Bibrave Product Review: Rudy Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Rudy Rydon Sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro and the film Godspeed. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Now that Washington State has decided to skip most of spring and start heading into summer, it mean’s I’m in all out Triathlon Training and spending a bunch of time outside. Earlier this year, I had the chance to preview Godspeed, that was produced in conjunction with the Rudy Project. I also was sent a pair of Rydon Sunglasses, which have been awesome while on the bike training the past few weeks.

 

So far, I’ve used them in quite a few half marathons and on the trails while biking (and attempting to not fall off my own bike). The sunglasses have photochromic clear lenses that adjust to light depending on how bright it is outside. I’ve worn them when it’s partially sunny out vs days where there’s not a cloud in the sky and they adjust. Be prepared, though, that they won’t get super dark though like some other sunglasses

How fast do these guys change colors? Try about 10 seconds. Mine went from clear to grey, though there are others that go to red or brown; just get your tail and sunglasses into natural or UV light!. They’re super light weight, which makes it so you tend to forget about them (until you go inside and you’re looking through something clear and not grey). There’s also a bumper on the lower part of the sunglasses that’s removable. Me personally, I tried both with and without the bumper and am enjoying sans bumper).

Not a runner? Take a look at they Rydon page and figure out which lenses work best for which sports. Who knew different colored lenses worked better for different sports?! Overall, I’m a fan. They’re adaptable and a good investment to have.

Be sure to catch some Godspeed Cycling movie and let me know what you think of the movie and the sunglasses! Want your own pair? 30% off with GODSPEED!

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Bibrave Movie Review: GODSPEED

Disclaimer: I received an opportunity to see and review GODSPEED prior to it being released in theaters as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

In the PNW, it’s finally deciding to warm up. It decided to go from 40s/50s to the 70s in 30 seconds (or a few days), but I’m not complaining! I’m in the mist of Ironman Training and most of biking has been my Peloton since the weather hasn’t been cooperating as of late. Normally I come on and talk about races I’ve run or products I’ve tested, but we were presented with a unique chance to catch a sneak peak of GODSPEED, The Race Across America. If you think running a marathon or doing an Ironman is difficult, try biking across America (I’m pretty sure this beats out an ultra marathon). I watched the movie a few weeks ago, but feel like I needed some time to really think about the movie

The Background

GODSPEED follows two cyclists (Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper) as they ride as a 2 man team across the US as part of probably the longest Endurance event I’ve ever heard of, The Race Across America (think 3000 miles). The catch? Competing against other 2 and 4 man teams to complete this sucker in 7 days. Mind Blown. Think about it, 3000 miles, 12 states, 170,000 feet of climb all in 9 days maximum. NINE  DAYS. Solo racers? You get a whole 12 days. Mind. Blown. On top of that, you’re dealing with the elements, an open course and trying to figure out where you’re at in relation to your competitors.

Who Does This

It sounds crazy, and likely something I wouldn’t do. But, there are crazy endurance junkies out there, so Kudos to them! Schemmel and Cooper ride as a team supporting Enduring Hope, an organization with goals to build orphanages in Haiti.

Take Aways

If you’re looking to see what some grit, team work/camaraderie, strength and a little bit of faith can do, go see this movie. There are some spots where the faith/Christianity theme is obvious, but it’s not overwhelming (think a prayer or two trying to get the two cyclists through the race).

My Thoughts

Overall, a well done movie. I don’t want to give away who wins, who finishes, who doesn’t, etc, but for any endurance buff, this is a good movie to go and see. To see what goes into something that’s a pretty decent sized endurance event is insane. You’re on the edge of your seat trying to figure out which 2 person team will win, will any 2 person team beat 4 person teams, who will finish, who doesn’t. Expect some twists and turns, some correct turns, coupled with some missteps and circumstances (like weather and mechanical issues) out of the riders control. Faith weaves its way into the film, but it’s not intense or overpowering.

Interested? Not Convinced? Take a look at the teaser

GODSPEED comes to theaters on May 22, 2018. Tickets are on sale through Fathom Events. To find a location and purchase tickets, head over here and get on board!

