Sportiiiis Heads-Up Display system: The ultimate training partner

The Sportiiiis Heads-Up Display system: The ultimate training partner the cutting-edge of technology and is an invaluable asset for the athletes of the world who want to get the most out of their training and racing.

So what exactly is Sportiiiis?

Think of Sportiiiis as a control center that helps you the athlete monitor the functions that are vital to optimum performance.

Sportiiiis AND BIKE TRAINING AND RACING

Almost any triathlete has a story to tell about a near miss or crash on one of their bike training rides.

A wayward rock or twig, a pot-hole, or any kind of debris in a cyclists path is all it takes to lose control of a bike but with Sportiiis you never have to take your eyes off the road to check out your bike computer or heart-rate monitor.

Your training buddy will do all that for you. Sportiiiis will tell you when you are below, above, or right on your target work-out zone with a series of multi-colored LEDs that are strategically placed in your peripheral vision.

 heads-up display system by sportiiiis

Sportiiiis will ensure you are in your optimum heart-rate target zone.


A green LED means you reached your heart-rate target zone. Yellow, orange, and red LEDs to the left and right of your optimum target zone will indicate if you are too far below or above where you want to be.

Sportiiiis is also capable of display profiles for POWER, CADENCE, and SPEED and all of these are important considerations when it comes to getting the most out of training sessions or races.

Sportiiiis AND A PERSONAL BEST MARATHON

Ever wonder why so many marathoners run into the mystical “wall” over and over again at about the same point in a marathon?

It’s mostly because they get caught up in the energy-charged atmosphere of race day and run far beyond their level of ability and in the process are burning through their limited stores of glycogen far too soon and it invariably leads to glycogen depletion about 18 or 20 miles into the marathon.

By training and racing within your fat-burning zone glycogen stores can be conserved and abundant supplies(probably enough to run five marathons)is used and a date with the “wall” is avoided and when others are walking, you are running.

This is where Sportiiiis comes in. Not only will the series of LEDs help keep you running in your optimum fat-burning zone you can also get a friendly audible cue reminder from the Sportiiiis Tip-Tap technology.

For example if you are running uphill and the LEDs to the right of green begin to flash yellow, orange, or red it is a signal to slow down. If you are running downhill and the LEDs to the left of green flash yellow, orange, or red Sportiiiis is telling you it’s okay to speed up and take advantage of easier downhill running as you are falling below your preset target range.

If you tap the side of the unit a friendly voice will tell you exactly what your heart-rate is and you will know exactly how much to speed up or slow down.

sportiiiis boom with LEDs fits most glasses

Sportiiiis attaches to virtually any pair of glasses.


Whether you are run training or in the middle of a marathon you will never have to look down at your wrist again. You will be able to focus all your attention on what is happening around you.

SO HOW EXACTLY DOES Sportiiiis WORK?

Sportiiiis attaches to virtually any pair of glasses.

Using the Mac, PC or Smartphone software, the LEDs can be programmed to visually respond to data from ANT+ devices.

For example, when paired with a heart rate strap, you can create a custom setup for how the LEDs will respond to your heart rate. This workout program is then downloaded to the Sportiiiis unit.

Sportiiiis SPECIFICATIONS

Unit dimensions, LxWxH:..............12.7 x 1.5 x 2 cm
Weight:..............................<10g
Battery:.............................rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life:........................9 hours, typical
Battery charge time:.................75 minutes (fully discharged)
Operating temperature:...............-20°C to +60°C 

-Multi-colored LED boom provides instant visual feedback of critical workout and racing data (Heart Rate, Cadence, Power, Speed, Pace, and other ANT+ compatible data).

-Lightweight unit (<10g) with adjustable boom easily attaches to virtually any pair of glasses.

-LED boom is positioned in your secondary vision, guiding you to your target zone while eliminating the need to take your eyes off the road.

-Built-in speaker provides spoken audio prompts with detailed levels of performance
TipTap™ technology allows changing between paird sensors and receiving audible zone updates by simply tapping on the unit.

-Intuitive software enables you to create personalized zone profiles.

By using Sportiiiis monitoring your race/workout data has never been easier – or safer.

Purchase this cutting edge technology and get the most out of your training and racing.4iiii VISUAL INTUITION

Ironman Triathlon training: Staying mentally strong

Staying mentally strong is just as important as working on your swimming, biking, and running skills when preparing to take on the Ironman Triathlon.

