adidas Energy Boost

Friday, 22 March 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets

A few weeks back, adidas launched the adidas Energy Boost in an intimate press gathering. Adrien Semblat, head of Marketing for adidas Philippines, introduced us to their newest shoe.

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– adidas Energy Boost –

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– Adrien Semblat, head of Marketing for adidas Philippines, talks about adidas shoes –

ABOUT THE SHOE: ADIDAS ENERGY BOOST

adidas Energy Boost is the new running shoe with revolutionary cushioning technology that provides the highest energy return in the industry.

The foundation of the ENERGY BOOST™ innovation is centred on proprietary cushioning material, BOOST™, that allows the runner to feel a continuous energy return. The revolutionary technology allows small energy capsules in the soles to store and unleash energy more efficiently with every stride.

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Holding its performance in almost any condition the exclusive BOOST™ material has been proven to be three times more temperature-resistant than standard EVA material, thus providing a more consistent and comfortable run.

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The adidas ENERGY BOOST™ innovation goes beyond the revolutionary midsole technology. The upper on the ENERGY BOOST™ features adidas Techfit technology, which provides optimal comfort and support to the entire foot while in motion.

Additional features include a special mid-foot support frame, an extended TORSION® system to minimise roll for more stability, adiwear outsole to reduce wear in key soles areas and an external heel counter to maximise the heel fit and comfort. The adidas ENERGY BOOST™ is miCoach compatible.

OUR TEST RUN

adidas provided each of us with our own pair of adidas Energy Boost with our names, literally, written on it (well, on the box at least!) along with adidas apparel for a quick test run around Track 30th, just across the newly opened adidas store in Two Parkade, Bonifacio High Street.

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– The new adidas Energy Boost –

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– Right before our test run –

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– Runners testing the shoe –

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– with Vima Mendoza of Kulit Runner, Isabelle Daza, Tessa Prieto-Valdez and Lara Parpan of Women’s Health –

MY FIRST IMPRESSION

For transparency, I’ve only used the shoe during the test run and I have yet to take it for a longer run. I usually give shoe reviews for shoes I’ve run over 15k in. Having said that, here’s my initial impression of the shoe:

– Bouncy and responsive. The selling point of this shoe is its responsiveness because of its new Boost technology (the bubble look in the sole that looks like styrofoam) and I must say that I agree.  With every step, the shoe does feel bouncy but still close to the ground.  Now, I can’t tell if the whole concept about energy is for real, but it sure does feel like it!

– Comfort.  The shoe feels snug because of the Techfit material of the upper; it fits like a glove.  I love shoes like this so this was a plus for me.  Mental note to wear this only on sunny days since rain will get your socks and shoes soaked.

– Light.  This shoe is very light.  In my vocabulary that also means fast.

– Iffy about stability.  adidas says the Torsion system will help for stability, but I do need to test this first.  Upon seeing the shoe, I would say it looks like it’s more for the efficient neutral runner.

– Pricey. P7,995 is on the higher end of the price range for run shoes.

I hope to give a more thorough review of this shoe when I’ve used it for longer runs after my marathon.

WHERE TO BUY

adidas ENERGY BOOST™ retails at PHP7995 and is currently available only at adidas, Two Parkade, Bonifacio High Street. Only 200 pairs available in the Philippines.

Gear for Salomon Xtrail Run 2013

Thursday, 21 March 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets, Race Announcements

Who’s joining Salomon Xtrail Run 2013 this coming weekend in Hamilo Coast? I wish I could’ve, but when it’s close to marathon day, I usually shy away from trail runs to avoid any untoward incidents.  Paranoid, I know, but better to be safe than sorry!  I hope to join this next year though!

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For those who are joining or those who interested in trail running (Me! Me!), here are trail gear recommended by our friends from Salomon:

TRAIL FOOTWEAR

Trail running shoes protect feet and toes from trauma, better than road running shoes. Whether it’s rock, soil, grass, dirt or concrete, they provide better traction on different surfaces. They also dry much faster than road shoes.

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TRAIL CLOTHING

Trail Running clothes should be lightweight, breathable and quick-drying. More importantly, they must be comfortable.

