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The PureProject 4 Line Is Here!

Brooks’ PureProject line-up is where we get to create something that celebrates the simple purity of a great run; a shoe that lets you get lost in the moment and not tied up by how your feet feel. Our fourth edition is no exception in bringing you this experience, with the PureConnect 4,  PureFlow 4, and PureCadence 4 bringing an exciting addition to 2015.

Each shoe in the PureProject 4 range is cleanly designed, functionally simple but effective, and the perfect blend of lightweight materials and necessary support. While they each vary, you can expect the same key technology between each design, including a Nav Band, Anatomical Last, Toe Flex, Rounded heel, and BioMoGo DNA.

PureConnect 4 PureConnect 4

  • The PureConnect 4 connects with your foot at another level, matching the shape of your foot perfectly
  • Equipped with the most dynamic Nav Band ever seen, your arch is perfectly supported in a dynamic way as your foot moves through each stride
  • The Brooks team has perfected the amount of overlays needed to ensure your foot is able to breathe and that weight isn’t even close to being an issue

PureFlow 4PureFlow 4

  • Talk about a triple threat; the PureFlow 4 is super lightweight without discounting on being both soft and cushioned for superb comfort
  • The arch of your foot finds perfect support with the help of the Nav Band, moving with you as you run to create a dynamic and adaptable fit
  • Designed with a thin upper made of ultra-soft mesh, meaning your foot has plenty of space to breathe

PureCadence 4

  • The PPureCadence 4ureCadence 4 is the most structurally supported of the PureProject range, with a lightweight and fully supported ride to keep pushing you through each stride
  • Softness, comfort, and breathability are married perfectly through the use of our ultra-soft mesh upper
  • A secure Nav Band makes sure your arch and other key areas of the foot have plenty of support as you run

 

Get lost in the pure simplicity of every run with a pair of running shoes from Brooks’ PureProject 4 range. Check out our PureConnect 4PureFlow 4, or PureCadence 4 shoes today.

The Transcend 2: Your Most Comfortable Run Yet

Forget running shoes; Brooks’ new Transcend 2 range is more like floating shoes. Last year we introduced the world to the brand new Transcend, and in 2015 we’ve heightened that cloud-like experience even further with this exciting second edition.

The NEW Transcend 2

The NEW Transcend 2

Strapped into a pair of these stylish shoes, runners can expect to enjoy one of the smoothest, most luxurious rides of their life. It’s the closest thing you can get to floating while keeping in contact with the ground.

Transcend 2: The Breakdown

Creating a shoe as comfortable as this doesn’t happen by accident; the Transcend 2 is one technologically-equipped machine. That all translates into this:

  • Our mantra is “Run Happy”, and that’s exactly what we enable you to do with the supremely plush and cushioned ride of the Transcend 2. We’ve specially designed the shoe’s upper using dual mesh and no-sew tunnels, meaning you get the most comfortable ride yet
  • Everyone is different, and that’s why we’ve put a lot of thought into the varying biomechanics that influence every individual’s stride when designing the Transcend 2, including our patented and incredibly adaptable Super DNA technology
  • Straying away from traditional posts, our Guiderails make sure your hips, knees, and joints move comfortably in their unique motion path as you glide along
  • Pressure is dispersed evenly across your foot, through the heel, mid-foot, and forefoot, plus the Transcend 2’s Rounded Heel makes sure your stride is aligned seamlessly
  • Let’s not forget about the looks, too; we’ve created a super stylish design that will get you out of bed and onto the running path on those days you’d rather sleep in

Ready to transcend reality with the Transcend 2? Check out the brand spanking new Transcend 2 range today.

Introducing Brooks’ Exciting New Ravenna 6

New Brooks Ravenna 6

New Brooks Ravenna 6

It’s a very good time to be a runner, especially now that Brooks’ Ravenna 6 is finally here. It’s everything you loved about the 5 except now it’s even quicker, leaner, and meaner; a feat you wouldn’t think possible until you strap yourself into a pair of these.

