Wednesday, September 30, 2009


September 20, 2009 Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Michellie Jones Wins Ironman 70.3 Cancun! Michellie Jones added to her extensive list of Ironman wins with a impressive victory at the 2009 Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Jones led from start to finish to searing hot and humid conditions.
This year no one challenged Jones as she posted the fastest splits for the swim and the run. Three weeks out from the Hawaii Ironman World Championships it looks like Jones is ready to tackle the hardest one day endurance event in the world. Kat Baker 3rd on ISM.

September 27, 2009 Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Olympian Laura Bennett wins on her ISM Adamo Racing.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cool Team TBB video of Kona Bound Athletes

ISM has had a relationship with Singapore based Team TBB for 3 years. They have professional althletes from all over the world represented and are one of the strongest teams on the planet. They have garnered multiple Ironman wins, National Champs, and 70.3 wins. Here's an email I received this morning with a cool 4 minute video of the Kona bound racers. Enjoy.

Dear teamtbb sponsors,

We are of course pretty proud that some 10 days from now 12 of our teamtbb pro athletes have been qualified will therefore start the IM World Championships 2010 in Hawaii.

Our final teamtbb training camp is almost completing in Jeju Korea and our folks are ready to go full out in Hawaii.

One of our athletes has spent some time in between her training session to put a little video together called “That TBB Feeling”.

It’s been dedicated to our 12 qualified athletes and we hope you like it:

See you next week in Kona!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Spy shots of Jo Lawn's Kona Bike!!!

Jo Lawn just sent me an email with soem shots of her Kona rig! It's pretty slick and seems Cervelo is finally outfitting several of their pros with the new P4 crotch rocket. We are stoked to have Jo on the Kona team. She did well in 2008 and I know wants to improve on her time last year. See ya in a week Jo!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Professional Athlete Ali Shanks checks in.....

Hey Team

Just thought I would keep you up to date with what I've been up to this week. Below are links to two articles that featured in the ODT today.
One about Craig and I doing the Rail Trail 100 race this weekend and the second about a breakfast talk I did in Alexandra yesterday to 50 high school captains.

It's a busy week with another talk tomorrow morning as part of the Dunedin version of the Otago Secondary Sport Association Captain breakfast (which I'm told there is 120 expected) and then I'll be on the Classic Hits Breakfast show on Friday morning,having a yarn and helping to promote the Rail Trail 100 adventure ride which is a major fundraiser for Cycling Otago and happening this Sunday. I'm just hoping the southerly blows through by then, apparently last year they had snow!!!!

Next week I'm heading up to Christchurch to do a breakfast talk with Rainbow Print. "Going for Gold with Rainbow Print and Ali Shanks". It will be great to see the Rainbow team again and I'm looking forward to sharing my story and photos with them all.

Next week finishes off with an engagement as dinner speaker at the Registered Electricians annual conference on next Thursday night in the Dunedin Town Hall.

Also, most importantly training is going really well, the weather has been great up until now today - where it is currently 6deg and I have the fire on! I'm starting to decrease the km's a bit now and increase the intensity (the hurt sessions) as I gear up for first National track camp of the season in two weeks time in Invercargill.
That's all for now. I've been using twitter lately as a communication tool so you can follow what's happening on a daily basis through that if you wish. It is linked to the front page of my website.



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ISM signs Pro Jozsef Major

ISM is pleased to announce our latest recruit, Jozsef Major. Jozsef has been using the Adamo Racing and Quick Draw unit for over a year. We decided to make things official. Jozsef is 5x Hungarian National Champion and ran away from the competition in the 2008 Ironman Arizona. Check out our site for more updates as he tears up the triathlon field. Jozsef's next event will be Ironman Hawaii.

I leave for Interbike in a few hours and will have much more to blog about as the week ends.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sarah Haskins' World Cup Race Report

Gold Coast World Championship Series Finale:
On Sunday, September 13th, I competed in the world championships in Gold Coast, Australia. This was the final race of a five part race series, with the finale having a bit more weight (1/3 more points) in the overall standings. The race started later in the afternoon (2:45PM) and was perfect racing temperatures, with highs in the lower 70s. The wind did pick up quite a bit before our race start, which led to very choppy waters and turned into more of a strength bike/run (although the course was mostly flat).The swim conditions suited my strengths, as it was cold and choppy. I started out the swim in second position at the first turn buoy (250meters) and followed the athlete in front of me. I remember thinking we made a very sharp turn and I remember NOT making this sharp of a turn in the warm-up swim. After about 50 meters or so, I realized that we were swimming far off course and I turned back left to head to the right direction. I finished the first lap in front, winning the swim prime. The second lap, I knew I had a gap from the field, but just focused on staying within my limits and not pushing too hard. I ran out of the water with a 15 second lead into T1.Once I got on the bike I pushed it hard for the first 2k and then realized there was a pack of six behind me. I soft-pedaled until the group caught me and then we all worked very well together pace lining over the eight lap course. The course was very smooth and not too technical, so we had straight sections were could rotate through and work together. We ended up getting a 50 second lead on the chase pack and over a two minute lead over the third pack.One of my goals this weekend was to get off the bike in great position. I attacked just heading into the turns before transition and ended up exiting third, just behind Lisa Norden and Emma Moffett. Things were going great, but as I racked my bike, my bike fell over and my shoe flew over to another athlete’s transition. I had to re-rack my bike (to be sure I would not get DQ’d) and lost a precious six seconds. Instead of running out of the transition with Lisa, I was behind and had to work my way up. I quickly worked my way to fourth and after 1500meters I was in third and held that position most of the run. I was feeling great most of the run and keeping close distance behind Emma and Lisa; however, on the third lap I felt my foot beginning to fatigue and I lost some time to the leaders. On the last lap, Helen Tucker was coming on very strong and surged past me with about 600meters to go. I was not able to respond to her surge as my muscles would not push my body any farther. My dreams and goals of a podium finish were shot and I crossed the line in fourth. Although I was very disappointed with my fourth, I have to focus on all the positives of the race.Also, I thought that I would hold onto my fifth place in the series, since I finished in fourth. However, with Helen Jenkins finishing in third, I was bumped to sixth in the series. Danellia Ryf finished sixth in the race and fourth overall, Helen was third in the race and fifth overall and I finished forth in the race and was sixth overall. Although I finished sixth, it was almost a three way tie!I have two major races left this season…LA Triathlon and the Dallas Triathlon. My goal is to finish the series up on top, but each race will be very challenging because many international athletes are going to be in attendance.I will keep you posted!
Best Wishes--Sarah

