Born in Kona

February 27th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Zoot Sports was founded by Christal Nylin in 1983 in Kona, Hawaii – the home of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. She had noticed that the athletes competing in the Ironman needed something more functional to race in. The problem was that the competitors were using the transition points as changing areas and losing valuable time. What they needed was gear that would allow them to seamlessly transition between swim, bike and run. Christal knew that she could do better and decided to make performance apparel that catered to these elite athletes.

Christal began by sewing pads into run shorts, experimenting with swim fabrics, attaching run singlets to bike shorts, and eventually created one and two-piece race suits for triathletes. With innovative designs, such as the padded Tri Brief, the drop tail, the aerodynamically designed Tri Jersey and the 3″ inseam bike shorts, her tri racesuits immediately gained popularity. And just like today, Zoot’s colorful designs were a large hit with the athletes.

All of these ideas were guided by the same principle that Zoot follows today: Innovative product solutions for multisport athletes.

Survive the Time Vortex

February 26th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Photo:  @eturnertri

The bicycle trainer… it’s the group consensus at the office that this might be one of the most inhumane devices ever created. Time does not only slow down when you are riding a trainer, it comes to a complete stop. However, trainer time is a necessary evil, be it trying to get our workout in on a snow day or doing 2×20 efforts, it is part of our lives.

High-energy music is the key to our survival for these workouts, and for this we turn to dance music. The solid beats keep our legs turning over while the breakdowns provide us with either recovery time or out of the saddle intervals.

Give this playlist on Rdio a try and let us know if it helps you, too.

  1. Atmosphere (Extended Mix) ­– Kaskade, 123 bpm
  2. Soundtracks and Comebacks (Fedde le Grand Remix) – Goldfish  , 125 bpm
  3. Girls & Boys (Original Mix) – Inpetto, 126 bpm
  4. Million Voices (Original Mix) – Otto Knows, 126 bpm
  5. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey, 126 bpm
  6. Maneater (David Garcia & Morgan Page Remix- Edit) – Nelly Furtado, 128 bpm
  7. Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix) – Nelly Furtado, 127 bpm
  8. We’ll Be Coming Back (Michael Woods Remix) – Calvin Harris f./Example, 128 bpm
  9. Llove (feat. Haley) [Dada Life Remix] – Kaskade, 128 bpm
  10. Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiësto Remix) [feat. Kimbra] – Gotye, 128 bpm
  11. Pull The Trigger (Gladiator) – Sandro Silva & Oliver Twizt f./Elleah, 128 bpm
  12. Spectrum Feat. Matthew Koma (Deniz Koyu Remix) – Zedd, Matthew Koma, 128 bpm
  13. This Is What It Feels Like (feat. Trevor Guthrie) [Extended Mix] – Armin van Buuren, 130 bpm
  14. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) – Coldplay, 130
  15. Fire In Your New Shoes (Joachim Garraud Vocal Mix) – Kaskade, 130 bpm
  16. We Own The Night Feat. Luciana (Original Mix) – Tiesto, Luciana, Wolfgang Gartner, 130 bpm
  17. Ya Mama (Push The Tempo) (Moguai Remix) – Fatboy Slim, 130 bpm
  18. Human (Armin van Buuren Club Remix) – The Killers, 134 bpm
  19. Hold On (Fred Falke Remix) ­­– NERVO, 128 bpm



Ben Hoffman Shares His Training Essentials

February 20th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Today we have a guest blog from Zoot Pro triathlete, Ben Hoffman. In 2013, Ben won Ironman Coeur d’Alene and set the course record with a time of 8:17:31 – now that’s fast! He followed that race up with a win at Branson Rev3 and a 15th place finish at the Ironman World Championships. Today, Ben shares what gets him through those other 360 days a year – his training days.

Zoot Training Essentials

Although Zoot may be known best for their race day equipment, I am outfitted in their training gear head to toe virtually every day in preparation for my events (Like we say, “Train as you race!” – Ed.). The hundreds of hours that go into preparing for an Ironman require equipment that is durable, comfortable and provides an extremely high level of performance for each of the three disciplines. An average training week, while building into a full-distance race, includes roughly 35 hours of training. Broken down that is approximately 18 hours on the bike, 8 to 9 hours running, 6 hours in the pool and 2 hours of strength training. Here is a rundown of some of the gear I use for my preparation.

On My Feet

Running is one of man’s most primal forms of exercise, but it’s not all about going barefoot and naked. My go-to training shorts, when the weather is nice, are the Ultra Run Icefil 8”. Not only does the spandex Icefil liner ventilate well, but it also provides a little extra support on long runs and completely eliminates chaffing. I seriously can’t believe how long I put up with the irritation that other liners create – these are a true epiphany. Finally, the Ultra short has side pockets, and for days when I need a little company in the form of music, I can slide the iPhone or iPod in the pocket for bounce-free carrying. They serve well for car keys or gels. too.