At times it can be difficult to stay focused on your ultimate goal of reaching the Ironman finish line. Month after month of seemingly never-ending training may even have you questioning if it’s all worth it.

THOSE NAGGING INJURIES

The human body is basically a miracle and is capable of so much. The harder you push it, the harder it will try to stay strong for you and do what you ask of it.

At times however we simply ask too much of ourselves and our body will try and warn us when it’s time to back off. Those warnings often come in the form of twinges of pain that come and go.

It might be on and off knee pain, shin splints, aching arms and shoulders, or any number of pesky pains we are quick to assume are just part of the training process.

There are several different ways that people react to this. Often it is simply frustrating and has a way of making some people lose sight of the ultimate goal. They might think, “is it really worth it if I’m constantly in pain?”

Others will train through the pain because they live with the constant fear of losing all they have worked for.

Ultimately there is only one solution that makes any sense. It’s time to take a step back and give yourself a mental and physical break. It might mean doing nothing in the way of training for a week or two. However at the end of that break you might just be amazed at how good you feel and how anxious you are to resume training.

ironman swimmers at the start

The big day will arrive soon enough


So many times I have heard of the hockey player who was out of action for a week because of a serious flu only to return to the ice and have a career night.

Or the Olympic athlete who is forced into a 6-week rest because of injury and returns to win the Nationals and a spot into the Olympic Games.

What they really needed more than more practices or games or 2-a-day training sessions was a forced rest. There bodies recovered on many different levels and they came back stronger than ever.

SOCIAL LIFE AND FAMILY CHAOS

There is no doubt that your social and family life could well end up being pushed to the back-burner as you embark on your Ironman journey.

You are torn between making it to the swim workout or spending time with your family and far too often pass up on the Saturday night out with friends because of the long Sunday morning ride you have planned.

You try not to let it bother you but deep down it does. There is a certain amount of guilt to deal with and there is no doubt that the Ironman journey often seems to be a selfish one.

I wrote in one of my books that taking on the Ironman challenge is the best selfish thing you will ever do.

Consider this. What if you are a 50 something business-man who never had an athletic bone in his body. You are out of shape and over-weight and not all that thrilled with the direction your life is going.

Then one day you see this Ironman thing on T.V. and are immediately Ironstruck and just know you have to cross that finish line.

You learn how to swim, get yourself a spiffy road bike, and start eating a proper diet. Your Ironman journey becomes all-encompassing and you become a new you.

Yes, your family and social life will suffer but all things being equal your quest for the Ironman finish line will ultimately make you fitter, more self-confident, and most likely do wonders for your longevity.

It will also make you more fun to be around because you feel good about yourself.

Although it may seem selfish at times to spend the time you do on your training, everyone who truly cares about you will benefit because of the positive changes you are making in your life.

VISUALIZATION

Visualization is a remarkable tool that is often ignored by the week-end warrior. Olympic Athletes get it. They use it all the time to keep them mentally focused on their ultimate goal.

I remember reading an interview of Elizabeth Manley shortly after she won a silver medal in figure-skating at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988. She said that for months before the Olympics she used visualization as a training tool.

She would imagine herself going through her entire long performance and in her mind she kept falling at the most difficult part of the skate. One day she said she finally got it perfect and that is the image she took to the Olympics with her.

Her long routine was flawless and she missed the gold medal by an eye-lash.

So when you begin to wonder if all your Ironman training is worth it try a little visualization.

keep your goal in sight

Visualization will help you focus on your ultimate goal


Lay down in a quiet dark room and imagine that last few hundred meters to the Ironman finish line over and over again and what it’s going to feel like when you get there.

Sometimes we can worry too much about the journey when what we should really be focusing on is the destination.

BE FLEXIBLE

Remember that it is your husband or wife, your kids, your parents, or your friends who are your strongest supporters and are the ones most likely to be on the side-lines on Ironman day cheering you on to the finish line.

Don’t be afraid to take full weekends off from training to devote to those people in your life who are the most important to you.

You will not lose anything. In the big scheme of things it is not going to make one iota of difference if you take time off training to go on a mini-holiday with people you care about.

As I just mentioned, the rest will most likely do you more good than harm so really everybody wins.

If you are training for your first Ironman and sometimes question whether or not it is all worth it……yes, a thousand times yes it is an experience you do not want to pass up on if the opportunity is there.