Bibrave Product Review: CTM Band

Disclaimer: I received  a CTM Band to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’m well known to beat my legs up. I may like to do my fair share of endurance events, and to top it off, I hate foam rolling, despite the necessities of doing it. I’ve been fairly lucky that I’ve only had 2 IT band injuries over the course of my running life, and that was when I had no idea what I was doing. Enter my new friend, the CTM Band.

 

CTM stands for Compression, Tension and Movement. The goal? Increase flexibility, decrease muscle pain by simultaneously having compression, tension and movement. The goal? Quicker recovery by targeting specific areas that are sore and tight.

How To Use the CTM Band

  • When you first get the CTM Band, it’s wrapped on itself. Unwind it and choose which part of body needs some TLC
  • On the CTM Band are 4 half golf ball type balls. Align them with what’s sore
  • Wrap away and do it tight, because let’s face it, tight is good (but not beyond painfully tight).
  • Keep it on for 2 minutes and take it off
  • Need a visual? Take a lookhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEH8_iOtjG8

 

CTM band was developed by Dr. Kyle Bowling, a Chiropractor and former D1 Athlete. It’s goal is to help with soreness and trigger points, as well as help with recovery/treatment of injuries such as plantar fasciitis, IT Band Injuries, and large muscle group tightness. Let me tell you, he’s on to something. With the amount of endurance training I’ve been doing, coupled with my love (or not) of taking days off, the legs get tired, sore and a bit beat up. I’ve come home on more than one occasion and wrapped my CT Band on to a few different areas for 2 minutes each to get some muscle relief. It helps with the tired and helps loosens things up in multiple areas. I feel like I’ve decreased the amount of foam rolling I’ve had to do because of this (it takes 2 minutes. TWO MINUTES. to use).

What else I like about the CTM Band? You can modify the amount of attachments on it. You can have 1 attachment or all 4 depending on what area you’re looking to treat. They easily unscrew and detach from the band itself. Larger muscle groups? Go with all 4 attachments. Smaller muscle groups or a more specific area? remove 2-3 attachments and only have 1-2 on the band for more isolated therapy. I’ve used it mainly on my quads, hamstrings, IT bands and calves with some good relief.

Pros of the CTM Band

  1. Target relief
  2. Travel sized (though I’m not sure it’ll make it through airport security)
  3. Adjustable
  4. Lifetime guarantee (something breaks? It’ll be replaced)

One thing I hope CTM Band looks at is maybe doing a version a of the CTM Band with a band that’s wider (think the width of a 4″ ACE Wrap) for some of the larger leg muscle groups. I feel like things may stay better in some instances or you may even be able to hit a little bit more.

Overall though, I like it. I think it’s a good product that is filling a void in the endurance community. Want to give it a try? Use CTMBIBRAVE to save 20% off through their at https://ctm.band/collections/all!

Bibrave Product Review: KT Tape

Disclaimer: I received samples of KT Tape to try and review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Nagging injuries, runners injuries, large muscle injuries. We all get them. My first running injury was in the Fall of 2009 when I was starting on long distance running and thought the regular shoes I had were ok for running. I ended up with an IT Band injury so bad I ended up with a month of Physical Therapy (after I ran the half marathon the orthopod told me to not run. Sorry Mom). Part of what I found while doing PT was KT Tape. Don’t believe me? Flash back to January 2010 with my first marathon:

KT Tape is an elastic sports tape designed to relieve pain and support muscles/tendons/ligaments. When you get hurt (and not the tired/stiff/sore that my trainer tries to get out of me on a regular basis), KT tape (when applied correctly) lifts the skin from the area of pain , swelling and/or inflammation to provide decompression to the fascia and greater movement of the lymphatic fluid through your system.

The nice thing about KT Tape is it can be used for Common Injuries like

And the list goes on! I remember having Turf Toe in high school and looking back, I wish I would have had some KT Tape rather than the tape the trainer had for me at that point in time. What’s even better is that there’s instructional videos on how to apply KT Tape depending on where you’re hurting.

We had a variety of different tapes to try out and I’m still trying to make my way through them. I started with the KT Tape Pro version (we were also sent KT Tape Pro Wide, KT Tape Pro Extreme, KT Tape Gentle and the original KT Tape). I was in New Orleans for a 5K/Half marathon race weekend and was dealing with some heal pain due to cracked skin. I came up my own little tape job:

I applied two pieces and left it for the whole weekend. I was able to get through a 5K on Saturday and a half marathon Sunday and 2 showers without it coming off.

