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Review of the HUUB Brownlee Agilis wetsuit

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 6 days ago

I finally had the opportunity to try out the new Agilis Huub wetsuit. I was right away really surprised by the quality of this wetsuit. I’ve always found that wetsuits don’t allow you to swim naturally. Because you float better in a wetsuit, they are typically faster than swimming without one. However, you usually have to change your technique slightly because you can’t move your shoulders freely. 

Related: Le wetsuit HUUB Brownlee Agilis 

However, with the Agilis, I was shocked that I could swim without having to change my technique at all. As a triathlete whose strength is swimming, I believe that the goal of every wetsuit company should be to create a wetsuit that allows the swimmer to swim as if they didn’t have a wetsuit on. I definitely believe that’s what Huub has been able to achieve with the Agilis.

The Agilis is the results of two years of collaboration between the Brownlee brothers and Huub. Huub has sponsored Johnny and Alistair for many years now, and the brothers wanted to create the best wetsuit possible. Their main requirements for the wetsuit were:

  1. It would allow them to swim as though they weren’t wearing a wetsuit throughout the full stroke cycle.
  2. Get their hips and legs as high as possible and keep them there.

To achieve these two big goals, Huub developed the Arm NeutralTM technology. Instead of adding the arms to the wetsuit by placing them alongside the trunk, they added the arms perpendicularly to the trunk. This reduces the stretch on the shoulder by half.

They have also developed a new neoprene material known as the + 43TM, which improves the buoyancy by 43 per cent. This material is placed where you need it the most, which is on the hips and the legs. This helps you keep your hips and legs high in the water while keeping your trunk strong. 

Like all Huub wetsuits, the Agilis has the Breakaway zipper which allows you to unzip your wetsuit by simply pulling up on the cord instead of pulling down on the zipper. This may seem insignificant for someone racing Ironman races, but this type of detail matters a lot for short course races where every second counts.

The Agilis is not inexpensive, but it is a much smaller investment than buying an expensive bike or wheels. If you are in the market for a new wetsuit, it is worth a try.

Antoine Desroches is a sponsored HUUB triathlete.

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Richard Murray is making the move to Ironman…

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 6 days ago

Happy April Fools! Here are a few of our favourites.

I’m going long #konabound

— Richard Murray (@RD_murray) April 1, 2019

American Sarah True had the best reaction: “Watch out! That was my April Fools joke for years until I woke up and realized it wasn’t a joke anymore.” In her Kona debut (2018), True finished fourth.

Did you see Felt’s new IA-Uni?

Related: Spy shots: New bikes spotted in Kona

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Felt's New IA-Uni #asiatri #innovation

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Karsten Madsen, Xterra professional triathlete, has decided to join Murray and jump to the Ironman distance.

Related: Karsten Madsen finishes seventh at the 2018 Xterra World Championship

Talbot Cox, photographer, videographer and YouTube content creator for many professional triathletes and runners, has decided to explore other avenues.

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As one door closes another one opens. Shooting triathlon has been a passion of mine because of my love for the sport. Unfortunately if is not financially possible for me to continue media in the sport of triathlon. I will still be back shooting some races hear and there. Oceanside and Ironman Texas will be my last events until KONA. We will continue to do our best to do YouTube channels though Lionel’s YouTube maybe 2-3 on the lead up to KONA. The ride has been fun. I appreciate everyone who has supported me along the way. April 1st #issajoke

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Matt Fitzgerald, the co-author of 80/20 Triathlon, has announced a new book.

“Forget everything I’ve ever written about diet and nutrition. It’s utter garbage—all of it! Racing Weight? Garbage. Diet Cults? Rubbish. The Endurance Diet? Pure crap. I’m a new man with a new message, one that is powerfully encapsulated in my astonishing new book, Celebrity Miracle Breakthrough Keto Revolution!”

I am over-the-moon excited to announce the surprise release of my astonishing new book, CELEBRITY MIRACLE BREAKTHROUGH KETO REVOLUTION! Details here:

— Matt Fitzgerald (@mattfitwriter) April 1, 2019

The weather…

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Willian and Olmo take the win in New Plymouth

Triathlon Magazine Canada 3 weeks 7 min ago

At the ITU World Cup event in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Javier Gomez (ESP) made an impressive return to short course racing with a fifth-place finish. Australian Luke Willian took the win ahead of Justus Nieschlag (GER) and Sam Ward (NZL).

