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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  1. Congrats to KT Tape-sponsored Fremont Bank Cycling Team!

    Congratulations to KT Tape-sponsored athletes of the Fremont Bank Cycling Team in Walnut Creek, CA!  

    This month their men’s squad dominated both team races of the Folsom Lake Bike Festival Cyclebration.  Many spectators and Northern California cycling personalities raving about our exemplary teamwork. 

    In the Folsum Criterium, Rob Scheffler took 4th and Michael Jasinski 6th on Saturday, with Peter Graf taking 2nd place on Sunday. Four of their riders finished in the overall prize standings for all three races completed over the two days. 

    The Fremont Bank Cycling Team is already looking forward to the cyclocross season shortly coming up, as well as to next year’s road season. We here at KT Tape are excited to continue to sponsor them through their 2012 season.  Congratulations again!

    To read the Fremont Bank Cycling Team’s Blog, click here. To follow them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamFremontBank.

    Fremont Bank was founded in 1964 and is one of the oldest independently owned and managed banks in the San Francisco Bay Area, headquartered in Fremont, California. Fremont Bank has an unwavering commitment to the communities it serves, providing financial resources, building professional relationships and supporting worthwhile endeavors as well as charitable causes. Learn more at www.fremontbank.com.

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  2. Tips For Running A Better Marathon

    Marathon runners are avid KT Tape-appliers, and this article from Matt Fitzgerald for Active.com gives even more tips on how to run a better marathon this Fall:

    The marathon is a tough nut to crack. Twenty-six miles is a long way to run, let alone to race for time. Few runners master the distance on their first try. Most of us need to gain experience with the runner’s ultimate challenge before we are ready to run the best marathon we are capable of. But that’s what makes the marathon so intriguing. Your first marathon puts a stake in the ground. You come away from it knowing you could do better, so you take what you learn and apply it to the pursuit of a new PR in the second…and so on.

    Individual runners make different mistakes, or are limited by different factors, in their first marathons. Some don’t train hard enough. Others make nutritional errors. Still other don’t do all they could to arrive at the start line healthy. Nevertheless, there are some very common training-based limiters to performance in first marathons. These limiters can be flipped around to become training-based opportunities to improve in subsequent marathons.

    Are you running a marathon this fall? If so, let it be more than just another marathon—make it a better marathon by incorporating these three simple changes into your training.

    Do a second weekly longer run.

    Marathon training for many runners is all about the long run. Done once a week, usually on Saturday or Sunday, the long run, which becomes progressively longer from week to week, is held responsible for yielding the majority of the fitness gains a marathoner needs to achieve his or her goals on race day. The other runs in the week provide a foundation that enables the runner to tackle those long runs.

    There’s only so much a long run can do to improve your fitness, however. Elite marathon runners typically don’t run any farther in their long runs than everyday marathoners do. The difference is that the elites run a lot more than the rest of us throughout the week.

    Studies have shown that weekly mileage is a better predictor of marathon performance than the distance of the longest training run. In other words, given equal ability, a runner who runs 45 miles a week with a longest run of 18 miles will probably run a faster marathon than one who runs 35 miles a week with a longest run of 22 miles.

    To increase your weekly mileage, and thereby improve your marathon performance in a manageable way, try doing a moderately long run each week in addition to your long run. For example, see Active.com… 

    Run more hills.

    Running uphill is a great way to build specific strength and aerobic capacity in marathon training. Another virtue of running uphill is that it allows you to attain intensities similar to running fast on flat ground without the pounding that comes with doing so. Many runners try to avoid running uphill, precisely because it is harder than running on flat ground, and especially if they are training for a marathon on a flat course. But if you want to run a better marathon, you need to do some hard running, and going uphill may serve you better than running intervals at the track, which aren’t any easier.

    There are various ways to incorporate hill running into your training. I recommend that you do some of your long runs on relatively hilly courses. This will toughen up your legs more than a run of equal distance of flat terrain. In addition, run a set of uphill intervals once every 10 to 14 days. Start with shorter intervals—for example, 8 x 30 seconds—at a very high intensity. Gradually increase the duration—up to 5 x 3 minutes—and lower the intensity of these intervals as your marathon draws closer.

    Finish fast.

    When runners fail to achieve their goals in marathons, the last 5 miles are usually to blame. Most runners have little trouble maintaining a reasonable marathon goal pace for the first 21 miles, but then they slow down inexorably in the last few. To prevent this from happening to you in your next marathon, include some fast finishes in your long runs.

