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    The 10 Best Ways to Kick Start your 2017

    It's that time of year again, where you hear the same old New Year's Resolutions flying about. This year I am going to lose weight, run a marathon, start eating healthier, quit drinking, quit smoking, do more exercise blah blah blah. But don't be one of those people that talks a great game, but when it actually comes down to it, not being prepared or organised enough to carry out your resolution. 

    Follow these simple steps to get yourself organised for the new year and you will smash through 2017!

    1) Set a realistic goal.

    The biggest cause of early failure in New Year's Resolutions is unrealistic goal setting. I am not saying you shouldn't aim high but set small, measurable and achievable goals throughout the year. If your goal is to compete in an Ironman for example, and you have never even competed in a sprint triathlon your goal may be a bit of a stretch. Set a goal of completing a sprint triathlon by April for example with a goal to complete an Olympic distance by July and then maybe a half Ironman by the end of the year. Setting smaller and more manageable goals along the way with a bigger aim at the end makes it easier to track your progress and if situations change during the year it's a lot easier to change your goals and feel less dissatisfied. 

    2) Be Prepared

    Preparation prevents piss poor performance. If you are not prepared then you will probably fall at the first hurdle. If your aim is to compete in a triathlon then make sure you have put the correct conditions in place to achieve your goal. Join a gym with a pool, make sure you have a bike and cycling kit as well as some running shoes. All this will ensure you do not fall at the first hurdle. Again if your goal is to get fitter and healthier make sure you have the right food available, plenty of great quality vegetables make sure you have a food plan and a training plan to achieve success. 

    3) Laser Focus

    It's great to be ambitious but setting too many resolutions can be a recipe for disaster. Aim to write down your top 3 resolutions, ideally no more as the more goals you are wanting to achieve the less focus you will have on the others. Try and find your top 3 resolutions or maybe just even 1. But make sure you are focused on achieving that resolution, as mentioned before make sure it is achievable but challenging and you are prepared for it.   

    4) Set Out a Diary

    Keeping a journal or diary can be a great way of documenting your progress and it is also a great way of seeing how far you have come. If you set small goals each month - you can really break down your steps to achieving them. 

    5) Reward Yourself

    Make sure to reward yourself for the goals you achieve. Positive reinforcement is a great way of achieving results as you know there is an intrinsic or extrinsic reward at the end. Obviously you don't want to be treating yourself all the time so maybe set a goal once a month that is a small part of your overall goal but shows you are progressing to achieving your final resolution.  

    6) Find someone with Similar Goals and Work Together

    If you can find a training partner or someone that has the same goals as yourself it will make completing the tasks a lot easier. Ideally finding someone who lives close by and has the same mentality when it comes to achieving the goals is crucial. Make sure there is a common goal. If you don't have any one around who has the same goals then join a club or a group who have similar aims. 

    7) Make sure your goals will provide a greater benefit at the end

    What we mean by this is - If your goal is to lose weight for example make sure you go about it the right way. Don't be sucked into a FAD diet where you will be doing more long term damage than actual benefit. Taking on one of these slim fast diets only makes it harder to keep the weight off and provides the body with no nutritional value needed to thrive. Instead go for a primarily plant based and wholefoods diet where you are filling your body with critical nutrients needed for long term weight loss. On a diet like this you will find it is hard to eat the required calories from great quality vegetable produce. Make sure the goal will leave your life enriched and in a better situation or state than you were in previously. 

    8) Smash Through January

    January can be a tough month. The excitement of Christmas has long gone and all the festive spirit has disappeared as people make their way back to the hustle and bustle of every day life and work. Make sure you don't let it get you down, try to start the year as you mean to go on. If you have a brilliant first month and start smashing your goals early on it gives you that advantage you need if there are any minor set backs to your main resolution. Conquer January and it will make the rest of the year easier. 

    9) Make a Monetary commitment

    We are not saying you should throw a pot of money at whatever your objective is - we are suggesting you make some small financial commitment towards your goals. One study found that people who had a financial incentive to lose weight lost 14 more pounds than those that didn't have such incentives. These cash rewards could be to pay for a new bike or even some new cycling or Triathlon Kit for your upcoming races.  

    10) Do Not Give up

    It is like anything in life. If it were easy anyone would be doing it. Set yourself up for small failures from the start, understand that not each will go to plan and that you will end up having to do a number of detours along the way to get to your overall goal. There are challenges and set backs in everything in life and that is something you are just going to have to deal with. There are certain things that you cannot plan for but do not give up. These tests will only make you stronger and once you overcome them you will come out the other side wiser, tougher and more focused on smashing that goal. 


    Good luck and we would love to hear what your new years resolutions are for 2017. 


