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Welcome Sarah True to the Wahooligan Family!

Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt/ITU

Photo Credit: Janos M. Schmidt/ITU

Up until a few years ago, my training technology consisted of a simple, $30 stopwatch. I was baffled by training partners who would have their sundry technological gizmos and gadgets plugged into their computers within minutes of finishing a bike or run. Sweaty chamois would be ignored in pursuit of the gratification of the upload. I would be happily showered and eating lunch as they managed their data.

It wasn’t that I didn’t see the value of training and racing with data, but rather my no-frills approach was in keeping with the philosophies of my coaches at the time. My former coaches were, by and large, pretty “old school” in their approach; they relied on the athletes’ perceived effort, not pace or power. While this method was effective when I was able to work with them one-on-one at training camps, solo training at home in New Hampshire always presented a challenge.

While I’m still in the midst of a transition period (power on the bike and pace on the run are close friends; heart rate is rapidly moving from acquaintance to significant other status), I’m getting comfortable with the world beyond my cheap stopwatch. In shifting to a more data-based approach, I now have workouts with more specific session goals and can monitor the work I do. Even though my coach, Joel Filliol, might be an ocean away, the data I upload gives him the full picture of my training, and he can track my sessions as if he were in the same room.

As much as I like to “geek out” over the numbers, uploading data from various devices and managing apps occasionally makes me want to go back to my stopwatch days. Some athletes derive as much pleasure playing with their gadgets as they do actually training; I find that the process of trying to set up and connect my gadgets falls somewhere between vacuuming and doing my taxes on the fun scale. Unfortunately, the interpretation of data (the part I like) can only happen after I actually transfer the data I’ve collected.

Fortunately for people like me, Wahoo products make it incredibly easy to collect and view my numbers. Using my iPhone, I can track my routes and see my speed, heart rate, and power in a simple, well-designed format. Even better, I can share my data with my coach within seconds of finishing a session, avoiding headaches for him and maximizing my post-workout lounging time (sans sweaty chamois bike shorts, of course). I never thought that this simplicity would have been possible back in my stopwatch days, but with the right products, technology can make me a better, more informed athlete with minimal extra effort.

I’m excited to be joining the Wahoo Fitness family as an ambassador for their products as I race triathlons around the world. Along the way, I’m looking forward to providing training and racing tips on this website. I promise that there will be some useful info, a few bad jokes, and the occasional mishap – just as long as I don’t accidentally delete my training data!

Stay tuned,
Sarah

Wahoo Fitness Partners with Nike+ Running to Motivate More Runners

Wahoo TICKR Workout Trackers Sync Heart Rate with Nike+ Running App

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and smartphone connected devices, is pleased to collaborate with Nike as the heart rate monitor of choice for the Nike+ Running ecosystem. Wahoo Fitness users can now connect their TICKR, TICKR Run or TICKR X to the Nike+ Running App, upload their heart rate, and track, measure and share their runs with the global Nike+ community.
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“Collaborating with Nike and becoming a part of their growing family of commercial partners is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “Many competitive athletes, runners in particular, track their heart rate to ensure that they are getting the most from their run. For this reason Wahoo has focused on heart rate analytics and building industry leading fitness devices for the past five years.”

“Whether it’s an athlete’s first or fastest run, Nike+ has been there to provide inspiration and information to motivate all runners. Together with best-in-class partners like Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness and Netpulse, we can now deliver these experiences to even more runners, regardless of where they run or the device they prefer to run with,” says Adam Roth, VP of Nike Global Running Brand Marketing. “These partnerships are all about the runner – giving him or her even more ways to access the rewarding benefits of being a Nike+ Running member.”

The TICKR, TICKR Run and TICKR X are part of the TICKR family of chest-based wearables and feature dual-band technology to connect to your smartphone or third-party device via Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+. Heart rate has been shown to be the most accurate way to measure calorie burn during your workout and it is for this reason that all three TICKR models provide this data. The TICKR, TICKR Run and TICKR X are available at Apple Stores worldwide, specialty retailers and WahooFitness.com for $59.99, $79.99 and $99.99 respectively.

Marathon Running: The New Counseling for Couples?

Guest blog from marathoner, Curt Davies.

There comes a time when couples will experience tension in their relationship. Being with one person can pose new difficulties unheard of by those who may be single… but they do exist. For some, relationship counseling may be beneficial; for others, not so much. Fortunately, there is still hope for any relationship encountering friction – it’s just not something which is often proposed, but should be considered. In this article, I’m going to be discussing how running a marathon with your partner can be a far more effective, natural way to build a strong and everlasting relationship, whether it’s currently on the brink of failure, or maybe just content.

