Packing for Hawaii…

There’s a lot going into packing for this trip to Hawaii, especially since I’m not going out there to Kona to race but to have a vacation as a support team member of Michael Bernatovich (Dustin’s younger brother). It’s funny because I’ve started with my necessities – I rented a sweet little tri bike for 3 days when I’m out there… so my suitcase includes my HooHa On the Go packs (more about Hoo Ha on Thursday, be sure to check that out!), my bike helmet, my 1bandID, my VMR and Fluid kits, bike shoes, and when I get to NOLA on Friday, we’ll be taking my pedals off for my rental. We’ll also be taking off my Oval 985’s in the event Mike decides to race with those. I have all my swim gear – goggles, cap, suit, and for when I’m doing PT in our infinity pool, I’ll have my waterproof iPod. The GU is packed just in case and if you haven’t had the Island Nectar, GET IT! It’s like having a little cocktail in your mouth while working out! KT Tape is packed, 110% Play Harder compression is packed, BRD Knee brace is packed…fresh Xtenex laces are packed because I totally plan on buying a new pair of Newtons! you’d think I was a triathlete or something?!

Then we have all the support team shirts (that I’m still patiently waiting to get the phone call on that they are ready) and other goodies. So here’s the deal… on race day, you see me out there in my YELLOW BERNATOVICH shirt, say hey! I am taking extra packs of FLUID & HOO HA RIDE GLIDE on the go packs out for you!!! FIND ME!! I’d love to meet up with you & chat!! If you can’t find me, tweet me at trintriagain – I’ll come FIND YOU!! 🙂

I have laundry to do, like regular people stuff, you know the stuff regular people wear while on an island (and making sure my Endurance Obsession shirt is packed!). Terrified for that but at the same time I’m on vacation (this injury has not done a bit of good for my body image). I can’t wait to check out the great craft brewery’s, paddle board, surf, go deep sea fishing… yes, we have a full agenda!

Here’s the other deal folks, Michael is having a contest... there’s no following, no extra things you have to do for entries… just pick an available time – he’s giving away a sweet prize pack (I’m saying that because he’s saying it but he won’t tell me what’s in it – SUPER SECRET! I did get out of him that one of his sponsors, Nuun will be in the pack!!) So go check out his blog… ANYONE CAN ENTER!!!

Make sure you follow trintriagain (here, the FB page, & on twitter, if you’re not already)… I’ll be doing daily updates from Kona and Thursday, I’m telling you more about the A-MAZ-ING-NESS OF HOO HA for Gear Junky Thursday!!!! We leave Sunday… here’s hoping for a smooth day of traveling with bikes, luggage, and who knows what else is going out there with us!!

Gear Junky… ummm Friday. 110% Play Harder – Calve Sleeves

So, I am not only a person who loves gear, I have an OBSESSION with COMPRESSION! Last week, I let y’all know about the great knee sleeves I’m using from 110% Play Harder to aid in my injury recovery. This week, it’s only fitting I talk about the calve sleeves… AMAZINGNESS, utter AWESOMENESS, and I must say pretty NIFTY!! 
Yes, it comes it the bag to keep the ice sheets cold, the ice sheets, and the sleeves. To read more about that, check out my post on the knee sleeves . Can I just say how cool these things are?! First off, they are double layered but, I like it & they’re double layered so the ice sheets can stay securely in the ‘pouch’ & the ice not lay directly on your skin. The material is light and well, I’m wearing them outside on a 90+ degree south Louisiana day and I’m comfortable. 

So what I think is super nifty is that within the the front pouch, it tells you Front in red screening. Most of the time with compression, especially first time users of calve sleeves, no one has a clue as to what side is what (and sometimes the advanced are clueless too & granted some don’t have sleeves designed to be front and back but universal)-  so anyways, the writing on the sleeve makes it easy!!

When I get compression sleeves (and I have about 4-5 pair of them) there is usually something going on that I’m not necessarily in love with… like pinching because of materials used, length, heaviness, or overall durability. These compression sleeves do not slip when they are on my calves, they stay put and the material used isn’t plasticy or harsh on the tops of your calves. They fit. For myself, the length is perfect! Not to short & not to long. It’s really love!! lol.

Because of my knee injury, I have not been able to actually run in these outside but I have used them in pool running. I like what I’m getting from them. I’m not sure if I’d wear them running/biking in the summer outside in the south but definitely immediately following any workout… especially with the ice… ahhhhh it’ll be a little piece of heaven on earth! If you end up getting a pair, I’m sure you’ll be just as happy as I am with all of 110%s products!!