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PRODUCT REVIEWS
MINERVA HEALTH MANAGER
($50 for personal edition, $75 for family)
PREMISE: Your — and your family’s — medical history consolidated and easily accessible in one place. After filling out a comprehensive survey online, which covers everything from daily vitamins to X-ray copies to your advanced directive, you transfer the files to a jump drive (or USAT-branded jump bracelet). Once you’ve got your history in a petite package, you can take it to a race or tuck it in your bike jersey, which comes in handy in a worst-case scenario. The files are not on the Internet; they’re only stored on your computer and your drive.
TESTERS SAY: A smart idea, even though neither tester has a complicated health history. “People should have this information on them at all times,” says Steve, “The jump drive fit easily into my wallet.” He liked the kind of medical details they asked for. “Pretty straight forward, like what any doctor or hospital would want,” he says. The information gathering process was fairly streamlined, although Kathleen found a few spots — the download procedure, for one — that she wished were a little more simplified. “Transferring to the jump drive could’ve been easier, too,” she says, “I had to carefully read the options to get the correct transfer.” Both found the bracelet with a hidden jump drive too cumbersome to wear during a race, but Steve would bring it to the race. Similarly, both liked the overall idea, but recommended it for people who have copious medical records and doctors. RATING: 4


 


SAUCONY PROTECTION GLOVE
($40; sizes XS-XL; saucony.com)
PREMISE: A glove that protects you in more ways than one. These medium-weight gloves, available in black or ultra-bright neon orange, are waterproof and warm. Reflective stripes on both gloves and a light on the right hand ups the visibility and safety factor, while a soft thumb doubles as Kleenex and the pair stays together when you’re not running, thanks to magnets in the cuffs.
TESTERS SAY: Fit — and work — like a glove. “The medium fit my large fingers perfectly,” says Katie, who thought the fabric would be perfect for 25-45 degree weather. She liked the idea of the removable light, but had a hard time using it to see the road in front of her. “Naturally, it moves with your arm, and I found myself modifying my arm swing to try to get it to stay straight,” she says. Tim, who also found them perfect for cooler runs, found the light to be, “perfect and very bright.” He used the blinking mode for road runs, and the normal stream for trail ones. His only quibble? When he took them off to tie his shoe, it was a little tough to get his sweaty hands back in the gloves. Both appreciated the snot rag and the snap — and would definitely recommend them to anybody who trains in the elements.
RATING: 5


 


TRAININGPEAKS
PREMISE: The next phase of the all-encompassing data tracking system, TrainingPeaks now has become much more accessible. First, the company launched a web-based Training Stress Score (TSS) system and accompanying Performance Management Chart, which tracks training trends like fitness, fatigue and form, so computer users — Mac, PC, mobile devices — can check in on their training whenever they want. In addition, TSS metrics now can be calculated via heart rate or running pace, so you can track every ride and run you do in a similar fashion. (Formerly, it was only available to those with power meters.)
TESTER SAYS: Love the improvements. “No more worry about my hard drive crashing and losing all my files, which has happened in the past,” says Laura, has been using TrainingPeaks for herself and the athletes she coaches for years. Although she notes that power is the truest measure of performance, she was thrilled to have the more accessible heart rate as a guide, too. “The data you can get without having a power meter is amazing,” she says, “There are three indictors: chronic training load, acute training load and stress balance. I uploaded my data from my Hawaii Ironman running build, and it almost matched my build on the bike, so I knew I was headed in the right direction.” If those training load terms seem intimidating, no worries. “The tutorials are helpful and easy to use,” she says, “And the data you glean over time is invaluable for your training.”
RATING: 5


Testers: Amanda Durner, 36, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Briana Boehmer, 31, Waukesha, Wis.; Marc Bonnet-Eymard, 39, Winter Garden, Fla.; Kathleen Johnston, 51, Nashville, Tenn.; Steven Smith, 63, Granger, Ind.; Tim Hola, 34, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Katie Bell, 33, Boulder, Colo.; Laura Sophiea, 55, Atlanta, Ga.


94 USA TRIATHLON WINTER 2011

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