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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.

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How to Make a Ghillie Suit

The whole purpose of Ghillie Suits are to provide you with human invisibility. Used by military personnel, hunters and people who play paintball, the suits need to have the ability to provide complete coverage, because they might be used for life or death situations. Which is why the construction and design of custom suits is critical for that coverage. Ghillie Suits are made usually from burlap or jute and use natural materials like twigs, leaves and branches to make the user blend into their natural environment as well as possible. Due to the fact that no natural environment may necessarily be the same, serious and professional military experts insist on making their own suit for their own mission needs as well as ensuring that the suit is best adapted to the environment they will be using the suit in.

How to Make a Ghillie Suit

As the sport of hunting and Ghillies become more popular, users are opting to making their own Ghillie Suit. They do so by taking military BDUs and ‘dressing’ them up with jute strips and other natural materials until they have created their very own Ghillie Suit. There is also the option of purchasing a Ghillie Suit Kit which enables users to create their custom suit according to a certain patter. Many users opt for purchasing a Ghillie Suit Kit, because creating a Ghillie Suit is extremely time consuming. Imagine gathering hundreds of particular length twigs, leaves, jute, burlap and more. Sorting all the materials, then putting it together… and if it does not workout, you have to do it all over again. At the very best, making your Ghillie Suit can take up to a minimum of 100 hours to complete.

Creating your own Ghillie Suit, for too many is hard, time consuming and meticulous. There is a solution if you truly want “instant invisibility” – the easiest way to create a suit that will cover you head to toe is to use a Poncho Ghillie Kit instead of making a suit with pants and a jacket. The advantage of doing making your own Ghillie Suit is that you can choose that amount of covering you would like to have on the suit, which enables you to control the weight and density of your suit, which is particularly good for very cold climates.

Ghillie Suits once for the professional snipers, serious hunters, and military professionals, it more and more being used by paintball enthusiast and if your one them, making your own custom Ghillie Suit from a kit may be a good alternative to pre-made suits, especially if you prefer synthetic materials as opposed to natural materials. Making your own Ghillie Suit allows you to make it fire-retarded and waterproof as well.

Ghillie Suit Safety Considerations

Additionally, if your using jute as your base material, this product is very flammable and has to be treated with flame retarded. The Ghillie Suit Kits usually contain a fire resistant treatment that allows you to prepare and apply onto your suit for adequate protection from fire. If your someone who is particularly concerned about the flammability of a primarily comprised jute Ghillie Suit, you may be better for your needs to just purchase a suit that is already made from non-flammable materials. If have never made a Ghillie Suit and are concerned about safety, it is recommended that you do not make your Ghillie Suit, and purchase a pre-made suit which is non-flammable.

Custom Ghillie Suit

Customization is very important to many of our users, which is why many Ghillie Suit users will choose to purchase a pre-made Ghillie Suit, then gather and attach natural elements from their particular wildlife to embellish the Ghillie Suit. This method has proven to be the most time saving and practical means of ensuring you have a professionally designed suit and one that is designed to your individual needs.

Ghillie Suit Kit

As previously stated there are advantages in using a Ghillie Suit Kit. When you use a Ghillie Suit Kit to design your Ghillie Suit you can choose your color scheme and ensure that you have the best possible camouflage for your particular environment. Doing so, you will find that using several different colors to create your suit will make it easily distinguishable among your fellow hunters or outdoorsmen.

The easiest way to create a suit that will cover you head to toe is to use a poncho Ghillie kit instead of making a suit with pants and a jacket. Another advantage to making your own Ghillie is that you can choose that amount of covering you would like to have on the suit thus being able to control that weight and density of your suit, which is particularly good for very cold climates.
For the paintball enthusiast, making your own custom Ghillie form a kit may be a good alternative to pre-made suits, especially if you prefer synthetic materials as opposed to natural materials. That way, you can not only fire-retard your Ghillie, but you can make it waterproof as well. Either way, make sure to choose your color palette carefully so that you can be provided the best possible coverage. And don’t for get to check the instructions of your Ghillie kit to see whether or not the final product will be lightweight.

Just remember, that if you start to make a custom suit and realize that it is just too labor intensive to suit you, we have plenty of high-quality pre-made Ghillie suits to choose from.

How to Make a Ghillie Suit – 8 Easy Steps

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How Safe Is Your Bicycle Helmet?

Bicycle riding happens all around the planet, ranging from a realistic mean of every day transport to recreation and competition. It can be fairly harmless on its own, but introduce the motor vehicle and you have a completely dissimilar situation. It becomes a precarious pastime, indicated by the countless injuries and deaths involving bikes and automobiles annually.

Unfortunately, the bad news is that a bicycle helmet is only marginally protective under these circumstances, because they’re mainly made to protect you when you tumble off your bike, not if you hit a moving automobile.

Nevertheless, they are better than using no helmet at all and should really be worn at all times. Not only will they stop concussion and possibly brain injury, they should additionally protect your face and forehead in a fall. In this case hairstyles must take a backseat to your safety!

Foam polystyrene is used in the construction of bicycle helmets and due to its make up can be molded into several shapes. The drawback to this is that it might be easily damaged by crushing because it has a high number of very little air pockets.

Bicycle helmets ought to be worn flat on top of the head and ought to cover your temple whilst not tilting forward or backward. When clasped, the chin strap should fit snugly under your chin and never become restrictive or irritating if worn for extended periods.

Bicycle helmets are fashioned to take one hard knock and ought to be changed after that because the energy absorbing foam will have been compressed after a hard impact. They are not produced to take multiple impacts- as witnessed by the fact that BMX riders wear full head helmets to afford themselves the benefit of constant protection after several falls.

Helmets can be bought for kids above one year of age and should be considered compulsory because minors fall into the group that benefits the most from this type of helmet. Everyday learning accidents are an area where bicycle helmets come into their own and will render effective protection. Just keep your little ones off the road!