GranFondo Training Starts NOW!

With my spring marathon complete, my attention is back on the bike (this time outdoors) and I’m excited to kick of my GranFondo training in style. (Wondering what the heck is GranFondo – click here!)

Last weekend was my first road ride this year and dang was it cold! Luckily I have friends who are just as crazy excited about cycling and had some great company on route!

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As I’ve previously shared, GranFondo will be my longest bike race ever, and while I’m a little nervous (maybe a lot) I’m excited to begin the journey. In order to support rookie riders like myself (well all riders) GranFondo has created two training programs to help everyone get prepared. They have a 20 week program which I’ll be following, as well as a 16 week program available. By using these programs, I’m not just looking to increase my time in the saddle, i’m also hoping to gain a little confidence on the bike and for the big day, and of course have some fun!

Also to support their riders, GranFondo has collaborated with Share the Road Cycling Coalition for a series of charity cycling events throughout Ontario.  The first event is Spin the Lakes on May 25th in Huntsville and Wheels for Wellness Ride on June 14/15 in Ottawa. They also have some family friendly rides race weekend, as well as a ton of other great pre and post race events (like yoga for cyclists!). So if you’re looking to get in gear, start training for this great cycling adventure!

Oh – and I mentioned training in “style” – big thanks to lululemon for this fabulous cycling kit! Yeah flower power! Available online or at the Queen St store here in Toronto!

luluPicture from lululemon.com depicts short sleeve jersey and bib shorts.

Gear Review: Lululemon Cardio Kick Tank

Last week I was given the chance to test out some of the new spring line. I absolutely love all the new pastel colours and how bright fitness gear is right now. I was asked to try the lululemon Cardio Kick Tank, here’s what I thought.

Cardio Kick Tank

Cardio Kick Tank

The Details

This everything fitness tank is designed to cover many general areas of your workout and isn’t specific to running, although that was why I was checking it out. One of the most highlighted features is the rear pocket for your IPod to be tucked safely into (note: don’t run outside with music blasting – not safe!). The tank is made of lululemon’s Power Luxtreme fabric which is moisture wicking and very soft. The tank also has a mesh panel down the back to help the body breathe. The Cardio Kick Tank is low support (but with a closed back you can wear your own bra without the straps hanging out) and it medium coverage. It does contain a  bra liner which has removable cups.

My Experience

I liked that the straps of the Cardio Kick Tank are wide enough that you can hide your own favourite sports bra underneath without the straps hanging out. The Power Luxtreme fabric as always feels great to the touch and is oh so soft. The length of the tank is great as it cuts just at the hip bone, so has lots of length as you move around. But to be honest, I don’t love it, so check out the concern for why.

A Concern

I had a BIG concern which was that the seams along the chest made my boobs look weird and “poinky”. I was even wearing a Flow Y tank under with the cups in. The gals in the store agreed, that something on the tank was off.  Look closely in the side view picture above and you can kind of see what I mean. The fabric and seam location just don’t work well and it cut my boobs in a weird place, and well no one wants that.

Conclusion

As a result of my concern I would never wear this tank, simply it just didn’t work for me and my body. I would highly suggest trying it on in store before making any sort of purchase and definitely check yourself out in the mirror. There are so many great tanks, which will make your body look good, that I don’t believe settling for this one is a good idea.

Looking for a medium coverage tank? Check out my review of the lululemon Run: Pace Tank.

wiwildwukr Review: Lululemon Run: Pace Tank

Typically I run in the Cool Racerback and a Flow Y. That’s it (and shorts crops). I’ve been running that way for the last 5 years. I hate things close to my neck, the Racerback works, and if it’s not broke don’t fit it.  Last week for my appearance on CH Morning Live (we demoed Barre, check it out!) I was given a lululemon Pace Tank to wear, so being excited to try something new, I gave it a run. Here’s what I thought!

RUN:Pace Tank

The Details

The lululemon Run: Pace Tank is a high coverage medium support running tank with a built in shelf bra with removable cups. This tank is very supportive and although it has an open upper back, it’s thick straps help to keep the girls in place.

The Pace Tank is made of lululemon’s four -way stretch Power Luxtreme fabric which feels very light on the skin. The fabric is said to be both moisture-wicking and breathable and the anti-stink mesh panel in the back helps keep the body cool and dry. The tank also has a  hidden pocket in the chest, large enough for a house key, or small lip gloss. As with most lululemon tanks this one has chafe-resistant flat seams which will keep the rubbing down to a minimum.

RUN:Pace TankMy Experience

As mentioned above, I don’t typically run in structured tanks. I wear the Cool Racerback because I can wear my own supportive bra and its functional across many sports and works great in all seasons (as a layering piece in winter), so I get the most bang for my buck. But, the Run:Pace Tank felt great. The fabric felt very nice and light on my skin, however I did find it a little clingy so beware of muffin top. The think straps didn’t cut and I had no chaffing as with other thicker strapped tops. The length was also nice as it cut just above the hip.

A Concern

While the top was very supportive I typically request lots of support, not that I need it, just that I like to know it’s there, so I found not wearing a sports bra under this tank a little unnerving. I guess I could have, but then it would’ve ruined the lines of the open back.

Conclusion

If you are someone who typically runs in a high coverage tank, then this one is for you. The open back provides a nice detail and the Power Luxtreme fabric as always feels great to the touch.  Spring has sprung, so get this tank and get your run on!

photos via http://www.lululemon.com