Me and my new toys today….


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Mondays are supposed to be an easy day for me. But I bought new swimming gear today and I couldn’t resist going into the pool especially to make up for yesterday’s let down. I needed some new swimming shorts so I stopped by a Speedo outlet and bought a Thinswim 1.0 swimming shorts. It’s very different from the usual swim shorts I am used to. This one feels rubbery to the touch and is made from the same stuff that the wet suits are made of. When I tried it, it was barely a fit and was very very very tight. But I knew that these things have a strange way of fitting differently in the water. Sure enough when I hit the water it loosened up a felt very comfortable.

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>My new toy- Olumpus Mju Tough 8010 Digital Camera

> Are my goggles too big?    I bought a  new toy today, an Olympus Mju Tough 8010 digital camera. I already have a lot of cameras including dSLRs with an assortment of exotic lenses as well as a Leica digital rangefinder plus a few digital compacts so why on earth would I buy a …

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>Weekly Report 21 Feb-27 Feb 2011

> Running at Putrajaya bythe waterfront   This week has been a bit topsy turvy for me as far as training is concerned: Monday SwimTuesday RunWednesday RunThursday EllipticalFriday OffSaturday OffSunday Swim, run and elliptical The big news for this week is swimming is now part of the routine. Ever since my first swimming lesson I have …

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Matters of the Heart – Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)


On my night run tonight. 5km at Zone 2 77% MHR
or hard but still able to talk

I talk a lot about Maximum Heart Rate and depend on My Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor considerably to monitor my training and physical activity. You can say that it’s the most important training aid I have. A friend of mine pointed out to me that all this tech talk may be lost on people so I decided to write a short note on what I mean. I had written about it an earlier post. This post is a monumental attempt to write down what I know about it. I’m sure there are other better resources out there (and I suggests you find it). You can call this post the first step.

Our heart beats at a certain rate per minute. How fast it beats depends on our general level of fitness as well as the physical activity we are in engaged in at that time. When we talk about Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) it is the absolute maximum rate that our heart beats per minute. It is absolutely crucial that we now what our MHR is so that we can train better. How to find out? You can go to special sports centres who will put you a series of tests to determine your MHR. Me? I just used a general formula:

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Getting the hang of swimming…


The  pool where I spend
my time pretending to be a fish

Tonight I swam for the first time after my first lesson in relearning how to swim. The pool was divided into 2 with one side devoted to what teenagers destined for swimming greatness and the other side was devoted to those who are destined for the more mortals (like me). I started off tentatively and went back to my old form of swimming, which is a nice way to say it went really bad. I had to slow down and remember the simple drills that I learnt on saturday. Hoping meanwhile that nobody was watching me. I do actually had the feeling that everyone in the pool was watching me in my efforts to look cool while swimming. Once I settled down it went a bit better especially when I went into the ‘I don’t care what people think of me’ mode.

One of the things I noticed today was that I was swimming at nearly 85% Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) which is way to high if I want to for endurance swimming. I know definitely that my strokes are still inefficient. I have to start working on some drills to improve the technique. I had agreed with my swimming coach that the next lesson won’t be for another 2 to 3 weeks.

>14 Feb-20 Feb 2011 Weekly Report

> I’ve started my swimming Another week. This week was an interesting one though: Monday RunTuesday Brick 20km bike 5km runWednesday Elliptical TrainerThursday 5km tempo runFriday Elliptical trainerSaturday Swim – Yayy!!Sunday Free weights and Elliptical trainer Calorie burn 5254 cal Overall mood – Still funMilestone – Saturday’s swim Big learning – Gotta make sure I …

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My 3rd link in a triathlon, swimming……..


I taught myself how to swim about 8 years ago. It was a clumsy breaststroke. There was no technique in it. Just simple experimentation to figure out what can prevent me from sinking in the pool. When I managed to stay afloat I suprised myself by swimming 3.6 km in my small 30m pool at the condo. I had to do more than 100 laps and it took me about 5 slow hours. I felt quite accomplished at that time considering I had only learnt a few weeks before that.

My freestyle stroke leaves a lot to be desired and I find it impossible to sustain so I gave up. When I decided to complete in a triathlon, I knew I had to conquer a mountain to climb. I had to work on my running technique, my cycling technique and my freestyle technique. I’ve been working on my running about 75% of the time as it was my weakest link. The climax to my journey in running was about 2 weeks ago when I ran a half marathon.

What it means to be fit by Dr Nicholas Romanov


My butt is sticking out less but maybe its because
its smaller…

What a great article by Dr Nicholas Romanov, the founder of POSE Method of running. I especially like the quote,

A truly fit person is in perfect synergy with his/her surroundings, moving gracefully in space and time regardless of the activity. A fit person is in perfect balance physiologically, psychologically and emotionally, mentally and spiritually‘ – Dr Nocholas Romanov

I want to be fit to compete in a sprint triathlon and all my efforts and energy, intellect and emotions are focussed towards reaching that level of fitness. I am going to start swimming soon. Within the month I expect to be going training hard at it and relentlessly refining technique. Now whether I am going to be moving gracefully in space and time is something that remains to be seen. Despite improvements in running technique, I still do feel like a lumbering elephant though this elephant is gaining more poise and grace. 

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