Hillary Biscay's IMWI Race Report

Last weekend I had the pleasure of racing Ironman Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year. Although my “home” is in Arizona, and I have in fact never lived in Wisconsin, Madison has become my “hometown race.” I even have an adopted home, family, and dog thanks to Kari Myrland, a local ironwoman and dear friend, who has been my homestay since 2006.
2009 was to be a particularly special year for me in Madison because it provided my first opportunity to defend an ironman title, as I won my first ironman here last year—and the Biscay family was coming to see it! I’ve had some of the breakthrough events in my career here in Madison—not to mention some of my most enjoyable racing experiences—and my family was always back home in California, watching online. I really wanted to put on a good show for them and to maintain my streak of podium finishes in Madison (My record was: 2nd 2006, 2nd 2007, 1st 2008.).
While, as defending champion, one gets a lot of questions to the tune of, “Are you going to win again?!” I have learned the hard way over the years that, defending champion or not, expecting a win or even thinking too much about it can be a very dangerous thing over this long distance. And it doesn’t take a genius to see that I have had a rough twelve months since my win in Madison last year; my primary goal was to turn things around and simply put together a good swim-bike-run. The women’s start list for the race this year was impressive, and I figured that podium spots would be harder to come by than ever before; so I let everyone else talk about who would win and other such matters, and focused on smashing myself.
Automatic smashfest mode set in early, as I had my usual sluggish first 100 meters or so at the swim start and found myself seemingly behind every pro male in the field. I soon saw a group splitting off quite a bit up ahead, with Big Sexy (a.k.a. Chris McDonald)’s bright green cap in the midst. I needed to be there. It was urgent. I knew that I could not let this group get away. With great swim-bikers like Gina Ferguson, Amy Marsh, and Ali Fitch in the women’s field, I knew I could not risk having the front of the race swim away from me. And If I missed a beat, it just might. Hence the urgency. I swam like I was doing a 200-meter race, looking up every few strokes to see if I had made it to the group yet. Each time I checked, the caps hardly seemed closer. “Soon they will tire!” I told myself, and kept digging in. This process played on repeat until I had essentially red-lined it all the way to the first swim turnaround, or one quarter of the way through the 2.4-mile swim. There I grabbed onto the train, which felt like switching from a timed swim in the pool to warmdown….ahhh.
Still, it was a long train and I knew I could not just become complacent there at the back. Zoning out back there can often result in getting dropped if someone at the front gets ambitious and the group splits. So, once I recovered, I made my way around the train to get a view of the front and check things out. Eventually, it became clear that nothing crazy was likely to be happening amidst our group, and that these boys were ready to fight me for their respective sets of feet, so I settled back in at the back and saved my energy. Until the complete train-dismantling mayhem of the last quarter of the swim, that is…
Because Ironman Wisconsin has a two-loop swim, and the amateurs start the race ten minutes behind the pros, during our second loop, we lap a number of these athletes. Most of this occurs as we swim towards the finish on the second loop. It inevitably results in total chaos, as we try to navigate through masses of people swimming backstroke, sidestroke, treading water, and the like. So once our “group” hit the swim finish, we were a bit strung out, since the last few hundred meters of the swim were “every man for himself.”
The first transition in Madison is epic. We emerge from Lake Monona and then have to run up the four-story, helix-shaped ramp to the top level of the Monona Terrace to the change rooms and bikes. The spectators are allowed to line the sides of the Helix and are also packed onto the observation decks at the top of the Terrace. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I made that seemingly-long and painful rush to the top because the noise from those crowds was truly deafening. I knew I had more of this to look forward to over the next nine hours and that it was going to be a great day.
While I was in the change tent grabbing my helmet and glasses, I asked the volunteers how many girls had been through already. They said none. This meant I had time to put on socks! But I was still dubious about how there could be no women in sight, and as I grabbed my bike, I stole a quick glance over at the rack to check that, in fact, all the women’s bikes were still there. It turns out that I had about a two minute advantage over the next woman, but I didn’t know that.
If I had the lead, I decided, I was going to make these front-running-type athletes have to work to get to where they wanted to be. So I set out on what some might call a sort of suicide mission on that bike. The race could have been 40 kilometers or 180 kilometers; my pace would have been pretty much the same. My legs felt fresh, and thus were cooperating with the “attack” mode that seems to take over my mind as soon as I hit my home course.
I took every minute at the front as a welcome bonus, but I felt sorry for the cameramen on motorbikes who were forced to watch my vomitfest, which was slowly building over the course of the first lap. I didn’t have a chance to worry it, however, as I was spurred on by lots of enthusiastic spectators who were camped out across the farmland, and by special handmade signs along the bike course. I caught a glimpse of a yellow sign that seemed to read, “Did you know that muskrats were once the size of bears?” and started to think that I was already hallucinating . . . Matty Lieto wasn’t in this race; surely there couldn’t be anyone else here who else could be obsessed with muskrats and beavers! Shortly thereafter, I recognized my name on another yellow sign “Muskrat Xing.” Now you see why I couldn’t help but smile all day! I immediately began to mentally give my little sis credit for being a much more hardcore spectator than I had imagined, thinking that she’d traveled all the way out into the bike course to plant a sign for me . . . It turns out that it wasn’t Cameron at all: a local supporter knew of my strange affinity for furry brown freshwater creatures. Like I’ve said many times over, the locals in Madison are incredible!
