Bolt is in Italy promoting his new PUMA collection, and took time out to visit the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello. Following a tour of the factory, he got behind the wheel of a 458 Italia and 599 GTB Fiorano.
“Taking laps in the Fiorano track was a thrill. It’s the first time I’ve had a chance to drive a Ferrari on track and it’s a dream come true,” said Usain Bolt when he had finished. “I thought I was fast; but, these incredible cars give the word fast a new meaning. You have to respect these machines. Being here at Ferrari headquarters is a memorable experience; there’s so much history here. I’m looking forward to getting one of these cars to give me my fix for speed.”
The PUMA BOLT Collection, which Bolt wore during his trip to Maranello, features a range of apparel, footwear and accessories that the sprinter helped develop which include graphic elements representative of Bolt and his beloved Jamaica. The collection, launched in Autumn- Winter 2010, will expand in seasons to come.
PUMA, which sponsors both Usain Bolt and Ferrari, was thrilled to see two of its biggest assets in the world of sport come together. ‘Who Faster’ is one of the headline graphics of the PUMA BOLT collection and a very relevant question for this quite extraordinary occasion.
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Even though Usain Bolt is still recovering from an injury that kept him away from the track for several weeks, he delivered another stunning performance on Friday night. Around 50 000 spectators watched him as he clocked 9.84 in the 100 metres in the PUMA sponsored “meeting Areva” Diamond League event at the Stade de France.
The time is spot on his average over 100 metres despite a shaky start to the race, and Bolt is already back in Kingston for training, promising even better performances for the end of the season. All top three finishes in the 100m races were from Jamaica.
Bolt flew down the track in his unique purple singlet, specially designed by a Parisian artist, that he had presented the day before the race. He also met fans at the Courir retail store on the Champs-Elysées and mixed some music at the PUMA Jamaica Party at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville in the heart of Paris, which created a huge buzz all over the French media.
As well as the coverage of the two events and his performance on track, he also appeared with an interview and film on the main French news program followed by an audience of more than 5 million.
Tomorrow is the 3rd time we will be having a vitamin water / vida run with Puma.
Parktown North Vida cafe, from 7am, loops of 2.5km and you get a free vitamin water to run with and then a free vida coffee to warm up after
WOW, i am not even sure where to begin this race report as i am still going through the emotions of a such a big event and such a big day.
Firstly due to the TV Show, The Bar-one Manhunt i spent a lot of time away from home on weekends and even more time away traveling which meant i hardly got time to do longer stuff. I lined up at the Comrades this year having only run around 340km, of which i ran a 42.2km to qualify and 2 x 35km. That was it, so i was expecting a lot of pain.
The race starts off at 5.30am and its dark and its cold, i had a few goals for this race which i had mainly kept to myself, they were:
So off i went in the dark, about to run to Durban from Pietermaritzburg. I took just under 5min to cross the line after the gun went which i was very happy about and settled into a shuffle which was my plan, this way once i got to 50km i could stop shuffling and open up and start to run.
The first few km’s went by quite quickly and at 15km in Darren Nash caught up with me and it was great to have some company and have a laugh and chat. We got split up about 40min later and that was going to be how i ran the rest of the 70km odd left to go, SOLO.
At 22km i saw David Hadenham, the Uncle and Melissa and they had a nice Ham, mayo, Butter sandwich which was great to get in as well as a Woolworths Nut, Health bar, i walked and jogged the next 2km getting it all in and allowing my stomach time to digest a bit. I also took my first Cataflam ( Anti Imflammotory ) i made it easily to 42km point in a time of around 4.30hr which was what i was aiming for, took my 2nd Cataflam and was smiling and happy. The one thing you not short of in this race are spectators and they come out in their thousands to line the street and make you feel special and for that i am very grateful.
The other thing you learn pretty quick is that size, colour, age or weight have nothing to do with how fast people go because i got passed by everybody, with 18 000 odd people all going the same way the view up front was always just a sea of bodies, i got to half way in just over 5hrs and was felling great and i actually wanted to stop shuffling and open up. Through Hillcrest out of the valley i opened up and started running with full strides and it felt good and the pain was manageable and i also began to use my Ipod as i was now going to have to start running on sore, tired legs.
My choice to use the kit i did was the right one and not for one moment in the whole day did what i was wearing annoy me. Then going down fields hill, which is about 4km downhill my right ITB started sending sharp shooting pains down my leg and i had to stop to walk a lot, it had also swollen up and was even too sore to walk. I had to have a good talking to myself and keep pushing through. I expected this to happen as i had hardly done any running for this, Most people put in over 1000km from January for the race.
I was on pace at this stage for a Sub 10hr which would f been amazing, but i had to put that idea in a bubble and let it go, i knew chasing it would either injure me or i wouldn’t really break and wouldn’t finish.
