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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Indoor Triathlons

    The swim leg of an indoor triathlon is safe and warmby Katherine A. Roccasecca

    The fun and excitement of a triathlon without as much commitment? That's what makes an indoor triathlon the perfect first triathlon for a newbie and the perfect pre-season pickup for the experienced triathlete.

    If you've been trying to convince a friend or relative to give triathlon a try but they've been hesitant, thinking it would be too hard or that they would have to buy a lot of expensive gear, steer them toward an indoor triathlon. They won't need to buy anything other than what they would need for the training anyway. That's the following: swimsuit, goggles, shorts that don't chafe, and running shoes.

    If you, the experienced triathlete, have been stuck on the bike trainer in the basement or are feeling the blues of pre-sunrise trips to the pool, use an indoor triathlon as mid-winter pick-me-up. These events have all the fun and excitement of competition without being so long in time or distance to throw off your training plan. You can meet up with friends and rivals to compare times. And you'll probably meet several first-triathlon folks who would really appreciate an encouraging word or two from you.

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  • How To: Tell the Difference between the Old and New Sram Force Shifters

    by Patrick Davis

    SRAM Force DoubleTap Controls with Zero LossRecently, SRAM completely redesigned their top of the line Red group which left people wondering what would happen to its next step down, Force, group. The upgrades to the Force group are much more subtle than the hyped Red group, but they are sure to make your riding experience better.

    I am going to help you understand what they did to the shift levers and how to tell the difference between the older (2010–2012 model) and new Zero Loss (2013 model).

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  • Employee Profile: Darrick

    We'll be devoting some space in this blog to profiles of our employees. The staff of both Discount Tri Supply and Kyle's Bikes work hard to provide you with excellent customer service and we want you to be able to get to know them.

    Kyle's Bikes is our retail store, serving central Iowa cyclists, triathletes, and runners with a large selection of products, a complete service center, professional bike fitting, and video running gait analysis in a home-like atmosphere.

    Discount Tri Supply is our online store, headquartered just across the parking lot from Kyle's Bikes. With a dedicated product catalog of top triathlon components, apparel, nutrition, parts, and accessories, DiscountTriSupply.com is your one-stop shop for swimming, biking, and running gear. Many of our employees are triathletes who work part time shipping products, listing new items, testing new apparel, winning races… you know, whatever needs to be done.

    We'd like to introduce you to Darrick.

    Darrick at Kyle's Bikes Darrick at Kyle's Bikes

    Darrick has worked at Kyle's Bikes since February 2011.

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  • Winter Hydration For Endurance Athletes

    By Dietitian Ellen

    A bottle of water helps you hydrate in the winter.We all know maintaining hydration is crucial during the hot, humid summer months. It is no problem to gulp down a glass of ice-cold water after a long, sweaty run. But what about now, when it is so cold that your nose hairs freeze when you step outside?

    During the cold weather of winter months, it is just as important to keep hydrated, especially for endurance athletes. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, dizziness, confusion, weakness, inability to concentrate, and many more unfavorable things.

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