Much to my surprise, I didn’t meet another female pro until just before mile 50—right at what I always find to be the toughest part of the course: the short, steep hill that follows immediately after the longer climb up Old Sauk Pass. I always feel like I am crawling up that little one, and there are always so many spectators there, urging us on; if I had any wind in my lungs, I would tell them, “I can’t go any faster—I can’t feel my legs!” Anyways, just after I’d made it up that hill, I was feeling really special (sarcasm), and Amy Marsh passed me. So much for feeling fresh and ready to go with her when she came; I was going to have to try to go whether my legs wanted to or not. I went with her for a few miles, until the other longer climb on the course, the Midtown hill, where the elastic band snapped. Ouch. Next goal: keep her in sight! I managed to do this through Verona—where I got to see my family and give them the thumbs-up -- and onto the start of the second loop. Then I was on my own.
Ali Fitch passed me somewhere along the way on this second loop, and eventually disappeared out of sight for awhile also, but I honestly still cannot remember exactly when this happened; perhaps I acquired dehydration-induced amnesia. My second bike loop was consumed by my increasingly-frequent sickness. It was a vicious cycle because it was getting fairly warm outside and I kept feeling thirsty, but every time I would take in water or my sports drink (from which I get all of my calories on the bike), it would come right back up. This was all very strange for me, because although I often feel quite nauseous during and after races, in my 37 previous ironmans, I have never vomited before or after a race! Additionally, I hadn’t changed anything about my pre-race or race fuel on this day, so I couldn’t figure out what was making me sick. The only possible cause I can imagine is that something in that lake water did it; the locals tell me that the beaches had been closed a fair amount prior to the race because the water was dirty. Anyways, being new to this experience, I wasn’t entirely sure how to deal with it, so I opted to just keep trying to take in calories and tried to just sip on water, even though I was so thirsty that I wanted to guzzle gallons of it. Mentally, I convinced myself that I was only vomiting up half of what I was taking in, so I was still getting in some of the calories that I needed (Whether this was the reality, I am not sure, but I chose to believe it.) Second, I flashed back to some old Kona footage I’ve seen in which Natascha (Badmann, 6x Hawaii Ironman Champion), pukes while running her way to a World Championship win. Long story short, I didn’t let this strange illness worry me, but it was fairly unpleasant and I felt increasingly worse as the miles went on.
I did have a pleasant surprise in the second transition, however, when I met up with Ali Fitch again: I was happy to see that second place was within striking distance. I had a bit of trepidation, however, about those elusive run legs. They have been giving me a bit of grief this season, causing me to question whether they would choose to come to the party or not.
The Madison run course starts with a slight uphill, which never feels special, but straightaway, I breathed a sigh of relief, as I could feel that my run legs were in attendance. Game on. Ali was a block ahead and I wasn’t going to let her get away if I could help it. I didn’t have a watch on, but the pace was uncomfortable from the start. I just had to trust my training and go with it.
The Ironman Wisconsin run is the highlight of the race. It isn’t a fast run course, because we are continually turning and going back and forth in order to maximize our exposure to the spectators; so it’s not that the course is all that much more difficult than any other ironman run, but with this sort of design, it prevents us from getting into a nice steady rhythm. What we sacrifice in terms of marathon splits, however, we more than make up for through the experience of being spurred along by thousands of screaming supporters. Regardless of how I am feeling, I can never back down during the marathon here because the crowds simply wouldn’t allow it.
This year it meant that my family was amongst these thousands; mentally, I broke my run down into shorter segments, at the end of which I looked forward to each of the many times I would get to run past my family. I felt quite strong during the first loop of the run and eventually managed to pass Ali for second; I knew I couldn’t get too comfortable in this spot, however, as there were lots of strong girls still behind me.
Although I hardly let myself notice it, with about 9-10 miles to go--which is, on a good day, my best part of the race—my legs started not wanting to cooperate. In retrospect, I am guessing that all of the fuel and hydration I lost while sick on the bike was catching up with me. I didn’t think about that much while I was running, however; instead, I just told myself that maybe I would bounce back in a few miles. Unfortunately, the only thing that came back to me in a few miles was my competition! Irene Kinnegim had a great race and caught me with about 5 miles to go; despite my efforts, I couldn’t match her pace. I was in third and running scared, forcing my tight legs to turn over as fast as they would all the way to the finish line.
After a very tough twelve months, running down that finish chute for another podium finish in Madison was nearly as fulfilling as running in for my first win last year. I’ve learned a lot over the past year in the journey to get back to this place where I am racing well and thoroughly enjoying the sufferfest; perhaps it has made me appreciate being here even more. I am now back in the “When can I get out there again?!?!” mode and luckily for me, it won’t be long . . . Next up is the iron-distance Challenge Barcelona on October 4th. I want to thank all of my awesome sponsors for believing in me: K-Swiss (, PowerBar (, ORCA (, Zipp (, ISM (, and FuelBelt (

