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25% off at Trisports.com?

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , on June 12, 2012 by brianestover

What? Are you crazy? Who gives 25% off most items these days? TriSports.com does that’s who. June 13 & 14th only you can save 25% off most items at Trisports.com. Need to stock up on nutrition? How about a new wetsuit or swim skin? Need some speed then you need to save 25% off an aero helmet. Better yet you can get something for the significant other or even me. I need a new wetsuit. Hmmmm.

All you need to do is use the following code at TriSports.com: STOVER-S. While the code will save you 10% year round, June 13th and 14th only, it’ll save you 25%.

Killer deal!

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.

Lust Ended!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by brianestover

For two years I’ve been lusting after this bike, and the girl, but I’m dating the girl and didn’t have the bike so I had a BIG problem. But yesterday I was able to quench my lust, end my starvation for the ultimate machine, score a super sweet bike for a super, super sweet price. Now sitting in my living room is my new Scott Plasma 3.

Non drive side Delight

Soon I’ll be slapping the Dura Ace drive train parts on it from Trisports.com, a Profile ProSvet base bar then I need to chose some extensions and saddle. The Sickest Bike ever, will then be ready to roll. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m going to crush some dreams on this bike in races. Dreams that people have of having the baddest looking bike in transition. Not anymore hombre. You’re bike is suddenly going to look like plain Jane. Sorry man.

Drive Side Deliciousness.

On another front, yesterday was another day of James making me suffer on the bike. We climbed a good deal of Mt. Lemmon. One of us wasn’t suffering nearly enough if he had time to shoot pics. Here are a few showing you how awesome Tucson can be in the winter, crappy roads aside.

Mt. Lemmon near Geology Vista

Blue Skies over Tucson


While he may have given me a lesson on climbing, I was able to show him how to intimidate drivers on the descents. We caught a car, I was able to scare the driver into pulling over because she wouldn’t drive downhill as fast as we were descending. I did that to her twice. Poor lady will probably never drive up Mt. Lemmon again.

Coach Brian Suffering on the Climb

If You Can’t Run….

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by brianestover

Then ride your bike. A lot. Besides a little extra riding never hurt anyone but the people you race against.

In that vein, since I have President’s Day off, I decided that four days of a lot of cycling wouldn’t do me any harm. Friday was a short little interval ride that lasted all of 31 minutes. Saturday I cruised through 70 miles in 3:26 on the (hopefully) old TT bike. Sunday was a nice ride over Twin peaks and up Picture Rocks for 3.5 hours. Today I rode 80 with Accelerate 3 athlete James Haycraft. You’ve got to keep the kids in line and going up Mission rode I made it a hard 58 minute effort. We rode at 90+% of FTP for that portion. Thankfully he was able to pull me back home. When your legs detonate they detonate. After a bit of a break I was able to do some more work on the trip home.

Pee Break

This was probably the most solid three day block of bike training I’ve done in 6 months, maybe more. If you want to count Friday then it’d be a solid 4 day block. Total for Saturday through Monday was 209.62 miles + Friday’s 9.75 miles which gave me 219 for the four days. 11.9 hours of riding of which 11.4 were done Saturday through Monday, This netted me 800 TSS for those three days. 838 TSS over the four days. Now it’s time to destroy James in some Halo!

Nineteen Frequency

Posted in Triathlon, Wetsuit with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by brianestover

Since I currently am sans wet suit, the good folks at Trisports.com let me borrow two for my race last weekend. I choose the Nineteen Frequency to do the race in leaving the other suit at home.

The Frequency is Nineteen’s top of the line wet suit. The main chest panel and legs are 5mm to float you high and make you fast. The arms, lats and lower back have a very flexible 1.5mm #40 rubber panelling. This enables the arms to have a full range of motion. I did not notice any restriction when swimming. The 1.5mm arms also make the suit very easy to peel off the top of your body.

Nineteen Frequency

Wingspan System

There are several features and a lack of a feature which make this suit an awesome suit. Lets get to the lack of feature because it’s this lack of feature that helps a suit swim faster. There are no water gripping panels in the forearms. It seems every top of the line suit has some sort of panels. While I’ve not seen the data for the latest round of suits (2010 and on), I have seen data showing that these gripper panels at best have no propulsive function and in many suits actually cause the suit to be slower then the same suit without gripper panels. Unfortunately most companies view gripper panels as a must have to satisfy the I need another gimmick crowd.

