"I like you. I'll gladly sit down and have dinner with you after the race. But when the gun goes off, I pretty much hate you, and I want to stomp your guts out. That's racing." -J Rapp
"Have faith- trust in the plan - the breakthrough will come. I promise. " Woo
“The only time you can be brave is when you’re afraid.”
Wetsuit: Sailfish ONE---awesome suit, GREAT position in the water, comfortable and FAST! While they do make a Top End Suit called the G Range, I think the ONE suit is for everyone except those "fishlike" swimmers out there. Sailfish Website
Goggles: I LOVE the TYR Nest Pro, especially the metallized lens/white frame combo---comfortable and sweet looking! The new Orions are awesome as well, but I tend to see the seal break on longer swims...I think my head is just a bit too narrow for the seal to keep up on the lateral side of the gasket. TYR Goggles
Swim Paddles: TYR again: I use the Mentor Paddles as recommended by Chris, the M (red) size are perfect. TYR Mentor Paddles
Suits: "Old School" company by the name Dolfin are my current trainer Jammers, as well as BlueSeventy Jammers
Frame: I just switched from my Wilier Cento Crono to the Storck Aero 2---both great frames with different advantages: The Wilier www.wilier.com was less stiff (more comfortable), but was tricky for setting up the Di2, so I elected to go with the Storck www.storckbicycles.com thanks to the guys at Airpark Bikes www.airparkbikes.com. I have now been on the Storck for 8 months, and I don't think there is a bike out there that is more stable...it feels like I'm riding a hovercraft...smooth as silk.
Components: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 is a game changer, and gives me instant shifting as well as the ability to shift while in the aero position as well as on the base bar---the change was a lot like when I got Lasik Eye Correction--and I am just now getting over not having to reach for the aero shifter to shift (with the eyes, I would still try to push my glasses up even though they were gone...). Spendy but totally worth it, and I can't see going back to cables... Di2 Website. I run a 11-25 rear cassette, which I can ride anywhere---no reason to ever need anything with more or less range.
Crank: FSA K Force Light Standard SRM Powermeter Crank...training with Power, another gamechanger! I'm running a 175mm crank...maybe slightly too big for me, but I've used this length for over a year and changing it is not on my priority list as it's working for now. I chose the FSA version as it is more stiff and lighter than the other options SRM makes. In August of 2011 I switched to a Dura Ace SRM crank, 170mm---this was a great change for me....I became much more comfortable instantly in the aero position. My position is more condensed on the Storck, and by "condensing my pedal stroke with a shorter crank, it all seems to fit together perfect. Crank based powermeter is the most accurate, so of course I went with the best! I also use the Powercontrol 7 as my bike computer---the only way to get accurate readings and use the software to its full capacity....awesome stuff. All the TdF riders use these....so it must be the best! SRM Site.
Wheels: I just switched from Reynolds Strike Deep 66mm Carbon Clinchers www.reynoldscycling.com to Easton EC90 56mm wheels www.eastoncycling.com as my "trainers." The Reynolds are a bit deeper than the Easton's, by choice as I am going for more all around performance with the Easton's. I am keeping the Wilier as a full bike to sell, hence the switch--loved the Reynolds. They stayed true over 1,000's of miles, with the only problem being 2 broken spokes. I am loving the Easton ceramic bearings as well---you know that sound your freewheel makes??? It is silent with the Easton's! They are sharp looking to boot.
Pedals: Speedplay--I shouldn't need to say anything else--they rock, and I have used them since 1995. Nano titanium are the current set. www.speedplay.com
Seat: ISM currently: using the Breakaway model (of course matches the Blue, Black, White color of the Storck ;-) www.ismsaddles.com. I use a Fizik from time to time, the Arione Tri II version www.fizik.it
Odds and Ends:
DZ Nuts: in a "nut" shell, smooth stuff ;-}
X Lab: products for cages and accessories
Salttabs 7 pill dispenser for racing....I am using this for both salt tabs and the new Pre-Race Capsules...super simple to use.
I LOVE Nike--their shoes fit me well, and I have an inventory of about 9 pair right now that I can run in. I have a narrow foot and tend to swim in other brands. Currently I have the 2 pair of LunaRacers for racing (duh) which are ridiculously light (6.6 oz), the LunarElites (slightly more stability, but still lightweight...10.1 oz), LunarGlide +2 and +3 (2 pairs of each) which are my "standard" trainers (10.6 oz), and a pair of LunarEclipse, which at this point are just too "bulky and soft" for me, but were good for marathon training over the winter (meaning: collecting dust!) (11.5 oz). I have also run in KSwiss Blade Light (my IMAZ shoe), and really liked them, but they are hard to get a hold of unless you mail order, and I will inevitably order the wrong size EVERY time, so Nike has won out, for now. If I had my way, I would have a pair of those KSwiss Quicky Blades---and will probably wear those in Kona ;-)