My So Called Life http://www.wekgna.com/blog Sun, 05 Jan 2014 12:49:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 This is an XML content feed. It is intended to be viewed in a newsreader or syndicated to another site, subject to copyright and fair use. Starting the Year Strong http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/7ObcHXpNn9o/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/starting-the-year-strong/#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 12:49:51 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2079 Well, 60km broken into 2 rides is hardly starting the year strong, but it is much better than 2013. I don’t remember what was I doing in the first weekend last year, but I will remember this weekend for a…

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Well, 60km broken into 2 rides is hardly starting the year strong, but it is much better than 2013. I don’t remember what was I doing in the first weekend last year, but I will remember this weekend for a long time. Partly because I took the Jln Tun Sardon home for the first time, which has a grade climb up to 21.5%. I had to push the bike at some of the segments. To make it worst, I was doing the climb at 12 noon with clear blue sky. The heat and steep gradient took the breath out of me and force me to dismount and push. I am wondering if this is the hardest climb in Penang Island. Once I hit the peak, the view was rewarding, on top of that, the cooling breeze blows through the thick foliage, both calming and refreshing. The stalls at the peak were all closed, except for one uncle selling durians. I was looking forward to a cold 100plus, but I had to hold my thirst till when I get down from the hill. Going downhill was no easy task. The steep gradient means fast descent and my hands muscle hurt for pressing so much brake.

Something new that I tried today was leaving home at about 10.38am. The sun was already blazing and I wanted to see if I could get a good ride, no matter what time of the day. I was wrong, the heat got to me 10 minutes after I left home and I was battling it the entire journey. The only thing on my mind was Hot Hot Hot and Shades Shades Shades. I took a break at shady area and consume both my water bottles 3qtr into the ride. Usually in all my rides, I rarely stop, today, I have to stop at every chance I get, a short break from the heat refreshes the spirit to go further. Nevertheless, I did enjoyed the ride, even in the heat, I just tell myself not to repeat such stunts and stick to morning ride. Morning Rides are the best!…

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Last Sunday of 2013 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/pwy2gVrV-Oc/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/last-sunday-of-2013/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:20:40 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2074 Its the last Sunday of the year and a 40km ride clocks in 1551km total distance for 2013. It has been a great cycling year, where I have been cycling commute to work for majority of the year and breaks…

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Its the last Sunday of the year and a 40km ride clocks in 1551km total distance for 2013. It has been a great cycling year, where I have been cycling commute to work for majority of the year and breaks my round island record during CFAL 2013. In addition, I have started to run and completed both the 10k KL Marathon and Penang Bridge Marathon within the stipulated time. 2013 is also the year that I did my first Triathlon Sprint distance. As 2013 is coming to the end I am looking forward to a more exciting 2014. Though I plan to join less endurance sport in this coming year, I would like to better my time in those that I have participated in. I also hope to complete my first Century ride in 2014 and ride more than 2000km in a year. Happy New Year to All and may you be Well and Happy!

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Penang Urban Triathlon 2013 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/Z_z2ETml2Ew/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/penang-urban-triathlon-2013/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:43:09 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2062 Ever since I finish the Penang International Duathlon early in the year, I have thought of doing the Triathlon. Triathlon was a new addition in my Bucket List and it is one of the things that an endurance race enthusiast…

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Ever since I finish the Penang International Duathlon early in the year, I have thought of doing the Triathlon. Triathlon was a new addition in my Bucket List and it is one of the things that an endurance race enthusiast like me must do before we kick the bucket. The Penang Urban Triathlon 2013 came along sometime mid this year and a light bulb goes up in my head to register for it. It was a sprint distance, 800m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km Run and this is the best distance for a beginner like me to go for. It was a small event with only Two hundred over participants of mostly locals and expats.

