Sunday, 7 February 2016

Racereport 2016-03: XC Regionals

"If you're shiverin' get off the pot
Let the original rapper rock the spot"
KRS-One - Slap Them Up
Don’t ask. My Cross Country chronicle on regional soil continues to be a stinker.

I really love this discipline but I just cannot get it right. This time the regional champs hit me pretty ruthless once more. I DNF’ed.

Despite hitting all the training sessions I cannot execute above threshold level somehow. The season is still young but my body needs to function appropriately.

Credits: H.Utz

Credits: H.Utz

Credits: H.Utz

Tune of the day: Junior Boys - Over It

Saturday, 6 February 2016

shoeporn: Mizuno - Wave Rider 19

The Wave Rider already is a Mizuno classic. Now issuing its 19th (!) edition this is the up-to-date version of this well-liked neutral kick. Looking back a couple of years, I jogged one of the elder styles of the Wave Rider. I recall the shoe to be a fabulous light training shoe, which I used for marathon tempo runs and normal training runs. Then I picked up this version. I was keen to sense the transformation throughout the years.
It is pretty apparent that this is a quality made shoe.  Specifically the upper sock liner is effectively designed, smooth and decently soft. While the underfoot feel is a bit stiff the overall flexibly is great. I ran the shoe on longer workouts and during track sessions. Although the Wave Rider is direct, snug and smooth it still delivers sufficient cushion to guarantee a sensitivity that generates a lot of enjoyment while working out properly.
A smooth design is significant. The 19th version of the Wave Rider looks great. Mizuno reorganized the upper style with additional resilience and shock attenuation. This increases foot comfort throughout the run.
Mizuno’s Parallel Wave technology is a widespread characteristic with the Japanese company. It is designed to integrate more firmness into their models. Unlike the rest of the shoe brands, Mizuno uses a grade of foam thickness to generate stability. Basically there is plastic material that runs along the forefoot and the heel for best foot control. The sprightly U4ic midsole together with the corresponding wave technology comforts a bouncy approachable strike and gusted rubber in the forefoot area offers durability and softness.
Mizuno’s existing Runbird was revealed for the first time at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when Carl Lewis and Florence Griffith Joyner won gold medals wearing Mizuno shoes.
Nope. The Wave Rider is undeniably not a stability shoe. Although the Wave Plate in the forefoot portion offers some light assistance for the foot, there is not much stability seen anyplace else. The set-up offers a firm, fast ride and a stiff heel counter.
With the 19th style the Wave Rider appears to have a bit more midsole material then preceding models. Furthermore the upper got an excellent re-design. Although the toe box seems a bit sloppier, it is very accommodating for wider feet.
A mere of 229 grams is not that much for such a playful and comfortable shoe. I treasured this shoe throughout faster tempo track tests and speed workouts - a boundless all-rounder.
The so-called “Blown rubber” in the forefoot area surges cushioning and responsiveness. Flex Controllers placed in high flex areas on the outsole act as miniature wave plates for increased flexibility and reduced weight!
Mizuno calls its outside rubber “X10”. It is located in the heel and is created of robust carbon rubber for boosted traction

All pictures (c) RUNssel

Monday, 1 February 2016

Racereport 2016-02: Dirty Race - Murr Crossduathlon 2016

"You can't bust a cherry or crush a grape
and if you ain't got this tape you're in bad shape"
D.M.C. - Hit It Run
It is an annually procedure. The last Saturday in January is Dirty Race time. As every year I was looking forward to some nasty early season competing. Examining the running form and trying to survive on the mountain bike with petite bike exercising is what it is all about for me. Like every year I was pumped to see friends and battle a race I really love. Duathlon is a great multisport arrangement. Combining the two disciplines with the “Cross Factor” is something I really enjoy.

The battle in Murr was a sellout. Like last year and the year before. People know what they get and the competition is always good. Following a long phase of training during the early months of the year this race is a appropriate system check for many.

Mountainbike training wasn’t on top of my schedule in the last couple of weeks. Throughout the festive period our weekly Tuesday night ride group died out a little. A couple of days prior to the race I assembled my MTB. It was still tucked away from the La Palma excursion a couple of weeks ago. Being an OK off-road cyclist I could take help of some technical talents nearly every year. The weather has been pretty bad the last editions I showed up. Unfortunately not this year. No snow, no rain – this does not really enlarge the “Dirt Factor” of this race. It also meant I couldn’t hide my bike form alongside the puddles and the techy fragments.

The first 5k run started off reckless. I remained relaxed in the big group and tried to secure the legs a bit for the upcoming bike segment. Long story short, I hurt straight from the start. I did not catch the rhythm and I was not able to get my pulse up. On the cycle I never found a rhythm either. I pushed a bit but the body did not reply the way I desired. More people passed me and I began to agree that this is not my day. On the final 4k ring I tried to stay optimistic. As I ran the out-and-back part I saw some of my friends and training partners now on the way back to the finish line. Some of them in great positions. Some of the energy I had left was used to cheer these dudes on.