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Becky Lavelle's Star Studded Nautica Tri RR

Sept 12 . 2009
Malibu Triathlon

I had a great time in Malibu this past weekend… racing the Olympic Distance Pro race on Saturday and the swim on a Celebrity Relay on Sunday. I felt pretty good going into this race. I felt like I had some speed back after training for the 70.3 race in August and I was ready to race hard. I had a great swim, caught a couple of waves coming in, and exited in about third close to a few other women. It took me a little while to warm-up on the bike (seems to be a recurring thing!) but once I found my rhythm I felt strong and built up a 1:05 margin over second place coming off the bike. I was hoping this would be enough to hold off Olympian Laura Bennett with a solid run, but unfortunately she passed me with a mile to go and I couldn’t quite hold her pace. I finished in second, just 12 seconds back! I felt great all day and gave it everything I had… it’s nice to add another podium finish to my results this year. J

Sunday was a fun day mingling with the ‘stars’. I was put on a celebrity relay, Team LOST, that included Carlton Cuse (executive producer of LOST) and Mike Benson (top marketing/advertising guy for ABC)… both really nice guys AND they were fast. We won the coed relay division! It was also fun seeing Jeremy Piven, Teri Hatcher, Toby from The Office, Mario Lopez, Felicity Huffman and William Macy. I hope to go back next year to defend our title!

