Rudy Project Sterling Helmet Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a Rudy Project Sterling helmet to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!” During the homestretch of training for Ironman Augusta 70.3, I received a Rudy Project Sterling helmet to test and review. It was perfect timing! The Brand: Rudy Project was created in 1985 by Rudy Barbazza in Treviso, Italy. has a very good reputation in the active industry for creating quality sunglasses, helmets, goggle and more. The Specs: The Rudy Project Sterling was designed with the aid of an Italian hat craftsman to provide the upmost in comfort and safety. Very lightweight at only 310 grams/ 10.64 ounces for the small/medium, and 343 grams/12.10 ounces for the large size. Equipped with 18 vents to allow for optimal airflow. Removable and adjustable three position comfort head ring. Adjustable RSR7 point retention system to secure the helmet to your head and prevent it from detaching from your head. Fastex® buckle closure system, which consists of a smile snap-lock buckle that is ergonomically shaped and ensures maximum stability. Integrated and removable visor, which protects the face against knocks and scratches caused by...
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Race Report: The Return to Ironman Augusta 70.3

The Journey and the Taper Training and planning for a 70.3 distance triathlon is not for the faint of heart. In January, I registered for Ironman Augusta 70.3 with the goal of beating my time on the course from 2015. But as 2016 progressed, I suffered injuries and illnesses, moved, experienced drastic family and personal changes, moved offices and had an evolving role at work. To say I’ve been stretched thin is an understatement. But I had made the commitment to Ironman Augusta 70.3, so I was determined to see the training and race through. Fortunately, I didn’t experience any major taper tantrums or freakouts this year. I think having this race under my belt gave me quite a bit of extra assurance knowing what I was getting myself into. I welcomed the decrease in volume so I could focus on last-minute logistics and turn to the mental preparation. Like last year, I chose to drove the 950 miles each way from Dallas to Augusta. I left on Wednesday and arrived in Augusta on Thursday. Waiting for the athlete check-in to open on Friday afternoon led me to get a bit stir crazy and give Snoop another wash, but at...
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Race Report: Tri Waco 2016

I returned to Tri Waco for my only planned Olympic distance triathlon in 2016 (you can read a recap of my 2015 race here). I had the experience to know what the course and weather would bring, which is why I dragged my heels and didn’t register until days before the race. Heading down to Waco from Dallas is an easy drive. And no trip to Waco can now be complete without a trip to Magnolia Market! This is actually my third visit to Chip and Jojo’s place, but some new stores have been added and it was really fun to show my mom around. I have my eye on a few pieces I’ll be purchasing in the next few months. Now, on to the race report… The Swim I lined up and found a few friends to chat with until we entered the water. The temperature was in the mid to high 70s and it felt like tepid bath water. The color of the Brazos River is very dirty; I can only see until my elbow. I strategically lined up so I was less likely to swim off course. There was the usual melee once the whistle blew, but...
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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

It’s been several months since my last post because illness, work, injuries, changes life has really smacked me in the face a few times. But I’ve been trying to maintain my training while getting things settled. So let’s cover a few highlights of the four races I’ve completed in the last three months. I completed the Tri Waco sprint triathlon in May and did not have an asthma attack like last year, so I count that as a win. I was surrounded by my great support team of Katy, Greg, Novia and my mom at this race, so it was very special. Having your friends and family fly and drive in to support you is priceless. I ran the Wounded Warrior Military Miles 10k in June. It was my first time running this race and only my second time running a 10k distance race. I was glad to be out there, but the plantar strain in my foot hurt and it was very humid. Being surround by military personnel always makes me emotional. My dad served in the Army and I’m so very appreciative to those that serve our great country, and I never have the adequate words to describe my...
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xx2i Bermuda1 Sunglasses Product Review and a Discount

Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Bermuda1 sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! Through the BibRave and XX2i Optics partnership, I was given the opportunity to test the brand new Bermuda1 lifestyle sunglasses before they even become available for sale! Another reason I love being a BibRave Pro! The brand: Designed with top athletes in mind, XX2i Optics crafts precision sunglasses that offer performance while being more budget-friendly than competitors. With multiple style and lens configurations available, XX2i provides a range of sport and now casual sunglasses to choose from. The brand has its history in endurance sports and are owned by the same company that distributes Rudy Project in North America, Running and Cycling Enterprises (“RACE”) (source: RACE). The specs: Polarized lenses with 4K optical technology Available in classic Matte Black, Matte Tortoise, White & Black, and Crystal Black 365-day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches The test: Style and Fit: The frames were just slightly wide for my face width, but I would rather have my frames a tad too wide than...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon

This is the third year I’ve participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas half marathon (you can read about my experience in 2015 here. Spoiler alert: It was a PR for me!). I wavered back and forth about running the 5K on Saturday for the Remix Challenge and extra medal, but I waited too long and the 5K sold out. I wasn’t yet in half marathon shape, so it was probably for the best that I sat Saturday’s 5K race out. I visited the expo on Saturday morning at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and was surprised and disappointed with the expo this year. The footprint was much smaller than the past years. There were still great vendors (like my favorite, Cryozone!), but it was much smaller than usual. I wasn’t digging the merchandise this year, so at least I saved some of the pressures typically put on my wallet at the Rock ‘n’ Roll expos. The weather looked fairly chilly for the end of March, so I opted to be safe and mimicked what I had worn at Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio in December. I went with my CW-X compression tights, a short sleeved shirt, and a...
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Running in the Buff: Merino Wool Buff Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a Merino Wool Buff® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! The Buff® is the original seamless, multifunctional head and neckwear designed to morph into a multitude of different garments in seconds. It allows a wearer to change their headwear on the fly while offering protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities and sports. I recently had the opportunity to test the Merino Wool Buff® – a soft, warm, wind-resistant and lightweight layer made with 100% merino wool. The specs: Semi-seamless, featuring a small, unnoticeable seam on top and bottom of Merino Wool Buff® 100% merino wool sourced from Australia Moisture wicking developing specifically to channel perspiration away from skin, keeping you dry and comfortable while active Maintains shape due to two-way lateral stretch Microclimate control and wind-resistant designed to be comfortable between 32° F and 68° F Antibacterial and UPF20+ sun protection Meets OEKO-TEX standard 100 (Category I and II), certifying it meets the human-ecological requirements of the standard for products with direct contact to skin. Prices range from $27 – $32 The test: Unfortunately the Dallas...
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Product Review: 2XU Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights

Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! As winter lingers, it’s important to remain prepared for fewer daylight hours and dropping temperatures. That requires keeping quality gear on hand to keep up with training. I recently received a pair of Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights from 2XU to put to the test in the always unpredictable Dallas weather. The specs: A soft brushed thermal inner layer helps retain warmth in cold climates. With coverage over the knee, powerful compression support and protect upper leg muscles to help prevent soreness and fatigue and long term overuse injuries. Graduated compression engineering promotes greater blood flow during exercise and faster recovery post exercise. Hyoptik (pronounced like “high optic”) reflective details keep you visible in low-light levels. 5 cm wide flat waistband with drawstring provides flexibility for personalized comfort. Flatlock seams reduce chafe. High filament yarns for dryness and moisture wicking Antibacterial and UPF50+ sun protection. The test: Unfortunately I came down with walking pneumonia about a week after I received these pants. Even a month later, I’m still trying...
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