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  1. 1) Im not using this as my platform; I am still a moderator and I have the responsibility (since 2005) of ensuring debates are kept within the boundaries of healthy discussion. Its clear that the discussion here had deteriorated to the point of personal & baseless attacks made against individuals. 2) "EDMW style" is a metaphor to describe an environment of toxic unedifying talk. The forum here has largely maintained a harmonious culture of friendly banter for the past 13 years with the occasional fireworks. I certainly do believe that its the desire of most users here to keep things that way. 3) I still don't get your issue with my tittle of "sports scientist" that you have to resort to addressing me as "fake" (& this is certainly not the first time). For a start, the tittle under my username in this forum wasn't requested by me; it was Admin aka TLR aka the founder of this forum who created it. If you are unhappy with that, you can always write to Admin to have it removed. 2ndly, I was an applied physiologist by vocation (3 yrs in high performance sports & 3 years in clinical) before moving over to the research side. I don't know what is your definition of "scientist" but if it involves working at a wet lab running chemistry work with human blood, urine & genes (checked), publishing research papers in scientific journals (checked), giving a poster presentation at a scientific conference (checked) & lecturing / teaching at academic tertiary institutions (checked), then yes, I certainly do fall into that definition. In fact, the sports science lab in 1 of our local polys was designed and built by me.
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    Challenge32 - 11 Nov 18 (Sun)

    Its not just about manpower but operating cost as well. If you know the demand of the baggage deposit ahead of the event, you will know how many shelves you need to indent and that in turn affects how big a tentage needed for the baggage section. All these cost money.
  3. Yes, Im the first author. I should be following up next year with a longitudinal paper written with 5 years of Craze pacing data.
  4. Just bear in mind that its extremely difficult to keep an even pacing for standard distance ultra (i.e., 100km); you have to be mentally ready for a slow down for the 2nd half. In fact, in the history of Craze for 101km, there was only 1 runner who could maintain an even pace across all distance segments & with a significant boost in speed for the last 5km. Needless to say, that runner got a paragraph in a published scientific paper dedicated to discussing about him.
  5. Thread is being monitored. Friendly debates supplemented / supported with objective evidence are encouraged in this forum, but "EDMW" style of talk is certainly unwelcome. Bookie, this is not the first or 2nd time personal attacks or baseless accusations against other members have been made by you. While you are entitled to your personal opinions, do reconsider your statements and/or choice of words before pressing the "submit reply" button in the future.
  6. You probably won't want to spend that much time in the first 3 CPs (almost all the runners just touch & go for the first 2-3 CPS). Post 40-50km point, you will find yourself spending more time at the CPs, esp to eat & refuel. So set aside more time for the CPs later.
  7. Actually, the issues he raised in the article are not exclusive to ultras. Eccentric damage from downhill running? You get that in any undulating terrain. Suppressed immunity after the race? Its the same post-marathon too. Negative structural changes to the heart from ultra-training / runs? Im sure the Western States 100 miles research group will refute this.
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    The Goodbye SGRunners forum page thread

    While Im not in the position to reveal any numbers, what I can say is the monetary cost of running & maintaining this forum is ALOT more than whatever sum that's been put forth so far. And yes, Admin has been absorbing the charges all these years. Before anyone jumps in to ask what about revenue from banner ads, I can tell you its barely sufficient to cover anything. Im sure its not an easy decision for Admin to make but nonetheless, its been a good 13 years. Fun fact: the first discussion thread of this forum was actually started by me on Day 1 and it was a simple poll on caffeine usage among runners.
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    50 Hrs Non-Stop Run 2018 (28 Apr - 30 Apr)

    Is this year start/finish point still next to the floating platform? If yes, then you can park at the multi-storey carpark next to Sheng Shiong (just above the race site). The reservoir carparks are pretty far away, with Car Park B probably being the nearest (but still quite a walk away).
  10. And in what way(s) did RunSociety and/or Spacebib "keeps covering X-Change messups" ? By deleting posts that are irrelevant to their (RunSociety+Spacebib) core business? You do realize (in case you don't) that RunSociety isn't an interest group nor an independent voice right? Its a paid media platform where the folks behind it are working FULL TIME, akin to thesmartlocal, eatbook.sg etc. Those 2 articles you listed are really advertisements write up liao. Except in this digital age of media, its becoming increasing common for companies / sites to disguise subjective advertising in the form of objective informative writing. Ethical or not is really up to the readers to decide. Im not gonna jump in & start firing off my "ethics machine gun" at these write ups. In any case, it also makes absolute business sense for RunSociety to direct its readers to sign up for the runners league over the performance series since Spacebib is under Runsoceity and in case you don't know how the online registration portal business works, most companies prefer to charge based on a per customer basis. In other words, for each customer, they get a fixed $ payment + a % cut of the registration fee (most of the time), so of course they would want more people to sign up for the Runner's League race since more participants = more usage of the Spacebib platform = more revenue generated for Spacebib. Its just business, nothing personal here about covering who up. Seriously dude, don't be so quick to jump into conclusions w/o appraising the quality of the evidence available first.
  11. This is an unfair & baseless statement. Spacebib is an extension or subsidiary of Run Society, the online running media company. In fact, the idea (which subsequently resulted in the creation of Spacebib) kicked off a few years even before X-change Republic was founded. As for why stalky79's comment might have been deleted / banned from the page, if im the one running the Spacebib business, I would have done the same thing too. 1) Spacebib's JD / responsibility pertaining to the event is handling the registration / payment portal. So they should only be graded by the efficiency of that process. Whether X-change can deliver the event well or not, how is that Spacebib's business / problem / responsibility? To have people on social media come posting content irrelevant to the business that might potentially mislead other readers to think Spacebib is the same entity as X-change is unacceptable from a business interest POV as this can deter other event organisers from wanting to use Spacebib as a vendor in the future. Delete + Ban is the only option for them. 2) If stalky79 had posted with a fake FB profile, all the more Point 1 will be reinforced. If im Spacebib, how would I know you are even a genuine victim of the incident and not a typical EDMW BBFA keyboard warrior ? So of course Delete + Ban lah.
  12. What probably happened is that when payment was made to Spacebib, it went straight to an account (could be bank or paypal) that's directly under the control of Spacebib. Usually, the middleman handling the payment / registration portal will only transfer the net sum of money (after deducting for service fees, credit card admin fees etc) after the event has ended in case there are last min manual sign ups, special cases of refunds etc. Hence, when it comes to refunds, its really no issue for Spacebib since the money is still resting safely within their control.
  13. Do some heat acclimatization runs; they will do you plenty of good. You can start tomorrow & all it takes is just 20-30 mins easy runs directly under the sun (12-2pm is the best). The trick is that the exposure to the heat has to be frequent enough, so you can do it every day during lunch time. Expect to see some effects after 10 days or so & stop the runs about 3 days before race. Remember, go EASY during these runs.
  14. Am monitoring this thread; this isn't EDMW, so don't bring in their style of writing. If anyone feels a race is so badly organised that its affecting them badly personally, go voice it out to the race organiser / events company. If anyone isn't agreeable with the writing of any bloggers, go PM that person behind the scene. To borrow EDMW's words, SGRunners isn't your personal army.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    None of the forum moderators seem to be actively participating in the forum anymore. I wonder who is administering the sgRunners Facebook page...... Its true that most of the mods are no longer participating in this forum due to changes in individual lives (marriage, kids or no longer participating in events etc). I still view the training section of the forum on a weekly basis actually but most of the inquires are repeated ones where answers can be found just by doing a search in the forum. But if there's a tricky question or findings with new updates in the sciences, I will definately still post a reply.
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