Triathlon Gear Reviews

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date: June 4, 2017
review by: gary p
(3.1)

Based on my fit experience with the Torpedo 50+, I wouldn't suggest this particular model. Maybe the Versa 200, with it's updated base, would be better? But that model costs quite a bit more.

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date: May 31, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(3.5)

This would be a nice gift, and I can see how it would be fun to play the afternoon after a race when you just want to sit around and relive the challenges of triathlon. If you have a lot of time and patience, or you've played it before and have someone to explain it, it could be fun.

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date: May 4, 2017
review by: LundyLund
(4.8)

The 735 is a great watch. It's light, sleek, has a slew of custom features, and the multisport mode works like a dream. I've had a few problems with pool swims that, at first, I attributed to my errors. While some of them were mine, I still have some consistent issues with it recognizing turns.



The watch is probably better for someone who isn't looking for a huge screen with lots of information. When I race, I tend only to look at my watch when it's time to shuffle between activities, or during my run. If you want to see a lot more information at once, the new 935 is probably a better choice.

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date: April 30, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(3.5)

I purchased these as a winter alternative to my Vibrams, because my toes were getting too cold in Vibrams. These keep my toes away from such close contact with the ground, and keep them together and warmer, but the shoes are actually more porous than the Vibrams. Good for cold and dry, but not cold and wet or snowy.

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date: March 31, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(5)

If you have time to listen to an outstanding interviewer speak with a number of diverse runners about what running means to them, download this podcast. It will enrich your day if not your life.

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date: February 28, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(5)

The Triathlon Project is an engaging piece of nonfiction, part instruction and part memoir. The author is a highly accomplished gentleman, having wrapped up a career in a high-level government position in Finland when he decided to take up triathlon. His story of being weighed before boarding a small aircraft and being shocked at the number on the scale is memorable. Through his eyes, we learn about the effects of different nutritional strategies on weight loss and training, and we remember what it was like when we couldn't run a mile or swim a lap without stopping. His story is heartwarming and encouraging.

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date: February 28, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(4)

This is a good idea, using your cold/ice treatment simultaneously as your muscle roller. Overall, it's pretty well designed. It looks great and does stay frozen for a long time. The ball fits into the housing so it can roll smoothly against your muscles. It takes a little getting used to. Unlike a rubber ball you might use, it doesn't move when you move your body against it. It rolls inside the casing.


Full disclosure, this product was provided free of charge for review by BeginnerTriathlete.

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date: February 28, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(4.8)

This is a well thought-out product. It's a simple idea, but makes swim workouts fun and spontaneous. I think I could even take my middle school kids in the pool and convince them it's a game they are playing with me while they are getting exercise and improving their stroke. I had been avoiding pool workouts for months, but the packet gave me inspiration to get it. I seemed to roll straight laps just as often as interesting cards, which was good. It made for a balanced workout. The dice are easy to understand. If you roll "Laps" you do the number of laps shown on the other die. If you roll DD for DrillDeck, you draw a card and do the drill described for the number of laps shown on the other die.

Full disclosure, this product was provided free of charge for review by BeginnerTriathlete.

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date: January 31, 2017
review by: alicefoeller
(4.3)

Cold weather gloves for running or biking: These gloves were available at Costco for less than $20. They are durable and have some extras, like a little tab pocket on the backs of the hands for storing one of those chemical heating packs or a key. Drawstring at the wrist is easy to adjust and lock. They are easy to get on and off and very warm. I was outside for several hours in 24 degrees and had no trouble with my hands being cold. Could use a fluffier area at the thumb for wiping the nose. Leather is not as good as fleece for this problem.

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date: October 31, 2016
review by: alicefoeller
(5)

These are not made for Alaskan trekking in winter, but they are great fall-winter-spring gloves for running. The index finger has the electronic device pad so you can use a touch screen, which is great if you are using a running app. They included a small clasp to fasten them together so they don't get lost. They are very thin and easy to slip into a pocket or stuff somewhere if you start to get too warm. They are not insulated enough for severe cold weather, but they would make a good liner for thicker mittens because they are so smooth and comfortable.

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date: October 31, 2016
review by: alicefoeller
(4.6)

I love my Vibrams. Back when I wore regular "high heeled" running shoes, I had to replace them frequently. With Vibrams, there is no cushioning that becomes worn out or compacted. There's just the soles and the uppers. On my very first pair, which lasted for years, I finally wore through the rubber on the bottom and my toes were touching the pavement, so I bought this "new" pair on eBay. I'm happy to have them. I can still use my old pair for weighlifting, because they are structurally still in good shape, except for the wear on the bottom. It's also great to look at the bottoms of these to see wear patterns and help diagnose stride problems. My right shoe wears faster than the left, and I've been able to identify hip dropping on my right side that is causing my foot to twist a bit at the end of my stride. I'm working on correcting that.

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date: October 3, 2016
review by: Brakelight
(4.8)

Great watch, really recommend this watch.

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date: October 31, 2016
review by: alicefoeller
(4.9)

This is a smartphone app that tracks you on your workout for your loved ones. You activate the app as you head out on your workout, and specify which of you phone contacts you want to notify. The app sends them a text message with a link to a map. When they click the map, it refreshes with your current location. It also sounds an alarm if you stop for several minutes, and if you don't turn it off, it alerts your contact that you haven't moved. When you finish the workout, you complete the "crumb" and it notifies your friend that you are finished.

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date: September 30, 2016
review by: alicefoeller
(4.6)

The Garmin Fenix has been a great investment. I use it all the time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a watch to track heart rate and time and speed for triathlon training. Also, it has a chest strap for the heart rate monitor, which is good. Many of the watches that measure heart rate on the wrist have to be fastened uncomfortably tight to work properly.

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date: August 31, 2016
review by: alicefoeller
(3.8)

This is an amazing piece of engineering. It's just that it's a step up from the B2, and yet I've never felt it was an extension of my body the way I did with the B2. The position is much more aggressive, and it's less adjustable because of the way it's constructed. It's also impossible to find a place to put a Garmin on it that isn't in the way of something else.

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