usually I will paste those article here in fear of those website closing down. but this is pretty lengthy so have a good read and take it all in after a long Sunday run. Doing intervals later today, hope it doesn’t rain cats and dogs again.
Lemme show you what Garmin Connect looks like
This my friends is the dashboard, shows you practically what you have done in the few days or rather the whole month
This is the Calender and its my favourite for being a motivational tool, after every run, the Watch will wireless transfer all training data of the day into the dashboard as well as every tab in the Garmin connect, I love this as being the best motivational tool as it tally’s the total of your time, runs etc.etc. on the side, you can display the activities, the weight, the goals and weekly total, and that’s not all
This has got to be one of my favourite feature in the Garmin Connect, it allows you to set your goals and it tracks it after your run, If you look close enough you can see that one of them is already at 58% that was set yesterday, its to run 21km within 30days but looks like tomorrow its already going to be done, I dont do high mileage like some people but when I train its usually a 10km slow run everyday. I just created two more goals to achieve, one is what I call Run for time which I am needed to run 15hrs within 7 days, you do the math how many hours a day, and the last goal is called the "Mr 1kg of Blubber" this is a more realistic goal where I am needed to burn 7700calories which is equivalent to 1kg of FATS ! yes 7700 calories is 1kg of fats. Here is how i derive to the math
1 Kg of fat?
1 Kg is 2.2 lbs and 1 lb is 3500 calories, so 1 Kg is 3500 X 2.2= 7700
so yup, losing weight is a life process and not go to a doctor to suck it all out with a sucking metal, or worst going to those fat loss clinic where they say they going to help you and such, but are they really ??! You have to motive yourself to see the improvement over time, its not going to come easy, its not going to come tomorrow, my mentor once told me this, you doing gain all those *fats* in a day and you sure ain’t going to lose it in a day.
So I hope you were not bored with me and my talks on Garmin features, what can I say its a pretty cool toy.
Ok here is the unboxing of my new toy, cost a bomb to get it. here it is:
2) 2xU Compression Run *12km
3) Passion Run *25km
3.1) Adidas Sundown Marathon *42km
4) Stan Chart KL marathon *42km
5) Newton Run *30km
6) Nike RUN *10km
7) Salomon Xtrail *10km
8) Genting Trailblazer *10km
9) Legs & Paddles *5km Kayak + *7km run
10) Stan Chart Sing Marathon *42km
11) Mizuno Mt Faber Run *10km
12) New Balance Real Run *10km
Hope to see you guys on race days. Oh if you wondering how come this time my races do not involve triathlon or duathlon its because I have not found my bike yet, can’t seem to find a proper bike. Well there are a few but its way off my budget. Going to sleep now, see you guys in a few more hours and best of all TRAIN HARD and HAVE FUN !
Arctic birds can fly 47 mph for 100 hours at a stretch during their
annual migration of 7,800 miles. Grey whales travel from Alaska to
Mexico at 5 mph for three weeks without eating. Tarahumara Indians of
Mexico have been known to chase deer until the deer collapses in
exhaustion, its hooves worn away.
These incredible feats of endurance and speed are fueled by fat.
Like migratory animals, the capacity to burn large amounts of fat for
fuel is in the human genetic code. Unlike migratory animals, however,
if humans dont use it, they lose the capacity to burn fat.
People who are out of shape instead have to rely on limited
carbohydrate supplies for energy. One gram of carbohydrate has only 4
calories of energy compared to 9 calories in each gram of fat.
The more fat you burn, the more energy you can generate and the better your endurance.
A study of Chris Boardman, after he set cyclings famed one-hour time
trial world record, revealed that he could burn 1 one pound of fat in
three hours of riding compared to 18 hours it took for recreational
cyclists to burn an equivalent amount of fat.
The ability to use fat for fuel is something you teach your body to
do, and the benefits extend far beyond exercise. Exercise and diet
strategies can develop your metabolic potential to burn fat, allowing
your body to burn more fat all the time.
Someone who is just starting an exercise program can expect
substantial changes in just two weeks. After 12 weeks, fat burning can
be increased by as much as 40%.
Time your food intake. Try to avoid eating for the two hours prior
to exercise. Best yet, exercise first thing in the morning on an empty
stomach. When you eat foods that contain carbohydrate and/or protein,
insulin levels increase in the blood. Insulin reduces fat metabolism in
the muscle and blocks fat leaving the fat tissue. The end result is
lowered use of fat for fuel.