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HYDRATION GEAR

Proper Hydration is essential in trail running. Runners become dehydrated much quicker in altitude, requiring them to carry their hydration needs. Choose from waistpacks, hydration belts, hydration backpacks or handhelds.

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COMPRESSION GEAR

Compressions are apparel that keeps the muscles warm to prevent muscle strain and fatigue, and wick sweat away from the body to prevent chafing and rashes. Through the recent years, compression gear has proven itself to enhance athletic performance. Compression tights, tanks, shorts, etc are used to reduce the time taken for muscles to repair themselves.

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Have fun at the trails!

New Gear: Simple Hydration Bottle. Care to Win One?

Wednesday, 20 February 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets

Every now and then, you chance upon a product that is so innovative yet so simple that you mutter to yourself: Why didn’t I think of that?

That’s what I thought when I received a sample of Simply Hydration bottle from ultra marathoner Tin Ferrera.

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– 13 oz. Simple Hydration Bottle –

The brainchild of seasoned Ohio based triathlete and marathoner, Brian Hock, Simple Hydration, is an innovative product revolutionizing the way runners, cyclists, triathletes, crossfitters, gym buff or anyone on the go hydrate.  Hock got sick of handhelds and bulky belts during his tri-training and instead of complaining or suffering, he invented this bottle.

The Simple Hydration bottle is a 13 ounce bottle with a unique contoured shape for a great fit.  It is slender in one place, wider in the other, and has a lip on one side to hook on a belt or waist band.  It is easy to grip with one hand, insert in your shirt by your nape, around the waistband of your running shorts or race belt  for a comfortable, bounce-free run.  It just hooks anywhere! It is BPA free, made of LDPE and manufactured in the USA.

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– Wear it at your nape! Ultramarathon and distributor Tin Ferrara used this at Bataan Death March Ultramarathon –

It’s so simple, convenient, and light; I loved it.  I preferred to grip it with one hand while on the run rather than clipping it onto my shorts or inserting it in the back of my shirt as I found this to be very uncomfortable.  The spout is a slightly difficult to pull with your teeth, but it does ensure that it doesn’t spill nor open while on the run. While 13 ounces may not be enough for a run above 10k, I found this to be the perfect size because any bigger would be too heavy to lug around.  The solution would be to ensure that you can refill at some point for longer training runs.

[WIN A SIMPLE HYDRATION BOTTLE!]

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How to Join

Complete the statement below by posting a comment on this blog post:

“I WANT TO RUN WITH SIMPLE HYDRATION, THE BOTTLE THAT HOOKS ANYWHERE.  I will use my SIMPLE HYDRATION BOTTLE for my ________________.  I like it because ________________.”

Include your Name and Email address

Sample Entry

“I WANT TO RUN WITH SIMPLE HYDRATION, THE BOTTLE THAT HOOKS ANYWHERE.
I will use my SIMPLE HYDRATION BOTTLE for my training run for my first triathlon. I like it because it will keep me hydrated while running and I can hook it anywhere after getting off the bike”
Tin Ferrera/Xtinefer@me.com

Prize

  • One runner will win a Simple Hydration Bottle.
  • First 20 runners to enter get a P100 discount on the purchase of their SIMPLE HYDRATION bottle. They can claim this at Second Wind Running Store or G-Stop.

Contest Rules
1) Deadline for submission of entries: FEBRUARY 22, 2013, FRIDAY at 11:59 AM.
2) TBR will choose one winner.
3) Only one entry per runner. Submission of more than one entry leads to disqualification.
4) Winner will be announced on this blog post and will be advised via email on how to claim the prize.

[WHERE TO BUY]

Simple Hydration Bottle is available for P850 at the following stores:

  • A Runner’s Circle (Roxas Blvd., Cebu City, Legaspi City)
  • G-Stop (Greenhills, Alabang Town Center)
  • Second Wind Running Store (Ortigas Home Depot, Greenhills, UP Village)
  • Sprint Multisports Store (Cagayan De Oro)
  • The Brick Multisports Store (Mckinley, Taguig City and Cebu City)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/simplehydration.ph
Twitter: SHBottle_ph
Instagram: simplehydrationph
Website: www.simplehydrationph.com.

