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September 16, 2010

Compression Rules

We all know I am sponsored by Rockets Compression and that in the past, I have used a compression sock for Ironman runs. There is a bit of a story to how I got there. I blistered horribly in my first Ironman. I was told to find a set of double layered socks. I found a set, they were amazing and they were compression, knee high socks too. So despite feeling like a tool, I used them in races. Since then, I have found even better socks from X-Bionic and will be going back to running without them. I am completely behind the idea of compression for recovery, but as of yet not convinced they make a difference in the race beyond the looking like a tool part.

I am also not huge on the idea of seeing people walk around in compression socks and shorts all week before the race. As much as I love triathletes, they have some funny fashion habits. Compression everywhere on race week is a highlight and I have yet to see the difference.

Last night I came across what Terenzo Bozzone has dubbed the official rules of Compression Socks. Quite entertaining and quite right, methinks.

Here follows the progression of the self conversation. Enjoy…

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rule1

rule2

rule3

A pearl of wisdom. Race with one sock yo, so we know you have a weakness and can lean on it…

aqua

Sneaky triathletes, don’t use this excuse.

rule4

There we go. If you have to, don the Speedo and crocs and compression sokkies and enjoy.

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