    Instead of running the full 15 or 18 or 20 miles at a steady, moderate, pace, run all but the last 1 to 3 miles at that pace and then increase your tempo to the end. Challenging yourself to run faster when you’re already fatigued will stimulate physiological and mental adaptations that will enable you to avoid slowing down in the last miles of your next marathon.

    To read the entire article, visit Active.com.  And follow this link to sign up for your next marathon race.

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  3. New Knee Application To The Rescue!

    We love receiving mail from our KT Tape fans- read on for a success story from the Philadelphia Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon earlier this month, as well as hints on where to find our newest Knee Pain application!

    You probably don't remember me as you were taping up hundreds of people the day before the race.  Nonetheless, you did tape my knee up at the expo the day before I ran the Philadelphia 1/2.  I just wanted to thank you for it.  It did wonders for my knee!  I didn't feel any pain or discomfort throughout my entire race and I finished in my best time yet.

     I also looked online to see if there was instructional video of how you taped my knee that day and there isn't.  Would you be able to send me instructions on how to apply the tape the same way you did it for me?  I can copy from the pictures I have from the race, but as far as placement and tension, I would be lost.  Your help would be greatly appreciated!

    THANKS AGAIN!!!

     Congrats on an awesome finish! And if you’d like to see the video our KT Tape team sent in response to her requested knee application, click here.

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  4. Firefighters Honor 9/11 Fallen Brothers at Pacific Coast Triathlon

    KT Tape is honored to have been a sponsor of the Pacific Coast Triathlon held on the anniversary of September 11, 2011 in Crystal Cove, California. 

    The Race Director of the Pacific Coast Tri shared with us this moving article about the event, written by David Whiting in the Orange County Register, “When Finishing Time Takes Second Place”:

     Tiny lights from bicyclists peer into the darkness along Pacific Coast Highway early Sunday morning as two firefighters prepare for the Pacific Coast Triathlon.

    Stationed in Washington, D.C., Dennis Carmody and Daniel Gerdy are in Orange County courtesy of Race Director Bill Leach just to take part in this triathlon.

    Washington, D.C. firefighters Dennis Carmody (left) and Daniel Gerdy cross the finish line on Sunday after running three miles in full gear including boots. The run was part of the Pacific Coast Triathlon in Crystal Cove State Park.

    The number “343” sticks in their minds. It’s the number tattooed on the arm of Jason Teter, a firefighter from Huntington Beach I recently interviewed who rode his bike across country to honor his brothers who died in 9/11.

    It’s also the number Carmody, recently mentioned in an email.

    And before this day is over, Carmody and Gerdy will do something for that number that transforms this race into something that transcends triathlon.

    The start

     As hundreds of athletes descend a steep hill to the beach, the sun breaks the eastern horizon. But the clouds are so thick, it’s a gradual dawn.

    This is only Carmody’s second swim-bike-run triathlon and Gerdy’s first. It’s also the first time Gerdy has swum in the ocean.

    To be sure, these men have faced tougher things than swimming in salt water. They’ve tackled numerous mountain triathlons that require kayaking, mountain biking and trail running.

    But that’s just training. For a living and to serve, these men walk into burning buildings.

    Still, this day is special. The firefighters are here take on a challenge that reminds what the 343 firefighters faced in New York. Yes, it pales in comparison. But Carmody and Gerdy aren’t here to imitate fallen heroes.

    They are here to honor them.

    “Three-two-one!”

    The race is on.

    The swim

     Carmody and Gerdy disappear into the white foam of the waves hitting the beach. Wetsuits keep them warm from the chill of the water. But within minutes, it is blood pumping through muscle that warms.

    After heading directly out to sea, they swim right at the first big yellow buoy. They slip past kelp waving from the depths.

    As they breathe left, the sea is emerald green. As they turn their bodies right, the sun breaks through the clouds. Through their goggles, they see liquid gold. The clouds shimmer silver.

    It’s impossible not to think of the firefighters who gave it their all at the World Trade Center.

    The pair churns past a second yellow buoy. The last and final buoy is just ahead. Turning right again, the pair head directly for the beach.

    Thirteen minutes after leaving land, Gerdy is back on solid ground. Three minutes later, Carmody joins him.

    How fit are firefighters?

