Visited the local sports and outdoor store yesterday to buy some new workout clothes. Needed something that was wind- and somewhat water resistant that I can use during the colder months and on the chillier summer days. So I went there totally open minded not having browsed the web before and just relied on their expertise.
So this is what I bought and what they recommended. I’ll primarily use this for running and workouts at the outdoor gym.
As an outer layer they recommended a two piece set from Adidas Supernova (SN) GoreJacket and pants. These are super lightweight and stretches alot so it’ll be very comfy while moving.
Climaproof® wind provides lightweight, breathable protection from wind
FORMOTION® follows the natural movement of sport for a better fit and greater comfort in motion
GORE WINDSTOPPER® fabric for breathable wind protection
Front zip pockets; Vertical zip pocket on left chest
Full zip with stand-up collar; Reflective details; Slim fit
100% polyester plain weav
I also got something that I thought I’d never buy… A pair of X2U (Two Times You) Compression Tights! In short the purpose of these are that you get graduated compression that maximizes blood flow toward the heart to keep your performance up. It also helps with sore muscles so you should put them on a while before you go out and keep them on after you’ve cooled down. So in combination with the Adidas pants above I have a nice combo going.
Bought a set of Helly Hansen Freeze 1/2 Zip and their equivalent pants. This is a merino wool garment with the LIFA fibre technology so that it’ll transport moisture quicker of your body to keep you nice and dry. I think these will be a great first layer both for running but also for when I’m out hiking. I mostly bought the pants for those cold nights in the sleeping bag as I very seldom get my legs cold.
The best thing with the visit to the store was when I got out of the changing room the my “personal shopper” told me that I looked fast (!?) and then I thought…
– This must be the shit, I’ll get everything that I’ve got here! Haha!
I took off on a run today on my lunch break, a round that I’ve never done before, rocking my Suunto Ambit HR watch. That’s actually a great piece of gear for any outdoor/indoor sport or activity. I’d recommend anyone that’s looking for a great watch to buy one or if you’re in the market for a watch with a heart rate monitor and GPS.
When you’re done running, or whatever you like, you just connect your Suunto watch to your computer via the USB-cable that comes in the package. The watch will then connect to Suuntos online training calendar and uploads your training data. Once the upload is completed it fires your web browser and shows you your latest workout at Moves Count dot com.
Here are two screen shots from my latest session, sorry it’s in Swedish.
In the first picture you can see what kind of training you did and the time and pace and some other info. Then you can click to show more info like the temperature etc. Underneath that you have a map of your route. The good thing with the map is that you can hover your mouse over the track and it’ll give you info about the distance, time and pulse you had at that specific place. And if you look at the second picture you’ll see a graph that you can add data to. Per default it only shows your pulse but you can add a lot of things, pace, breathing etc. and all this that you add to the graph also displays on the map! That’s a great feature!
In the last part of this workout screen you’ll see info about your laps. You can either add your laps manually by pressing a button on the watch and it’ll automatically create a lap if you pause your training. It’ll also create a lap every kilometer so you don’t have to do that yourself.
One thing that I don’t know if your able to do (I might not be smart enough) is to compare two tracks to each other. You can select multiple training sessions but you can’t really compare average pulse, time, map overlay etc. All this would be great so that you actually know if you’re improving and which part of e.g. your run that you were slower this time than the last. This would be a great improvement to the site!
I had a rough day – pulse was all off 🙂
Oh, one more thing… My colleague at work got his moped stolen last week and while I was out on my run I actually found it. Smashed up. Unfortunately I didn’t bring my phone (duh!) so I couldn’t call him or the cops. When I got back to work I called him and he went there but then it was gone. I hope he’ll get it back…