De Soto Sport Liftfoil – Product Review

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Back in April of¬†2013 I ordered the De Soto Sport Liftfoil Speedsuit to be used in all of the races I had scheduled for that season. It was my first full year back racing triathlons after a 20 year hiatus and man oh man had the technology changed. Not only was my Kestrel 2000 (circa 1989) with Dura-Ace 7 Speed out of date, but I didn’t see too many “Speedo’s” out on the courses either. And the one’s I did see, I wish I could have unseen ūüôā But alas, seasons change and so shall trends. Thankfully for me, and countless other triathletes, swimmers, cyclists, and runners, De Soto Sport had been connecting advances in technology with style and comfort to develop the best gear available on the market for the previous 23¬†years! (Happy 25th Anniversary De Soto Sport! Keep up the impeccable work!)

Upon receiving the Liftfoil I was so excited, I put it on and went for a ride. The compression material was awesome. It fit like a glove but still allowed for unrestricted movement, and the 5mm Float Pad (Integral Non-Absorbent Cycling Chamois – see picture below, new 7mm Float Pad shown) was super comfortable.
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My first big race where I used the Liftfoil¬†was the Wildflower Triathlon – Olympic Distance. This was a race that I had not completed¬†since 1988 (as a 14 year old). It was a windy day, but I finished the race with the help of my new De Soto Sport Gear. I thought the pictures that were taken at the race were decent so I sent them¬†to De Soto Sport. They must have like them too since they later used them online to promote this trisuit. I didn’t even know about it until one of my friends sent me a link, and there I was wearing the Speedsuit, Compression Leg Sleeves, Skin Cooler Run Cap, and Race Belt!
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Such a cool gesture on their part! I was and still am surprised that those pictures are up today at¬†https://www.desotosport.com/collections/forza/products/riviera-mens-liftfoil-w-7mm-ceramico-pad. Thank you De Soto Sport for recognizing some of the age-groupers¬†in the sport. Your products help us all to be the best the we can be while we train and on race day. I love wearing your gear and look forward to upgrading the arsenal for this year’s race schedule!

Infact I like wearing the Liftfoil so much that it is¬†my primary outfit for training as well as racing and has remained so for the last 2 years. After wearing this trisuit well over 200 times I can report that it has held together beautifully. The flatlock-stitching has kept the panels together and the float pad in place with only minor thread breakage. The float pad has also remained comfortable and has not broken down due to the heavy use it has received. It has never become waterlogged and has kept me virtually rash free as it’s design intended. I look forward to using the remaining life out of this trisuit and upgrading to the new model in the next few months. Maybe before the next Wildflower as I attempt the Long Course this time? Who knows?

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Here is the info from De Soto Sport on the 2015 Model:
The 2015 Liftfoil has the¬†Patent Pending Integrated 7mm Ceramico‚ĄĘ Pad.
USAT approved, WTC Legal and now with coldblack¬ģ

WHY BUY THIS PRODUCT?

This suit will help you swim faster in triathlons that do not permit wetsuits. Unlike similar “swimskins” that require you to remove them after the swim portion, the Liftfoil, with its Floatpad‚ĄĘ, is designed so that you can swim, then bike, then run, all in complete comfort and without having to change. This pad floats and stretches which means it can be used as a race piece in a triathlon. On the bike, the pad stretches with the short and follows your skin as it moves with every pedal stroke, eliminating the friction that can cause irritation or rashes. It has no pockets and is ideal for shorter triathlons where you do not need pockets, and where you ultimate goal is to finish faster without ever changing. It also works well for longer triathlons that do not permit the use of wetsuits. In this case, we suggest the use of a fuelbelt, or changing from swim to bike to run given that the time required to change is minimal compared to the rest of the race.

This speedsuit has no rubberized material, no polyurethane, and no neoprene. It abides to WTC’s recent ruling on swimskins, speedskins, swim apparel…whatever WTC wants to call it.

The Liftfoil has no pockets and no lining. It is designed to help you swim faster during non-wetsuit swims. Designed with a front zipper (16-inch YKK¬ģ zipper) which allows you to ventilate by unzipping during the run. Our front-zipper design for men swims better and faster than rear zipper suits. We are the only company that has figured out how to do this so we are the only company with a front-zipper Speedsuit. Hydrolinear‚ĄĘ seamlines hug your body while allowing for maximum reach and glide in your stroke, with no friction against your skin.

Our tests have shown varied improvements of swim times of about 2-4 seconds per 100 meters, depending on the individual, over a conventional swimsuit. This translates to 1’00” for 1500 meters and 2’40” for a swim of 4000 meters. Of course, as with all our products, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Test it for yourself. If you do not find it performs to your expectations, you may return it for a complete refund.

To summarize:

  • 1. Swim faster in it and use it either as a speedsuit or a trisuit in triathlons.
  • 2. Swim, bike and run it it.
  • 3. Made for races that do not allow wetsuits.
  • 4. No rubberized material, no polyurethane, no neoprene.
  • 5. Now offered with coldblack¬ģ cooling and UV protection technology!
  • 6. 100% satisfaction guarantee!
  • 7. Approved for all USAT sanctioned races, and WTC legal for all Ironman and 70.3 races.

