Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lesley Paterson gets 6th at 70.3 Worlds!!!!

Lesley was sick heading into this race, just finishing a round of antibiotics, but she still put together a solid race and placed 6th in the world! This was her first time racing this event so you will no doubt see her improve and compete for the world title in the coming years.
Congratulations Lesley! All of your hardwork is paying off. Keep it up and we will see you in 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Skinfit Trisuit wins Kona Gear Count 2010

Every year, volunteers are busy counting bikes, shoes, apparel, wheels, etc to be able to publish the prestigious Kona Gear Count. This year, Skinfit won the one-piece suit category and placed among the top three brands in Tops and Bottoms as well. An astonishing feat considering that most competitors are from North America where Skinfit does not yet have as strong of a presence as it does in the European markets. Skinfit is by far the most popular European brand and can compete head to head with the big names in the sport.

Skinfit has been manufacturing high-end Triathlon suits for 15 years and takes pride in its newest invention the Skinfit Tri Suit Plasma. The suit is incredibly fast in the water and offers an unusual high level of comfort during the other legs of the race as well. Our all-white tri gear was also very popular among athletes in Kona.

The results were published by www.lavamagazine.com and can be found here.

'Custom' includes any suits that could not be clearly assigned to any brand (for example due to excessive logos printed on the suits).

Skinfit would like to thank all its loyal customers for such a strong showing in Kona. We live Skinfit.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kona race report from Skinfit athlete Adam Zucco

Race reports are something I do not do too often at least not on a public form. I do think it is important to reflect and think about pros and cons, but usually have a hard time thinking that anyone wants to know what TV shows I was watching the night before. HA HA.

This year Hawaii went very well for me, I have received several requests of “what happened?” So here it goes, without the local broadcasting included.

The day before the race at Hawaii is always the same. You are assigned a time to check in your bike. The volunteers are amazing and you receive a personal escort to the transition area with detailed instructions with how to do the entire process. As you get to transition you are walked through a coral, much like race horses where reporters write down everything about you and your bike and equipment. It is a bit surreal and the first time you realize the stage on which we are all about to perform. It is a very cool experience.

Beyond that, I do everything the same for every race I do the day before and morning of the race. This was no different. Pasta or something similar, protein, light veggies if any, simple, consistent, usually effective.

The Race.

Morning of the race I woke up, had my breakfast and caught a ride from Yuri and Lindsay down to the start line. The numbering process was nothing less then professional and efficient and I was through it quickly. Got my bike situated, realized that I had left my Garmin on in my bag the entire night before and was just hoping it had enough juice to get me through the ride. Nothing I could do about that now I thought.

I went and hung out with some friends Heather and Keith, then Danny. Keith and Joe (two of the best friends a guy could have) volunteered to help in transition and were there to take my items in the am, the pump I had, etc. Talk about eliminating a lot of pre race stress knowing those guys have you back! Heather had a toe injury I helped her navigate. She and I found an awesome fix and it was a nice distraction to have anyway.

I found Danny at the swim start. We discussed heading down to the water when the pros started at 6:30 and to tread out to the deep water start soon after to get our spot. I had warned him this was in my opinion the worst part of the race. This swim start is SO BRUTAL with contact. The area is tight, the athletes are all fit, and everyone thinks they are going to win in the first 10 min so they are willing to fight hard for position. It is the most contact I suffer in a swim every year, and that is BEFORE the start!

This year was no different. As Dan and I fought to keep our front line positions and tried to stay back from the paddle boarders trying to hold us back it was so intense. Then BOOM, we were off! I was POUNDED. I was eventually relegated to an inside lane which honestly was a relief. I was trying so hard to not swim close enough to someone’s elbow to catch one in the face. When I got to clear water it was so nice to just have that that I was reluctant to fight back into the pack. I could tell I had missed the first group selection about 600 into the swim. I saw a gap of clear water between my group and the front group, told myself to relax; it is a long day and just follow the fastest feet I could. Honestly I thought I was in sub 55 shape. To see the 58 swim was disappointing (I didn’t know it at the time) but could tell on the bike right away it was just average. I told myself Ironman for me is not about the swim, it never has been to just relax and let the day come. I also reminded myself my Ironman training partner Scott Iott went over an hour here the year before and still broke 9:30, a time I could only dream of.


