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Sarah True: Important Lessons

Sarah True

For the past few years, January to September tends to pass in a whirlwind of new places. Between training camps and far-flung races, my passport gets almost as much exercise as I do.

So far, this year is no exception; since January 1st, I’ve traveled to Boulder, Mallorca, Abu Dhabi, Auckland, Australia’s Gold Coast, Cape Town, London and France. I even managed some much needed time at home in New Hampshire. To borrow the words of the Man in Black, “Of travel I’ve had my share, man/ I’ve been everywhere”.

Through my adventures, I’ve learned two all-important lessons: be prepared and be flexible. When I travel, I tow along a bike bag, a large duffel bag and a backpack – the contents of which have to cover my needs in three sports and a wide range of weather conditions. I also have to anticipate my future needs since it can be difficult to quickly source gear.

For example, I’m currently in the French Pyrenees, where finding replacement bike parts or running shoes could be very challenging. Since experience has taught me the importance of preparation (lessons learned the hard, stressful way!), I now travel with what seems like an excessive number of running shoes and a few key bike parts. Although it means that my duffel bag can raise some eyebrows at airline check in and that non-sporting clothes gets left at home, I’m rarely left scrambling for what I need to train and race effectively. I won’t be winning any fashion contests, but I’m at peace with my lackluster travel wardrobe.

In addition to my sport specific gear, my wallet and my passport*, I wouldn’t leave New Hampshire without my technology: my iPhone, my watch and my Wahoo TICKR. Fortunately, all take up less space than that Toblerone I’m always tempted to buy at Duty-Free. With my phone and the TICKR, it’s easy for me to upload my workouts and training routes and track my fitness with the Wahoo apps. The TICKR even counts the calories I’ve burned so I know if I can add that Toblerone to my bag, too. I can share my information with my support team, no matter where I am in the world. I can also upload my training onto third party apps for folks at home to see what my training is like wherever I am. It’s not quite as good as being there in person, but it certainly helps bring us closer!

There’s an obvious limitation to how prepared one can be while traveling; if I towed along everything that I might conceivably require, I would have to bring an entourage to lug around my suitcases. I envision a scenario a la “Coming to America”#, where the pampered Prince Akeem arrives in New York City with countless suitcases and porters. Since I can’t possibly be prepared for everything, I’ve learned the art of flexibility.

Flexibility in travel requires ability to adapt without fuss and with creativity. You are descending down a mountain, the temperature has dropped precipitously and it’s now raining? No problem. Find a plastic bag on the side of the road to stick down your jersey and, if it gets really bad, consider a ride from a stranger^. Show up somewhere in the middle of the night and there’s no food? No problem. Protein powder mixed with maple syrup and raw oats for dinner it is! Bon appétit.

Likewise, I’ve been put into scenarios where I have to creatively source what I need to be able to train. Thanks to the Internet, it has become easier to find resources wherever you are. With a quick search this winter, I was able to find a nearby Wahoo KICKR studio at late notice and get in some great indoor training rides with a group. We’ve also been in a few training camp environments without a proper gym nearby. Instead, you adapt and learn what kinds of strength exercises you can do using your own body weight and whatever heavy objects you can find (rocks, milk jugs, small children), in lieu of weights. For ideas on exercises you can do anywhere, check out Wahoo’s 7 Minute Workout app. While it’s nice to have a perfect training environment, it’s even better to be able to respond to whatever situation you find yourself in and to adapt.

As any road warrior knows, travel is never as easy as being at home. With a well-packed bag and the right attitude, however, you can definitely get in some great training wherever you are. I still have a few more races, a few more destinations and even more duty-free Toblerones singing their siren songs to go. Thankfully I have all the tools that I need to adapt to wherever I am!

– Sarah

 

*I have to admit that I always pack some items that others might deem extraneous, but I view as necessary. For example, my much-loved coffee pack with grinder and aeropress travels the world with me. Even though Immigration might disagree, it’s of equal importance to my passport. We all have little things that make a huge difference when we travel!

#As a child of the 80s, this is classic movie in my mind. Fellini has nothing on this gem.

^Don’t tell my mom!