It is also important to include two servings of "good fat" in your
daily diet, such as salad dressings, peanut butter, avocado, almonds,
salmon or olives.
Long exercise sessions send a strong signal to increase fat burning.
For the first 20 – 30 minutes of an exercise session, or until you’re
warmed up, the fuel mix your muscles burn will be high in
carbohydrates. After that, a combination of hormone release and
increased oxygen supply will change the fuel mix to include higher
amounts of fat.
Unfortunately, many people stop exercising just when their muscles are starting to burn fat.
After an hour of exercise and again at three hours, fat burning is
increased even further. Include one long exercise session in your
training program each week. Build up time by increasing the length of
your longest session by 10 – 15 minutes each week.
Multisport athletes may want to do a long training session in each
sport. More than that can result in excess fatigue, injury and illness
and interfere with training.
How long you go depends on your goals. Someone who is exercising for
basic fitness or weight control may want to build up to two hours of
continuous exercise. A marathon runner would get the most benefit from
a three-hour run. A cyclist or Ironman athlete may want to build up to
five to six hours.
Successful ultra-runners have been known to have training sessions
of eight hours. However, the point of diminishing returns appears to be
How hard you go makes a big difference in fat burning. During
aerobic training sessions, your target heart rate should be at the top
of the fat burning zone, or the intensity where your muscles are
burning the highest amount of fat. For most people, this is around 65%
to 70% of maximum heart rate. This is the point where you can hear
yourself breathe, and any talking will be interrupted.
If you cant talk, youre going too hard. If you can chat with ease,
youre going too easy and youre just not sending enough of a signal.
After basic fat metabolism has been established, sprint training can
increase fat metabolism even further. However, it must be emphasized
that a foundation of aerobic training and strength should be built
I have used a Polar and Nike from previous before and I found that its really invaluable to our training regime, follow your heart and listen to your heart, I am sure you will be please with your results in the end, give your self some time, you resting heart rate *RHR* would not be very good for a start but you will see it improves gradually when you train properly. I use to have a RHR of 45bpm – 60bpm when I am doing nothing, but after a long hiatus from my training I guess its back to an average person of 70bpm – 80bpm. I am still searching for a right HRM to buy and I kinda guess what I am going to buy already so wait for the next blogpost on it. So here today I am going to share with you the training HR chart: below you will be two charts for example and will explain in brief.
Well I dont expect you to run out and buy a HRM now at this instant, try going out for a daily run maybe once a week, ask yourself after that run do you feel more energized? do you feel alert and able to do daily task with out feeling tired, if you answer yes to all, you are on your way to a better lifestyle, but in any case you feel you would like to buy one and dont know how to start do feel free to email me or leave me a comment. I am sure I would be able to give you some advise. Cheers !
Mothers who outsource the care of their sons to other women may be
inadvertently raising adulterers. Or so claims Dr. Dennis Friedman in a
book that has kicked up a bit of a ruckus in Britain. A Fellow of the
Royal College of Psychiatrists, the doctor argues that men become
womanizers because their mothers left them with nannies.
According to Friedman, having two women care for a baby boy may
cause his little brain to internalize the idea that there are multiple
females to meet his needs. "It introduces him to the concept of the
other woman," he said in London’s Daily Telegraph. He explicates the relationship in his book The Unsolicited Gift: Why We Do The Things We Do, which explores how a mother’s love for her offspring can determine how those children behave as adults. (See the mobile apps that make adultery easier.)
Girls are affected by nannies too. Not having her mother around
creates in the infant female a "vacuum of need," says Friedman, which
she might try to fill in later life with substance abuse or promiscuity
— presumably with those married men in her social circle who were also
raised by nannies.
But it is the thesis concerning boys that has been more
controversial. Having two maternal objects, says Friedman, "creates a
division in [the boy's] mind between the woman he knows to be his
natural mother and the woman with whom he has a real hands-on
relationship: the woman who bathes him and takes him to the park, and
with whom he feels completely at one." This dual-woman life, one for
family and one for catering to his every need, might become a set
pattern in his mind, so that when he grows up and feels like his needs
are not being met, he strays beyond the home. (See the top 10 mistresses.)
Friedman suggests mothers should not work, or if they must, should
not return to work until their children are at least 1 year old.