In Ironman I transition slowly. In years past this has been a tactical decision to calm myself down, get ready for the next segment, then go. This year I went much faster, it was one of my pre race goals. However I was still about 2-3 min total time slower then the guys in my AG I raced against. I need to get faster here still. Not much else to say about this transition.

The Bike

My plan for myself and my athletes was to use the power meter, but to also use speed. I have tried it in training several times with my athletes as well as myself. It had worked perfectly. I told everyone who asked I felt I could ride 4:50- 5:10 pretty comfortably depending on conditions.

Keeping an eye on my power I also used 15 min increments to check to see if I was averaging 22.5 mph or more. If I was, and could do so letting my power drop, I decided I would. I had speeds in mind that I felt if I could do with very little effort, I would take the speed with the rest instead of trying to maintain a certain power and also a faster speed.

Going out the first 40 miles guys were passing me pretty good. I was passed by like 10-20 guys in total. I was going well over 27mph pushing like 140 watts and those guys felt the easy effort and decided to ride to their fitness instead of goal time. It is an interesting debate which I can get into later, another post perhaps. My philosophy on this day though was if this island was going to give me any gifts, I was going to take them. So if I could easily go 27 mph hour, I took it.

At mile 40 you make a turn up to Hawi which is like an 18 mile climb. I remember thinking “I’m almost half way into this and feel so fresh still, I am going to make a move here and see if I can crack a few guys.” It worked. It was windy, hot there, and hardest part of the course. I had a smile from ear to ear! I was LOVING it. I felt so good and strong and didn’t think about racing, more just how well I had ridden that summer at races and camps, and just had fun with the 18 miles like I would in training. I passed heaps of guys going up that hill that were starting to realize they had gone too fast.

When I got to special needs I stood down to get my stuff. This year it was too windy to risk the ride and mess with bag option. It took me a min, but I got situated then was off again. There is a 10 min or so descent which is more like a false flat (little steeper) but you get some tailwind and it is so motivating to see athletes coming up the hill at you. I was JAMMING going downhill, but again, didn’t push. 33mph without pedaling!? Sure, I’ll take that! It took me 18 miles to catch a couple guys who skipped special needs because I was not pushing too hard here.

When we got to the bottom I saw Tim who I have never been by at Ironman and we exchanged good lucks and talked about the wind heading back. I told him I was holding back till now, and was absolutely ready for this. At that point someone pointed at us and informed us we were 24th, and 25th amateur overall. OK that was SO COOL! I was at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS holding back in the top 25 70 miles into the race. This was the only time I started to focus on things outside of my control. I wanted to be top 20, so dialed it up a bit. When I was into the top 20, I wanted top 15. When I got to 15, I wanted top 10! I had to have a conversation with myself to let that go, it was never the pre race plan, and it didn’t matter. No sooner did I have that conversation, my garmin computer mount broke off!

So here I am, 40 miles to go, holding my compute in my hand. SHIT. I didn’t feel I “needed” it except to keep me in check, but I wanted the file from the race. If I held it, I could do bottle exchanges, If I tucked it into my shorts I may not get the file… OK this garmin and I were not getting a long this day. I remembered I had a zip lock in my pocket! I put the garmin in the bag, then poked a hole in it and stuck my aero bar extension through it flipping the garmin up and over my crossbar. Problem – SOLVED (at 24-26 mph!) Rolling again.

When I was in the last mile of the bike I remember thinking to myself that I could ride like this another couple hours. I felt pretty good. Maybe too good, should have gone faster?? I just knew I wanted to run the marathon.

