p pol The Adventures of Carboman: December 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004

2005 Mizunos!

Mizunos have always rated high in the drool factor for me. My relationship with them started in June 2003 when I bought the 3rd generation Wave Precision at Jusco Mid Valley for a hefty sum of RM230, not knowing that Pacesetters clubmembers can enjoy a substantial discount from the sole distributor.

It was a so-so relationship as the Precision 3's cushioning wasn't impressive for long runs, especially my first marathon. But that changed after I bought the Wave Rider 6, this time using the member privilege. It was simply an awesome shoe - just the right blend of stability, cushioning, responsiveness and lightness. Since a racing shoe isn't appropriate for a plodder like me, the Rider serves my needs very well bridging the gap between an out-and-out cushioning shoe and performance trainer. I've to-date trained for 1 marathon wearing the Rider and raced 2 marathons in it besides the few half marathons. With not many miles left in the shoes, it's time to shoe hunt!

Below are possible candidates:

Wave Rider 8

Wave Maverick 4

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Arthur Leslie Lydiard - RIP

by Greg Cunningham

Arthur Lydiard
July 6, 1917 - December 11, 2004

Arthur Lydiard of Auckland, New Zealand passed away from an apparent heart attack Saturday, December 11, 2004 in Houston, Texas. Lydiard, 87, was on the last part of his six to eight week U.S. Tour doing what he was absolutely passionate about and helped revolutionize - running and the principles applied to it.

Arthur started out as a milkman and rugby player and eventually started to gain notoriety as a runner and eventually global attention as a coach. In the 1950s, Lydiard developed a training system based on building a large aerobic base, hill bounding and anaerobic sharpening. Many so-called experts in the sport scoffed at his principles. He coached local runners known as "Arthur's Boys" to numerous Olympic medals and several world records. His most notable achievement came in the 1960 Rome Olympics when Peter Snell (800 meters) and Murray Halberg (5,000 meters) both captured gold, less than one hour apart from each other. Barry McGee also garnered a bronze medal in the Marathon. In the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Snell captured gold in the 800m and 1,500m with John Davies taking the bronze in the 1,500m. In the 1976 Montreal Olympics, John Walker captured the 1,500m gold medal. Peter Snell and Sir Murray Halberg are his best-known proteges, but Lydiard also inspired a generation of top New Zealand runners through the late-1960s and 1970s, including Dick Tayler, Rod Dixon, Dick Quax and John Walker.

Despite efforts by New Zealand administrators to keep him in New Zealand, Lydiard took a coaching position with the Mexican Federation in 1965, and moved to Finland in 1967, laying the foundations for that nation's running successes of the 1970s. Lydiard also introduced his coaching principles to Bill Bowerman from the U.S. who would later become well known at the University of Oregon and co-founder of Nike, Inc.

Olympian Dick Quax said Lydiard was a great New Zealander. "He was without doubt the greatest coach that this country has ever produced." Quax, although not coached by Lydiard personally, said he was a great motivator. "After you'd spoken to Arthur, you could run through brick walls." He said Lydiard's greatest contribution was his system of training, based on long, steady running rather than the interval training favoured by European and American coaches.

John Walker, Olympic 1500m champion in 1976, said Lydiard was a pioneer of fitness regimes and a "coach of coaches" in his later years. "His influence will live forever." Walker said Lydiard, who wasn't his coach, was a vibrant personality and his methods were indispensable to athletes worldwide. Walker said Lydiard died doing what he loved best, "preaching the gospel of Lydiard."

His influence spread beyond athletics, with coaches in sports ranging from rugby to rowing, canoeing and swimming adopting many of his training methods.

Arthur was a coach, mentor and friend to countless amounts of people worldwide. He will be sorely missed but his training principles will live on for generations.

In the words of Bob Costas talking about the late Mickey Mantle: "I just hope God has a place for him where he can run again."

ARTHUR LYDIARD - 1917-2004 Distinguished career Born: Auckland, July 6, 1917 National titles: New Zealand Marathon 1953,1955 Games representation: Empire Games 1950 Best marathon time: 2h 39m 05s Coached: Peter Snell, Sir Murray Halberg, John Davies and Dick Tayler to their greatest victories.

*New Zealand Olympic Coach 1964, a Commonwealth Games coach in 1974.
*Made an OBE in 1962.
*Awarded NZ's highest royal honour, membership of the Order of New Zealand, 1990.
*Inducted into New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, 1990.
*Made life member of Athletics NZ, 2003
*Awarded Finland's premier honor, the White Star.

For a photo album of Arthur Lydiard, click here.

Monday, December 13, 2004

KLIM '05 & A Runner's Cubicle

Am commencing KLIM training today. I'll be keeping my training low key from henceforth as I've found that this works best for me. This Sunday, PACM will kickstart its KLIM Peer Support Program with a series of talks and a breakfast run for new and old members. Those thinking of joining this club, there's no better time. Please make your way to the Bukit Aman Car Park by 8am for the talk or 6am for the run.

In case you're wondering how a runner's cubicle looks like, check out the picture below. I'm the only one who gets away at work sticking non-business related things on the cubicle wall. A common question I get is "Wow, are these the runs you've run so far?" To which I reply, "Yup, this year" and wait for their eyes to pop out. To a non-runner, 2 runs a year is out-of-this-world. They should check out how many PM1 does. Nevertheless I've mentioned earlier that I'm cutting down on my races next year.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Running in the Drizzle

The rain clouds seem to be returning again the last few evenings. But I'm now prepared. I've been itching to give the ClimaFIT jacket and cap a good runout and now I've got the chance.

I unzipped both the sleeves, tucked in the keys and phone into the hidden pocket and put on the cap and I jogged to the park. Justin, Rohaizad and Yong were already running. Incidentally Justin was wearing his newly acquired ClimaFIT cap as well.

I was running nicely with Justin and Rohaizad and the jacket felt warmish but the zipper allowed me to adjust the coverage, hence to release some of the body heat. If the rain was heavier I wouldn't have any issue having the zipper all the way up.

Completed 5 laps (6.4K) in 41 minutes comfortably. Legs felt great - no after effects. Looks like it's a go for KLIM training!

Post Singkapoh Malathon Hokkien Poem

KNN! Khee Singkapoh hee bang chao see tiam kooi cheng
Mana ay chai, tnee see si pek juak
Phak jeet siang ka siew too kia
Jadi chau pun siang ka hair
Ai PR pun bay

Kua tiok chin chia chay sooi char bor
Cheng sah siang kar chee teh por - kah hoe mien cheng!
Bak chiu say lai say khee
PM1 kar wa tee tee lau nuar
Meh nee tatiuk tooi khee Singkapoh koh chee tau!

2005 Racing Plan

With the new year about 2.5 weeks away. I'm scanning the 2005 racing calendar to pick out the possible races to enter. One thing's for sure, I'll be racing less - less 10K races to focus on completing 3 marathons. I will have 3 attempts to lower my time to sub-5. No excuses then, if I don't succeed. By end 2005, I hope to have 6 marathons under my belt.

Targeted races:

  1. KL Marathon (Mar)
  2. adidas King Of The Road - Penang edition (Apr. It either this one or the KL edition but not both)
  3. Pacesetters 15K (May)
  4. Ipoh or Penang or Melbourne Marathon (Jun/Jul)
  5. Genting 24-hr Walk (tentative)
  6. PJ Half Marathon (Aug)
  7. adidas King Of The Road - KL edition (Sep)
  8. Singapore Marathon (Dec)
  9. Pacesetters 30K (Jan 2006)