    Their times smoke.

    The bike

     Many athletes walk up the steep hill. The firefighters run.

    It jogs the memory of what firefighters faced inside the twin towers, carrying more than 40 pounds of gear up thousands of stairs.

    As they run, Carmody and Gerdy start pulling off their wetsuits. They stare at their loaner bicycles, crazy triathlon machines with little pointy handles sticking straight ahead. But the firefighters barely pause.

    Handling a finicky tri bike is nothing compared to taming a fire hose pumping more than 100 gallons per minute. Some say it is like handling a living, breathing beast.

    The firefighters turn onto Pacific Coast Highway. They crank down a hill and zoom up another.

    They make a tight u-turn and fly north on PCH. After completing two six-mile loops, they jet into the triathlon’s transition area. They set their bikes aside and head toward two piles.

    Carmody, dad to 3-year-old son Tommy, and Gerdy, father of 14-month-old daughter Adyline, start putting on things that help keep them alive at work.

    Heavy boots, thick pants, thick coats, fire helmets.

    They aim to cover the triathlon’s run portion wearing firefighting gear.

    It weighs more than twice the bicycles they have just ridden.

    The run

     As Carmody pulls on his coat he is reminded of one of the firefighters who died on 9/11.

    His name was Stephen Siller, and he was on his way home from work when the first plane hit. Siller turned around but was told he couldn’t drive back through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

    So Siller grabbed his bag of gear and ran to the World Trade Center. It was three miles – the same distance as Carmody and Gerdy will run.

    Just before Carmody and Gerdy head out, they grab two flags. Carmody carries Old Glory. Gerdy runs with a red flag with gold lettering: “We remember our fallen brothers.”

    The flags recall an earlier email Carmody sent me. In it, he explained what Siller’s action’s meant: “Total selflessness, a disregard for our own safety when others are in danger.”

    Carmody added, “That's why we come to work each day...to save lives.”

    As Gerdy and Carmody run, something exceptionally rare happens during the middle of a race. Athletes intent on posting competitive times stop in their tracks.

    When they see Carmody and Gerdy, they whoop. They shake the firefighters’ hands. They high-five. They fist bump.

    Cars on Pacific Coast Highway slow to a crawl. Drivers honk. Passengers wave.

    As the firefighters head toward the finish line, Carmody can feel sweat sloshing in his boots. Gerdy can feel large blisters growing larger.

    The discomfort disappears as a crowd of several hundred claps and cheers.

    But there is no smiling for the firefighters. This is a solemn celebration.

    The firefighters have fulfilled their mission. They know the crowd isn’t cheering for two guys named Dennis Carmody and Daniel Gerdy.

    The crowd is cheering for men such as Stephen Siller and his 342 brothers.

    To read more about the DC Firefighters and Pacific Coast Tri, visit the Orange County Register website.

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  5. KT Tape Proud Sponsor of Team Free Arts at 2011 NYC Marathon

    KT Tape is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Team Free Arts NYC for the New York City Marathon!

    Free Arts NYC provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of education arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

    100% of funds raised through Team Free Arts events help low-income, homeless, abused and neglected children transform their lives through the creative arts.

    This is Team Free Arts’ 3rd year of being an official charity partner of the ING NYC Marathon and they anticipate raising over $120,000 through the NYC Marathon alone.

    To join the Team Free Arts ING NYC Marathon team, download an application here.

    All Team Free Arts NYC members, along with ING NYC Marathon expo attendees, will be able to stop by the KT Tape Taping Station this November for free taping and samples.  Check out the KT Tape Events Page for more details!

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  6. Join the NEW KT Tape Forum and Win FREE KT Tape!

    KT Tape has a new Forum where you can Ask An Expert any of your KT Tape questions! 

    There are over 100 topic strands including how to tape for specific injuries not yet on our instructional videos, how to choose the right application for you, tips for adhesion, and much more!

    By participating in our new KT Tape Forum, you will be automatically entered to win a FREE roll of KT Tape.

    There are THREE steps to win:

    1. Register on the KT Tape Forum by going to www.kttape.com/forum and clicking on “register”. 
    2. Post something in the “General Discussion” strand- you can vote on a poll, respond to a thread, create your own new thread, and much more!
    3. Copy the text of your Forum Post here on the blog as a “comment” below.

    You will be automatically entered to win a FREE ROLL of KT TAPE once you have completed these 3 easy steps.

