>> Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Call me a sellout. I don’t care. But when a company contacts me and says they’ll send me some free gear if I just write about it (just honest writing, not necessarily positive), I say “yes.” In fact, I say “F*ck yes!”
Devon with Outside PR first contacted me back in May. She wanted to send me a Sugoi Velocity tri suit. “F yes!” was my response. You’ve seen me race in that suit at a duathlon, 3 triathlons, and 2 “splash and dash” events since May. (All of those race reports and/or photos can be found in my sidebar under “2009 event schedule.”) Remember that suit?.... Here it is during the Chisago Lakes Triathlon:
Then, about 6 weeks ago, she sent some more goodies. This time, it was a Sugoi Velocity tri top and tri shorts! I wore them for the first time on back-to-back days. Here I am racing the “Get Ready to Rock 10K” in the tri top:
See the Sugoi logo on both of our legs?...
She also sent a Sugoi bike jersey that she knew would be a little too big for me. Here it is:
She sent these final 3 things from Sugoi: a “Tuke” hat, carbon long sleeve zip, and compression tights:
She didn’t send the cat -
we just happened to have a black one to match.
...and yes, those are my nipples.
A few thoughts on compression technology: The idea is that you can use compression garments for recovery or for racing. They help promote blood flow after a hard workout or race, so wearing them afterwards will “flush” out your legs and make them feel fresher sooner. Or you can wear them during a workout/race because they claim to hold everything in place a little more. That way, those TINY little muscles that usually need to strain to hold muscles in place while running don’t need to work as hard, and instead more energy can be put into larger muscles to make you go faster. Or so goes my understanding of the theory...
So on my 6 miler, I learned something. I do NOT have large calves. Mine are quite small in fact. (Thanks Mom for those genes.) But when I wore these Sugoi compression tights, I realized that my calves usually bounce around A LOT during a run! I felt them being held in place, and it was a new sensation! Overall, the tights worked really well, and I hope to wear them for the Monster Dash 10 Mile in 2.5 weeks! Maybe I’ll be able to wear that whole outfit above.
One last thing: Pharmie and I noticed something about the packaging for the compression tights: