Bluseventy Transition Bag- The Greatest Transition Bag There Is

I am usually not one to review products. In fact, as far as I can remember, this might be the first product review I have ever done. I am mindful of filling my social media with obvious plugs for products and companies I work with just for the sake of it… but the time has come. There is one product that has done such a fantastic job for me and stood out so far ahead of the pack that I can no longer keep it to myself. If you’ve seen me at any time in the last 2 years no doubt you’ve seen me toting it around. Ladies and gentleman- the BLUESEVENTY TRANSITION BAG.

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How can a backpack be so good you ask? Let me start by saying this. I first acquired a blueseventy transition bag at the start of 2015. I had been through numerous swimming backpacks and transition bags prior and quite frankly I had been disappointed. There were bags that had tears in them, bags with holes in them and bags that simply could not fit nearly enough. The blueseventy transition bag answered all these problems with flying colours.

Capacity

If you’ve ever traveled with me to a race, you would be well aware that I like to be self-sufficient with my gear. This means carrying everything that there is a slight chance of needing. An Asian race with a reputation of being the hottest swim on the calendar? I’d better take my helix wetsuit just in case. The transition area is 400m from my hotel room? I’d better take a spare tube and pump just in case I get a flat and don’t have the 2 minutes it would take to run back. This attitude leads me to carry more gear than most to races and to race sites. Thankfully, the transition bag has all the answers.

The bag itself contains the following compartments and features;

  • Soft outer pocket on the top for valuables with headphone hole
  • Large main section with inner zippers on the top and side and a rear mesh netting
  • Separate zippered wet section on the bottom
  • Mesh bottle holders on either side
  • Adjustable waist strap
  • Shoulder strap

Here’s what my bag usually contains while traveling to races;

While traveling to races;

  • Passport, wallet, phone, keys.
  • Sweatshirt, pants, beats headphones, phone charger, ipad, 17inch laptop and charger, running flats
  • Oakley sunglasses in case
  • Wetsuit, tri suit, bike shoes
  • Helmet
  • 2x water bottle

On race day;

  • Sweatshirt, pants, t-shirt, running flats, spare running shoes, scissors, duct tape, baby powder, body glide, 3x gel, banana, spare tube, travel pump, rubber bands.
  • Oakley sunglasses in case
  • Wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • 3x water bottle
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As you can see, I don’t pack light. Even so, I have never had an issue having to ram the zipper closed like I have with other bags. My main concern then becomes putting too much strain on my back, not on my bag.

Longevity

To date my blueseventy transition bag has travelled with me to over 50 different cities in 10 different countries. Not only do I use my blueseventy transition bag every day for swim training and packing my run and work gear, it is also my bag of choice as a carry on for racing and holidays, taking my gear to transition for races and even as my only bag while travelling on crutches through France, Poland and Spain. You name it, my transition bag has done it.

But James, you baby your gear, of course it is still in-tact! Oh how wrong you are. Boarding a plane and finding room for my bag is possibly the only part of traveling that causes my anxiety levels to rise. For that reason I cram my bags wherever they can fit. This often means yanking it out of overhead baggage compartments. My point is, this bag has not been babied and the only damage to it is a hole in the side bottle holder netting and while this is the case, it does not impact the bag’s ability to hold a drink bottle at all.

I you are looking for a new transition bag, swim bag or just in the market for a new backpack, get one of these. Or maybe even two.

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2016 Osaka Conti Cup Race Report

What can I say? A race report from Osaka is almost unnecessary. For those of you who missed the live videos coming out of Osaka on Sunday, you are in for a treat. Sit back, relax and click HERE for a whole heap of fun. The response to our live ‘stream’ of the race has been through the roof. A massive thank you to everyone who sent through messages of support. The biggest thank you of all goes to the two guys who brought us all the laughs- two of my best mates, Robbie and Myles. It’s unheard of to have two guys travel half way around the world to watch you run around in spandex but these guys jumped on board and believe me, they were the loudest out on course by a country mile! Over the last couple of months they have witnessed the highs and lows of my training and despite often questioning my sanity, they have been a massive support. To say I appreciate it all would be a massive understatement. Sharing race day with them was one of the highlights of my triathlon career so far. Much love to everyone who is in my corner.

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I’ll keep the report itself short and sweet. Having almost the entire field staying at the host hotel meant I had the opportunity to hear almost every excuse in the book post-race. I won’t give you any. The truth is I just didn’t swim well enough. I know my swim is improving but having to make the decision to sit up and wait for the chase group after getting agonisingly close to latching on to the lead pack crushed me. It is the greatest motivation I have ever had to go back to Canberra and train my arse off to ensure it never happens again.

Leading up to the race I had plans. None of them involved not being in the lead pack. Ever the optimist, it was time for plan B. As I sat up and had a drink waiting for the pack to catch me up one of 8 climbs over the bridge I held high hopes that by working together we would be able to shut them down. The gap was only 30 seconds and we had a big group. How wrong I was. By the time we arrived in T2 we were down almost a minute and any chance of running for a podium spot was gone. With the disappointment of getting off the bike out of the race as motivation, I was determined to run well. Thankfully I did that by running myself into 13th. I can take that confidence moving forward.

Results HERE

I was able to reflect on my race while grabbing copious amounts of sushi from a sushi train in Osaka and waiting for the race that was giving me the most anxiety of the day- my girlfriend Grace’s final from Tiszie, Hungary. She has been there for me every step of the way leading up to these races. To watch her race live and share a race day was special, albeit from the other side of the world. I’m beyond proud, even if she did one up me literally by finishing 12th.

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Finishing 13th in Osaka is not exactly what I had hoped for but I also understand I have high expectations of myself. I will always set the bar high and I believe that’s how you get better as an athlete. I didn’t execute as well as the guys up the road and that’s all there is to it. As always I’ll focus on the positives, learn from the negatives and move forward.

For now it’s time for a week of training and exploring in Singapore before another Conti Cup in the heat on Saturday. If you’re reading this and have any advice on things to do while we’re there, let me know!

Until then.

#inittogether