The most comfortable and versatile shoes I have worn for training purposes are the Ultra TT Trainer WR. They have additional cushioning, are still relatively lightweight, and are the perfect compliment to my Ironman race shoe, the Ultra TT 7.0,

For up top, I’m a fan of the Ultra Run Icefil Mesh Tee in warmer weather, and the Performance Run Microlite ½ zip when temps get colder. And when it’s really cold I wear the Ultra Run Biowrap Thermo Tights to keep my legs warm.

Finally, for race day, it’s all about the Zoot custom one-piece kit, visor and Ultra TT 7.0 shoe. I switch out the Ultra TT 7.0 for the Ultra Kiawe 2.0 for half-ironman races.

In the Saddle

My longest hours come in the saddle, and here it’s all about the custom Ultra Cycle bibs and jersey. When it gets cold, I throw on the thermo top, thermo leg warmers and Megaheat jacket.  Fortunately, there is ample pocket space for food, phone, etc., and the fabric wicks moisture like a sponge.

For racing, I rely on my custom Zoot kit for superior comfort and aerodynamic fit.

In the Water

It’s been a long haul learning how to swim with the front pack, but I couldn’t have done it without countless hours in the Ultra swim brief, chasing the black line and playing wall tag. When it comes time to hit the open water, I can be found in my Prophet 2.0 Wetzoot, or the Speedzoot for warmer days. The Prophet provides unmatched range of motion, incredible buoyancy, and is easy to peel off for quick transitions. Finally, it’s Zoot’s Swimfit cap that covers my dome.

The Rest of the Time

Not every hour of every day is spent training, but triathlon is definitely a lifestyle, and I have some other pieces of gear that fill in the gaps between workouts. Recovery is priority number one when I’ve finished my harder sessions, so I love to toss on the Recovery 2.0 CRx sock after long runs and rides, or during long travel days. As the Californians have taught us, a hoodie is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing made, and fortunately Zoot’s looks great, too. One last staple in my Zoot arsenal are the Recovery Slides, which are on my feet before and after every swim.

So there you have it! Zoot has me covered head to toe for my longest training days and the time between. No matter whether you live in a cold or warm climate, Zoot has your back with their comprehensive lineup of comfortable and high performance products.

#LoveYourRun Recipe: Chickpea and Cherry Frittata

February 18th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

One of our favorite things about Sunday morning workouts is the breakfast waiting for us on our return. With abundant carbs, protein and antioxidants, this amazing frittata recipe from Runner’s World is the perfect recovery meal.

Via Runner’s World (

8 eggs, lightly whisked
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped fresh cherries or 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup loosely packed, torn fresh mint leaves for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mix the eggs, chickpeas, cherries, goat cheese, almond milk, thyme, agave nectar and cream of tartar. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook for 2 minutes without stirring. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake till the eggs are puffed and set in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let the frittata cool for 5 to 10 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently work the frittata out of the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Cut the frittata into wedges and serve garnished with the mint. Serves four to six.

Nutrition Information

Calories Per Serving: 395
Carbs: 25 g
Fiber: 4 g
Protein: 22 g
Fat: 22 g

Introduction to Building your Training Base

February 12th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into February 2014. As we plan our training and races for the year we can’t forget to look at the fundamentals, especially building our preseason base.

Aptly titled, the goal of the base phase portion of a training plan is to create a strong foundation for us to build our harder workouts and races efforts off of. Why is this so important? Not only does a proper base phase help minimize the potential for injury, more importantly it builds the muscular, cardiovascular and bio-chemical processes that our bodies need to reach our full potential.

The principle component of a proper foundation is the LSD (Long Slow Day). The goal is to get out and put the miles in while keeping our efforts aerobic. Think conversational pace. In fact, this is the perfect time to do group runs and catch up with friends. If you can’t carry a conversation, you are going too fast!

As our foundation becomes stronger we can start throwing in limited efforts, such as a fartlek once a week, to spice things up and prepare the body for the higher intensity work down the road. However, these types of workouts should be saved for the latter portion of the base phase. For example, if we have planned our base phase to last a month (the minimum time period required to build a proper base) the first three weeks would be made entirely of LSDs, with the third week having a workout with an effort.

The secondary component of preseason training is to hit the weight room and work on muscular deficiencies that we might have, specifically our core and upper body strength. This is the perfect time to do this because as the season develops, and our training becomes sport specific, we won’t have the time to work on focused strength training. Again, here it is important to add weight slowly. The goal is not to build explosive power, but consistent strength.