UPDATE:

Congratulations to our winner: Alfred Roderick Estefani aka Basura Boy!  You win 1 Simple Hydration bottle because of your answer below:

I WANT TO RUN WITH SIMPLE HYDRATION, THE BOTTLE THAT HOOKS ANYWHERE. I will use my SIMPLE HYDRATION BOTTLE for my training for the upcoming Milo Marathon since I’m planning to run the 42k there. I like it because I’m a minimalist. I run on Vibram Five Fingers, huaraches or even barefoot. For a hydration bottle, it doesn’t get more minimalist than this.

The following runners get P100 off Simple Hydration bottle at Second Wind Running Store or G-Stop:

  1. Vince vinceb4@gmail.com
  2. Angelica May Pinon einj01@yahoo.com
  3. Melissa dela Pena delapena_melissa@yahoo.com
  4. Maricar Leyva maricarleyva@yahoo.com
  5. Addison ton_optical@yahoo.com
  6. Ricky Artigas rickyartigas@gmail.com
  7. Tristan John Castro tidgzyum5@yahoo.com
  8. Lemuel Mira twnkster@yahoo.com
  9. Deanna dhmasunaga@gmail.com
  10. Kenneth Rola ken_rhoel@yahoo.com
  11. Jay kite10310@yahoo.com
  12. Karen May Caliente-Mira karen.caliente@gmail.com
  13. John Paul Bello john.bello@tobys.com
  14. Rowell Garcia rowell_garcia29@yahoo.com
  15. Aaron Kyle akcbrabante@yahoo.com
  16. Barbra Nava jbnava@gmail.com
  17. Michael Sanchez micosanch@yahoo.com
  18. Mark Clint Lura markclintlura@yahoo.com
  19. Julius Romero julius_romero@yahoo.com.ph
  20. Rosemarie La Torre rosemari_latorre@yahoo.com.ph

Please expect an email from us regarding claiming of your prize.

Get Your Freakin’ Shirts Now!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets

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Body Geometry FIT at Specialized

Saturday, 9 February 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets

Some pretty exciting stuff has been happening over at Specialized. I told you about the brand new Specialized concept store over at Pasong Tamo.  Now, they’ve launched the Body Geometry FIT.  I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to try it.

[WHAT IS BODY GEOMETRY FIT OR BG FIT?]

BG FIT (Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology) is a comprehensive fit philosophy created to help cyclists ride faster, longer and in greater comfort, while reducing the chance for injury. Developed after years of working with Dr. Andy Pruitt Ed.D., Director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, it is a comprehensive fit system that creates the perfect marriage between bike and body.

Locally, there are only three certified experts who can give a you a BG FIT: Andy Leuterio, Keshia Fule, and Jami Ramirez.

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– BG Fit experts Andy and Keshia –

Check out this video about the Body Geometry FIT…

[MY BODY GEOMETRY FIT]

I arrived in full bike gear ready for my BG FIT with Andy Leuterio who happens to be my tri coach.  Allow me to walk you through the entire process:

1) OPENING INTERVIEW: Coach Andy asked me about my history as an athlete and as a cyclist, my profile as a cyclist, past injuries, and more.

2) 20-STEP FIT ASSESSMENT: I went through a series of very simple tests from measuring my butt using the ass-o-meter (I kid you not!) to measuring my leg length and more.

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– Andy and the ass-o-meter. I like the sound of that! –

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– My left leg is shorter than my right. Boo! –

Here are some embarrassing facts about my body flaws as gleaned by Coach Andy from my assessment.  Written in his own words:

  • Mild to Moderate varus forefoot angulation, with moderate arch height: As the foot “collapses” under load (your “flat feet”) this causes a chain reaction leading to knee “wobble” and possibly the cause of your ITB pains.
  • 3-4mm Leg Length Discrepancy: Your right femur is longer than your left. Pedalling biased towards your right leg can make your left reach further down to complete the stroke, and this can also affect your ITB. In some cases, this can also be a cause of unilateral saddle sores.
  • Sit bone width of 130mm. Currently “all over” the saddle due to insufficient saddle width.

3) SIDE VIEW ANALYSIS AND FRONT VIEW ANALYSIS: Andy asked me to ride in aero position on the bike and assessed my position.

