by Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Olympic triathlete & SwimOutlet.com expert contributor
The growth in open water swimming in the past decade has been tremendous, whether for fitness, competition or multi-sport events like triathlons. Venues range from lakes to rivers to bays to oceans and each one presents different challenges. Most open water swimmers train for races exclusively in the pool and this can leave them unprepared for open water swimming. There are a few important techniques to think about when swimming open water, so I put them together with my tips: sighting, stroke efficiency, buoy turns and water entries and exits.
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.Read More
By Mark Gangloff, Olympic Gold Medalist
For quite some time “land” athletes have benefitted from technology. Between watches, GPS devices, computers, and even shoes that provide key metrics, land athletes have been able to track their training, compare results, and set goals rather easily. In the pool, we are often left to our own devices (no pun intended): counting.
Recently, there has been a transition to swimmer-friendly technology. Among them, Swim.com has launched in beta this summer, providing a swim tracking and workout platform that is compatible across multiple wearables, including some tech watches that I have reviewed here.
Tech watches – some people call them smart watches – for swimmers provide key feedback and relieve the athlete of counting, tracking, and roping an innocent bystander into keep your pace.
Over the last several weeks, I have tried many tech watches for swimmers. I am thrilled about these innovations and what they could do for our sport and our athletes so a brief overview follows.
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.
By Jordan Turner, SwimOutlet.com Social Media Coordinator
If you're anything like me, you have thought about "tri-ing" a triathlon because, well, why not? You can swim, you can bike and you can run-- so how hard can it be, right?!
A year ago, I registered for my very first triathlon. It was a sprint, which consisted of a 400 yard swim, a 12 mile bike ride, and a 5k run. Being a swimmer, and having a few half-marathons under my belt, I went into this race with a mountain bike, minimal training and oodles of confidence. The race was tougher than I anticipated (especially as I watched everyone zoom past me on the bike course), but fun nonetheless. So naturally, I was already looking for my next race (and a road bike).
By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 Beijing Olympian
A lot of you out there might be traveling to your first triathlons this summer. Traveling to races can be quite stressful; in my last review, I made a list of things to bring while traveling to a local race; however, traveling via plane, domestically or internationally, can be quite different. Here, I have put together some tips and thoughts about how to approach traveling longer distances to races, as you get ready for summer race season.
Over my years as a pro triathlete, I have flown over 1 million miles and could tell you all sorts of stories from airports from Beijing to Sydney to Frankfurt to Chicago, but there are quite a few tips that I have learned that can make triathlon travel a lot less stressful.
This year my first big trip was to New Zealand for the New Plymouth World Cup and Auckland World Series Race. I started looking at tickets in December and booked my flight in early January, ensuring that I got the connections that I wanted, and the dates I wanted. As my departure date got closer, I started to go over my list and begin to pre-pack.
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?Read More
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.
Preparing for your first triathlon
by Jarrod Shoemaker
So, you’ve decided to give triathlons a shot? Or maybe thinking about “tri”ing it out? Well, let me tell you that triathlons are not as crazy of an event as some people make them out to be. Whether you are coming from a single sport background in swimming, biking or running, or coming from another sport entirely, the key is becoming comfortable enough in all three sports.
The first step towards getting ready for your first triathlon is to pick a race! I would suggest starting with a small local sprint distance race, instead of a larger or longer race. By starting small you will be able to focus on enjoying the experience. I have seen many people pick longer distance races as their first races, not realizing the commitment they need to just complete an event like that. I would suggest a sprint distance race with legs under 750 meter swim, 13 mile bike and 4 mile run.
By Rob Penner
Spring will be out in full-force in just a matter of days or weeks depending on where you live, so it’s high-time to consider that next pair of running shoes for warm weather.
But this year perhaps more than ever, you have a big decision to make: light vs. traditional cushion. Building off the increased popularity of minimalist running shoes over the past few years, all the top brands now feature excellent lightweight running shoes – many with their own technical attributes. It’s clear they are coming up with better fabrics and improved construction techniques with each passing year.
By Jarrod Shoemaker, 2008 OlympianRead More
As the weather slowly turns warmer in much of the country, the summer triathlon season is quickly approaching! For those of you still new to triathlons, it’s best to start planning out some of the gear that you may need on race day.
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Spring is just around the corner and to celebrate warmer weather ahead (we hope!), we are giving away this awesome women’s TomTom Runner GPS Watch with extra large, high-resolution display.
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Until just a few years ago compression socks were confined to hospitals and rehab units for use in post-surgery, diabetes and people who needed to stimulate blood flow. The few athletes who used compression socks used them to combat dreaded “cankles” (pooling of blood in the feet and ankles during prolonged periods of sitting) on long-haul flights. Then suddenly, athletes were wearing compression socks in racing, from 5Ks to marathons to triathlons.
