Friday, February 13, 2015

Three I'm Digging #5

A little bit of fun to begin this week's list.

I saw these skate guards on another player on my son's hockey team and thought they were about the coolest thing I've seen and totally wished I had them when growing up.

Now we are "rolling' right out of the car, through the parking lot and directly on to the ice!


Has it always been mandatory for golf shirts to be ill-fitting, suffer from bacon collar and be made from shoddy fabrics?

For these reasons, I am anti-golf shirt, and to be honest, I love to count the number of guys who wear oversized logoed-up golf shirts with their pleated dockers to work in the summer on "casual Fridays".

Last Fall, I came across some shirts that looked great and claimed to solve some of the issues I have with this style shirt. I ordered The Players Shirt and a Long Sleeve Players Shirt and instantly found a new staple for my wardrobe.

I look forward to trying out some of the new products.

Criquet Shirts
The Players Shirt - $75.00
Long Sleeve Players Shirt - $75.00

Getting back into shape and looking forward to racing a bit this year, I've ramped up my efforts looking to build power back into my legs.

A number of years ago I got my first power meter and studied Training & Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed. Book by Hunter Allen & Andrew Coggan, Ph.D. until I knew the in's and out's of cycling with power. I was also in a stage where I was getting my USA Cycling & USA Triathlon Coaches licenses.

I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with the power meter:

Sometimes I HATE that I ever got a power meter and started to judge all my workouts, races and rides through it's data. There is not a better explanation of this feeling then this Cycling Weekly article:
Dr. Hutch: Why using a power meter is like getting a tattoo
Michael Hutchinson

I LOVE that a power meter is a great tool when used properly and the data is used to monitor and fine tune training plans for competitive athletes, as well as benchmarking and judging improvements throughout a training cycle.

I started out with an SRM Power Meter and liked it, but changed to a Quarq Power Meter to be able to use with my Garmin and take advantage of GPS tracking to upload to sites like STRAVA, MapMyRide and Ride With GPS.

Quarq Power Meter
Various prices based on model - $1,200-$1,600

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