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2023, Ambassador, marathon, racing, training -

One of our Elite Ambassadors, Ian Deeth, will run his debut marathon in the Gold Coast, Queensland on 2 July. In his last article, Ian reported on his adventures at the Spartan Elite Super obstacle race in Sarawak; this week he talks about overcoming other obstacles to reaching a fitness goal, as well as his final preparations for his first attempt at the 26.2 miles distance. As I write this post, there are just under three weeks before I tackle my debut marathon. In preparation, I committed to a 28-week programme, and for the first 17 weeks, my training had...

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2023, gear, poles, racing, trail running, trekking -

Buzz Burrell is the co-founder of Fastest Known Time, and was manager of the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. He's American, though, which he thinks put him at a disadvantage when it came to learning to use trekking poles for running. Europeans, he writes, "come from a mountain culture, ski in the winter and climb, while many of us [from the United States ... and Asia!] come from road or track backgrounds and are learning how to run in the mountains—and how to use trekking poles." Here Buzz offers a terrific and concise guide to using poles, deciding when to...

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2023, nutrition -

You may have noticed that we recently got something new in the shop: Untapped maple syrup energy gels and waffles. Untapped is a sports nutrition company founded by a handful of professional athletes (cyclists and skiers) who live in Vermont, in the northeastern United States, which is maple syrup country. Living in Vermont, the Untapped founders had plenty of access to maple syrup, and as athletes, they started to wonder about its benefits in supporting athletic performance. So they investigated, and guess what? It turns out that maple syrup has many naturally occurring micro- and macro-nutrients that your body requires...

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2023, Ambassador, obstacle course racing, race report, racing, training -

One of our Elite Ambassadors, Ian Deeth, will run his debut marathon in the Gold Coast, Queensland on 2 July. So far, Ian has discussed his background in sports, his perspective on finding your passion and infinite purpose and the value of setting goals. On 6 May, Ian temporarily switched focus to compete in his first Elite OCR (obstacle course racing) event of the year. The Spartan Super in Miri, Sarawak, was my first OCR race in nine months. So far this year, my training has been solely geared towards my debut marathon, but the temptation to jump back into an OCR race...

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2023, fit, gear, service, Store news -

According to industry research, three in five people (!) are wearing the wrong shoe size.This is not so surprising, when you consider that the shoe industry relies almost entirely on length and width (at one spot) to fit customers into shoes, and that literally everyone's foot is a different size and shape. You would not believe (or maybe you would!) how many people come into the store and tell us, "My size is XX," then when we investigate further, we find out it is not, in fact XX.To help solve the sizing problem, we've acquired a 3D foot scanner. It's...

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