The weeks and months of training will go by in the blink of an eye and one day soon you will be standing at the swim start waiting for the gun to go off and you will embark on a journey like no other.

Buying a triathlon bike – PART 1 and 2 – Video

There are many things to take into account when buying a triathlon bike.

Road bike or triathlon specific bike, profile-bars or conventional drop handle-bars, bike seat options, and proper bike fit are a few of the important considerations when triathletes are deciding what bike would suit them best.

Hopefully our Ironstruck.tv video’s on bike choices, options, and maintenance can help you have a clearer understanding of what to look for and how to get the most out of your bike as you embark on your triathlon journey.

Our thanks to The Bike Shop of Calgary for helping us create these videos.

First Video:

…or click Buying a Triathlon Bike PART 1

Second Video:

…or click Buying a Triathlon Bike PART 2

Seven Reasons To Try Triathlon Wind-Trainer Workouts

Triathlon wind-trainer biking can be a valuable component of triathlon/ironman training.

For those rainy days or days when training time is at a premium, a wind-trainer can come in pretty handy.

I remember the first time I thought I set up a wind-trainer in my living room.

I thought it would be a good bike training alternative for my Ironman races when the weather was bad, which seems to be the case about 75% of the time where I live.

As often as I could, I would load my bike on the back of my car and drive out to the countryside where there was a wide shoulder and less traffic.

The busier the roads became, the more my thoughts turned to the possibility of triathlon wind-trainer training as opposed to being out on the road.

There are many sound reasons for triathlon bike training on a wind-trainer.

1) SOMETIMES TRIATHLON TRAINING TIME IS LIMITED

There are going to be plenty of those days when you just have to get that bike-training ride in but time is at a premium.

There is always work, family, and social life to consider and it can be a tough balancing act, especially if you are training for an Ironman.

Set up your wind-trainer anywhere in your home.


The beauty of a wind-trainer is that you can squeeze in that bike workout any time, day or night.

You also eliminate the time it takes to load up your bike and drive to your favorite bike-training route.

There are those lucky few triathletes who can just walk out their front door and hop on their bike. Unfortunately many triathletes live in big cities with lots of traffic and have to haul their triathlon bike out to a less-traveled highway.

2) WHEN NATURE CALLS

Have you ever been on one of those long Ironman training rides and suddenly found yourself in serious need of an outhouse?

There is a steady stream of traffic going up and down the road and not a tree in sight.

One of the biggest perks of wind-trainer bike sessions is that you are only a few seconds away from the nearest washroom.

3) WILD DOGS AND MAD HAWKS

It used to be really great to bike train in the rolling hills near Calgary on those hot, sunny Summer days.

However it does come with a few pitfalls.

There was this one farm that was right in the middle of my favorite hilly 90k training ride that was perfect for getting ready to tackle Richter’s Pass and the Yellow Lake Hill in Ironman Canada.

They had this dog that they never ever tied up. I mean why would they? After all it was a farm.

a hawk perched in a tree

One very mad-looking hawk


I used to crest this hill just as the farm came into sight and on the downward side I would put the pedal to the metal and try to maintain around 50k an hour as the road flattened out. The dog would always spot me just before I reached the front of the farm and would come charging down the driveway.

The race was on!

That dog was incredibly fast and had a ferocious bark but I knew that if I kept that speed up he would never catch me before he had enough and finally gave up.

I went as fast as I could for his safety as well as mine. I knew that if he ever got his nose or a paw into the spokes that it would be a major disaster for both of us.

Twice I had a Hawk come screaming down at me from behind and virtually bounce off my bike helmet. I think it was the same Hawk as it happened in about the same place on a country highway both times.

Several years later a race was organized in that same area called the “MAD HAWK” Triathlon.

I think that bird had a reputation.

So the #3 reason for triathlon training on a wind-trainer is to avoid unwanted encounters with assorted wild-life.

4) NEVER RUN OUT OF FOOD OR WATER ON YOUR TRAINING RIDE

Early in my Ironman career I had no idea how much food or water to take on those long rides.

I remember once when I was 70k from home and had no food and was almost out of water with still the return trip to go.

It was a ride from Hell getting back home that day as I had a massive energy crash.

When you are on your wind-trainer chances are you will have all the food and endless supply of water close at hand and never have to worry an energy crash from lack of fuel if you choose to do a long wind-trainer session.

