Posts tagged “Triathlete

TRISWIM Product Tried, Tested and Reviewed

Before I start with my product review I need to know if this is a suitable post for you.

  1. Do you loves the sun sea and sand?
  2. Do you Swim Bike and Run?
  3. Do you love getting pampered with good products?
  4. Do you think you will go out on a date with Isaac?

If you answer YES to all four, keep on reading as this post will benefit you most (ok I don’t think no 4 will benefit you as an athlete, will but thanks for giving me a chance)

Singapore tropical climate has always been hot and humid weather mixed with a little haze for some variety, athletes and people participating in triathlon clearly needs a good product that will help keep their body smelling good after training and I have the product for them. This is not a paid post so what if I tell you that one company have specifically created this product with us Athletes in mind.

Introducing SBR Triswim products and POUT have brought this excellent product into Singapore, I have read reviews and always contemplated to import this products in wondering if they work or not but with so many review online I should have done it sooner but lucky me I received an email saying that POUT is giving me a set to try it out, check out my unboxing video.

Here are my verdict and review on the Triswim products in the following order that I use.

Shampoo

I will wash my hair first after all my swims as not to leave chlorine or any salt water on my hair for too long, for fear that it will dry out my hair and having adverse effect it it’s so (Think balding).

I recently in Maldives and I was spending hours in the water while diving and swimming, so the first thing I got back was to splash this on my hair and I would leave it on my hair before I wash it off and then use the body wash. With such description on their website, I am totally sold.

  • TRISWIM Swimmers’ Shampoo is specifically formulated to eliminate Chlorine, Bromine, salt water and chemical odor by sequestering, attacking and rinsing the chemicals out of the hair and down the drain.
  • Moisturizes with Aloe Vera, Vitamin A & Pro Vitamin B5.
  • TRISWIM Swimmers’ Shampoo effectively removes the straw-like feeling and greenish tint in hair.
  • Formulated for swimmers or active individuals who are exposed to harsh drying elements such as Chlorine, Bromine, Salt and Sun

Body Wash

This is by far my favorite and If they sell them in 1 liter tub I will definitely buy it, cause the smell it left my skin feels so fresh, it does work extra well than any other regular product but the smell of this product got me feeling like I can take on the world.

The salt and sand clearly had no chance and even the smell of salt water or any muck that was in the water definitely washed off with this leaving you only smelling like fresh Japanese Yuzu scent, Yuzu is soft of like a lemon.

Conditioner

After washing off the body wash, I would smear my head with loads of conditioner, but with this product you do not need to really squeeze a ton as this consistency is thicker than the regular one you will have. This is highly moisturizing after your wash but you will feel this effect after a few wash, I read that it also improve dry and damage hair, can’t confirm as I have short and none damage hair (Blame it on vanity)

Lotion

I usually do not moisture my skin unless it’s really expose dry air or prolonged chlorine exposure, but since this came in the package I tried it out and I have to say it did help me sooth my dry itchy, sunburned skin  while I was in Maldives. I felt the consistency of this product rather thick and need a good rubbing, It felt like thick goo (think Gu Gel) at first but it easily spreads over the skin without having to rub it. Again I have to say the scent is not over powering and it will just leave you feeling relax after your day.

Isaac’s 2cents Worth

With products smelling as fresh as TriSwim why would anyone not be buying and using this wonderful product

Well, lets see, Triswim’s Bodywash was my favorite, washing off all the saltwater and chlorine effectively, the Shampoo was great coupled with the conditioner and it will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling great (wait a minute, Isaac has short hair so how come he is able to say that? well not only did I use the product, I asked the girl to test it out as well, She has long hair and she loves it as well)

If you are traveling around the world racing your events, I suggest getting the sachet which POUT carries them for only $1.50 click here

but if you have already tried it and loving it like me, you can stock up on Triswim as they are having a value bundle sale price over at POUT, Do check it out if you are interested. What’s not to like with ingredient and product totally made in the USA and not tested on Animals


Triswim Product Unboxing

The weekend blew by and so was Tour De France sadly Singapore city was filled with races from Saturday to Sunday as well let me see if I can name it all, MSIG trail, Pasir Gudang, Shape Run and Tri factor. Did I miss any?

Anyway I have had this box from  POUT and I was not able to post up the unboxing cause of my PC problem and now I am back in full force, If you are someone who always swim, or looking for a good hair care product after your sports, Do watch on.

If you have used Triswim products before do leave a comment and let me know what you think? next part will be my review on those product, I have tried and tested the products through a series of training on the pool as well as open water.

If you wanna purchase the product, they are having an Introductory bundle  promotion for this month only at $59.90
Website link: http://www.pout.com.sg/brands/triswim


Infuusa Tea Drink Hydration and Eat Calories

Most average people dont understand after a short run or even a gym session, doesn’t warrant us to drink a bottle of sports drinks, energy drinks, bottled waters, fitness waters – who’s to know? We don’t all sweat like pigs when we exercise and drinking those only counter the hard work that we have put into. I am not saying dont drink it at all, drink it after an intense session of sports or if you are perspiring bucket loads.