Off the bike 16th OVERALL AMATEUR! 4th in age group.

Transition 2

OK, sorry Jim, I had to take a leak so I did. And yes it cost me a few spots.

What also cost me some time was wrestling on the plastic glove I promised I would wear. Whatever, need to get a bit quicker here. Will do so.


I started the run with my garmin on, but no settings turned on. Traditionally I would see mile splits, etc. I don’t want that this time. I wanted to run on feel, occasionally checking in on myself and pace. First mile was sub 6 min, maybe too fast, but SOO easy. I told myself to not judge it and just keep the pace very easy, and not to panic when the paces became realistic. I would check in with 5 mile splits on the watch. My first 10 miles were so consistent. I felt great.

I saw my friends and then eventually athletes I coach on the course starting as I was coming back from the first 9 mile out and back. I definitely used them as motivation and inspiration. I wanted to have good form and send the message all was good each time I saw them. A few I high five’d so hard I thought I broke my hand. I couldn’t help it, I was feeling awesome.

Mile 10 is Palani. This is a long steep uphill I have always walked. I wanted to run it this year and I did. This was the first time I felt really hot and out of breath. Over half way up is an aide station I decided to walk, drink, and recover a second, then run again.

Doing the 5 mile splits was awesome because it helps circumvent the obvious mile stones such as half way, etc. When I went through mile 13 for example it occurred to me I was half way and might want to check my time. 1:32! Holy shit, I have had 70.3 at that pace.

To be honest I started to get a little teary. Over 10 years I have chased this feeling at Ironman, today was shaping up to be my day! Holy crap! I immediately checked myself and thought I have a LONG way to go. Focus on form. Lindsay was out cheering for me which was cool. I told her I felt good and was going well. While talking to her I was running through the women’s pro field which is still surreal.

Mile 16 you turn into the Energy lab which is a 4 mile out and back. My plan was to capitalize on the downhill momentum to drive pace down. I had been looking at my watch pace a lot more in the last few miles willing the next 5 mile interval to be over. I could tell I was starting to fade a bit. When I turned on the downhill and my pace remained at about 7:20 I knew I was starting to see chips in the armor. I told myself I was running into wind, but I still knew the pace should be faster for the effort. Damn…

Ok I go to the energy lab mile 17 and 18 were dark miles for me. I saw guys closing on me I had never beaten before in my life and my legs were getting pretty tired. Running up and out was hard. There is no other way to put this. The love affair with the day was about over and I started to do the “What if I run walk” talk with myself. So I stopped and walked for the first time. I had no idea what my total time on the day was. I just knew my marathon split was going well and that if I struggled through the last 9 miles I still had a shot to break 10 hours, something I had not done yet.

I walked 1 min, told myself to stop feeling sorry for myself, got to the top where there was an aide station. Walked through that saw Lindsay and told her it’s make or break time. You don’t bring your family and wife to battle and I had to go to war with the last 6 -7 miles of this course. I told her to please go wait for me at the finish line. She understood and was off.

For the first time in all my long distance life I recovered! Lotus and Trev were out cheering me on from time to time, but O rand 4-5 of those mile at a sub 7:25 pace. With 2 miles left I asked Trev if I had a shot to break 9:45. He laughed and said if I run 8’s I was going 9:18! OMG!!! That was all the motivation I needed for the last 2 miles. I wanted 9:15.

I go to the finish line and couldn’t believe it. I don’t know how else to say it. So many times I thought about how emotional I would be if I could ever go 9:30. I was getting teary running down Alii, the crowd was awesome. I slapped hands with every little kid that wanted to and just soaked it in.

8th 35-39 AG (12 min off the win)

32nd overall Amateur

85th overall!!!!!!


