Monday, October 31, 2011

Face Plant, Mel Rollison wins Noosa




This sucks, sorry my heart goes out to her. Mel does not even get to break the tape after winning the event. Cheers and Sorry.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SWELL ORGANIC TRIO TEES Mens Clothing Tees Short Sleeve | Swell.com


SWELL ORGANIC TRIO TEES Mens Clothing Tees Short Sleeve | Swell.com

Introducing the new Swell Organics Collection- eco and style- friendly classics that leave the logos and chemicals out of the equation. 3 solid organic tees with tape at inner neck to keep a perfect shape after washing and a heat-sealed inner neck label. Regular fit, 100% organic cotton. Swell.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Muscle Up, Improve Your Upper Body!




CrossFit Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker shared his expertise at the 2011 Summer Affiliate Gathering in Big Sky, Mont. In this video, he takes athlete Hayley Parlen through a muscle-up progression.
After watching an attempt, he starts Parlen in a progression using low rings. She kneels underneath the rings to use her legs for as much support as is necessary to scale the movement.
Instead of jumping through the muscle-up, Tucker says he wants “a nice, slow movement” to work on positions in a strict muscle-up.
“Think about placement,” he says. “I’m pulling the rings and placing them under the armpit. I’ve got a hollow body and I press.”
Next, he has Parlen work the negative. It brings up a strength issue with the dip for her. More practice in the progression will develop the necessary strength for the movement, he says.
After these progressions with Tucker, Parlen performs her first kipping muscle-up.
She says what helped her was Tucker’s cue to get above the rings as opposed to pushing through the rings at the transition. She also found success through his cue to “keep pulling.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Craig Alexander Is Once Again King Of Kona!

Craig Alexander Is Once Again King Of Kona!


If you follow triathlon even remotely, then you know Newton Running pro triathlete, Craig Alexander. You probably also know that twice he had won the Ironman World Championship as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Well, this past Saturday, on a blisteringly hot day in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the man affectionately known as “Crowie” grabbed yet another victory from the world’s best triathletes.

The day began with the pro field (greatly reduced thanks to the new Kona qualifying system for pros) starting at 6:30 AM. With former All-American swimmer Andy Potts out of the water ahead of everyone, Craig was in the first pack behind Potts with the majority of the pros in a time of 51:56.

As expected Craig’s transition was without incident and he was soon on the bike. If there were any doubts about how fierce a competitor Craig could be on the bike, they were erased as Craig stayed at or near the point of the spear on the ride out to the town of Hawi. For his part, Crowie proved not only was he a fierce competitor but that he can also throw. down a blistering bike leg by shaving a full thirteen minutes off his previous best bike split in Kona.

Craig left T2 about 4:30 down but quickly made the pass to take the lead. The battle which was expected from Andreas Realert did come, but never in a head-to-head match-up as the triathlon world had predicted. With Craig running his usual fleet-footed and efficient marathon, his lead began to get bigger and bigger after the half marathon. The “Crowie Edition” Newton Distance S’ on his feet were a blur of bright yellow as he tore through the Energy Lab. However, fans everywhere collectively gasped as, with about 2 km to go, Craig pulled up to stretch obvious hamstring cramps. After pulling it back together and bearing what must have been excruciating pain, Craig finally hit the last stretch on Ali’i Drive.

With the crowd going crazy and Craig picking the Australian flag from a spectator, it was pretty clear that he was unaware of just how close he was to history. Those of us watching the live stream and some near the finish were well aware that Crowie was withing seconds of breaking Luc Van Lierde’s fifteen year old course record of 8:04:08. As he approached the finish line and finally got a glimpse of the clock, reality hit Craig. Sprinting the last few meters, he leaped across the finish line and into Ironman history in a course record time of 8:03:56.

With his win, Craig became only the fourth man ever to win three or more Ironman World Championships. He is also the oldest winner of the race at 38 years old and is the first person to ever win both the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and the Ironman World Championship at any time AND the only person to hold both titles in the same year!

The super bright colors of Newton Running were well well represented on the course in Kona as always. We’d like to extend a big congratulations to all the Newton runners who tore up the roads of Kailua-Kona this past weekend!

All of us at Newton Running would like to congratulate Craig on not only being an amazing person, sportsman and father, but for being the embodiment of a true gentleman and athlete. Congrats Craig! Here’s to #4!

Swim: 51:56
T1: 1:56
Bike: 4:24:05
T2: 1:58
Run: 2:44:03

Total: 8:03:56 (New course record)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Specialized Shiv


Specialized is making an amazing bike, yes I want to get sponsored by them,go faster and win more events, that aside, in the end you really can see why this is the premier bike next year to own. Yes Chrissie won on a Cannondale Slice, but look at the differences in the two models, that alone speaks worlds. 