Infuusa roadshow

Then came Infuusa, Wei is the founder of Infuusa and he told me why he have created this product, it is to target the athletes to “drink hydration and eat calories” back when he was training people in the gym for spinning class (he still is a spin instructor) he noticed the amount of people drinking sports drink and water, so he asked the members why did they do so?

Their answer usually was ‘I need to replace carbs/electrolytes lost during exercise.’  and well for water, sometimes it’s just too plain.

For me, I personally like a bit of taste to my water that is why I dilute my can of coke or redbull into my bottle, my ratio has always been 1:3. I have to admit it taste abit icky but hey flavor is important to me and it was what I have been doing for the longest time until Wei introduced me Infuusa, and the rest is history do check out my youtube video to see what I think about the drink

 

Infuusa uses a method called cold brewing and what cold brewing does is that not only it better preserves antioxidants, it also gives the resulting infusion a sweeter taste as compared to hot brewing.

You can also checkout Infuusa Instgram page you can see they post out fabulous recipes instead of the sachet into bottle like what I did, here is some shots I’ve taken from their Instagram page

Infuusa Shweppes

pic: infuusa instagram

 

pic: infuusa instragam

pic: infuusa instragam

In 2015 Infuusa now has additional flavors added to their line of tea, they now have Summer Peach, Quadbery and (spicy) LemonGrass Ginger

Benefits of Infuusa

No sugar added 5 calories. That is what’s inside 500 ml of Infuusa (1 sachet). Both QuadBerry and Lemongrass Ginger are also caffeine-free
More antioxidants for increased health Research shows cold brewing leaves more antioxidants intact in the drink
Natural ingredients Only real fruit, berries and organic spice is used in Infuusa. No strange chemicals here.
Lets you hydrate more Research shows that adding taste to water makes you reach for the bottle more often, letting you stay hydrated throughout the day
Designed for activity Infuusa contains 50% more ingredients making it specific for bottle brewing . Just pop a sachet into a bottle of cold or room temperature water, shake and hydrate in minutes. No hot water is needed

Retail Price Infuusa retails for S$13.90 for a 10-pack, and S$29.70 for a 30-pack. Pssst, you can get an additional 10% discount just by signing up their newsletter. Do visit all their webiste to place your order now.

infuusa

Website: http://infuusa.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/infuusa
Instagram: https://instagram.com/infuusa


Vertical Kicking drills

Ultraswimfast blog has posted this very cool drill on their website about a month ago, and I find it practically useful to strengthen our legs as well as allowing us to rest and relax when we are doing this, The ladies at Ultraswimfast has written their own swimming drills and experience in the pool and open water, I can wait to be featuring their book real soon and when I get my hands on it

Do follow their blog for real cool and neat drills and tips for your “Ultra” Swim “FAST” .. Thank you ladies (Maria, Katie, Vicky) for sharing this and now I am sharing with all my readers.

By on August 6, 2013 • ( 6 )

Vertical Kicking is a fun and different way to work your legs in the pool. 

Vertical kicking 3 ways: hands above the water, elbows above the water, and  arms in a streamline.

Vertical kicking 3 ways: hands above the water, elbows above the water, and arms in a streamline.

To vertical kick, all you need to do is practice kicking in the deep end of the pool. You can do any kick (flutter, breaststroke, or dolphin) but some are more difficult than others. We think breaststroke kick is the easiest, dolphin is a little more difficult and flutter kick is the most challenging.

There are many different ways to vertical kick. You can kick with your hands above the water, your elbows above the water, or even with your arms in a streamline position. Kicking with just your hands above the water is the easiest and kicking with your arms in a streamline is the most difficult. Often, when I kick with my arms in a streamline I begin to sink and have to time my kicks so that I’m able to breath when I’m ready to.

I have done so many different versions of vertical kicking – everything from wearing 35 lb weight belts to tossing water polo balls or medicine balls to my teammates. I have also passed a 10 pound diving brick back and forth with a partner where the only rule is that the brick always has to be above the water. Sometimes, when I’m vertical kicking by myself, I’ll hold a wet towel above my head and vertical kick with that. I get the towel wet so that it is heavier than it would be if it were dry.

Vertical kicking is a good tool for triathletes because it can be used for everything from active rest, to endurance, or even sprint training. It can build ankle flexibility and also help build confidence in deep water.

Point to note: Never practice vertical kicking if you are uncomfortable in the deep end. Never vertical kick alone or without proper supervision. Don’t vertical kick with weights or any kind of resistance unless you are practicing with a team that is properly insured/certified by USA Swimming/USA Masters swimming and you have a certified coach on deck. SWIM SAFE!!!


Why you should learn the Backstroke for Triathlon?

I have always head to the pool doing laps after laps with 80% of front crawl and 20% breast stroke all the time, I am not sure if it was the best way to train as I am only improving those few muscle group.  I was a club swimmer, training with the boys doing 50m freestyle competition but never got to signing up for one, have friends who are on the national squad but never took any swim tips from them.

