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Portland Triathlon Diary Bike

Diary Entry: Triathlon Accomplished – Part 2 – The Ride

I was mentally preparing myself for the bike coming out of the water and even those last 250 meters of the swim I started visualizing the next steps and the ride itself. Cycling is one of the things I love and I’m fairly confident with, but I wanted to be mentally prepared before getting there so started getting my head into that space earlier. Unlike other triathlons, Portland Triathlon has quite a large distance between where you exit the water and the actual transition area. It’s probably 300 yards over grass and a paved, but gnarly sidewalk. I had already planned my attack on the way over to the start plotting out my route along the grass-covered area. Once I got out of the water though, it was a different story.

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Recon Jet Review - Featured

Tech Review: Recon Jet Smart Eyewear

Wearable technology has always felt slightly out of reach for the performance athletic world and sure many companies have tried, but for the most part what we have been left with are trendier GPS watches, fitness trackers, and heart rate monitors. So when Recon Instruments released their Recon Jet smart eyewear, we wrote a quick preview about their potential to disrupt a relatively untapped area of the market, specifically eyewear. Recently, we got our hands on a pair and spent a few solid weeks with them and quite enjoyed the experience of trying out the new tech. We aren’t sure its ready for everyone just yet, but it’s definitely getting really close. It definitely feels like it’s a sign of things to come. So much so that Intel, yeah that Intel, agreed with this statement and acquired Recon earlier this summer. So clearly they definitely have the vision and with that we jump into our hands on.
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Diary Entry: Going Through The Shaving and Waxing Process For Your First Triathlon

Believe it or not, one of the most common questions I was asked when I told people I was training for a triathlon was are you going to shave? I found this incredibly amusing given all the other potential difficulties you run into when training for a tri, but I knew it was looming out there. I decided, then and there, that not only would I go the shaving route, but I’d also go for the full wax and give a little comparison. The details on that will follow.
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Salomon S-Lab X-Series

Shoe Review: Salomon S-LAB X-SERIES

First off I’ll kick this off by saying I’ve run in various pairs of Salomon trail shoes throughout the years so I’m pretty familiar with their features and design. Their quality has always been very high and their customer support and warrantee replacement program has always been top notch. So when the new S-Lab X-Series came across my desk and I was pretty pumped to see all that trail experienced packed into a road shoe. This shoe makes it clear they are prepared to make a real play in the road market and when they decided to base it off the Sense trail runner, they gave themselves a really good starting point.
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