Penang Urban Triathlon 2013

Race Pack Collection

The race pack collection was located at the event site which is the Chinese Swimming Club in Tanjung Tokong. The collection time was open two days before the event and was glazed with sponsors booth and discounts. The briefings was done on both days. The briefing is important for those who do not read the Participant Booklet cover to cover. I went on the Saturday hot afternoon where everyone at the site was tired from the day and was chilling from the hot sun. I did not intend to by anything and the items at the sponsor booth did not excite me so after collecting the race pack above, I went back. The race pack came with a shirt, race bib, swimming cap and sponsored items. The one nice thing that the event organiser did was to provide options to participants on the T-Shirt and Race Belt. Participants had an option to skip the T-Shirt, which would one could save RM15 and the race belt was made as an option to purchase at RM20. This way, if I choose not to take the T-Shirt, I stand to save some $$ and prevent wastage. The shirts are nice in a nice to get for the first few events that we join, after some time, the closet will be full of these shirts and some will end up going to disaster relief.

As this is an Urban Triathlon and the course was done in a confined space, participants swim 800m in a zig zag route in the Chinese Swimming Club olympic size pool. This add up to 16 laps going from the top of the pool and end up at the bottom. After the swim, participants cycle 20km in a 2x10km loop. This is where many made mistakes and cost them the race. After the bike, the run was a straight forward 2.5km run to strait quay mall and back. 3hr from the last to flag off is the cutoff time. I calculated and thought this was doable and hope that I did not disqualify due to swimming. As I had not train at all and the last time I really swam was more than a year back, I didn’t really know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that I had to go slow and keep myself calm and not to panic in the water.

Race Day (Dec 15, 2013)

Though I was a little anxious the night before, I did manage to get some good sleep. I put my alarm at 4.15am and manage to leave the door at about 5am. The bike setup and body marking was from 5am to 6am and I arrived at about 5.45am. In my haste, I forgot my two water bottle in the refrigerator which cost me later in the race. I was early at the event site as there was not that many bikes in the transition area and I could get a nice parking at the hawker restaurant next door. After setting up my bike and got my body mark, I went to the pool side and waited for the event to start. Because I put my swimming time at 50min, I was placed among the last to start. Sharp at 6.45am, the race started. Every 15seconds a participant enter the pool. The crowd roar when the first participant went in, everyone watch him swim the pool length and when he did his back flip, everyone cheered again, especially the ladies, I hear them scream the loudest.

I enter the pool at 7.28am almost 45minutes after the first guy start. I started with a strong kick on the wall and cover as much distance as I can before I pull my first stroke. I started with the free style and tried to get into a nice rhythm. Though I could sync my strokes and breathing to the rhythm that I wanted, I felt like not enough air. I keep wanting to breath much faster but I couldn’t. When I finish my first lap, I knew I could not continue this further, so I decided to change to breath stroke. With breath stroke, I could breath much faster, though still not enough, so I slow down my pace and took a long rest after each lap. Along the way, the stronger swimmer guys and girl overtook me while I maintain my lead over the others. There was just a hand full behind me, but it was nice to know that I ain’t last. When I got out of the pool, I hear chattering that the first participant had already finish. Though dishearten, I soldier on as I had to finish the race. When the official timing came out, I finish my swim in 27min 28 sec.

The transition was a short distance dash from the pool, however, I had to slowly walk over because the floor was all wet and the tiles look slippery. I didn’t want to end the race here, so after a careful walk over to the transition area, I started to put on my cycling gears. I was surprise to see that most of the bicycles were already back and only a few were still out there. The old lady next to me just came back from her bike ride and rush on for the run. I help her to put her bike on the rack and the husband took a photo of me. My first transition was 2min 52sec and the winner did it in 33 sec. So much difference.