Back to training for a few weeks with my next race being LA Triathlon on October 4th. Thank you again for your support and I hope we can continue to work together in 2010. Let’s try to chat about that soon as I know it’s that time of year again.

All the best,

Chris McDonald's IMWI Race Report

Hi Guys

Well another Ironman has come and gone and we now have 29 of them in the bank and I can tell you I am still learning something new every time.

I had travelled to Madison in with great preparation and was looking forward to defending the title . It is such a privilege to wear the #1 in an IM but also bring a BIG fat target with it .
We lined up Sunday morning in a very warm lake monona and I was ready to go . As the canon fired I felt like i was on some you tube clip with kimbo slice I had never been hit so many times in a swim start along with being pull and pushed under it was awesome;-)

A found myself in the second pack and was happy to stay there but I was still being absolutely hammered and there was only about 10 people in our pack now. Half way through the swim I did loose my bright green swim cap and then ....the beating stopped. so now my target on the side of my head was at the bottom of lake monona and I could go about the day ahead.

Having raced in Madison 3 time before i knew that just about everyone would take the bike out way to hard and was was just excited to get out on the course and chase down the leaders. we ended up catching the Raynard around half way through the bike and had everyone i wanted in check , Raynard did drop off the bike pack to start but managed to claw back on around 30 kms later. so now we were down from around 12 in the group to 4 as I rolled up the helix and into T2 with the fastest bike split of the day.

I had bike about as easy as I ever have in an IM and was excited to see what the run had in store for me , as we ran out onto the streets of Madison I took the lead but had a young German pretty keen on tracking me down , we did end up running shoulder to shoulder but I just knew the pace was to hot and let him go . a good 8 miles had rolled by now and i was holding 2nd place and gaining again on 1st . as we approached the 12 mile mark I regained the lead . So now my thought were about just trying to control the pace and hold of a resurgent Tisnink . I was very happy with how things were coming along and then mile 15 comes up and apparently the road had turned to quicksand except I was the only one who fell in. the next 4 miles were misery!

Iike I said you learn something new every time and I now know that running 2:50 pace on a course were the run course record in 2:56 in not a good idea :-) I contemplated calling it a day many times but just jogged it in after those 4 miles of walk/jog/walk and held onto 5th place.

you always learn something from the races were things go wrong .
Next up Kona.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ISM saddles take State Champs and World Champs

Just heard word from stud extraodinaire and National Sales Manager for Kuota Bicycles, Paul Thomas. He just won the Arizona TT State Champs. Here he is on his Kuota Kueen K and Adamo Racing saddle. Congrats Paul. See ya next week.

I also found out that the Masters World TT Championships in Europe was won by a guy racing an Adamo Racing saddle. Stoked to hear ISM is making an impact in the Roadie scene.

Things have been busy here since our return from Eurobike. We picked up 4 new distributors and they are all placing opening orders. Big props to Comet Distribution in Spain for stepping up! It's great to have more exposure in Europe. Next week is Interbike and we'll have our booth. In fact, Steve just finalized the shipment of the booth today. Come on by and introduce yourself. We're at Booth 5371. ISM is all about comfort so come on over and take a load off on our couch.

I've been able to put some more miles on the 2010 Adamo Podium. It's our new road racer saddle and man is it slick. We had some help with the design from some Tour riders and I'm sure it's gonna be a hit. We have another model we are debuting at Interbike so stay tuned.

ISM Athletes in the news:
August 9, Ironman 70.3 Bracebridge Tyler Lord WINS
August 15,
EnbrunMan Ironman Bella Bayliss WINS just a week after winning IMUK.
August 16, Ironman 70.3 Lake Stephens Washington Becky Lavelle WINS, Michellie Jones 3rd, and Eric Limkemann 4th.
August 16,
Hulaman half ironman triathlon Brandon Marsh 3rd
August 22, ITU World Cup Yokohama Japan Sarah Haskins finishes a strong 9th
August 23 Ironman 70.3 Timberman Andy Potts WINS
August 30 Sarah Haskins WINS, Sarah Groff 2nd, Becky Lavelle 3rd, Rebeccah Wassner 4th, and Laurel Wassner 6th at Chicago Triathlon
August 30 Kat Baker 7th at Ironman Canada
August 30
Nina Kraft WINS and Lisbeth Kristensen 2nd at Ironman Kentucky
September 6 Heather Jackson 5th at Ironman 70.3 Monaco
September 12
Sarah Haskins 4th at ITU Worlds Gold Coast
September 13 Tyler Lord 3rd at Ironman 70.3 Montreal
September 13 Hillary Biscay 3rd, Chris McDonald 5th, Mac Brown 8th, and Brandon Marsh 10th at Ironman Wisconsin
September 13 Laura Bennett WINS and Becky Lavelle 2nd at Malibu Triathlon

Till next time.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kat Baker's Ironman Canada Race Report

