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Many of us triathletes work out fifteen or more hours per week, spending tremendous amounts of time on rides, runs, and swim workouts. While yoga can have considerable benefit as we have discussed earlier on one of our cross training topics, fitting another workout into our schedule becomes nearly impossible if it requires carrying around a full-size yoga mat – UNTIL NOW. Enter the “yogomat”, made by a company of the same name, yogomats.
The yogomat was developed by Ryon Lane, CEO and Founder of yogomats, after he became frustrated with trying to run to yoga classes and back with a heavy, bulky yoga mat strapped to his back. After creating a few prototypes, Lane discovered that the yogomat has many more applications than initially thought. Because the yogomat folds up and secures with straps and locking snaps, and is no bigger than a folded newspaper or a large burrito, not only can it secure to the outside of any backpack, but it easily fits inside backpacks, purses and other bags.
WHY IT MATTERS
The implication to triathletes? If you want to fit yoga into your schedule (and beat the competition), you now can. The yogomat will fit in any running backpack or transition bag while still leaving plenty of room for your other gear.
Others who might seriously benefit from the yogomat (and cease lugging around a huge yoga mat) are anyone who:
– wants to go to a yoga class directly from their office (ladies, this means you can put it in your purse!)
– has always wanted to practice yoga at the top of a mountain, on a remote beach or in the jungle (use your imagination)
– wants to continue their yoga practice while traveling
The first thing you notice about the yogomat is that it is really small. As in, smaller than a bottle of mineral water or a loaf of bread. Folded and secured, the yogomat measures 12″ long x 4″ wide x 3″ tall.
As you carry it in one hand, you can’t help but think, “there is no way this thing is going to unfold to the size of a yoga mat.” But then you pop the locking snaps open, and in one swift unfolding motion (like draping a tablecloth over a table), the yogomat unfolds to 24″ x 72″ – a full-sized yoga mat.
At 1.5mm thick, the yogomat initially looks a little thin for comfort, but even on hard floors and cement, it does a good job cushioning your tailbone, elbows, knees and even head. The yogomat has a very grippy surface textured for traction even when exposed to moisture.
The yogomat is made from biodegradable, recyclable, sustainably-harvested natural rubber. That sounds like a mouthful, but what that means is that the yogomat is made from materials that come from renewable resources (rubber trees) and won’t add to more garbage in landfills.
One of the best things about a yogomat? After you’re done practicing yoga, rather than having to clean the mat with rubbing alcohol (as most mats require), you can rinse it and hang it up to dry. By using the same straps that secure the yogomat when folded, you can hang it from your shower curtain (or a tree) after you’ve rinsed it with water in the shower (or a high mountain stream).
It seems that with yogomats, now you have no excuse not to do yoga!
The boys from Polar have done it again – combining sleek design and super features with best functionality. At least that’s what they are claiming about the brand new RCX5, designed for multisport athletes.
True or not – that’s what we’ll be finding out once the RCX5 hits the market in early to mid May and of course we’ll let you know via a short video.
Here’s the RC5 on paper:
– A new and improved S3 sensor now called S3+
– A new and improved GPS in a much smaller design that comes with an integrated battery that can be charged via USB and is supposed to last longer than the prior GPS on batteries. It’s now called the G5 and is delivered with a matching arm strap for running.
– The new Polar wearlink that is combining their coded technology at 5GHz and their W.I.N.D technology. Thus allowing to receive your heart rate date outside as well as in the water. This is a major changed if they can actually pull it off. The best thing is – the wearlink chooses the best way to measure data in any given situation resulting in way less heart rate ‘black outs’ than we are used to in heart rate monitors.
– Easy switch between different disciplines such as running and cycling making the RCX5 the perfect tool for triathlon and mulitsport racing
– With the improved training software it is now an easy task to sync your Polar with a Mac as well and graphics, data etc will be displayed in a much more visual way.
The coolest thing about the new RCX5 however is the fact that it can be used with your old equipment such as the G3 and so on!
The RCX5 is hitting the European market in early to mid May in the running version at 349.95 Euro (in Germany) and in June as multisport version running at 389.95.The first shop in Germany to carry the RCX5 will be the TRI11 online store
We’ll keep you in the loop – in the meanwhile check out their little intro video:
We had the great pleasure of testing several different compression socks from different manufacturers ranging from SLS3 to CEP and after months of testing in all kinds of different climates and conditions, here is what compression socks can really do for you.
It sure took a little time to find the right compression socks for us but overall we have to say: We love’em. No matter if you are travelling long distance by car or plane, if you are running endless miles and want to fatigue later or if you are running short distance and want to gain some added power. Compression socks can help.
We have divided this test into long distance, short distance, travel and recovery. For any further questions you may have about them – shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are not going to throw stuff like ‘better blood circulation’ or ‘higher oxygen levels’ at you as this has been a real life test and not a laboratory test. It is all about what you feel and experience whilst and after wearing compression socks.
LONG DISTANCE – probably the most effect here
Compression Socks are definitely a great tool for any endurance athlete going the longer distance. Increased performance through better and more powerful stride, significantly delayed fatigue on long runs, fast recovery after workout resulting in higher ‘quality’ mileage during training and less to no more Achilles issues even after long mileage on hard surfaces are the main effects we’ve experienced.
SHORT DISTANCE – less about recovery and more about performance feel
In comparison to the general opinion, compression socks are also great for shorter distances such as 10k races. A more powerful and effective stride will benefit your running and results. Use a version with foot to add support to your ankles on uneven surfaces.
TRAVEL – no more feeling sluggish after long flights and rides
No matter if you are driving or flying. The sluggish feeling you used to have after departing the plane – GONE. Even after 12 hour flights we felt fresh and ready for the next workout. Uh and as a side note – they have a really nice warming effect on overly air conditioned planes.
RECOVERY – At work, at home, when out and dancing
If you feel like dancing in the evening, chance is you didn’t train enough during the day. However, if you have a job that requires a lot of standing.: Compression socks really take the pain out of your legs and wearing them for 2 hours after a tough workout will help your legs to be fresh for the next session.
We have tested all socks in temperatures ranging from 110 Fahrenheit in the dessert to 15 Fahrenheit in snowy mountain terrain and yet there was not a single situation in which we did not appreciate wearing them. No matter what the distance is – compression socks are legal performance enhancers. However, it is important to find the right pair and size for you and depending on the sport it might be better to get a pair of sleeves or calf guards rather than socks (for example for triathlons). The one negative point you have to deal with in cold climates is that extensive wear of compression socks leads to added drying out of the skin. Nothing a little body lotion can’t solve though.