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All Zeros, and I Aient Talking About Shoes

VACATION.

Garfield-VacationTime

Swim – 0:00:00 – 0m
Bike – 0:00:00 – 0km
Run – 0:00:00 – 0km

Total – 0:00:00 – 0km

I know post race weeks are supposed to be about ‘active recovery’ but hagin’ in San Francisco with my family after the race was just to awesome to break up with a run.

That’s right, I swam across the San Francisco bay and lived to tell about it.

Actually, it wasn’t all that difficult. As much as the cold water temperature, potential wildlife, and strong currents are hyped up, it was an enjoyable swim. I even took the chance to turn on my back and take 30 seconds to admire the situation I was in.

Wow, enough about the race. That is what race reports are for.

Speaking of holding on, I reckon I owe you all a couple of overdue posts including Airdrie Sprint Race Report and Drivers v Cyclists. Can’t wait? Neither can I.

So after a full week off, I am ready to get back at it. My performance in Alcatraz gave me the confidence that the CTS Half Ironman plan will get me where I want to go come July 27 at Ironman 70.3 Calgary.

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It is no secret that I dig New Balance shoes, specifically the Minimus Road Zero; they feel like little rocket ships on my feet. After 1490km I have literally run the soles off leaving me with nothing but a search for a new pair.

New Balance changed the design, naming it the Road 10V2. I tired them on and wasn’t overly impressed, though they didn’t have the width I was looking for.

That’s right ladies, big feet…….

I felt I couldn’t cheat on the model that has taken me so far over just shy of 1500km, so I ordered the V2. I just got my first run in this morning, but I will hold on to judgment until I have some more significant km’s under them.

Oh, another post to add to the list.

Question: Do you take full week (or days) off after a race?

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Improvements?

Just when you start to like a piece of gear, they make it ‘better’.

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It is no secret, if you follow me on twitter, that I love New Balance and their Minimus shoes. I have logged 680km on my Road’s and 330km on my Zero’s. They have taken me to new PR’s and a lot of fun, injury free runs. So to my surprise, New Balance decided to give the Road’s a makeover; enter the Road 10V2. This isn’t a review of the new 10V2’s.

Why do shoe companies change the design at just the wrong time? I was just getting to like my shoes.

I don’t want to get on a conspiracy theory rant about marketing and revenue at large shoe companies a-la ‘Born to Run’.  I don’t think that they discontinue shoe designs just because they want to make more money.  At least I hope not.

Anyone who has changed their shoes, running strike, or training program can appreciate the time you need to take to ensure you gain distance and/or speed without hurting yourself. I injured my knee a couple of years ago running 5km in my first run since high school; which is a long time ago by the way. Wow I am getting old. This injury put me 4 weeks behind schedule and added a lot of frustration. My physio’s recommendation, “don’t go too hard, too fast.”

So transitioning into a new pair of running shoes may not be the best idea in the build toward race season. I think the same has to go for most parts of your training and racing; there will always be promises of faster or easier. This new found knowledge can be tempting to try, hey free speed?

Sign me up.

My thoughts? If what you are doing is working for you, then keep it the same. You have been seeing great results with it so far, so why change it for the unknown? If things are not going so well, then maybe you need to switch it up a bit. This goes for anything, training plan, nutrition (both every day and training/racing), and equipment.

The best time to test new equipment, in my opinion, is in the late fall or early winter training session. At this point, you can take the time to ‘break in’ your new equipment without losing valuable time to injury or mistakes. This is why it is called the “off-season” right?

Question: How do you introduce new equipment into your training/racing plan?