    Team Airofin 

    Ironman Cartagena 2017 Race Review

    Ironman Cartagena 2017 Race Review

    Published by Bianca Barbosa @Bbarbosa_85

    Cartagena has been an amazing experience. Although the swim was supposed to be easy due to it being on a bay, it had a bit of current and also lots of tree branches and leaves. The water temperature was 29.8 celsius so no wetsuits were permitted. The transition from swim to bike was positioned a little far from the exit of the ocean and we had to run quite a bit (almost 500 meters!).

    On to the cycle. The Cycle was a bit tricky during the first 20k due to the road's concrete surface being really uneven, but after that initial part it was really well signalled, with 4 hydration points, which where vital due to the brutal weather (it felt like 37 celsius out there in the sun). There was some elevation towards the turnaround point, but nothing too major. There was also a little bit of wind which also increased the difficulty. People were cheering all the way alongside the road and kids asking for the water bottles which was really funny.

    Then it was on to the run which was brutal. Probably the hardest run I have ever ran, and I heard from people who have completed full ironman races that this was by far more difficult due to the soaring temperatures and difficult terrain. The heat was off the charts, the sun was blazing and it was really hard due to climatic conditions. Some of the running happened intra walls of the city which helped with being shaded by some of shadows but most of the time we had the sun beating down on us.

    The Colombian people were very friendly and very into the race, sidewalks there were really narrow and whole families were in the streets cheering us on the whole time, which was amazing!!! This helped in trying to forget about the heat.... a bit. There were a lot of hydration points during the run, where volunteers drenched us with water to try and help cool us down. I also had some kids throw buckets of water over me, several times. :)

    Overall, the race was really good even though it was the first one they had held there. It was a really hard one due to climatic conditions, which saw a lot of people crossing the finish line followed by them getting carried away to the ambulances. However the place is amazing, especially where the run took place. The architechture, the closeness to the people, and their receptiveness made this a really special event and one that I would highly recommend to anyone if they can cope with the soaring temperatures. 

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    A New Partnership

    A New Partnership

    Airofin Athletic has formed a partnership with Pulsin to allow the Airofin Team a great discount from their website on their products. 

    We here at Airofin only work with partners that we believe in and we are so stoked to be offering our team members a great discount on the Pulsin website. 

    Being advocates of a plant based diet, we wanted to form a partnership with a protein company that offers products containing  high-quality natural ingredients, which never compromises on taste, and never adds anything artificial (including GM ingredients). Their range of natural protein bars, plant-based protein powders and healthy treats are designed to:

    • Give you a sustained energy release
    • Strengthen your immune system
    • Make you feel fuller for longer
    • Support healthy body function
    • Boost your brainpower
    • Enrich your life

    These are all key components which our Airofin Cycling and triathlon team look for. 

    Pulsin has won several accolades from The Natural and Organic Awards and a gold star from Taste of the West in 2014 for its raw blueberry Beond Bar. It was also a finalist in the best innovative food service in the 2013 Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards. 

    The discount will be available to all Airofin team members. Applications for the team are still open and you can still apply here.

    Team Airofin!

    5 Ironman events you just HAVE to do! :)

    5 Ironman events you just HAVE to do! :)

    Are you signed up for an ironman event in 2017 yet?

    If not we have come up with the Top 5 Ironman Events that should be on your bucket list.

    1. Ironman Coeur d'Alene - in Northern Idaho. With the swim in the glacier-fed lake and the two loop bike course starting along the lake shore it is a perfect setting for an Ironman triathlon. Natural beauty, moderate difficulty makes this one a must do. The swim is meant to be fairly cold, so a wetsuit is required. Along with this the water can still be a little choppy, even though it is in a lake. The cycle course has a few difficult climbs whilst the run course is fairly fast with a few tough climbs thrown in there. A well supported event and one that should be considered! If you want to know more about the race check out this Ironman Coeur D'Alene course review by @maslife 

    2. Ironman Western Australia - (Busselton). With the swim in the Busselton jetty and the cycle being flat and fast followed by a run with lots of spectating opportunities this course has to be on the bucket list. The water is fairly clear making visibility good, however as expected there is a lot of competition for space in the water. There is usually a light sweeping wind on the bike section, which can slow down the bike times. The run can be pretty hot however the course is great for spectators, giving you a lot of support as you go round. If you are looking for an Ironman in Australia this is one to put on the list. Check out this race report Ironman Western Australia 


    3. Ironman 70.3 St. Croix - based on the U.S Virgin Island. With warm tropical waters, a steep climb on the cycle and a run around a golf course this event is one that should definitely be considered. The swim does not allow for wet suits however it is usually fairly calm. With the bike course being a loop of the island, there is plenty of opportunity to see a few sights however with a few steep hills you might not be able to take it all in. The run course starts on the tarmac, then onto the resort where temperatures soar. A great event to take part in and one for the bucket list. Check out the race report on Ironman 70.3 St. Croix by Slowtwitch.