What changed? Nutrition was a big one in the race and daily living. Training, well kind of, I always train hard. Mental – ABSOLUTELY! This combined with nutrition which needed to be there for me to change my mental game I think were the two largest. Jim and I talked the a couple days before and after. He said for the first time he felt I was “ready”. I no longer seemed to fear failure. Once you make that leap, you can accomplish awesome things. I didn’t. I knew I could blow up. I also knew that I had done everything I could to be ready for this race and needed to just go do it. I didn’t care what my doubters thought. I had confidence in my ability no matter what the outcome was that day. Of course I am happier that I went 9:16, but honestly would have been proud of myself if I went 12 hours. I did everything I could have done this year. I will have bad races for sure in the future, and I hope to have great ones again, but either way I’m going to just do the best I can.

A few images from Kona

--Adam Zucco on is way to a 1 hr PR...9:16!

--Clayton Treska racing to support breast cancer...awesome job!

--Yvonne Van Vlerken on her way to the pro podium!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Yvonne Van Vlerken wins Ironman 70.3 Germany and European Championships

Skinfit athlete Yvonne Van Vlerken became the first European Champion over the 70.3 distance in Wiesbaden (Germany). As usual, Yvonne was chasing after some athletes after the swim. Rachel Joyce was first out of the water and Nicole Hofer dominated on the bike. The Swiss athlete came off the bike about 5 minutes ahead of Desiree Ficker (USA) and Van Vlerken. The two athletes made up some ground on the leading women. After 17km of the run course, Ficker and Van Vlerken caught Nicole Hofer. Ficker is known for her running prowess; hence, the last kilometers guaranteed an interesting battle between Van Vlerken and Ficker. The dutch skinfit athlete proved to have more reserves and came out on top with a new course record of 4:41:52, 23 seconds ahead of Ficker.

On the men's side, local favortie and reigning World Champion Michael Raelert won with a time of 4:03:47.

Skinfit congratulates all its athletes and especially Yvonne for her European Championship title and an outstanding race.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yvonne Van Vlerken wins silver at ITU Long Distance Championships

Skinfit athlete Yvonne Van Vlerken finished second behind CarolineSteffen from Switzerland this past weekend. Yvonne had to make up a deficit of 6 minutes after the swim portion of the race. On the hilly bike course, Yvonne was not quite able to close the gap to the leaders Steffen and Berasategui (ESP). „The fyling blonde dutch girl“ was able to run down the Spanish athlete to finish second with the fastest run split of the day.

Congrats go out to Yvonne and all other Skinfit athletes that raced over the weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Skinfit travels in the U.S.

Skinfit USA has been all over the state of California lately. We have attended various races and met with new teams. It has been a successful few weeks and in another week we will be back in Northern California for three more events....splash and dash in Cupertino and the Santa Cruz sprint and olympic triathlons.

Then we are off to Chicago for a week of networking and the Chicago Triathlon. We are increasing our efforts in the Chicago area so keep an eye out for us!

Also, plans are being made for a trip to Kona! We are looking forward to being on the big island for the most important triathlon in the world. We will keep you posted as these plan develop!

So, you can expect to see Skinfit USA out at the races. Stop by, say hi, and checkout our gear! Thanks for all of your support as we build this brand in the states.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nico Lebrun wins Xterra Mountain Champs!

Congrats on another win Nico! Keep up the good work!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Skinfit athlete, Nico Lebrun wins Xterra France Champs!

  Skinfit athlete Nico Lebrun confirmed yet again that he is in top shape this season. He took the win on a very selective course in Xonrupt de Longemer, France. Extreme temperatures and a hilly course made life hard for all athletes. Nico won the race with a time of 2:52:39 (1.5km swim / 34km bike / 10km run). The bike course included 1430meters of climbing and the run an additional 320meters. Great job Nico!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Lesley Paterson runs away from everyone to take the WIN!

Skinfit athlete, Lesley Paterson, took the win Sunday at the San Diego international Triathlon! Nice job Lesley...sweet new plasma suit!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Skinfit is a PROUD supporter of Tri Juniors!