Following the race, in an interview with ITU Media, Willian recapped his race-winning move on the run:

“I started out in front and kept going and didn’t look back. I saw on the first lap that I had a bit of a gap and it kept getting bit bigger every time I checked so there was a lot of confidence there. I saw at the top of the hill that I had it and could really enjoy it and soak it up.”

After a solid finish at ITU World Cup New Plymouth, Gomez will continue his progress towards WTS Bermuda and earning a spot to Tokyo 2020.

 “It was a good racing experience again and hopefully I get better for the next ones. I love this race, the crowd is always spectacular. This course is even better than the old one.”

Related: Javier Gomez announces goal to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Matthew Sharpe (CAN) finished 27th in a deep world-class field of 67 athletes. Unfortunately, both Tyler Mislawchuk and Alexis Lepage withdrew due to illness.

On the women’s side, Italy’s Angelica Olmo claimed her first ever world cup win. She was followed by Jolanda Annen (SUI) and Jaz Hedgeland (AUS).

Following the race, Olmo was overjoyed with her first win:

“I don’t believe it, I really don’t believe it. I was expecting to podium but not for the win.”

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Triathlon-friendly running shoes

Triathlon Magazine Canada 3 weeks 45 min ago

When it comes to running a 2:39 or 2:40 marathon to win the Ironman World Championship, Patrick Lange pulls out all the stops, wearing the same shoes many of Canada’s elite road runners choose for 5K and 10K road races. That’s a tribute to how much the industry has managed to pack even the lightest shoes with innovative technology the provides enough support, cushioning and comfort for even the hardest marathon efforts our sport can throw out.

That doesn’t mean that every triathlete should be looking for a full-fledged racing flat as their shoe of choice. What it does mean is that thanks to the huge choice available to runners and triathletes these days, it shouldn’t be hard to come up with a shoe that provides the right blend of support, cushioning and flexibility to ensure you’ll be comfortable out on the roads for training and racing. The key to finding that shoe? A reputable shoe store where experts can guide you to something that is best likely to meet your needs.

361 Spire 3 – $190

This neutral high-mileage trainer provides lots of energy return in a shoe designed to provide the maximum in comfort, cushioning and performance. Using 361’s proprietary EVA and rubber blend called Qu!ckfoam in the midsole, you get a nice mix of cushioning and responsiveness. The internal webbing in the midfoot keeps your foot nice and secure and there’s a comfortable, lightweight molded heel counter to keep your heel in place. While you get some nice support in this shoe, there’s a nice balance of flex to make it easy to roll onto your forefoot to help you keep your turnover nice and high.

Related: What we think of the new SPIRE 3

SAUCONY Freedom ISO 2 – $200

Thanks to new technology called ISOKNIT, the Freedom ISO 2 manages to combine a sock-like fit we’re used to in the Freedom ISO line and combines it with a specially designed performance knit upper for a shoe that provides lots of support, breathability and freedom of movement. The EVERUN midsole provides lots of energy return and a cushioned ride from heel strike to toe-off. The streamlined frame cups your foot nicely, keeping your heel snug and comfortable, and there’s lots of arch support for those who need it, too.

ASICS Gel Kayano 25 – $220

It can’t be 25 years old, can it? Sadly, we can remember running in the original Gel Kayano and the 25th-anniversary edition lives up to the original idea behind the shoe – a comfortable, stable trainer that serves as a solid all-rounder. Triathletes love the Kayano line both as a go-to trainer while those who require cushioning and stability for longer race efforts will happily leave it in transition, too. The latest versions offer lots of lightweight cushioning thanks to the FlyteFoam cushioning, which is enhanced by the Gel cushioning in the heel. The snug- fitting upper uses Jacquard mesh that’s breathable and adapts to your foot for a very comfortable fit, while the sturdy heel counter provides lots of support while remaining comfortable, too.

NEW BALANCE Hanzo S v2 – $170

Fast enough to be the shoe of choice for many of Team NB’s elite road racers, the Hanzo S v2 has helped Patrick Lange run his way to two Ironman World Championships, proving it’s a formidable option no matter how far you’re running. The midsole provides excellent responsiveness and durability, but the REVlite material used is 30 per cent lighter than comparable midsole foams. The no-sew material used in the mesh upper means you get a comfortable, snug fit that’s extremely breathable. It all adds up to a super fast, comfortable shoe that’s a great option for those looking for a true racing flat for their triathlon runs.

