#1. Garmin Forerunner 735XT. I was between the Forerunner 735XT and the Garmin Fenix 3 for quite sometime now. I really wanted the Rose Gold Fenix but it doesn’t have optic heart and that is a deal breaker for me as I know I WILL NOT wear the strap. So it was between the new Forerunner 735XT and the Black Fenix HR. I have really really tiny wrists so when I tried on the Fenix it just looked too bulky and huge so I bit the bullet and went with the Forerunner 735XT. Everyone’s concern is the battery life and it is only 2 hours shorter than the Fenix HR and the shorter battery life is the optic heart rate if you turn that portion off it lasts longer. Additionally, most of the time I am not going to be exercises for 14 hours straight except for in the Ironman but here is to hoping for a sub 14 hour ironman! 🙂
#2. Bontrager Aura 5 Wheels. I got these last Wednesday evening in the midst of all of my bike mishaps – imagine have 2 flats after you spend $1300 on wheels – I was very unhappy. But my lovely bike guy made it right and fixed me up and now I have a fancy pinked rimmed tire and I love the wheels and am so happy with the more smoother ride on the bike. I feel like I am really becoming a triathlete!
#3. Optic Nerve Grifter Sport Sunglasses. I found these while I was checking out at the running shop with my watch. Most sport sunglasses are well so sporty and they just are not very flattering on me. However, these ones fit the bill as both an everyday and sport sunglasses and actually looked really cute. They feature polarized lenses with anti-reflective technology, high impact resistance (Important b/c I drop my sunglasses all the time), and Hydrophobic coating protects lens from water, oil, dust, and sweat for cleaning ease and durability. Perfect for summer running and everyday cycling – gotta protect those blue eyes! 😉
#4. Nathan Lock Laces. I got these a while ago before my first olympic triathlon and at first I was not entirely thrilled but lately I find myself gravitating to my Saucony solely because they have the lock laces and the ease of getting them on and off quickly especially when I am transitioning for my brick workouts.
#5. Be IronFit Book. I read this book a while ago when I first signed up for my ironman but lately have been referencing it more and more as the months are ticking by and I realize I need to really dial in my training as I am 1 month away today from my Half Ironman 70.3 in Muncie. This book is awesome because it provides 3 levels of plans: competitive, intermediate, and just finish. Since, I currently do not have a coach and am unsure if I want one it is helping me really set up a solid training schedule for the next few weeks to ensure I am ready to go. TMinus 17 weeks until Ironman Louisville – EEEKKK!!
With Love, Fridays, and Favorite Things,
❤ Kindal (RunningWithStrength)