Monday, November 16, 2009
Shopping at Triathlete Sports
The sportive tight is made from Orca Form which provides muscle support. Indeed when I tried it on, it felt like getting into a wetsuit. These tights are tight! I have only tried them on once, but they feel and look like they have been sprayed on. They are well elasticated around the waist, and have quite a few reflective strips and logos, which make them ideal for running in poor light. I saw a pair of Zoot tights, but since I wanted a black pair, I thought to go with Orca. The verdict is still out, as I have not yet been for a run in them, but watch this space.
My second purchase was a present for my dear friend Kathy. Kathy is a fabulous runner who still runs, but no longer does any marathons. For her I chose a Louis Garneau top from their 2010 collection. It is in a gorgeous turquoise colour with black panels and reflective strips. The fabric is wonderful and Kathy loved it!
My third and perhaps most important purchase was a box of GUs. I had tried almost all the flavours, and had come to the conclusion that I only liked the Espresso GU. After 2 of them though, I feel quite hyperactive. I had also been through the range of hammergels, and did not bond with any of their flavours. I had tried taking kitkat 2 finger snack bars with me on long runs, but the taste is quite awful, even though they are useful when you do not have any alternatives around. I admit that I bought the chocolate outrage flavour blindly - I have never seen this in any of the shops I have visited (and believe me, I have been to many, in various states), so I have never tried it.
So I was waiting for the weekend to try out both capris and GU. When the weekend finally came around, it was raining all the time. Since I had another engagement on Sunday, I swapped my long run and rest day, and went out for a 10 miler on Saturday. I had a GU before I left, but nothing could have prepared me for the taste of heaven that is their chocolate outrage offering. It is divine....not unlike chocolate icing, but without the stultefying sweetness. Super yum, I found my running fix!
Since it was raining heavily when I left for my run, I wore long running tights to keep my legs a bit warm at least. And it was a wonderful run. Very few people were out, so I could hear myself running through puddles and the squishing sound of trainers on water-logged grass. It was the first time I actually managed to run on the grass around the Charles River, as it is usually taken over by doggies and small children. I was a bit tired at the end, but I had also run at a much increased pace than last week. This gives me hope for a sub 2 half one day......
Triathlete Sports are a great online resource. They ship within 24 hours and you get exactly what you ordered. I have bought stuff from them in the past, and have been very satisfied. Excellent customer service, and they keep some great lines such as KSwiss, Louis Garneau, etc.