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Monday, 10 October 2016

Overall Win at Everysun Triathlon! :)

I had a great morning racing the Olympic Distance at the Everysun Triathlon at Midmar Dam. 
I felt really good even against the freezing temperatures, wind and rain! 

We started with rather small group of athletes as the cold weather had seemed to scare off most of the province. I must say that I was not looking forward to jumping into that freezing water too much myself!  Thank goodness for my Xterra Suit that kept me cosy the whole swim which ended up being quite a bit further than the normal 1500m's!
 However small the group, I found myself on the startline with what seemed like an exclusive group of only the fastest local racing snakes! Quite intimidating for my 2nd ever Olympic Distance Tri!

My favourite little gadget , my Garmin Forerunner 735 XT ready to rock my whole 2hours+ of exercise!

I was very happy to lead the ladies out of the swim and managed to keep my lead throughout the entire race.

The bike route at Midmar was tough as usual. Hills! It got even tougher when the rain & wind started half way through. I was freezing but I tried to keep it together and keep a good hard pace. I got faster each lap on the bike. My Cadence Gels really kept the energy levels high throughout the race & kept me going.

The run was hilly too! Two laps of 5km's inside of Midmar. I found it really hard to get my legs going at the start of the run. They felt like ice blocks & my feet were completely numb. I managed  solid pace for the first lap. I found it hard to push the pace between the 5 & 7km marks. I was really battling to get warm but as soon as i spotted the final turn around point I knew that I only had the final quarter left. I negative split those final 2.5km's like no other resulting in my second lap being faster then the first! 

I was still freezing at the finish but thrilled with how I had preformed personally. 

Thanks to Glen Gore and KZN Triathlon for a great event. I hope to see more people supporting these races in the future :
 6 weeks to go until World Champs, let's go!

MJ :)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Garmin Product Review: The VARIA Rearview Radar Bundle.

Garmin Product Review: The VARIA Rearview Radar Bundle.

By: Mikaela Jonsson.

When asked to Review the VARIA Rearview Radar device I was a little sceptical at first because I just couldn’t imagine how a device would be able to detect oncoming vehicles accurately. However I must say that my speculations where quickly denied as soon as I started cycling with the device.

About The Product:

The VARIA Rearview Radar Bundle is designed to detect vehicles which are approaching behind a cyclist’s bicycle and report back to the cyclist about the nature in which the vehicle(s) is approaching. The Bundle come complete with both the VARIA RDU (A small computer-like monitor which is placed at the front of your bicycle and indicates vehicles approaching from behind) and the RTL 500 (Red LED Flashing Light to place at the back of your bicycle).  The VARIA Products can also conveniently be paired with many of the Garmin cycling devices and recently with the Garmin Forerunner 735XT as well. This will be covered further on in the review.

 Installing The Product:

11.  The VARIA RDU clips into the universal mount provide which easily attaches to the front of your bicycle either on the stem or handle bars. This allows for it to be easily visible for the cyclist to check for oncoming vehicles whilst looking down at the front of the bicycle.

2. The RTL 500 – The light, is easily installed on the back of the bicycle, preferably on the saddle post  where it is most visible to oncoming traffic

Pairing with The Garmin Forerunner 735XT:

Pairing with the Forerunner 735 XT is an exciting new feature by Garmin, making it the first running watch to be able to link with VARIA products.

The pairing of the two devices is very simple and  is done in just the same manner as you would with any other compatible Garmin sensor or device. You simply scan for the VARIA device and it will link straight away to your training watch.

How it works:

Firstly pair your VARIA Rearview Radar to your Garmin Forerunner 735 XT device. Once paired, begin cycling. You will notice that the screen of your Forerunner device will beep and light up an orange strip on the left hand side of the watch face. This will happen whenever the VARIA Rearview Radar device picks up an approaching vehicle. Vehicles are indicated on the screen as solid white circles, which move up the orange strip to indicate how the vehicle(s) are nearing the cyclist. The strip becomes green once no vehicles are within the 140m approaching distance of the cyclist . The strip disappears from the watch face until more vehicles come into view once again.

My Favourite Aspects of the Device:

  • ·      The Beeping of the Forerunner device, which alerts you when a car vehicle has come into the Radar’s view.
  •      The Radar is able to pick up a vehicle which is up to 140m away from the cyclist- meaning that you are aware of an approaching vehicle(s) way before they are even within hearing distance.
  •      The white circles representing approaching vehicles move up the orange strip in such a way that they accurately represent the speed that the oncoming vehicles are traveling at and how far away they are from the cyclist.
  •     Even if you are cycling on a road where there may multiple lanes of traffic, the Radar has got you covered. I cycled on a busy main road in Durban which is three lanes wide and the Radar picked up oncoming traffic from all three of these lanes. Meaning that if a vehicle was to unexpectedly move into the lane you are cycling in you would already be aware of its presence.

In conclusion, I believe that the VARIA Rearview Radar Bundle is a gadget that cyclists should really try to invest in.  Especially living in country where cyclists are hit on our roads almost everyday. I would recommend using both the VARIA RDU device in conjunction with your Forerunner device. I find that they are the perfect combination because this way you limit having to look down at your wrist. Which may be difficult at times. The Forerunner will beep when a car is approaching and this will alert you to look down at the VARIA RDU device which is easier to look straight down at and interpret, especially at high speeds. This is a simple and highly effective way to protect yourself each and everyday on the road `while eliminating one of the greatest stresses that all cyclist have to deal with.  

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

First Olympic Distance win at the Tinman Triathlon!

I did my first ever Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Tinman Tri-Series Triathlon in Durban this morning . I'm so happy to have taken the win overall.

 I had such a fantastic race. Thanks to some incredibly strong ladies for pushing me all the way,  especially on the bike course. We grueled it out in the rain and cold!

 Finally feeling like myself again , after only being back at training for 3 weeks after battling with illness for over a month and my first swim race after doing shoulder rehab for  more then 2 months. I'm so grateful to everyone who has helped me with such patience and wisdom over the last few months.

Onwards and upwards 😀

Monday, 9 May 2016

Suncity Ultra Triathlon - Sprint Event

Good racing at the Suncity Ultra Triathlon this past weekend. I finished 6th overall and 2nd in the juniors. It was an absolutely insane race with over 1000 athletes competing. I have never experienced such a thrilling transition process! So much fun.

I was really happy with my Swim, l'm absolutely loving my Xterra Vengeance Suit. I managed to come out the water 3rd overall.

I need to keep working on my bike, especially in the non drafting format like this weekend. I was happy with a good effort in my last major race for a while. 

It's been a crazy few months of racing all over the country but I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Thanks to all who have made it possible! 

Now for the long haul of preparing for World Champs at the end of the year. Let's go!
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