Zoot Partners with Team Katusha

May 20th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

We are happy to announce that Zoot has partnered with UCI Pro-Team Katusha. We will be providing them shoes for both off bike training and the podium ­– where we hope to see them often!

Zoot – we make shoes so comfortable that even pro cyclists wear them!

Learn more on Team Katusha’s site

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.

Zoot 2014 Teams

January 31st, 2014 - Posted by zoot

At Zoot we believe that you should train as you race and race as you train. Our commitment to this idea has led us to making some of the best (and most comfortable) tri and running gear that the world has seen.
Of course, we would be nowhere without our committed team of testers, or as they are known to the world, the Zoot Teams. They are constantly pushing our gear to the limits, be it a hard training session or sprinting for the finish at Kona.
With that in mind, we are proud to announce our 2014 teams. We are especially excited to note that all of our members of our 2013 Marque and Elite Pro Teams are returning this year! Without further ado here are the Zoot 2014 Teams:

Marquee Pro:
Ben Hoffman
Kelly Williamson

Elite Pro:
Jozsef Major
Ian Mikelson
Sergio Marques (Portugal)
Anja Beranek (Germany)
Charisa Wernick
Uli Bromme
Bree Wee
Mandy Mclane
Heather Leiggi
Lesley Smith
Janelle Morrison (Canada)
Balazs Csoke
Sara Gross (Canada)
Rachel Jastrebsky
Beth Walsh
Sierra Snyder
Gregory Farrell (Australia)

Team Zoot (formerly called Zoot Ultra Team)
SoCal: Team Captain – Diana Noble
NorCal: Team Captain – Jim Atkinson
North West: Team Captain – Sam Piccici
Arizona: Team Captain – Bryan Dunn
Texas: Team Captain – Christian Wendenburg
Mountain: Team Captain – Shane Neimeyer
Central Plains: Team Captains – Chuck and Jen Sloan
Great Lakes: Team Captains – Rick Lapinski, Matt Ancona
Mid-Atlantic: Team Captain – Brian Jastrebsky
North East: Team Captains – Shane Arters, Hana Sykorova
South East: Team Captain – Kerry Mowlam

Wishing everyone a great racing season!

4 Tips for Sticking With Your Fitness Resolutions in 2014

January 3rd, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Happy 2014! With a new year also comes a fresh start, an opportunity to evaluate 2013 and establish new fitness, professional and personal goals. These goals (resolutions) are often set with the best intentions, but still nearly 75% of them last only one week. Here at Zoot, we want to change that. We want 2014 to be your best year of health and happiness, so we are here to share our tips for sticking with your fitness resolution.

1. Be realistic: Of course we encourage you to dream big – just not unattainably big. Make sure whatever resolution you strive to achieve is something you are actually capable of. If you feel overwhelmed, you are much more likely to ditch it and move on.

2. Write down your goals: People who write down goals are actually more likely to achieve them. Write yours somewhere accessible where you can easily check in on your progress. It may also help to share them with someone you trust: a workout buddy, spouse, best friend – anyone you feel can be supportive, encouraging and help keep you accountable.

3. Be specific: When you write down your resolution, define who, what, when, where, how and why. Making your goal as specific as possible helps with planning and sets you up for success.

4. Make it measurable: When you decide on your resolution, ensure that you are able to measure the results. For instance, “run better” is not measurable. Define better – does that mean faster? Farther? Maybe it’s “I will cut one minute off of my mile time” or “I will PR in my half marathon this year.” Set benchmarks so you know whether you’re successful.

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