As I cycle out, I started to chew on the  Fast Track energy supplement bar that was given in the race pack. It was a chocolate bar, and I had a hard time to get it down.  This was because I did not have any water on my bike. I was also struggling to get enough air into my lungs as It was hard to chew and breath at the same time. I was watching my speed and I was doing at 20 something kmph. I was thinking to myself that this is not good enough, I need to go faster, but I could not, I could not get enough air in and I had trouble swallowing the energy bar. I would say that I was mentally beaten at this point where I just could not get over the water issue. I manage to finish the bar within the Strait Quay loop and when I head over to the other direction my hands were free and all I had to do was concentrate on cycling. Heading towards the Dalat International school was tough as this was the uphill climb. The good thing was that it was only a short climb, conquering the climb, it was down hill after that and only a small mound to overcome right after Dalat.

When I completed my first loop, I saw one participant took a short cut coming out from the housing estate, she did not finish the entire route. At the Chinese Swimming Club, the race organiser keep screaming for participants to continue the second loop. The second loop was easier to do, but the energy bar did not seams to have any effect. Maybe because I did not consume any water, and it did not burn as effectively. So I struggle to finish the second loop and finally clock a disappointing 47min 43sec.  Biking was my strength and I finish 7 minutes later than my expectation. The top guy did it in 34min 10sec and 40min was my goal.

Coming into the second transition, all bikes were already back, I was among the last few to start running, most of all the participants have already finish the race and was congregating at the event ground. My second transition was quick, I hang my bike up, took off the helmet and glove and started running. Somehow the system did not capture my this transition time. I was physically beaten by the time the run started and I did not even bother to take my energy gel as I did not had much water to drink. The water station was only at the transition area and at the Strait Quay loop, each time I come by the transition, I only mange to grab one cup of 100 plus.

So I started running and walking and running. There was quite a number of volunteers guiding the pathway, as there are many turns, volunteers were placed at the major turns. I did not have a problem with the path, but during biking there was one guy who strayed out of the running path till Island plaza, he must have done 7-8km run. I was among the last few participants and the volunteers were nice to cheer us on. We cheer each other on as well and finally completed the race. I ran the 5km for 40min 48sec, which is per expectation.

I finish the entire race at 1hr 58mins 50sec, which I was happy with. The top guy finish his in 1hr 5min 31sec, almost an hour before me. With another year of training, I was telling my colleagues that we will go for top 30. Per this year’s performance, we have to finish it within 1hr 30min, which is doable. I just need to shave 10min off my swimming, running and biking, this would put me nicely within the top 30.

Sprint is the best distance for beginners to start and I would recommend anyone who wanted to try Triathlon. There is not many Sprint events in Malaysia, so if you see one, register for it fast. And you can put a thick on your bucket list when you are done.

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Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013 (PBIM 2013) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/_PGcmWddqbw/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/penang-bridge-international-marathon-2013-pbim-2013/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:49:59 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2036 One of the most anticipated event of the year has arrived. Friends and colleagues who have been training for this event are all prepared and many are using this event as a benchmark of their progress and decide if they…

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One of the most anticipated event of the year has arrived. Friends and colleagues who have been training for this event are all prepared and many are using this event as a benchmark of their progress and decide if they should progress to the next level. For me, who just want to run for fun went into the event with little to no preparation, except for trying to get a good night sleep just before the event. As in all races, the event started with the race pack collection. We collected our race pack on the first collection day, which is a week before the event. The collection tent was operated by school children’s, who was energetic and eager to get rid of the 40k bibs at their tent. We arrived just 10 minutes before closing on the first day and got our bib easy without any queue or fuss. The race pack came with a small bag, race bib with timing strip, a sleeveless race jersey and sponsored items. I later found out that those collected the race pack later got more sponsored items. Next year, remind me to collect at the day before the race.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