Critics, and many, many working mothers, quickly pointed out that he
offers no statistics for his theory (as in, exactly how many nannies
Tiger Woods must have had), nor does his proposal seem particularly
practical, since many women have little choice but either to return to
work after having children or to not feed said children. Additionally,
it rankled many women that Friedman lays the blame for men’s fidelity
issues on females. If it’s not the inattentive wife who drives a man
into another woman’s arms — it’s his inattentive mother.
It also doesn’t make developmental sense, says Dr. Jean Mercer,
professor emerita of Psychology at Richard Stockton College in New
Jersey, who specializes in infant development. "Babies don’t form
attachments solely to their mothers — they become attached also to
fathers, grandparents, nannies, child-care providers, older brothers
and sisters, or anyone else who interacts with them socially and
frequently participates in care routines like feeding and bathing."
These relationships are healthy and part of normal development. And
becoming attached to a nanny doesn’t equal becoming detached from a
mother, or that the two are interchangeable. "A nanny or other person
is added to the existing relationships most babies have."
It’s unclear how wide a cross section of society Friedman used to
draw his conclusions, but it’s possible they may have been a bit
skewed. His previous three books were explorations of the psychology of
a small but prominent group of people with powerful matriarchs and lots
and lots of nannies: the British royal family.
What is foursquare?
In a nutshell, it’s a location service-based social
network-come-game. What it does in effect is to tell you where your
friends are and add a little fun to going out in the evening. It’s like
Google Lattitude meets a little bit of Facebook, a touch of Twitter, a dash of Qype and even a twist of World of Warcraft. And if that’s not a cocktail for hopeless addiction, then we’re not sure what is.
How does it work?
The whole system is based around what is known as "checking-in". You
check-in from bars and restaurants and any kind of nightspot or
watering hole, perhaps with a little message
about where you are and what you’re doing – all very brief – and the
system will then register what you’re up to. People who you’re friends
with will then get pinged a message to let them know your whereabouts
and activities, and the idea is that they can then join you if they
fancy or just be pleased that you’re out
having a good time. From the other side of things, if you’re out on
your own somewhere, suddenly mateless in town or stuck at home and bored, you can see where everyone’s
at and get yourself down to the party. All pretty simple. The other two
things you can do are create a to-do-list of places you’ve always
wanted to go and add to a Top 12 list of your recommendations for other
And what about the game?
The clever, or clever-er, part is that you get points for
checking-in. The idea is that it encourages you to do so, which then
gets the system running and propagates the idea and the fun even
further. It’s all rather new, even for the developers, and much of the
system is still evolving but, at the moment, you get a point for
checking in, you get five points if it happens to be from a place
you’ve never checked-in from before; a further point if it’s the
second, third, fourth etc place of the evening; and another still for
checking-in multiple nights in a row, you old booze hound, you. You can
only get points for checking-in outside of work hours – presumably to
prevent potential mass job loss and alcoholism – but you’re always
eligible for the five discovery points no matter what time of day it is.
the points aren’t good for anything other than bragging rights but
that’s currency a-plenty with a leader board on the site with the top
users. Also, if you check-in from the same place more times and more
regularly than anyone else, then you might find yourself crowned Mayor
of that gaff on the site – an honour that many may try to wrestle from
you but then, that’s part of the fun. You’ll probably begin as rivals
and end up the next week amassing 50 points together on some all night
You can also earn badges as you check-in which is where the parallel of World of Warcraft
and its Achievements system lies. Firstly, there are badges for the
number of times you’ve checked-in to new establishments from Newbie up
to Superstar, plus all sorts of random and more cryptic titles to earn.
Word has it that this is where the real addiction lies, especially with
the team working on and taking suggestions for all sorts of new badges.
The really clever part
That’s basically the fun side of foursquare and what you’ll
appreciate as a user, but while all this is going on, the owners of the
service are also gathering some very considerable review and guide data
for all the best spots in a whole bunch of major cities all over the
world. It’s the kind of user-generated content that Qype
specialises in but in a much less in-depth way. What foursquare then
decides to do with that is up to the business but there’s certainly
plenty of commercial scope, if only for the desire of new bars and
restaurants to get themselves listed or even to have a badge made just
How do I start?
Like all social networks, just head to the foursquare site and sign up with a free and very brief profile which will ask you for your mobile phone number so it can ping you. Then add a photo and find your friends.
Can anyone use it?
Well, yes and no. Firstly, the system has to be city specific, so
there are different networks for a number of different locations. If
there doesn’t happen to be one in your location then, it’s not going to
work for you. So far you can play in: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin,
Boston, Chicago, Dallas / Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las
Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis / St. Paul, New York City,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle,
Washington, DC and now London as well. You’ll need a mobile phone to
check-in from and a decent SMS package on your price plan or, better still, there’s an app for Android, iPhone and soon ones for BlackBerry and the Palm Pre too.