4) DETAILED EQUIPMENT ADJUSTMENTS:  Coach Andy then made the following adjustments to the bike.  Here he explains each one:

Remedy 1: Replacement of saddle with Oura Pro. Measurement of your ischial tuberosities (the “sit bones”) revealed a width of 130mm, which in turn necessitates a saddle width of 155. This ensures your sit bones are properly supported so you can sit “square” on the saddle. Riders new to such support often experience a “different” feeling as the bottom is now supported on the bone rather than on the fatty part of the buttocks. The benefit is they now won’t feel the need to constantly shift to support their weight.

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– Thank you Specialized for this Oura Pro. I know exactly why they call it this.  When I sat on it for the first time, I said: Oooooh-Ra-Ra!  Ultimate comfort! –

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– Coach Andy explains sit bones like a doctor! Methinks he needs a lab coat –

Remedy 2: Saddle height and fore/aft optimized for your “short leg”.

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– Andy moves my saddle up and forward.  Bike adjustments took most of our time. It was trial and error as I had to ride on the bike to check if each adjustment in the saddle and aerobars were comfortable with me. Good thing Maiqui Dayrit of Fitness First Team and Yurbuds (who incidentally bullied me way back in college!) dropped by for some chit chat –

Remedy 3: Placement of your right cleat further back than the left to effectively “shorten” your right femur and make it approximately the same pedaling length as the left. (the femur moves more along the horizontal plane compared to the tibia)

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– Andy adjusts the cleats –

Remedy 4: Blue” BG footbeds with additional varus support compared to the standard 1.5mm support of your current Trivent shoe footbeds. Plus additional 1.5mm varus wedge under your left footbed. Additional foot support places a firm platform to quell the foot collapse so there is no power loss. This helps cure the knee “wobble” (or more technically, your knee tracking in varus) and, thus, ensures no power loss as your leg drives downward. Imagine a piston cleanly tracking up-and-down versus shaking throughout the stroke.

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– Andy gave me a new footbed and a wedge underneath the left footbed – 

Other Adjustments: Move your aerobars further back so your elbows form a 100–110 degree angle in aero. This ensures the cockpit provides ample skeletal support so you have no need to stretch out to place your forearms on the aerobar pads.

5) FOLLOW UPS.  I was told I would have to come back after a few weeks to make adjustments.  Coach Andy advised that there is an adjustment period as my body becomes acquainted with the new fit, especially with the saddle. He reminded me to be patient and ride the bike regularly for the next 3 weeks, and to inform him immediately if there is any pain or discomfort not associated with normal rider fatigue.

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– After 3.5 hours, we got the BG FIT right! –

[THE VERDICT: ONE WEEK AFTER]

Two words:  Woaaaah baby!

The first few short rides out and on the trainer were adjustment periods.  I felt uncomfortable at times and slightly lowered my seat (with Andy’s approval.)  Today, I rode 75k in Nuvali.  I felt more powerful.  It was much easier for me to pedal faster and harder, I was more comfortable in aero position, and OMG my feet were in heaven because of those footbeds.

I had to temporarily replace the Oura Pro with my old saddle because we’re still waiting for the saddle adapters to come in so I’m looking forward to an even more comfy (and hopefully faster) ride when I use those.

Huge thank you to Joey and Jami Ramirez, Andy Leuterio, Keshia Fule, and Specialized mechanics for the help!

I wanna be like Emelia Fahlin when I grow up!

[DO YOU WANT TO GET A BG FIT DONE?]

Introductory rates for a BG FIT are at P4,000 for Road/MTB and P5,000 for Time Trial/Triathlon bike.  For inquiries and appointments, call Keshia Fule at 0919-860-3241.

[TIPS WHEN GOING FOR YOUR BG FIT]

  1. Clear your sched for 4 hours to be safe.  It can vary from person to person depending on how simple or complicated your case may be.  Well, due to all my body flaws, my BG FIT took 3.5 hours.  (3.5 hours that were well worth it for me!)
  2. Come in what you normally wear when you ride your bike. Bring your helmet and bike shoes too.  Unless you want wear those into the store too for a complete biker look.  Duh!
  3. Bring a small towel. The aircon in that room is super strong, but you may still sweat during the adjustment process.
  4. If your bike came with a set of shims and spacers for the cockpit, take those with you.
  5. Bring snacks.  No one should go hungry during a BG FIT.