Ironman Canada August 30 2009

Well, Ironman #2 and i was so ready to take it on again. I wasn’t as nervous as before Busselton because i knew i could do it- however this course was going to be hard, riding over 2 passes and numerous hills to get there. Plus the run was over something similar. Preparation had been pretty good. I had done 6 solid weeks of training, with a race 3 weeks out- boulder half ironman which went well i managed to pick up 5th in a field of 3 world champions! The drive to Canada was very eventful however, with 2x car tyre changes, 1x emergency accom when we couldn’t find the house, 1x car being impounded (at least it wasn’t stolen!) and 1x ran out of petrol in the middle of a busy hwy. All that in 2 lots of 13+ hour days and one5 hour driving days- oh and we were pulled over by cops once and almost towed again when the neighbours didn’t like the look of our car and called the cops. After all that we were fired up and ready to race. Race day Everything went smoothly until somehow i managed to loose the valve from my tyre. Dont ask me where it went because i have no idea. Anyway with a few runs from the portaloo (where i didn’t loose any keys) and the bike tent i was off to the start with a reassurance that i would have a front wheel by the time i got on my bike. My swim was good. I knocked off 5min from my previous swim time and i have to admit it was the easiest triathlon swim i have ever done- i contemplated doing some backstroke while i was sitting in the pack- so in the end i wish i had have been in the pack infront but second female out of the water, i cant complain. Transition also went very smoothly. Wetsuit off and onto the bike, no trouble there. Until bam. The cramps hit. I started getting very nervous. I had trained all year for this one event and the cramps had to hit me right then and there. I decided i was not going to pull out no matter how bad they got. And they got bad. I was coasting- out of the saddle with straight legs. Gently i tried to ease into sitting without much luck so i peddled a little bit out of the saddle, sat down and coasted. I did this for 22mins! As i was doing this people were passing me- numerous guys and 7-8 girls. There went my swim lead. Finally after the 22 mins, they started easing off. YES! They had eased in a race before so i knew it was possible. After 25min they were gone completely. I started smashing it, i had a lot of ground to make up. At about the 1hr mark they came back a little- but nowhere near as bad- so i stretched a bit and after about 10min they were gone and never to return again. In the end i think this contributed to a less than average bike time. But i was off in 4th place so i had done some pretty good catching up. Transition 2 was also good and quick. My run started well on the out and back course. I held a great pace and the 5 girls that were right behind me didn’t pass me despite me telling myself to prepare because here they come. They did eventually get me. All just before half way. I started loosing time when my left foot went completely numb. I couldn’t feel a thing and all i could hear was a thud thud thud as i ran. I just hoped i wouldn’t roll it. Anyway i eventually stopped and loosened my shoe laces. I also put my timing chip over the top of the compression socks (took it out from under)- that may have contributed. The return run was the typical death march. The course was so hilly both out and back and a grimaced every time i saw another hill coming...But i kept running and after a few girls passed me i was in 7th. I managed to pick my pace up to 4.30k/h for the last couple of k- which went on forever! Down the finish chute and i had ended up in 7th place in 10.05. I wanted under 10hours and possibly a podium but i did struggle out there a bit so i am stoked i was able to pull that off. Next Ironman will be Ironman WA again, in December. This time i have a podium to chase! Now we’re off to mexico for Cancun 70.3 and more importantly a well deserved holiday on the beach. I just want to thank everyone who had helped me out this year. Bike Shed for looking after me with bikes. Thank you for trusting me and making sure i always have a ride. ISM for the awesome saddle, it performed just as good as i could have hoped and the 180k ride was as comfortable as ever, Velocity for the training wheels- i even get an advantage in training they are so light! Sailfish for an unbelievable fast and comfortable wetsuit- it fits like a glove- fastest swim time for me! CEP for the compression socks- i know they kept my legs from blowing up and the entire 11000miles of travel in an old car has been that much more do-able with those socks! Also to Fuelbelt for all those little things that make racing that much easier.


Eurobike 2009

Another successful trip completed. In all my years in the bike industry, this was my first Eurobike. And it was a blast. It's a far easier flight to deal with after working the Taipei show. Steve and I decided to fly into Zurich and drive to the show in Friedrichshaffen, Germany. I met Steve in Atlanta and we headed to the crown room for a few cocktails as we both are uncomfortable with flying. Once we arrived in Zurich we met Duncan who runs and is one of our ISM Europe guys. Got the car, made the ferry to Germany and set up at the show. You wouldn't expect a show of this size to be in a relatively small town in Southern Germany, but turns out it was a great place to host a bike show. Friedrichshaffen is an industry town and is famous for manufacturing blimps, car transmissions, and assorted airplane parts. Again, it's not very big so exhibitors typically stayed within a 50k radius of the show. The countryside was beautiful and we enjoyed some wonderful dinners and tasty German Beer (Brad from Triathlete would surely approve).

It's always fun attending these shows. You get to meet your dealers, distributors, and old industry friends. It's also an opportunity to show off our next year's product line and brag about how well our pros have done this year and how our seat is better and why. :) We met several dealers interested in bringing in the ISM product line at the show and solidified distribution in four new countries! All in all, it was a great Eurobike for ISM. Big things are happening for 2010. Stay tuned.

After the show, Duncan left us and Steve and I got a cab, to catch a ferry, to ride a train back to Zurich. We spent a day and a half in Switzerland's finest city. It was a great way to wind down the trip.

My home away from home in Meersburg, Germany. Great stay and had free wifi!

Kestrel's new badass UCI legal TT Machine. The 4000 sporting the 2010 Adamo Racing saddle. Thanks Harad!

Here I am in Zurich trying to get cozy with a local.

On the ferry leaving Friedrichshaffen, Germany heading to Switzerland. It was a great day for sailing.

ISM's new road racer model, the Adamo Podium. Longer, narrower, lighter.

My phone sucks, but here I am with Tour champ Contador.

Steve enjoying some of Germany's finest while showing off the 2010 Adamo Racing seat.

These are just a couple of cool shots my good friend Cassidy Phillips of Trigger Point Therapy took of his son. Seems the kid loves his Adamo!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The ISM Team goes Bowling?????

No, we have not changed occupations, nor are we going out on tour (except maybe Steve Gordon), but today was quite an event. With family and friends, we wore our new ISM bowling shirts and participated in the second annual Jason Ackerman Memorial Bowl-A-Thon with the proceeds going to the Children's Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Along with enjoying each other's company, we had two celebrities bowl with us, Tyrone Timmons, from the Tampa Bay Storm and Stylez White, from the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. I have to say, Tyrone is quite the bowler and was trying to teach many of us, though, I don't know that he succeeded. Stylez needs to stay playing football-but he was a great team player.

We had 2 teams--which we dubbed the A Team and the B Team (B for bumpers). Due to the great bowling by the A team, the ISM team won the event with the highest score. But, most of all, we supported the Ackermans and the Children's Cancer Center. That was what it was all about.

