VO2 Max

Running

My VO2 max is extremely poor. After many years of neglecting this – it is extremely clear that my VO2 max is shit. VO2 max is…

VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.”

Today I did my first run after many months (years). Spate of injuries forced me to  not be able to run, yet even today’s run was not the most comfortable. Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 9.21.50 AM

 

After the first run, here is my VO2 max, almost fell off the chart! I need to start working hard and hopefully 1 year I would be able to push my VO2 max above 45. Now its just shiiiit.

 

42.195km is crazy. I’m full of crazy!

Fun Posts, Running

I did the craziest thing ever this morning. It’s the spur of the moment!

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I… errr err.. Accidentally registered into a full marathon for Singapore Marathon. That’s a wholesome 42km of relaxing run!!

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Am seriously getting out of my mind. With that, I will need to start training. There’s approximately about 2 months to go and I am seriously out of shape! Gosh. Time to really start burning the rubber!!!

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How fit do you want to be?

Fun Posts, Running

Being fit is of course very important. But what is the definition of being fit? How do you say that you are fit? Is it because you have a six packs?

But, belli-fied people can also be fit!

Their six packs probably stuck somewhere inside the belly. But see, it’s all relative. To me being fit is about being able to pass a certain fitness test.. Be it running, swimming, jumping – what ever-lah. Fitness test are typically designed to assess certain level of physical ability. For example, a standard 2.4km run or 1.5mile runs are a good gauge of fitness. I’ve been forced to endure this since school. And I must say, back in school-there’s no one time which I was able to finish it. But how about now? Heheh, yes I can but not with flying colors. But relatively – I am definitely fitter now then 20 years ago.

In the past few months, I’ve been joining Bootcamp. As part of the Bootcamp is the assessment day! This is done every first day of the month. And yes – so far, generally I’ve improved my timing. But is that to a level which I want? Definitely NOT! But hopefully I’ll get better and better! In fact back to the question, how fit do you want to be?

For me – I would like to be fit enough to complete a marathon in 4 hours. That’s my goal! Will I ever reach? I sure hope so.. My PB for my 42km run is 5:15. That’s way far from 4 hours.. But I have not done few marathons so far. Hopefully, I’ll be faster and faster and reach my life goal. In fact, I should aim it lower to be able to qualify to participate in Boston marathon! Slowly, slowly – but of course surely 😀

Polar Wearlink+

Geek Stuffs, Running

Polar today announced that there will be a new WearLink called Polar WearLink+ which is a heart rate monitor that will work with Nike+. This new product will work together with Nike+ SportsBand and Nike+ Ipod Sport Kit (woohooo).

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This new gadget will allow heart rate data to be transmitted to both watches (read further for compatible polar products) and Nike+ stuffs. In addition to that, the users will be able to view their heart rate from Ipod and of course transmit their heart rate data to NikePlus.com website. This is definitely a great news for gadget+fitness psycho combine their geekful interest with healthy fitness regime.

The product will be available in July. Hopefully it’ll reach Malaysia/Singapore by end of the year – in time for Singapore Marathon!

Will definitely write a review once i get hold of this gadget!

Press Release

POLAR AND NIKE INTRODUCE HEART RATE TRAINING TO MILLIONS OF NIKE+ RUNNERS

Beaverton, Ore. (June 7, 2010) – Nike, Inc (NYSE:NKE) and Polar, the market leader and pioneer in heart rate training technology, have introduced the Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+. This new product works with the Nike+ SportBand and the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit, enabling users to run and train with heart rate monitoring for the first time.

This exciting new piece of equipment is worn comfortably round the chest and transmits the user’s heart rate wirelessly to their Nike+ iPod Sport Kit or Sportband. It will improve the training experience of Nike+ users helping them to understand how hard they are working in any given run. Users can see their beats per minute while they run with their Nike+ SportBand, or hear spoken feedback of their BPM during their Nike+ iPod workout. And after training, heart rate data can be transferred to the nikeplus.com web service. Users can track how long they ran in their target heart rate zone and see their heart rate progress over time.

