A Guide to Triathlon Wet Suits

Triathlon wet suits are designed with state-of-the-art materials to help athletes get in and out of the water quickly, efficiently and of course, to keep the wearer warm. Triathlon wet suits are much more than the normal wet suit employed by divers simply to slow heat loss underwater and keep warm. Designed specifically for athletic competition, their first priority is to keep a competitive swimmer on top of the water, reducing drag and stalling muscle fatigue, enabling the swimmer to race faster and for longer periods of time.

Furthermore, the rubber used on the outside of the wet suit is of the slickest and most slippery materials possible to emulate the scales of a fish as closely as possible. The manufacturing technology employed in creating these wet suits has been a bone of contention between athletes and committee members because they reduce the difference between weaker swimmers and stronger swimmers, not only in speed, but also in all-around efficiency.

Because the triathlon wet suit enables a competitor to spend less energy on the first leg of the competition, he or she is able to reserve energy for the other two legs of the process. This can be a huge edge over the rest of the field, assuming of course, that you are not all wearing the same suits.

To begin with, the rubber used in most of these wet suits, regardless of the brand name featured, comes from one supplier – the world-famous, Japanese rubber manufacturer, Yamamoto. There is an important difference in the thickness of the rubber used in each and every different brand name of wet suit produced. Some manufacturers opt for the 2mm thickness, going towards producing a suit that weighs less and subsequently feels lighter to the user and is more flexible.

Other manufacturers go with the thicker rubber, up to 5mm thick, following the rule of thumb that shows that the thicker the rubber used, the more buoyant the suit will be and ultimately, even though it weighs more, will save the user more energy. In the end, it’s the swimmer himself who must decide which option best suits his style.

A Guide to Trailer Hitch Covers

Parts of most trailer hitches are removable. The ball part of the hitch, the part that is used to fasten the cargo to the truck usually rests in the trailer hitch receiver opening. When the ball is removed, the receiver opening is left hollow. This opening protrudes from the tail of the truck and has sharp edges. People could bump into the metal rod or cut themselves on its sharp corners.

It is a good idea to use a trailer hitch cover to protect the trailer hitch receiver opening. Trailer hitch covers can cover the opening and keep any debris from clogging it. Trailer hitch covers also protect people from cutting themselves or bumping into the hard edges.

It can be inconvenient and time consuming to remove foreign objects from the hitch receiver opening. Dead, wet leaves, mud, sand, and other disgusting substances can clog the opening and make it difficult to secure the hitch to the truck. No debris can get into the opening if a cover blocks it. The trailer hitch cover fits into the receiver opening and covers the sharp and hard edges. Many trailer hitch covers are padded, so that people who bump into them do not get bruised. The covers are secured in the opening so that they do not fall out when the truck is in motion.

There are a wide variety of trailer hitch covers available. They can have nearly any type of theme imaginable. Some have college logos, animal shapes, catchphrases, emblems, or cartoon characters on them. People can add their own personal touch to the appearance of their truck by choosing one of these unique covers. Other trailer hitch covers contain working break lights that help alert drivers behind the truck when the truck is slowing down.

Trailer hitch covers provide safety to a pickup truck. People can’t injure themselves on the trailer hitch receiver opening if a protective cover blocks it. With the wide variety of covers available, anyone is sure to find a cover that fits their personality.

A Guide to Surfing Wet Suits

Surfing wetsuits are a breed unto themselves. To begin with, there are cool, surfer-dude designations used to describe the different styles of surfing wet suits.

The first is the spring suit which has short legs and short arms and is used to keep the upper body warm and has a thickness of materials of about 2mm. Short Johns are like spring suits but without the sleeves and are also usually 2mm thick. Long Johns have full-length legs and are mostly about 2mm thick. Full Suits are self-explanatory, the most commonly used — especially in colder waters — whose thickness is determined by the temperature of the water the surfer usually finds himself in.

