Taman Tugu

Fun Posts, I Love Malaysia

Yesterday morning I woke up and felt that I needed some exercise. It’s not a golf weekend as I had to do something in the afternoon, therefore I either have to go for a run, hike or gym. Since I have not gone for a hike in a long time, when I opened my eyes yesterday – boom, its time for a hike!

First port of call, of course, is to find where should I hike. The first place came to mind is Taman Tugu. Taman Tugu is a new park that was opened earlier this year (I think!). It is located right smack in the middle of town. Somewhere near to Tugu Negara (National Monument), and not far away from Lake Gardens.

Drove to Taman Tugu, parked the car at the nursery entrance and quickly did a bit of stretch, and there I go! The first thing to do was to look at the map of the trails. The trails are properly documented, and by looking at it, I am confident that it is something that I can quickly conquer without much effort.

Map of the trails

The main trail itself is about 3km long, and I took approximately about 50 mins to complete. Not that difficult at all. Even the climbs were easy, but with my weak knees – I brought along a walking stick to help me ascend and descend.

The entrance to the main trail

The photo above shows the entrance to the main trails. Well placed signed to ensure that you won’t get lost. In fact, when I got there – I was a bit lost because I could not find where the entrance was. I asked the general workers and they pointed me to the entrance. Stupid me because I didn’t look properly while walking to the park.

The trails, very clean!

The trail itself is very clean and well maintained. Despite its the rainy season, the tracks were dry enough and my boots were sufficient to get traction.

Every few checkpoints, there were places where you can hang out on the swings and benches. Very good indeed. The trail was very easy, thus I didn’t have to hang around for a rest.

Gazebo

In addition to the swings, there were at least two gazebos that I saw along the way. Pretty cool indeed. If I do have all the time in the world, I would probably just chill here.

After completing the trails, I then exited and enjoyed a cup of joe from the food truck outside the trails.

The food truck also sells breakfast – so you won’t get hungry! I typically don’t eat breakfast, hence a cup of americano is more than sufficient for me!

Note – the toilet is very clean and well lit. It also comes with a shower with decent water pressure. No hot water though. Now the thinking in my mind is whether I should consider coming here before going to work. Perhaps can start by once a week then move into 2-3 times a week. A combination of circuit and trail walk/run will be good for my 2020 fitness goals!

8WC… it was a GROUP effort…

Fun Posts, Workouts

In the last 8 weeks, whole bunch of Bootcamp recruits participated in a challenge called 8 Weeks Challenge or better known as 8WC. The challenge is combination of both workout and diet – a formula that is fool proof! No one can exist without the other to achieve fast results!

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From the photos in the banner – past results are just amazing. From big belly to 6 packs in just 8 weeks! Amazing! But it’s not all that easy. As simple as it may sound, the effort required to complete the 8 weeks is just phenomenal. Mental power is so important to ensure you don’t fall off the wagon. Even if you fall, Gunny will be there to help you stand up and ride through the challenge!

The power of 8WC in COBC Malaysia is actually the group! The challenge is so much more easier with the support that WE get from the other recruits! For example, at different times of the session – we have pot lucks, we share recipes, we motivate each other (and make fun of each other too)!

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I must say – some of the recipes are just amazing!! For example – the oat bran cookies made by Wennice…

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Despite having a good result from 8WC – all the grads will move into simmer phase. Myself will continue with the 8WC diet to reach my ideal weight before moving into simmer phase. Simmer phase is a phase where we start moving back into the normal “healthy” diet..

And of course – as I’ve been repeating myself many many many times – losing weight is easy, maintaining it is difficult! But with the support of COBC recruits – am sure the 8WC grads will survive!

 

Hooyah!!!

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

Riding on Penchala Link..

Fun Posts

Today i went cycling on Penchala Link, well, more of like trying to test out to see whether the highway is cyclable. I must say.. it is!

He he…

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The funny part is that, there was a road block and i saw the police who supposed to be shooting the radar guns. Its more of like looking at the cars and radio-ing whether its above speed limit or not.. NO RADAR GUNS .. OR LASER GUNS… hmm

Anyway, map above is map of my track just now. Got the whole thing from new service from garmin called connect.garmin.com. Pretty neat…

My speed as below… nothing to shout for lar..

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My heart rate.. not too bad 😀
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Lastly my cadence 😀

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I set in the site.. my goal for the next 30 days is to cycle for 100km and have at least 10 rides! And….

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Not too bad 😀