The Fitness Wishlists

This is the Fitness related wishlist, please see My Wishlists page for all other items, such as gaming, books, etc..

So I’m trying to get more fit, trying to take advantage of the access to nice parks around here. That is to get into mountain biking, road biking, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and the like.

To this end I’ve created a couple wishlists, but I need to break down some of the details here.

So I have an entry level mountain bike, which should be good enough to get me going. I still need a smart trainer, see the bike section below. I’ll also detail more about the road bike wish for further down the line.

After the bike, and the stuff for it, the next item up would be a inflatable stand up paddle board, along with a personal flotation device. The physical fitness that one can get from it is near what one can get from the bike, and far exceeds what I can get from a kayak, though the kayak being an easy way to relax and chill on the lake and rivers.

My Fitness List – Is the link for most of the items below. EDIT: Not on the list below, but on the actual wishlist, is a proper Heart Rate monitor like the Garmin HRM-Duo, as that is far more accurate on heart rate than the watch I have now… it isn’t pool safe like the Garmin HRM-Tri, but I don’t know if I really need that accurate of heart data in the pool anyhow.

Bikes

Bike – I have an entry level mountain bike, but some day I’d hope to get a good road bike. If I enjoy the mountain biking aspect a lot, then I’ll upgrade the mountain bike to a more serious full suspension mountain bike down the line. So the next paragraph of the Bike section can be skipped to get to the Bike Safety, Bike Computer, etc.

Eventually, the plan is to get fit enough that when I get road bike, that I can do group rides, then fast group rides, then perhaps even Cat 5 races, though you sort of have to move to Cat 4 soon after. The road bike however is pricey, entry level is about $2k (Specialized Tarmac SL6 is my dream entry bike, that or the Specialized Roubaix), with a better bike that can grow with me being more along the lines of $7k (Tarmac SL7 Pro – SRAM Force eTap AXS 1x, or the Tarmac SL7 Pro – Ultegra Di2 (that red…drool), is my dream bike there, but already going over what I owe on my car, and I’d rather get rid of that debt, then the $12k S-Works versions are a bit more than I’d think I can ever get to, plus the Pro is already more than what my car loan is, LOL. Specialized bikes would probably be purchased at the North Park store of Pro Bike + Run which is why there’s a Pro Bike + Run gift card on the list). In road bikes, I’m a 52 cm (51 cm on the brands that go there). Now of course, none of those listed road bikes come with pedals, which adds another near $1k if one uses the Garmin Vector 3S, which is needed if the bike itself doesn’t have a power meter (as in the SL6 and Roubaix, or the SL7 Pro Ultregra version), or only $60-100 if the bike has a power meter and a power meter isn’t needed (SL7 eTap AXS, and the S-Works versions). Any of the pedals used would be clip-less, which means that it needs special shoes (in regular shoes I’m a size 8.5 Wide or 9 regular) to clip in… okay, now I’m sure there may be confusion, why is it “clip-less” when you have to clip in? Because clip-less refers to the fact that clip pedals had big clips that went over the feet near the ball and toes. Anyhow for shoes, something simple like the Giro Berm Men’s would be fine, though there’s probably a reason the Venzo Bicycle Men’s are the best seller

Smart Bike Trainer – One of the main things I want to do is Zwift (see the next section). The Wahoo KICKER Smart Trainer clocks in at nearly $1200, but is far better overall, especially pared with the Sterzo Smart. Again the smart trainer is available at Pro Bike + Run (again, why the gift card is on the list). To use it, or even the Wahoo, one should then have a block to help hold the front wheel (unless of course I had the Sterzo Smart above). A trainer mat underneath it all helps to keep things clean, and a bit quieter (I’d probably put some interlocking gym mats under all that as well to help it keep even quieter). I’d likely run the program on my computer (see Zwift below, because my computer is a bit old), though the other option is an AppleTV, which is due for a new model soon (as of late September 2020). It is possible that with a good smart bike trainer, to use an iPad Pro or 4th Generation iPad Air, neither of which is on the list, but much wanted, because my current iPad doesn’t run much of anything as it is rather outdated.

Bike Computer – The bike computer, the Garmin Edge 530 (while I’d l prefer to have the, Wahoo Element Roam, or Karoo 2, the latter two aren’t on Amazon, though the Element Roam is at Pro Bike + Run, which is why the gift card thing is on the list), the cadence and speed sensors are more less optional, but can help with the training, and becomes more important with the smart training equipment that follows.

Bike Shorts (and shirt?) – I know what you are thinking, a bit over the top, but it is to save chaffing. I didn’t put any on the list, and not sure what size to get (32″ waist). There is a local company, Aerotech Designs, that designs, and makes them. Of course mountain bike shorts are a bit different than the bike shorts one may be used to seeing. To that end they have a Men’s MTB Padded Shorts (the main thing is they have the padding already in, and I think I’m a medium). On the more road bike side, I should be a medium on bib shorts (better for longer rides), shorts, and shirts… I’d love to have the following from Aerotech, which as of 6 September 2020 are on sale, so they might be on clearance, Urban Camouflage Bib Shorts, Urban Camouflage Jersy, and Tempo 2.0 gloves, those three are the main essential parts. However, for colder riding, things start with a Cycling Gilet, High Visibility Jacket, Arm Warmers, Leg Warmers, Coolmax Socks (technically for all weather, still medium), and perhaps winter shoe covers and winter cycling gloves… For the less lyrca like bike shorts, there’s the Commuter Pedal Pushers, those might be better for mountain biking on the trails.