The Brooks design team has worked hard to perfectly toe the line between a Neutral and Support shoe, ensuring superb cushion and stability while also focussing on creating a ride that is ultra-responsive and completely controlled.

Ravenna 6: The Breakdown

So what science has gone into creating the perfect ride from heel to toe? Here’s how the Ravenna 6 design breaks down:

  • New upper construction is even thinner than before, meaning it sits nice and close to your feet and provides a cool, comfortable ride
  • A midsole fitted with Brooks’ patented BioMoGo DNA, developed to provide lightweight and adaptive cushioning that’s tuned to your feet
  • The full ground contact design works to propel your feet through a smooth heel to forefoot transition, pushing you forward as you run
  • Super soft and comfortable, particularly with the rounded collar
  • An adjustable mid-foot saddle means you can find the perfect fit and enjoy extra stability, while the adaptable mid-foot crash pad accounts for runners with all kinds of foot strike patterns

Are you as excited about the Ravenna revolution as we are? Check out Brooks’ Ravenna 6 range today!

Dan Wilson’s Commonwealth Games Preparation

Written by Dan Wilson, Australian Representative in Triathlon and Team Brooks Member

 Dan Wilson - Hamburg

Well, I’m currently airborne on board a Lufthansa plane somewhere between Hamburg and Frankfurt, as we leapfrog our way from Hamburg, via Frankfurt, to Geneva, then back to ‘home’ in Aix Les Bains in France. We did have a more streamlined (metaphorically, not aerodynamically, I’m sure this planes airfoils are sound. Or possibly not, thinking back to the rather labored take off…) flight initially booked, but failure to receive convincing confirmation that our bikes would be welcome onboard led to some frantic 5am rebooking by Mossy on a different airline. This proved to be a shrewd decision, as the Kiwi team who booked on the same airline were greeted with blank faces and a staunch refusal to accept the team’s bikes on their flight, and thus their coaches took a bullet for the team and drove their bikes in a 12 hour meandering route across Europe to arrive in Hamburg. A drive, if the Kiwi’s account is anything to go by, featuring a vice-like grip on the steering wheel, wide eyed stares into the distance, and repeated muttering littered with imaginatively descriptive adjectives used to describe the airline in question.

 

The reason for this ANZAC-based rendezvous in Hamburg was for another leg of the World Triathlon Series, and importantly for those Glasgow-bound, a last hit out before the Commonwealth Games. The 5 week block leading up to Hamburg had us working harder than priest on a sinking ship – it was a solid block of hard work, only pausing to do some tough work, then having a break to do some intense work, followed by some difficult work, and then back to the staple of hard work. Having indulged in a metaphorical buffet of various forms of work, we had a few easier days leading into Hamburg, in which my body decided to undergo some furious adaptation, consequently making me feel as lively as a corpse with a mustache, and had me in the room of mirrors having a good hard look at myself and wondering what the blazers was going on and how the blazers was I supposed to race the quickest race of the year tomorrow. The blazers were either deaf to my questions, or decided their answers were not ones suitable for my ears; however, I got around alright for a 27th in a race that was quicker than a cheetah driving a Ferrari. I felt reasonably strong all round, but not too much spark, which is a pretty good place to be in 2 weeks out from Commonwealth Games.

 

I was lucky enough to be picked for the team relay on Sunday, and after a fantastic job by the rest of the Aus team, I led off the anchor leg of the relay at the head of a group of 5. In hindsight, it was a pretty tough ask to battle with Brownlee and Luis (who were 1st and 2nd the day before) as well as a Hungarian athlete who was brought in especially for the relay and had not raced the day before, but I was a little disappointed to finish 4th and not win a medal with the Aussie team. Again in hindsight, it turns out the best decisions to make would have probably to be a little less aggressive on the bike, I put in a big effort to bridge to a Brownlee attack, which left me open to a counter attack from Luis, who ended up bridging and leaving me behind with the Hungarian. It’s hard to be a passive in a race like that, but it turns out that would have been the best option.

