This whole training talk is really wearing me down and after 2 days post a-bit-too-long-a-long-ride, I was still exhausted PLUS my quads are still feeling pretty sore (so obviously I ditched the long run yesterday...oh and today as well).
Let's talk about erm....stuff (literally).
These are some stuff that I'm totally digging right this moment!
1. Sweaty bands
Sweaty bands are the BOMB!!!!!
Previously, I've used stretchy regular headbands (you know...the sort you purchase from accessory shops and the works) when I run to keep stray hair from irritating my eyes/face/me but they tend to slip further back and finally off my head and I have to keep re-adjusting it.
But with Sweaty Bands....never an issue.
Oh....and the colours and patterns were awesome!!!
Anyway my fashionista buddies from Sukan G are bringing them into Malaysia and I get my regular stocks from them. Click HERE for their Facebook page.
Or...directly purchase them off the official website.
2. Sun Off A Beach sunscreen
At the recent Xterra Putrajaya, I found this awesome sunscreen in the race kit. And they had a stall at the race expo and since being affordable, I bought a large bottle to give it a go. After all, I was using them (sunscreens in general) at quite an alarming rate with all those cycling under the hot sun for many hours on end.
What I initially liked about it (and being truthfully honest) was that the packaging was extremely cute and the name was very catchy (ditzy...I know). Secondly, I like how it doesn't smell like the regular sunscreens. So I've been a Sun Off A Beach convert for the past 3 months and regularly use the Sport sunscreen in SPF50 (they also come in Anti-aging, Sensitive-skin & Kiddy sub-type).
Click HERE for their Facebook page.
3. Ash Be Nimble sportswear
During the race expo for Malaysian Women Marathon (MWM) 2014....the one that I dropped by for shopping purposes and not because I was participating in it (to be fair, I was racing Kenyir Lake Triathlon that same day), I stumbled on this start-up brand called Ash Be Nimble. I thought the name was adorable and the logo totally cute!
This line of ladies' sports wear was a labour of love of Hui (a very fast trail runner!!!) and she models all the stuff you see in the website. Yup...that lovely lass above is our fast-paced and fashionable entrepreneur.
And since that very day, I've been a HUGE fan and a supporter of this local brewed sports wear. The sports bras are affordable and unbelievably comfortable plus the colours are meant to be fallen in love with! The range is still limited at the moment but Hui adds on new stuff every so often and I foresee big things in the near future for this brand.....so click HERE to check out the website.
I came across this brand while flipping through the pages of Triathlete magazine a couple of years back and thought the idea of a tri kit with the female form in mind was a great idea....not just shrink a male tri suit and call it a female suit. And I really like a tri top that looks like a tank with a built in bra and no zip. So I put in my order when I found it on sale online and got Gracie to mail it over. The top is long enough to cover the lower tummy (since I had my six pack safely covered under layers of fat) and the shorts are very comfortable that doesn't cut into my midsection like some other tri pants. Oh...and the pockets!!!!
Pockets on the tank...and pockets on the shorts. If you like pockets (where else are you gonna stuff all those energy gels!?!?!) this is the kit to get.
However...the drawback is that you can only get it online at the moment. No one in Malaysia sells it at time of blogging. Click HERE for the website.
I get black toe nails on off. Hate it. Looks unsightly. And eventually the toe nail falls off. Sigh.
But whenever I get all my toe nails intact and looking normal, I celebrate by getting a pedicure. Then I got addicted to getting pedicures and made sure I never get a black toe nail ever again!!!!
I highly recommend Jac & Ivy Nail Spa. Click HERE for their website.
Anyway I'd stumble onto this awesome place coz I was stuck at Plaza Damas waiting for the heavy rain to stop and I figured I might as well get my nails done (I was getting sick of pink). And since then I keep going back to this place. Awesome!!!!
6. High 5 Energy Gels & Bars
Remember how I stumbled onto Ash be Nimble at MWM 2014 race expo?? Well...I also stumbled onto a lot of other cool stuff.....like these High5 energy gels and bars.
What I like about this gel is the liquid-ness of it as oppose to the sticky, goo-ey regular gels like Powergel and Gu gel. And its not overtly sweet like the other gels. The taste is a lot more palatable. Although I'm used to the likes of Powergel (creature of habit and a lot of big races keep giving them out along race route), this makes for a good alternative when the icky artificial flavouring of Powergel gets to you and you'd like a different (albeit less icky) artificial flavouring of another gel.
The sports bar and electrolyte tabs are so awesome they deserve a whole blog post dedicated to it....which I think I'll do just that (so wait for it!)
Click HERE for the local distributor of High5 Energy everything!!!!