My New Trainer – New Balance 758
January 4, 2010, 10:12 pm
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New Balance 758

Did my last marathon on my lightweight Saucony Type A2, felt pretty good despite the minimalist style.

This year is going to be a year for running for me. I like to focus on my run ability and develop it as my core strength. At the same time to keep things real simple so that i can focus and improve.

This would mean running more and running longer. And this also means getting a really good pair of trainer to go long on the road. And i have chosen the New Balance 758 for its fit, build and value (S$118).

This is a cushioning shoe made for the those high arch or neutral runner needing good cushioning. It comes in 3 colors and i chosed the silver/orange which looked the most valuable and cool. The other 2 colors were silver/black and silver/dark blue which came across as dull and uninspiring. I was comparing this with the lower end cushioning model 738 (S$95) and 662 (S$81) where the prices are really quite attractive plus the design and colors are not too bad themselve which ought to cause some dilemmas. But the true value of 758 shows when i put them under my feet, where i can instantly feel the plusher cushioning – namely Abzorb. Next i will run with it later today to update on the overall performance and feel.


My Trail Runner
January 1, 2010, 10:54 pm
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Trail Running Shoes - Brooks Cascadia 4

Am planning to go more often to the trails to train. So got myself a pair of trail runner yesterday from Sportslink at Queensway shopping center. Retails for S$139 and i got it for S$99 which is a decent price for a well made shoe.

Tested it out for a easy 8km run at macritchie on the last day of 2009. I’m a neutral and was used to lighter shoes for my road runs. At first the shoes felt bulky to me plus i could feel the thick cushion down under. During the run its cushioning felt superb as i could feel that every step i took was absorbing all the roughness presented by the trails. Gravel, rocks, trunks, uphills and downhills was not a problem, even when i was on the occasion hard surfaces i handled well like my accustomed road shoes. The only downside i experienced was that when i was on wet tarmac, it fel slippery on front. Not sure if this was because the shoes are still new and needed some breaking in first for the sole for it to have a better grip.

Overall the fit was great so far for the 8km i did, not sure if its gonna hold up for longer distances.

“Carb Boom!” not Ka Boomz (Energy Gel)
December 30, 2009, 9:41 pm
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"Carb Boom!" fuel range

A follow up from my visit to Moov Sports where i got my fuel belt and an alternative sports fuel brand. We are familiar to Power Gel, Gu Gel and Clif Shot which are commonly found in most retailers. But have you heard about Boom! ? I bet its not that common.

The photo above shows a Grape Pomegranate flavour 984ml bottle that serves up to 24 standard packets (eco-friendly refill pack, i like), my 6 oz gel flash, Watermelon flavor 41ml single pack and Wild Berry 30g energy chews. Doesn’t the flavors sounds yummy and exciting to you already? The real benefit of the large bottle was cost savings cost it brings down to under S$2 per serving (24 serving per bottle)  as the whole bottle cost in the mid S$40 plus you get to do your bit for the environment.

So far i have tried a free single pack, courtesy of Yong (the guy at Moov Sports), for my run and my body took it quite well. In fact i just came back from my run and it not showing any upset or adverse reaction yet. So it passed my body acceptance test. What about the taste you may ask. The one i have taken was Grapefuit Cranberry which tasted like jam to me (sweet!) and it was a little bitter in the aftertaste due to the grapefruit but i like it cos i’m a grapefruit lover.

I really appreciate that there are so many fun and wild flavors to brigthen up my run.

Hydration Belt
December 25, 2009, 8:35 pm
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Went over to Moov Sports along Perak Road this afternoon to help my A* to buy me a christmas present! Got intel from SGRunners forum that they are having 30% off for a minumum spending of S$100, and i thought its a great deal. Moov Sports a operated by a really friendly guy by the name of Yong whom greeted us upon entering the quaint shop. He was very helpful in all his recommendations and advice.

When i got in there are so many thing i wanted to get…:) they have fuel belts, bento boxes, blue seventy racing suit and wet suit. Anyway i got myself a slighltly older 2 bottle fuelt belt model in the end cos the helium range ran out of my size. Anyway i like it cos it 30% off S$52 which cost us below S$37, what a steal! I left the shop happy and would recommend anyone to pay a visit.

In order to make up for the S$100 minimum purchase i got myself a gel flask at under S$12 to add on to the fuel belt plus a eco-friendly gel carried by Yong – “Carb Boom!” (no its not endorsed by Ris Lo! LOL). I have yet to try them and will give a little review on that.

I’ll  start running with my fuel belt and give my 2 cents worth later in a form of a review for those whom are keen to get one.

Fuelt Belt 10K 2 x 8 oz Bottles

Fuelt Belt 10K 2 x 8 oz Bottles with 6 oz Gel Bottle

Water Bottle In the Front
July 24, 2009, 6:44 am
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Always wanted to try the usefulness of an aerobottle. So many variations are out there for us to choose from but i don’t think all are available in Singapore retailers.
I intend to use it on top of the standard 1litre squeeze bottle on my downtube. I had 70.3 distances in mind when i wanted to get this. i thought having another 1litre of water will be idea and having in on the aerobars seems convenient. And also having an aerobottle makes the tribike looks complete.
Got over to TEF last saturday to get myself one Profile Design Aero Bottle for S$35 – the update one with the anti splash cap. Quite reasonably priced i tot since US is selling online for US$19.95 without all the taxes and freight added.

Next Step Accessorize
May 19, 2009, 5:29 am
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First you get the bike, then you get the rest of the accessories to make it your very own. Above i have mapped out what needs to be in place for my next race. I thought pink is quite nice to make the bike highly visible from afar in the crowded transition area. Don’t laugh! hahahahahahaha

This Should Be My Last Bike Until I Turn Pro.
May 13, 2009, 6:11 pm
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After much deliberation i have made this (Felt B12 ’08) my ride for my 2009 season. Got some well taken photos from ST forum to post here first as a prequel. Very aero, very slick and very inviting to ride. Will share more.