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Kerrville Tri – New July Playlist

The days are getting longer and it is about time for a playlist refresh. We put together 1.5 hours of jammin’ tunes to keep you motivated while you move. Play from start to finish or pick and choose to add to your own playlist.

 

Time for some tri gear upgrades!

After you cover getting the basics for a triathlon, there comes a large list of wants and upgrades. This edition of Tri Gear Round Up we will focus on some of these upgrades and the benefits of each. After you cover getting the basics for a triathlon, there comes a large list of wants and upgrades. This edition of Tri Gear Round Up we will focus on some of these upgrades and the benefits of each.


Ibera Bicycle Lightweight Aluminum Water Bottle Cage

These cages are a significant upgrade from your standard aluminum cages. They are lightweight and give you that “carbon cage” look without breaking the bank. Also, the design allows you to remove your bottles with ease while keeping the bottle secure while riding. Now if you already have something like this and are looking for the next upgrade, it is time to go carbon.
<p>For your rear hydration set up, it is best to go with the XLAB Gorilla cage. This carbon cage is pricey, but it makes up for it by keeping your bottles secure on long rides. No more launching bottles, yay!
<p>If you have a smaller bike frame, you may consider a side entry bottle cage. These allow you to remove the bottle to the side instead of pulling up.




Fi’zi:k Performance Bar Tape

Most bikes start out with a simple cork bar tape. While these are just fine when starting out, if you find yourself on the bike more you may want to upgrade. Fi’zi:k may seem like a weird name, but they make great products including bar tape. Fizik’s Performance Bar Tape comes in two distinct styles: Soft and Tacky. We like the tacky finish as it keeps your hands or gloves glued to the bars even if it gets wet. The 3mm thickness of the tape gives a dense-yet-forgiving comfort to your bars.
<p>If Fizik doesn’t have the color you are looking for, a great second option is Lizard Skin Bar tape.




Continental Grand Prix 4000s II Cycling Tire

The Grand Prix 4000s II is a great all around tire. It is a combination of reliability, comfort, low rolling resistance, and performance in weather situations. It also does well with punctures.
<p>The patented BlackChili Compound improves rolling resistance by 26 % and provides 30 % more grip than activated silica compounds. The only option that you will have to make is the width since it comes in both a 23c and 25c.




Chamois Butt’r Anti-Chafe Cream, individual packs

If you are not using a Chamois cream then start now, you will thank us. The real upgrade here is in the individual packs. These are easily stored in your bento box or your jersey pocket.
<p>Chamois Butt’r immediately improves riding comfort & soothes already chafed or irritated skin. It lubricates, soothes and softens the skin of all athletes who experience chafing. Apply liberally to skin and/or chamois before each ride. May be applied to any skin areas that rub together or against clothing, i.e., rubbing thighs or underarms.




YETI Rambler 14 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid

Ok, so technically this piece of “tri gear” is not triathlon specific but it is an upgrade. As triathletes, we put in the long hours, and we deserve hot coffee when we want it!
<p>This Yeti Rambler is a great size and comes with a comfortable handle. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip. So fill this up with your favorite and leave it in your car to enjoy when you get back from your workout.




Kool Kovers Bicycle Shoe Cleat Cover Set

Protect your investment with cleat covers. Covers protect cleats from wear and make walking easier. No more slipping as you shuffle into the bike shop on a mid-ride pitstop. They are also a good option for preventing mud and dirt from building up inside cleats. Just put these on your shoes in transition and then take them off once you reach the mount line.
<p>They are super easy to attach, remove, and store (in your saddle bag or jersey pocket).


Represent a Reason and take your training to the next level!

People race Kerrville Triathlon for many reasons. It’s the most scenic triathlon in Texas. Most race to prove to themselves they can complete a longer distance triathlon. Others race to beat their previous time. Some participate to stay in shape. Whatever your reason you choose to race Kerrville Tri, you can make your training and race day that much more meaningful when you Represent a Reason! Click To Tweet

When you Represent a Reason you have the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization of your choice. Fundraising becomes your defacto fourth discipline when you’re training for Kerrville Tri and racing on Saturday, Sept. 29th, or Sunday, Sept. 30th. Use your triathlon training to take your impact beyond race day! You can get your friends, family, and training groups/clubs involved too. Anyone can Represent a Reason and make a difference for their preferred charity. Start fundraising today using the steps below!