This garment is not designed for repeated use as a swimsuit in a chlorinated pool.

coldblack¬ģ: Sun Reflector ‚Äď UV Protector

Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! Now there is coldblack¬ģ, a special finishing technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays.

coldblack¬ģ technology offers two innovative benefits:

1. Effective heat management

Light colored textiles reflect both visible and invisible rays of sunlight, meaning both heat and light. Dark colored textiles absorb both types of rays and therefore absorb heat. coldblack¬ģ reduces this absorption of heat rays, particularly in the case of darker colors, and in all types of textiles. The result is tangibly better heat management. Because textiles finished with coldblack¬ģ heat up less in all colors compared with material without a coldblack¬ģ finish.

2. Reliable protection from UV rays

The coldblack¬ģ technology guarantees a minimum UPF 30 protection (blocks 70% of UV rays) when applied to any textile in any color without affecting the look or feel of the product. As a result, textiles with coldblack¬ģ can make an effective contribution to protecting against harmful UV rays.

Riviera Ceramico‚ĄĘ Pad Dimensions:

     Max Thickness: 7 mm (0.275 in)

     Min Thickness: 1.25 mm (0.05 in)

     Total Length: 28.5cm (11.25 in)

     Front Max Width: 11.5cm (4.5 in)

     Waist Width Рmost narrow point: 8.5cm (3.5 in)

     Back Max Width: 16.5cm (6.5 in)

Inseam lengths:

¬†¬†¬†¬† Small: 10″ (25.5cm)

¬†¬†¬†¬† Medium: 10.5″ (26.75cm)

¬†¬†¬†¬† Large: 11″ (28cm)

¬†¬†¬†¬† XLarge: 11.5″ (29.25cm)

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2015 Triathlon Season – The Year of the Half……and a Full!

Last year was plagued by injuries and spinal rehab. This year is starting off slowly and is building nicely. I am looking forward to some redemption this year for sure! And with that I give you the tentative 2015 Triathlon Season – The year of the Half….and a Full!

January 24, 2015 –¬†Bena Rd Time Trial¬†– Bakersfield, CA – 20k

March 7, 2015 –¬†Bayshore 70.4¬†– Long Beach, CA –¬†Half¬†(70.4)

April 4, 2015 –¬†Visalia Triathlon¬†– Visalia, CA – Sprint

April 19, 2015 –¬†LA Triathlon Championship Series¬†– San Dimas, CA – 2/3 Olympic

May 2, 2015 –¬†Wildflower Triathlon¬†– Bradley, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

May 9, 2015 –¬†LA Triathlon Championship Series¬†– San Dimas, CA – Olympic

May 30, 2015 –¬†Bass Lake Triathlon¬†– Bass Lake, CA – Olympic

June 28, 2015 – Pacific Crest Triathlon – Sunriver, OR – Olympic

July 26, 2015 –¬†Donner Lake Triathlon¬†– Truckee, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

August 8, 2014 –¬†USAT Age Group National Championship¬†– Milwaukee, WI – Olympic

August 16, 2015 –¬†Hansen Dam Triathlon¬†– Sylmar, CA – Olympic

September 20, 2015 –¬†Ironman Lake Tahoe¬†– Lake Tahoe, CA – Full (140.6)

October 11, 2015 –¬†BOD¬†– San Dimas, CA – Olympic

November 15, 2015 –¬†REV3 Florida¬†– Venice, FL –¬†Half¬†(70.3)

December 5, 2015 –¬†HITS¬†– La Quinta, CA – Half¬†(70.3)

Hope to see you at the races!

 

TriCore – Results

TriCore – Results

May 28th was my last day of the TriCore Workout. I took a huge gamble with my 2013 Triathlon Season when I agreed to test out the TriCore Program with the EVOcx  in lieu of traditional training. In order to determine the effect the program had on my Strength, Endurance, and Balance (as well as my cycling), I completed some tests to set a baseline and then to compare against the results after a month of using the program. It looks like the program paid off! The comparisons are included here:

On May 29th I Cycled 46 Miles. I completed this exact ride a few days before beginning the TriCore program on April 28th “Sunday Sunny Sunday“. For the entire month I discontinued taking the AcidCheck Caplets as a supplement but I continued to¬†add AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to my water during workouts as well as followed the workout with my recovery drink – P90X Results & Recovery Formula. The only difference between April 28th and May 29th was there was significantly more wind on May 29th. With that being said, I completed the overall ride faster on May 29th than on April 28th by 5 minutes and 15 seconds with Personal Records on several sub-segments of the ride. Here are some screen shots from the two rides.

April 28th

April 28 Rnd Mtn Rd

May 29th

May 29 Rnd Mtn Rd

If you look at the differences between the segment times you will see significant changes during the past month. I have only used the TriCore Program and a few swimming days (when the program called for Rest or Active Rest) and one bike ride for training. I competed in two triathlons during this training, one on May 5th and the other on May 11th.

