CAUTION: When getting into your wetsuit, sharp objects can penetrate the rubber of your performance wetsuit. Long fingernails and other sharp objects could make small cuts in the surface of your wetsuit if caution is not exercised. These small cuts are not covered under the manufacturer warranty and are the responsibility of the owner. When trying on a wetsuit, it is best to clip fingernails and/or to be especially aware of your nails.
Make getting into your wetsuit simple with these 9 steps
1. Step into the wetsuit with the zipper facing behind you.
2. Pull the legs of the wetsuit about 1-2 inches above your ankle. If you are having trouble getting the wetsuit over your foot, you can put a plastic grocery bag over your foot and then pull on the wetsuit.
3. Raise the wetsuit up around your waist. Work the wetsuit towards your crotch area until all air pockets have disappeared. For an ideal fit, the wetsuit should feel snug and almost tight around the waist and legs.
4. Lift the wetsuit up around your arms or shoulders depending on the wetsuit model.
5. For a full suit (long sleeve), pull the sleeves 1-2 inches past your watch or wrist area. When pulling on the sleeves, pull on the rubber between the elbow and shoulder.
6. To maximize the range of motion and comfort in the water, it’s important to take your time fitting the arms. Point your arms to the sky and start working the wetsuit material towards your shoulder. The wetsuit fit is correct when there is no gap between the wetsuit and your armpit. Excess rubber should reside above the shoulder. Repeat for both arms.
7. Have a second person zip and secure the collar. Ask the person assisting you to be careful that the zipper does not catch in the protective back flap. Having another person secure the back mechanisms will prolong the life of the rubber and help prevent your zipper from getting stuck in the closed position.
8. The wetsuit should feel tight around your neck causing the wetsuit to move with the neck. If your neck moves freely inside of the wetsuit, readjust the collar. If you choose to use lubrication products, make sure it is a non-petroleum based lubricant.
9. A proper fitting wetsuit should feel almost uncomfortably tight out of the water. The suit will naturally expand and become more comfortable once in the water and in a proper swimming position.
Follow these steps and getting into your wetsuit will get easier over time. The advice will also help prolong the life of your wetsuit. Take care of it and it’ll take care of you! Looking for your first wetsuit or to upgrade? Check out Roka wetsuits!
You should strive for a clean drivetrain
While you’re hanging around this summer, why not try your hand at making sure you have a clean drivetrain? With these simple steps, you’ll be the grease monkey you always dreamed of being! Not only that, but keeping your drivetrain clean and lubed extends the life of your bicycle and helps maintain proper shifting performance and pedaling efficiency.
1. When riding primarily on roads, you should clean and re-lube your chain at least once every three or four rides, depending on the conditions (rain, excessive road grit, etc.).
2. Run the chain backward through a clean cotton rag until the chain is fairly clean and dry. Lube the chain with your favorite lube, making sure that some lube gets on each link. Run chain back through the rag once more to remove excess lube. Don’t have a favorite chain lube? Check out 2 of our favorites White Lightning Clean Ride or Bike Medicine Purple Extreme.
3. Clean the cassette or freewheel. You can “floss” the cassette or freewheel with a clean rag to remove built-up gunk. If it is really dirty, you may want to scrub the cassette or freewheel cogs with an old toothbrush and some de-greaser.
4. Wipe off your front and rear derailleur. Afterward, spray the derailleur pivots with a light, penetrating lube.
5. Wipe off your chainrings from time to time with a clean rag. If they are really dirty, you may want to scrub them with an old toothbrush and some de-greaser.
6. Clean the rear derailleur jockey wheels from time to time with a clean rag to prevent the build-up of gunk.
If your chain is really dirty, you may need to remove it to clean it properly. However, if you regularly follow the steps above, you will not need to do this. You can buy chain cleaning kits which run the chain through a solvent bath. You can also use a wide mouth soda bottle, Gatorade bottle, or old water bottle as a chain bath. Again, following the recommendations above should keep your drivetrain clean.
You should generally replace your chain every 2000 miles. If you wait longer than that, your old chain may begin to put undue wear on your cassette or freewheel. Don’t forget to wash your bike!
James Balentine, owner of City Limit Cycles
We are excited to reveal this year’s finisher medal! Along with is awesome bling, participants who register before September 1st will receive a personalized bib and their guaranteed shirt size!
Watch the full video to see this year’s super soft tri-blend t-shirt and athletic trucker hat.
Camille Baptiste provides as much energy volunteering as she does racing
This month’s winner of the High Five Events‘ “Nomination Contest” is Camille Baptiste. She was nominated by her husband Woody. He says that if Camille is not racing, she is usually volunteering. Baptiste is known for putting “as much energy into volunteering as if she was racing herself.” To her, “race day is a big party,” and volunteers are a “key component to logistics.” For this reason, she believes that volunteers “amplify the competitors’ experience and help them achieve their goals.”
For about five years now, Camille Baptiste has volunteered at many of the High Five Events. According to Baptiste, The Rookie Tri holds a special place in her heart. Swim in/out is her favorite volunteer position because she gets to see and encourage everyone before the race.
Camille Baptiste loves to “be loud,” pass out high fives to everyone, and give back to the Austin athletic community. You’ll always see her with a smile on her face. She enjoys helping athletes having the best race experience they possibly can!