 

Introducing the RunFit App for iOS

RunFit App

Wahoo Fitness RunFit App Combines Running, Heart Rate, and Cross-Training

Helps runners use heart rate data intelligently and integrates cross-training like never before

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and smartphone connected devices, is pleased to announce RunFit, a new app optimized for the TICKR family of workout trackers and heart rate monitors. RunFit helps runners and gym goers use their heart rate during exercise, captures cross-training data, and prompts the user to do post-run strength training exercises to achieve further gains. Studies have shown that heart rate is one of the most effective ways to monitor fitness progress, and cross or strength training is known to help improve running performance. Paired with a TICKR, TICKR Run, or TICKR X, users have the ability to obtain the most comprehensive views of both their current workout and the integration of their running and cross-training. RunFit works on all iPhones as well as the Apple Watch.

“Runners have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a wearable and/or an app to capture and monitor their fitness data, but most devices and apps do just that – provide data. They don’t necessarily help the user understand the data or tell him/her what to do with that data,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “We developed RunFit to help users exercise in the right heart rate zones in order to help them reach their fitness goals as well as highlight the importance of strength exercises so users can improve their running performance.”

RunFit works best with the TICKR family of workout trackers and heart rate monitors, though the heart rate features also work with other Bluetooth heart rate monitors. The app contains a simple fitness test that automatically calculates the user’s maximum heart rate and personalized zones.. RunFit, when used with a heart rate monitor, tracks heart rate, distance, time, pace, and calories burned. When using a TICKR Run or TICKR X, users can track additional metrics including, cadence and running smoothness, Wahoo’s proprietary running form algorithm. The TICKR X will also capture cadence on a spin bike or elliptical machine. After a run or other cardio workout, users can easily review all data, including how long they spent in each of the five heart rate zones, and they will have the option to extend their workout with one of three different strength training exercises, including the popular 7 Minute Workout. The app prompts the user for each exercise, timing the effort, measuring heart rate, and if the user has a TICKR X, counting the reps before moving on to the next exercise. RunFit is available for free in the Apple App store today.

Introducing the New KICKR SNAP Smart Trainer

KICKR SNAP Smart Trainer

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and smartphone connected fitness devices, is pleased to announce the KICKR SNAP, a connected indoor cycling trainer that is easy to use. SNAP connects seamlessly with smartphones, tablets and computers, giving the user full control over pedaling resistance and provides a reliable power measurement so users can monitor and adjust intensity. KICKR SNAP is designed to work with training platforms like Zwift and TrainerRoad that make riding indoors more competitive, interactive, convenient, and fun. Users can choose the Wahoo Fitness app or from a number of third-party apps to ride a virtual course with friends or perform a structured, power-based workout to achieve their fitness goals.

KICKR SNAP is currently available at WahooFitness.com and will be available August 2015 at select specialty retailers for $849.99 USD. It’s available for pre-orders online in the UK and will be available in the EU and AU in September.

Using ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, KICKR SNAP connects wirelessly to Apple, Android and Windows platforms, so you can conveniently capture all of your important ride data. Further, Wahoo’s full line of sensors and devices, like the TICKR X Workout Tracker, can easily be integrated to record heart rate and cycling cadence.

“When we introduced our first KICKR trainer in 2012, we redefined the trainer category by offering the first iPhone powered cycling trainer,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “The KICKR SNAP is a descendent of our gold standard KICKR, and provides similar features but is easier to use, so users of all abilities can stay fit year round.”

SNAP features a wheel-on design, so users can easily attach a bicycle of almost any type. Weighing 38 pounds, SNAP provides a smooth and stable ride, and is designed to keep its feet firmly planted on the floor so you can ride with confidence. Thanks to a unique flywheel, SNAP has been engineered to replicate the inertia experienced when riding outdoors, providing the highest inertia of any smart trainer on the market and unmatched wattage at any speed.

Watch the KICKR SNAP live in action below and learn about the Wahoo Fitness family of smart trainers here.

 

7 Minute Workout Facebook Competition

That’s right, Wahooligans… we said competition! Time to get your game face on and show us what you’re made of. We all know you guys and gals have a competitive spirit!

We are challenging you, our Facebook fans, to go head to head with employees of Wahoo Fitness in the 7 Minute Workout for the next 6 weeks by posting a screenshot of your results from the app to our Facebook page.

