Saturday, October 13, 2012

OurYouth.my Sports Portal

OurYouth.my is a semi-voluntary web portal project initiated by Conqueror’s Vision Sdn Bhd. The company Director is Dato Patrick CJ Liew, a person who is very active in NGO activities and passionate about volunteerism spirit. He wish to share his social, corporate and government working experiences – making Sarawak a better place to live and put more light in the tunnel for our Youth’s future. Dato Patrick is also the founder of popular local magazine, “Happenings in Sarawak“.

Through this portal, we want to bridge the link between the Youths, NGOs, government agencies and corporate sectors. Through the cooperation of all relevant sectors, we want to create a portal where we can inculcate sharing of knowledge, information, leadership building and training, lifestyle, sport, healthy activities, a venue to voice Youth’s opinions and also executing ideas.

Our portal also supports and encourages for Kuching Integrated Recreational Centre (KIRC) to be the main venue for youth-oriented activities, be it musical, creative arts, sports, technology and many others.

We will also assist in terms of seeking sponsorships, getting approvals from the authorities and other ways to make their events and activities successful and beneficial to our youth, our future.


Ref: http://ouryouth.my

Friday, October 12, 2012

Penang Launches First Phase of Coastal Bicycle Lane

The Penang state government has launched a RM30 million coastal bicycle route project.


Some highlights:

• 12.5km coastal route linking Bayan Baru and George Town

• The state’s Bicycle Lane Masterplan includes a total of 200km of bicycle lanes for both the island and the mainland, out of which, 120km is on the island

• Phase One involved the designation of bicycle lanes and putting up of cycling signboards all over the state

• Phase Two involves a coastal cycling route of 38km linking Batu Maung to Teluk Bahang

• Estimated around 35,000 cyclists (or 5% of the Penang population) who cycles for recreational activities

• Target to increase the number of cyclists to 15% of Penang population


At this rate, Penang will soon be a cycling hub in the region for locals and tourists. Penang has set an exemplary role model for other states to follow. It is time for other local authorities to walk the talk. In the past decades, there have been numerous news and announcement to build bike lanes and convert the towns to be more cycling friendly. Unfortunately, there is nothing to show till now.

However, good efforts by Kuala Kubu Bharu and Kuching must be commended. Both towns actually have designated shared bike lanes, though a small distance. In Kuching, the bike lane can be found on Jalan Astana.

Hopefully, more states follow Penang's footstep to offer cycling as alternative transportation mode for residents.



Ref: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/penang-launches-first-phase-of-coastal-bicycle-lane

Malaysia Elite Triathlon Team

Steve Lumley (www.steve-lumley.com) has recently announced the formation of an new Malaysian Elite Triathlon Team.

Triathlon is now part of the programme at the Olympic, Asian, SEA and Commonwealth Games. Currently there are very limited resources in Malaysia to assist with progress to the top levels of sport, or to help identify and develop younger athletes.

Our Team has the goal of locating talented athletes and developing them to their full potential in the sport of triathlon. It is about high performance sport and developing highly talented athletes who have the potential to compete for their country.

We are now looking for interested and talented athletes, from all over Malaysia, to become members of the team. We are looking for athletes with the following profile:

• A strong swimming background and some running experience (school competitions, community participation, athletics club); Swim ability is particularly important and, as a guide, for U16 athletes 200meter freestyle times of under 2min 40s (girls) and 2min25s (boys) is desirable. For over 16′s 400m freestyle of under 5min 30 (girls) and under 5 min (boys).
Keen to represent Malaysia in one of the fastest growing and exciting Olympic sports;

• A willingness to work up to a standard to compete with the rest of the world, and an attitude to work hard, learn and improve


The aims of the Team are to:

• Support and promote triathlon at an elite level in Malaysia to develop Malaysian athletes capable of being competitive at elite level in SEA, Asia and beyond

• Assist in providing expert, professional coaching and other support services, equipment and resources required by elite triathletes to succeed at a high level in modern endurance sport

• Create and facilitate and conducive atmosphere for triathletes to train together and improve themselves

• Provide a development pathway for youth, junior and senior athletes, to move racers to the next level and add new talent to the team

• Assist with travel costs to help athletes gain access to an appropriate level of racing overseas

The team is supported by:

• AirAsiaX
• FHL Sports
• Powerbar
• SEGI University

For further information and to apply for team membership please contact myelitetri@gmail.com with a brief outline of sporting achievements and swim times (run also if available)


Ref: http://www.myelitetriathlon.com/

53x12.com - Train Like A Pro

About

Conceived with the help of Dr. Michele Ferrari, 53x12.com is an online training center for cyclists from all over the world.