Another difference in surfing wet suits is that many have two layers of material and the area under the arms is thinner than the rest allowing for easier arm movements critical to performing well while surfing. Furthermore, it is common for surfers to add an additional spandex suit underneath their wetsuits if they venture into cooler waters.

Surfing wet suits need to be more flexible in the upper torso and shoulder areas than diving wet suits to make the balancing and control contortions of the surfer easier. Especially sensitive are the knee areas as the surfer is constantly shifting his weight to maintain his balance.

Unless the knee areas move easily and don’t stretch during this movement they will inhibit the surfer and cause the suit to crack with wear at the knees over time. Because of the extreme physicality involved with the sport of surfing, the entire suit has to be manufactured with ease of movement and durability at its core.

Unlike other wetsuits, surfing wet suits don’t really care about thermal heat loss as much as diving suits. And because of the movement capability in the suit, gender specific manufacture is mandatory.

A Guide To Student Loan Debt Consolidation

A student has the option to combine several federal loans into a single loan. This is called as consolidation of the loans. Consolidated loans have lower interest rates and higher repayment periods.

There are several finance organizations and banks that come forward to consolidate existing loans. The particular company which consolidates the loans first pays off the existing loans to their respective lenders. Then all those loans are merged into one, taking the average of their rates of interest as the applicable rate of interest on the consolidated loan. Thus the borrower finds a reduction in the interest rate. It is then this company alone to which the borrower must repay the loan.

The consolidation process is a fairly easy process. There are several companies (mostly online) who are only too willing to examine the existing loans of the student and consolidate the loan with them. Students can approach these companies via the internet. An ordinary consolidation procedure takes about 30-45 days. There are no prepayment penalties on consolidated loans.

The rates of interest on educational loans increase on the 1st of July each year. But when a loan is consolidated, then the rate of interest in the year of consolidation becomes constant for the remaining period of the loan. This is called as locking the rate of interest of the loan. Locking a loan by consolidating it is a suitable option if the borrower wishes to be precluded from the rising rates of interest each year. Certain finance lenders online provide locking of consolidated loans for as low rates as 3.5%.

Consolidation of loans is a prudent option as the borrower has to think about repayment of a single loan instead of several. When several loans are consolidated into one, the interest payable also reduces drastically. By consolidation, the borrower can save hundreds of dollars per annum in the amount that would have been paid as interest. Another advantage is that in the situation of deferment in repayment the borrower has to negotiate with only one lender.

A Guide to Snack Vending Machines

Snack vending machines come in a number of different formats and styles. Most snack machines are see-through or glass-front merchandisers. This is because the customer likes to see what he or she is getting, and likes to be able to browse. Soda machines are usually solid, because most people know what a can of soda looks like and exactly how big it is; however, even that is changing as more manufacturers realize that most consumers think with their eyes. This is especially true of vending machines, where almost every purchase is an impulse purchase. On the other hand, some employees of companies that have vending machines on-site rely on those vending machines every day for a lunch break snack. Some snack vending machines have closed-faced interfaces, but that is rare.

You can buy snack machines that dispense only six types of snacks, or you can obtain a machine system with hundreds of choices, that can take up an entire wall. It is important to make note of how much traffic a location is getting. This will assist you in deciding what size machine to buy. It is also important to note the décor of the room or area your machine will be occupying, and to match up the style with its surroundings.

Most manufacturers offer snack vending machines, but not all. For the Cadillacs of vending machines, go with Automated Productions International, Crane Merchandising Systems, or Seago Manufacturing. These companies offer the most current machines, with sophisticated computer chips and mechanisms for ascertaining money validity, pricing, vend mechanics, sales tracking, ease of restocking, and more. These companies often offer lifetime warranties for parts and labor on their machines.

But these are not the only companies that offer snack machines. There are others that offer less-sophisticated models for a lesser price, and the snacks in them are just as good as in the other, more expensive machines. Customers know this too. So match your machine to the ambience, and you’re set.

