Stray dog joined extreme runner during China race
Dion Leonard was taking part in the 4Deserts ultramarathon when he met the stray he named Gobi.He first noticed her by his side on the second day of the six day run and thought she wouldn't "last the whole day", but somehow she ran the whole 25 miles before staying with him at the overnight camp.
On the days she couldn't run due to the heat, the race organisers took Gobi by car to the finish line where she'd wait for Dion who says it was, "just amazing" to have her run to greet him.He says that it was during that moment he realised "this is something else than just a little dog following me".Despite missing two days of the race, Gobi completed 125 kilometres of the 250-kilometer race and was awarded with a medal after the final leg.Dion has now raised enough money through a crowd funding appeal to cover the medical and quarantine costs to have Gobi brought to the UK to live with him.
More than 1600 equipment and apparel manufacturers displayed their new products for 2016 and 2017 at Outdoor Retailer, the world’s largest outdoor sports show. Offerings for triathletes include a smart helmet, tasty training treats, and new twists on old favorites.
Coros Smart Helmet
The Coros smart cycling helmet is high-tech to the max. Bluetooth technology allows for two-way audio via a smartphone, and open ear bone conduction eliminates wires and earbuds. Integrated into the helmet is a G-sensor, which detects collisions and sends GPS coordinates to emergency contacts immediately. Beginning September 7, Coros helmets will be available for $100 via its Kickstarter campaign; after the campaign closes at the end of the year, helmets will retail in stores and online for $200.
Albedo Reflective Spray
Being seen is as simple as a quick spritz. The Albedo Reflective Spray is a clear, lightweight spray that can be applied to hard surfaces (such as a bike frame) or soft (like clothing) to increase visibility more than 500 feet. The spray comes in permanent and washable forms to keep athletes visible in all conditions. Albedo Reflective Spray is available online beginning at $13.99 for a 2.3 ounce can.
Change is easy with the Smith PivLock - the high-performance lenses are easily interchangeable and adjustable for every situation. In 2016, Smith unveiled its ChromaPop technology, an upgraded color-sorting lens allowing an athlete to see more detail with less eye fatigue. Smith PivLock sunglasses with ChromaPop begin at $189, and are available online or in stores.
Bike racks can be a drag - literally. Recent consumer tests show that an empty roof rack can reduce a car's gas mileage by up to 5 miles per gallon. Innorack addresses this problem with its aero base bars, a low-profile design for better fuel economy. The base kit is a quick and easy install, and bike racks can be purchased in tray style, tire hold, and fork hold configurations. Innorack fit kit pricing varies depending on make and model of vehicle as well as style of rack desired. For more information, visit a licensed Innorack retailer.
After years of complaints about chafing, Garmin has done away with the chest strap heart rate monitor in favor of a wrist-mounted alternative. In addition to measuring heart rate at the wrist, the Garmin Forerunner 735xt provides advanced data for running, cycling and swimming (think VO2 max estimate and lactate threshold features). The new tech comes at a cost, however: compared to its 920xt predecessor, which has a 24-hour battery, the 735xt only has a 14-hour battery life. The Garmin 735xt retails for $449.00 and is available on shelves today.
BOA Closure System
Running shoes can borrow from bike technology with the BOA Closure System, an alternative to traditional shoelaces and speed laces. The BOA cords, made of steel, weave into standard running shoes and end in a small dial (which can be turned to tighten the laces). Though the technology is exciting, it's also limited: currently, only a small handful of Zoot running shoes are sold with the BOA closure system. However, BOA offers to retrofit existing running shoes at various events worldwide, including Outdoor Retailer and the Ironman World Championships.
The STS Powerswitch, Inova's 280-lumen headlamp was designed to address all the requests of the consumer: lightweight, super-bright, and rechargeable. But there's one feature that shows Inova was really listening: a simple, touch-activated interface allows the user to effortlessly swipe a finger over a sensor to turn on the lamp or change its settings between high-power, dim, and strobe. The high-performance headlamp was unveiled at Outdoor Retailer and will be available at retailers for $59.99 by the end of 2016.
Body Glide Relief
Body Glide, which has theoretically been applied to every crevice of every triathlete's body, has a new, fresh look (but the same great formula). The redesign of the classic lubricant's packaging includes the re-emergence of its "Relief" product after a temporary hiatus in production. The pain-relief formula goes on easily without mess, thanks to a stick applicator. The full line of Body Glide products can be found online, beginning at $5.99 for a .45 ounce stick.
Speedo Push Plate
Injured triathletes looking for an alternative to aquajogging will love the Speedo Push Plate, which representative Kathleen Davis describes as "a kettlebell for the water." The plate can be utilized in multiple configurations to do a strength workout in the water, from bicep curls to the most challenging kickboard ever. This all-purpose fitness tool is a great way to incorporate strength work in the pool. The Speedo Push Plate ($59.99) will be available online in November 2016 and in stores January of 2017.
Moji Hot Roller
In the past year, the Moji Massage Stick has made a name for itself as a solid alternative to the foam roller. But their new product, to be released in 2017, is poised to make the foam roller relevant again. The Heated Roller, a high-density foam made warm by a hot water bottle, is an oh-so-comforting way to loosen up even the tightest IT Band. Look for additional new offerings from Moji in 2017, including massage balls and massage sticks with removable/reconfigurable components.
Clif Nut Butter
Like most triathletes, CLIF is just a touch obsessed with nut butters - so much, that they filled their bars with it. The new flavors - peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut, and coconut almond butter - are a fun (and tasty) textural change from the standard energy bar. The nut butter is fully contained within the CLIF bar shell, meaning no sticky messes in your jersey pocket. The new CLIF product retails in stores for $1.89 per bar.
If the thought of choking down yet another gel makes you cringe, get your hands on GU's new offering, the Stroopwafel. Offered in four flavors (two of which are gluten free), the Stroopwafel is a great option for those looking to change up their nutrition, especially on the bike. We're fans of the caramel coffee flavor, which holds true to GU's "acts like an energy gel, but tastes like breakfast" slogan. The Stroopwafels retail from $22 to $24 per box of 16, and are making their way to most running and triathlon retailers this summer.
Powerbar Simple Fruit
Athletes looking for whole-food alternatives to gels will appreciate the simplicity of Powerbar's new Simple Fruits, a calorie-dense (yet easily digestible) fruit blend with only 8 ingredients. The taste and consistency is similar to flavored applesauce, but the formulation ensures athletes get all the carbohydrates and electrolytes needed to sustain a long day of training or racing. Powerbar Simple Fruits, which launched last week, are quickly making their way to store shelves. They retail for $1.99 per packet.
Bonk Breaker Bar
Bonk Breaker loyalists will be excited for the release of three new flavors. Mint Chocolate Chip, set to launch in September 2016, is made with real mint, creating a light, fresh flavored perfect for a pick-me-up on a long ride. Banana Cream and Caramel Macchiato flavors will hit store shelves in 2017. All flavors are the same gluten-free, dairy-free, and GMO-free formula the company has used for years.
Nero, a newcomer to the sport scene, features thoughtful touches to bike bottles (which, let's face it, don't usually get much thought). Made with a double-walled, closed cell foam insulation, the Nero Frio claims to keep beverages colder twice as long as other insulated bike bottles. A drip guard cap, which requires a quick twist to open, prevents leaks from the jet valve. The Nero Frio Insulated bottle comes in 21 and 25 ounce sizes, retailing for $12.99 and $14.99, respectively. The product will be available in stores at the beginning of 2017.