At­ti­tude Ad­just­ment Long Dis­tance Pac­ing ASICS GELNOOSA TRI 11

FLEET FOOTED TRI SPE­CIAL­IST

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Joanna Brown “I don’t think run­ning off the bike ever feels awe­some. It took me a long time to ac­cept that and I be­came a bet­ter run­ner off the bike once I did. In­stead of wor­ry­ing about how heavy your legs feel, fo­cus on your tech­nique when you be­gin the run. Keep your cadence up, lean for­ward, en­gage your core and drive with your glutes.”

As a mem­ber of the Univer­sity of Guelph’s jug­ger­naut cross country and track pro­gram, Joanna Brown is no stranger to fast run­ning. It’s nice to know that some­one with her ta­lent still feels the strug­gle off the bike. For­get­ting about the pain and dis­com­fort while fo­cus­ing on tech­nique is an ex­cel­lent way to main­tain fo­cus and get your­self mov­ing out of T2. Paula Newby-fraser “You can’t bank time.”

The eight-time Iron­man world cham­pion uses that phrase when­ever she is try­ing to dis­suade an ath­lete from pow­er­ing through the bike and start­ing the run com­pletely drained of en­ergy. While ath­letes like Sweet­land and Brown don’t have the lux­ury of “pac­ing” their way through a race – they have to stay as close to the front as pos­si­ble through­out – longer dis­tance races re­quire that you gauge your ef­fort ac­cord­ingly to en­sure that you get the most out of the day.

What Newby-fraser is re­fer­ring to in her “bank time” com­ment is that gain­ing 10 or 15 (or even 30) min­utes on the bike doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you’ll end up see­ing a faster time at the end of the race. Your best per­for­mance some­times re­quires giv­ing up a bit of time on the bike so you can start the run with more en­ergy. Lance Arm­strong put it per­fectly dur­ing his short triathlon run a few years ago: “You ride for show, you run for dough.”– You’d be hard pressed to com­plete a triathlon with­out spot­ting the Asics Gel-noosa Tri run­ning shoe out on the run course a few times. A favourite among triath­letes of all dis­tances, the Gel-noosa has had sev­eral up­dates since its de­but, but the Tri 11 is eas­ily our favourite so far.

The up­dated Gel-noosa Tri is the light­est model yet. At just 9.4 oz. (com­pared to the Gel-noosa 10’s 9.9 oz.), it’s cush­ioned and sup­port­ive enough for long runs such as the marathon, but light enough to not weigh you down in a sprint. It’s a shoe that you can rely on for your long train­ing runs, but, thanks to a few spe­cial fea­tures, you can race in it as well.

One of the best fea­tures of the Gel-noosa Tri is the spe­cially-en­gi­neered tech­ni­cal mesh up­per for com­fort­able, sock­less wear. The seam­less mesh ex­tends around the up­per (not just the toe), pro­vid­ing lots of air flow to your feet. For triath­letes look­ing for a quick T2, Asics has thought of ev­ery last de­tail in­clud­ing fea­tures like op­tional elas­tic laces and heel and tongue grips to help get the shoe on.

As one of Asics’ top of the line shoes, the Gel-noosa Tri 11 in­cludes some of the com­pany’s best tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the Propul­sion Trusstic sys­tem on the sole. This tech­nol­ogy mir­rors the func­tions of the foot’s lig­a­ments and helps it trans­form from its flex­i­ble state to a “pow­er­ful, rigid lever” that pro­pels you for­ward smoothly and safely. In gen­eral, the sole seems lighter than pre­vi­ous mod­els as the goal with this 11th ver­sion was to shed some weight for faster run­ning over all triathlon dis­tances.

The Gel-noosa Tri 11 will suit triath­letes with an av­er­age arch height and who are neu­tral or slightly over-pronat­ing run­ners. The shoe helps your foot feel well sup­ported from the heel strike all the way through to the toe off with the brand’s spe­cial Gel Cush­ion­ing Sys­tem.

One as­pect con­sis­tent with all Gel-noosa Tri mod­els is their unique graph­ics in great colours. With “swim,” “bike” and “run” printed dis­cretely over the up­per, the shoe is truly made for triath­letes and, thanks to the glow-in-the-dark streaks, you’ll be vis­i­ble as you run down the fin­ish chute of your full-dis­tance race this year.–

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