Nutrition pre, during and post-race or event is one of the
hardest things to get right. There are so many variables involved that all your
hard training and mileage could go down the drain if you don’t get the
nutrition and refuelling part right. What should you take; when should you take
it; how much should you eat or drink? How much is enough? Gel or solids? Water,
isotonic or electrolytes?
Just thinking about it gives you more headache than going
out and hitting the road in your running shoes.
Team 2ndskin and
of the Hammer Nutrition product line-up
Team 2ndskin is extremely lucky to be supported
nutrition and fuelling-wise by Hammer Malaysia for 2013. Not only does Hammer
Malaysia provide products for use, Liz and Scott are also very eager to
dispense advice and recommendation with regards to fuelling needs and race
nutrition. They are very passionate about what they do and Hammer worldwide is
well renowned for their research and development of nutritional based fuel and
To be honest, before the start of this year, the only Hammer
product I have tried was the Perpetuem Solids during Powerman’s cycling leg. I
picked Perpetuem as they were easier to manage than gels on a bike and I must
say they fuelled me well throughout the cycling leg of the race. I dropped half
a tube as I was putting it back into my jersey rear pocket, but that’s another
story altogether. :p
I have always associated Hammer with the cycling community
as I always see Hammer Nutrition advertisements in foreign cycling mags but
rarely in running magazines. Generally, I still think that holds true even in
Malaysia as Hammer products are mostly found in cycle bike shops, save for one
or two boutique running shops like Running Lab and Marathon Shop. Hammer is not
a common name in local running events (most common name is Nestle Powerbar) but
they are gradually putting their foot into the running community circle.
A very good step is their association with The Most
Beautiful Thing (TMBT) trail run that takes place in Sept 2013 in the mountain
ranges of the Kinabalu in Sabah. A highly anticipated ultra trail running event
organized by the boys from Sabah Adventure Challenge, it is the perfect platform
as nutrition, fuel and recovery becomes of utmost importance especially in a
gruelling race such as the TMBT.
Hammer and TMBT, match made in trail heaven
I will go on record here to say that Hammer has been one of my
most valuable finds of this year. Why? In every single marathon and long
distance run beyond the marathon prior, I have always been beset by cramps. I
became resigned to the thought that I cramp easily, and let me tell you this; I
have experienced cramps in my calves, quads, butt, chest and even my upper arms
during races. Cramps were like a certainty for long runs, and it was a matter
of when they would strike. The solution came in the form of little white
capsules called Endurolytes. I would go as far to call them the 8th
wonder of the world!
My first encounter with Endurolytes came at the Gunung Nuang
Endurance Run in March this year. Going up and down the climbs were taxing and
I was prepared with Endurolyte capsules in a tube but the cramps hit both my
quads early, before I even expected it. As expected with cramps, both quads
seized up just above the knee. I stopped to a standstill, barely able to move.
I immediately popped 2 capsules of Endurolytes and started massaging and
stretching my quads. The first thought that came to mind was “Damn, so early
and I still have a long way to go. This is gonna be a bad day”
Within a space of no more than 5 mins, the cramps
disappeared. They like, totally went off. I mean, I read about Endurolytes in
the training guide book provided by Hammer, but this was beyond what I
expected. The cramps happened at the 2nd loop, and by maintaining 2
Endurolyte capsules every hour, I kept the cramps at bay and they never struck
There are many factors that contribute to cramps. Two of the
main ones are unconditioned muscles and improper electrolyte replenishment. I
believe I fall under the latter category. During a long run/race, it is
imperative to maintain proper electrolyte balance in your body for optimum
performance. I put the theory to the test again during the 16 Hour Twilight
Challenge organized by Running Guild Singapore down south across the causeway.
I started the usage of Endurolytes earlier in the race and
maintained my dosage throughout the entire run and I managed to cover 60km
without any trace of cramps threatening to hit. I was sold. One of the problems
I used to face whilst running marathons, solved by little white capsules from
the people at Hammer.
A must have for all serious athletes
It is obvious that Hammer Nutrition is serious about what
they do and what they produce. Their first guide to fuel and nutrition was
published in 2001 and they have not stopped supplying valuable information on
pre-race, during and post-race nutrition and fuelling strategies and advice to
athletes and professionals all over the world. I have to admit that I am more
informed of what I need to do and how to refuel correctly and what are the
factors I have to consider in a race to keep me going on.
All said and done, nothing beats trying and experiencing it
out yourself. Every person is different and will not function the same or face
the same issues. Tried and tested methodologies work best, and one needs to
find the most optimum type of fuel and supplements to suit oneself. I for one
know that I have found my solution to my cramping problems. :)
Team 2ndskin is pleased to announce a collaboration with Kraftfit, a local brand of compression wear targeted at performance athletes. Compression wear is becoming more and more popular within the sports community and the benefits in racing and recovery are very well documented.
Kraftfit with their extensive range of compression wear, incorporate their very own PowerBand Technology which helps to target specific muscle groups and provide additional support as necessary to enhance performance as well as aid in recovery.
Team 2ndskin shares the same vision and values as Kraftfit and it is only natural to work together under this collaboration.
In the near future, we will be sharing reviews as well as our thoughts on Kraftfit compression range of products and you will be seeing Team 2ndskin Athletes lining up at races in Kraftfit.
would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim friends and
fans, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! May this Raya comes with full of
love, peace and prosperity. For those who will be travelling near or
far, please drive safely