Since I am doing triathlons and Ironman for the love of it, when it comes to the swim part I can tell you,I am definitely not fast even after so many swim sessions, ,sessions after sessions my time never seem to improve. I also never used other strokes like the backstroke or butterfly, never wondered why I need the them for, this conversation between speedy @trimeon and coach @felog in my feed were conversing about backstroke got me  intrigued.  I went all out and in search for the missing piece to understand why a backstroke was needed in our training session

Twitter Feed Elieen and Felog

Twitter Feed Elieen and Felog

So what happens now is that, I am gonna put in post some backstroke drills that I am gonna use and try on my next swim session..

The backstroke is easy to learn and helpful to triathletes for multiple reasons. It counteracts swimmer’s “shoulder slouch” by engaging upper-back muscles and lengthening pectorals, it can provide an opportunity to calm breathing or clear goggles during an open-water swim and it breaks up monotony in the pool. Plus, kicking while on your back serves as good cross-training for major cycling muscles such as the hip flexors, core and quads.

Try these sets: 

• 4×75 with 15 seconds rest (25 free/25 back/25 free)
• 1×600 [4x(100 freestyle strong effort/50 backstroke easy)]
• 8×50 on 1:15 (25 back/25 free) descend time 1-4, 5-8

Five technique tips:

1. Tilt chin up and look at the sky. This puts head and spine in good alignment. Do not look toward your toes, as it causes hips to sink.

2. Push hips toward the surface and maintain a steady up and down flutter kick. Keep feet just below the surface of the water. Do not rotate feet with the rest of body.

3. Hands exit the water thumb first and enter the water pinky first. This requires a slight wrist and shoulder rotation as a straight arm moves through the air.

4. Arms enter the water straight up from shoulders and do not cross the center line overhead. Swimming backstroke in a straight line is difficult without following pool lines. Keep zigzags to a minimum with consistent arm placement.

5. The key to backstroke is good upper-body rotation with a motionless head. Try to roll your left shoulder to your chin as the right pinky enters the water and vice versa

drills taken from Triathlete Competitor By Sara McLarty


Shimano’s Triathlon dedicated Website

Triathlon has been gaining attention over the years and with the help of the Dot M franchise it will only get bigger.

Shimano seize the chance to have a dedicated website just for Triathlon specific and I can foresee them having a dedicated shop just for triathletes. How cool will that be?

Take a look at the font of their webpage.

the website has a feature gallery where you see all the latest happenings for Shimano and you can even link with their Twitter or RSS feed for updates.

Do visit their website at TriShimano.com

I click on the page cause I saw CaitSnow.. LOL.. Have a great week ahead


Ironman 70.3 Singapore

Not sure what has happened to the titled sponsor Aviva as they have always sponsored the event, but this time the page seems to have changed into this …

So whats a triathlete got to do but to wait for it…. wonder how long its gonna take. ..


RoadID GiveAway Friday

It’s a Gorgeous Friday everyone, and if you were wondering what was that icon posted last week, it’s no road sign but a logo of a company that has “YOU” in mind, yes, you the one reading this, and this company is called RoadID.

Before I go any further let me tell you what RoadID is all about, This Company was founded by a father-and-son team and they are none other than Edward and Mike Wimmer. They have been providing safety gear to help keep you safer since 1999, and I am glad they did so.  This so called bracelets are like guardian angels, no kidding. With all the unfortunate recent death of Marathoners like Claire Squires in the recent London Marathon ,  Jeffrey Lee for the Philadelphia  Half Marathon , or even Firefighter William Caviness in the Chicago Marathon.

Those people I have mention are not old or unhealthy, they are young and even triathletes at their peak of their health, just saying that we are not bullet proof even if we are at our pink of health.  I am trying to say that those death are at a high profile event, given the scenario that we are training alone running 5 am in the morning (which is a fav of mine) and I fall flat to the ground.  I would have this ID tag on me telling anyone that finds me all my vital info.

I have been using RoadID since a couple of years back and it has not faded on me nor smelled on me.  Why do I talk about RoadID? Cause I truly believe in a product that is for safety and has athletes in mind, but come to think of it, RoadID are not only for athletes but can also be used for everyone including your family members, This little nifty product is a bracelet that carries all the vital information for anyone in an emergency situation, and not only they have bracelet form they now come in 6 different types of design for you to choose from depending where you want to place your ID from wrist, necklace, ankle to even your shoe.

I have the wrist ID Sport on me and it goes where ever I go, I don’t only use it for sport but I use it as a fashion bracelet as well, who knows I might just drop dead when there is a pretty girl that come asking for my number. LOL  See it still looks new to me.

Anyway since it’s a FRIDAY , I am gonna be doing a “GIVE AWAY FRIDAY “ I will be giving away Gift certificate worth $15 each to 2 lucky readers courtesy of RoadID.  All you need to do tell me how many types of RoadID design are there. Leave your answer at the comment box below and like the post. Remember Stay SAFE !

The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and the results will be posted on this blog. Winner will be announced by Monday, May 6, 2012 at Noon.  A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (May 13 at 12:00 p.m.). All prizes will be awarded. Thus, if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen. The writer of this blog will not be held liable for any typographical errors or technical failures.

This Giveaway is now closed. Chosen winners please do contact me as soon as possible.