5)BAD WEATHER WILL NOT IMPACT YOUR WIND-TRAINER BIKE TRAINING

In the Spring I would always have one eye on the sky when I was heading out for a training ride. Calgary, Alberta where I live is just an hour away from the Rocky Mountains.

triathlete biker on a highway with storm clouds

Always watching the sky


I remember once when the black clouds came over those Rockies like a freight train. All I was doing was a 40k bike and I was just a few kilometers from the 20k turn-around and decided to go for it and then race the impending storm back to my car on the 20k return trip.

It was early May and it was a wet snow and howling wind that caught up with me when I was still 10k from my car. I really didn’t think I would make it as I got so cold so fast.

By the time I got to my car had virtually no feeling in my hands or toes as they took the brunt of the wet, driving snow.

It was all I could do to unlock my car door and get the car started. I had to use both hands.

That day was one of the reasons I began doing more Ironman Triathlon training rides on my wind-trainer. During those workouts I was guaranteed to be biking under perfect weather conditions.

6)THE BEST TRIATHLON TRANSITION TRAINING EVER

This is most likely one of the best reasons to incorporate as least 1 or 2 wind-trainer workouts to your triathlon training schedule.

One of the hardest things to deal with in a race like the Ironman Triathlon, or any triathlon for that matter, is making the transition from the bike to the run.

It is extremely challenging both mentally and physically to make that transition and the longer the race, the harder it is.

A wind-trainer will get you ready for bike/run transition


A great transition workout is to do about 45-60 minutes on your wind-trainer, slip on your running shoes and run for 8-10k. Because you are in your home and biking on a wind-trainer you can keep the transition time very short and that’s the key.

You want to have fatigue in your legs from the biking when you begin your run.

In 2 or 3 minutes you can go from the bike to the run and that will go a long way toward preparing you for that same transition on race day.

As you get nearer to the big race and have reached the stage where you are doing more mileage in your training, you can increase your wind-trainer bike and run times. For example you could bike 2 hours and run 15k for your major workout of the week.

The key is to keep that transition time really short and this type of workout will go a long, long way to getting you accustomed both mentally and physically to the bike/run transition on race day.

7)WIND-TRAINER INTERVAL TRAINING

Quite often I would try and do interval training out on the highway. For example I might do 90 seconds at a “faster than race” pace and then take a 30 second rest interval and repeat it 10 times.

That’s just an example.

Sometimes I would stretch those distances out as I hit the bigger months of Ironman triathlon training. For example I often did 5 minutes at a “faster than race” pace and rested for 2 minutes and then repeated 6-8 times.

The problem was that I would hit uphills and downhills and wind and winding roads and it was difficult to have any consistency in the effort.

On a wind-trainer that’s not a problem. You can gauge your interval training perfectly as there are never any terrain inconsistencies or adverse weather conditions to factor into the equation.

ISN’T WIND-TRAINER TRIATHLON TRAINING BORING?

You bet it can be boring and that might just be one of the major reasons that so many triathletes avoid it.

But as I have demonstrated, it certainly does have it’s advantages and can play a major role in your triathlon/ironman preparation.

Sometimes wind-trainer bike training is born out of necessity.

I got this email a few years ago from a fellow in the UK who was very definitely “Ironstruck” and wanted to reach the Ironman Triathlon finish line more than anything.

The problem was that he lived in a highly industrialized area and it was not very bike friendly.

silouette of a triathlete on a triathlon bike

Not much difference in time on race day


I suggested he go get himself a wind-trainer and bike train in his home even if it meant 90% of his Ironman bike training took place in his living room.

I also suggested that as the race got nearer, he drive out of town if he had to in order to get in at least a few longer rides on his bike. This was more for his balance, bike-handling, and cornering skills as these are three things that are lacking from wind-trainer biking.

About a year later he sent me an email with a simple message. “Thank you. Today, I am an Ironman.”

One year as an experiment I used this very same bike training method while getting ready for another run at the Ironman. I did virtually all of my bike training on my wind-trainer in front of the television.

I had this 2-movie training session I did on my long bike-training days. I watched 2 movies and when they were over the ride was over.

I wanted to see what the difference would be doing the very same bike course one year to the next with most of the bike training out on the highway one year and on my wind-trainer the next.

To my great surprise I was just 10 minutes slower when I trained on my wind-trainer, so the times were virtually the same.

iPhone Apps for Beginner and Ironman Triathletes

iPhone Apps for Beginner and Ironman Triathletes is an amazing tool that will help you get the maximum out of your triathlon training sessions.