A Guide to Smith Mountain Vacations

Smith Mountain Lake is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. This region is stunningly beautiful and offers a great deal of attractions that will appeal to nearly everyone. The lake has a coastline of about 500 miles. People in this area enjoy several activities on the lake itself, but there are enough golf courses and fine restaurants to lure visitors back to the land. Smith Mountain Lake State Park is another wonderful place for travelers to visit.

A Smith Mountain Lake vacation is the perfect antidote to stressful city living. Visitors can enjoy activities on the lake such as fishing, swimming, boating, sailing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing. The fishing on Smith Mountain Lake is particularly renowned. The water is filled with different types of bass, crappie, catfish, and more; many of the species breed naturally and do not even need to be stocked. There are a number of fishing tournaments held on Smith Mountain Lake during the year, for both locals and visitors to compete in.

The land surrounding the lake has its share of attractions as well. The area features golf courses and tennis courts for sports enthusiasts, as well as an annual wine tasting and many fine restaurants for people who just want to relax. Smith Mountain Lake also has over a hundred unique shops where people can buy one of a kind crafts, souvenirs, or fashionable apparel. The possibilities are endless.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has all of the outdoor activities that anyone could hope for. The park features beautiful hike and bike trails, picnic places, camping, cabin rentals, and lake activities such as swimming, boating, and fishing.

A Smith Mountain vacation is perfect for anyone wanting to get way from it all of a few days. Whether the vacation is a romantic trip for two or an adventure for the whole family, visitors will find what they are looking for on Smith Mountain Lake.

A Guide To Silk Palm Trees

The best way to create a truly magical, tropical, and exotic setting is by adding beautiful palm trees to it. Unique in their beauty, palm trees can transform any place, multiplying its beauty and exoticness within seconds. However, to plant tropical palm trees and take care of them can be cumbersome. Hence, life-looking, exact replicas of palms are available in silk which can be bought, assembled, and kept indefinitely without any hassles or pain.

Research shows that silk palm trees are among the most popular silk trees. As such, they come in plenty of sizes, shapes, and types. Multitudes of companies exist that are dedicated to producing silk bamboo trees.

Some companies that produce excellent-quality, beautiful silk palm trees include Silk Tree House, Inc, Indoor Tropical Foliage, Silk Trees, Silk Plants Plus, Silk Plant Design Center, Kinkade Studios, Earthflora, Valentine Floral Creations, Autumn Foliages, Brands on Sale, Andreas, Inc, Your Silk Garden, Silk Worx by Lori, Silk Reflections, Silk Plant Jungle, Seasonal Impact, Oasis Illusions, Hillcrest Mill, BotanicusEtc, Amazon Foliages, and Northwest Supply, among others. Shipping normally includes an additional fee, but companies such as BotanicusEtc, among others, ship their trees for free.

Different silk palms like areca palm, cycus palm, parlor silk palm, bamboo silk palm, kentia palm, real wood date palm, phoenix palm, Buddha palm, and many, many more are all available at the aforementioned companies, ranging in size from small to giant.

Northwest Supply, Office Scapes Direct, Amazon Foliages, Seasonal Impact, Brands on Sale, Kinkade Studios, and Save on Crafts are some companies that provide discounts and hence, offer quality trees with huge savings.

All trees come in non-decorative baskets or containers, but some even include a decorative container or pot without charging any extra fee.

Companies usually provide a hundred percent guarantee, but some like Hillcrest Mill, BotanicusEtc, and Office Scapes Direct offer a full refund if trees fail to match up to the expectations and returned within a specified time period.

A Guide to Rocky Mountain Vacations

The legendary Rocky Mountains stretch from New Mexico up through the United States and into Canada. The Rocky Mountains are over 3000 miles long, spanning parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming before continuing into Canada. Stories of early adventurers like Lewis and Clark exploring the Rocky Mountains are legendary.

The majestic Rocky Mountains are a major tourist destination in the western United States. Visitors can participate in a number of activities, including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and many more. The Rockies are home to several campgrounds, ghost towns, gold prospecting sites, and national parks. Some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Rockies are Pike’s Peak and Royal Gorge. There are several world famous national parks in the Rockies, including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, and Glacier.

