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Polar Wearlink+

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

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Fun Posts Workouts

Finally – Nike+ Heart Rate Monitor

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[Rumor]

Linked from the shoemaker forums here – that nike is finally going to release a Heart Rate Monitor that will be compatible with the range of Nike+ products. This is definitely an awesome news – and will open up a whole bunch of potential with regards to fitness management via the iPhone.

I used Nike+ before to track my runnings – but eventually skip it because it does not have integration to any Heart Rate Monitors. Who knows – if the heart rate monitor by Nike is more comfortable than polar – i might just give it a change.

I guess its about time, as other shoemakers like Adidas has already launched their HRM. And if nike does not follow suit – it gonna be a disaster. Hey – Nike+ is super awesome. IPhone or Ipod has very good interface 😀 Now.. lemme think, will it work with IPAD? Coz i actually use ipad during on treadmills. He he..

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Running

Human Race 10k+

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 😀

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Workouts

Training Schedule – Week 2

Following is the training schedule for week 2!

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Kah kah kah kah… die standing

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Running Workouts

Day 2 – Doing Well but Not There Yet

Its my day 2 of my so called official training for Singapore Marathon. The target is 3.21km but i decided to be naughty and ran 10.06km. I think I should not be doing that as it will definitely affect my overall performance for the next 14 weeks to come!

Looking at the training schedule for Week 1, its looks extremely easy, just 2 days of 3.21km and 1 day of 4.83km (which is tomorrow). But, it won’t come easy the next week as I will be starting on Wednesday a 12.87km run! On a working day some more. That will easily take me about 1 hour 30 mins at my current pace. I do hope i can find that much of time on that day to complete the run! 1hr 30 mins on a working day on a fasting month would not be that easy, plus considering that next week will be another busy week for me 😀

Anyway, here is the chart for this week:

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Tomorrow, my target is to follow exactly 4.83km, maybe just round it up to 5km. Then the rest of the time, i should be doing a little bit of weight, before heading for my rest day or easy day on Monday. The run for today is as follows:

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Its another slow run, but if seriously, if i maintain a pace of 6mins 57seconds for 42.195, i should be looking at a full marathon run at 4 hours 55 mins, which is lower than my target which is 5hrs. But, since I am running on a treadmill, I should run 10% to 15% faster to cater for different terrains and weather. My target should be in the region of 6mins 30 seconds per km which will give a full run on 4 hours 34 mins.

Gulp

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Workouts

Singapore Marathon – 14 weeks to go

Singapore Marathon is about 14 weeks from now, and seriously – i don’t think i have enough time to prepare for it. My weekly mileage has been extremely low in the past couple of weeks, especially with the fasting month. I should be clocking at least 50km a week to be comfortable for the run, with one long run every weekend. Now my long runs are limited to 10km (time and laziness is the limitation…).

Anyway, decided to use Nike+ to help me train, they have this cool feature called coach, where it can schedule a bunch of runs for you, in view of the build up for a marathon. The problem is, it’ll take 28 weeks to finish the mileage buildup – which is double the time that i have for the Singapore Marathon. Perhaps – i shall take Singapore Marathon as a, in between race. The 28 weeks training is for the Paris Marathon perhaps… The image below shows the target for week number 1…

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Which is pretty short target, 4 miles only 😀 In fact for today – i definitely have surpass the target but about 3 miles… bwahahahahaha. My slow run just now was this..

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1:09:39 was my time for 10k, which is too slow considering the fact that I should be going for below 1 hour. WIth the parameters like fasting, and lack of food during sahur – its ok lah. Plus i need to conserve some energy for the rest of the day. Then again, if maintain the same pace for 42.195km, i should be doing it within my target – which is below 5 hours.. we shall see lah..

Looks like tomorrow i have to run again ! Kah kah kah