 

Anyway, I’ve swallowed that pill, and if I’m included in the relay for Glasgow, will be eager to execute with more sangfroid efficiency! So, from now, we don’t have too much hard work left to do, with two massive hits of intensity this weekend that left lactate in places I didn’t know I had places, we can rest and sharpen up over the next 10 days before Glasgow. Myself and Jacko will be in Aix, and will spend the next week recovering from the races, the last training block, as well as our time in the altitude tent, and hope to improve a bit more before we leave next Sunday for the Athlete Village. It’s an exciting time, just crossing the i’s and dotting the t’s (or possibly the other way around, but I’m sure no-one actually noticed that before I pointed it out…) in the final preparation for the race, and it’s a race and experience I’m really looking forward to! I’ll bring you another update from the Games Village with a few pre-race thoughts!

 

Until then, take care friends,

 

Dan

 

Check out the Racer ST – Dan’s Brooks Race Day shoe of choice.

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Ryan Sissons’ Countdown to the Commonwealth Games

By Ryan Sissons, NZ Triathlete and Member of Team Brooks

Ryan

It is now 16 days until I compete at my very first Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of the New Zealand Triathlon Team. It’s fair to say most of the hard work has already been done, and it’s now time to settle down, recover and fine tune until race day on the 24th July. For the last 7 days I have been based in Loughborough in the UK, a little town with some great training facilities and surroundings and a place quite similar in weather conditions to Glasgow. I will be based here until 4 days before my race in which the NZ team will head to Glasgow.

What do I do between now and then?

This weekend I will race another round of the World Triathlon Series Hamburg in Germany as a good hit out race 10 days out of the Commonwealth Games. It’s a stellar field assembling so a perfect opportunity to test my form and a final race situation hit out before the big show. Post Hamburg I will travel back to the UK and recover and rest as best and as fast as I can before the final push in training. There is only a 10 days window of training post Hamburg so the training I will do will be very precise and specific. For the last few months I have been doing some pretty solid training, with between 25-30 hours a week of training, however as it draws closer to races and especially the Commonwealth Games this is cut down to between 15-20 hours in order to let the body rest and recover.

That’s about all for now. I am extremely excited to compete for my country at the games but for now it’s only right to put the head back down and get the preparation as best I can.

Ryan

Check out the Brooks Racer ST that Ryan Sissons will be using on his road to Commonwealth Games glory in Glasgow.

 

 

Are you new to running?

Author: Leigh Fisher from Running Fit Coaching

We know it’s not easy to lace up your runners and decide to head out the door for your first run. But that is the hardest part of the journey! Once you commit to getting out the door, only then can you look to realize your running potential. Running is one of life’s great liberties and if you are new to running then your world is about to open up. New to running?

SET A GOAL

This helps you stay focussed and on track with your training.  It should be specific, realistic, and measurable. i.e. “I would like to run for 20 minutes continuously within 2 months”.

BUILD UP SLOWLY

Running is high impact.  It is best to start with a run/walk progression.  Each week should build up your running distance 10-15%.  If you start off too quickly, the body can develop niggles/injuries.

RECOVERY

The body requires ongoing maintenance in the form of stretching, massage and good nutrition.  Stretching should be dynamic before a run and static after a run.  Massage can be in the form of a sports masseur or self massage with a foam roller, tennis ball.

For those new to running there is a lot of ‘Running Jargon’ that can be quite confusing, terms such as fartlek, intervals, lactic acid, cadence and VO2Max are just a few. Knowing how often, how far and how hard you should run are also important factors.  For a great introduction to running you can join a free seminar in Melbourne on Feb 27th with experienced coach Melissa Vandewater from Running Fit Coaching. http://ow.ly/tJ5AW

Cross Training and how it can benefit your running.