Starting a personal training relationship gives amateur cyclists the chance to try Dr. Michele Ferrari's Training Method, proven to be successful with many professional athletes over the last two decades. All training relationships are strictly personal and take care of all aspects of the cycling discipline and lifestyle.

53x12.com also includes a wealth of other bicycle related information such as articles on various topics, race comments and promotion of training camps.


Services offered through the website:

• personalized training programme

• wealth of training related articles

• commentary on selected professional race events

• training camp events details

• forum

• favourite URL links


Ref: www.53x12.com

When Branding Means Living Life - Rapha



If you were to ask Marketing Director James Fairbank of Rapha what the best sport is, he would unequivocally respond with “road-cycling.” The biking lifestyle brand’s Marketing Director introduced his company to this year’s PSFK CONFERENCE LONDON attendees, explaining how they work to promote a lifestyle and passion, rather than marketing products. Led by the motto ‘Glory Through Suffering’ the company employs over 60 individuals around the world and has bases in New York, San Francisco, London, and Tokyo.

Rapha was born from a desire eight years ago to combine everyday wear with a passion for cycling. The founder, Simon Mottram, wanted to not only create a luxury lifestyle brand, but also to infuse business with deep customer insight and convince the entire world’s populous that cycling is the best sport, a goal he hasn’t abandoned. Through marketing quality products and events, designing films and advertisements, sponsoring young athletes and offering an “emporium” of goods, Rapha hopes to continue generating passion for the sport and creating a more personalized shopping experience for their customers.

Some highlights from the talk:

* Value deep customer insight and build your business practices around their needs.

* Don’t market products; market a lifestyle, a concept.

* Strive to make your work appreciated by others outside of your clientele (ie advertisers, designers).

* Work to get others involved and motivated.

* Always add personal touches to make your company personable and approachable.


Ref: http://www.psfk.com/2012/10/james-fairbank-rapha-psfk-london-video.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Recommended Books on Marathon Running


Title: Advanced Marathoning
Authors: Peter Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas
Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (December 19, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0736074600
ISBN-13: 978-0736074605
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Marathoning-Edition-Peter-Pfitzinger/dp/0736074600/ref=dp_ob_title_bk




Title: Lore of Running
Author: Timothy D. Noakes
Publisher: Human Kinetics (Trade); 4 edition (December 3, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0873229592
ISBN-13: 978-0873229593
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lore-Running-Edition-Timothy-Noakes/dp/0873229592/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Ultramarathon runner Micah True died from heart disease

By Zelie Pollon







SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Ultramarathon runner Micah True died from heart disease while on a run last March in the rugged wilderness of south-western New Mexico, an autopsy report revealed Tuesday.

True, 58, was found to have idiopathic cardiomyopathy, heart disease with an unknown cause, the state's Office of the Medical Investigator found.

The coroner found numerous abrasions on True's extremities but no sign of internal injuries, though the left side of his heart was found to be enlarged. Chemical tests revealed the presence of caffeine and mild dehydration. The report said True's manner of death was "natural."

True, a legend among dedicated marathoners, was found dead on March 31 after leaving days earlier on a 12-mile run. His body was found on the banks of a small stream with just his legs covered by water, the report said.

The area where the marathoner was running was so extreme, search crews at the time had to have a fixed-wing airplane hover above searchers to communicate with the search and rescue office, said Steve Riley, the superintendent for Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.

Friends followed footprints and found True 2 miles off the trail, near a stream. Because of the challenging terrain his body had to be carried a mile by hand before being attached to a mule for the final mile to the trail head, Riley said.

Nicknamed "Caballo Blanco," or White Horse, True became a celebrity after he was featured in the best-selling book "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall.

True served as race director for the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, a roughly 50-mile race that drew a dedicated group of runners to northern Mexico.


Reference:
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2012/5/9/sports/2012-05-09T001601Z_1_BRE84800B_RTROPTT_0_UK-USA-MARATHON-AUTOPSY&sec=sports

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The Running Life

Posted by Nicholas Thompson

Photograph of Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon, courtesy of A.P. Photo.

The first sporting event that I remember caring about was the 1982 Boston Marathon. I was six years old, which is an age when most sports make no sense: the players wear masks, are freakishly tall, or contend with complicated matters like strike zones. But children know how to run and they know how to race. There’s little competition that’s purer than two men—Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley, in this case—racing side by side for 26.2 miles. Beardsley wore a white cap; Salazar wore red shorts; they ran so close together that they seemed like one.

