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postheadericon Beginner triathlete – novice ironman and the importance of wetsuits – warmer, lighter or faster

Beginner Triathlete – Novice Ironman and the Importance of Wetsuits – Warmer, Lighter Or Faster?

It is pretty obvious to the triathlon community that triathlon wetsuits are not all created equal.

At the same time, it often feels like we have taken the importance of exactly how a triathlon wetsuit is actually constructed a bit too seriously. After all, when it comes right down to it, is really necessary to get excited about a wetsuit because it is a millimeter thicker than the one you owned the previous season?

It appears that the goal is to have a creation that is thinner and faster, but still as warm as a wetsuit with thicker construction.

IN THE EARLY DAYS

In the early days of triathlon the races were few and far between. To make matters worse, in many areas with water temperatures that hovered around 60 degrees Fahrenheit it was a challenge for many triathletes just to avoid hypothermia. There simply were no wetsuits back then except perhaps for the early “Farmer John” type that did nothing at all to keep a person warmer, which begs the question, “what exactly did they do”?

Of course a person could always buy a “dry-suit” –that would be impossibly heavy and hot– at a dive shop, but it would be years before the real triathlon “wetsuits” were available to all triathletes regardless of where they lived.

For the Canadian triathlete, it was pretty much almost a certainty that hypothermia was going to rear its head in any triathlon swim leg in Canada back in the eighties unless the race happened to be on the West Coast. The severity of the hypothermia often depended on actual swimming ability of the triathlete. The better a triathlete could swim back then, the sooner the swim leg would be over so it was a simple matter of those whoever got out of the water the soonest were less likely to suffer from the cold as much.

EFFICIENT SWIMMING IS THE KEY

If a triathlete did not have an energy-saving stroke it was often difficult to retain enough co-ordination once out of the water to be able to climb on a bike. It was not unusual for it to take ten minutes or more for a triathlete to warm up enough to be able to cycle at all. Some of the early triathletes reached the danger point of hypothermia and were often unable to carry on in the race at all.

The wetsuit was born in the mid to late eighties and began to evolve at a quick pace in the decades to follow. Every single year you could pretty much be guaranteed that a new improved wetsuit would be on the market. Often the new wetsuits came with the promise that it would make you a faster swimmer then ever before.

FASTER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

This philosophy of “faster is better” really sucked people in because they had yet to figure out how little importance swim time really has on the end result of an Ironman. This is especially true of age-groupers who simply want to finish the race any way they can. Still, many triathletes were sucked in over and over again and could spend a few thousand dollars on wetsuits over a career.

Unfortunately, it would take years for some triathletes to figure out that swimming faster is not the secret to a successful Ironman. Real success is realized when emphasis is placed on finishing the swim leg of an Ironman with as little energy loss as possible. In reality, success in an Ironman has very little to do with the thickness of a wetsuit, how seamless the stitching, or how stretchy the armpits are.

STAYING WARM IS THE KEY

Ultimately, the most important feature of a wetsuit for the average age-group triathlete or novice Ironman is the protection it provides from the cold. It is of paramount importance to always keep in mind that if you burn yourself out from the swim because you lack a smooth, energy-saving stroke you will most likely be part of the Ironman “death march”.

For the beginner triathlete or novice Ironman, the goal should be to get through the swim with as little discomfort as possible and with as little mental, emotional, and physical stress as possible. Any type of stress has a way of contributing to the loss energy that will without a doubt be desperately need later on in the race. This is most especially true to the Ironman because of the sheer distance of the race.

postheadericon Duck hunting game – shooting down the ugly duckling

Duck Hunting Game – Shooting Down The Ugly Duckling

During the 1980’s, the 1st hunting video game which was made was a game called duck hunt for the video game console, Nintendo. It needed the use of one special laser gun which allowed us to shoot ducks or ducks. You would be accompanied by one hunting dog which laughs if you miss a duck and would clap when you shoot one. Its graphics were basic and its landscape was not very much exciting, but this game was the base for the technology to move forward to the place where we’re today – having various duck hunt games to select from for all the video game consoles as well as in the personal system.

There’re various duck hunting games available for our personal computer -either you utilise an IBM-based computer or a Macintosh one. The software which is available today will be very much advanced and would give many options while it comes to the duck hunt experience. Software games which you install in your computer would give you different locations where you may hunt along with options of weapons and also various duck’s sizes. A good duck hunt game which comes in the software form would give you one online demo in their web site such that you may try the game before you get it.

Just like other hunting games, one can also get a good duck hunt game on the web and often can play it freely. While not as developed and in-depth like software versions, they’re fun nevertheless and don’t cost anything for playing other than small amount of time for registering as one member of the particular site and the site’s community.

While you’re looking for any good duck hunt game, you should take into consideration which interests you very much. Do you want to shoot many ducks or are you very much interested in lying down waiting as ducks come into the picture from hiding and will try to avoid the bullets? Maybe you would want a mix of both in the duck hunt game with multi-players capability such that you may play against your friends.

Whatever you think you need in a duck hunt game, we’re sure you’ll be able to see it. Whether it’s in the local video game’s store or any online retailer, there are many to select from and they’re readily got. So go ahead, get a duck hunt game, press that trigger, and start shooting. Oh yeah, have fun!

postheadericon Deer hunting magazines – top 4 best selling magazines

Deer Hunting Magazines – Top 4 Best Selling Magazines!

There are several publications available from a variety of different publishers that cater to the deer hunter. Some monthly magazines are aimed strictly at deer, while others focus on hunting in general. Before spending hard-earned money on a subscription, do some homework and get familiar with the options to find the best one for you.

Deer and Deer Hunting
This magazine is strictly for deer hunting. Once and a while there may be a feature breaking away from the main topic, but the magazine is usually geared strictly for the deer hunter. The magazine has excellent contributors providing all sorts of different information. Hunters frequently send in their tips and stories about hunts that they find could be helpful to other hunters. The magazine also features articles about different species of deer and their various habits, and reviews on the latest equipment available. Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine is one of the most complete publications available for hunters across the country.

North American Whitetail
This is one of the few deer hunting magazines available that is highly specialized. While some of the tips offered can be used for other species of deer, they are aimed towards the whitetail, which is the most common species of deer in the southern states. For this reason, most of the subscribers to North American Whitetail are found in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, where whitetail deer hunting is extremely common. While the magazine may feature an article about another species once and a while, the whitetail is it’s main focus.

Field and Steam
This magazine is aimed at hunters of every species. It tends to have features based on which particular hunting season it is, which can be very helpful for the multi-species hunter. Field and Stream is also great for finding the latest hunting equipment available with descriptions on how to use it and product reviews. It is a nationally recognized magazine with millions of faithful followers.

Buckmasters.com
For the hunter who prefers his news online, buckmasters.com offers the most comprehensive information available in one place. This deer hunting magazine is packed with information on tools, techniques, locations, and regulations and features forum-like contributions from readers across the country. The buckmasters.com community provides a great resource for hunters who want to stay up to date about their favorite pastime, and also connect with other hunters and share experiences.