The race starts at 2am with the Full Marathon, then 3am for half and 6am for 10km. I was wondering why do they have such a huge gap between half and 10km. Not that I am grumbling about the heat, there is no heat running at 6am, but the fact that I have to wake up at 2, send my sister inlaw who is running the half, and come back rest and later go again for my 10km was a little pain the rear end for me. Later when I ran the race, I realize why they have to do this. There was just too many runners, for the 10k run, there were 14k participants. And many like me, half walk and run, and we clog up the road. We all end at the same finishing line, and I bet the half and full marathon runners who comes back at 7am onwards must be cursing at the 10k or fun run participants who clog up the road at narrow points. For me, I was running the last KM and I had to squeeze through people. Its just too many runners for and I heard the organizers are shooting for even larger crowd next year.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Walking shoulder to shoulder like penguin

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Goku

I got to the event site just in time and went to the blue arch ordered by the MC. I was trying to get to the front of the line, but it was jam pack, so I just went as far up I could get. When I saw Goku, I knew I have gone far enough as he would blast a path infront. On the contrary, the gun off unleash 14k runners onto the road and Goku was no where to be seen after that. We all practically walked like penguin till the a few meters after the timing recorder. It was a quiet gun off, everyone was in the zone. When we started running, all we could hear was the sound of shoes hitting the road. Some shoes does make much more noise that others. There was one guy whose shoe was like leaking air at every step and it whistle a little.  I am not sure if it was design this way, it sure was annoying. Just after 1km, the other side of the road was the final water station, there were many participants running over to get water. It was just over 1km and some are already thirsty for water? Anyway, I just kept on going pushing forward.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Old man putting me to shame

At the 2km mark, I saw this old man running at a steady pace. I saw this old man almost through out the run, putting me to shame. At times, I can’t keep up with his pace. Eventually, 3km before the finishing line, I redeem my pride by pushing harder on and complete the race with the old man behind me. One of the problem with huge crowd marathon is narrow roads. The bridge ramp going up was about 3 cars wide, and with 14k people squeezing though this tiny space, it was really hard to keep on running without having to push people of the path. Eventually at roughly the 3 km mark I stop running and walk up the bridge ram while taking photos front and back. At this point, I was really amaze by the number of runners on the bridge. As far as I could see, the entire bridge in front of me was painted with yellow. I turn back, and it was all yellow as well. Its like the entire bridge was filled with Minions running for Bananas. From this point onwards I was doing a sprint and walk routine. Sprint as fast and far that I could, then walk to recover and then sprint again.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

To the front, bridge filled with yellow minions

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

To the rear, more minions

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Good minions go on the left, came back as bad minions on the right.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Taking a leak at the middle of the bridge, I wonder if the other end of the door sees the Sea?

Coming to the midpoint, the crowd was getting less. Still, it is hard to maintain a certain pace without having to bump into someone. My sprint and walk strategy does not seams to pay off as I keep seeing the few same people. I overtook them when I sprint, and when I walk, they overtook me. After the turn at midpoint, we were greeted by a strong and steady wind. It was cold and refreshing and made the bridge a very nice and beautiful place to run. The sun was up and it was hiding in the clouds behind us, so it was not warming the place up and I could hear chatter of complaints about the chill. At this point, I started to look at the time and worried that I would not be able to complete ahead of the Hard Rock Run time. I pushes on.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

I hope none of the bottles and cups fell into the sea

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Eh, weren’t you behind me Uncle? Putting me to shame again…

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Full Marathon 6hr Pacer

Coming down the ramp, with not much time left, I kept on going. The 6hrs pacer zoom past me and I had a difficult time to catch up. At this junction, there were 10k runners, Half Marathon and Full Marathon runners. It was a 4-5 lane road and it was filled with runners. Looking at the photo above, you can see the entire road is filled with yellow minions all heading to the same direction. For some (FM), there were bananas at the end. After the 6hrs pace past me, came a guy running the full marathon pushing a wheelchair. I heard the St.John ambulance guys chatter on the side saying the guy was pushing is father. He got full cheer from everyone as he goes by and at the finishing line. I gave it the most I could and finish the run a few minutes short of the Hard Rock Run. Not entirely satisfied with this performance, but I did enjoyed it and had many nice photos along the way as a trade off. I hope to do a longer distance marathon in the next event. Till then, I have a lot of training to do.