When you apply KT tape, make sure the area your applying to is clean and dry. If you’re a woman, shave before hand; men I’m sorry. Also make sure to apply it an hour or so before a workout to allow maximum sticking. The key to putting on KT tape is the stretch. It does have stretch quality to it, but when applying it, you want to really only it stretch it about 50% with the main point being over the area of injury or pain.

Depending on how long you plan on wearing the KT Tape can dictate which version you want to choose.

KT Tape Pro is good for 4-7 days and stays on in water

KT Tape Pro Extreme is good on for a week and highly water resistant. The difference between this and the original Pro Version is that it has extra strength adhesive

KT Tape Pro Wide is a 4″ wide strip that’s good for your larger muscle groups (hamstrings, quads, low back). Typically this is good for 4-7 days and water resistant. Yes, if you’re short armed like me, you can still get it to your low back

KT Tape Gentle is made for gentle adhesive for easier removal and good for 1-3 days. If you’re going for harder work outs, maybe not the best one to use though.

While going through the KT Tape Website, I was able to find some newer stuff that I jumped on. I’m excited about the Blister Prevention  Strips which are small strips aimed for blister/chafing/hot spot prevention. Needless to say, I bought 2-3 roles and tested out the strips this past weekend while in NC. Two thumbs up for that! The next one is the KT Tape Pro X which is two 10″ strips combined to make an X for point related pain. I’m still working on getting the right placement for this one, so we’ll see.

Overall, LOVE the KT Tape. It travels well, is durable, can be used for multiple injuries or sore spots and does it’s job well. They’ve come out with a ton of different products since I first started using it back in 2009 and quite frankly, it’s gotten a lot better (huge fan of the Pro and Pro Extreme Versions!). Get over to their website and use BIBRAVE30 to save 30% off your order!

 

Bibrave Meets Athlinks

Disclaimer: This year, BibRave has teamed up with Athlinks to help runners and athletes track their running. To join Athlinks, head over to to http://www.athlinks.com and set up an account. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

This year, Bibrave has teamed up with Athlinks in an effort to help runners and other athletes get on track, claim results and get connected with other athletes. Let’s face it, every runner has different was of tracking their races and it’s probably across a variety of platforms: spreadsheets, log books, websites, who knows what else. Athlinks is a online community where you have all of your races in one place. 1 milers, ultras, triathlons, you name it!

I’ve actually been using Athlinks for about 10 years, when I first started running. I stumbled on it and signed up. It was free and when you’re looking for a cheap (costs nothing) way to keep all of your race results together, I was all for it.  To join, all you have to do is go to http://www.athlinks.com and click on sign up (or click here to make it easy)

You get an option of how to sign up: email, facebook or google. All you need to to is enter your first name, last name, email and password and bam, you’re in! Easy, right? Once you’re set up, it’s easy to start looking through race results already up and to start claiming them. There’s filters so you can search by year, location, birthday (let’s face it, lots of common names, etc). Races will pop up if they meet your demographic information (name, age, location, etc) and you’ll have the option to claim them or not.

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Over the years, Athlinks has tweaked and grown. In the past year or so, they’ve added an iPhone and Android app, which makes finding results a little bit easier. They’ve also added features that include joining a ‘Start List’ of races you’re registered to run, where you can see who else is running, and add a goal time to it to give yourself some motivation! After the race, see if your results pop up (heads up, some race results are up pretty quick, others come up in a week or two. Time varies.). Adding yourself to the start list also makes it easy to track all of your races:

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The best think about Athlinks, though, is it keeps track of all your race distances and PRs. If you’re trying to figure out when your last one was for a certain distance, all you have to do is pull up your profile and voila, you can see when, what race and what time you had! It’s kept me sane over the past few years for sure, especially with the increased amount of running I’ve been doing. Now that I’m throwing triathlons in the mix, it’ll be even more beneficial! I’ve loved Athlinks ever since I started using it and highly recommend it!

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Want to join? Head on over to Athlinks and get started!

