- Laura Bennett followed up her win at 70.3 Raleigh the week prior, taking 2nd Place and First Out of the Water at today's 70.3 Eagleman.
- Meredith Kessler - Exited second out of the water right behind Laura, but unfortunately Meredith was hit by an amateur on the bike and did not finish the race. Meredith was rushed to the hospital after sustaining a concussion and minor injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Meredith, and we hope for a speedy recovery!
- Jenna Parker - Exited third out of the water behind Laura and Meredith, completing the ROKA swim trifecta. Jenna went for it on the bike, coming into T2 in third. She tired in the final miles of the run, finishing 6th, a great result for her second full race of the season.
Here are some tips for getting the best fit out of your ROKA wetsuit. Our Maverick wetsuits require a bit of extra attention because they are so stretchy up top. That stretch provides unparalleled range of motion, but sometimes it lures you into thinking you've got the suit pulled up all the way when in fact you don't. If you don't have the suit pulled up, you can get a bit more neck leakage than normal. Follow these tips, and you should be good to go!
Ashleigh Gentle had a solid swim, bridged to the lead group on the bike, and ran to a solid 4th place finish - her best in ITU World Triathlon Series competition. This was a great result for Ash, as it was only her second race this season coming off a foot injury. (Official Results)
ROKA's Co-Founder Kurt Spenser interviewed Jesse Thomas ahead of Wildflower this year.
KS: Wildflower is a BLAST, but it is also a BEAST! How do you set yourself up for a great race here every year?
JT:It all starts with the Maverick Pro, obviously. :) Honestly, you've got to approach this race with respect. It's a tough, hilly course, and usually pretty dang hot. I'd say it's impossible to be too conservative early in the race. That starts with the swim, staying as relaxed as possible and keeping in mind you have LOTS of racing left once you exit the water. The last two years, I've had guys fly by me and pull away from me on that first hill on the bike, only to come back hurting 30-40 miles down the road. I really gauge my effort on that first climb, and try to find a pace that feels too easy, because that's probably about the appropriate pace. You have a lot of adrenaline and excitement at the start, so do your best to chill. I tell myself to keep from pushing until about 40 miles into that course, and even then, it's with the knowledge that I've got a super tough run ahead, so you never want to feel buried.
KS: Wildflower is an awesome campground-community experience for most athletes. Super fun - but not the always the best pre race sleeping conditions.....
JT: I strongly believe that sleep the night before a race doesn't matter. I've raced well with 8 hours of sleep and 3 hours of sleep. Because of nerves, weird sleeping environments, and busy prep, my typical pre race sleep is no more than 4-5 hours. So don't over think it. You want to do your best to get as much rest in the 3-4 days leading up to the event, which includes sleep, but also just means staying off your feet, trying to sneak a nap in and in general keeping chilled out. My wife tells me to "keep it low," which means I do my best to not worked up or worried about anything. It's as much a mindset as anything else, and how relaxed and refreshed you are mentally is more important than how you approach it physically.
KS: As you pointed out - this race can get get HOT!! (and we're not talking about the naked aid stations...)
JT: For the heat, the most important thing you can do is be conservative with your effort. It can be like an extra weight on your shoulders that you don't feel until it's too late. So I'll adjust my effort on the bike and early run to account for how hot it is. I'll also take in plenty of liquid and electrolyte. I'm using OSMO at the moment, which seems to work great. I'd say it's impossible to over drink, so slow down at the aid stations and take in plenty of liquids. I'll literally walk through the run aid stations to make sure I get enough water in. It doesn't matter how strong you are, if you get dehydrated it's game over!
Thanks for taking the time out for all the "crazy-ass fans" and Wildflower athletes JT -- we'll be wearing our Aviators and cheering like maniacs on Saturday!
-Kurt, Rob, T-Bone and the entire ROKA team
Hi ROKA Fans,
Quick update that we received a bulk shipment today (!!) and are quickly processing it so we can turn all of our outstanding orders. We expect to start shipping orders in the next couple of days, in time for Wildflower and St. George.
Thanks for your support, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Rob & Kurt
Pre-Order #1 opened successfully at 5pm ET on Saturday, March 30, 2013. We are now taking pre-orders for the Maverick Pro Fullsuit and Sleeveless wetsuits as well as the SIM Pro shorts. Additional products will be opened for sale soon, including a variety of accessories from other brands that we love.
Items from Pre-Order #1 are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. We offer free ground shipping for orders over $50. We expect to ship them in mid/late April and will keep you posted. You may cancel your order at anytime, and we will not bill your credit card until shipment. We do authorize it, however, at the time of order.
Please note our 30 Day Money-Back Return Policy, as people seem to be confused whether they can try on their suits or swim in them. (Absolutely!!)
Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions, here. Also, if you find the site hard to use or think we can improve anything, please contact us at the same link. We'd appreciate any feedback you might have.
Kurt and Rob and the entire ROKA team.
ROKA Pre-Order Details
Hey ROKA fans! Thanks for your interest and support. Here are the details for our first batch of ROKA products.
- What - Pre-orders for the Maverick Pro Fullsuit and Sleeveless and the SIM Pro
- When - Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 5PM PST
- Where - www.rokasports.com
- Estimated Ship Date - We are targeting a ship date of Mid/Late April and will keep you posted. We are slated to take delivery from our factory in early April but want to build in a buffer so we don't over-promise. If our suits do come in earlier, we will ship them earlier.
- Number of Suits - We have very limited quantities in our first batch, and we expect to sell out quickly. Batch 2 is already on order, and we expect to ship products from that batch in late May / early June. Viper Speed Suits will be sold in Batch 2.
- Maverick Pro Fullsuit - $749
- Maverick Pro Sleeveless Wetsuit - $449
- SIM Pro Short - $99
Individual Product Pages
Please check the individual product pages for sizing. They can be found at www.rokasports.com/pages/products.
On March 30 we will unlock each product for sale. Prior to that we will open the individual product pages. On March 30 you will actually be able to select a size and add to cart. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Simply adding a product to your shopping cart does not guarantee purchase; you have to go all the way through the checkout process.
We will offer free UPS Ground shipping within the continental U.S. for this round of pre-orders. Orders may be expedited via UPS air services at the carrier rate.
We will ship internationally, but you are responsible for shipping, all import duties and/or VAT, as applicable. If you are planning to order from outside the US, please contact us in advance so we can determine how best to sell into your country.
Forms of Payment
Credit Card only - Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover
Pre-orders may be cancelled at any time during the pre-order period, for a full refund. However, once your order is cancelled you will lose your place in the queue and your reserved suit(s) will be allocated to someone else. If you change your mind you will have to try again in the store or wait until Batch 2. Once you receive the product, you have 30 days to return or exchange it, per our return policy.
All of these products carry a two year warranty, per our warranty page. We stand behind our suits and will do our best to make things right if you have any problems with them.
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The ROKA Team