Monday, January 24, 2011

Kast-A-Way Swimwear Will Attend 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo

On Thursday, February 3, Tea-am ACC will host the 2nd Annual Endurance Sports Expo at the Athletic Club of Columbus from 6-8pm. Kast-A-Way Swimwear will be one of many vendors offering discounted merchandise and expert advice on equipment!

The expo is the perfect chance for swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes to mingle, pick up race schedules, and get some great endurance sports gear. Training for a triathlon? Get your shoes, bike, and swimsuit all in one evening!

And for everyone NOT in Columbus, Ohio… all I can say is “be jealous.”

endurance sports expo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

SKINS Compression And Therapeutic Wear Boasts Scientific Credibility

Be Skeptical.

Athletes of all levels are always on the lookout for the next best thing in sporting equipment, hoping to find a new piece of technology that promises better performance and quicker recovery without adding hours to their training schedule. Now, athletes and coaches should know that there is no magic pill for success – and breakthroughs in technology will occur as incremental improvements based on existing theories.

With this in mind, I recommend a healthy dose of skepticism when evaluating products that claim to boost performance in some way.

Things to look for when evaluating scientific claims:
1.) Has the product been independently tested, or are the claims based on “in house” studies alone?
2.) Do experiments control for the placebo effect?
3.) Are the proposed effects based on testable scientific theories?
4.) Do the proposed effects violate the principle laws of physics?*

*This might seem humorous, but you’d be surprised how many “breakthrough products” out there are based on magic, plasma fields, holograms, and free-energy transfer.

A Little Honesty Goes A Long Way.

Ok, so this post so far has been sort of a round-about way of getting to a point I wanted to make about SKINS compression and therapeutic apparel. I wanted to elicit the context of dishonest sporting goods in order to show the stark contrast between quackery claims and the full disclosure of evidence-based research conducted on SKINS.

Check out the SKINS Labs section of skinsusa.com. You’ll notice, in addition to product claims, a reference list pointing to actual peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. These articles aren’t written by SKINS product testers finding ways to market their equipment, but by researchers in the field with their own interests in the topic.

Take the article “The Effects of Wearing Lower-Body Compression Garments During Endurance Cycling” for example. Published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, the funding for this study came from the Queensland Academy of Sport Centre of Excellence, and not from the SKINS manufacturers. This is an important point because it eliminates a bias for the researchers to confirm claims made by the people signing their checks.

Looking at the same article, I pulled up a digital copy of the original publication to see if there were any erroneous claims made on the SKINS website.

The Effects of Wearing Lower-Body Compression Garments During Endurance Cycling

The SKINS site claims that the “reseults (sic) showed increases in muscle oxygenation economy and improvements in cycling economy” (source).

The original article conclusion stated that “LBCG [lower body compression garments] were observed to elicit likely practically significant improvements in [power output] at [anaerobic threshold] during an incremental test and possible practically significant increases in muscle oxygenation economy during a cycling [1-hour time trial]” (Scanlan et al. 2008).

Ok, so in short, the SKINS website is making accurate claims about their products, and does not generalize beyond what can be backed-up with independent research!

Public Response.

This “academic honesty” or “full disclosure” on the part of SKINS has gotten the attention of national organizations, such as USA Triathlon, who use SKINS as their official supplier of compression and therapeutic wear. I also have unconfirmed information that the USA Swimming National Team uses/will uses SKINS as recovery aids.

Several SKINS products are available at Kast-A-Way Swimwear.

Monday, June 21, 2010

USA Triathlon Adopts New Wetsuit Regulation

Press Release from USA Triathlon June 21, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fifth Annual “Tri for Joe” Multisport Charity Event

On May 29, 2010, the Cincinnati community will gather at at Coney Island for a Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, and 5K to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC). Tri for Joe is an event developed by the Gerstle Family in honor of their son Joe.

According to a letter from the Gerstle Family on triforjoe.com,

“We wanted to develop a unique event that was based on Tom’s experience in Triathlon and would enable those that Joe has touched in his life to come out and compete, see Joe and reflect on what he has experienced. This is a family friendly event that will appeal to the seasoned multisport athlete as well as rookies who are looking for a new challenge.”