ZwiftZwift membership, requires a smart trainer. The whole point of all this is to enable training at all times of the year, and no matter the weather. Zwift is a program that enables varied bike routes to be done virtually over the computer, and the trainer then adjusts the resistance to match the road. After all that, some money to get Trainingpeaks plans and programs, but that point it’d have to be somewhat serious… It also allows for running, which we’ll talk about soon.
Now of course, to use the computer… I could really use a computer upgrade, as my computer is from 2013, and is showing its age.

Bike Safety – So I got a decent front light already, but I don’t have a rear light. The Bontrager Flare RT Rear Bike Light isn’t on the Amazon list (yet anyhow), but is a really bright rear light, hence the cost. It can be paired with it’s front light as a combo set, but as I said, my front light is fairly okay as it is, perhaps not as Daylight ready as the Bontrager set is, but still pretty bright. Another option for rear lighting, if a compatible Bike Computer is gotten, is the Garmin Varia RTL515, which is a radar that starts flashing when cars approach, and it sends a notice to the computer. Also, a multi-tool with chain tool, such as the Crankbrothers Multi-tool is needed.
Also, just in case of a wreck, and my crash notifications don’t go through, an ID bracelet like the Road iD would help.

Bike Rack – I was given an Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack, Model 102DN-R. So I am more or less set for the bike I have now, but a road bike will need a better mount. To that end I’d need a hitch mount, which means first I’d need a hitch for my 2014 Ford Fiesta, such as the $139 Curt 11369 Class 1 Trailer Hitch, which I can install myself if I had some ramps, and something to cut the heat shield (heavy duty scissors should be plenty), and that would be far cheaper than the U-Haul cost of $392.27. Then of course then I’d need a bike mount for it, and given that the road bikes are carbon, that means a platform mount, not something that holds the bike by the frame,needs to be carbon compatible, allow access to the trunk, and given that above hitch is class 1 1.25″ hitch, it narrows things down, basically to a $620 Thule T2 Pro XT 2 – 1/25″, or $500 Thule T2 Classic 2 – 1.25″. The Pro XT comes with a lot of features that makes it worth the extra money. Amazon’s versions of those racks use a 2″ mount, not the 1.25″ mount that I’d be able to get for my car. It’s just one more extra cost for the carbon road bike… The alternative is a roof mount, but that first requires a roof rack system, which adds a lot more versatility as it can carry kayaks, SUPs, and more as well as a bike. A Yakima BaseLine system, with 50″ CoreBars, is $516 by itself, with another $200-250 for the bike rack part ($210 for the one I’d probably go with). Thule’s system for my car is $560, and $240 for the bike rack part.

Bike Helmet – I already got a basic MIPS helmet.

Running/Walking

So on the Amazon wishlist, there are two running pods, these attach to the shoes, and then send the information to Zwift (noted above), to allow training while walking/running on a treadmill. The Stryd is far more accurate, but is notably more expensive than the Zwift RunPod, which is also on the list. The Runn sensor is a sensor that goes on the treadmill itself to get some of the data, which may not be as accurate as a good foot pod, but still does reasonably well, and may or may not be more accurate than Zwift’s own foot pod, which apparently has some issues on reliability, and short battery life (not rechargeable, unlike the Runn and the Stryd). The expensive way to get going with Zwift running is a compatible treadmill, but those start at $1k, and get to over $3k, and then even higher with “request a quote” which means super expensive… So a pod or a Runn sensor is more than fine for what I’d be doing, if I had a basic treadmill (though the Assault AirRunner at $3,699 would be slick as that’s about as good a Zwift compatible treadmill as it gets). For outdoor running perhaps the Under Armour HOVR Machina (as noted in the bike section, I’m a size 9).

Stand Up Paddle Board

SUP – Next up is the Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), which because of limited space and transportation issues (read, I’d need a rather expensive roof rack system) I need an inflatable one. Presently most decent choices aren’t available at Amazon itself. Even going off-site, the choices are few and far between. I’ve put in a good deal of research trying to find one that would be beginner friendly, and be able to expand to future use. To that end the Blackfin Model X was the final choice. Most any of the Blackfin models would do, though Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride SE MSL is a close second. Next up would be the SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board from Amazon itself… The color is less important. All 3 kits come with the paddle, and everything else needed save the PFD and an electronic air pump.

PFD – A paddling personal floating device, like this one, is needed, but isn’t on the list presently. This would be needed even with a kayak.

Air Pump – An electric air pump that works with a car’s 12V outlet would help a great deal, both with the SUP and the inflatable kayak.

Far, far down the line would be a wet suit. But that is only if I get SUPER into it.

GoPro

The GoPro 8 on the list is a full kit with the GoPro itself, and a few accessories. There is a GoPro 9 coming out soon though.

Kayak

Kayak – Once again, an inflatable kayak is needed because of space limitations, plus transportation. See the SUP list above for the PFD and Air Pump. The one on the list was made after a lot of research, but like many things during the pandemic, it is out of stock.

Paddle – One can’t kayak without a paddle

Fitness Wearables

Okay, I have a Garmin Venu, and this is plenty, but the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro on the list (or the Fenix 6 Pro with either solar or sapphire glass) adds several functions, most notably maps. Also on the list are chargers that would work with the current one, or the Fenix.

More notably, I’d love to have a Whoop. The advantage being that it has an excellent recovery tracking, and can improve one’s performance with that. However, it does cost like $30 a month.

Random Musings of Father, Gamer, Author, and occasional YouTuber, and Twitch Streamer, Brian A. Thomas.