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Holly's Tri mis-adventures
I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

A post for the ladies...

twiggyby twiggyJan 10th 2013
I feel the need to share my latest discovery with all the ladies out there.

For a while now I've been searching for a sports bra that is ideal for cycling. I have a few different styles in my sports drawer, none of which have been quite right while out on the bike.

1. The full on strap them down shock absorber running bra - perfect for running, but the straps can be a little uncomfortable and the fact that your all strapped down can lead to sweating and a little discomfort which is not neccessary when you dont need much support.

2. The more fashiony pull on crop top type bra - looks good but not breathable enough. Leaves you hot and sweaty.

I've search the shops and supplier catalogues for a while to find something with super comfortable straps, that looks good and most importantly is highly breatheable. I have some very nice cycling jerseys which I feel are wasted by what I'm putting on underneath. Whats the point of a £70 jersey with amazing temperature regulating properties if what your wearing underneath is not performing?

So for Christmas I requested a cycling specific bra from Castelli from the husband. Its first test came out in Mallorca on training camp which gave me an opportunity to get nice and hot and sweaty! I was surprised the difference it made to me. I was cool, comfortable and dry even when busting a gut up the side of a mountain. I was also very comfortable as the bra has the same straps as can be found on Castelli's high end bib shorts. The bra gave me just enough support and importantly looked so pro with a nice castelli jersey on top! I recommend that if you can get hold of a cycling specific bra like this then to go for it.

There is a down side though. The Castelli bra is not cheap at £70. Its a lot of money. You will probably only buy this bra if a) you are pro or spend ALOT of time on a bike, b) you own a bike shop! c) you own nice jerseys and want to feel the full benefit of them by having a cycling specific bra on underneath. I love it, and will not cycle for any reasonable amount of time without one again. Having said that I'm not sure I would have been able to justify the money myself.
A post for the ladies...
More product reviews to come. My latest purchase is a pair on ON Cloudrunner trainers which I am hoping to be able to test in the next few days (knee permitting!) I've heard good things about these shoes, especially from people who are susceptable to knee injury to I'm hopeful that they will become a useful tool in my armoury against injury. More to come...
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Jan 10th 2013 17:19
I love it! It does look good quality and sometimes it is the worth the extra money for the extra comfort it gives!
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