Congratulations Craig Alexander World Champion 70.3 and Kona.



IN RECENT YEARS SPECIALIZED HAS SET THE TRI WORLD ON FIRE. NEVER BEFORE HAS ONE TEAM SO UTTERLY DOMINATED THE SPORT, WITH WORLD TITLES IN IRONMAN, OLYMPIC, SPRINT, AND XTERRA DISTANCES.
WE’RE UPPING THE ANTE AGAIN: INTRODUCING OUR ALL-NEW SHIV. THIS STEALTHY SPEED MACHINE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT UCI-LEGAL, BECAUSE IT’S SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE NEEDS OF TRIATHLETES: IT’S MORE AERO THAN THE UCI ALLOWS; THE FIT RANGE IS GREATER THAN PREVIOUSLY POSSIBLE; AND OUR PATENTED FUELSELAGE INTEGRATED HYDRATION SYSTEM IS A STRAIGHT-UP GAME CHANGER.
THREE WORDS SEPARATE SHIV FROM THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY: AERO, FUEL, FIT. IT ALL STARTS WITH ITS FACT IS CARBON FRAME. WE STUDIED AIRFLOW IN EACH AREA OF THE FRAME, SPECIFICALLY CROSSWINDS SINCE THAT'S WHAT TRIATHLETES USUALLY EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD. THEN WE OPTIMIZED TUBING AND FRAME DESIGN FOR EACH SPECIFIC AIRFLOW PATTERN, RATHER THAN RELYING ON UNIFORM AIRFOILS THROUGHOUT. SINCE WE WEREN’T RESTRICTED BY UCI RULES, WE WERE FREE TO USE ULTRA-DEEP AIRFOIL TUBING WITH ASPECT RATIOS OF UP TO 4:1 AND BEYOND-FASTER THAN THE 3:1 UCI STANDARD.
DEEPER TUBING IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY THOUGH. SINCE TRADITIONAL WATER BOTTLE SETUPS ARE A MAJOR DRAG ON AERODYNAMICS, WE ENGINEERED OUR FUELSELAGE™ RESERVOIR TO HIDE NEATLY INSIDE THE MASSIVE DOWN/HEAD TUBES. THE BENEFITS ARE TWOFOLD: IT MEANS MUCH SAFER AND MORE CONVENIENT FUELING WHILE YOU’RE IN THE AERO BARS. PLUS THROUGH EXTENSIVE WIND TUNNEL TESTING, WE’VE PROVEN IT’S THE MOST AERODYNAMIC BIKE WE’VE EVER MADE—AND MORE AERO THAN ANY OTHER BIKE ON THE MARKET WITH A BOTTLE.
WE’VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE FIT OPTIONS FOR A WIDE ARRAY OF RIDERS. THE BIKE IS AVAILABLE IN FIVE FRAME SIZES, AND FEATURES OUR PROPRIETARY SPECIALIZED AERO BARS, CONTROL TOWER FIT SYSTEM, AND FLIPPABLE AIRFOIL SEATPOSTS FOR A HUGE RANGE OF STACK AND REACH ADJUSTMENT.
RATHER THAN MAKING JUST ONE UCI-LEGAL TIME TRIAL BIKE, THAT ALSO HAPPENS TO WORK FOR TRIATHLON—LIKE THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY—WE STEPPED OUTSIDE THE UCI BOX TO CREATE A BIKE EXCLUSIVELY FOR TRIATHLETES. WITHOUT THESE INNOVATION-LIMITING RESTRICTIONS, WE’VE REWRITTEN THE RULEBOOK ON WHAT A TRI BIKE SHOULD BE. THE NEW SHIV IS A TESTAMENT TO OUR UNPARALLELED COMMITMENT TO THE SPORT AND ITS ATHLETES.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Orbea and Crowie Part Ways.


from Slow Twitch 
Orbea Bicycles, along with its sister brand Orca Wetsuits, has announced the dissolution of its endorsement agreement with Craig Alexander, effective immediately, and by mutual agreement.

Alexander began with Orca in 2001, and commenced riding Orbea's bikes in 2005. The Orbea brand in particular had become closely attached to Alexander's rise as a premier long distance athlete. Alexander won the Hawaiian Ironman twice on Orbea's timed race machines, along with a 70.3 world title as well.

“We are saddened and very disappointed that Orbea’s and Orca’s association with Craig has come to an end,” said Tony Karklins of Orbea USA. “Craig was always the consummate professional in every way, and was a valued representative for our brands. We will miss him greatly, both as a friend and spokesperson, and wish him all the best in his quest to win an Ironman World Championship this weekend.”