Disclosure: It’s always my policy to make you aware that this triathlon training post is sponsored by ACTIVX SPORTS. Also links contained in this post may be affiliate links, which means I get a small commision on sales made through those links. It’s a great way for you (my workout friends) to support the website and keep me motivated to continue posting.
On May 1st 2010 I did my first 5k race. It was a fun run, no chip timing, no medals, no fuss. I was hooked. Fast forward to 2016 and I’ve done 5Ks, 10Ks, a half marathon, and a few duathlons. You can see all my race recaps and finish times here. This year though I’m taking things up a notch… I’ll be doing my first triathlon! 2015 was a light racing year for me. Too busy with Yoga Teacher Training to spend time training let alone racing. However the end of 2015 saw a few changes in my work schedule. After 5 years I stopped working weekends. This has freed up some training time so I can now commit to swimming, biking and running.
Not to do things half-assed the triathlon I’m doing is the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September. It’s a half mile ocean swim, 18 mile bike and 4 mile run. Yes OCEAN swim. The only time I really swam in the ocean was in Hawaii on vacation while snorkeling. While that was fun, it was NOT really swimming, and definitely not racing. My weakness = swimming. This week we will start swim classes (again) and commit to swimming three times a week. If you want to support our efforts remember this IS a charity event. All donations go to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, you find our fundraising page here.
Taming the Triathlon Transition
All the running, cycling and swimming is great but one area that I needed to work on after the duathlons was the transitions. That’s the change between the swim/cycle and cycle/run. Now I haven’t done the swim/cycle transition before so that will be new, but the cycle/run I’ve done a few times in the duathlons and have read up about trying to reduce the transition time. One suggestion is to use elasticated laces, like these from AKTIVX SPORTS.
I’ve been a fan of elasticated laces for a while because frankly I’m lazy when it comes to mundane tasks like tying shoelaces. Most often I would just shove the laces inside and slip the shoes on rather than take the time to lace them up, with the elasticated laces I can slip the shoes on and it takes 5 seconds to pull the tab and done! In the package you get 2 laces, 2 locking mechanisms and 2 of the non-slip lace clips. All match perfectly, talk about color coordination!
I received a pair of the sour apple green ACTIVX SPORTS elasticated shoe laces that matched my new Reebok Running Shoes perfectly. Now ordinarily I would have got the cool grey but the green just popped and I think you’ll agree that the green just makes the Reebok shoes look so much cooler! By the way, the shoes are super comfortable. I’ve been wearing them (and the laces) for two weeks and LOVING both. These are my first forray into Reebok running shoes in a long time (long time Brooks running shoe snob) but these have been great for workouts, running and walking, definitely recommend.
You can see a full video review on my youtube channel, where I share installation of the laces which is super quick and easy. Having the elasticated laces makes getting running or cycling shoes on/off really quick and easy which is what you want in a triathlon transition. Now, if only they could make me run faster too!
What do you think of elasticated laces? Would you try them? They’d be great for kids or older adults too! If you’ve done a triathlon what other tips would you suggest for taming the triathlon transition time?