Jim Vance, elite level coach and professional triathlete, has started Tri Juniors (based in San Diego) in an effort to bring younger athletes into the sport of triathlon. This is a GREAT program and Skinfit is proud to support the development of youth athletes!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yvonne Van Vlerken wins Austria 70.3!

"Austrian Pro Eva Dollinger led the women out of the water with Merje Kiviranta and Heike Funk not far behind. Most of the contenders were hovering around 2.5 - 3 minutes behind after the swim, but Swiss cycling phenom Karin Thürig had lost more than 7 minutes to Dollinger and more than 4.5 minutes to Van Vlerken and Csomor.

Quite a bit changed during the bike, and Van Vlerken pushed hard for the lead. Thürig though came flying through from behind and her 2:18:34 bike split was almost 9 minutes faster than the times ridden by Van Vlerken and Csomor. Defending champion Sandra Wallenhorst overcame a slower swim and managed to put herself into 4th position by the time she reached the second transition.

Thürig started the run with a 2 minute lead over Van Vlerken and Csomor, but the 2 pursuers were clearly running faster. Csomor and Van Vlerken cut the lead into half by the 6k mark and a few miles later pushed past the tall Swiss pro. Van Vlerken got away from Csomor late in the run but Csomor clawed her way back to the front and in the end the 2 women were forced to sprint for the title. Van Vlerken edged out Csomor by 0.2 seconds to take the title in course record time. Thürig held on for the final podium spot."

Congrats Yvonne....what a great way to start the season!!!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Xterra West Championships

Skinfit was out in droves at the Xterra West Championships this past weekend in Las Vegas. The desert was hot and made the tough course that much tougher. Pros and amateurs rocked Skinfit race suits on their way to some very solid results. On the pro side, Nico Lebrun placed 4th, Trevor Glavin placed 8th, and Lesley Paterson placed 3rd for the women. A host of amateur athletes earned their slots to the World Championships in Maui and earned valuable points toward a National title.
Congratulations to all Skinfit athletes that competed. It is great to see the Skinfit USA family growing!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Skinfit athlete, Lesley Paterson, gets 2nd at 70.3 California!

Skinfit athlete, Lesley Paterson, had an amazing race this past weekend at 70.3 California in Oceanside! She placed 2nd overall female and posted one of the fastest run splits of the day (Yes, including the men!). Way to go Les!!!

Lesley was 2nd at the Xterra World Championships last year and in 2010 she will be focusing on both 70.3 and Xterra. We can't wait to see her dominate the ranks of both disciplines as the year progresses!

Here is her race report...

"So, I decided this year that I would have a more calculated bash at the 70.3 distance. And I guess it’s paid off so far…

You know I really wasn’t nervous about this race going into it, even although everyone else was trying to put pressure on me. I’ve had a great winter of training with my awesome coach Vince Fichera and I picked up a great new sponsor for my bikes – Jamis Bicycles – so I was ready to rumble.

Surprisingly the water wasn’t too cold (for a change), and before I new it, we were off! The goggles fogged up immediately (never try a new pair out of the box on race day!), so I weaved in and out and ended up a little bit further down the pack than I had anticipated.

I jammed onto the bike, a little nervous that this was only my 4th time ever on this bike, and indeed my 4th time ever on a proper TT bike. Was it going to be my bum, my back or my hamstrings that would go first??!!

Neither actually! The bike was amazing and I gradually picked off a load of chicks to come in only 5 mins down on the leaders. All the hard work this winter was paying off!

I knew my running was going well so I stormed out of transition, ready to plow through the field.

I must admit, it was an amazing feeling with the crowds of San Diego cheering me on. A ton my own athletes were racing and then most of my training buddies were out to give me a shout so this kept me going through the tough times. Passing through the 3 mile mark at 17.15, I new I had a chance to get close to the top.

I picked them off until I got into 2nd place. At one point I was closing the gap on Mirinda but she is one strong mama so there was no catching her!

All in all, a wonderful experience, a home crowd, and a great way to start the season.