Common Heart Rate Monitor and Training
We have all heard the saying, “we all make mistakes sometimes!” and
in some cases it is usually brushed off. However, a mistake in training
and also how you use your heart rate monitor could mean the difference
between reaching your fitness or weight loss goals or not. I have
compiled a list of common mistakes that we usually do during training,
especially when using a heart rate monitor. Do note that this list is
not “all” the mistakes that is made. There are so many more and these
will be added in time.
Training Mistake #1: Not Setting Out a Clear Goal
When you decide to start training, an important factor for your
workouts is the goals that you will set for yourself. Many people do up a
training program without first understanding what they want from it.
For instance, I wouldn’t walk into the gym today and start on every
weight training machine in there if I wanted to run a marathon. I
wouldn’t be bulking up on my upper body for that! You got to sit down
and decide what you want to achieve. If it’s to be a body builder than
fine, you will touch all the weight machines. But, if it is to run a
marathon than I think that you will have a different program.
Training Mistake #2: Not Knowing Factors the Affect Heart
There are many factors that affect heart rate. Though you may be
doing the same exercise routines everyday, you may sometimes notice that
your working heart rate may be different. There are several factors for
this ranging from temperature and water balance to caffeine intake and
even stress. This stress can either be psychological or physical. It is
important that you be aware of these factors that affect your heart
Training Mistake #3: Not Analyzing your Heart Rate and
One of the advantages of using a heart rate monitor is to analyze the
data after a workout. It is one of those training tools that allow for
this to happen. Advanced heart monitor watches from manufacturers such
as Garmin and Polar allow for users to acquire so much data. For
instance, they would not only collect heart rate data but also calories
burnt, speed, distance and pace data along with a host of other
important training information. With all the data you receive, you get a
better understanding of your body and can see where changes and
improvements can be made.
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So what happened to this wonderful bike of mine? I had to sell it off due to some money constraint, It was a hard time for me to let go, but life is not that perfect and we are not born with a silver-spoon in our mouth, I feel sad typing this out as I reminisce the time I had with that bike, the climb up Genting Sempah, the races, the places I traveled with it. What a wonderful experience I tell you. I am not a bike whore, where some people just go from bike to bikes and keep changeing their bikes. I am very loyal and I stay to one and only one. so far I still can’t find a perfect bike. well I could if I had like $30 large as there is already one by the name of "ISAAC JOULE AEROTIC" that bike I can tell u is a work of art, there are talks in the forum where people says, People buy that frame of the bike just to hang on the wall, What craziness is that. well if it floats their boat, Well .. I am back to hunting bikes again. Hope I can find one soon. Peace out and in the mean while.. enjoy your cycling
Trust me, I am still looking for a bike which suits me, In this 2010 I have missed the OSIM and Aviva 70.3 again, I think this two event is really going elusive. I can’t seem to get a bike that suits me. I went to FELT, GIANT, SPECIALIZED ..etc..etc.. its either the color or the setting but the main problem is the BUDGET, why do a decent TRIbike cost $4000 and above. I was awaiting for a Kouta Kueen K pricing but it never came, so hence I forgotten about it totally. Now I am starting on my journey to rebuild myself again. I have to start doing my 3 discipline again instead of only one, but since I am only doing one, this are the highlights for this year,
1. NorthEast Run 10mile:16km (missed)
2. 2Xu Run 12km (Apr)
2.2 Adidas Sundown 42km (May) <— why 2.2 is because I am replacing someone *Might go might not*
3. Passion: 25km (June)
3.5 Legs & Paddles 5k kayak+7k run(June)
4. Newton 30km (Oct)
5. Trailblazer: 12km (Nov)
6. Standard Chartered: 42km (Dec)
Looks like this few events will have to do at the moment, IF I had my bike, I would have slotted Aviva and Osim in between and those duathlon and Triathlon events. guess I am still in search for my holy grail, Dont have to be a powerhouse like BMC or Cervelo but it would sure be nice thought. I prefer something that will just suits me.
its about Loans, I am sure once in a while people will have to take loan in their life, unless you were born sitting on a gold mine or oil field, but even so with only oil you can’t produce money until someone comes with machinery to mine it, so you still need a loan to buy your machinery yada yada yada. Let me post it here so we can learn from this loan segment of Business in Asiaone.
|Don’t be chained to loan woes
By Lorna Tan, Senior Correspondent
It must be tempting to splash out a bit now that the worst of the
After all, some firms have started restoring pay cuts to employees and year-end bonuses have been paid.
