Friday, November 28, 2008
tonsilitis. fever. diarrhea. all at once.
At its peak, i was shivering and sweating whole nite long. Eating pattern had gone haywire too. Most of the time, no appetite plus it's quite painful to swallow any solid food. Warm water can be a pain too.
Good thing is.. ive got enough rest. though it can be a painfu and uneasy rest but at least my body has time to recover from all the previous beatings and lost some valuable weights (muscles it is!!) along the way. I must start eating good food again and rebuild what ive lost.
just nice before the weekend starts.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Hence, most of my beachwears became my sports shorts.
Last week, all my beachwear koyak kat celah kangkang and i had to find one. An enormous challenge, for sure.
The last time i had any branded shorts was like 18 years ago. Long long time ago....
Last weeked, i went to RSH and tried the above. Size XL and god is gracious, i fit them..!!!!! Wait no more, i grabbed it instantly.
It's been a long and winding road with lotsa painful challenges. It maybe not a big deal to some and nothing to shout about but it's definitely one of the more significant moments of my life.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
i knew i am going to be knackered if i join the Saturday without enough rest but stubborn as i am, i woke at 515am, prepped up and just when i was about the leave my house - the rain started pouring. Darnnnn.... I should have tucked myself in the bed rather than dwelling whether i should brave the rain.
In such situation, i summoned the 'I CAN' mantra. You actually have to summon the courage dep inside you and push yourself out of the house. No one can help you here. It's DIY. DO-IT-YOURSELF. The next thing i knew, i was on the road around 6am. The plan was to catch-up with the Rawalpindi express at the exit near Bukit Jalil before 620am. I managed to get there around 615am and waited for the train.
10mins, 15mins, 20mins - not sign of any train stopping by. I smsed and called the pilot - no answer. after 30mins of waiting, i continued to the Putrajaya toll as i am not sure who's waiting for who. the train might had passed already.
It was a dark, cool and lonely ride to the toll. I was hoping nothing bad will happen to me coz until today, i have no idea how to handle any mechanical breakdown. Yeah, lame excuse. i know.
Anyway, as i reached the toll, still no sight of the Rawalpindi express. I checked with the toll collector whether she'd seen any train passing by, she said no. Hmmmm.... i refueled larrr.
After 45 mins of waiting, i saw Azmar and Laif. a moment later, Julie and Kam. Got to know the pilot's turbular wheels punctured causing the train delay.
Anyway, we proceed to KLIA toll at Putrajaya exit and on the way to the toll we were pushin at times hitting 38km/h with an average speed of 30km/h. It was fun.
On the return leg, i was quite tired already and the effect of lack in resting started to kick-in. I slowed down and let the rest continue to the finish line.
All in all there were 13 climbs. A good route with a combination of flats and climbs. My thighs were put to test to its limit.
I exited at the Bukit Jalil and reached home around 1000am.
Total distance : approx 80km.
Ride time : 2 hrs 42 mins.
Calorie burned : 3756kcal
Imagine being ushered personally from the main gate until the dining hall. The buffet spread was prepared by Mandarin Oriental, megalicious. Dignitaries from the upper class society eating on the next table, smiling at you. After eating, the usherer ushered us to our box seat. I felt like im walking on cloud nine. Maybe this is how the rich and famous being treated out there.
All these happened at the National Putra Stadium. Yes. a stadium, renovated to fit a tennis court so that champions of 2 eras mesmerised the 6000-odd fans. I love the sport. To an avid fan like me, it was an opportunity of a lifetime..!!
We were sitting so close to the players that even if the players chose to pluck their nostrils hair, you can witness it in person.
Subsequent photos were taken using phone camera without zooming capabilities.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Distance : 5.5km - 32km - 5km
Race No : 693
Run 1 00:39:42
Run 2 00:42:14
Total Time 02:32:24
My HRM showed sub-2:30 but the official result showed additional 2 mins. Takpe larrr..
Ive been the maintstay of bottom-10 for every event i've participated but not this time around. Yeay..!!!
major motivation boost.....
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thus, when i knew the full distance event registration was closed due to overwhelming responses, i figured out maybe this was not the year. Infact, felt a bit relief. However, I eventually registered for the sprint event just in case i changed my mind in the last minute. Heavy workload at the office was affecting my usual evening runs and the more i missed the runs the more i have to work to compensate the loss. So, i started my training early in the morning, at times - running alone at 530am to prepare for the race.
On the eve of the race, bad news struck the family. Wifey's auntie passed away. When everyone was preparing for the race, i was sweating in soil, working hard burying my dearest auntie. Not a good sign at all.
However, before i went to bed - wifey whispered, "It's okay. You can go for the race. Don't worry about it". I went to bed feeling a lil' queasy, not sure whether i should go to Lumut when others were in grief.
Cut the story short, next day i woke up early, packed up all my gears and sooner rather than later I was in Lumut already.
The gang having lunch at the native restaurant, Silaturrahim. superb makan place. Packed like sardines. BTW, AJ paid for all. THANKS, AJ..!!!
I reached the T1 approx 40mins. Yeah, i know it's slow..... but please dont compare the timing with people who are 40kgs lighter than me. BTW, i'm competing with myself. Myself. And myself.
I spent quite some time at the T1, looking around absorbing the energy of the competition. It's fun and i can feel the adrenalin gushing through my veins.
At the u-turn, another train passed by and i hop onto it again..!! haha... This time the train was faster cruising at 35-37kmh and i stayed with them for awhile until one of the minor bumps. Best siollll.... I guess the two trains helped in my cycling timing. If my HRM was right, I completed the cycling leg in less than one hour. Woohoooo....
The 2nd run leg was all about finishing the course. Time to summon my mental mantra and using my sub-concious mind to push the already battered body. I was expecting harrowing moments in the last leg.
I started the leg by replenishing body fluid at the first water station at the exit of T2 with PowerBar race sponsored drinks. Slowly, i exited the stadium trying to adjust my stride, hobbling before the right muscles engaged.
After 2km, i felt fine. 3km, still fine. No signs of cramping or hurting. Surprisingly, all system were in good condition. I felt good and gung ho. Kept tellin myself that i need to get the job done and do it well.
500m to finishing line, i saw the the banner. The endorphin and adrenalin were working at one gear up now. Seeing the many people and whispering as i reached the finishing line was common to me now but the feeling of touching the line, no matter how many times i've done it was uncommon. pure satisfaction. The last leg took me slighly more than 40mins.
In total, i did around 2hrs 20mins and i surpassed my expectations. Defeating myself, i did. Albeit it's just a sprint event but i underestimated the intensity and the challenge. Retrospectively, i am glad i didnt register for the full distance. Maybe that's for next year.
In terms of preparation, race condition, physical endurance and performance - this is my best event so far. I am humbly grateful and definitely this will spur me to do even better in other events.
Last but not least, i dedicated this race to my auntie and you were in my thoughts during the race.
To Tey - Thank you very much for the great photos....!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Yeah.... might seemed a bit daring for some but we were enjoying our morning stroll at the Terry Fox Run 2008 at the Lake Garden, KL. A journalist even came to interview us about the sarong craze.