Author: Clyde Rosanowski, Triathlon Australia – Development Coach (Level 1) and member of the BRAT Triathlon Club

Quite simply our running performances are a direct result of a few main factors which make up our overall performance; Vo2Max (size of our engine), running efficiency (economy/biomechanics).  One of the key limiters to us developing the first factor (Vo2max) is injury.  Put simply not all of us are blessed with the biomechanics of an Olympic Marathon runner and can’t sustain massive running volumes.  We know that we need to progressively build up our overall aerobic endurance but don’t want to push too far with our r8unning and get injured.

Cross training can be the answer.   What exactly is cross training then?  Cross training is participating in another sporting activity to compliment your primary sport, in this case your running.  So, what can we do?  Swimming, Cycling and Gym work are the obvious choices. CrossTraining

I’ll start with swimming.  A lot of us runners swim like stones which makes a few lengths even more of an aerobic challenge.  Once you have mastered a continuous swim of say 1km in the pool it is time to have some fun and do things that are just plain hard when running.  By this I mean, high intensity reps with minimal recovery time.  As swimming is zero impact you can manage more high intensity, more often and with shorter recovery.  A session like 300m warm up, 5 x 100m at max pace with 30 sec recovery and 300m warm down will get the blood pumping but not leave you wrecked for days like a running track session may.

Cycling has fantastic aerobic benefits and a lot less impact that running.  You can also get to new places that you may never running or even in the car!  Remember to be road aware and obey all road rules as unlike when you are running you are treated as a car when on your bike.  Spinning which means high revolution pedalling is a great way to pump the blood through your legs and is awesome for recovery.  A 90 min flat ish ride a few times a week will do wonders for your running.  Be careful not to go out and do 7 hour rides if running is your primary goal as this will promote weight gain in your legs.

Strength training in the gym should be the runner’s best friend.  Old fashioned core work will keep you in alignment when running and improve your biomechanics in each step.  Pilates and Yoga are also awesome supplements to your running program and promote strength and flexibility which are both critical to running fast and injury free.

When I began thinking about what I was going to write in this post I began to think about the sheer volume of people that started by adding a little cross training to their run program and then became Triathletes.  So, be careful or you may love the variety so much you change sports!

 

Get back into Running!

Tips from Melissa Vandewater, Run Coach for Running Fit Coaching.

You’ve decided this Spring to get fit with some running. What’s next?

The best way to start running or return after a break is by:

  • A graduated run walk program.  This might take the form of 30 secs running/1 min walking repeated 6-8 times.  Commence with a 5-10min walk.  The time running can be increased gradually or started at 3-5mins on, if you have previously built up your running. RunningTips1
  • Write down the days you can run and put this in a spot where you can see it. You are more likely to stick to plan when it is written down.
  • Ask a friend/s to join you.   It goes quicker when you have company and accountability to each other.  Or better still, join a group with coaching.  Be sure to check that they cater for your level of running.
  • Whilst running: Focus on being tall, relaxed shoulders and breathing deeply to open up chest/stomach.
  • Wear comfortable, breathable clothing.  Cotton tends to soak up sweat, rather than taking away from the body.
  • Running shoes are important! Invest in a pair of good running shoes, not cross trainers or old pair from 3 years ago! Poor footwear can certainly contribute to niggles/injuries.
  • Keep strong: cross training and strength/pilates/yoga are all good to complement you running this Spring/Summer.