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Jam pack finishing line

Penang Bridge International Marathon 2013

Jam pack after the finishing line

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Rock to Rock Run 2013 Race Report http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/KJDcA8RybGA/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/rock-to-rock-run-2013-race-report/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:37:37 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2015 The Rock to Rock Run 2013 is a charity event with all the profits from this run donated to a local school, SJK(C) Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. There were two run categories, the 3.8km Fun Run which my lady joined…

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Rock to Rock Run 2013

The Rock to Rock Run 2013 is a charity event with all the profits from this run donated to a local school, SJK(C) Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. There were two run categories, the 3.8km Fun Run which my lady joined and the 10.2km Competitive Run which I joined. The fun run promise a mystery gift at the end of the line while the competitive run promises a medal. As I have not joined the previous 4 runs before, I didn’t know what to expect, except that there is also a best dress category and people go all out on this. The event only take 2200 participants and so right after the registration was open, I quickly registered for myself and family. Many of my office colleagues also joined and many were also disappointed because they procrastinated too long and the registration was closed.

The race pack collection was a week before the event and held in front of the Rock Shop Bungalow at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang. The race pack had only the Run Shirt, which is made by Brooks two tiny pins and a whole stack of sponsor adverts / discount vouchers. The shirt was a light weight polyester material and look great, it felt comfy and nice also, however, after the run, it was another story and I will talk about that more later.

We woke up early and only had little sleep the night before. All due to the race excitement and I myself wasn’t sleeping much. I’ve yet to overcome the race day excitement to get a good night rest. We arrived at about 6.00am and got a nice parking spot on the roadside opposite the hotel. The event site was still relatively quiet with the organisers still setting up and not many participants has arrived yet. We first collected our wristband. The organisers insisted the bib to be worn and has to be in front before giving out the wristband. My sister inlaw had the bib pin at the back of her shirt and she had to move it to the front before getting her wrist band. The uncle and aunties at the wrist band distribution centre was very ascertain to have the bib infront. I didn’t understand why at first, later at the finishing line I understood why. At the finishing line, the aunty had to write down the top 10 finisher bib numbers as they come in. She has to do it quick and imagine the stress where you have a few participants coming in at the same time. There was one runner with her bib moved to the back and the aunty was screaming at her for her bib number.

After collecting the wristband, there was nothing else to do but wait, stretch and move around the sponsor tents. Luckily I brought some money. We bought the Hard Rock Pink Umbrella and car sticker in support of Pinktober (Pink October Breast Cancer Month), a running short pants and shirt from Brooks booth for RM30 each. Right at 7am, the event gun of and 2200 runners flood the narrow and winding road. We ran on the road as if the road belongs to us, well, it was a closed road, so everyone just ran. I pity the other road users who had to wait for quite a while before the road re-opens.

Rock to Rock Run 2013

View from the Run

I log the run using two devices. On my left hand, my gps cycling computer Cateye Stealth 50 and on the right hand, my iphone 3gs with Strava Run app. I wanted to try out my cycling computer to see if I can export the gpx file after the run and import into Strava. It works great to my surprise. I did not expect the run route to be so hilly and I was telling my sister inlaw that this is an easy run for her. I was wrong and surprise as there was quite a few ascend and descend to the Butterfly Farm, which is the 5km mark and u-turn. My initial goal was to run non-stop to the 5km mark and so I push myself km by km navigating the narrow winding roads. I was pushing and waiting for the body to give way, it didn’t, well, not till the 7-8km mark where I really felt that I’ve ran out of energy. I was keeping the mind busy and not think of stopping. I came up with a nice quote. “You run till the body tells you to stop, not when the mind tells you to stop!” I was waiting for my muscle to give way or running out of breath. Both did not come, just my mind keep asking me to stop. It was a battle to conquer the mind.

