Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Something In Mind...

After the Putrajaya Night Marathon 2010, something kept me thinking and running in my mind. Why do I do all these, Long Distance Running, Cycling, Swimming & Multi-sports? What is the reason behind it? All I felt after any events are just pure pain & fatigue!! Nothing more!! Though that somethings like these kept popping in my mind, the negative ones, still there are great philosophies behind all of these pain and suffering.

By doing all these sports, I only manage to discover 1 philosophy in my life, that is I'm doing all of these for my own, & for no one else... Why would someone change their life long comfortable lifestyle & to take up sports that requires constant and discipline in it's weekly training & workout? Is it for someone else or for their own? I don't know about others, but to me, at first when I started take up sports, is to lose weight so that I can like myself more & "gals" will like me (Bleh). But then, as times goes by, I was being enlighten by my own thoughts during the long hours in training (Run, Bike & Swim - it is PAINFUL, and takes up Long Hours), I do not need to change for anyone else (gals), I do all of these is for my own benefits. As long as I like myself, show the confident & I'm all good for myself.

Moreover, after all these pain & suffering, recovery from the pain are getting much faster, as that my body is adapting to all impact, pounding & even endurance. Distance are getting long (bit by bit), building power in boost for slight advantage & etc etc etc... This really increase & boosting up self-esteem & confidence. If sports can make my feel like so, why won't other see this in me or in any other sports person?

Hmm...... Just my thoughts.....

P/S: Abu Sofian (Ironman Finisher), your accomplishments @ lowering 40kgs is the best inspiration of all time!! You The Man!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

NB20km, PB?...

Yeah, It's done... 8 weeks without proper training, I still manage to complete the entire course, without stopping for a lazy walk (Well, only slowed down @ the water stations). Honestly, I'd not been getting in shape for the since Desaru 2009 & Powerman Sprint 2009. Really had been lazing off the pool, bike & running shoes, growing once more of the belly monster within me, again!!

However, NB20km run proves me wrong!! I thought that, "Oh Great, 20km of race, without even attempting to train well for it, I'm going to suffer, & suffer BIG TIME!!!". Yet it surprises me!! I was running quite comfortably, well for the 1st 10km of course. The next 10km (or less) was indeed the most painful time of the entire run!!...

It all started @ 445am, when I woke up, prep & drove to Lydia's Condo & then parked & waited for Bernard & his ride. 540am, Bernard's Red Car reached. Got on & sped off to Padang Merbok (Usual weekend running spot). Then took a slow walk to the starting line, find food (Powerbars) & water. Mingle around with Mich, Debbie, found Kevin & the race flagged off @ 630am sharp. As usual, I have heaps of energy @ the start of the race, making the MOST NOISE, annoying people, just practically being an arse during the race.

Paced Bernard for awhile, then Bernard Sped off, then @ 7th KM, Kev's turn to speed off, chasing down Bernard. I was pushing already at that point of time!! Gosh!! The hills are freaky, obviously freaky!! Its like merciless!! However, though that course IS hilly, yet I don't feel that much dyhyrdated as much as I used to be during trainings. Ran as I went, Pace as I went, Pacing myself, Pacing other runners, & of course pacing @ a pace to chase down other runners, may it be 30km, 20km or even 10km.

Running 20km without proper training is seriously not a good idea!! The pain started @ about 15th KM, knees were feeling the pain, hips were starting, Blisters too!! ARGH!!! This shows that my body had slowly forgotten about how the pain feels like. Sigh...

However, by the time 829am, there I was, crossing the finish line, greeted by Super Runner Ben, Singapore. A Nicely taken photo @ the finish line (FINALLY!!)...

Counted back, I believe that I did a PB for this run. 1hrs 59mins (I think, based on my watch's timing, not official though). After that, I'd indulge myself with Heaps of water, fruits, some can drink & of course, took a long & painful walk back to the car.

Then, had brunch with Bernard & Lydia @ O&S. The Yee Mee Soup & Chee Cheong Fun was indeed the best remedy after a long & painful run.

Reached Home @ 11am. Bathe & then Rest!!...

PB for 20km without proper training? Hmm... Sounds too good to be true. Lets wait till the official timing. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

OMG!!! I'm finding it really really hard to get back on the tarmac once more!! Been laying everything off for too long & too lazing around... 2010 1st Brick was @ last Tuesday, 1st ever 10km @ Double Hills @ last Saturday.

Now it is already Monday, & 6 more days till NB20km run. Running Mileage, yet to exceed 20km since 2009 Oct... OMG!!!

What to do?.. ARGH!!! I do salute those other triathletes that till now had never slowed down or layed off their training, even for a little bit!! Gosh!! Where do they find their motivation??

Anyways, I'd been really laying back & growing fat (Yes, I put on weight again, ARGH!! But still controllable), I'd been reading once more the Famous Hong Kong Comic Book, Storm Warriors!!

Finally had the chance to read everything since Season 1.... Gosh, reminds me of my childhood, which is to GROW FAT!!! ERR!!!

Oh well, back to work.... :P

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Humour?? Haha!!!

I just came a cross something interesting from a fellow friend of mine.

An alternate version of Jingle Bell (relate to cycling)....
(Only lyrics, so you have to sing yourself)

Here it goes:
Dashing through the road
On a broken pair of spoke
Screaming as I go
Ramming into poles (boom boom boom)
The snow's now soaking red
and I think I'm almost dead
Someone call red cross
'cause I need a hospital bed

hey jingle bell.. jingle hell...

HAHA!!! Great Laugh!!! :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All I Want For Christmas From Santa Is......

