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TrainingPeaks Ambassador

I am a brand loyal kinda guy. When I find something that works, I stick with it and love to tell people about it. Hence the product reviews that I like to do on this blog. A while back TrainingPeaks posted information about opening up applications for their 2013 TrainingPeaks Ambassadors. I use their web based software and iPhone app daily. It’s where I track my workouts, trends, reporting, can enter my nutrition information, etc. Basically it’s a one stop repository for cycling, triathlon, running type people. So I entered.

Yesterday morning when I opened my email, I got word that I was in! TrainingPeaks AmbassadorI was one of 40 international Ambassadors who were selected from over 600 applicants to help spread the word about TrainingPeaks! After getting the chance to virtually meet some of the other ambassadors online yesterday, I can’t wait for 2013. It’s going to be a great opportunity to help educate others and learn a lot from some seasoned athletes and coaches that I’m joining. This is a unique opportunity and I’m humbled that I was part of the group selected.

You can read more about the team here. Look for bios from all the athletes to be posted over the coming weeks.

Product Review: VitalSox Compression Socks

After doing some extensive reading and talking to other athletes for a while, I’ve been in search of a good pair of compression socks. The problem? Most run for $50-60. As good as the technology sounds, I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out that much cash for a pair of socks. So I had been content (not really) with my lack of recovery apparel until I was in Rogue Running a couple of months ago. I wasn’t very hopeful and was just meandering around the store when I went to the sock area. I noticed the VitalSox compression socks. The price tag lured me in, and I asked one of the associates if this brand had been very popular. He affirmed, and I was quickly on my way having an affordable pair of compression socks. I have run a ‘battery’ of my own tests mostly involving me slipping them on post race, or post big run/ride. I’ve even worn them overnight after a couple of major events. My thoughts? Awesome. No really, they’re awesome. Now just how to figure out how to get the wife & kids to not make funny faces when I wear ‘old man’ socks around!

Going Rogue

Yeah that’s right. I’ve gone Rogue. Rogue Running that is. An opportunity presented itself to me a couple of months back. Rogue Running was looking for a few good people to become program ambassadors. So why not I thought? To become a better athlete I’ve learned you should surround yourself with better athletes. I first became familiar with the quaint east 5th street running store during some local races this past year. I began to notice an awful lot of black shirts with a spiffy little crown logo. The more I learned about Rogue the more I liked. It’s an all in one package with these folks. The store itself is great, and fully staffed with knowledgable runners. They host awesome partys…errr I mean running events. And the training programs are second to none.

Some of the programs that have just started or are about to start include Basic Marathon/Half Marathon Training as well as an Online Training Program. These starting now are geared towards the fall marathon season. For my tri geek friends, there is also a Triathlon Training Program. Rogues go from just ‘finishing’ races to a season full of PR’s. Rogue can move you from the couch to pavement in ways you never imagined. You can leave behind the thoughts of “I’ll never be able to be a runner” because with Rogue everyone IS a runner. So if you’re looking to get started running; kick-start your running; learn from some masters; run with some great people; get some additional motivation… these programs are for you. As an added bonus by mentioning me (Andrew Collins) and using the special code ‘Amb0610’ you can receive $50 off. But hurry as this will expire soon and the programs are starting. So what are you waiting for? Get running, with Rogue.

Seeya on the pavement or trails.

Product Review: DZnuts Chamois Cream

This should be fun… in an awkward trying to keep it a family PG rating blog post kind of way. I had the pleasure, uh privilege of receiving some samples of DZnuts High Viscosity Chamois Cream from my buddy over at Classy Cycling. I had seen the product before and even read some good reviews so I was anxious yet nervous to try it. If you’re unfamiliar with chamois cream it’s a touchy subject… well let’s put it this way, it involves sensitive parts and you wouldn’t want to  just rush out and grab any random cream to put down there! I digress, I don’t use a lot of chamois cream in the winter so I had been waiting to try it out. The weather cleared up for the last couple of weekend rides I did and figured it was time to give it the old college try. It’s kinda hard to keep a straight face with this particular product. The product is designed by longtime cyclist Dave Zabriskie (DZ). Add to it the fact that the man has a dirty mustache. And the tag line is “Protect Your Junk.” And the packaging, well speaks for itself. I’ll leave you to the final snickering after a line from DZ himself, “Proper mainTAINTanance of the perineal area is essential during high level training and racing. Nothing can ruin stage race success faster than an infected saddle sore.”

All jokes aside now… I think. The product itself applies like any other chamois cream. You can figure that out for yourselves, much to the dismay of Mike I’m not going to post an instructional video or anything. But if you’re still not sure, the packaging contains a pretty humorous 3 step instructions on how to apply. Once the cream is on, it has a bit of a kick to it, but not in a bad way. I’m guessing that sensation is due to the use of Tea Tree Oil in the product. I do appreciate the use of plant-derived natural ingredients being used rather than a bunch of synthetic processed crap. I don’t use cream on every ride, usually just when it’s hot out and a long ride. So for what it’s worth the cream was good. I think it’s probably a bit pricey per ounce compared to some creams. So you might keep an eye out for specials from Classy Cycling rather than paying full retail fair. Especially if you use cream a lot. Oh yeah, for the female cyclist there’s now a DZnuts bliss cream, and for our lady friends a special tshirt. Enjoy and happy chafe-free cycling 🙂

Product Review: CarboRocket

Part of my blogging idea was to have periodic product reviews. This just so happens to be the first one of those. I’ve been an avid reader of the Fat Cyclist blog since I starting riding last year, anyone who reads Eldin’s blog knows he’s a big fan of CarboRocket. I’m always looking to try different products and find that ‘magic fit’ of drinks, eats and recovery goods. I signed up for the CarboRocket newsletter and was shipped a couple of samples. The first round must have been mistaken by the USPS as some interplanetary ballistic missile components as I received a package that contained a completely destroyed envelope and packets. I got ahold of the guys at CR and they gladly shipped me a new sample. The last couple of rides I’ve been on I mixed up CR and had it in one bottle. The mix has about 100 calories so it’s a good option to intake some of your fuel needs via liquid. The flavors I got to try were Raspberry Lemonade and Kiwi Lime. The taste was good, smooth and not over-powering. All things I appreciate on a bike. It is a bit different from if you’re used to the ‘major players’ in sports drinks. However unlike those drinks, CR doesn’t contain a bunch of crap in it and is made from all-natural ingredients. The mix also doesn’t have any protein, for their explanation click here. It’s got a 2:1 balance of Maltodextrin to Fructose. You can buy 25 servings for about 20 bucks so the price is on par too. All in all a great product and I look forward to trying it again. Word on the street is they are going to sponsor a ride for my team- Austin Cycle Camp. Gee, I wonder who made that call? 🙂CarboRocket samples