Category Archive: reviews

Altra Zero Drop Provision 1.5 running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Over the last 2 years I’ve frequently told friends about the benefits of zero drop or “natural” running shoes. My first foray into the method came with Altra… Continue reading

Salted Caramel GU Energy Gel review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I was sure I had found my true love, as energy gels go, when I first tried GU’s Peanut Butter flavor gel. Many dozens of packets of Peanut… Continue reading

Newton BOCO AT review (just in time for Christmas)

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, What’s red, green, and awesome all over? The Grinch? Yes, that’s true. But in the this case I mean… The Newton BOCO AT trail shoe. I love Boulder,… Continue reading

Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I stumbled upon Erin Baker’s breakfast cookies around the same time I got involved in triathlon. I don’t recall exactly, but I’m sure I saw a Triathlete magazine… Continue reading

SKINS C400 Compression cycling jersey review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, When I think of Australia I think of a few things in particular: Crocodile Dundee (“That’s not a knife…THAT’s a knife.”) Outback Steak House (I know it’s not… Continue reading

Mizuno Wave Evo Levitas review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I had the chance to review Mizuno’s Wave Evo Cursoris a few  months ago. I’m a big fan of that shoe, so when I was given the chance to… Continue reading

Skora BASE running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, “Real” is good. We search for it. We try to create it when all else fails. But sometimes the world is just complicated. “Real” is hard to come by.… Continue reading

Old Hickory Lake Triathlon 2013

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Going “home” stirs something in the spirit. When you’re weary and tired from life’s day to day challenges, returning to the place where your dreams were formed and… Continue reading

Newton running Terra Momentum review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, My first experience with Newton running shoes was with the “Motion”. It’s a shoe that I’ve come to love. It’s light. It’s fast! And I look a little… Continue reading

Spring Training products for triathletes

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, We’re beginning to see lasting signs that spring is here. After another long winter of slogging through miles in the cold and wet Tennessee winter, warm afternoon walks… Continue reading

Altra triathlon specific running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Triathletes are an adventurous bunch. That’s stating the obvious, I suppose. That sense of adventure often leads to early adoption of new technology in gear and gadgets related… Continue reading

Rudy Project Gozen sunglasses review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I now own 3 pair of Rudy Project sunglasses. Yes, they’re that good. Along with my Zyon sailing and Noyz glasses I was lucky to also get my… Continue reading

Hoka One One Bondi Speed running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I get to try out a lot of different shoes. Lately that’s meant a number of minimalist shoes. It’s rare that I find something “completely different” on the… Continue reading

8 of my triathlon training essentials

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It’s becoming more and more popular, but triathlon is still a “fringe sport.” For that reason I’m asked often what sorts of products I use regularly in training.… Continue reading

Skin Strong skin equipment review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I have enough to think about on long training days and race days without thinking about raw, chaffed, or sun burned skin. But I’ve been there. The middle… Continue reading

Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris Review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The dinosaur stampede in the most recent version of King Cong; what’s so terrifying isn’t the lumbering big dinos, it’s the smaller FASTER, MORE VICIOUS little guys who… Continue reading

Swiftwick SUSTAIN sock review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I wrote to you about Swiftwick a while back. Someone commented on the letter to the effect of “how can you write about socks?” It’s easy. My socks… Continue reading

Mizuno Wave Rider 16 review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I went surfing a few times when I lived in South Carolina. One day in particular stands out in my mind. It wasn’t one of the quiet days… Continue reading

Zoot thermoMegaHeat jacket and pants review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I prefer the outdoors to indoor training (although my coach is trying to teach me to love my bike trainer). Unless I’m equipped with the right gear  it… Continue reading

The Snackadium

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, It’s the best time of year for football fans everywhere. The NFL playoffs are in full swing and the BCS National Title game between Alabama and Notre Dame is… Continue reading

ZumXR xtended release sports drink review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As a triathlete I’m always on the lookout for products to help me maintain my energy and stay hydrated. I had the opportunity recently to try out the… Continue reading

Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell WXB 3×1 Glove review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I don’t like to train indoors. I’m indoors too much as it is, so I always choose an outdoor training when I can. Even when it’s freezing, sleeting,… Continue reading

Smartwool Phd HyFi arm and leg warmers review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I used to think of Smartwool as a sock company, but they do so much more than socks. Smartwool offers a full array of clothing to keep you… Continue reading

Hydrapak Soquel hydration pack review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve written to you before about the importance of staying hydrated while I’m out swimming, biking, and running. For years I relied upon a hydration belt. Recently though… Continue reading

Rudy Project Windmax helmet review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As a husband and a father of 3 the single most important piece of equipment I use for training and racing is a helmet. Cycling is the most… Continue reading

Swiftwick socks review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Because I’ve been running for awhile a lot of new runners ask me for advice. One of the first things I ask them, after we’ve talked about their… Continue reading

Pearl Izumi Iso Transition running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, When I started triathlon in 2001 there were a few big names atop the men’s long course field; the lone American among them was Tim DeBoom (Kona winner… Continue reading

La Sportiva Raptor GTX shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The first thing I do when my road triathlon season ends, besides stuff my self with junk food, is put on my trail running shoes. There are few… Continue reading

Newton Motion running shoe review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, The leader among the new breed of running shoe companies is Newton Running. In fact, you could make the case that Newton ushered in recent movement among running… Continue reading

Altra Instinct 1.5 review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve been experimenting with running shoes. That’s a major step for a creature of habit like me. Trying new running shoes isn’t like trying a new flavor of… Continue reading

Xlab torpedo mount review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, As a triathlete I’ve been deep into the void; places where the sound of my own heart pounded so loudly in my head it was deafening, places where… Continue reading

BASE Performance review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, After 12 years of training and racing I’ve used a lot of products. In fact, that’s probably the most common question I get from new or aspiring runners… Continue reading

Peanut Butter Gu and Gu Roctane review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I’ve become a bit notorious for my shifting nutrition strategies during training and racing. Some have worked and some have been a disaster (see my long walk at… Continue reading

Pearl Izumi SynchroFuel RD II review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Triathletes and runners are a loyal bunch. Especially when it comes to our shoes. I wore one brand/model for 4 years, then another for 6 years, and then… Continue reading

[Part 2] Why leading a blind athlete through a triathlon changed my life

* Continued from Part 1 Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, My alarm sounded at 4:45am on Sunday morning. I think I was already awake. I had fallen asleep thinking about swimming into darkness,… Continue reading

Why leading a blind athlete through a triathlon changed my life (PART 1)

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I learned so much about life yesterday. I wrote to you last week about my decision to lead blind triathlete Jeremy Winters through the Music City Triathlon. It… Continue reading

Gold Bond friction defense review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I learned early on that nothing makes a long race go from “merely uncomfortable” to “What was I thinking? I’m never doing this again” faster than blisters…and (ahem) chaffing. Yeah, it… Continue reading

Louis Garneau Elite Lazer Tek 2 tri top and bottoms review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, Triathletes are a loyal bunch. Although I’ve worn other apparel over the years, I still remember my first tri suit. It was a one piece Louis Garneau number.… Continue reading

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, This weekend I raced in Team-Magic’s Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon. It was my 3rd time to do the race. This year was different. I approached the race with uncertainty… Continue reading

Rudy Project Wingspan TT Helmet review

Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate, I have to be honest with you; Sometimes I look for short cuts – legal ways to save time or go faster. Especially in my racing. I wore… Continue reading