Don’t follow Wahoo on Facebook? Well, now is the perfect time! Check out our Facebook page to enter and follow along with the competition.

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Here’s all the nitty gritty!

Prize: One winner will receive a KICKR Power Trainer valued at over $1,000 USD! (Yes, you read that correctly).

Details For Entry: Wahoo Fitness will post one male and one female employee’s results for two different exercises from the 7 Minute Workout app at the beginning of each week on Facebook. You can enter by posting a screenshot of your results for the two specified exercises each week by Friday as a comment underneath the Wahoo employees’ results or as a post on the Wahoo Fitness Facebook wall. You must use a TICKRx with the 7 Minute Workout app to show the reps counted.

Contest Begins: June 8, 2015

Contest Ends: July 17, 2015

Choosing a Winner: The winner is the person with the highest total number of reps at the end of the contest. Only the two exercises specified each week would be counted towards your final total number of reps. The winner will be announced on or before July 24, 2015.

What are the benefits of doing short, intense workouts regularly? Read our FAQ on the 7 Minute Workout.

What more details on the competition. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Good luck!

Results from our Wahoo Team Members

Week 1

Week 1 Video

Megan

7 Minute Workout App

Jonathan

7 Minute Workout App

Week 2

Week 2 Video

Michelle

Michelle 7 Minute Workout Challenge Week 2

Mike

Mike 7 Minute Workout Challenge Week 2

Week 3

Week 3 Video

Taryn

7 Minute Workout Week 3 Taryn

Doug

7 Minute Workout Week 3 Doug

Week 4

Week 4 Video

Stacy

7 Min App Challenge Stacy Week 4

Craig

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Week 5

Week 5 Video

Melinda

7 Minute Challenge Week 5

Tim

7 Minute Challenge Week 5

Week 6

Week 6 Video 

Mackenzie

7 Minute Challenge Week 6

JP

7 Minute Challenge Week 6

Wahoo Fitness Partners with Triathlete Diana Riesler for the 2015 Season

Wahoo is the official technology provider to the 2014 Ironman Malaysia Winner

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Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and smartphone connected fitness devices, is partnering with Diana Riesler for the 2015 season. Diana Riesler is the 2013 ETU Long Distance Champion and 2014 Ironman Malaysia Champion. As a 5 times Ironman podium and 2 times sub 9-hour finisher, Diana is one of the leading female long distance triathletes in the world and one of the fastest bike competitors on the circuit. She holds several bike course records.

Wahoo is proud to provide Diana with the cutting edge technology and performance metrics that enable her to monitor her athletic conditioning as she prepares for Top 10 at Ironman Hawaii 2015 and the podium at Challenge Roth 2015.

Through this world class sponsorship, Diana will train exclusively on a Wahoo KICKR Indoor Power Trainer, a TICKR X Workout Tracker and a Blue SC Speed & Cadence Sensor. Diana was born in Jena, Germany, and is coached by Jo Spindler as a member of professional triathlon team TeamTRIPEP. More info about Diana: www.diana-riesler.com and at her blog www.velomotion.de as well as her team’s website: www.team-tripep.com

After recently placing Top-5 at the Ironman South African Championship and setting another bike course record with a superb 5:16h bike split, Diana had great things to say about Wahoo’s product line:

“I am very happy to officially be partnering with Wahoo and the continued use of their state-of-the-art, innovative products. I love the KICKR which is simply the most advanced turbo trainer I’ve ever ridden. And Wahoo’s easy to use speed, cadence and heart rate devices make life a lot easier.”

“Challenging indoor sessions on a turbo trainer are a substantial part of Diana’s training program,” said coach, Jo Spindler. “There’s no question in my mind that the Wahoo KICKR trainer will give Diana another competitive edge in her already exceptional racing. Wahoo’s KICKR, TICKR X and Blue SC are the perfect devices to accurately monitor and analyze Diana’s training progress.”

“Wahoo loves to see our technology in the hands of the world’s top athletes,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “We designed our hardware and software to provide the very best training experience, be it power based workouts on the KICKR indoor trainer or heart rate training regimes using the TICKR X workout tracker. We wish Diana the best of luck in 2015.”

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