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EFS vs Skratch Labs vs Osmo: An Electrolyte Hydration Drink Comparison – First Endurance.

Yup just a great product from an awesome company

6 Foods That Behave Like Addictive Drugs In Your Body

6 Foods That Behave Like Addictive Drugs In Your Body.

Tour de France Physics | Science Blogs | WIRED

This is fun :)

Tour de France Physics | Science Blogs | WIRED.

Wahoo Introduces RPM Cadence Sensor With Bluetooth & ANT+ Connectivity

Another from the press-release files.  Love Wahoo Fitness.  Have their Kickr, and RFLKT+.  They’re a modern-thinking company, with good products.  I haven’t physically evaluated the RPM but thre’s little to investigate here.  It either works or it doesn’t and I know that Wahoo wouldn’t release a dud.

My only concern with it was battery life and how to change the battery.  The unit attaches to the crank-arm with very strong double-sided tape or zip ties and the battery can be end-user replaced without removing the sensor from the crankarm.   I love the endless march of developers towards open standards (bluetooth) and feel that in time, openness will win over incumbency but as an ANT+ (primarily) user love the dual-mode devices even more ;)



Wahoo Introduces RPM Cadence Sensor With Bluetooth & ANT+ Connectivity


RPM now connects with nearly any device, fits on any bike, and does not require charging

(Atlanta, GA – June 24, 2014) –Wahoo Fitness, the leader in iPhone powered cycling, running and fitness, is pleased to announce dual-band capability of the RPM Cadence Sensor. Now, the user can pair the sensor with both Bluetooth 4.0 and/or ANT+ devices, increasing its versatility. The sensor is available immediately at and at specialty retailers later this summer for $49.99.

The sleek, 7-gram wireless cadence sensor eliminates magnets, and it connects wirelessly to your iOS, Android OS 4.3 or greater, or any device with Bluetooth 4.0 and/or ANT+ capability. The RPM collects and displays your cadence data through the free Wahoo Fitness App or your favorite cycling app. The sensor runs on a coin cell battery, does not require charging, and the universal fit allows the RPM to work with any bike. The RPM can also be worn vertically on your shoe like a traditional footpod for indoor cycling.

“We’ve seen an incredible emergence of devices that connect to Smartphones,” says Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “Adding ANT+ connectivity to our proven RPM Cadence Sensor only serves to make it more flexible and useful for a wider range of cyclists.”

ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 capable, the RPM Cadence Sensor easily connects to a range of smartphones and GPS devices. RPM can also be paired with a range of the most popular cycling and fitness apps including Strava, MapMyRide and Cyclemeter.

This just in my mailbox today.

I love my Ogio bags. I have a few of them, several more than 3 years old.  They take a lot of abuse and hold up like no other I’ve had.  My swim bag is 2 years old, and 5 days/wk gets rammed into and pulled out of a locker at the Y – it still looks new!



OGIO becomes Licensee and Sponsor of IRONMAN

Salt Lake City, UT (July 1, 2014) – IRONMAN® athletes can now rely on the OGIO brand for a durable, lightweight collection of all-purpose bags for all of their race day, training and lifestyle needs. The IRONMAN by Ogio Collection consists of 7 total pieces and includes transition bags, backpacks, luggage and a briefcase.

“The collaboration with IRONMAN is monumental for the OGIO brand and is the next step towards our ongoing commitment to cater to endurance athletes with high quality bags,” says Mark Talarico, VP of Endurance at OGIO International. “We are thrilled to be an official supplier of IRONMAN and to provide a collection of bags that reflect the spirit of IRONMAN: Durable, tough and ready for the long haul.”

“We wanted to partner with a brand that combined a stylish, intelligent design with durability and reliability, and OGIO is the perfect fit,” said Carola Ross, Chief Sales Officer for IRONMAN. “Their bags boast a vibrant look while offering great carrying capabilities and organization to our athletes who demand so much of both during IRONMAN events and in their every day lives.”

The Flagship M9 transition bag is designed to organize and protect an athlete’s full compliment of gear. It’s crafted with extremely high tensile strength light weight fabric and features 2 crush proof tech vaults, multiple storage pockets, a huge wet/dry area for wetsuits, external helmet storage and a stowaway rain cover ($159.95). The collection also features the Newt M15 backpack ($89.99), Terminal M22 luggage piece ($149.99), M2 training bag ($49.99), and other bags for training and everyday use.

Now athletes who have crossed the finish line or who are still in training can wear the IRONMAN® brand proudly with the new IRONMAN by OGIO Collection.

Trek, Scott recalling 125k bikes because of problem with SR Suntour fork | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

Mental Strength – Ronnie Schildknecht trying to draw a line through a blurry subject | Biestmilch’s Seven.

