Friday, April 11, 2014

Strange things I saw this week!!

Strange things I saw this week!!

A 7 foot alligator about 5 feet away from where I was riding my bike.

I think he was getting pissed at the family of six from MI who were
staring at him.  It's not to often you see an alligator in Lake
Michigan!


I strange man who REALLY needed to shave before his ride.

My new Mexican Lucha Libre swim cap!!
I look totally awesome.  I did a fly elbow off
the swim blocks onto my lane mate
for the 3 count!!


Summer is coming.  The air plant is blooming.


And so is the Africa Iris

And this air plan is confused because it is only suppose to
bloom in spring.


My friend runs an ice cream shop and had to get
rid of his pineapple and mango chunks and purees.
He had no use for them so I started my
Pineapple Mango wine!!

The girls at Rotary went painting and asked me to go.
Bonnie was suppose to go but bailed at the last minute.
This is my wine class painting.  Not to bad considering
my last paintings were in kindergarten using my finger
and were hung up on the refrigerator by mommy.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Caution Low Flying Drones

Maybe not quite the same type of drone!! :-)
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Yet another thing to worry about while racing!!  "Triathlete injured as drone filming race falls to ground"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-07/triathlete-injured-as-drone-filming-race-drops-to-ground/5371658

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Saucony Peregrine 4 Review (Trail Running Shoe)

Saucony Peregrine 4 Review (Trail Running Shoe)

Saucony Peregrine 4
Trail Running Shoe
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Saucony's Purchase Link
Retail Price: $110

I absolutely love trail running but I never did enough races to warrant purchasing a pair of trail running specific shoes. Fortunately, several weeks ago I was asked by Saucony to review their Peregrine 4 trail running shoe.   

To test the shoes I went on two long trail runs at Wekiwa Spring State Park (see one of my previous trail run experiences at this park here).  Both runs were between 11 and 13 miles. The terrain is wet, sandy, muddy, full of tree roots and hilly.  It's a pretty diverse area and therefore is a good test for the shoe.

Unwisely, I ran a pretty good distance on these shoes without breaking them in first. After both runs  (even without breaking them in) I fell in love with this shoe.  They are light weight, flexible, comfortable and provide great traction.  The shoe also dries out fast after it gets wet.  The shoe fits and feels like a slipper while providing a great amount of traction on the difficult terrain.  They have a 4mm heal drop like my street running shoes so they feel almost identical.

Overall this is an awesome trail running shoe.  Runners World (see link below) gave this shoe the "Editor Choice" award and I have to agree with their recommendation.  I would highly recommend the Saucony Peregrine 4 to any serious trail runner.  I have no complaints about this shoe.  They are a joy to wear.

But don't just take my word for it.  See these other reviews:


Monday, March 31, 2014

Handle Bar Coffee Hydration

Because everyone needs a Starbucks during an Ironman.
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Need a Starbucks pick-me-up during your Ironmans but have no where to mount your grande, double whip, low fat, white chocolate mocha!?  Well look no further because Bookman has a solution for you (see link). 

Between this coffee mount and my beer growler saddle bag mount I'm all set for my Ironman hydration!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

!! Replace Your Saddle Bag With Beer !!

!! An AWESOME Ironman Saddle bag !!
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Throw away those extra tubes and CO2s and replace it with nutritious BEER!!  This new leather growler, bike carrier may be on my Ironman bike in November.  It carries one gallon of your favorite commercial, craft or homebrewed beer which will guarantee you are properly hydrated for the run portion of the race. :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Swimming In A Green Swimming Pool - St Patty's Day



The school where I do my Masters swimming, turned their 700,000 gallon pool green for St Patty's Day.  It was interesting swimming a the green haze.  I think the 1.5 hour swim this morning turned my teeth green.  :-) 



 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Saucony Mirage 4 Men's Shoe Review

Saucony Mirage 4 Men's Shoe Review

Saucony Mirage 4
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Retail Price: $110
Shoe Details from the Saucony Mirage 4 website. See here

I was asked to do a review of the brand new Saucony Mirage 4 men's shoe.  Let me just state I am just Joe Blow runner.  I know very little about shoe construction and all the technical details.

Last year I was fortunate enough to be asked to review the Mirage 3.  My review of that shoe model is located here

The Mirage 3 is my current running shoe.  I transitioned from the Nike Pegasus.  There is a huge difference between the Mirage 3 and the Pegasus.  The major difference being the heal drop.  The Pegasus has a 12mm heal drop and both the Saucony Mirage 3 and 4 have a 4mm heal drop. 

The heal drop was a big concern for me when I first started using the shoe.  I slowly transitioned into the Mirage 3 and found the that I quickly got use to the shoe and learned to love it.  The heal drop does not seem to make any notable difference in my running quality or times. 

What I really do notice in both the Mirage 3 & 4 is that they are really light weight, lack stitching and have a cloth like material.  They are like wearing a glove. Both the Mirage models are great, comfortable and light weight shoes.

I notice very little difference between the Mirage 3 and 4. The Mirage 4 did seem to have a little bit more arch support (which I am not sure if I like yet or not).  The new Mirage 4 also seemed a little bit more cushioned in the heal. The upper sole was changed only slightly but virtually unnoticeable.  If you watch Runners World's review of the Mirage 4 (see here) they also note how little has changed between the Mirage3 and Mirage 4.

Since so little has changed between the models I highly recommend you read my Mirage 3 review located here.  It proves a detail review of the Mirage model shoe.

Overall this is a great shoe and I highly recommend it for those looking for a lightweight, comfortable, minimalist shoe.  Keep in mind the 4mm heal drop may not be for everyone and I would recommend gradually easing into the shoe. 

Other Reviews:
To see Sneaker Reports Review See here
To see Runners World Shoe Review See here
To see Running Warehouse Shoe Review See here