Since the increase in popularity of compression garments began, there have been numerous studies to determine how effective compression socks and sleeves are. Generally, the majority of the studies have come to the conclusion that they do not increase performance. But just because they don’t directly impact performance, doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other good reasons to use or try compression clothing.
By Jarrod Shoemaker
For most triathletes buying a wetsuit is an afterthought, coming up in the list of priorities after bikes, shoes, nutrition, race suit and goggles. Depending on where you live, you could use a wetsuit once a season or use one every single race. Thus, deciding on what wetsuit to buy is a choice that should take some time.
The latest installment of our series about training features Arena athlete Claire Donahue, who is also a regular on the Fitter & Faster Tour Presented by SwimOutlet.com and appears in the Swim Like a Champion DVD series.
Leave a question or comment for Claire below, and you will be entered to win the Swim Like a Champion – Butterfly DVD featuring Claire.
JanThe first thing to know about running shoes: picking running shoes is a very personal decision! What your friend or brother likes, does not mean it will work for you. Read More
Happy New Years to all and hopefully everyone rang in the New Year with good times! Now that it’s 2014, it’s time to set your sights on the upcoming year and set some goals for yourself – no matter how small, large, personal or professional they might be.
Here’s our 10 New Year’s Swimolutions for 2014!
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!Read More
In preparation for the RCP Tiburon Mile on September 29th, our SwimOutlet team headed up to San Francisco this past weekend to test the waters. We met up with the Water World Swim group to do a short open water course around Aquatic Park in the San Francisco Bay. On the drive up we were a little nervous about how cold the water was going to be, since we would be swimming without wetsuits. Sure enough, upon our arrival we were greeted by several dozen swimmers pulling on their full-sleeve triathlon wetsuits. Thankfully, there were a few others skipping the neoprene. We breathed a sigh of relief…Read More
Imagine walking down the beach, in the glistening sun. As you're strolling through the salty air and soft sand, you notice: all eyes are on you. Immediately, you wonder if your new, colorful swimsuit is twisted in all the wrong ways. Why else would all of these people be looking?Read More
SwimOutlet.com is celebrating the summer of style with our first-ever “Pin It to Win It” sweepstakes running today through August 14, 2013!
Design your own fashion “storyboard” from over 50,000 different styles and items available at SwimOutlet.com.Read More
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.Read More
Less than a week to go to Wildflower, I spent this past weekend getting race ready. Saturday morning I slipped into my On Cloudracers and linked my Garmin Forerunner 210 to the satellite. Heading out on the trails I started at an easy pace and charged the hills like I was racing up San Antonio Drive. I spent the last mile of my run focusing on my form and pacing to dial in the right speed and comfort for race day.
Sunday I was eager to get on my bike and test out my new Giro Air Attack Aero Helmet. I headed out on a flatter course so I could stay in the aerobars as much as possible. The helmet was incredibly comfortable and felt fairly lightweight. My test on a local Strava segment proved it would help my speed on race day. The remainder of the week my workouts will taper down as my excitement grows for Sunday’s race.Read More
I recently moved to San Jose, CA for my job with SwimOutlet.com from Colorado Springs, CO. It’s been a great transition so far; I’m liking my job, coworkers, being back in the Bay Area, the weather, I could go on and on.
As a former competitive swimmer, swimming will always be a part of my life; I grew up on Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound and I swam on a swim team for 20 years of my life. I am naturally drawn to the water, whether that’s watching the waves crash or enjoying a swim meet ever now and then.
After I decided to retire in 2008, I enjoyed having a little break from the hours spent at the pool swimming laps. I traveled and enjoyed land activities like running, yoga and hiking. But alas, I came back to the sport last year when I was living in Colorado Springs and joined the Pike’s Peak Athletics Master’s team, George and Anna Heidinger started the team and have done a great job of growing it’s membership.
Swimming Masters is a whole different kind of swimming for me, there’s no requirement or obligation to go, it’s purely for the love of swimming! The Pike’s Peak Athletics team was fantastic to be a part of, I enjoyed going to practice three times a week for the social aspect of it as well as getting away from my desk in the middle of the day to submerge myself the liquid escape that is a pool.Read More
Hello SwimOutlet fans!
You may have noticed over the past few months, that SwimOutlet.com has been increasing its product selection beyond swimming to include running, yoga and surf gear, too. So we’ll have some non-swimming posts from time-to-time.
We’re building up a running culture here and this weekend a bunch of staffers ran in the popular 408k Race to the Row in San Jose.
Congrats to the participants!
Asics was nice enough to send us a few pairs of the new GEL-Kayano 19 that just hit our inventory to try out for the race – and we took them for a test run out back of our office along the Guadalupe River Trail.
Having a trail behind our office is a big perk of being at SwimOutlet.com. The Guadalupe River Trail runs 11 miles from downtown San Jose to the southern most point of San Francisco Bay. It’s flat and has both gravel and paved sections, making it a perfect spot to try out the new Asics.Read More
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