Great interview with Ronnie – worth the listen.

yurbuds: you have to love this company!

I love my Yurbuds.  I’ve used them for training for years.  I try other buds and earphones from time to time, but always come back to the yurbuds because, well, they’re so amazing.  I think right now I have 3 or 4 pairs (some with mic’s some without) that I’ve purchased when I found myself somewhere without a set.  Can’t go wrong :)

I almost always buy the Inspire or Inspire Pro.  Being a glasses wearer I prefer the in-ear styles to the over-ear ones.

Yurbuds also recently came out with a Vivid line – bright colours to suit your mood, match your clothes, or just mix it up a bit.  Kinda fun and hey, why not! :)


They also have a limited edition “Boston Strong” set.  This came through my email this morning:

yurbuds® Supports Running Community with Sponsored Boston Team and Donation to the Challenged Athletes Foundation – Endurance Sportswire | Endurance Sportswire.

Felt recalls five triathlon bike models – BikeRadar

This showed up in my email this morning.  If you ride a Felt TT bike, check this out.

Felt recalls five triathlon bike models – BikeRadar.

Review: Compex miSport

I recently had the opportunity to perform an extended evaluation on the Compex MiSport Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) system.



I’d hoped to do a similar treatment with the miSport as I had done previously the the Recovery Pump system.  But when I started working with the Compex I found it to be a very different animal than the recovery pump and doing a testing protocol with it just didn’t make sense.

Let me try to explain. The recovery pump legs are essentially a 2-trick pony: using compression force metabolic waste out of your legs after a big workout; and, (also) using compression help refresh your legs with freshly oxygenated blood before a big workout.  The recovery pump  works the full length of both of your legs at once. All good, and really lends itself to a testing protocol where the preloading and recovery could shine.

The Compex is more like visiting a chiropractor or massage therapist or even a strength and conditioning coach, but a session with the Compex is limited to 1 or 2 muscle groups at a time (4 sets of pads, 1 set of pads per muscle group).  That said the Compex can still be used for recovery or potentiation: to do this you use the Compex to activate muscles at the extreme of the limb to encourage blood flow into the entire limb.   I found this to be a little less obvious, but it does work.

The Compex also really excels in rehab, strength and conditioning.  When I gained access to the Compex I was recovering from an upper-glute/lower-back strain that my chiro and I had linked to very tight hip flexors causing rotational stress thru my glute-med, glutes and lower back.  I’d been stretching, doing crab-walks with therabands, and a bunch of other exercises to target and strengthen the unbalanced muscles. I decided to add the Compex to the formula.  I spent 2 weeks, 2-3 times/week, doing a Compex strength program targeted at glute max and glute med while sitting watching TV or working at my desk.  The pain reduction and strength gains were noticeable almost immediately.  Being able to target these areas, for 30-45 minutes/day without putting more time aside for training was pretty epic.  Time is tight for most of us and being able to do these additional strength and conditioning sessions was amazing.  I could see this also being super useful if you were injured but wanted to reduce muscle wasting when you couldn’t train.

One thing I really like about using the Compex,  for recovery, rehab or strength/conditioning is that there’s no nervous system engagement or fatigue.  One thing endurance athletes can suffer from is not so much muscular fatigue, but rather neurological fatigue – where the brain and nervous system that’s engaged in driving your muscles just gets tired of firing those pathways.  When a lot of people think they’re bonking, it’s sometimes nervous system fatigue.  Their bodies are still capable of much more, but their brain is saying “enough”.  Because the Compex is driving the muscle directly, there is no mental fatigue: are recovery workout with the Compex is truly full body recovery (brain and nervous system too).

The miSport is a rechargeable device that holds a pretty serious charge.  I didn’t sit with a stopwatch, but think the battery lasted about 8 hours of use and recharged fully after 2-3 hours.  The Compex also uses electrode pads that are reusable but do eventually lose their stickiness and need to be replaced.  I think my skin may be a little oily because I was initially going through a set of pads in 1 sitting (several applications).  After a while I started swabbing my skin with an alcohol pad before application and found the pads lasted 2-3 times longer.

The Compex miSport is a pretty cool and flexible device.  Definitely an awesome tool to add to your toolbox for all that it offers: pain management, recovery, rehab, and strength and conditioning.  Is it a “magic bullet” that means you don’t have to train?  No.  (There’s no such thing!)  But the Compex can help you maximize your time and target problem areas on concert with or instead of using a chiropractor, massage therapist or physical trainer.  Pretty sweet.

If you’re in Canada feel free to reach out to the Compex Canada rep.  Derrick is a pretty great guy and he’ll hook you up.

Derrick Nield, MSc
Field Sales Associate
Recovery Sciences Division
DJO Canada Inc.

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