Thursday, 26 September 2013

Team Updates

Hi all! We have been really busy recently with races after races and events after events. Sorry for the lack of updates but rest assured that the team is still very much alive! September has been a super busy month for many of us and here is an update to quickly sum up some of the activities post Raya :

River Jungle Marathon 2013
The team was represented by Eugene Teoh at the run. The route was awesome and the organisation top class. No one else we know serves Durian at re-fuelling station. Check out Eugene's happy face!
Photo from Eugene's FB
Shape Run and Men's Health Run : 12KM Putrajaya
The team took part in this race co-sponsored by Skechers Malaysia. Annie scored a 6th Position for Women Open while the boys wrapped up the race with good finishing time. Yip managed a 13th placing while Ee-Van landed at 28th. Roy paced Jason and both finished the 12km within 1hour 20mins. The team then joined the Skechers team to mingle and help with some product knowledge/sharing.
Clowning around after the run. Photo from Skechers Malaysia
TMBT 50km
The tough ultra-trail race known as The Most Beautiful Thing (TMBT) happened in Sabah and the participants not only have to battle tough trail but Mother Nature as well. The race was demanding mentally and physically but our resident Ultra-runner Roy finished it like a boss.  2ndSkin was the official garment supplier for TMBT. We are represented!
Roy in TMBT. Photo from Roy's Facebook.
Klang Oren Run 2013
Annie Yee effort landed her a first position in the 10.5km run. Clocking a good 45:31 timing. She is now good at long distance run and now fast on the shorter distance races. Watch this space for more update on this 2ndSkin Speed Queen
Annie standing proud. Photo courtesy of CM Chang.
Penang RHB Centennial Run
A week after the Oren Run, Annie went up north and participated in the RHB Centennial run. Coming in 2nd for the 10km run, her performance was consistent at 44:31 10km run. Congrats again Annie!

Annie at the prize giving. Thanks Wong Jin Ji for the photo.
Singapore Crazee 160
50KM was a warm up race for Roy. While the raining condition in TMBT were the stone in his shoe, Singapore Crazee 160km Ultra run saw Roy having fun in the sun. 17hours and he wrapped it up to continue to be an inspiration for this stroke survivor.

100miles and counting. Photo from Roy's FB.
Inaugural Enduro Asia MTB
Moving to some 2-wheeled love, 2ndSkin was one of the sponsor for the first Enduro Asia MTB race that took place in Bukit Kiara. The race saw 160 best trail rider in the region competing to be crown the best trail rider. 2ndSkin is proud to be part of this historic challenge.

2ndSkin booth at Enduro Asia MTB. Photo from Stupe's FB.
Garmin Fitness Talk
Garmin as one of the collaborator with 2ndSkin organised a Fitness Talk. The team believes in giving back and has been more than happy to be part of it and shared tips on running and preparation for marathons and ultra-marathons. The event was well attended and we hope to be able to do more of these sharing. 

The team with some of the participants. Photo courtesy from Garmin Malaysia
Standard Chartered KL Marathon
See you all at the starting line. Please say Hi when you see us!

Stay tuned. More to come.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Garmin - 2ndSkin Fitness Roadshow

Garmin in line with their Fitness Roadshow happening on the 20 - 22nd September 2013 at Digital Mall, SS14, have invited Team 2ndskin to be a part of the event.

Event will be held at the Digital Mall Meeting Room, 3rd Floor of the same building.

Team 2ndskin will present a talk with regards to running a marathon and we invite all our fans to be there. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the talk, so don't miss out on the opportunity. Do refer to the below banner for information on the date, time, location and registration details.

See you there!!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Hammer-ing ON : Feedback from Jun Shen

Upon reading the write up by my teamprincipal Eugene Teoh sharing his thoughts on Hammer Nutrition, I feel inspired to share my personal experience with the readers. My in depth interest to learn more about endurance nutrition started way back in 2009, the year when I spent more time training than studying in University. I was so eager to break my personal record but due to my tight schedule I had to figure out something to get me go faster. Instead of increasing my training load, I planned my nutrition for my 2nd Ironman, and I finished faster by 1 hour 44 minutes compared to previous year.
Ironman 2009. Photo from Tey Eng Tiong.
I feel very grateful to be part of Team2ndSkin, fuelled by Hammer Malaysia for all of our races. I have raced many long distance races whereby Hammer products were my Pre, During and Post race nutrition. I’ve participated in many races this year, but I definitely wouldn’t have scored top position in both Sultan Ahmad Shah Tioman Island Eco Challenge and Langkawi International Irounbound without fuelling myself well. My reason for specially mention this 2 races is because no more than 20% of the racers survived this 2 events.
Photo from Jun Shen's Facebook. This is from Langkawi Ironbound
Sultan Ahmad Shah Eco Challenge’s organizer has made it very clear that there’ll be only 2 water stations along the 30km trail full of thorns and vines. A proper hydration is the most basic of fuelling needs for any exercise. However, too much of water can cause stomach discomfort and electrolyte depletion. Racing in extreme condition over 5 hours in Tioman Island, I had Endurolytes Fizz, Perpetuem packets in my backpack, and some Hammer Gels in the back pocket. Gels are very common race food, but Hammer has this “fast food” called Perpetuem. Perpetuem that I took was the powder form one, It is so flexible that I can make it as my hourly fuel, or mix it with minimal water into a small flask just like the energy Gels! Perpetuem delivered consistent and long term energy for hours without any stomach distress and I finished No 12 =)
Perpetuem Solid and Fizz : Fuel and Electrolytes
I became smarter for my next race the Langkawi International Ironbound. 24 hours of racing non-stop, I kayak round the nearby islands covering approximately 60km, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Hiking and Caving. Total distance more than 140km, majority of the racers failed to survive. Endurolytes remains as my major source of electrolyte, I like it in capsules form, easy to carry. Perpetuem was my major source of fuel, but this time is in SOLID form! Now I have a few hours’ worth of fuel in a small tube =) The Hammer Bars are awesome too, the width of the bar is just nice for me to eat while kayaking. I can have the whole Hammer Bar in my mouth with 3 big bites, then my hands can start pedalling instead of holding the bitten bar. I was ranked top 5 with the Navy team for the race, my pace was consistent with proper fuelling. The only trouble I had was trying to stay awake for that 24 hours. Post race nutrition, 2 bottles of Hammer Recoverite like usual.

In a nut shell, Hammer Nutrition has various products which offers the flexibility to fulfil your needs during racing. My personal recommendation, try out Perpetuem and Endurolytes! If you wanna know more, checkout Hammer Guide for Success for more details. I spent 2 weeks to finish the book=p Better still if you can get the DVD version which explains everything in the book within 30minutes!  
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