There Are No Walls

I watched this talk on Tedx and thought that some of you out there could use some motivation whether for your health, your weight or your life as a whole and who better to give it than a person who have talked in front of more than 5 million people, received 30 awards, he won best actor in a short film, made his own music video, wrote 4 books and sold over 800,000 copies on the first one alone. So, what makes him special?
He was born without all four limbs that we take for granted. Imagine going thru life as an outsider or a joke and yet achieving more than most of us have.

Nick Vujicic spoke at Tedx in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2012. Hearing him speak is almost like hearing words from God simply because he not only speaks from the heart but through personal hard experiences and what to most of us would be impossible challenges. Two lines that lighted up like an LED display in Japan:

“There are no walls”
“If you don’t get a miracle; you can still be a miracle for someone else”

Share this with your family and friends, whether or not you think they need a “pick-me-up” because I personally believe that he will inspire everyone.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

I had recently been told about this workout app called Endomondo. I heard about it while enquiring about the Polar Bluetooth chest unit (a.k.a. heartbeat monitor).
If you have tried it out I would like to get your feedback. I would also like to know how it fairs against Runtastic.

Well, I just downloaded it and will give a review on it in a couple of weeks.

The Future of Safety

Cycling helmets have come a long way in terms of aerodynamics, safety and design. Motor cycle helmets, however, have kind of stagnated over the last decade or more. It seems like they have only come up with cooler looking artwork and decals over the most important part of your body.

Introducing the Skully AR-1. This is revolution!

The Skully AR-1 comes with a transparent heads up display, 180 degrees rearview camera, GPS maps, voice control and phone link-up. My first thought when I saw this video was, “Is this the next step to cycling helmets?”

Specialized Evade

Specialized Evade Helmet 2014Yesterday I went over to GH Cycle, our local Specialized concept store here in Malaysia. While I was there the Specialized Evade helmet caught my attention. I suppose it was mainly due to the Black Orange one that would match my bike’s colour perfectly. Unfortunately they only had the small size for the orange one, however I did try the special limited edition CVNDSH green. This is the Mike Cavendish edition released this year.

The fit was really comfortable. The Aero-Road design will definitely cool your head while maintaining a good amount of aerodynamics. The internal venting system is far more efficient compared to earlier versions of Specialized helmets. I have never been a fan of their helmets simply because the broad design was a personal turn off. I also find that the front of their helmets protrude quite a bit. This would definitely get in the way of your vision when you are on the drops and picking up speed. The new Evade, however is perfect except for 2 minor details. The adjustment dial is much smaller than any other helmets in the market, but I suppose that once you get your fit right, you won’t need to reach back much to adjust the tiny dial. The other this is that this helmet gives extra protection around your temples, so you may feel a slight amount of pressure there. It looks like Specialized has one helmet that I like with no compromise on design.
All in all, this is one helmet to consider if you are willing to fork out RM899 at retail for your safety.

Tour de France Stage 2

Nibali's FinishDay 2 of the Tour de France took off in York today finishing off 201km away in Sheffield. Vincenzo Nibali took the win at 5 hours 8 minutes and 36 seconds followed by Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) in a bunch 2 seconds later. Marcel Kittle lost the Yellow Jersey to Nibali finishing 20 minutes behind.

British Mark Cavendish was officially ruled out of the race before the start of today’s race due to his crash yesterday. “I’m absolutely devastated,” said Cavendish and adding that he may require surgery.

It is estimated that more than 2.5 million spectators watched the race from the roadsides lining York and Sheffield. Holme Moss, the longest and toughest of this stage’s ascends, was lined with over 60,000 fans. Five of this stage’s climbs were in the last 60km of the race with Jenkin’s Road being the hardest at a 33% gradient stretching 800 meters.

The current top 5 standing after Stage 2 is as follows:

  1. Vincenzo Nibali (Kazakhstan)
  2. Peter Sagan (Italy)
  3. Greg Van Avermaet (US)
  4. Michael Albasini (Australia)
  5. Christopher Froome (Great Britain)

Tomorrow the peloton will race 155km from Cambridge to Londres. Where the longest climb today was about 20km and 521m at the highest point, Monday’s race will give the riders a bit of a break as the route peaks at 108m at Epping Forest. From Cambridge, the peloton will climb 88m and a 20km distance to Saffron Walden. After that the slopes vary very little till around the 75km mark before Moreton and then it’s a push up to Epping Forest. Looks like a good time for Sagan and maybe even Froome to snip off crucial time to take Nibali off the Yellow Jersey.
Tour de France - Stage 3 Profile

Tour De France

Marcel Kittle races to the finish line

Marcel Kittle races to the finish line

Stage 1 of  Le Tour de France took off yesterday in Leeds at 12:00 pm (local time). Prince William, Prince Henry and the Duchess of Cambridge officiated the event, which marked the second time in history that the tour was set in England.

The race did not end well for Mark Cavendish who crashed just 250 meters from the finish line giving the win to Marcel Kittle. The first stage of the 21 days event was a 190.5 km race to Harrogate. Cavendish apparently suffered from ligament ruptures and may not be able to race the second stage of the tour. The crashed occurred 250m from the finish line as Cavendish tried to push his way through Australian’s Simon Garrans hitting the tarmac hard with his head and shoulders. According to Cavendish’s Omega-Pharma-Quickstep team, x-rays had shown ligament ruptures with a dislocation at the acromioclavicular or AC joint causing him a lot of pain. The final decision on Cavendish’s participation in the next stage will be made on Sunday morning (local time). Cavendish said, ‘It was my fault. I’ll personally apologise to Simon Gerrans as soon as I get the chance.”

With Britain’s Cavendish out of the way, Marcel Kittle will lead in the Yellow Jersey and 24 year old Peter Sagan in the White. German Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) held a three-minute advantage securing the polka-dot King of the Mountains jersey at Cote de Grinton Moor. The peloton caught up with him 10km later. At 42 and on his 17th tour, Voigt is the oldest man in the peloton.

The next stage will cover 201km hilly route from York to Sheffield.

For the full schedule