1. You’re in it together

When you run and train for a marathon with your partner, there is no “I” in the process. You go through the same routine (or slightly different) and can empathize with the pain which may (will) be endured. Of course, this is the one exemption of “good” pain. The process of running a marathon is exhausting, but the training involved is even more so. Your body will ache. Your head will hurt. It will be tough, particularly in the beginning, but think of it as a reflection of your relationship. The beginning is always the hardest part, but as you journey more together, it gradually becomes easier. At least, I hope that’s what’s happened – it will once you begin training and running marathons, that’s for sure. In essence, when you’re putting your body through such pain, you know you’re not alone, which is the main part.

2. Understanding the struggles

Running and training for a marathon allows each partner in the relationship to understand one another. There is no need to vindicate (justify) a purchase on an expensive pair of running shoes, kissing a sweaty face, or being exposed to such strange smells. Both endure the same process of becoming fit enough to run the marathon, and there are no reasons to feel alienated after a long, strenuous training session which may leave you in a state of dripping sweat, or a bit smelly.

3. Anger outlet

Say you’ve had a rough day: your boss is angry with you; your friends are all busy, and there’s nothing good to watch on TV. So what do you do? You probably go on your computer to escape from all the bills and other unpleasant realities you could be facing. Maybe you even take it out on your partner. However, that is evidently not a productive way of escaping from life problems (not that there’s ever a productive way of doing so) and maybe you’d feel like you’re bettering your life if there was a purpose for your actions. This is why training for a marathon can be a good outlet for stress and anger you may have in you. You may even find that anger perishes, and becomes obsolete when you train and run marathons. You may even find that you become a more positive person in general – with your partner by your side throughout the process.

4. The marathon itself is worth it

Once you’ve gone through the grueling months of training and getting fit enough to run a marathon, it’s time to actually face the marathon. Your whole journey has led to this moment with your partner, and it’s time to face the 26.2 miles square in the face. Depending on which marathon you’re running will not only indicate the number of people not only running along with you, but also in the audience cheering you on. Let me just tell you: this experience is something you will never forget, even when you become old and your memory begins to fade. When you’re running with your partner from the start to finish, you can say “we did it” (I propose this won’t be the only thing to happen). Let me warn you: things could get emotional really quickly. The amount of times I’ve seen people in tears once they reach the finish line is overwhelming, and most definitely worth the experience. When you do something you love with the love of your life, the experience is even more incredible, and even more so with the crowd around, congratulating you in the process. Did I mention you’ll both get a medal for finishing?

5. Sharing traveling experiences

When you run marathons, it’s not just a one-off thing. It can be far more than that, and even become a long term routine, and may even become traditional. When you run marathons, they won’t all be situated in the same location. They will always be distributed all over the world, which can open up travelling opportunities. Whether it is in America, Australia, or any other location, there is bound to be marathons available for you to run. Grab this opportunity with two hands, catch a flight to that location and get running! It will be worth it. Be sure to take some pictures, and even write about the journey. You’ll look back at these moments for the rest of your life, and be glad you did it.

Conclusion

Marathon running can be an excellent way to help build your relationship to a new level, and should be considered. Sometimes you may feel as though you’d have better luck running for president (or prime minister) than convincing your partner that running is a good idea, but with enough perseverance and commitment, your relationship is destined to become enriched through the marathon running experiences.

Author Bio

Curt Davies is a marathon enthusiast and has built his own website located at www.marathondriven.com. It’s stacked with information and other goodies regarding marathon running and training for those over the age of 30. If you want to find out more about Curt and what he writes about, you can freely open the link mentioned earlier.

Hey Megan… What Makes You Tick?

Within the last decade Roller Derby has exploded around the US, and during that time the sport as done a complete 180. In the early days, Derby was about skating as fast as you could and hitting as hard as possible. As the sport grew and matured so did the skaters. Today, Derby is a serious competition that requires extensive training both on and off skates. The TICKR X memory feature allows me to track my heart rate and calories burned while on the track and during my cross training sessions off skates. I’m able to use the double tap feature to mark where certain drills begin and end. At the end of practice, I review that data in my workout summary, and I’m able to see where I could have pushed myself harder and during which drills my heart rate maxed out. It’s made me a much better player and more fit in general!

Megan

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Hey Michelle… What Makes You Tick?

The TICKR X is great for many activities, and we can’t forget running. It tracks not only my heart rate and calories, but also my cadence and other running form metrics. I can see if I’m pushing myself too hard or not hard enough during a run by looking at my heart rate – which appears on my phone and/or my GPS watch if I want to run phone-free. If I run with my phone, I can see my cadence, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, and my running smoothness, all of which tell me if I’m running efficiently. The TICKR X is a great companion for all of those Turkey Trots coming up next week – you’ll know exactly how many extra calories you’ve burned and if you can have that extra slice of pumpkin pie. P.S. Kids like to wear the TICKR X too and show off that they can get their heart rate higher than you can – there’s at least some truth to 220-age!

Michelle

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