months’ team comes from sunny California with the Mountain View Masters Swim & Social Club. 

    SwimOutlet.com features a full-service team division that offers customization and bulk order discounts. We also have a team affiliate program that allows teams to set up their own online store to earn cash back for their team or club.

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  • Jul

    Must-Have Gear for the First Time Triathlete

    by Evan Rudd, SwimOutlet.com Triathlon Category Manager

    Maybe your best friend talked you into it. Maybe you’re looking for an athletic challenge that takes you outside the confines of a gym. Maybe you lost a bet. Whatever your reason for committing to your first triathlon, your life will never be the same.

    Once you cross that finish line, you’ll be able to call yourself a triathlete, which is a pretty impressive bullet point to add to your résumé of life. But in order to cross that line in a blaze of sweaty glory, you’ll need a few pieces of essential gear to help get you there. You’ll also need to train for whatever event you’re planning to participate in, but this article is focused on the equipment you’ll need for your first triathlon. 

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  • Apr

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Laura Sogar

     

    The latest installment of our series about training features Arena athlete Laura Sogar.

    Leave a question or comment for Laura below by May 5 11:59PM, and you will be entered to win a pair of the Arena COBRA goggles.


    1) We all know getting in the pool can be a struggle some days, what keeps you motivated on days like this?

    I will be the first to admit how hard getting up for those 5:30 morning workouts can be but thinking about my competition and if they are working hard that morning always gets me motivated to make sure I am not losing out on any training time. It helps that I always end up having fun with my teammates once I am at workout and any of that initial desire not to go is quickly forgotten when we are laughing during warmup.

    2) What does the inside of your swim bag look like- do you have a favorite practice suit, type of goggle, or training accessory?

    I really really love my arena challenge back suit, I wear them every single day at workout and they’re super comfortable and flattering. As far as equipment goes I cannot do without my kickboard. Kicking is a huge part of my stroke so I spend a lot of quality time with my board doing kick sets. I also am getting really into yoga so at a meet you can often see me with my yoga block stretching out before warmup.

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  • Nov

    The Training Arena - Q&A with Caitlin Leverenz

     

    Here is our monthly SwimOutlet.com blog featuring a Q&A with an Arena athlete talking about all things training! November's edition features 22-year-old Caitlin Leverenz, a 2012 Olympic Medalist and NCAA athlete at University of California Berkeley. Leave a question or comment for Caitlin to answer at the bottom by November 29 and you’ll be entered to win an Arena towel and goggles!

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  • Aug

    Six Great Out-of-Pool Styles for Fall

    Just when you were starting to show off your sun-tan, you notice the season changing. In fall, a brisk breeze accompanies the sunshine, and the days begin to shorten. It might just be time to retire your cut-offs and pull out your cardigans from the depths of your closet. As much as we'd like to embrace the idea of an endless summer, there are so many great things about fall, and we are all over this season's fresh fall fashions.

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  • May

    Expert Product Review: New Balance 890v3 Running Shoe

    The team at SwimOutlet.com and RunOutlet.com will be running in The Color Run 5k San Jose this month, so we thought we’d try out a pair of colorful running shoes as training gets underway this week!

    The growing popularity of lightweight running shoes has been building for the past several years, but what seemed to be primarily a fashion-driven movement done for looks and style has very much become a functional development as some of the best running brands have entered into the category with terrific designs.

    A few of the brands that focus on running technology have been putting a greater emphasis on making these lightweight shoes into terrific running shoes by their own accounts – not just resting on the laurels of the low-profile silhouette itself.

    The New Balance 890v3 very much falls into this category: a good-looking, lightweight shoe that still doubles as a terrific runner. At 9.55 oz, it’s roughly 25% lighter than New Balance’s classic 990v3 design – so it checks the lightweight test.

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  • Dec

    SwimOutlet.com's Top 10 Viral Swimming Videos of 2012

    We made a list and checked it twice. With the end of the year upon us, we thought we’d look back on some of the best viral videos from 2012. Enjoy some laughs and Happy New Year from SwimOutlet.com

    #10 - Elon Swim Club goes Gangnam Style
    It’s the biggest video phenomenon of all time, here’s the swimming version!
     
    #9 - Tony Azevedo's Lamborghini Trick Shot Video
    See U.S.A. Water Polo star Tony Azevedo pull off quite an unbelievable trick shot during a kids clinic in California.
     
    #8 - Breaking the Ice
    A man cannonballs into a frozen pool. Watch it and wince!
     
    #7 - Matt Grevers' On Deck Proposal
    How about this for catching your girlfriend by surprise! Great work from Olympic champion Matt Grevers.
     
    #6 - The Meaning of Jeah!
    Ryan Lochte takes us through the various interpretations and meanings of his own addition to Webster’s Dictionary: “JEAH”
     

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  • Aug

    Ryan Lochte & SwimOutlet.com Launch Fan Photo Contest

    Within the first hour of launching the Team Lochte Photo Contest, over 50 fans had already submitted photos. Participants said the reason why they jumped on this opportunity so fast was due to the amazing grand prize: a 1-on-1 phone call with Ryan Lochte. 

    Would you also like a chance to win a 1-on-1 PHONE CALL WITH RYAN LOCHTE?! All you have to do is submit a photo of yourself wearing the Lochte Glasses, made famous by Ryan himself with appearances on The Today Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NBC Olympics in London. Make sure to have your friends vote for you -- The person with the most votes and the highest rating wins the grand prize of a 1-on-1 call with Ryan Lochte! Prizes will also be given out weekly throughout the contest: A pair of the Lochte Glasses signed by Ryan.

     

    If you're a Lochte fan, you'll love this contest: It's dripping with Lochte likeness. The photos even have an advanced "JEAH" rating system! Can you get more "JEAHs" than Jimmy Fallon? 

     
     

    To find out more or to enter the contest, click here.

    Don’t have a pair of Lochte glasses yet? Click here!

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