With the mood improving, the urge to snap up that big-ticket item with cash or a loan is getting stronger.
Using cash is one thing, but excessive borrowing can lead to financial trouble.
‘Loans can help us to purchase high-value items or essentials that
And the same principle should apply, whether for a home loan, a car
‘Consumers need to ensure that loans taken are well within their means,’ said Mr Gupta.
Here are eight things to consider when taking out a loan:
Number 1: A need or a want?
Before taking a loan, ask yourself if the item or service is meant to satisfy a need or a want.
Ms Tan Huey Min, assistant director at Credit Counselling Singapore,
Take time to consider if there is an alternative to borrowing now or
However, if the purchase is for investment purposes, then perhaps it
Number 2: Interest cost of borrowing
Consumers should be aware of the type of interest rate that is stated in the loan agreement or marketing material.
And when considering loan options, compare like with like, said Mr Gupta.
Some loans use the annual percentage rate (APR), which reflects the
The simple interest rate is calculated by applying a flat rate on the original principal amount for the entire loan tenure.
The APR is interest calculated based on the declining principal balance over the tenure of the loan.
As the borrower makes monthly repayments, the principal is reduced
Sometimes a loan comes with a zero per cent interest cost if it’s
Number 3: Current debt service ratio
Before taking the loan, calculate your debt service ratio. It is the
It provides a useful guide to how much of your take-home pay – that
Debt payments are monthly expenses like mortgage, car loans,
To put it another way, out of every $1,000 of after-tax and CPF income, you should spend $350 or less on debt repayments.
Ms Tan cautions that if the consumer already has a high amount of
And even if your debt service ratio is less than 35 per cent, it is
Make sure you know your cash inflow and outflow before taking on another loan
Number 4: Loan tenure
It is worth considering the optimal loan tenure as it affects monthly repayments and interest paid.
Generally a longer loan tenure means smaller monthly repayments but
For example, Mr Mark Tan takes a $10,000 loan for a period of five years at an APR of 18per cent per annum (pa).
His monthly repayment is $254 so the total interest he will pay over
If he takes a loan period of three years at an APR of 18 per cent
So to minimise the interest payable, a shorter loan tenure may be an option, but the repayments will be higher.
Some financial experts suggest you make the highest repayments you
When deciding on a loan tenure, consider your monthly commitments
Number 5: Early payment options
Not all loans allow customers to settle early, so read and understand the terms and conditions of the loan before signing up.
An early settlement fee is usually imposed if a loan is paid off early.
For example, if you redeem your GE Money personal loan before the
Home loan customers are urged to look beyond interest rates and consider factors such as the lock-in period and penalty fees.
Another potential cost is the loan cancellation fee. An investor who
Cancellation fees can range between 0.75per cent and 1.5per cent of
Number 6: Late payment fees
Most loans stipulate late payment fees. These are over and above the
Pay special attention to fees incurred for late payment.
For instance, credit cards typically charge a one-time
So keep track of the payment dates and remember to pay before the
Number 7: Payment flexibility
Avoid defaulting on loan repayments as it will hurt your credit
You might hit cash flow difficulties at some point, so it is worth
For example, Mr Gupta says that GE Money’s James personal loan,
Such features offer flexibility in managing your cash flow,
For those who can’t meet their monthly payments, experts suggest
Number 8: Other loan terms and conditions
Make sure you understand the key fees and charges stipulated by a
If you are acting as a guarantor for a loan, be clear about the
Ms Tan says: ‘In the eyes of the creditor, the guarantor is the
This means that even if you are willing to act as a guarantor, you
She recalled a case in which a person (let’s call him John) became a
When Jim defaulted on his car loan, the car financier pursued legal action against both people.
Jim could not repay and became a bankrupt. In the end, John assumed
Well if you have read all the way to this end, I might think that you are interested in managing your finances as well, I am always finding ways to monitor my finances as I dont earn alot, I try to make do with what I have and do not buy luxury goods, well I used to, foolish me, but that was when I was not married, but this time its all different, life is not all about the materials that is drape on you nor the beautiful bags you carry, but I am not saying it does not boost morale. You can still spend within your means. As for me now, its not first priority as priority changes!