Trimarni favs - happy shopping!

Will you be shopping locally or shopping online today or supporting small businesses on Saturday? 

There's a good chance that by Monday evening, you will have purchased something that you have always wanted, purchased something new that you needed and probably purchased something that you didn't need but got a great deal and one can never have too many _____ (fill in the blanks). 

I am all about supporting small businesses so if you can shop local, please support the local run, bike and triathlon stores and other local shops in your community to show your appreciation for their hard work. I know first hand, it's not easy to be a small business owner but it is very rewarding to see a dream of helping others with a specific skill set, come to life. 

Karel and I have used a lot of gear/equipment/products over the years when it comes to triathlons and cycling and we have also had the opportunity to get to know many companies. 

I thought this would be a great time to share with you some of our favorite companies.
If you can't find products from these companies locally, be sure to check out their websites if you are doing any shopping in the next few days. 

And we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 I enjoyed sharing our entire Thanksgiving day on my Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition page with everyone, starting from our 8K road race, the foods I ate and Campy's Thanksgiving meal video. 

Karel and I wear the Vector Pro Fullsuit Wetsuit.
We will be wearing the 2015 Kona edition Velocity-M speedsuit (not yet available but you can purchase the 2014 version).
The Xterra wetsuits are extremely comfortable with great range of motion in the arms. I recommend all triathletes to have a wetsuit (we recommend fullsleeve) and speedsuit for the racing season.

I have so many favorites from Oakley Women but you can often find me wearing my RPM, Commit or Radar Edge shades for racing and Overtime is one of my favs for lifestyle. Karel wears Radar Lock for racing.
I also love the Strappy Strength bra and Continuance Seamless bra for working out.
We are also big fans of their hats, luggage and bags as well as clothing.
If you have any questions about Oakley Women clothing/shades just send me an email. 

If you are ever traveling by plane for a race and need to bring your bike, check to see if TBT is available. This is a very great service and you will not be disappointed with the ease of transporting your bike to and from your race destination. 

Once you try this crunch you will never want another trail mix. Please check out Veronica's story on her website. We are so lucky that VHC will be part of the Trimarni team in 2015!
Also if you ever come to a Trimarni talk, it's likely that you will be able to try VHC while listening to me speak about sport nutrition/nutrition (I don't like my listeners to be hungry!)

Ever since Karel and I started using INFINIT two years ago, we have been incredibly happy with how simple it can be to fuel on the bike and how the nutrition digests so well during workouts and races. I just love customizing formulas for me, Karel and my athletes and INFINIT now offers a variety of flavors to meet everyone's taste needs.

I just love the Clif Bar philosophy and their line of products with quality, healthy ingredients. A few of my favs include Kit's Organics, Clif crunch Clif Kids, Mojo bars and Clif block shots.

A mobile ice bath with compression. What could be better for recovery post workout? You will likely find me sporting my 110% Flat out socks quite often while training and postworkout but we have the entire line of 110% gear and we just love the comfort and practicality of these products.

We often receive comments about our awesome Trimarni kits and I have to give all the credit to Karel for designing them but also for Canari clothing who has helped turn our Trimarni kit visions into reality. The Canari clothing is super comfortable and the customer service is fantastic! Email me for a contact name to help you get started with your custom clothing. 

This is certainly Karel's area of expertise so when it comes to all things bike related, Karel wants only the best. For great wheels, bottom brackets, derailleur pulleys and more, check out Hawk Racing for quality bike related products. If you are interested in purchasing something from Hawk racing just send me an email and I will have Karel help you out. 

We are so excited that Trimarni will be supporting the Challenge Family in 2015. Karel and I will be racing Challenge Knoxville and Challenge Williamsburg and we will also have Trimarni athletes at other Challenge races. We hope to see you there!

I am so excited to introduce you to First Bourn, if you haven't heard of them already. Trimarni is going to be proudly supporting First Bourn in 2015 and we plan on providing many camps/clinics in Asheville in the next few years at the First Bourn facilities. The First Bourn experience is going to be unlike anything you have ever experienced in the East Coast and possibly ever. Continue to check the website for more details coming soon. 

If you have a training plan, you have a GPS device and care about consistency with training, I highly recommend to sign-up for Training Peaks. It's free and there are many opportunities to learn about training smarter and how to use Training Peaks to help take your training to the next level. We coach all of our athletes through TP and review their files as well. You don't have to be a data geek to make good use of this training software program. But then again, what triathlete/runner doesn't obsess just a little bit about numbers?

Karel and I are super excited to be involved with our local running store next year. The Trimarni team is also going to have great support by Run In and we couldn't be happier that we get to support our local run store as we train for our upcoming season. The staff is great, there are a variety of shoes from all brands and lots of other gear to suit all of your running needs. Run In caters to runners so you will find a variety of nutrition products primarily for running (ex. drinks, gels, blocks, electrolytes).

I want to introduce you to one amazing PT in the world of running and triathlons. I was introduced to Chris by looking up strength videos on You Tube for inspiration for our 8-week Transition plan. Chris is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to running form and recovering from injuries and as soon as I got to know him via the web, I knew he needed to be part of my training life. I have been working with Chris for 4 weeks and I have experienced much more confidence with my running thanks to Chris analyzing a battery of tests that I video'd for him and then giving me very basic yet challenging strength exercises to help me build more neuromuscular control with my running. I just love learning and Chris has really opened my eyes to a new way of training for triathlons when it comes to running form, running strength and running training. I invite you to check out his website and his hundreds of video's on YouTube.