 

Bibrave Product Review: Weav App

Disclaimer: The WEAV Run app is currently free but I will be receiving a lifetime subscription in January 2018 as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro(ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If you’ve been in a situation where you’ve been trying to adjust your tempo while running, here’s something new for you. Weav Run is an app that’s fairly new on the market that was developed to adapt songs to your cadence or whenever your foot hits the ground to match the beat to your step. Pretty fancy huh?

Weav itself has beats ranging from 100-240 beats/minute, which works out to be perfect for remixing music. Within the app, you can either have the app detect your tempo and adjust the music based on your tempo or you can adjust the tempo yourself depending on how you feel. Being a few days post marathon, I’m in the adjust your own tempo ballpark.

Indoor vs Outdoor runs: initially, the app was only programed for outdoor recorded runs. Within the past week, magic has been done and there’s now an option for indoor runs on the treadmill…or dreadmill! This is a win for the people of the Inland NW!

Music Availability: currently, 25 songs are available with more in the works. Part of what’s being worked on is comprehensive licensing for more songs. What would be awesome if there was some way for the app to read your own playlists to remix songs already downloaded

iPhone vs Android: currently only available on the iPhone, sorry Android users! The hope is to get the iPhone app ironed out and have an Android app down the line

Recorded RunsI haven’t tried this part out yet, but it definitely works. You also can connect your runs to Strava. Like they say, if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen 😉

Subscription: Currently free, though after the new year, will be subscription based

I’ve tried the app a few times on the road and a few times on the treadmill. Be sure to try outside first so the app can detect your tempo. They have some catchy songs already on board, but I think it’d be fun to be able to use the app the mix up your own songs on the app. I feel like it can drain the battery a little bit on my phone, which can limit how far I run with it, but that’s a minor detail. The app can be running and you can be answering phone calls or getting directions, etc pulled up on your phone. I also feel like I have to set the tempo faster to get the speed effect I want, but I’m all for that. Overall, It’s a fun app to have. I’m hoping I can use it for shorter runs and come up with my own interval type thing for the app. There’s also some fun stuff for the app coming down the pipe, that’s currently getting the kinks worked out.

Sound interesting? Join us for Bibchat with Weav on Dec 26, 2017 at 9 EST/6 PST! Also see how they come up with their music here

Bibrave Product Review: BOCO Head Gear

Disclaimer: I received an BOCO Gear Visor to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews

Hats and visors. I’m usually not a fan, just because I usually feel like I get a headache or some sort of odd sensation around the band site. That and I’m of the ‘less is more’ mindset, so the less I have to take with me and/or wear, the better. We were given the opportunity test some BOCO Gear Products so I figured I’d give it a shot. I ended up opting for the Visor, just because hats and I generally don’t get along.

Earlier this summer, the PNW was dealing with fires, which meant in the Inland NW, we were dealing with all the smoke. It definitely prevented me from getting out and trying my visor initially, but once things cleared a bit, I was glad to be able to get some good runs in. The visor itself is light weight so you tend to forget about it. It’s also good if you wear sunglasses, because I found that it would hold them in place behind your ears. This last weekend, I was in Seattle for the Seattle Half Marathon and whenever people think Seattle, they think rain. We got rain at least 8 miles of the race and my visor did a decent job of keeping rain out of my face. I’ve done a few other races since having my visor and some have wind. My only concern is when there are wind gusts, I worry about it flying off (felt like at one point I was going to be chasing it across the street while running in Tucson and Phoenix).

Curious about the specifics of BOCO Gear Visors?

  • Lightweight wicking woven or dry tech polyester outside
  • wicking internal sweatband on the front inside to help with sweat
  • Soft elastic band back
  • Relaxed fit
  • If you’re looking to do custom designs
  • Black underside of the bill prevents glare

I’ll also say they’re quick to dry of sweat (or rain) when left out to dry. The website says that they can be machine washed, though the tag on mine says hand washing cold. The 360* visors have the soft elastic band in the back and can’t be adjusted (which is the one I have), though the run visors have the adjustable velcro in the back, which is a plus if you want to adjust sizes.  I didn’t test the trucker hat, but there were definitely pros that did. Still not convinced? Check out what some other Pros thought and join us for #bibchat on December 5th at 6 PST!

Jeannine     Lindsey      Amy W.

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