The new Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+, is also compatible with most Polar training computers (all those using 5 kHz transmission technology). This allows use of both the Nike+ system and a Polar training computer at the same time. The Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+, is also compatible with the fifth generation iPod nano and the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit.
The soft textile chest strap seamlessly adapts to the user’s body shape, bringing full freedom of movement to the training session. The comfortable textile strap is also machine-washable and with its hook mechanism, the transmitter is just as quick to put on as it is to take off. A user replaceable battery also increases the ease-of-use.

In addition, the Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+, works with Polar-compatible fitness equipment, including models from all major fitness equipment manufacturers. This enables users wearing the WearLink+ transmitter to see their heart rate on the compatible fitness club equipment as well. The coded transmission ensures that Nike+ devices and Polar training computers pick up the right heart rate signal and not someone else’s.

“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Nike”, says Marco Suvilaakso, Group Product Director at Polar. “Polar and Nike are both market leading global sports brands. Nike users around the globe can now benefit for the first time from pioneering Polar heart rate monitoring technology. The new WearLink®+ transmitter Nike+ will make accurate heart rate training available to millions of Nike+ users. It will add a new dimension to their training enabling them to train at the right intensity to achieve their goals. We anticipate this will be a very popular product.”

“We are excited to introduce Polar heart rate technology into the Nike+ system so millions of enthusiastic users can take their training and performance to the next level,” said Jeff Padovan, president of Polar USA. “Being able to partner with industry leaders like Nike and Apple who share our passion for sports and technology allows us to deliver what the consumer has asked for by providing the best each company has to offer all in one product.”

The Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+, will be available from June 2010 in the United States, followed by Canada and major EU countries from the beginning of July. On sale through authorized Polar retailers, Nike-owned retail stores and through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), the Polar WearLink®+ that works with Nike+, is sold as a Polar accessory set with a user manual. Compatible Polar training computers can be purchased separately.

Notes to Editors
Recommended retail price: $69.95
Compatible Polar training computers:
All Polar training computers utilizing 5 kHz transmission technology, including Polar FT80, FT60, FT40, FT7, FT4, FT2, FT1, RS400, RS300X, RS100, CS400, CS300, CS200 and CS100. Please check the up-to-date list of compatible training computers from the Polar web site.Water resistance of Polar products is tested according to International IEC 60529 IPx7 (1m, 30min, 20°C).Not suitable for bathing or swimming. Protected against wash splashes and raindrops. Do not wash with a pressure washer.Not suitable for swimming. Protected against wash splashes, sweat, raindrops etc. Do not wash with a pressure washer.Suitable for bathing and swimming.Suitable for swimming and snorkeling (without air tanks).

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Polar
Headquartered in Lake Success, NY, Polar USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finland-based Polar Electro OY, which invented the first wireless heart rate monitor (HRM) in 1977. Polar now operates internationally in more than 80 countries. Polar heart rate and fitness assessment technology delivers unparalleled insight into the human body from valuable training guidance and feedback, to enabling individuals to improve their fitness level and sports performance. Polar technology is key to the success of leading fitness facilities, athletic teams, corporate wellness facilities, health insurance providers and thousands of physical education programs around the world. Today, Polar training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide. For more information, visit www.polarusa.com.

About Nike
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned Nike subsidiaries include Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand. For more information, visit www.nikebiz.com.

Update!

Details already out on their global website

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Go to here

Human Race 10k+

Running

After about 1 month of absence from using my Iphone to track my running distance, today i finally started using it again. Honestly, I have reduced quite significant my mileage, clocking about 15-20km only per week since end of fasting month. Even then, I don’t use Iphone to track it because my Nike+ sensor was running out of battery – thus it keep giving me inaccurate speed!

Anyway, this morning – i decided to hit the gym for a 10k (instead of the plan run in Taman Tasik, sleep seems to be more enticing). Coincidentally, today is also the Human Race 10k+. I managed to sync in time and now, waiting for the results to be in 🙂 I doubt I will be anywhere near the top 100k around the world. I did run very slow – very very slow. I would need to push up at least about 30 seconds pace from today’s run – in order to run below 5 hours for a marathon. Gosh….

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So – i did it… I shall wait to see what’s my ranking 🙂 WIll update this post once I get it!.

UPDATE

Result just came in!!

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11th…. so far 😀