The money Tri for Joe raises goes to support the New Baby Celebration Program at the DSAGC, along with the 24 Hour Help Line and the Parent To Parent Network Program.

The pool course looks like a lot of fun, weaving around a large pool big enough to be considered an open water swim. The edge is a simulated beach, so be sure to do some ‘water running’ on your way in.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

TriBoomer Pledges $1 Donation To American Stroke Association Per Unique Tweet

Brian Brode, author of the TriBoomer blog, is a self-described “husband, father of four, endurance sports writer, podcast host, 4x Ironman triathlete for charity, ultra-marathoner” (@TriBoomer). A few hours ago, Brian tweeted his support for the American Stroke Association with a pledge to donate $1 per unique Twitter account that mentioned “@TriBoomer”.

Then, just minutes ago, Brian announced that he is doubling-up in order to keep the tweets coming! Now each unique tweet sends $1 to the American Stroke Association and $1 to The Sportsgrants Foundation (@sportsgrants1).

Copy and paste the following text onto Twitter, or mention @TriBoomer to help Brian reach his goal:

Every unique Tweet of @TriBoomer today will donate $1 (up to $1k) to American Stroke Assn. and $1 to Sportsgrants Foundation. Please RT!

Be sure to check out the TriBoomer blog and follow Brian on Twitter @TriBoomer.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Press Release: TYR Signs Multi-Year Partnership With Triathlon “King of Swim” John Flanagan

john flanagan

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Friday, December 18, 2009

2010 Triathlon Season Kick-Off Open House In Loveland Ohio

If you live in the Greater Cincinnati Area, don’t miss the 2010 Triathlon Season Kick-Off Open House on Thursday, February 4th! Come for a massage, gait analysis, aquatic / triathlon apparel fashion show, and of course free snackums.

An impressive line-up of guest speakers is also scheduled, including: Elyse Jarard (Venus Fitness), Eric Limkemann (USAT Rookie of the Year), Bob Duncan (Bob Duncan Racing), Susan Frankel (Fleet Feet Sports), and Michael Folan (Infinit Nutrition).

Download a copy of the flyer for more information and the guest speaker schedule.

Please RSVP to Fleet Feet Sports at Katie@fleetfeetcincy.com or 513-793-8383

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Team Kast-A-Way Swimwear Gets Chicago Triathlon Plaque

Susan wanted to share this with everyone! It looks like the plaque for the Chicago Triathlon finally arrived. Second Place in Female International Relay for Corporate Team Competition – not too shabby! Go team!

It was Susan’s 5th Chicago Triathlon and her sister’s first time participating. Personally, I don’t see how anyone can swim, bike, and run all in one day. I guess that’s just my diver mentality – all the more reason to be impressed.

If you want to get a super early head start on next year’s Chicago Triathlon (August 27-29, 2010), registration is open on the website chicagotriathlon.com.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hanging Up Your Wetsuit For Winter? General Care Guide

wetsuit care folding a wet suit

Susan sent me a link to Proper Wetsuit Care on USATriathlon.org, which refers to the original article written by the retail site USA Triathlon Wetsuits.

Here’s a list of general care instructions for drying, hanging, storing, or traveling with your wetsuit:

  • Rinse inside and out with fresh water after each use paying close attention to the zipper area.
  • Hang to dry inside out on a thick padded hangar (not wire). Do not leave your wetsuit in the direct sunlight.
  • Store your dry wetsuit in a cool dry place, laying flat folded across the waist.
  • For travel, fold your wetsuit according to the following diagram. Do not fold your wetsuit lengthwise.

For the list of what NOT to do, read the rest of this post at USA Triathlon Wetsuits.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Muslim woman barred in French pools if they choose to wear a Burquini SCAQ Blog
> Michael Phelps Swims Into Immortality: Wake-Up Video “Fireman” MTV Newsroom
> Ripped Olympians Go to Rehab TMZ RT @swimstars
> Competition wraps up with four more titles – and rain USA Diving
> Diving And Dancing On The Morning Swim Show SwimmingWorld.tv
> TYR Triathlon Video TYR Sport on Facebook
> Dolfin Viva Brief, I love it! Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> Sicily Part 1 Garrett Weber-Gale

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