It's been 5 days late, Sigh.... Been awfully busy with work since that everyone in the office is on their year end leave.... But still Christmas is for 12days... I think that I can still wish for something, right?.... :P

Well, it is that time of the year once more. Each year, I'd always try to get me something, may it be small or meaningless. Just to get the festive season started on... (Silly huh?)

However, for this year, I'm getting & feeling very very greedy!! I don't have the sufficient $$ to get myself things like these. But all of them are already in my Wishlist!!! I sure hope that Santa can bring my gifts:

A New Racing Bike, A Black Carbon Bike, with a set of Black High profile Carbon Wheels, Ultegra SL Black Group Set, Carbon Pedals & New pair of Black Roadie Cycling Shoes, & a New Black Roadie Helmet.

New Cycling Jerseys & Pants

New Tri-suit, Tri Top.

New pair of Shades.

New Mobile Phone.

Additional Lens for my Camera (18 -105mm, 50mm, & maybe 70-300mm), Speedlite, a Pro Adapted for the camera body.

Finally, to hope that everything that has happened at home will all be sorted out. Everything is just not in place.

Oh well, all I can do is hope for...

Come on, even a guy can wish for something right?...


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Equipments & Gears

Come to think of it, its already been 1 year since my very 1st Triathlon event back in 2008 @ Desaru. Boy, that memory still lives deep & refreshing each & everytime it think about it. :)

Since that today is yet another unproductive day for myself in office (just before I forced myself into my office working mode) I'd decide to post this post about the equipments & gears that I'd been using for both my training & racing for the past 1 year. I was quite surprises that without "Chun" Bike, Stylo Cycling Gears, Stylo Tri Gears, Stylo Running Appearls & Stylo Swim Gears, I think that I'd really come quite a long way till today.

1st Lets introduce the Swim Wear & Gears:
TYR Goggles

TYR Swimming Trunk

2nd would be the Cycling Gears:

Giant OCR 3 2006 Model Sports Bike, 661 Cycling Off-road Cycling Shoes, Venzo Helmet, sleeveless Cycling Jersey (not my actual 1 but almost same color) & 2 pairs of Black cycling Tights.

3rd would be my Running Gears:

Timex Watch, Nike & Adidas Sleeveless Dri-Fit, Mizuno Running Tights, AdiZero, Ascis Gel, Saucony C2 Grid Roadster.

4th would be my Triathlon Race Gears:

Sugoi Tri Turbo Pants, Race Belt & Adidas Eyewear (how sad, I don't even have a proper Tri-Top for any of my races. The Blue Sleeveless Cycling Jersey does everything & Alse the White Nike Dri-Fit Top)

Well, all the above are the gears that I have for both Training & Racing. Seems nothing to be brag about, as that I'm not as stylo as most my triathlon friends, Cycling friends, Running friends. Oh well, any newer gears will only be in my wishlist for times to come.

New Bike, Proper Tri-Suit & Tri Top, Proper Roadie Shoes & Pedals, Much more Stylo Cycling Helmet, New Eyewear, & etc etc etc..........

Yeah, The list Grows!! haha!!

Well, I'll settle for these for the moment....

Donations anyone?..

Attempt or Do-Able?

Something came up in my mind, & I'd actually drafted out the plan, & now in the verge of packing stuff for the task that I have in mind.

Sat will be the deciding day. Just that Do I need support? I've not been doing anything SBR for the past 3 months!! An early morning 4km run also nearly took the life out from me!!!

So it is just an attempt or it is do-able?...


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cause of Pain!!

I'd decided to post this 1st before I manage to my will to post all about my trips during my long holiday about a weeks back. Just when I got back from my long holiday from work, I was loitering in office as per normal, no biggie & no big issue. However, due to a playful colleague of mine, decides to me an arse & went playing with the glass door in office, & my right foot was caught in between!

Immediately, I felt the weirdness in my right foot & for that moment, I told myself. Oh shoot! Here comes that freaky pain again. The next day, that stitching pain was back to haunt me!! Though the pain was back, but I can still manage to walk as per normal, still also manage to bent my toes up & down (unlike last time where my entire foot was swallowen!!). Applied some oilmen (Chinese medication stuff) & let it rest for a day. Thus, it got slightly worst the day after!! Well, it started to freak me out once more, & I decide to see some Chinese doctor to get some acupuncture, again... But I was out of luck!! It was a public holiday for Selangor & the clinic was CLOSED for 2 days!!

Then, I can say is, ARGH!! 2 miserable days of PAIN!!! But thank God I was with my brother & he had experiences like so, he recommended me to see another doctor (which was much much nearer to home that the 1st one). Lucky me, IT WAS OPEN!! Woohoo!! Went up the stairs, met up with the Chinese doctor, & immediately, she said (Yes, the doctor was a She), that there's blood clogged in your foot!! I was like "Huh??", before I could ask for any cure about it, she took out some weird device, & a rather large needle. Before I could react, she stuck the needles (Literally) 3 time on my foot!! I felt the pain for a bit & then she use that weird device & start sucking out the blood from the bottom my foot.

I could not see how it actually works, but what I heard from the doctor & my brother, the blood that got sucked out was much darker than the normal bleeding!! Proven, blood clog @ the ball of the foot, happens!!! It took only 5mins to get stucked with a needle & blood sucked out from the ball of the right foot, another 5mins to get some bandage with Chinese herbs on the right foot for the night & 6 Chinese medicine, it cost me RM65.00 for the whole commotion!! RM65!! DANG!!!

Oh well, immediately I felt that everything was relieved!! Gosh!! It really helps & works!! Guess that RM65 was worth spending after all :)

So leasson learnt, never leave injuries, especially werid ones unattended, as that it would really bite back hard!!

Runners beware, small pebbles & high impact to the ground may cause this!!
I'd experiences about it, NOT FUN AT ALL!!!