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Because when you're out on the course, all that's there is your internal monolog

Which of these is best for swimming? Read on to find out.

Source: The Best Hand Position For Swimming – Triathlete.com

The AIRhub – Terrain Dynamics

The AIRhub is a revolutionary on-road resistance training device that allows you maximum control over your environment. Never waste a second of training. Climb mountains while seated in the middle of your pack.

Source: The AIRhub – Terrain Dynamics

 

Saw this referenced in the GCN Show.  Looks pretty cool.  Need one of these for riding around the city with Kim 🙂

IRONMAN is partnering with the UCI to leverage the latest technology to combat the concealment of motors or other artificial accelerating devices by athletes looking to gain an unfair advantage.

Source: IRONMAN Announced Changes to Global Competition Rules to Counter Techn

This is good news, but have to admit, I think it’s really unfortunate that it needs to happen.

Flying with your bike: tips from a baggage handler | CyclingTips

Source: Flying with your bike: tips from a baggage handler | CyclingTips

UCI suspends use of disk brakes after Ventoso injury

Cycling’s governing body has suspended the use of disc brakes following an injury to Movistar rider Francisco Ventoso

Source: UCI suspends use of disk brakes after Ventoso injury

 

Well that didn’t take very long…

Where the world’s top endurance coaches, industry experts, and thought leaders come together to discuss successful business strategies and the latest in science based coaching.

Source: Endurance Coaching Summit

 

Road Cycling Summit

Source: Road Cycling Summit

This looks pretty cool.  Gonna try to check it out.

Review: Finis Duo

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Late in 2015, Finis released the newest installation in the bone-conduction mp3 collection: The Finis Duo. As with the other devices in this line it produces pretty good sound quality by sending vibrations directly into your skull rather than relying on earplugs or speakers.  I like this about the line because I use silicon earplugs and like to dump them regularly to keep the chances for some strange ear bug growing in the earplugs.

Unfortunate, for me, the Duo is not a step forward in the evolution of Finis products.  Lets dive in (no pun intended).

Likes

  • the bone conduction tech that Finis has used for years, it’s not the most high fidelity sound, but to break up the hours staring at the black line, it’s enough
  • the Duo has a magnetic charge adapter that is a definite improvement over the previous grommeted swimp3 approach and is perhaps a little better than the charge adapter for the Neptune (though I never had a problem charging my neptune)

Dislikes

  • previous incarnations of the swimp3 and neptune had plastic clips on the sides of the “ear pieces” (they don’t go in your ear, but not sure what else to call them… sound pods?).  While the ones on the swimp3 could be a little cumbersome, especially if you have short fingernails, they improved them on the Neptune to be a clothes-peg-like design that was simple to attach to goggles and to adjust. The Duo has a hard plastic channel that you have to weave your goggle-strap into. Having wrestled with it daily for about a week, I have to say “don’t like”.  It’s very hard to clip in with your goggles on your head and once the strap is threaded, its nearly impossible to adjust the location of the “pods”.
  • the neptune has a longer battery life. The Duo’s 7hrs isn’t bad, but it won’t get me through a weeks’ training in the pool without a recharge.  There’s also no indicator of battery charge on the Duo (unlike the Neptune).
  • the neptune actually has a display and user interface that doesn’t require guessing and interpreting a single blinking light, again (imo) a step backwards for the Duo
  • I’m not sure if this is bad luck (track selection), or by design, but I’ve noticed LONG (20-30s) gaps between tracks with the Duo.  To the point where I wonder if the unit is still on/out of battery/malfunctioning.  I haven’t checked to see if my track selection had long lead-ins/outs (but I’d be surprised). Also because of the lack of screen, I have no idea what track is playing, so it’s “difficult” to quickly diagnose.

To me, the Duo is a refresh on the old SwiMP3 v2.. call it the SwiMP3 v3.. the interface is pretty much the same, the case is more difficult to comfortably fit on your goggle strap but the battery life and memory is beefed up a bit.

Personally, I’ll stick with the Neptune.

The 22-year-old announced a 2-year deal after setting the world record on Tuesday night.

Source: Brooks Signs Beer Mile World Record Holder Lewis Kent – Competitor.com

 

I got a chuckle out of this.  Who knew winning a beer mile could get you a shoe sponsor 🙂

Clif Bar & Company and IRONMAN Expand North American Partnership

Great news for Clif and for those of us who find their products palatable when training and racing.

Source: Clif Bar & Company and IRONMAN Expand North American Partnership