Friday, August 17, 2007

HydroTail vs XLab Carbon Wing

So my friend is stoked (excited) about getting this new rear hydration bottle holder the Beaker Concepts HdyroTail (He won the winning bid at a charity auction). He says it's the lightest therefore the best on the market. Can anybody who's used it corroborate this from first hand experience. Is it that much better than the XLab Carbon Wing coming out? My thought is that even though the HydroTail might be lighter the XLab Carbon Wing seems to offer a lot more utility options. My belief is that both are very nice and the "best" one is relative to your needs.

Thanks in advance for any comments or feedback on the Hydro Tail "hydration system".
As always here's a link to the products:
HydroTail by Beaker Concepts
Carbon Wing by Xlab
Originally posted Friday August 17, 2007
Update 2/16/2013:
Since the writing of this article the Xlab products have evolved and expanded a lot. The hydrotail is still available but the company hasn't grown like Xlab. There are still many more options with Xlab.
See more Xlab products

Thursday, May 10, 2007

New SwiMP3 V2

A new SwiMP3 V2 has come out by Finis. The SwiMP3 is an mp3 player you can swim with. Unlike other mp3 players this device uses bone conduction so you get better quality under the water. If you want to read more about it or buy it click here -> More about the SwiMP3

Transition Mat for Triathlon

Tranistion Mat post updated 2/27/10. See bottom for update.

Many people at Wildflower this year got to see the new Lickety-Split Triathlon Transition Mat. I got one from Lickety-Split and I think they're great. I plan on using one at my next race. For those of you who had the opportunity to purchase and use one please do share. Is anybody else interested in this mat?

Here are the benefits that I see from it:
* Marks you transition so it's easy to find. Save seconds and headaches.
* Keep your feet clean and dry.
* It won't roll around and bunch up like a towel
* Sucks up water better than a towel

I was told the most popular colors are Neon and Red Hibuscus.

You can get one here: One Tri: Lickety-Split Triathlon Transition Mat

*** UPDATE 2/27/10 ***
The Lickety Split transition mat recently got a face lift and is now known as the T Mat Pro. The mat seems to be about the same with an update in the logo and small improvements in overall quality control. Also new is a place to write your name on the mat.

The new T Mat Pro is available here: : T Mat Pro Transition Mat

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Triathlon Clothing - Orca Race Suits

Every once in awhile I get asked about triathlon clothing. Below are a couple of popular pieces that are in-stock. Disclaimer: (This is a blatant plug for suits at

4/1/09 Update: This is kind of an old post so for those looking for updated information on triathlon race suits you can go to the Tri Suits section of for a more comprehensive selection. The top brands and best tri suits are all represented inlcuding Zoot, Orca, 2xu, Tyr, Louis Garneau, and DeSoto.

Here's the direct link to the tri suits:

Men's Orca Race suit w/Pockets - This is a very popular race suit because it has a cool back mesh panel and pockets. It also has a control-zip which means you can just flip the zipper to the "on" position and then give a slight tug near the zipper for it to open. When you flip the zipper down it locks in place. Most popular color is black.
In-stock as of 5/1/07:
Black - Medium
Black - Large
Black - X-Large

Men's Orca Pro Killa Race Suit - This is an ITU Race legal suit with a rear-zip. It is great for open water swims and non-wetsuit legal races. It's a very popular and sharp looking suit. Many people will wear it over their run/bike outfit to be quicker through the water. The Pro Killa suit is very slick through the water. The most popular color is black but this year there is also a blue option.
In-stock as of 5/1/07:
Black - Small
Black - Medium
Black - Large
Black - X-Large

Men's > Triathlon Clothing.
Women's > Triathlon Clothing.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

ATHLETE the movie trailer

Brenda sent me this trailer for ATHLETE the movie directed by David Lam. It's a documentary movie that chronicles numerous ordinary athletes through their training and participation in endurance sports. I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product. David (director) told me that he's shooting to finish by March 2008 and premier it soon afterwards at a film festival. Pass along the link and news of this movie to help support the buzz.

Here is a teaser trailer:

Here is a behind the scenes with one of the athletes, Randy:

To find out more visit

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tri Shoe Versus Road Shoe Q&A

I created a little diagram to highlight some general differences between tri shoes and road shoes. Below is the diagram. To read the whole Q & A go to the Triathlete Tips section or click here.