WHAT THE APP HAS DONE TO CHANGE OUR LIVES

The primary thing that Apple did was create and market the concept of the “app” as a $1-5 unit. They’re doing to software what they did to music: they broke it up into little pieces and then gave consumers a nice place to shop for the pieces. Before, the channels of distribution were much clunkier and inert. This is very much a good thing for smaller devices….credit to Steven An

When The American Dialect Society named “app” word of the year they described as app as The shortened slang term for a computer or smart phone application.

THE iPHONE APP AND TRIATHLON TRAINING

Wahoo Fitness has developed products that wirelessly connect your iPhone to your favorite fitness sensors such as heart rate straps and stride sensors. With Wahoo Fitness, your phone, the best fitness Apps and real-time activity stats are all in the palm of your hand – or on your arm, or mounted on your bike.

This is a great way to combine all your fitness sensors and real-time activity stats in one compete package.

triathlete bike and wahoo app training

The app has been a revelation for all aspects of triathlon training


Technology for triathlon has come a long way since the days when standard bike computers and heart rate monitors were hit and miss at best.

Some bike computers involved so many different settings that you could easily lose your data while out on one of those Ironman training bike rides.

So often heart rate monitors would fade in and out and one minute your heart-rate would be 130bpm and the next 210bpm.

Finally someone has it right and training for that next Ironman or Olympic Distance Triathlon just has become a lot more interesting.

WAHOO BLUE HR HEART RATE STRAP FOR iPHONE 4S

Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap is the world’s first Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap made for the iPhone 4S (and other Bluetooth Smart Ready devices). This heart rate strap and App combination transforms your iPhone into an all-in-one training device, great for runners, cyclists, and other fitness enthusiasts.

heart rate monitor strap from wahoo

Wahoo Blue heart rate strap.


The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap connects wirelessly to the iPhone 4S without the need for any adapters and delivers accurate real-time heart rate data through the free Wahoo Fitness App.

Additionally, our open API allows other popular Apps, such as RunKeeper, MapMyRide, 321Run, Cyclemeter and endomondo to work with the Blue HR. With the Wahoo Blue HR and your favorite fitness App, you now have your heart rate data, your playlists, your phone, GPS maps and more– all in one device! *Note-This device will not work with the iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4. Price: $79.99

WAHOO iPHONE RUN/GYM PACK FOR TRIATHLON RUN TRAINING

Combining all that you need to run, the run pack features the Wahoo Key and the Wahoo Fitness soft heart rate belt in a convenient bundle.

Wahoo Fitness wirelessly connects your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to your favorite fitness measuring devices, including your heart rate sensor.

Wahoo pack for runners.


With the Wahoo Key, your phone, your favorite playlists, the best fitness Apps and real-time activity information are all in the palm of your hand… or strapped to your arm!
Price:$119.79

WAHOO iPHONE BIKE PACK FOR TRIATHLON BIKE TRAINING

Wow! This is just has to be the coolest thing for triathletes and their Ironman training since the advent of aero-bars back in the 1980’s.

Turn your iPhone into a full featured bike computer!

The Wahoo Bike Pack wirelessly connects your iPhone to any ANT+ bike sensor so you can get all of your favorite cycling data on your iPhone, including speed/cadence, power (wattage), and heart rate.

The Wahoo Bike Pack features the Wahoo Bike Case for iPhone and a wireless Speed and Cadence sensor. Your iPhone can be mounted on your bike’s handlebars or stem in a protective and water-resistant case.

A bike pack by wahoo for iPhone

Wahoo bike pack for iPhone

Also included in the package is the Wahoo Fitness App for iPhone, which is perfect for turning your iPhone into a cycling computer.

The Wahoo Bike Case for iPhone works with all types of bikes – road, mountain, e-bikes, and hybrid. The Bike Case encompasses Wahoo Fitness sensor technology along with a water resistant protective barrier for your iPhone. You can now have your iPhone read data from any ANT+ sensor – bike speed and cadence, bike power, and heart rate – now your iPhone is a bike computer! WILL NOT FIT IPod TOUCH!

Wahoo Fitness wirelessly connects your iPhone to your favorite ANT+ fitness measuring devices. With Wahoo Fitness, your phone, your favorite playlists, the best fitness Apps and real-time activity information are all in the palm of your hand – or mounted on your bike, or in your pocket. Price:$149.99

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**Technical information courtesy of Wahoo Fitness.