There was a water station at the Butterfly farm, it was the only water station. I took a brief stop to down two cups of water before pushing on. At this point, my legs felt like jelly, especially right after I stop. I just push on with a combination of run walk run walk till I completed the race. An hour into the run, I was at the 7.7km point and the run back was not as pleasant as it started. The road was already open at this point and there were cars and buses smogering us while we try to complete the run. I was surprise that I maintain an average steady pace of 7.43/km and I manage to complete the run in 1hr 22 min.

Rock to Rock Run 2013

Fancy Dress Runners

Right after the run, we hang around the hotel car park taking free Milo, 100 Plus and bought some dehydrated crispy longan from Thailand. I met up with my work colleagues and cam whore a few photos with our company banner. As the heat start to take a toll on us, we went across the street malay stall for some roti canai and teh tarik. After a quick bite, we decided to go home and gave up our hope for winning the lucky draw. It was a good and enjoyable run and maybe next year, I will come with a costume to win the nice guitar medal… 

Other Runners Comments & Photos:

Xeon204

Thor’s Running Journey 

Penang Butterfly Farm

Rock to Rock Run Facebook (Loads of Photos)

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Cool Lady Cool Bike @ Streets of Tokyo http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/Jzernj7Iez4/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/cool-lady-cool-bike-streets-of-tokyo/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:34:40 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2004   A cool Lady on a Cool bike on the streets of Tokyo. I manage to capture this photo while striding along in Tokyo. A cycle nation, there are many beautiful bicycles, as well as beautiful people on bicycles. This…

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Cool Bike Tokyo Streets

A cool Lady on a Cool bike on the streets of Tokyo. I manage to capture this photo while striding along in Tokyo. A cycle nation, there are many beautiful bicycles, as well as beautiful people on bicycles. This is just one of the many…

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Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon and wins the race http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/98CIMiwT1XU/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/canadian-runner-accidentally-runs-full-marathon-and-wins-the-race/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:58:37 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=2001 I have always believe that if we take a way the constraints that the mind set for ourselves, we would be able to achieve wonders. In this case, Meredith Fitzmaurice was in the Zone, and was chasing her time of…

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I have always believe that if we take a way the constraints that the mind set for ourselves, we would be able to achieve wonders. In this case, Meredith Fitzmaurice was in the Zone, and was chasing her time of Half Marathon on her watch. She did not know she was doing Full Marathon, she thought she was doing half marathon and all she did was just ran, and chasing the time on her watch for the half marathon and she took the wrong turn that ends her up to the Full Marathon. She did not had the constraint of thinking of running a full marathon and all the “No, I can’t Do It” nay sayers that came with it. Kudos to her achievements. Now, how do I trick myself into doing this also, without letting the conscious mind know what the unconscious mind been up to?

Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway | National Post.

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Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/-AwAlkQDNuk/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/standard-chartered-kl-marathon-2013/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:03:53 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=1977 I did not initially plan to join this Marathon as it is located in Kuala Lumpur. Fate has it, Honda was giving away free slots for the Marathon and I decided to sign myself and the lady up for the…

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KL Marathon 2013 Goodie Bag

I did not initially plan to join this Marathon as it is located in Kuala Lumpur. Fate has it, Honda was giving away free slots for the Marathon and I decided to sign myself and the lady up for the 10k run. I found out later that it was the leisure run, which has the 2hr cut off time, it was fine for us as we did not train much for the event.

We arrived on Saturday evening and checked into the Frenz hotel. The Frenz hotel was very convenient as it was just a few hundred meters away from the event. Its like waking up to a marathon that starts from your back yard. That’s just how close and cool it was to stay there.

2013 KL Marathon

As in all sports events that we joined, the night before was mostly sleepless and when the time comes, we drag ourselves out of bed and got ready. The first thing we did was to hit the local Roti Canai shop and enjoy marathon runners watching. Those full, half and 10k Sprint runners have started wee hours in the morning, and are returning. What I was amaze was that we were at the end zone, but almost all the runners look fresh and they had a fast steady pace. If it was us, we would have been panting or crawling.