Enjoy the pictures- Laura

One more reason to use Adamo Peak saddles

US Findings in the Scrotum of Extreme Mountain Bikers1
Ferdinand Frauscher, MD,
Andrea Klauser, MD,
Arnulf Stenzl, MD,
Gernot Helweg, MD,
Birgit Amort, MD and
Dieter zur Nedden, MD
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1From the Departments of Radiology II (F.F., A.K., G.H., B.A., D.z.N.) and Urology (A.S.), University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria. From the 1999 RSNA scientific assembly. Received June 21, 2000; revision requested July 28; revision received September 5; accepted October 2. Address correspondence to F.F., Department of Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound, Thomas Jefferson University, 132 S 10th St, Main Bldg, Seventh Fl, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5244 (e-mail:
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PURPOSE: To sonographically investigate whether mountain bikers have a higher prevalence of scrotal abnormalities compared with that in nonbikers.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-five male mountain bikers (mean age, 25 years; age range, 17–45 years) and 31 healthy nonbikers (mean age, 24 years; age range, 15–37 years) were examined for scrotal findings at ultrasonography (US). Only male subjects with a history of extensive off-road biking (≥2 h/d 6 d/wk; covered distance, >5,000 km/y) were assigned to the group of mountain bikers, whereas the control group did not engage in bicycling. In addition to clinical evaluation, US examination of the scrotum was performed by using a linear-array transducer operating at a frequency of 8.0 MHz.
RESULTS: Eighty (94%) mountain bikers had abnormal findings at scrotal US. Thirty-nine (46%) had a history of intermittent scrotal tenderness or discomfort but no severe scrotal trauma. Abnormal findings at US included scrotal calculi in 69 (81%), epididymal cysts in 39 (46%), epididymal calcifications in 34 (40%), testicular calcifications in 27 (32%), hydroceles in 24 (28%), varicoceles in nine (11%), and testicular microlithiasis in one (1%). In the control group, abnormal findings were noted in five (16%), all of whom had epididymal cysts. The overall difference in the number of scrotal abnormalities in bikers compared with the number in nonbikers was significant (P < .0001, χ2 test).
CONCLUSION: US shows a significantly higher prevalence of extratesticular and testicular disorders in these mountain bikers compared with nonbikers.
Athletic injuries, 847.43
Epididymis, 847.311, 847.81
Scrotum, abnormalities, 847.43
Scrotum, calculi, 847.81
Scrotum, US, 847.1298, 847.12983, 847.12989
Testis, calculi, 847.81
Since their introduction in the late 1970s, off-road bicycles—commonly known as mountain bikes—have become increasingly popular worldwide (1). There are currently an estimated 10 million mountain bikers in the United States. As the popularity of off-road cycling has increased, so have the interest in and level of participation in the competitive aspects of the sport (2).
Bicycle injuries are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and account for about 500,000 visits per year to emergency departments, with estimated annual economic costs of more than $1 billion (3). Cyclists are in contact with their bicycles at the pedals, seats, and handlebars, each being associated with particular injuries (4,5). Comparisons between on- and off-road cycling events indicate that more off-road cyclists sustain fractures, dislocations, and concussions than their on-road counterparts (6). It is, above all, off-road biking that causes repeated, chronic microtrauma of the perineum secondary to shocks and vibration of the saddle from the rough terrain (2).
Perineal trauma, such as chafing, perineal folliculitis and furuncles, subcutaneous perineal nodules, and traumatic urethritis, are related to the bikers’ contact with the saddle (7,8). Problems of this kind can be minimized by adjusting the seat height, angle, and fore and aft positions, in addition to using a different saddle (1). Furthermore, male impotence, probably developing as a complication of pudendal neuropathy, has been documented (913) as an occasional problem. Use of padding in both saddles and shorts may prevent these problems.
So far, no association between biking and alterations of the scrotal contents has been reported, to our knowledge. Yet, microtrauma may cause pathologic changes in the scrotum.
Ultrasonography (US) is the method of choice for imaging the scrotal contents (14). This imaging modality allows for accurate differentiation between the testicular and the extratesticular space and excellent depiction of the testis, the epididymis, and the intrascrotal portion of the spermatic cord (15). At US, scrotal abnormalities have been found (16,17) in 29% of healthy individuals and in 40% of infertile men. The majority of these abnormalities were epididymal and testicular cysts. Calcifications were found (16) in 3% of healthy individuals.
In the present study, scrotal US with a high-frequency transducer was used to investigate whether mountain bikers have a higher prevalence of scrotal abnormalities compared with nonbikers.
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Study Population
Between March and December 1999, 85 male amateur mountain bikers aged 17–45 years (mean age, 25 years ± 9.8 [SD]) volunteered to enter this study. All of them reported a minimum of 2 h/d 6 d/wk of off-road biking. Furthermore, they had all covered a distance of more than 5,000 km with their mountain bikes annually. Their biking experience varied from 7 to 26 years (mean, 11 years ± 5.6). An additional 31 healthy nonbiking volunteers aged 15–37 years of age (mean age, 24 years ± 8.3) were included as control subjects. The comparison between the age of the mountain bikers and that of the control subjects revealed no statistically significant difference (P > .05, Student t test). Approval for this study was obtained from the institutional review board, and written informed consent was obtained from both the bikers and the nonbikers.
At the Department of Urology, all bikers and nonbikers underwent clinical assessment, including evaluation of a history of pain, discomfort, and scrotal trauma or inflammation, as well as scrotal inspection and palpation for swelling, induration, tenderness, or other abnormalities (ie, a palpable mass or irregularity on the surface of the scrotal contents).
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US was performed together and findings were interpreted in consensus by two radiologists (F.F., A.K.) with extensive experience in genitourinary US.
For the investigations, a US unit (Sequoia 512; Acuson, Mountain View, Calif) equipped with a high-frequency (8.0-MHz) linear-array transducer was used. All bikers and nonbikers underwent a standard US examination of the scrotum. Gray-scale US images of the testicles were obtained in the transverse and longitudinal planes by using an anterior approach to measure the size of the testicles. In the epididymis, we measured the greatest length and the anteroposterior diameter on longitudinal scans and measured the width on transverse scans of the head of the epididymis. Furthermore, US was performed to identify abnormalities of the scrotal contents, such as epididymal cysts, hydroceles, scrotal calculi, testicular calcifications, epididymal calcifications, and testicular microlithiasis. Testicular microlithiasis was defined as the presence of more than five microliths per transducer field (18).
Color Doppler US was performed to identify varicoceles, which were diagnosed on the basis of a venous diameter of 3 mm or larger, with the diameter increasing during the Valsalva maneuver or during a change from the supine to the upright position. Increased venous retrograde flow in the pampiniform plexus when the subject was in the upright position or when the Valsalva maneuver was performed was used as supporting evidence of varicocele (19). The US findings were documented on videotapes and printouts.
Follow-up information was obtained if the findings at US resulted in further evaluation or therapy.
To compare the overall frequency of US abnormalities in bikers versus nonbikers, a 2 × 2 table was constructed to demonstrate the number of abnormalities in each group. A χ2 statistic (Epi-Info software; Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga) was computed to determine whether there was a significant difference in the frequency of abnormalities between the two groups. We compared the difference in the size of the testicles and epididymides between the two groups by using a Student t test. In addition, we compared the prevalence of epididymal cysts in the two groups and the overall frequency of US findings with the presence of clinical symptoms in mountain bikers by using the Fisher exact test. A P value of less than .05 was considered to indicate a statistically significant difference.
To compare the presence of specific US findings with clinical symptoms in mountain bikers, multiple comparisons were performed for each US finding. The P value was adjusted for 16 multiple comparisons by using the Bonferroni method with an adjusted cutoff for the P value of .003 (20).
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Mountain Bikers
Eighty (94%) of 85 bikers had pathologic abnormalities of the scrotal contents. We found 127 scrotal calculi (Fig 1), with a mean size of 0.4 cm ± 0.3 (range, 0.2–1.4 cm) in 69 (81%) bikers; 52 epididymal cysts (Fig 2), with a mean size of 0.9 cm ± 0.7 (range, 0.3–3.1 cm) in 39 (46%) bikers; 71 epididymal calcifications (Fig 3), with a mean size of 0.2 cm ± 0.1 (range, 0.1–0.4 cm) in 34 (40%) bikers; 50 testicular calcifications (Fig 4), with a mean size of 0.3 cm ± 0.2 (range, 0.1–0.7 cm) in 27 (32%) bikers; 36 small and nine moderate hydroceles in 24 (28%) bikers; left-sided varicoceles in nine (11%) bikers; and testicular microlithiasis (both sided) (Fig 5) in one (1%) biker. Table 1 shows a comparison of the US findings obtained in mountain bikers and nonbikers.

