This week has been
hellish busy but good because my Team Tough Chik kit arrived! If you have familiar with our “Toughies” you have probably seen pics blasted all over the net over the last couple weeks of Tough Chiks in their new team wear. Opening the kit was a nice surprise as it not only included our team apparel but also a Tough Chik sticker!! goodies from our sponsors, which ranged from a vacation resort, swim shampoo, bike lube, Anti Chafing Cream, snack bars, hydration, and a lot of other fun things, some of which I never knew existed!
Although free stuff is beyond awesome, what we were all awaiting was the team apparel! I purchased running singlets for both Aby and I. On occasion, when I beg, she will actually run or race with me in a matching outfit. This is super fun for me, somewhat embarrassing for her, but always GOOD because as I am running back to find her in a race, people identify me as “THE” mom and tell me how cute she is or that she is running really well, or that she is right behind them. It works great on many levels.
Here we are below, preparing for a photo after a long, hot run for me. I wasn’t feeling great, the heat is bad for me and I was drained! I certainly wasn’t feeling a photo but we were dressed for it, if I could just get her to hold still long enough to get those blonde locks in place! And what is she doing? Is that an adapted “SuperStar” pose? She is always a clown
just like her father.
I know I look like hell
and that’s how I felt too but let’s focus on the Team Tough Chik apparel.
This is a large running singlet for me (xs for Aby) and fits perfectly. Bonus that it feels and looks great too! this singlet is very similar to the green & pink “i run” tanks from Tough Chik and as you may already know, I REALLY love the style and fit of these tanks.
Don’t be shocked but I also ordered a TRI tank. I can easily say that I have never owned a more attractive TRI top.
You can possibly see that there is a large pocket (the graphic with the chik) on the back for your gels, phone, etc. This is huge if you have a TRI bike because once you transition from road to TRI bike, say goodbye to that nifty little under the seat bag that keeps all of your belongings. Not that you would stop to access it during a TRI anyhow so this large pocket is both handy and very necessary!
This is a large top and I should have gone XL. Half of my TRI tops are L and the other half are XL. TRI tops tend to run small, I should have known better. When they reopen registration in May, I will order an XL. That’s right you heard me, they are reopening registration for Team Tough Chik! If you would like to be notified when they reopen, please click HERE and fill out the form.
While we are talking about TRIs. I have gotten a lot of questions as of late on TRI apparel. Specifically TRI Suit vs TRI kit. As always, this is really about personal opinion. I am so tall that I wouldn’t even think to do a TRI Suit. I also like to mix up my “outfits” so the thought of wearing one suit for every race doesn’t make me think happy thoughts. However, they are convenient and do well for many people.
In the past, I have had the best success with SkirtSports for TRI tops. I wear a large in this brand, the tops are not skin-tight and I am comfortable racing in this top without worry that my mommy tummy is hanging out. It’s long enough but not too long. However, since it isn’t skin-tight, if you swim in the pool or have an open water swim which is not wetsuit legal then know that your top will be “floating” when you stop or are turning.
I’ve also had success with TYR and Speedo (in large). However, it seems that Craft has made its way onto the TRI scene in a big way while I was on
Mr. Michael baby hiatus. I have heard very good things about Craft but have not yet owned any of their apparel. And I’m currently coveting this Sugoi top but have never owned any of their products either.
I personally have not had good luck with 2XU tops. I have an XL that is so tight that I can’t even wear it. If you are tiny, then you will be fine but it you are a bigger lady then I wouldn’t recommend it.
For the bottom, I always use the Skirt Sports Race Belt Skirt to slide up over my briefs after the swim. I normally don’t use TRI shorts. If I do opt for shorts, then I use Peal Izumi TRI shorts. Since length is always an issue for me, most TRI shorts are too short so I favor the skirt.
Do you have a favorite TRI brand? Tri Suit or TRI Kit? Or more importantly, are you doing to sign up to be notified when Team Tough Chik reopens registration?
Get out and enjoy this beautiful weather, it’s amazing!
Cheers, Amanda – TooTallFritz