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Knit – $160

There are more than a few runners and triathletes who have found their running careers saved thanks to the innovative cushioning found in Hoka shoes and the Clifton continues that trend in style. It’s light, it offers lots of cushioning and remains easy to run fast in. This snug-fitting shoe offers lots of flexibility and a forgiving forefoot, so the cushy feel is maintained all the way through your foot strike. The knit upper is very breathable and offers lots of comfortable support, making this a great choice for training and racing.

Related: Review: HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 5

UNDER ARMOUR HOVR Infinite – $150


Related: SHOE REVIEW: Under Armour HOVR Infinite 

This neutral running shoe is designed for runners who need flexibility, cushioning and versatility – in other words, triathletes. In addition to the UA HOVR technology in the shoe
that provides lots of cushioning and a compression mesh Energy Web for energy return, UA’s Record Sensor will track all kinds of running metrics, so you can analyze data from each run. The mesh upper is lightweight, breathable and has just the right amount of support, while you get additional support from the ergonomic EVA sockliner and internal heel counter. Thanks to the deep flex grooves in the sole, there’s lots of flexibility to ensure that you can easily roll from your heel to your toe for a comfortably quick stride to turn up the tempo on your run.

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Spring 2019 issue out now

220 triathlon 3 weeks 1 hour ago
Highlights include speed tips from the Brownlees Georgia TaylorBrown and David McNamee 12week Ironman training plan 50 raceday tips and all the latest tri kit tested and reviewed including indepth look at trisuits

18 triathlon swimming tips and sessions for beginners

220 triathlon 3 weeks 5 hours ago
Are you at the beginning of your triathlon adventure but fearful of that opening swim leg But dont worry 220 swim coach John Wood shares his 18 top front crawl swim technique tips and sessions for beginners

Patrick Lange calls for changes to drug testing procedures

220 triathlon 3 weeks 5 hours ago
Ironman world champion Patrick Lange has hit out at the media for irresponsibly linking triathlon to a worldwide doping ring and also called for a change to procedures tackling the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport Tim Heming reports

How to get rid of knee pain

Triathlon Magazine Canada 3 weeks 2 days ago

Knee pain can be terrifying for cyclists, runners and triathletes alike. A triathlete’s odds of getting knee pain are basically double – because we do both cycling and running, and often too much of both. The pain usually develops with no specific cause, yet it leaves us spending more time than we would like in the pool.

Due to the repetitive nature of running and cycling, knee pain often develops into something larger – known as an overuse injury. Taking a break may offer short term relief, but if you don’t fix the underlying cause, the pain will return.

Related: Activation drills for triathletes

Here are two of the more common knee overuse injuries with prevention and treatment options:

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)

Sharp, stabbing pain on the outside of the knee is the most common symptom. It tends to be most noticeable when the knee moves through the bottom part of the pedal stroke. A tightening of the ITB causes this syndrome due to lack of strength in the glutes (gluteus medius muscle).

Specific strength training for the glutes can help to prevent this syndrome. Treatment should include rest as well as ice being applied at the knee to reduce inflammation. Massage or soft tissue release of the ITB is also effective.

Runner’s Knee (also known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

Runner’s Knee is commonly characterized by pain behind or around the kneecap (patella), that most often occurs when climbing or descending stairs, squatting, or during activities such as running or cycling. The injury is thought to result from increased pressure on the patellofemoral joint which may result from a combination of increased activity, quadriceps imbalance and tight stabilizing structures such as the iliotibial band.

Treatment options vary, but the most sensible option includes rest and elimination of activities that aggravate the knee joint. NSAIDs such as Advil may provide temporary relief, but they are not considered long-term solutions. Working to relax tight quadriceps, calves, shins, IT band and other muscles of the lower leg — through massage or foam rolling — as well as strengthening these muscles to correct imbalances may provide long-term elimination of the condition.

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Low calorie beers 3 of the best

220 triathlon 3 weeks 3 days ago
Its a tough job Matt Baird sups 3 of the best low calorie beers to find his favourite