Recently I discovered the “On” brand of shoes after doing some research and reading reviews in various athletic magazines. On is a Swedish manufacturer and relative new comer to the shoe game. Their differentiator is the use of the Pocket cushioning system in the sole. This scientific approach creates a number of individualized air pockets across the bottom of the shoe. This system adapts to almost any foot strike pattern and running form. Moreover, it gives the shoe a very lightweight feel by not carrying so much cushion material in the sole. In this review, I will discuss and rate the Cloudflow model from On. This particular model is the most akin to the low profile, minimalist, and racer style of the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit.
I’ve had the great fortune of using the Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor strap for the last two years. After selling my Garmin 910 XT which came bundled with its own heart rate monitor, I needed a replacement to pair with my Suunto Ambit2 S GPS watch. So after searching I discovered the Wahoo heart rate […]
I’ve had the Suunto Ambit2 S for over two years now. I purchased it after my last Ironman race when I was looking for a change the Garmin 910 XT. At the time Garmin had not refreshed the 910 and I was looking for something on the next level. After two years with the Suunto, I can say that […]
Life What a wonderful week filled with sailing around the Greek ports and islands with MedSailors. We spent about 8 days in Athens with 6 friends and our skipper. We were part of a fleet of 10 ships that went from Athens to Peridika, to Ermioni, to Spetses, to Ephidhavros, to Poros and finally Agistri. […]
This Tech Tip post is a recommendation for the Ring Video Doorbell. This device has been one of the best IoT (Internet of Things) devices I have added to the house ever. Ring allows you to answer your door or monitor any outdoor areas of the house from anywhere.
This race was supposed to be Tyler Lu’s Boston Marathon qualifying race. A fortunate scholarship win took him away for the race weekend so I paid the fee to have the entry switched to my name and the distance changed to a half marathon from a full one. We were introduced to this race by our friend Sarah who had used this race to qualify for Boston herself. The race takes place just north of Sonoma in the Santa Rosa region of wine country. The idea of a weekend watching auto races at Infineon, Shakespeare under the stars at Buena Vista Vineyards and running in one of the fastest half marathon courses could not be passed up.
Earlier in the year I debated on what shoes to purchase as my main running shoes for the 2014 season. I primarily compared the Nike Free 3 Flyknit and the New Balance Minimus 10V2. I decided to go with the Nike Free based on recent history and success in those shoes. I set both a half marathon and 10K PR in my previous Nike Free’s and hoped to continue that success. After a couple hundred miles and a few races in the 2014 editions, I feel safe in providing my review of them.
This race was the second time that I competed in the Tri Santa Cruz Olympic distance race. We generally try not to repeat races each year but due to the drought conditions in California, ocean races are pretty much all we have to do. Also, this race is one of the better organized and easily accessible ones. We really enjoyed last year’s race, so it was any easy decision to participate again this year.
The 2014 HITS Napa Sprint Triathlon was the first official triathlon on our race calendar for this year. I had heard a lot of good things about the HITS series coming into this year. Now that we live close to one of the venues, it was time to give it a try. Combined with the fact that the event was near all the vineyards in Napa, made it an almost must do event for us. HITS is known for providing races that cater to all skill level and provides an opportunity to compete at all the standard distances in one weekend.
This race was the first half marathon of the year for us and essentially the true start of our competitive season. From here on out it will be about two races a month every month until October. This race was the second half marathon we have run in San Francisco and the 4th overall in […]