 

For more advance tips and coaching visit Running Fit Coaching

New Season Anxiety

Words by Leon Griffin – Team Brooks Athlete
Wow – where did the winter months go! If you’re anything like me, your last race of the previous summer feels like it was just yesterday, and a new season already dawns upon us.
Those feelings of pre-race anxiety are starting to creep in, and you start to wonder if that goal you set at the start of the offseason – to become a much more competent swimmer, to race some bike crits to improve your bike skills, or complete a few more brick sessions so you don’t run out of gas and walk the second half of those runs – was realistic.
OR you’re simply working up the courage to tackle your first triathlon. Whichever it is, don’t despair, you’re not alone. Those rollercoaster ridin’ butterflies in the pit of your stomach when your thoughts turn to the fast approaching season kickoff are about as common and guaranteed as a Bart Cummings appearance at the Spring Racing Carnival.
Hopefully I can give you a few pointers below to help you become the master of your own anxiety!

All about You
Make sure you’re taking on the challenge of racing your first tri, improving one of the three legs, improving on all legs, setting a PB or winning your age group or the whole kit and caboodle for yourself, no one else. That can be the easiest way to eliminate some of that external stress that’s waking you up at 2:30 in the morning…worried you’re not going to live up to the expectations of your partner, Leonfriends, competitors or even your cat. If you’re not in it for you and your own reasons, then get out of it before you even start!

Make a list
It sounds boring and you’ve probably heard it a million times before, but the easiest way to minimise pre-race anxiety is to make a list at least 1-2 weeks before the first race and split it into two parts; 1) things that need to be organised plenty of time before the race; and 2) things to sort the day or two leading in and night before.
Things to include on the first list include at least one brick session (bike ride with a run off) so to get the familiarity of the ‘jelly legs’ transition back, a test run in the wetsuit if you haven’t thrown it on since last summer or have a new one, or maybe never even used one, a bike service or some new tires, a gentle run in the race shoes, a massage, a new haircut, etc. Basically anything that you don’t want to be stressed about the day or so before the race.
The second list may just include everything you need to pack to take to the race to use like goggles, wetsuit, bike and helmet, shoes, plus other little bits and pieces like your pump, pair of thongs for your blistering feet (not needed if you wear Brooks!), a clean t-shirt so you don’t have bad B.O when you stop at the shop for a pie and coke on the way home, definitely some baggy shorts so you don’t go into that shop to get the pie and coke in your tight and smuggling race shorts, sunscreen lotion, etc.

Race Plan
Whatever you do, don’t think you can just wing-it! Think about each leg and how you’re going to approach it. By that I don’t mean being so specific that if it doesn’t happen then you need to throw in the towel, but think about where you’ll position yourself at the swim start (weaker or less confident swimmers start on the side or to the back of your wave), start pulling the wetsuit off running to your bike or wait till you get to your transition spot, bike shoes clipped into your pedals or put them on in transition and run out with them on, start fast or start slow, socks or not for the run, hat, sunglasses?…so many decisions!!!
Triathlons definitely have a lot more involved to think about than that 5k fun run, however don’t let it overwhelm you. Just break it down and visualise beforehand how you want to attack each of the 3 components that make up the triathlon. Stick to it as best as you can, but be flexible enough to allow for anything and everything to pop up during the course of the race because it something generally does. That way I guarantee you’ll reduce the anxiety within you and get your season off to a great start!

Looking for a Triathlon to sign up to? Click here to see our events calendar.

Leon is a former World Duathlon Champion and currently focuses on non-drafting triathlon in particular at the 70.3 distance with the goal to ultimately stand on top of the podium in Hawaii!
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The NEW Trance 12

Author: Stuart Simpson, Brooks Tech Guru

The Trance 12 has hit stores and just quietly, we’re pretty excited. The Trance 12 takes off from where the Trance 11 left off by maintaining the balance between a plush

ride but a supportive ride. Full length DNA and Stacked MOGO look after the cushioning and the Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar (PDRB) takes care of the support!
We have increased the lateral ground contact in the shoe by continuing the midsole through that lateral aspect of the shoe. This allows for a balanced ride through the mid-foot, consistent landing zone for every foot fall and helps deliver an amazingly plush and responsive ride from heel to toe!

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