I decided to take 1 Myprodol ( pain killer ) just to take the edge off, the pain was shooting straight through though and i was starting to battle to hold the pain a bay. I must thanks God that every time i whispered a prayer or had a very bad patch i would see somebody i knew next to the road and they would run up to me and give me a hug which really lifts your spirit.
I got some deep heat rubbed onto my legs and was off again, the problem i know faced was that most of the last 20km to Durban are downhill and i couldn’t run downhill anymore, running flats and uphill was ok, but i had to walk down. I needed a goal to focus on and decided to make it the Sub 11hr mark as i wanted from the start.
I had another very dark moment around the 18km to go mark, where i actually had a few tears in my eyes and got quite choked up thinking of my dad and all of my family members who had run this great race before me and how i really wanted to finish to make them proud, i willed myself on and tried to find little things to break the pain. I made deals with myself, like if you run to that sign you can walk for 30sec, it was working and i was managing to keep moving forward.
Suddenly Jay Z, Empire state of mine came on in my ears and i did shed a tear, this song has a lot of special memories for me and at that moment i decided to pick myself up again and start heading home as hard and as fast as i can, by now every step i took hurt. I was very blessed though that my nutrition was working very well and my energy levels were up.
Every time the song ended i pushed repeat, i have been trying to work out how many times i repeated the song and i cant but i promise you it was around 35 times, because i heard it constantly for about 2 hours and before i knew it i was crossing the last bridge into town and i had 2km left to go.
At this point i cried again, just a few tears of joy as the pain would soon be over and i would cross that line victorious and join the family of runners before me who have taken on this huge challenge. Coming into the Stadium was amazing, there was about 15 000 people all screaming and shouting for you and just typing it gives me goose bumps.
I had made it in 10hrs 53min as my official time with my run time being about 5min faster, if we started from when i actually crossed the line.
I am humbled and very grateful and blessed to have been given this opportunity to complete something which has been on my to do list for ages. I will not recommend to anybody to do it like i did with not much training, but it proves that if you put your mind to it, you can do it. This race is spic but its not out of anybody reach, i got beaten by people that you would stare at or maybe even point and laugh at if you had to see them at a shopping mall. But nobody is laughing when they go running past you and you waking for dear life.
My message is simple, LIVE YOUR LIFE, go out and there and Just Do It, don’t let fear or your friends or society tell you that it cant be done, don’t be afraid to Fail either. Just take baby steps and with time you too can be crossing a finish line and be ticking off another box in your lives.
A very special thank you for my sponsors which i am so blessed to have in my life and which make doing the things i do easier and help me too look good doing them :
Orca , Puma, Suunto, Under Armour
See you on the road, for now i am walking like i have been gang rapped by a group of Russian bears but smiling like a fat kid looking at a chocolate cake.
Found this on the Urban Ninja Site and i already got my tickets to the JHB event today.
May 2010, Cape Town, South Africa – Sportlifestyle company PUMA is celebrating African Unity with a series of parties called PUMA Party Safaris. These travelling parties are to take place in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban every Friday over a five week period.
PUMA has partnered with 5fm to host these parties which will include acts such as DJ Roger Goode, The Wedding DJs, DJ Kenzhero and zef rap rave group DIE ANTWOORD. Other activities at each venue include a PUMA lacing station where PUMA brand ambassadors will demonstrate to partygoers the different ways in which they can use their laces.
Look out for the PUMA Party Safari coming to your town between 4 June and 2 July at the following venues:
A limited number of tickets are available at R50 as of 19 May from webtickets www.webtickets.co.za. For further information please contact PUMA on (021) 551 0832 or visit www.pumaunity.com.
This past weekend we raced in Durban, it was the African Tri Champs and we had a very bad turn out, only about 50 age groupers turned up for the race and only about 8 elites and a handful of juniors.
On Sunday morning at 7am the race got away, the sea was warm so didn’t get to use my Orca secret weapon, my alpha wetsuit but ran into the water anyway, i haven’t swum in about 5 weeks so didn’t know what to expect, i exited the choppy sea having a great swim using my sea swimming experience and coming out just outside the top 10.
Onto the bike and the 25km/h winds were having fun with us, blowing us from side to side, you tell yourself not to bike too hard as i have only biked around 300km in the last 5 weeks, but i was biking strong, moving up into the top 10 overall and also lying 2nd in my age group.
I got off the bike 9th and as i started my run in my new bright orange Puma racers both my legs started to cramp up badly, i just kept moving forward and managed, with some pain to keep going, i was passed by 2 people on the run including Clinton who took over 2nd place in my age group, i finished up in 12th overall and got a 3rd in my age group.
But it wasn’t pretty, on hardly any training over the last 5 weeks, my life is just too hectic at the moment and am battling to fit much else into it and sport doesn’t pay the bills.
Next challenge is comrades on around 350km of running since January, so should be very interesting.
Thanks to everybody who is involved in my life and helps me cope with everyday thing, even if it is just walking around looking and feeling cool.