As I wrote on May 21st, I’ve been having some back-and-forth with my racing/training technology lately…and I’ve been spending way too much mental energy on it.
So here’s where I’m at as of today…
Waaay back in 2012, I discovered a then up-and-coming company called Spruzza. They didn’t have a product yet, but they had a vision. And that vision was pure awesomeness: a personal cooling system for cyclists. Genius! Small, light and portable, it’s designed to keep the rider cool and improve performance and comfort. From the website:
Spruzza is an on-board cooling system that attaches quickly and easily to your bike. Spruzza “air-conditions” by allowing you to spray just enough water to cover and cool your head, face and neck. The relief from the heat is immediate.
They finally started shipping at the beginning of May of this year, and I got my tester at the end of that month. I’ve used it on several rides and (almost) one race so far. How has it performed?
June was a great month of training and racing. 22 hours of tri-specific activities, compared to 20 hours in 2013. Per Strava (again, only swimming, biking and running recorded there) I’m already up to 102 hours, 906 miles, 30 records and 140 activities for the year. Compared with 139 hours, 1252 miles, 42 records and 185 activities in 2013, it looks like I’ll be setting a new record for the year. :)
Let’s see how I did in June…
I’ve been anticipating this race for quite some time: I had planned on doing it last year, but my plans fell through, as they will. So I’ve been training with the goal of not just completing this race, but doing well at it. I wanted to post a sub-3:00 time, which I thought would be reasonable for this distance: 30:00 swim, 1:30 bike, 1:00 run. This was my first time at this venue, distance and altitude…but I wasn’t worried about it. :)
Note: I’m going to take a slightly different approach with this review; in the past, I’ve gotten very in-depth with a play-by-play of each section of the course. While it sounds good in my head, I’ve realized it probably doesn’t read nearly as well (everything makes more sense in my head…). So I’m taking a page from a fellow local triathlete, David Pettigrew, and working on “less is more” when it comes to race reports.
That being said, let’s get to it!
Starting on Monday, July 14th, I’ll be doing one gear/nutrition/tri-stuff review per week. I’ll be focusing on stuff I use myself, and these’ll be from my perspective. They’ll be as thorough as I can make them, without being the epic awesomeness that is DC Rainmaker’s reviews…I’m not nearly that patient. :)
First up will be the Spruzza bike-mounted personal cooling system. Set your reminder or RSS feed and enjoy!