These are just the basic fundamentals for developing your preseason base training. For additional information on how to plan your training cycle we recommend contacting a USA Triathlon Certified Coach.

2014 Spring Footwear

February 11th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

With the cold weather that we have suffered through this winter in the U.S., it sometimes felt that spring would never come. But now, looking at the calendar, it’s almost here. It’s time to start digging through our training and race gear to see what we need to update and replace. Let’s start with our feet. Check out our new spring footwear, online now

Ultra TT 7.0 – (Lightweight / Neutral / Racing & Training)
The Ultra TT 7.0 continues the heritage of triathlon greatness. No other shoe has won more podiums than this shoe. It’s universal in feel thanks to the 10mm offset and CarbonSpan+™. New to this year’s model is the top loaded Z-Bound™ that will simply feel even more alive under your foot.

Ultra Race 4.0 – (Lightweight / Neutral / Racing)
The Ultra Race 4.0 is the most advanced triathlon race day shoe. Built with the amazing glove-like fit of UltraFit™ and the Boa Closure System®, this shoe fits like no other on the planet. With its 8mm offset and CarbonSpan+™, you will feel fast.

Ultra Tempo 6.0 – (Lightweight / Guidance / Racing & Training)
The Ultra Tempo 6.0, with new top loaded Z-Bound™ for a more responsive feel, continues down the line as one of the best guidance shoes you can run in. The 10mm offset gives it a training feel in a lightweight package.

Ovwa 2.0 – (Lightweight / Guidance / Racing & Training)
The Ovwa 2.0 has the smoothest ride you’ll find. The 10mm offset, CarbonSpan+™ and top loaded Z-Bound™ makes this race day shoe worthy of your training runs. Two lace options and loads of fun await you.

Kiawe 2.0 – (Lightweight / Neutral / Racing)
The Kiawe 2.0 has that same great 6mm offset and fast on your feet feel, with an improved entry and a more comfortable fit. With two lace options and only 7.0oz of weight, you are sure to reach for this shoe often.

#LoveYourRun Playlist

February 7th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Sometimes the right music is the key to dominating a workout.  Here are the songs that help us – we hope it will help you with yours.

#LoveYourRun on Rdio –

  • Always On The Run – Lenny Kravitz
  • Keep On Running – The Spencer Davis Group
  • Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Run To You – Bryan Adams
  • Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Love Me Till The Sun Shines – The Kinks
  • When Love Comes To Town – U2
  • Fox On The Run – Sweet
  • Run Run Run – The Who
  • Finding Out True Love Is Blind – Louis XIV
  • Lovely 2 C U – Goldfrapp
  • Runaway – Andy Caldwell
  • Love Generation feat. Gary Nesta Pine – Bob Sinclar
  • Better Run – Tocadisco, Nadia Ali
  • The Fields Of Love (ATB Featuring York) – ATB
  • Love Will feat. Duane Harden – Ferry Corsten
  • Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
  • Say Hey (I Love You) feat. Cherine Anderson – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Run On – Moby

Our Key Warm Up Tips

February 5th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Like any machine, the human body needs to be warmed up before we use it. Not doing so increases our chance of injury while also limiting our potential out of the starting gate. It is hard to #LoveYourRun if our bodies are seizing up on us.

We all understand the idea of getting our blood flowing and loosening our muscles, but a proper warm-up also activates the bodies various systems so that we can perform at our best level. Here are our three favorite tips to get us ready for that big workout or race.

Static is Out, Dynamic is In
Traditionally stretching was static. It was based on the idea of holding various poses for 30 seconds to a minute to make us limber. However, while studies have shown that this is still useful to help you relax and calm the nervous system, it does not help us train.

Instead, prior to exercising we should be stretching dynamically. This has the benefit of improving power, strength and performance. When we dynamically stretch we move our muscles through their full range of motion in a repeated and smooth fashion. The goal is to activate the muscles that we’ll be using during the workout. It is important that we don’t overextend our muscles or be forceful, because this will lead to injuries.

Start Slowly
Because we all have limited time to get our training blocks in, we can be easily tempted to skip the warm up and jump right into the workout. We have to ignore that impulse and slowly ramp up our exercise. Our bodies need time to become aware of what we are about to ask of them. This is especially important if we are tired or sore. By not giving the body enough time to wake up, we are only asking for injury.

Listen to Your Body
We ask a lot from our bodies. We train continuously so that we can compete in three distinct sports. In return, it is important that we listen to what our bodies have to say. There will be days that a minimal warm up is all we need before we hit the trail. On other days, we might have to run several miles on the track before our bodies start to respond. By listening to this feedback we can keep our bodies healthy and strong and needlessly miss training days through easily avoidable injuries.

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