>Weekly Log 28 March – 3 April 2011

> Me and my swim coach Saiful   This is how the week went: This is how this week went. Monday SwimTuesday Run, bike and swimWednesday Run and swimThursday Bike and swimFriday SwimSaturday Swim and runSunday Rest This week was a bit messy for me. I had intended to start getting up early to go …

Read more>Weekly Log 28 March – 3 April 2011

Farewell to my faithful companion


Two Polars – RS 800 and FT 60

Who am I saying farewell to? My Polar FT 60.

It’s funny to write about something like a heart rate monitor but I’ve always had difficulty getting rid of stuff because of the emotions I attach to them. Call me sentimental but that’s how it is.
I first wrote about my Polar FT 60 way back when I started this blog in January. It’s an important (and perhaps the most important) training tool anyone could have as it monitors the most important part of the human body, the heart.
When I began to really understand the power of using the heart rate monitor I was able to plan my workouts and make sure every minute of time and every ounce of effort counts.

Daily Log 22 March 2011 – Tempo Run


My current running form

This post is one day late. I need to make sure I write these things down as they happen.

After buying my new Polar RS 800 I decided to take it for a spin. I have been used to running with my Polar FT 60 and my new RS 800 takes it to a whole new level. One of the features that attracted me to the RS 800 is the ability to create custom exercises. I tried creating one for this run just to see what it can do.

So the exercise I designed is basically split up into phases as follows:

Phase 1 Warm up 15 minutes 60-69% MHR
Phase 2 Moderate run 10 minutes 70-79% MHR
Phase 3 Hard run 10 minutes 80-85% MHR
Phase 4 Moderate run 10 minutes 70-79% MHR
Phase 5 Warm down 15 minutes 60-69% MHR

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I have a new fitness coach – The Polar RS 800


The Polar RS 800

I bought a new Heart Rate Monitor the other day, the Polar RS 800 Training Computer. It is touted as the top of the line by Polar and it doesn’t disappoint. You can see the spec at Polar’s website on the RS 800. Athlete’s Circle was doing a promo on the watch. Pay for the RS 800 SD and get a free GPS sensor thrown in. I’ve been eyeing the RS 800 for the longest time. I already have a heat rate monitor, the FT60  which has been faithfully helping me train at the proper heart rate.

Why the fuss over heart rate monitors. See my earlier posts on it here and here.

There are a few things that I want to do with the heart rate monitor which I cant with my current FT 60.

The RS 800 has a 3 line display whilst the FT 60 only has 1. I’ve always been kind of annoyed that I have to start pushing buttons on the watch whenever I run and I want to see what’s going on. Now I can just select the display I want and see exactly what I want to see. The other that I always fuss about is the lack of a stopwatch and lap functions. I’ve been using my iPhone stopwatch functions to record my laps. Now I can just push a button and the lap times and data is automatically recorded.

But these 2 things in itself doesn’t make me train better. It’s a chore but still doable. What makes the RS 800 soooooo brilliant is it’s ability to do multi sports.

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Testing my new camera (and improving my stroke)


I bought a new camera today, an Olympus Mju Tough 8010. It’s a waterproof camera and I’m having so much fun with it. I want to record and document as much of my journey as possible and it’s perfect for video and still work.

See the video below.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on swimming technique and I downloaded a PDF by Terry Loughlin of Total Immersion Swimming fame.

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Me and my new toys today….


Check out my personalised top…

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 …

Read more>My new toy- Olumpus Mju Tough 8010 Digital Camera

Me and My Heart Rate Monitor


Original Post 25 January 2011

Today was the best running day I have ever had so far.

One of the things I invested in to help me in my exercising was heart rate monitor. I didn’t know such a thing existed until I saw them given to the contestants from the Biggest Loser Asia Season 2. They were all given Polar Heart Rate Monitors. That very night I began to do my research on heart rate monitors. I started looking for them the very next day and finally bought a Polar FT60 from Athlete’s Circle in PJ.

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