    4. Ironman European Championship - (Frankfurt). Located in Germany in the quiet waters of Langener Waldsee followed by a cycle around Frankfurt and a run with a flat fast course, this one is a great event to participate in and also one for spectators. The swim course begins with a rolling start releasing around 20 swimmers every 10 seconds. The bike section of the race contains a few hills with some good scenery through Frankfurt. Finally on to the run, with 4 loops of the course and being relatively flat it is a great course and one which gets lots of fantastic spectators. For more on the course check out this post Ironman European Championship by Absolute Triathlon Coaching. 

    5. Kona - Ironman Championship. The most iconic event in the triathlon world. With the barren lava fields of Kona, strong crosswinds and a scorching sun beating down it doesn't sound all that fun, but this is the race of all races. The race every athlete dreams of making. I am sure we don't need to speak much about this race as pretty much everyone has heard the tales of this race however check this race review out on Kona - Ironman Championship by Inspire Out


    How to Choose the Perfect Cycling Jersey!

    How to Choose the Perfect Cycling Jersey!

    Finding the right cycling jersey can be a difficult task, especially in a world where there is so much choice in terms of design, fit and style.

    "Selecting the correct apparel is important, not just in cycling but in every sport." However with a cycling jersey there are a lot more considerations to take into account, as getting it wrong can put you off getting on that saddle. Road jerseys come in various fits and fabrics to suit different styles and conditions of riding.

    Even though all cycling jerseys are engineered to ensure you’re comfortable on the bike, prices can vary considerably and you can pay anything from £60 – £150 for a good jersey. If you think you’ll be able to get away with wearing that cotton t-shirt on your next 30-mile Sunday galavant, do think again!

    What are the reasons for wearing a cycling Jersey?
    • They are designed with wicking fabrics that help regulate your body temperature, preventing you from overheating.
    • You are able to carry all the necessary accessories required for a ride with specially designed pockets that are easy to access while cycling along with zip pockets to keep your valuables.
    • More recently jerseys are being constructed from material that protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Thats why our Jerseys are all UPF 50. It’s quite easy to get caught out in the UK, so this is a great addition to check for.

    With more cycling attire on offer than ever before, we have some points to take away when choosing the perfect cycling jersey.

    There is nothing worse than an ill-fitting jersey that flaps around in the wind. The majority of our jerseys are race fit and are fairly snug - we recommend taking a look at our size guide if you decide to go for one of our fantastic Airofin Jerseys. Admittedly road jerseys are tighter fitting than your usual sports clothing to make you more aerodynamic and to aid the wicking process. If you’re not keen on this skin tight feel, make sure you look for a jersey with a more casual fit like our winter edition cycling Jerseys.

    It’s also worth noting that European brands tend to come up on the small side, so if you’re purchasing online from us then remember to once again look at the size guide and maybe order the size up.

    Another consideration is sleeve length. It may seem crazy to buy a short sleeve jersey in the midst of winter, but it’s a versatile item that can be teamed with either arm warmers when you set off with a nip in the air, or combined with a long sleeved base layer when you know it’s going to stay cold all day. If you regularly ride in colder climates then having a long sleeve jersey in your cycling wardrobe won’t harm you.


    Consider your exertion levels on the bike, if you heat up quickly, look for a high performance wicking fabric with mesh panels for speed cooling down the sides and under the arms. Most of our jerseys have great wicking fabric however our Alpha and Breeze cycling jerseys have an extra ventilation mesh panel under the armpit.

    Technical Details
    The rear of the jersey should have an extended tail to cover your lower back when you’re bent over in the riding position. It’s also worth looking for jerseys that include a gripper all the way round the inside of the hem to stop movement when you change position on the bike. Our Jerseys all contain the gripper to make sure your top doesn’t ride up your body when cycling. A full-length zip will also provide easier access to the braces of the bib shorts over a 3/4 or half-length zip.

    Whether you enjoy leisurely rides or dabble in a bit of racing, it’s advisable to have at least 3 rear pockets on your jersey to carry all the requisite necessities for a spin, from puncture repair kits, keys, phones and maybe some cash for that half time coffee. If you can find one with a zippered fourth pocket, well that’s a bonus, but it’s not a deal-breaker. 

    If you are looking for an advice on our jerseys or any of our apparel please do not hesitate to contact us at - we will get back to you within a few hours to help out as much as we can. 

    Team Airofin