    Forum posts and blog comments submitted through Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. will be eligible to win.

    Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog on Tuesday, September 27th.

    Good Luck!

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  7. National Bench Press Record Broken with KT Tape!

    Congrats to KT Tape-sponsored athlete, Amber Hayes, in her recent victory at the Iron Boy Powerlifting Bench Press Classic!  Read on for her account of the competition:

    Just wanted to let you know about my competition this past weekend. I competed in the Iron Boy Powerlifting Bench Press Classic. The meet was held outside with temps in the 50s so it was hard to keep my muscles warm. I was glad to have my KT tape on my shoulder to help prevent against injury due to cold, tight muscles. I ended up benching to finish in first place and break a national record!

    I took first for my weight class (105lb), lifting 110lbs and broke a national raw bench press record for raw intermediate 24-34 105lb weight class.  Thanks again KT Tape!

    Congratulations, Amber!  Keep UP the good work! 

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  8. USAWP Announces Celebrity "Cap Campaign"

    Accomplished Water Polo Players Don Caps To Grow The Game

    "One it's discipline, it's friends, competition, getting focused, it means all those things to me because it gave me all those things." - Sean Paul

    Recording artist Sean Paul won a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album and played for the Jamaican Water Polo National Team until age 21 before focusing on music. 

    KT Tape-sponsored USA Water Polo, the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, this week announced the first ever "Cap Campaign." Unveiled at the 2011 USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction Benefit Dinner in downtown Los Angeles, the campaign features a wide variety of accomplished water polo players donning water polo caps to raise awareness of the fast-growing sport. The series of arresting images showcases television stars, Grammy Award winning recording artists, astronauts, surgeons, and more, each with water polo playing experience ranging from high school through the Olympic Games.  

     "I Am Water Polo" is the headline that anchors the campaign, featuring a star-studded lineup who volunteered their time to once again don the iconic water polo cap. You can check out some of the stars in their quotes and pictures below…

    “We hope to rally the water polo community here in the US around the defining image of the water polo cap,” said USA Water Polo CMO Jennifer Rottenberg.  “We are grateful to the wonderful members of the water polo community who already have donated their time and their images to define the campaign, and we look forward to seeing what the imaginations of others in the sport have in store!”

    "I would consider it the greatest experience of my life, it's the experience that made me a man, that taught me so many life lessons that you get from sport, ones that I've been able to pass down. (It was) invaluable, beyond words, got me through school, high school, and college, it was the greatest gift I gave myself." - Ted McGinley

    Actor Ted McGinley is known for roles on Happy Days, The Love Boat, Married With Children and Hope & Faith among others, over his 30 year career in show business. He was once a member of the USA Men's Junior National Team and earned a water polo scholarship to USC, where he was a two-time team MVP and Captained the team in his junior year.

     

    "Water polo to me was a huge part of my life, eight years, my whole high school and college, something that I was super passionate about and love to encourage other people to play. I've just been in love with the sport since the first time I played it." - Annalaina Marks

    Actress and model Annalaina Marks has appeared on America's Next Top Model, as well as the tv series Gossip Girl, Blue Bloods and Kings and in the feature film “Maid of Honor,” among others. Marks was a three-time high school water polo All American at McDowell HS in Erie, Pennsylvania. She played water polo collegiately at Mercyhurst College and later for the New York Athletic Club. 


    "Water polo in a lot of ways is what has defined me, I was a coach for probably 10 years, all my friends and my wife is a water polo player, it defines me and my friends, it's probably one of the biggest things I've done in my life in terms of dictating who I am and who my friends are and what my life's going to be."  - Jeff Ma

    Jeff Ma was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team that later served as the basis for the book "Bringing Down the House" and the feature film "21." Now a consultant to the Portland Trailblazers and San Franicso 49ers, Ma played water polo at MIT, served as a zone coach, and remains active in Masters water polo. 

     

    "A grueling sport that I don't think many people realize how tough it is until they actually watch a game, it kind of brings the competitive atmosphere out in sport and provides a lot of fun for all the people who watch." - Jayne Appel

    Jayne Appel, an All-Star for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars was a four year starter at Stanford University and also helped the USA Women's Basketball Team to Gold at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and has her sights set on London 2012. Appel was a three-year varsity athlete in water polo at Carondelet High School.