Every time I raced in Murr I had a decent result. Not so this year. Merciless. Not to ruthless as it is also a great occasion to see so many friends that I haven’t met since the summer season. It is an event I always want to come back. Perhaps with a bit more preparation on the bike. We will see.

Tune of the day: Rack - Konflict Selection Mix  

Friday, 22 January 2016

shoeporn: Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3

An elegant look merged with a nice neutral gait. Nike’s off-road warship performs as a great all-rounder. The third style of the Terra Kiger makes a prodigious and direct impression on the road and beside.
Sturdy rubber material alongside high-traction lugs are placed to help against sneaky undergrounds. As long as the soil is not wet and mucky the sole does a good job. As the sole profile is not too aggressive there can be sneaky encounters once it’s getting damp, mud-covered and rough. Nonetheless a good sole for a variation of undergrounds. Also 4mm drop from heel to toe are just down my alley.
The Oregonians are using their well-liked Flymesh material throughout the upper part of the Kiger. It provides a great and cosy fitting but my shoes got ripped whilst running some technical and stony segments. It did not disturb the performance of the shoe, as it is only the external material that easily got damaged.
Zoom Air elements located around the heel and in the forefoot area do offer a sprightly, reactive stride. The efficient Phylon midsole part helps runners with a midfoot strike.
One of the highlights is the asymmetrical tongue. It offers a efficient wrap around the foot which is very pleasant once you hit the trails.
Classy appearance joint with by a swift and exciting performance.
A sole that provides good traction on modest and non-technical trails. Advantage is a respectable general functioning that contains a blameless touch while running on the road. Once the soil gets to challenging the design of the sole wont help too much.
Amid 320 grams Nike’s Terra Kiger 3 delivers robust grip and a reckless lightweight flexibility. Designed for a neutral foot motion it’s an exciting shoe.
The Nike Kiger 3 gives you an supreme mixture of ground feel, cushion and guard even without the use of a rock plate in this shoe.
Exceptional agile design joint with a fun overall performance. The Kiger number 3 is a shoe that is pleases trail and tarmac.

All pictures (c) Runssel

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Sneak Peak: 2016 Running Shoe Highlights

A lot is happening on the shoe front these days. Today I had the chance to perceive some of the forthcoming material. Can’t wait for all of these sweet jogging delights - 2016 looks very exciting!

Altra’s upcoming Tuscarora XC looks pretty remarkable. (Edit: This shoe will sell under the name "Golden Spike")
This flat can be used with or without spikes. A very interesting concept.  (Edit: This shoe will sell under the name "Golden Spike")  
One of Altra’s topseller got a fine update – The Lone Peak
Zero Drop. Widespread toebox. Prepared for rough trails. The updated Altra – Lone Peak.
Altra’s Provison got a facelift and will be offered in the 2.5 version.
Skechers GoMeb Speed 3
Mizuno’s trail sector gets an update with the all-new Wave Daichi
Michelin delivers the foam for the gripy outsole.
More Mizuno off-road equipment.
Some fast and agile Mizuno roadie.
A well-known character in the Mizuno assortment. A Roadflat par excellence now in the 10th version – the Wave Ekiden.
Saucony’s approaching Endorphin is airy, simple and extremely light. Impressive.
A unique eye catcher. Brooks changes the T7 for the Hyperion. The utterly woven seamless upper feels great.
Light and fast - Brooks Hyperion
A new lightweight trainer – Brooks Asteria
Version number five of Brooks Trail shoe PureGrit
Brooks PureGrit 5
Apparel giant The North Face provides some remarkable new entries.
North Face’s latest trail running shoe is lighter then ever.
A new addition to the New Balance Vazee line.
A Sebastian Kienle inspired New Balance 1500 V2
Slick design and less weight
The Scott RC’s are an exciting concept...
delivering the Palani sole for road running,
or the Kinabalu sole for off-road control.
Who does not recognize the Boston? Here is an updated version for the 2016 season.
Another exiting light and fast road running shoe from Herzogenaurach – the AdiZero Tempo
Trail running is also on the schedule for adidas. Here with the modernized version of the Terrex
Adding to the maximum sole style with the elegant Adidas Ultra Boost
Version number 33 of the world’s most legendary running shoe – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33
Hovercraft-like sole – The Lunarglide 8
The new version of the popular Lunartempo
Yes. A running shoe created for tarmac by Salomon!
Salomon S-Lab Sonic
Additional equipment for the road from the Alpine experts.
A slick and stylish Salomon Sonic Pro
Version number four of this Salomon classic.
Salomon Speedcross 4
A new member to the Speedcross family
Light, fast and grip - Salomon Speedcross Pro
New Balance adds more of its Fresh Foam material to the Bonacay modell in the second Version.
I liked the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante (Check this). The V2 is even lighter and got a face lift.

All pictures (c) runssel

Tune of the day: Classified - Noah's Arc