On May 30th I tested my Endurance, Strength, and Balance (Core) by repeating measuring activities that I had previously completed on April 29th. See TriCore Day 1 of 28 for information. The test was to run my fastest mile, max out my push-ups in 2 minutes, and max out my sit-ups in 2 minutes. Results as follows:

April 29th:

Mile – 5:49 / Push-ups – 59 / Sit-ups – 51

May 30th:

Mile – 5:50 / Push-ups – 73 / Sit-ups – 60

The increase in Strength (measured by Push-ups) and an increase in Balance – Core Strength (measured by Sit-ups) is notable. I am attributing my slower mile time (by 1 second) to fatigue from the prior day’s bike ride. My legs were burnt toast. Not having taken AcidCheck Caplets for a month has definitely reduced my body’s ability to recover from activities of exertion.

Based on my results from cycling, push-ups, and sit-ups, I feel that the TriCore Program has indeed helped to increase my abilities as an athlete. I will continue to work in the EVOcx into my triathlon training. Thank you Relay Fitness Group and Master Trainer Jack Nunn for putting together such a useful program!

 

Wildflower Triathlon

Wildflower Triathlon

B РAcidCheck Caplets, Activit, and Cordastra, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Cinnamon, Coffee
W РWildflower Triathlon РOlympic Distance (Swim 1.5k / Bike 40k / Run 10k) ate a couple GU  Energy Gels on the bike as well as added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
L – 1/2 Orange, P90X Results & Recovery Formula, 1/2 Cup Pasta Salad, 1/2 stick String Cheese, 1/2 Bag of Pretzels.
S – Beef Jerky, 1/2 Bag of Pretzels, Water
D – 2 Pieces of Lasagna, Carrots and Ranch Dip, Watermelon
S – 50/50 Bar, 1/2 Bag of Popcorn, Orange Juice, 1 Cup Yogurt

Cinco de Mayo and the Wildflower Triathlon –¬†Olympic Distance race at Lake San Antonio in Central California, what an amazing day!. It was the 31st running of this classic and also a very significant race for me. Today marked 25 years between Wildflower Triathlon finishes. I started the the race in 89 but DNF’ed due to a nasty puncture wound at the start of the race from a piece of glass to the foot. Still hurts thinking about it. This race is extremely well put on and is combined with the Wildflower Festival which has all types of vendor booths and live entertainment all weekend. I was just there for the race, but next year I just may have to make a weekend of it.

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The wind was really blowing today which made the race a bit more: difficult for the swim – creating a surface current and rollers; interesting on the bike – big swirling winds with my high profile Aeolus 9 wheels :-\ spent a lot of time on the bulls grinding it out; perfect for the run – cool with a breeze that seemed to be at my back most of the time.

My results from the race: 47th Overall and 6th in Age Group 35-39 – 1747 Finishers.

Link to official results site:  http://www.tricalifornia.com/index.cfm/WildFlower2013-results.htm

TriCore – Rest Day

TriCore – Rest Day

B РAcidCheck Caplets, Activit, and Cordastra, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Cinnamon, Coffee
L Р2 Hot Dogs, Watermelon, Powerbar Protein Bar
D – 2 Pieces of Lasagna, Pita with Hummus and Feta, Salad with Chicken and Peppers
S – Powerbar Protein Bar, Peppered Beef Jerky, Water

Today should have been Day 6 Workout 4 of the TriCore Workout, but I made a slight modification and substituted the workout for tomorrow’s Rest day instead. I have been training pretty hard and went with the Recovery Day so I am fresh for tomorrow’s race. Tomorrow’s post is available here at¬†Wildflower Triathlon¬†. Tonight was a travel night. I love the fact that I am not driving my car anymore until after the race. I am staying only about a mile away from the transition area! Sleeping in my car with Pepper!

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Cosy. Good night!

TriCore – Day 05 of 28

TriCore – Day 05 of 28

B РAcidCheck Caplets, Activit, and Cordastra, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Almond Milk and Cinnamon, Coffee
W – Swam 1000 Meters
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
W – TriCore Day 05 – Workout 3
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula, Powerbar Protein Bar
L –¬†Coffee, Peanut Butter on Wheat Sandwich, String Cheese, Watermelon
D – Filet Mignon, Beans, Corn on the Cob
S – Two 50/50 Bars, Watermelon, Orange Juice, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today was Day 5 of the TriCore Workout, and yes, I am carbo-loading if you haven’t guessed ūüôā Its more important to ramp up the carbs a few days before your race, not just the night before.

Workouts¬†–¬†I got in a quick 1000 meters swimming in the pool before getting set up on the¬† EVOcx for the roughly 25 minute session as follows:

Warm up. See Day 1 for explanation

Sway Drills See Day 1 for explanation 

Hill Set Sprints See Day 3 for explanation

Hovering Drills This is a new activity which has you doing 3 rounds of out of the saddle riding. Standing and then leaning back over the seat and hovering; 30 seconds each. Then it finishes off with 2 minutes in the saddle pushing.

One more workout tomorrow before Wildflower Festival Olympic Distance Race. Last time I competed at this race, I was 15. Just so you know, I usually link to the home page for events, products, and businesses, however this Wildflower link is to the course description which I thought was kind of cool. It’s going to be a great race!

See prior workouts:

Day 1 Day 3