The Altra Escalante is a recent addition to the successful line of running shoes produced by Altra. I have been an avid Altra fan for several years. The features that are the core of all Altra running shoes are the zero drop technology and foot shape technology with the wide toe box. These features are designed to promote toe splay and a more natural running style. I have previously reviewed the Altra Instinct here. Continue reading
When I became interested in using power as a bicycle training metric, the PowerPod device was not on my radar. Actually, there were no devices on my radar because I knew absolutely nothing about power meters. What I knew was, I wanted to get faster on the bike so I needed to take my training to a different level. And to do that, I needed to first understand what kind of power I was generating and then try to improve upon that. So I needed a power meter.
Back in May I wrote about purchasing Race Wheels and my thoughts on Flo Cycling. Well, I took the plunge and bought a set of Flo wheels in their June sale. Since I’m not a technical expert on wheels, I’ll leave that review for others. Instead, I want to share my experience with Flo Cycling and provide a review of the purchase process. Continue reading
I really hate changing running shoes. Once I find something I like, I usually stick with it. But when I saw advertisements for Altra running shoes, I knew I had to try them out. (Yes, advertising works!) A big part of how I was able to resurrect my running activities a few years ago was my move to a more natural running style. I did not go all the way to “barefoot” but I did adjust my form to a shorter stride and a mid- to fore- foot strike (I was a long strider with a heal strike previously). My nagging injuries went away and I have been running injury-free for over three years. The right shoe has been a big part of my recovery.
I have been thinking about investing in race wheels, and Flo Cycling keeps coming up in my research. Those of us that get addicted to triathlon usually also get sucked into the gear race. I have tried to moderate my gear purchases for a number of reasons. One of which is that I generally don’t like to spend money. Another is that I don’t want to be the guy that shows up at the local race completely decked out with the most expensive bike and every gadget imaginable only to finish in the middle of the pack. If I’m going to look fast than I want to be fast.