Neoprene warmth vest review by Jemima Cooper
Loving Open Water Swimming – Warmth in the Water!
I hate being cold. My lips go blue and I shake like crazy. I lose feeling in my feet, not to mention, I get incredibly grumpy. So when my coach said “why don’t you go open water swimming?” last week (this is British May!) I obviously wasn’t so chuffed!
Luckily for me, Trigirl stepped in with a snazzy under-wetsuit top, Zone3’s neoprene warmth vest, and it saved the day!!
My thoughts on this little addition to your swim wardrobe:
The idea behind the Zone3 neoprene warmth vest is to add a bit of extra warmth for open water or pool-based swimming.
Arm Warmers Review – Trigirl blogger Jemima tests out this essential piece of spring cycling kit
Trigirl Arm Warmers: “a MUST HAVE piece of kit”
Whoever came up with the idea for arm warmers must have lived in a topsy-turvy climate like the UK and was a genius! They are such a versatile bit of cycle kit.
Arm warmers act as an extra layer for freezing winter days and are great for those ‘too cold to start off, boiling hot midway through’ rides. Easy on/ easy off arm warmers have been a lifesaver for me so many times! They are also a great way to extend use of your summer kit- making fave summer jerseys long-sleeved in a snap!
Unfortunately, for such a simple piece of clothing, arm warmers seem to be pretty tricky to get right. Too tight, too baggy, too cool, too warm, not long enough…
This week I had the chance to try out Tri Girl’s Cosy Cycling Arm Warmers in Black/ Hi- Viz Pink.
I really liked the style and look of them (the reflective logo is also a bonus!)
These warmers use gripper bonding at the top to hold them up comfortably and securely. They’re also easy to take off (even whilst moving!) and they will fit neatly into your back-jersey pocket. They stayed up well and didn’t rub or chafe at any point.
Trigirl warmers are toasty and warm. The soft insides feel nice on the skin and help to keep the heat in… important for British spring time!
Trigirl arm warmers come in two sizes. I chose small and they were a tiny bit big for my titchy arms, but when my other cycling buddies wanted to give them a try they fit perfectly. For most, sizing shouldn’t be a problem as the stretchy material helps them fit a range of sizes (and makes them comfortable to wear). I do have fairly long arms- these were the first pair of arm warmers that I have found that can actually give me full-length coverage (another bonus!)
Trigirl arm warmers are a definite MUST HAVE piece of kit for your year-round activewear wardrobe!
Buy your set of Trigirl arm warmers in our online shop here.
Read more from university student and ambitious age group triathlete Jemima Cooper here.
Try Pilates for all kinds of triathlon benefits!
We all know that triathlon is a really cool sport. Yes, people swim, bike and run, but put them together and something unique and special is created. And no one can say that training for a triathlon is boring! Triathlon’s training diversity is what attracts so many people to the sport.
Unfortunately, it’s also what often puts triathletes at high risk of postural imbalances, muscle strains and over-use injuries.
This is where a fourth discipline, Pilates for triathletes, comes in. New Trigirl blogger and qualified Pilates instructor, Jemima Cooper, recommends Pilates as a way to keep muscles lean, balanced and injury-free, with the added benefit of some free speed in your next tri!
Pilates for triathletes is one of the most effective forms of body maintenance and injury avoidance, so why not add Pilates to your training today?
See Jemima’s article here for Pilates exercises that you can do in less than 10 minutes at home and more advice about Pilates for triathletes!