Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ironman TX Bike Course Mess

 
 
 
Holy cow, I am glad I am not doing IMTX this year.  This race had an AWESOME bike route but this year due to rain, construction, acts of god, the global warming, El Nino, etc. the route had to be changed and SHORTENED!!  The route is now only 94 miles.  The route has about 80 turns.  There is a turn about every 1.1 miles on average.  That is going to be a mother of a route. I also feel for those who have to do a shortened race.  My first Ironman had the swim canceled and it was a heartbreaker.
 
 

Saucony Zealot ISO Running Shoes Review

A good shoe is like a old friend.  You go though both the good times and bad times together.  Together you push through the heat, pain, joys, fears, etc. 
 
This year I had to say goodbye to my old friend the Saucony Mirage (review).  My friend helped me through dozens of 13.1, a half dozen 26.2, a dozen 70.3 and three 140.6. We had five models and many, many years together..  We had some good years and a not so good year.  The Mirage 4 was not your best model but the Mirage 5 added some much needed changes and I had high hopes of spending many more years with my old friend.  But Saucony said they had enough of you and discontinued make you. 
 
This year I had to find a new friend to train with.  I have IM Chat 140.6 later in the year.  I did not know how I could ever find a friend to replace the Saucony Mirage. 
 
2015 ZEALOT ISO (SOURCE)
 
 
Saucony then introduced me to a new sexy model called the Zealot ISO.  They said she was just like the Mirage.  So when my last set of Mirages had to be put to rest I had to move onto my new friend the Zealot ISO.  With tears in my eyes I put on the new Zealot's and we went out on a running date.
 
The date started off slow as we got to know each other I found my new friend very comfortable.  I am sad to say she is a great replacement for the Mirage.  The new shoe is very well constructed and extremely comfortable.  It breaths very well in the hot Florida heat.  It has a 4mm offset (like the Mirage).  The Red/Black/Silver model is really cool looking also.
 
I highly recommend the Zealot ISO.  It is a great replacement for the Mirage and the Zealot has become my primary running shoe. 
 
For more information on the Zealot (see Saucony page here)
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2015 Was A Busy Year

 
 
 
 
It was not a great blogging year but it was a VERY busy year. 
  • Two 140.6 Ironman
    • Ironman Texas
    • Beach 2 Battleship
  • Two 100 mile cycling races
  • Two 70.3
  • One Goofy (Half Marathon followed the next day with a marathon)
  • One Olympic
 
A new Ironman PR was made at Beach 2 Battleship.  I smashed it with a 11:46:16. 
Swim:   50:53
T1:       10:02
Bike:     6:07:59
T2:        9:48
Run       4:27:37
Overall: 11:46:16

 
  Next year I have planned:
  • Best Damn Race 13.1
  • Ironman FL 70.3
  • Ironman Chat

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cyclist Hit By Chunk Of Concrete

Cyclist Hit By Chunk Of Concrete

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/08/09/answers-tough-to-find-after-cyclist-hit-by-chunk-of-concrete/

If you live in Minneapolis watch out and contact the local authorities if you have any information.. 

I would like to say this is rare but I have seen it in Orlando also.  I have had beer bottles thrown at me while cycling AND running.  I seen tacks throw onto the road. Car intentionally try to get close to cyclist.  At IM Chat they had oil and tacks on put on the road.

Watch out and be careful.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Saucony Ride 8 Review

Saucony Ride 8 Review


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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of trying on the new Saucony Ride 8 shoes and wow was I impressed!  They shoes are seriously comfortable. 

The Ride 8 is a much more plush shoe that I am use to.  I am use to running almost exclusively in the Saucony Mirage shoe which is a 4mm drop and is a firm and responsive shoe.  Usually plush shoes are not very comfortable on my feet but this is shoe is different.  I found it was not too slug like the other plush shoes I have tried on.  This was a little larger in the toe box than the Mirage 8 but still fit fine.

I did notice a slight difference in the 8mm vs. the 4mm drop that I am use to running it.  It was not a big deal though.  It's just something that I noticed.

They are also slightly heavier (14 grams more) than my current shoe but for a plush shoe I found them surprisingly light.

I have the Silver / Red / Citron model (see photos above) and this is a really cool looking shoe.

This a great overall shoe for someone who can wear a normal fitting shoe.  I highly recommend these shoes.  I they will now become my go to shoe for long training runs!

See other reviews here:
SPECS (From Saucony)
  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Pronation: Neutral
  • Cushion: Plush
  • Construction Type: Neutral
  • Surface: Road, Track
  • Arch: High, Normal (Mid)
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Offset: 8mm
    • Heel Stack Height: 26mm
    • Forefoot Stack Height: 18mm