The Rockies are a tourist attraction all year round. The summer months are fairly warm, with the average temperature reaching 82 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 7 degrees Fahrenheit. The year-round average temperature is a brisk 43 degrees, a perfect temperature for many outdoor activities.

Just about everyone will find something to enjoy on a Rocky Mountain vacation. Aside from all of the great outdoor activities, the Rockies have a number of other attractions as well. The Telluride Film Festival is a prestigious yearly event that attracts some of the biggest stars in Hollywood to a small Colorado town. Many Smoky Mountain resorts offer spa treatments and other relaxing diversions.

There is a plethora of lodging options in the Rocky Mountains. Travelers can camp, visit RV parks, stay in hotels or ski resorts, or lodge in unique cabins and chalets. Vacationers on any type of budget will be able to find an affordable place to stay.

A Rocky Mountain vacation is a perfect getaway from everyday life. Travelers can find a wide range of activities to suit their desires in the Rockies.

A Guide To Ring Worm

Did you know that ringworms can infect both humans and animals, and they can even catch the disease from each other? Ringworm is contacted when there is direct contact on the infected area of a person or an animal that is already infected.

The common symptoms of ringworm in humans are itchiness, reddish and raised scaly patches with blisters and pus. The patches normally have edges that are sharp and are redder on the outside that create the appearance of a ring. The skin is unusually dark or light. You will also have bald patches on your scalp or beard if you are infected with ringworm. Your nails will become discolored, thicken and will crumble.

Animals with ringworms usually scratch the infected parts, and that part will discolor in the process. The lesions caused by ringworms in animals are not the classic ring shape and will not develop any lesions at all. Be wary, since even if your pet has no lesions, you can still catch ringworms from them. If you suspect that your pet has ringworm because they are scratching, then you better take it to the veterinarian at once.

Ringworms in humans often heal when you keep the infected part clean and dry since the tinea fungus likes moisture. You should wash your clothes and your beddings everyday, so as not to pass the infection to others or even re-infect yourself. You may use over the counter anti fungal medication to treat this disease. If you suspect that you have ringworms, it is best to consult a doctor at once.

Ringworms belong to one of four main categories of worms. The other three are the following: flatworms or Platyhelminthes, ribbon worms or Nemertea and segmented worms or Annelida. The study of worms is called helminthology.

A Guide to Relationship Quizzes

Sometime in the 1950’s, women’s magazines started publishing relationship quizzes in their pages with a complex scoring system that arrived at a number. This number was then plotted on a scale and the reader could determine, based upon that number, whether their relationship was “good” or not. It seems silly, and compared with the complex testing done today for relationships, it is silly. But it started a phenomenon still going strong. Back then the popular psychological testing technique that was being used in spy films and TV dramas was the Rorschach test. You looked at the squiggly designs and if you interpreted them as female body parts or death figures the red flags went up. Psychology has improved a bit since then and so has the relationship quiz.

Even though they still use the format of answering questions, scoring the answers and then plotting your final number on a graph, the questions have gotten deeper and more meaningful and the research behind the quizzes has gotten to be more thorough. Today’s quizzes, often called “Relationship Diagnostic Questionnaires”, are based on solid couples research and hopefully point out specific areas of weakness in the relationship with the goal towards improving it.

No longer is a simple number used to evaluate a highly complex relationship and place it in a category of “good” or “bad”. Today, a relationship quiz is designed to find out where the holes are, who is guilty of what mistakes, where the breakdown in communication lies and how to fix it. That’s a far cry from the Rorschach type of testing that started the whole thing going.

Popular relationship quizzes have broken down the testing into two areas – the things that drew the couple together in the first place and the skills necessary to keep a good relationship from souring. By asking the right questions in these two areas, couples can get a much clearer idea of why they came together in the first place and then, what may have taken place to drive them apart. They can then relive the old passions, work hard to improve the stagnating skills and in the end, enrich their relationship.