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Hi Everyone!

I hope your 2017 is off to a great start! Things have been busy around here. I’ve been training hard to get back into shape after an amazing and restful 4 weeks off, as well as finalizing some exciting new partnerships and doing lots of planning for the 2017 season!

I recently arrived in Kona, Hawaii for our annual 2-week purplepatch Fitness pro team camp. There is a lot of work that gets done at this camp and is an amazing kick-start and boost to the new season.

A few quick updates from my end:

My race schedule is up!  I’m really looking forward to the season ahead! I was so impressed with the Ironman Xiamen 70.3 this last November in China that I’ll be kicking off my 2017 season in April by heading back and racing an Ironman 70.3 in Liuzhou!  From there I’ll be racing Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa, which is practically in my backyard, and then I head to Australia for the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships - a key race for me within my season. You can check out all my full season races on my website here.
This year I signed with 3 new brands, all of which I am REALLY excited about – Zone3 USA, SOS and Zealios Skin Care. You can read more about each of these brands below, but I’m pretty pumped about these relationships and feel their products will strongly complement my training and racing (as well as keeping my skin protected!)
2nd Annual Ride & Wine Event to Benefit iTri Girls – We are SO excited to be putting on another Ride & Wine event in conjunction with Bohème Wines. Mark your calendars as the date is set for July 8th!  Last year we donated over $1,000 to iTri girls to support their program – this year we are hoping to hit $3,000! I hope you will join us for a day of riding, eating and wining!  More details to come. 
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LRR Tip:

When I lived in Santa Monica from 2012-2014 I trained every day with Tower 26 – the well-known open water swim program that is run by Gerry Rodrigues. He frequently encouraged all of his athletes to TEST WETSUITS before going out to buy one. His rationale? Just like a bike, or a pair of running shoes, or a helmet – everyone is made a little differently, and what is great for one person might not be great for someone else. I have a narrow foot and heel, so I love shoes that hug my foot, whereas someone else with a wide foot won’t want to use the same shoe as me. Wetsuits are no different. How you swim, your shoulder flexibility, the type and level of swimmer you are and how you are shaped will influence how a wetsuit fits.

At the end of 2016 I was approached by Zone3.  I was really intrigued by the opportunity to work with them – they have a strong presence and are well-known and respected in the UK and Europe and were looking to make their foray into the U.S. I was excited about the chance to be part of the growth of an up-and-coming brand, but despite this opportunity, and no matter how much money I was offered, if it compromised my performance it wasn’t worth it.  We set about doing a series of wetsuit tests and I was shocked by the results. I LOVED the wetsuit. The shoulder flexibility is truly unmatched and it was the closest I have ever felt to being in a wetsuit but feeling like I was swimming without it. But even better was that in testing, it tested faster than any other brand I tested.  In one instance, the Zone3 tested 6 seconds (ok closer to 5-5.5 seconds, to be exact) faster on average per 100 yards. That is a HUGE difference. And in that slower wetsuit I felt AWFUL swimming. That wetsuit just didn’t work well with my body.  

So – what does this mean for all of you – I would encourage people to test a wetsuit out before spending $500, $600 or $1000 on one. There are a few options – you can participate in some of the demo days offered at races or one-off events. The other option is to go and rent a few different brands of wetsuits and do what I did – test them in the pool.  You’ll need someone to help you but here is the gist of the protocol:

  1. Warm up thoroughly so you are ready to go. I find it best to do the testing at the end of a swim practice so your engine is nice and warm
  2. Turn off all pace clocks, or - if that is not an option - turn away from any pace clock to refrain from knowing your times.
  3. With someone standing on deck, have them send you off – complete 5x100 at 80-85% effort.  They should record the time of each 100 as well as stroke rate. They should give you 10-15 seconds rest and send you off on each one. Once you are done with one wetsuit, change suits and repeat.  The results should NOT be shared with you at all until the end of testing. Test a minimum of 3 suits, but up to 5 or 6.
  4. Check out the results and also compare that with how you felt in the suit. My bet is that you will find a strong correlation between how each suit feels and how fast you swim. That sure was the case for me and almost everyone I know that has done this testing.

This is WELL worth the time. And if you are a competitive triathlete, it could mean a significant savings or cost in your swim performance for wetsuit legal races. It also allowed me to be able to go out and really stand behind the brand I am representing because I believe wholeheartedly in how the wetsuit will perform for me.

Any questions – feel free to shoot me a note and good luck!

Of the 4 wetsuits I tested this year Zone3 was the fastest and most comfortable suit - in some instances by a lot. The shoulder flexibility is unmatched and it almost felt like I didn't have a wetsuit on at all.

Already well respected in the UK and Europe, Zone3 is looking to make their start in the US. I am extremely excited to be part of this highly respected, up-and-coming brand and can't wait to see how fast it allows me to swim this year.

Use my code SARAH25 for 25% off your order!
SOS Hydration
Using the best in medical science, SOS is engineered by a leading doctor, two former elite athletes, and a retired military medical officer with the purpose of combatting dehydration in order to improve overall human performance.

When I started testing SOS I was very impressed with how it kept me extremely hydrated not only during training but also as a rehydration beverage. My favorite flavors? Coconut and Mango. Try them out!
Zealios SkinCare
As endurance athletes, we spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. All that exposure comes with some risk, especially when it comes to sun exposure. 

As a ginger, I'm especially prone to sunburns. With the alarming statistic that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their life I try to do everything in my power to make sure that won't be me. Effective sunscreen is KEY. Zealios contains zinc but doesn't take ages to rub in. It stays on through an entire triathlon so you don't have to be worried about the sun. Plus, they have a great line of chlorine eliminating Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash as well as Chamois cream - which is am obssessed with!!! Try them out -- you won't be disappointed!  
Kicking off the season with the annual purplepatch fitness pro camp in Hawaii. Can't complain much!
7 hour training sessions are made much easier with training partners in tow. 
Not sure where I would be without SF Sports Massage. My weekly, sometimes bi-weekly massages HURT but are essential to keeping my body open and able to recover better.
Fun fact: one of my favorite hobbies is cooking and trying new recipes. A strict diet doesn't mean you can't eat delicious food!
Everyday before bed I sit down and write out my goals for the next day as well as add items to my to do list. It helps me wind down and sleep every night. 
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