Salazar was twenty-three years old, and full of swagger. “I’m the fastest runner in the race,” he told reporters beforehand. He was the world-record holder in the event, and he seemed both indestructible and indomitable. He drank almost no water during the race, and he stayed right on Beardsley’s shoulder as the two surged through the Newton Hills. In the last half mile, Salazar sprinted out in front. Beardsley tried to counter, but a motorcycle cut him off. Beardsley swerved, accelerated, and almost caught back up. But Salazar won by two seconds. I vividly recall my outrage: couldn’t they just do it again, fair and square, without the motorcycle? Salazar, who was nearly six feet tall, had begun the race at one hundred and forty pounds and ended it at one hundred and thirty. He collapsed at the finish line; to revive him, paramedics administered six quarts of intravenous saline.

Competitive running is a relentless sport. The training usually happens alone, and failure is personal. When you lose, there’s usually no teammate or referee to blame. When your skills start to decline, your watch lets you know by exactly how much. Perhaps not surprisingly, for both Salazar and Beardsley, the race was more of an ending than a beginning. Beardsley never ran so fast again, and he lost much of his life to an addiction to painkillers. Salazar won one more marathon, six months later. But soon his body fell apart. His stride had always been chaotic, and he was never a graceful runner. Eventually, everything began to break; he won his last marathon at the age of twenty-four. (This is the same age at which Sammy Wanjiru, the subject of a Profile in this week’s magazine and perhaps the greatest marathoner ever, died in a drunken fall.) For years—through endless surgeries and thousands of vitamin pills—Salazar tried futilely to reverse his decline. As he writes in his new autobiography, “14 Minutes,” “My workouts turned slower and slower, more and more of a chore, while my emotional distance from my family widened and my black reverie—my daydreams of definitive catastrophe—grew longer.” Running had made the young Alberto Salazar cool. (This is often the case: track is the rare sport where success comes to the scrawniest, and it has helped thousands of dorks at thousands of high schools.) In rather short time, it made him a world champion. And then, after the injuries, it made him a little crazy.

Salazar followed his burnout with wandering. He sought spiritual guidance in Yugoslavia, briefly returned to health and won an ultramarathon in South Africa, hurt himself again, half-heartedly went into the restaurant business, and eventually found himself back where he had gone to college: in Eugene, Oregon. There he became a track coach—a terrible one at first, who was too focussed on getting his runners to use obscure gadgets and sleep in altitude tents. But then, somehow, he became a great one. He is now perhaps the most successful distance-running coach in America. One athlete he has coached for a decade, Galen Rupp, is the fastest ten-thousand-metre runner in American history. A more recent recruit, Mo Farah, will be a favorite for a gold medal in this summer’s London Olympics.

Part of Salazar’s success is that he learned to teach his runners to avoid the mistakes he made. When you watch Farah or Rupp run, they look like they’re gliding. There’s no wasted motion, and nothing seems forced. They would fit in on the Kalahari. In 2010, Jennifer Kahn wrote a piece for the magazine about Salazar, explaining his obsession over how his runners kick their legs, swing their arms, and angle their thumbs. At the time, Salazar was training a running prodigy named Dathan Ritzenhein for the New York marathon. One of Salazar’s principal goals was to make Ritzenhein land more on the front of his foot than on his heel. The idea is somewhat counterintuitive. Why land on the thin, bony part of your foot instead of the large, fleshy part? Is it really good to put so much stress on your metatarsals, the little bones in the front of your feet? But Salazar was convinced. In an interview with Runner’s World, he said, “There has to be one best way of running. It’s got to be like a law of physics. And if you deviate too much from that—the way I did in my career—it can be a big handicap. Dathan can’t be a heel striker and expect to run as good as the best forefoot runners… You show me someone with bad form, and I’ll show you someone who’s going to have a lot of injuries and a short career.”

The search for the one best way of running is what drives Chris McDougall’s “Born to Run,” which came out in 2009 and has sold at least half a million copies since. The book tells the story of a group of larger-than-life ultramarathoners, with names like Caballo Blanco and Barefoot Ted, and the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, a tribe of men and women who spend their lives racing, in sandals, through canyons—except for when they come to the United States to win hundred-mile races. It’s a rollicking narrative, a romanticization of a distant group of people, and a broadside against American shoe companies. “Born to Run” is not the best book on the intricacies of the sport—my pick would be Timothy Noakes’s “Lore of Running”; for a training guide, I’d select Scott Douglas and Pete Pfitzinger’s “Advanced Marathoning”—but it’s certainly the most accessible and the best selling.

