Every Friday, the team at LAVA is rounding up some of our favorite gear and industry news of the week. This is everything we think you should know about this week to take your swim, bike and run to the next level.

Gear Pick: Zipp Unveils Super-Soft Double Wheel Bag

A $156 (sort of) stocking stuffer for the discerning triathlete who would wants to be able to travel with his or her aerodynamically-crafted and aerospace-priced wheels in peace, Zipp has announced the release of a new wheel bag. Sporting reinforced inner pads to protect the hubs and an especially durable nylon outer shell, two Velcro straps allow you to secure each wheel within the bag. www.zipp.com

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News Pick: IRONMAN World Championships Airing on NBC Saturday, December 10th

Prep yourself for one big recovery block this weekend. NBC will be airing the 2016 IRONMAN World Championships on Saturday, December 10th at 2:30pm ET. There’s no better excuse for 90 minutes of uninterrupted couch time than reliving all of the action, drama and incredible stories that come out of the Hawaii Ironman. Find all of the broadcast details, including tonight’s pre-show on NBC Sports Network here.

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Gear Pick: Exclusive Halo Neuro Discount for LAVA Readers

halo-neuroscience_a1_500-x-810-lava-ad-retinaThis week we sent out an exclusive offer to our newsletter subscribers from Halo Neuroscience. This cutting edge technology uses “neuropriming” to tap into fundamental training areas like power, skill and endurance. You can read about our test run with Halo Neuro here and when you’re done there visit our exclusive page on their website to claim your 10% off code. This offer is only good for 2 more days to don’t wait!

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News Pick: Strava Reveals 2016 Running and Cycling Trends

Strava recently revealed their annual End of the Year insights report with a mass of running and cycling data from users within the U.S. See how you measure up with these 2016 highlights:

  • Globally, runners uploaded 86.7 million runs to Strava – U.S. accounts for 21 million
  • Globally, cyclists shared a total of 161 million rides in 2016 – U.S. accounts for 32 million
  • The most running and cycling activities were shared in California
  • 127,913 rides recorded as commutes each week in the U.S. – 21,656 runs recorded as commutes each week in the U.S.
  • Male runners recorded an average pace of 8:51/mile for their average run distance of 5.2 miles
  • Female runners recorded an average pace of 9:55/mile over their 4.6-mile average run distance
  • Male cyclists recorded an average 22.3 miles per ride, while female cyclists averaged 20.1 miles per ride