The features that make this suit a good suit include the 2mm panel on the back of the calf and the legs that facilitate easy removal of the suit in transition. The suit is also cut higher in the back of the legs to help slip over your heels. Nineteen calls it EasyOff Legs and the suit does come off easily.

The other feature that in my opinion Nineteen does better then many of the brands is what they call Kungfu grip arms. It’s a small piece of silicone around the inside of the wrists. This helps keep the suit locked to your wrist and helps prevent water from flowing up into the arms upon entry and catch. During my race I never noticed any water flowing up into the suit. Unlike some other suits I’ve swam in, this suit is easy to remove over the wrists and hands. My previous wet suit always engaged you in a wrestling match to get out of it. The KungFu gripper tape works better since you are not wasting your time or energy wrestling with it in T1.

KungFu Arm Gripper

There were two small things I did not like about his suit. The first was upon jumping into the water I noticed water immediately entering trough the zipper area. The second was the velcro closure. The side that closes over the collar sealing it shut has been reinforced. While that reinforcement makes it easy to grab and open upon exiting the water, it took several tries to position it so that it did not scratch my neck. The neck collar itself is very comfortable and well designed. I never thought about it, did not get a wet suit hickey even without body glide and never had any water leak in while swimming. All of which are very, very good things.

Collar Tab

This is a very well thought out and designed suit that fits true to the size chart. It’s non gimmicky, it’s designed to keep water out, float you high, help you swim fast and make T1 as easy as possible. If you are looking to get out in front of the crowd and swim fast, this could be your suit. You can read more about it here.

Panic? What panic?

Posted in Triathlon, Wetsuit with tags , , , , , on April 9, 2011 by brianestover

Who was panicking? Not me. You know why? I had a plan. A plan so great, a plan so awesome, a plan of pure genius that there was no need to panic.

An email to the wet suit buyer at my favorite triathlon store, Trisports, and I had not one but two wet suits hand delivered to me. Yes, I said hand delivered. How’s that for customer service? Now the problem, and it’s a good problem to have, is which of these kick ass suits do I wear?

Or as the Blacksheep asked “Do I go with this” Nineteen Frequency “or do I go with that?” Blue Seventy Helix

Nineteen Frequency

Blue Seventy Helix


But the news only gets better. I ran yesterday for four miles. While the first 3 minutes I thought I might need CPR, for the next three I was thinking maybe just O2 flowing at 4L/min. Finally after a few more minutes I convinced myself that I probably wasn’t going to die on the treadmill. The good news was no hamstring pain. Did I mention what a pain in that ass that was? Literally? This morning I woke up and knocked out 7.1 miles with just a small twinge 32 minutes into my run. It never got worse and wasn’t noticeable by the end of the run.

The downfall of having such a genius plan, is that now I’ll be that guy. You know, the guy you see at a triathlon who has 2-3 of everything. I’ll have my old Blue Seventy Helix as a just in case suit, the new Helix loaner suit and the Nineteen loaner suit. I’ve already packed three front wheels in the car. Since it might be raining, I’ll have all my rain kit with me. So now it boils down to making the drive, not forgetting my USAT card again, then showing up race morning and playing Paper Scissors Rock with myself to choose a suit and then actually racing.

But for now, it’s off to the trainer since it’s raining. Netflix sent me the last season of Weeds. I’m about to watch a few episodes and bang out some intervals on my bike.

Podium’s Galore

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by brianestover

Accelerate 3 athletes were grabbing podiums all over the US this weekend.

On a very windy day, Sarah smashed the women’s field on the bike, hung on during the run and won by over :30 at the Elephant Man Triathlon!

Rich snagged a 6th in his age group at USAT Age Group Nationals. This is one step up from last year’s age group finish. An uncharacteristic swim put him a little further back then he has ever been. His top four bike and run splits catapulted him through the field.

Billy grabbed 2nd Overall at the first Tri for Acts of Kindness Triathlon in Tucson, AZ.

I crossed the line 7th overall, ended up 6th over all and won my age group at the Elephant Man Triathlon. The guy who finished 5th got a penalty for drafting off me in the bike. That moved me up. I was smashing the entire field in the choppy swim, well, except for the guy on my feet. He nipped me across the swim mat by :03.

Trophy’s this year at Elephant Man were beer and bottle openers! Here we Sarah and I with our winnings!