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Figure 1.
Longitudinal ultrasonogram shows a free-floating calculus (between crosshairs) in the area of the lower part of the right scrotum, localized to the tail of the epididymis in a 28-year-old mountain biker.

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Figure 2.
Longitudinal ultrasonogram demonstrates an epididymal cyst (between crosshairs) in the area of the head of the right epididymis in a 33-year-old mountain biker.

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Longitudinal ultrasonogram demonstrates an epididymal calcification (arrow) in the area of the head of the left epididymis in a 29-year-old mountain biker.

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Longitudinal ultrasonogram shows calcifications (arrows) in the right testicle in a 34-year-old mountain biker.

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Figure 5.
Longitudinal ultrasonogram demonstrates echogenic foci of testicular microlithiasis (more than five microliths in one transducer field) of the right testicle in a 29-year-old mountain biker.
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TABLE 1. US Findings in Nonbikers and Mountain Bikers
The 4-cm width of the transducer field precluded exact size measurement of testicles larger than 4 cm. However, we were able to obtain the measurements of the testicles in 82 (96%) of 85 bikers. In these, mean testicle size was 3.9 × 3.1 × 2.8 cm (range, 3.3 × 2.9 × 2.6 to 4.0 × 3.4 × 3.1 cm). Measurement of epididymal heads was indeterminate in 24 (28%) of 85 bikers due to large epididymal cysts. Evaluation of the remaining epididymides in the 61 bikers demonstrated a mean size of 0.8 × 1.1 × 0.7 cm (range, 0.6 × 0.9 × 0.5 to 1.4 × 1.5 × 1.3 cm).
At physical examination, 39 (46%) bikers had scrotal tenderness, discomfort, or abnormal findings with palpation (ie, palpable mass or irregularity on the surface of the scrotal contents), but they gave no history of severe scrotal trauma or inflammation. All of these 39 symptomatic bikers had pathologic findings at US examination. Among mountain bikers, there was a marginally significant association between symptoms and overall frequency of US findings (P = .059, Fisher exact two-tailed test) (Table 2). However, 51% (41 of 80 bikers) of positive US findings were seen in the asymptomatic group. Table 3 presents the comparison on the basis of the presence or absence of symptoms for each US finding.
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TABLE 2. Comparison of Overall Frequency of US Findings with Clinical Symptoms in Mountain Bikers
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TABLE 3. Comparison of Each US Finding with Clinical Symptoms in Mountain Bikers
The biker who had testicular microlithiasis was suspected of having testicular cancer, and therefore, a testicular biopsy was performed. Yet, at histopathologic examination, there was no evidence of testicular cancer. One symptomatic biker whose diagnosis was an infected epididymal cyst received antibiotic treatment. In all other cases, no treatment was required.
At US, five (16%) of 31 nonbikers showed pathologic changes in the scrotum. In all five cases, epididymal cysts, with a mean size of 0.5 cm ± 0.3 (range, 0.2–1.3 cm), were depicted. The prevalence of epididymal cysts was significantly lower in nonbikers compared with that of mountain bikers (P = .002, Fisher exact test). Among nonbikers, none were symptomatic at clinical examination. Furthermore, they also reported no history of severe scrotal trauma or inflammation.
Measurements of testicles were obtained in 29 (94%) of 31 subjects. The mean size of the testicles was 3.9 × 3.0 × 2.9 cm (range, 3.4 × 2.8 × 2.7 to 4.0 × 3.4 × 3.0 cm). Evaluation of the head of the epididymides was indeterminate in two (6%) of 31 nonbikers, due to epididymal cysts. The mean size in the remaining 29 control subjects was 0.9 × 1.0 × 0.7 cm (range, 0.6 × 1.0 × 0.5 to 1.3 × 1.5 × 1.2 cm). Comparison of testicle and epididymis head volume between bikers and nonbikers demonstrated no statistically significant difference (P > .05).
Results of a χ2 test are presented in Table 4, which demonstrates a significantly higher prevalence of testicular and extratesticular disorders in the mountain bikers than in the nonbikers (χ2 = 70.6; P < .0001).
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TABLE 4. Comparison of Overall Frequency of US Findings between Nonbikers and Mountain Bikers
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At scrotal US, the prevalence of scrotal abnormalities in mountain bikers was 94%, which is unexpectedly high. In asymptomatic nonbikers, we found a prevalence of only 16%. By comparison, scrotal abnormalities are found in 29% of asymptomatic young men and in 40% of infertile men undergoing routine scrotal US (16,17). In the group of mountain bikers, only 46% presented with symptoms at clinical examination.
The most common US findings were benign nonneoplastic scrotal masses, so-called scrotal calculi, which were seen in 81% of cases. Scrotal calculi may result from torsion of the appendix testis or the epididymis, from hematomas, or from inflammation of the tunica vaginalis testis (21). These benign calcifications may appear as painful (ie, after repeated palpation by the patient) free-floating or dependent scrotal masses (15). However, 39 of 69 bikers who had scrotal calculi were asymptomatic. Scrotal calculi may be detected with palpation by the bikers themselves and may raise concerns about testicular tumor, as the prevalence of this malignancy in the age group between 20 and 35 years is high (22). Furthermore, calcifications of the epididymis and testis were seen, respectively, in 40% and 32% of only bikers. Gerscovich (23) reported that scrotal calcifications may result from trauma. We also believe that these calcifications are related to previous trauma, inflammation, and/or degeneration.
Testicular microlithiasis has been reported (24) to be associated with testicular tumor in some cases. We found testicular microlithiasis in one (1%) biker, but testicular biopsy revealed no evidence of tumor. The reported (25) prevalence of testicular microlithiasis is approximately 2%. Hence, in this sample, mountain biking does not seem to increase the risk of development of testicular microlithiasis.
The high prevalence of extratesticular and testicular calcifications caused us to believe that these pathologic changes of the scrotal contents resulted primarily from chronic, repeated microtrauma. Vuong et al (7) reported perineal nodular indurations—also referred to as accessory testicles—in cyclists to result from microtrauma (ie, subclinical traumatization) to the perineum secondary to saddle vibration.
Our findings also included epididymal cysts, which were found in 46% of bikers and 16% of nonbikers. These scrotal abnormalities were symptomatic in 26 (31%) of 85 bikers, whereas in the control group, all epididymal cysts were asymptomatic. A higher prevalence (29%) was reported (16) in asymptomatic men than in our nonbikers. It may be speculated that the significantly higher rate (P < .001) of epididymal cysts in mountain bikers is also attributable to repeated microtrauma of the epididymis.
Hydroceles were observed in 28% of mountain bikers and varicoceles in 11%. Up to 50% of acquired hydroceles are the result of trauma (14). Only three of the nine bikers who had varicoceles at US had positive findings with palpation, which is the routine screening test for varicocele, the most common abnormality in infertile men. According to Pierik et al (26), nonpalpable scrotal abnormalities are frequently detected at scrotal US in infertile men. They concluded that the relatively high prevalence of testicular abnormalities emphasizes the importance of routine scrotal US.
Bilateral pudendal nerve injury secondary to excessive biking has been reported (9) to be a saddle-related condition, and if the blood supply to the penis is compromised, male erectile dysfunction may develop. We assume that the abnormalities of the scrotal contents that we detected are basically also a saddle-related problem. The mechanical component responsible for these scrotal changes may be reduced by improving the padding of the seat or shorts, adjusting the saddle angle to either horizontal or downward in front, adjusting the saddle height, using an ergonomically designed saddle, or taking frequent pauses during each ride. Furthermore, new shock-absorbent saddles and full-suspension bikes may help reduce saddle vibration and, thus, the amount of microtrauma.
The majority of our mountain bikers used the recommended saddle adjustment, and they wore padded shorts. However, none of our bikers used full-suspension bikes (they used only front-suspension systems) or padded seats, because these new seats have been available in Austria for only a few months. Therefore, future studies on mountain bikers who use these protective measures are necessary to evaluate the clinical outcome.
In summary, we found a significantly higher prevalence of abnormalities of the scrotal contents in mountain bikers compared with nonbikers (P < .0001). The most common findings were scrotal calcifications, which were seen in up to 81% of cases. However, only 46% of bikers presented with clinical symptoms. Such saddle-related problems may result from a high rate of microtrauma to the scrotal contents, and US allows for excellent detection of these scrotal abnormalities.
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The authors thank Ethan J. Halpern, MD, for his assistance with the preparation of the manuscript.
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Author contributions: Guarantors of integrity of entire study, F.F., A.K., D.z.N., G.H.; study concepts and design, F.F.; literature research, G.H.; clinical studies, F.F., A.K., A.S.; data acquisition, A.K.; data analysis/interpretation, B.A.; statistical analysis, A.K.; manuscript preparation, F.F.; manuscript definition of intellectual content, A.K.; manuscript editing, D.z.N.; manuscript revision/review, F.F., A.S.; manuscript final version approval, A.K., D.z.N., G.H.
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