The High Five Events’ “Nomination Contest” features volunteers who go above and beyond at one of our events. These phenomenal volunteers help us produce successful, safe, and fun events for athletes, volunteers, and staff. Know an outstanding volunteer? Fill out this short form and nominate them today!
Learn the difference between trainers and rollers
A bicycle trainer is typically a tri-pod devise that secures the bike into a stationary riding position. The rear wheel is held off the ground by locking the skewer into the trainer. The front wheel is held off the ground by a riser block to make the bicycle level. Some riser blocks have multiple positions to simulate climbing or descending. There are three types of resistance to your wheel:
Wind – This affordable unit runs between $85 and $120, but expect a lot of noise. It is best used for short rehab stints, monthly rainy day riding sessions, or someone on a really tight budget. The noise from this type of trainer is caused by human force against the tire and from the small channels in the unit that catch air and add resistance. Due to the noise level, it is hard to watch television or listen to the radio while in use. Changing resistance levels is cumbersome because one must get off the bike to tighten or loosen the resistance to simulate different terrains. Although affordable, the parts of this unit are not created for heavy everyday use. Unnecessary wear to the rear tire will also occur when used daily.
Magnetic – Based on price ($125-$250), durability, and noise projection, this is the most practical unit of the three. It is not exactly like riding on the road, but similar enough. The mag trainer is set up like the wind trainer, but uses magnetic resistance instead of wind. This trainer allows for TV viewing and music listening. The unit also stands up to multiple rides per week. It will simulate multiple terrains just by changing the gears of the bike. Some units come with a wired remote shifter to change resistance without getting off the bike.With the magnetic trainer, cyclists get the most bang for their buck. Click To Tweet
Wikipedia describes rollers as “a type of bicycle trainer which makes it possible to ride a bicycle indoors without moving forward. However, unlike other types of bicycle trainers, rollers do not support the bicycle. They normally consist of three cylinders, drums, or “rollers” (two for the rear wheel and one for the front), on top of which the bicycle rides. A belt connects one of the rear rollers to the front roller, causing the front wheel of the bicycle to spin when the bicycle is pedaled. The spacing of bicycle rollers can usually be adjusted to match the bicycle’s wheelbase. Generally, the front roller is adjusted to be slightly ahead of the hub of the front wheel.”
Many people don’t realize that a few millimeter adjustments can make a huge difference on how they feel on their bike. If you have the feeling like you are not making gains or if you have pains after riding, you may want to try adjusting your saddle height.
What is Saddle Height?
The saddle height is the distance between the heart of the pedal axle and the top of the saddle.
Saddle height is set by adjusting the seat post to an ideal height that balances comfort and power on the bike.
Saddle height is arguably the single most important adjustment on your bicycle. Incorrect saddle height can contribute to saddle discomfort, anterior and posterior knee pain, poor leverage, and ultimately limiting power production. When you are doing your best to fuel your body, you may be losing power other ways like incorrect saddle height.
Ways to Set Your Saddle Height
There are many methods and formulas to derive at “proper” saddle height. One of the best approaches is to establish it based on the rider’s individual ride characteristics and flexibility.Today’s technological influences impact shoe, cleat, and pedal contact points so dramatically that it is important to have your saddle height evaluated by a knowledgeable and qualified bike fit specialist. Click To Tweet
A bike fit specialist can detail in what way your individual characteristics and equipment may be contributing to any performance or biomechanical limitations.
If you can’t make it to a bike fit there is still a solution. Before your next ride if you want to experiment at home you can follow the “heel to pedal method”. This will get you in the ballpark range before you can see a professional.
First, mark the current height.
Then, put your bike on the trainer. Pedal around to make sure you are in the position you normally ride in. Place your heel on the pedal and pedal backward to reach the six o’clock position. Your knee should be completely straight.
If you are having trouble making contact with your pedal with your heel – the seat is too high. If your knee is bent – it is too low.
Make very small adjustments, in millimeters until your leg is straight with the heel on the pedal.
Adapting to Your New Saddle Height
Once a proper height is found, wrap a strip of electrical tape around the base of the post where it meets the seat clamp.
Take measurements and record in a safe location for future reference.
Make the first few rides out on your new saddle height short and sweet. It can take a few rides before your body is adapted.If you experience any new pains be sure to follow up with the person who did your bike fit. Do not ride through the pain. Click To Tweet
It is good to get your bike fit looked at at least every few years or if you get new equipment such as new shoes or pedals. Check here to see how often you should replace some of your gear.
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.
We highlight the pros and cons of tubulars and clinchers
If you’re relatively new to triathlon then you’ve probably noticed many new terms, like tubulars and clinchers. Even veteran triathletes are learning new terminology about the sport. Whether you’re new to triathlon or you’ve been racing for years, we break down the difference between tubulars and clinchers.Learn about the pros and cons before you decide to make any purchases, replacements, or upgrades. Click To Tweet
Tubular tires, also known as “sew-ups” or “sprints” differ from clinchers in that they don’t have beads. Instead, the two edges of the tire are sewn together around the inner tube. Tubulars are used on special rims and are held on to the rims by glue.
Conventional tires used on 99% of all bicycles are “clincher” type, also known as “wire-on.” They consist of an outer tire with a u-shaped cross-section and a
separate inner tube. The edges of the tire hook over the edges of the rim and air pressure holds everything in place.
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.