1000 miles

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2010 by brianestover

Kerry on an off day by all accounts, still managed to snag 6th Female Overall and 2nd in her Age Group at theSand Key Triathlon in Clearwater, Fl. She was forced to come to a complete stop on the bike when a car decided to cut in front of her. Bad driver, no soda and hot dog for you.

My tendinitis has cleared up enough for me to begin running….again. I finally crossed over 1000 miles of running for the year this past week. It’s never taken me this long in a year to accumulate 1000 miles of running. Never. Pathetic, but not as pathetic as my swim total which isn’t even up to 100,00 yards since October 1. Of 2009.

The next three weekends should be interesting. First up is the Elephant Man Triathlon, then the next weekend, my sponsor, Trisports.com gave me an entry to the USAT Trisports.com Halfmax Championship Triathlon, then the following weekend, Trisports.com gave me another entry to the Tucson Tinfoilman Triathlon. I’m sitting 3rd overall in the series standings about :40 seconds behind first place. Plus it never sucks getting comp’d entries. Thanks Trisports.com!

The other exciting thing about Elephant Man is I’ve got a total of three athletes racing. I expect very good races from my two athletes. I’d normally expect a good race from myself. But with at most 35 miles of running in the last month, well you can see where I’m going with that. About the best I can hope for is to crush the swim like last year then hang on for a top 10 overall finish on the run.

Indifference

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by brianestover

It’s the week of Vineman 70.3. Sarah asked me the other day if I was excited about racing. The answer is no. I’m neither excited nor am I dreading it. I do like using neither and nor in sentences though. Indifferent would be the best way to describe it. Could care less how the race goes. Actually I don’t want to bonk. That just makes a long morning longer. Lately though I’ve been indifferent to training. In fact, I’m looking at Vineman as the end of my racing, at least for a bit. At least through the rest of July and August. Maybe the rest of this year, maybe for a few years. There are other things in life that I’ve been engaging in lately that I enjoy that aren’t related to endurance sports. The will to train 2-3 times a day for 14+ hours per week just isn’t there right now.

Besides it’s hot. And I’m no fan of the heat. My gym, here in Tucson sucks ass. It smells a little bit and it’s kept at 80F. I used to belong to LTF in Tempe. It was like going from a country club to a slum. I can’t wait for my contract to be up so I can bail.

In the future, should I race anymore, I think I’m going to schedule July and August as my off season. Then I’ll start working on everything in September again. That gives me plenty of time, if I don’t become a couch potato, to get into decent shape for the late September through early November races.

For the rest of this year, I’m pretty comfortable with not racing anymore. If I should choose to race, since I’ll still workout, not train mind you which is a whole different way of approaching fitness, I should have some horsepower left to do sprints and olympic distance tris. But mainly sprints. 1 hour and done.

If it wasn’t for Jeff talking crap about how much he is going to beat me by at Vineman, and the fact I’m splitting hotel and rental car cost with him, I have a airline ticket and I’ve already dropped my bike off at Trisports.com so they can drive it out to the race, I would stay home. Probably. This registering for a July race 8-12 months in advance really sucks. Who the hell knows how I’ll be feeling in July when I had to register in December because the damn race was almost sold out already. I think next year I’m sticking to non-WTC races where I can register 2-3 months in advance.

So this could be it for racing for a short or long bit. It’s been somewhat of a bumpy road getting to this point but here I am.

Good and Real Bad

Posted in Stuff, Triathlon with tags , , , on June 6, 2010 by brianestover

The good news is Rich used the fastest run of the day at the Blalock Lakes Triathlon to run himself into a podium position grabbing 3rd overall. it was pretty tight for the top 4 spots. Only :28 separated 1st from 4th overall. It’s better to have the best run in the field in that situation.

I raced the Deuces Wild Triathlon put on by Trisports.com up in the White Mountains of AZ.

The swim went well, cleared the main pack rather quickly, but couldn’t hold any feet after the first turn. That didn’t stop four others from lining up on my feet for the rest of the swim. Happy to help fellows. Speaking of deuces, that describes the rest of my race. In fact it was so bad, I set a new standard for going slow. My slowest Olympic distance triathlon. Ever. In my life ever. Yet I still won my age group. Utterly amazing.

Best thing was winning a ton of swag from Genuine Innovations. Check out this haul!