Thanks to hubby for being my main support of the day and again, thanks to all my peeps for being there to cheer me on. You all made it a special day!"

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Our annual Skinfit Training Camp was a huge success! We had over 20 athletes, logged over 20 hours of training in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, and learned a lot about how to become a faster triathlete from our coaches.

We would like to thank all of the attendees for joining us and we hope to see you again in 2011! Without you these camps obviously wouldn’t happen!


Also, a huge thank you goes out to our coaches, Asheley Frogner and Reto Waeffler.  Both brought a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the daily routine. Asheley was a figurehead on the pool deck everyday and put in long hours analyzing swim videos so that every camper left with a specific plan to improve their swim stroke. She also accompanied all of us on our rides providing insight into what has made her such a well-rounded triathlete. Her nutritional talk was also a big hit…it was great to hear how she uses Powerbar products in both training and racing. Reto brought a wealth of knowledge to the table with his years of experience racing on the World Cup circuit. Having an athlete of his caliber out there everyday for all of the workouts was truly priceless, especially his guidance during our runs.

Our sponsors also provide a great deal and make the camp possible. A big thank you goes out to Skinfit, Rudy Project, Xterra Wetsuits, Powerbar, and K-man Cyclery. Keith at K-man did so much for us…building/repairing bikes, providing “sag” support, which brought us plenty of drinks, powerbars, and other goodies.

In summary, thank you to all campers, coaches and sponsors. Without you this camp could never happen. See you in 2011!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Racing and upcoming events...

--The Skinfit crew at the San Diego Tri Club race

Races have started up and we have a full slate of events to attend this year. Take a look at the schedule for the next couple months and if you happen to be at one of these events stop by and say hi!

-Black Butte Triathlon - April 10th-11th
-L.A. Tri Series #1 - April 18th
-Wildflower - May 1st-2nd
-L.A. Tri Series #2 - May 16th

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Skinfit racing!!!

This weekend a good group of athletes raced at the monthly Tri Club of San Diego duathlon. It was a tough course and good fun! Skinfit was in full-effect. Two of the top three, which includes the winner, rocked Skinfit kits and there were a bunch of other Skinfit enthusiasts out there living the Skinfit lifestyle.

2010 is going to be a great year for Skinfit...come join the family!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Skinfit USA supports TriJuniors

Skinfit USA is a very proud supporter of TriJuniors! You can view the TriJuniors website here. From the very beginning, we at Skinfit USA wanted to support youth athletics and this program started by Jim Vance is a perfect match.

What is TriJuniors?

TriJuniors is committed to promoting and developing the sport of triathlon among high school age youth, in a team atmosphere, from beginner to elite ability levels, in San Diego County.

Athletes in the TriJuniors program will build skills and learn goal setting and pursuing goals. With hard work and fun, young triathletes will build a healthy lifestyle from their experiences in this positive environment for personal growth both in the sport, and in life.

TriJuniors will also support certain athletes displaying a desire and potential ability to compete at the highest level of the sport for their age, with a more focused and determined training regimen and development protocol toward ITU draft-legal triathlon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Product Highlight--Vento line

We are featuring our Vento line in this blog post. The temps have dropped and it is time to layer up...nothing beats our Vento tops and bottoms when you need to stay warm and block the wind!

Why is Vento so functional?

Skinfit Vento combines full freedom of movement with protection against wind and adverse weather. Skinfit Vento products are manufactured from a very thin, elastic woven fabric made of Tactel. A special Teflon coating protects from the rain, while at the same time allowing humidity from perspiration to evaporate almost unhindered. This ensures that the garments are comfortable to wear even during high-performance activities. The elasticity of the fabric allows even extreme movements without constriction. Other advantages of the Vento series include its low weight and very small packing volume. The garments dry extremely fast due to the fabric's low weight and the Tactel micro used.

-Wind-resistant and water-repellent
-Extremely fast-drying
-Teflon coating
-Small packing volume