    The timeless images of "Cap Campaign" participants will be distributed via print advertisements for magazines nationwide and online public service announcements scheduled to launch in 2012. A website has also launched, featuring the tagline of the campaign, www.IamWaterPolo.org, which will house larger galleries from the "Cap Campaign" photo shoots, interviews, and behind the scenes footage. In addition, USA Water Polo social media will be active in the campaign at a grassroots level offering water polo players the opportunity to submit their own "I Am Water Polo" images to the National Governing Body’s official facebook account (www.facebook.com/usawp) where fans can vote on their favorite images with prizes to be awarded along with recognition in USAWP’s quarterly SkipShot magazine.

    To learn about the USA Water Polo "cap campaign" or to find out more about spreading the word on water polo, visit www.IamWaterPolo.org or www.facebook.com/usawp. To learn more about USA Water Polo, be sure to visit the official website at www.usawaterpolo.org.  

     About USA Water Polo  

    USA Water Polo, Inc. is the national governing body for water polo in America, overseeing our United States Olympic program as well as 20 different championship events annually, such as Junior Olympics and Masters National Championships. With more than 40,000 members, USAWP is also the sanctioning authority for more than 500 Member Clubs and more than 400 tournaments nationwide. USAWP is committed to the development of the sport nationwide. It fosters grass-roots expansion of the sport, providing a national system of affiliated clubs, certified coaches and officials.

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  9. Introducing New KT Tape Application for SI Joint Pain

    Welcome to a brand NEW KT Tape Application- not available anywhere else except here on the blog and on our Facebook Fan Page!

    SI Joint Pain is described as pain in the lower portion of the back and hip. It may radiate out to the buttocks and lower back. In some cases it travels down the legs.

    This application helps to relieve pressure around the SI Joint by proprioceptively sending signals to the nervous system that approximate the sacrum and the pelvis. The pain is decreased by relieving pressure on the joint by gently lifting tissue, increasing blood flow, and creating fascial corrections. Use this for low back pain or pain that radiates down the glutes and the legs.

    Let us know what you think of this NEW application by leaving your comments here on the blog or by posting on our Facebook page!

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  10. Blue Ridge Relay Team Ultra Finish with KT Tape!

    Congratulations to the KT Tape sponsored Team 4tunate for an awesome finish at the Blue Ridge Relay!  Jason S, Jason M, John, Cindy, Alex, and Whitney finished the 200 mile race with just 6 people on their team, thus the team name Team 4tunate (to have 2 more runners)!

    Check out an excerpt from their race report below:

    29 hours 48 minutes and 15 seconds after sending Jason M. off down the Grayson Highlands mountaintop start we finished up in Asheville 100% intact with the fanfare that John deserved in his “last Blue Ridge Relay ever!”  If you believe that you will have no problem sending me $1,000,000 so I can help educate the needy in a 3rd world country.  This time was good enough for 64th out of 120 teams, an 8:36 overall pace and 11th out of 18 Ultra (6 or less) teams.

    I always put off writing this post every year because there is an odd post-race blues period where you realize it is over and it is likely a year before you get to run an event this cool again.  It is also hard to sit down and write because I find it difficult to organize my thoughts into meaningful compartments – even more so than on a normal day.  Here it goes.

    First, a word about our sponsor:  KT Tape.  This company responded to one of my tweets (which I truly believe is the sign of a company dedicated to their customers) and within days offered to sponsor us with shirts and tape for the race.  Most of us were veterans of KT Tape usage largely due to the small ailments that come with age.  The shirts were super cool and looked great at the start, the finish and in between stages where we weren’t too lazy just to be ok sitting around in our old sweaty running clothes from the last leg.  

    We used both the standard KT Tape which was offered in Purple, Lime Green and Black and was more of a Fabric-based tape.  This stuff worked great as usual.  You put it on and you always tend to wonder: “What’s this going to do for me – I can hardly feel it on me.” Then you stand up and you get it – the skin pulls away a bit from the muscle and it feels like blood flow in that area is enhanced.  

    …The folks that applied their tape prior to starting any running had tape on 29 hours later… Great sponsor, company and concept.  BUY THEIR PRODUCTS!...

    …Thanks again KT Tape – you were very kind and supportive with your sponsorship of us!

    Congratulations again!  Click here to read the entire Team 4tunate Race Report.

     Click here for a slideshow of Team 4tunate’s 2011 BRR race.

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