In McDougall’s view, Americans have been duped by running-shoe companies, eager to sell us shoes with ever more cushioning in the heel at ever higher prices. Modern running shoes, McDougall writes, are sort of like plaster casts, inhibiting free movement, and pushing us into all sorts of bad habits, like landing entirely on those well-cushioned heels. He started researching the book because he wanted to know why so many runners—himself included—get hurt. The answer is that our shoes did it. McDougal’s book has changed the way that Americans run, and it has led to a surge in sales for thin running shoes, or even “five-fingered” shoes that make someone look something like a lizard. If you haven’t seen these shoes before, head to a Manhattan track on a sunny afternoon. Or look for the people stepping on buses to remote corners of Mexico to search out the Tarahumara.

Running is indeed a sport defined by injuries. Each stride puts stress across the body in the same way every time. Our shins splint, our tibias fracture, our patella tendons become inflamed. Part of the problem is that the thing that injures a runner—running—is the very thing that makes him better. Basketball players may get injured by crashing into people as they rebound, but they can improve by shooting jump shots alone in a gym. You improve at running by running. Many of the sport’s injuries are chronic. And in those cases, there’s no question that a minimalist shoe, or running barefoot, can help. Chronic problems typically derive from some ingrained habit. Maybe you twist your hips in a way that puts pressure on the outside of the leg. A radical change in shoe, and a radical change in stride, changes the habit. The new techniques are better just for being different. Just as the Atkins diet makes you lose weight quickly, barefoot running can quickly make your knee pain go away.

But there’s a danger. Our ancestors may have run barefoot, but they didn’t do it on asphalt and concrete. They didn’t do it on roads caked with broken glass. They also didn’t have potato chips and soda, or bodies shaped by days spent in offices. Running is an extremely complex physical motion. Changing your shoes might help, but the way stress is distributed across your body depends a great deal, too, on how your hold your head, and even how you swing your arms. Ultimately, we don’t really know whether the movement spurred by “Born to Run” will make us more or less hurt. My guess is that, ten years from now, we’ll see it as a useful corrective. Runners will spend much more time thinking about their form, and there will be lines of well-tested and well-designed thin shoes. But most of us, particularly those of who live in cities, will be training in relatively thick shoes. When Salazar started adjusting Ritzenhein’s form, he came down with stress fractures in his metatarsals. He’s been battling injuries since.

Lizard shoes or not, the real virtue of McDougal’s book is that it reminded readers about our primal connection to running, the purest of sports. It reminded us that there are different ways to run—some of which hurt our bodies more than others. And it gave us new ways of appreciating distance running. It has, in other words, made hundreds of thousands of people look at the sport again, with the same excitement that one little six-year-old kid had for the great duel between Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar.

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/05/the-running-life.html#ixzz1v1fzzie7

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cycling Tragedy in Putrajaya

As cycling gains popularity in Malaysia, number of car accidents involving cyclists has risen in tandem unfortunately. The latest incident occurred on 30 January 2012 in Putrajaya and the victims are 4 national cyclists, including a top female rider Mariana Mohamad.



The incident happened during a simulation race to select riders to represent Malaysia in the upcoming Asian Cycling Championship (ACC) to be held in KL in February 2012. The news were reported in the media such as Utusan Melayu, The Star and TV3.


Utusan Melayu [1, 2] provided some detailed accounts of the incident, while The Star [3] provided scant details. The Star news article even contain indirect inference that it was Mariana's fault.

The incident was also recorded on video camera by TV3 crew [4]. A close-up video is also made  available. [5]

Mariana was initially admitted to Putrajaya Hospital and was later transfered to Damansara Specialist Centre. She has undergone an operation and is now in stable condition. 3 other riders were more fortunate and have been discharged from the hospital.



Here is a picture of her bike aftermath:



We wish Mariana and other injured cyclists on speedy recovery. Obviously there are still plenty of work to be done to raise awareness of cycling safety among the motorists in Malaysia.



References:
  1. Drama berdarah di Putrajaya, Utusan Melayu (link)
  2. Igauan ngeri buat saya - Amir Mustafa, Utusan Melayu (link)
  3. Cyclist Mariana suffers serious injuries during race to pick Asian meet team, The Star (link)
  4. Mariana Mohamad terpaksa lupakan ACC, TV3 (link)
  5. Close-up video on bike crash (link)