Elite Zensah Triathlete, Ryan Frederickson, in Kona, HI at the 2012 Ironman Championships
Zensah athlete, Ryan Frederickson recently flew to Kona, Hawaii and competed in the Ironman World Championship. This is the original Ironman Triathalon, where it all began, and features around two thousand of the world’s most elite Ironman athletes. At Ironman events throughout the year, professionals qualify by scoring a specified number of points, and amateurs must place well or win a coveted lottery spot to be eligible. Frederickson garnered his qualification by winning the 18-24 division at Ironman Texas.
The challenge begins at Dig Me Beach, where competitors must swim 2.4 miles out and back, and is followed by biking to Hawi and back, which takes riders 112 miles across the Hawaiian lava desert. On this ride, Frederickson said he faced “harrowing head and cross winds, and a substantial climb to the turnaround in Hawi.” Athletes then run a marathon along the coastal Ali’i (Ah-lee-hee) drive to Keyhole Point, the westernmost point of the island of Hawaii. In addition to the extensive distance, Hawaii’s steep hills and strong winds provide an additional challenge for athletes.
( more… )
As Fall comes into full swing, runners look forward to crisp, cool weather and the faster race times that accompany it. Autumn is a great time to reach a new personal best, and runners across the nation collectively feel a giant sense of relief to not be drenched in sweat every time they step outside for training runs.
( more… )
For those who haven’t heard of the Ragnar Relay, it is an overnight relay made up of 6-12 people. Although it may seem intense, it is a fun and team building relay that caters to all runners, from beginners to experts. Ragnar Relays are all over the US, so it may be closer to you thank you think! However, since most of us haven’t done overnight relays before, the packing list is going to be a little different. Read below to see what items Zensah recommends you bring for your first Ragnar Relay.
( more… )
Colin on the podium at the Pittsburgh Triathlon
By Colin Gundling, Licensed Physical Therapist
For me the most important benefit from Zensah compression sleeves is injury prevention. This is important to me on a personal level as well as professionally, as a Physical Therapist (PT). Personally, I have a strong cardiovascular system to power me through hours of training and racing, but often struggle with lower body injuries related to a biomechanical faults in my lower extremity anatomy and overtraining (yes, we all do it). These faults often lead to injuries in my Achilles tendon, Posterior Tibialis tendon, calf, or as shin splints. Being a PT only increases my interest in injury prevention and healing for both my and my patient’s sake. I believe this product has a sound physiological theory backing which can support the claims that it is capable of preventing injuries and assist with recovery from them.
( more… )