Step 1: Register for the race and create a fundraiser

  • Click “Set Up Your Fundraiser” and choose your charity – a page will be created and you’ll be ready to start fundraising.

Step 2: Share with the world

  • Your fundraising page allows friends and family to donate directly to your cause and helps you share your story.

Step 3: See your impact

  • Your personal page collects your fundraising totals together in one place – your overall impact.

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram what charity you’ll support when you Represent a Reason!

Run softly you could take time off your run

As triathletes, it seems that the inherent beating our legs take while on training runs often leads to some of the most nagging and potentially severe injuries. That dreaded pain on the inside of a shin. The chronically inflamed IT band. A perpetually tight hamstring. The list goes on. Too many times we chalk this up as “part of the process.” What many athletes do not realize is that by applying a few subtle technique changes to running form, common injuries can be eradicated and running speed can be gained. By being quiet while you run you can achieve increased economy of movement; in other words, run softly.

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Runner at the 2017 Kerrville Triathlon Festival (credit: Ed Sparks)

While on your next training run for the Kerrville Tri, leave the iPod at home and prepare to listen while you run softly. Listen to your gait. Is there a heavy sigh from the ground on every foot strike? Do you notice a shuffling sound similar to autumn foliage moving along at the pace of a breeze? If you are picking up on sounds that are more audible than not, you may need to work on your foot strike and run more softly.

When you run softly it allows your foot to strike the ground and transition from the initial contact This is often considered heel strike or a mid-foot strike, with less breaking force (ground reaction force). Click To Tweet

This means that less impact is transferred from this brief, but violent stop throughout your body. Think of a plane landing gently at an optimal angle. Now think of a plane landing that comes down a little hard and jolts the entire cabin. This is not entirely dissimilar to the jolt your body takes each time your foot lands. When coaches tell athletes to run with light feet, this is precisely what they are referring to.

On runs, occasionally think about foot strike and quick transition. As your heel comes in contact with the ground try to roll your foot forward to the mid-foot, then to the ball of your foot, and then to a strong, propulsive toe-off. Work on doing this seamlessly and without interruption. Another important key to this skill is never allowing heel strike to be forward of your knee. Your heel strike should occur directly under your knee and your knee should be directly beneath your center of gravity. Look down while in heel strike to mid-stance of your stride. At that point, you should see no more than the tips of your toes extending from beneath your knee. If you see more than just the tips, then you’re creating a greater ground reaction force and more resistance – increasing your risk for injury.

Like anything, running softly takes time to develop. Remind yourself to run softly because the impact can be huge. Click To Tweet

Take care of your bike and it’ll take care of you

Triathlon season is rapidly approaching for most triathletes! If you’ve been riding all winter or are brushing the cobwebs off, take the time to learn about/be reminded of a replacement timeline for the parts on your beloved road/tri bike. Whether Kerrville Tri is the only race on your calendar or you’ll close out your tri season on the most scenic triathlon course in Texas, the below replacement recommendations will help ensure your trusted ride is ready to roll when you exit T1. Keep in mind, every triathlete’s replacement timeline is different. If you ride more frequently replace your parts sooner.

Bike care replacement timeline

Bike care is as vital as training.

Tune up: once a year or as needed
Cables replaced: replace every six months or as needed
Tires: 2500 miles
Tubes: until they flat
Chain: 10-speed: every 2000 miles; 9-speed or less: every 2500 miles
Cassette: replace every 15,000 miles (if the chain is replaced regularly)
Bottom bracket: replace when loose or rough
Brake pads: replace when worn halfway through
Bearings: replace when rough
Carbon bars and seat post: replace every 1.5-2 years.
Find yourself in need of some maintenance? Contact City Limit Cycles in Austin or Jack and Adam’s Fredericksburg.

Best of luck this triathlon season. We’ll see you in Kerrville on September 29th and 30th!