Monday, March 31, 2014

Handle Bar Coffee Hydration

Because everyone needs a Starbucks during an Ironman.
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 !!

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
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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Take this job and shove it!!


No Johnny, the last job was not that bad!!  And I did leave on good terms.  :-) 

I apologize for the lack of updates lately.  For the past few months I've been looking for a new job.  The search took a lot of time away from many aspects of my life (i.e. my house is a disaster). But I am happy to announce that yesterday I started my new job.  The grass is not always greener on the other side but I have hopes that the new job will provide me new growth opportunities. 

Hopefully, I will now have some extra time on my hands to provide more posts.

What have my web-friends been up to lately?  Are you being hit by the nasty weather?!