1) I mentioned in a previous post about a local Sporting goods store offering a free shirt for reaching a set goal by the end of January. Mine was a 2:15/100M in the pool. I reached my goal of 2:12 about the third week in January. However, I blew that away in my indoor tri by posting an average of 1:54/100M in the swim for 525M total. I went out this weekend to reap my rewards. Sweet!!!
Brooks Equilibrium Shirt w/ Jack Rabbit Sports logo
2) I bought toe warmers at my local CVS to wear in my bike shoes. Yes, I have wool socks, neoprene socks and neoprene shoe covers. Nonetheless, when it is right around freezing temps, my little piggies still get cold. I don't love the idea of the packs in my shoes; not so comfy, but what's a girl to do? Then I stumbled across this...so brilliant in its "duh" factor.
3) I recently discovered, cuz remember now I was a newbie last year (and still pretty much so), that my cycling shoes are too big. This works out great for the winter when I can stuff those wool socks inside. Not so good for peddling efficiency, etc., etc. in my races during the summer. A couple of weeks ago I wandered in to my LBS and was looking at the shoes. The guy who hooked me up with my new pair of kicks (can you call cycle shoes 'kicks' or should they be called 'spins'? Webster is rolling in his grave right about now) was really helpful. So helpful in fact that he brought out some older stock to find me somehting that wasn't on the floor and furnished me with a discount (only fair I suppose as it was old stock). I walked out the proud and happy new owner of Shimano TR-01 tri shoes with carbon fiber soles. Not the prettiest girl in the class, but maybe one of the smartest?
4) The new shoes have holes for SPD and the 3-hole configuration for Look, which is what I use (Look Keo). I have some SPDs which I was planning on putting on my old shoes for spin class, but my old shoes only have the 3-hole, sigh... While looking online at cleat placement, I came across Joel Friel's blog (who is that, you ask? I have no idea. It's just the name of his blog). He talks about cleat placement in the midsole and here and here. Interesting. There is even a shoe company that makes shoes to accomodate this so you don't have to go drilling your own holes, which actually may be the cheaper way for those interested in pursuing this idea. I did find some other stuff online about this.....thoughts?
5) Check out this crazy ass spin class. They have a studio here in NYC called 'Ride The Zone'. There is a video on the homepage when it opens.....Seriously, I'm thinking of trying this out.
6) Finally, DUDE!!!! Respect!