Archive for May, 2012

Asics Gel DS-Racers 9

Posted in Product Review, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by brianestover

Since race season is here, you need some go fast shoes to go fast. With the Asics Gel DS Racer 9‘s you can go fast in a great shoe. One of the great thing about Asics, something that no other company has really been able to replicate in their shoe line, is the feel that Asics delivers from shoe to shoe in their line up. Each shoe is predictable, when you go from the 2160’s or 2170s down the the DS trainers then down to the DS racers there is no question about how it’s going to feel or run. A quicker ride, a quicker transfer from landing to toe off, a little less cushioning, but it’s predictable and consistent. You can grab a pair of Asics’s and know how it’s going to run right out of the box. This predictability and consistency across their line is something other shoe manufacturers have not been able to replicate.

Asics DS Racer 9

These shoes run great. As a light weight stability racing shoe the DS Racers provider a firm but not harsh landing, a quick seamless transition and smooth toe off. Running in this shoe is like driving a very high performance sport car – fast, handles great, and fits like a glove, snug but not too tight, like a slipper with laces. The shoe has a Doumax medial wedge and the high wear points of the sole are shod in Asics’s DuraSponge material. The sole is also perforated in case you happen to dump a cup of water down your leg. Those perforations also help shave a bit of weight off the shoe. The sole is anchored by the carbon Trusstic system. The uppers are well vented and there was no irritation, chafing or rubbing any of the times I’ve worn these shoes.

The DS Racer’s sole

The lacing system is straight forward with two eyelets at the top to make sure the heel cup sits snug on your heel. One of the best things is what is does not have. There is no clutch collar on this shoe. Asics’s does a lot of great things with their shoes but the clutch Collar isn’t one of them.

DS Racers -so pretty & so fast

It’s hard for me to find anything wrong with these shoes. My biggest complaint is that I no longer run fast enough to take advantage of these light weight beauties. This is a great racing shoe for someone who runs neutral or pronates but still wants a light weight racer. Suitable for all distances from the half marathon down to the 5k, although for the average triathlete, there are better choices for you when doing a half ironman. Go out, grab a pair, put them on and then race fast.

Rocking at the Races

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2012 by brianestover

It was another busy weekend of racing for Accelerate 3 athletes across the country. That also means it’s a busy weekend of me blogging about their successes at the races.

In California, Jeff destroyed his Wildflower course personal best by 45 minutes. Yeah, you read that correctly, 45 minutes. That’s almost 6 miles ahead of his old self. Talk about kicking your ass. He kicked his and was quite proud of it. He is all systems go for setting a new IM PB this summer.

Elsewhere in CA especially since I don’t know where Wildflower and Piru are in relation to one another, Dusty grabbed 2nd in his category and 4th overall at the Piru TT series race. When not training for triathlons he is turning into quite the bike racer…with a CTL to back it up.

In Knoxville TN, Rev 3 came to town. Chad grabbed 1st in his age group on the back of his 5th fastest overall age group bike split and ended up as the 14th overall age grouper. Not a bad way to kick off the triathlon season.

In NC, Jenny, James and a friend teamed up to smoke the White Lake half race. They went sub 4hr and every member of the team turned in the fastest team split. Notable was James 2:08:58 bike split. It looks like he is showing some of his bike fitness. James turned around and raced the White Lake sprint on Sunday. He earned some valuable IOSNCTS points by finishing 2nd overall. He also earned some good karma points by plucking a cat off the road so it didn’t get run over. He “may” have left some watts out on the road from Saturday’s bike but all in all it was another solid weekend of racing for him.

ICE Racing Interviews James Haycraft

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , on May 1, 2012 by brianestover

You can read James’s inner most thoughts here. As for the depth of the conversation, that’s up to you to decide.

http://iceracingteam.blogspot.com/2012/04/pro-gets-serious.html