Thanks to the my volunteer efforts with the Dextro Energy World Championship Series Race in DC this year, I had the chance to pick out a new pair of K-Swiss. You probably are thinking, why do you want tennis sneakers if you race triathlon? Well, K-Swiss has been breaking into the running, and more specifically, the triathlon scene. Their latest shoe – the K Ona (umm..Kona…as in Ironman) – is designed just for tris. It’s light and has great ventilation! I tested it out on a short taper run on Sunday and another today. Both on the treadmill and the sidewalk, the shoe felt great! I thought I would take my Fast Fulcrum Ride sneaks to Wisconsin as my back up pair, but now I’m not so sure.
Karhu Fast Fulcrum Ride
Weight: 9.4 oz
I wore the sneaks at the Wheelworks Multisport track practice at Tufts University last night. The shoe has a low profile around the ankle, which made it feel a little loose on my left foot. By the end of the workout, my left toes were rubbing a little too. I do LOVE the colors! And, the shoes are incredibly light! Overall, I was satisfied with the shoes and plan to put some more mileage on them. I’ll still wear my trusty Brooks Glycerin for IM Wisconsin though.
Specialized Toupe Saddle
The standard saddle that came with my Scott Plasma has been driving me crazy! Short or long rides, it was uncomfortable! And, I’m not that picky about my seats! So, I was in the bike shop after a 75 mile ride on Saturday and quickly realized I had no more time to waffle about getting a new bike seat – IM MOO is less than a month away! The selection at the shop was minimal, but the guys were cool and let me test out a few. How you decide on a saddle online is still a mystery to me.
I selected the Specialized Toupe Saddle. It’s a minimalist road saddle. I love that its light and small! It’s probably not the proper saddle for my bike. But, I liked it after a 75 mile ride and in regular shorts. So, that’s got to be worth something. Oh, and Wheelworks said if I didn’t like the seat after a week, I could exchange it! How great is that? We’ll see if I’m still satisfied after my big ride this weekend.