On a side note, One Tri has moved to a new location in Santa Ana, CA. Click here for the new address and hours. Here's the new address:

1530 E. Edinger Ave. Unit 7
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Friday, February 16, 2007

New place to buy triathlon wetsuits

Check out the new store Triathlete Shop It's the international option for triathlon shoppers online. Here's the image from the home page.

There are a lot of tri wetsuits but not much else on the site yet. I can tell you that there are tons of 2007 2XU wetsuits in stock right now. Every day more triathlon gear are being added.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Run Crazy like Phoebe

Every once in awhile my wife and I will run like Phoebe during a work out. It's really quite invigorating especially during a long track work. I found the clip from Gina's blog.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Q and A - What type of bike for a beginner?

Here is a question and answer regarding bike type for a new triathlete from members in my club.


I am a new member who has just begun trianing for sprint distances. I am up to running a 5k and have been cycling for 3 weeks. My cycling has been on a mountain bike I purchased 2 years ago before I decided to train for triathlons. I am discovering that this style of bike is heavy, slow and provides to much drag resistance. I am seeking advice for what style of bike I should get and where I can find a used bike for training. If anyone has any advice ... please let me know.

Answer 1:
I'm currently at what I would call a "mid" level of tri experience, so take my 2 cents with a grain of salt.ultimately you will have to figure out what works well for yourself through some experimentation.

The way I see it, beyond a mountain bike, or a hybrid, you've got 3 different options you can go with:

1. A road bike with a road-type set-up (meaning there are NO aero bars on the bike, you are seated in a relatively straight up manner, and the shifting is right next to where you rest your hands on the handle bars). This type of set-up has the advantage of being MUCH more comfortable for long rides-flat OR hills on the ride. Most people who are putting in some heavy duty miles for their training have a road bike they take for they're long rides and save their other bikes for shorter rides or race day.

2. A road bike with a triathlon or "time trial" set up (meaning there ARE aero bars on the bike, you are seated in a relatively forward manner to place more of the stress on your quads to save your legs for the run, and the shifting is still on the handle bars next to or on the brake mechanisms). This type of set-up has the advantage of being more aerodynamic than a road bike, but it still will not be as fast as a true tri bike because of the weight of the frame and the (often) extra gear cogs included on the front cassette. However, with this set up, you can still ride both flats AND hills with the option of sitting up in a regular position or in
the aero position depending on the terrain.

3. A true tri bike (meaning there ARE aero bars, you are seated in a relatively forward manner, and the shifting is NOW located ON the aero bars so you do NOT need to take your hands off the aero bars in order to shift). Everything about this set-up is geared toward lightness, aerodynamic positioning and speed. It will certainly be your fastest option for a sprint distance, but it will probably not be a very comfortable bike to ride on very hilly rides since you HAVE to be in the aero position to shift gears and it's challenging to remain in the aero position on very steep climbs.

So, as you can see, each of the set-ups has their own advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you want it for. For you, since you are just getting into it and you're currently targeting a sprint level, I might recommend a road bike with a tri set-up. You DEFINITELY want something faster than your mountain bike, and you definitely want to be in an aerodynamic position because of the short miles for your bike legs. However, if you've never been on aero bars before, it's a much different feel. It would be nice to have the option of sitting up occasionally while you get used to the aero position, not to mention with this set up you don't have to worry so much about whether your training rides are flat or hilly. And finally, and possibly the biggest reason, is that you may not be in good enough cycling shape to really benefit from a tri bike yet. Now, some might argue this point, but upgrading from a mountain bike, ANY of these bikes will feel infinitely faster than your mountain bike. The beauty is that, once you get some serious miles under your belt, and you feel like extending your race/training distances, you may THEN want to get a tri bike and convert your road bike to a training bike for your longer rides. Until then, though, a road bike with a tri set-up will probably feel just as fast to you as anything else, until you can get enough experience under your belt to tell the difference.

Again, just my 2 cents, so take it with a grain of salt. Good luck with your search. :-)


Answer 2:
If you're serious about triathlons, go for a triathlon bike - not a road bike. They are designed differently in order to help save your running muscles for the run. Everyone says don't go to expensive if you're new to the sport because you "might not" stick to it, but I wish I didn't take that advice - but instead went a little cheaper and purchased a road bike. However, I hear if the course is very hilly, then a road bike might be better. But I could be wrong, like most of the time it seems.