2013 KL Marathon

It was only 7.30am and the mood was filled with carnival. There were drummers everywhere providing a rhythmic trance like state. We took a right turn just before the finishing line and proceed to the 10k starting point, which was located at Tugu Kebangsaan. Sharp at8am, we started running. The crowd was huge and so, it was sometime before the human traffic started to ease. We semi jog and walk based on the lady’s pace. We completed the race a few minutes just before cutoff. I was proud of the lady as she manage to finish the event within the cut off time and earn a nice shining medal to remember this time by.

The heat was getting to the lady and we skip all the sponsors tent and headed straight to the hotel room for a nice cool recuperation and much needed rest before we adjourn to Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo for lunch. We went back to Penang straight after lunch.

Other blogs and photos of this event:

JamiePang Blog

Kia Kaha

Happy Feet

Twilight Zone

Ken Wooi 

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Ipoh City Fun Ride 2013 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/r-3YF9TUC8M/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/ipoh-city-fun-ride-2013/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:38:14 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=1971 The week after CFAL 5, Ipoh City had a 50km fun ride on Sept 15, 2013. This was an Ipoh City hall initiative with Mica as the appointed event manager. This 50km ride goes through the heart and all the…

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The week after CFAL 5, Ipoh City had a 50km fun ride on Sept 15, 2013. This was an Ipoh City hall initiative with Mica as the appointed event manager. This 50km ride goes through the heart and all the scenic locations within and around the city. The event caught my eye as I figure 50km ride to be a challenge right after CFAL’s 82.8km ride the week before. Looking more into what the even had to offer, not only I sign myself up, I even sign my wife up together with my KL friends. The registration fee was only RM60, it comes with an event jersey, cycling sunglass and hand warmers for ladies.

Goodie Bag

When the goodie bag was collected, I was quite surprise on the freebies inside it. There was Old Town & Kaw Kaw White Coffee sachets, Meiji Yan Yan(my childhood favourite), salonplas, bovid vitamin C and a medicated balm sample. Of all the events that I have joined, this has the most stuff in the goodie bag, and this is what I call a real goodie bag, where the bag is just filled with goodies.

For this ride, me and the lady sign up and so I decided to take it slow with her. We depart Taiping wee hours in the morning and arrived at the venue 20minutes before flag off. Jeeves and his wife were also with us on this ride. I told them not to wait for us as we are taking it slow.

Ipoh Fun Ride

After the Mayor gave his short speech, the cyclist was flag off. VIPs (include officials, sponsors, international riders, eg. Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, etc and beauty queens) were all in front. The officials and sponsors cycle a two-three person tandem bike with a huge umbrella. It sure look funny and difficult to cycle as I see many of the cyclist on these bikes going left and right along a straight road.

Beauty Queen Ipoh Fun Ride

After making a short loop around the city, we arrived at the Seenivasagam Park next to the Kinta River. We were surprise as this was also a launch event for the the Kinta River Front which was nicely made up with stalls, LED light trees and nice huge pavements for joggers and cyclist.

Kinta River Front Ipoh Fun Ride

After a short launch ceremony, we continued to the Lost World of Tambun hotspring theme park. The weather was wonderful and the lady was doing a nice 18-20kmph speed. Best of all, she was enjoying the ride.

Medic Ipoh Fun Ride

An unfortunate event happen 14km into the ride. One part of the front tyre swell up like a ballon and exploded. Yes, no drama here, it really exploded and left an inch long hole. The lady stop with me and we started to walk as there is nothing we can do.

Exploded Tyre

A few minutes later, the Sweeper truck came and we hop on. There were a few kids on the truck with a puncture as well. After changing the spare, they try to inflate the tyre but couldn’t. Their foot pump had a hole in it as well and was not delivering air to the tyre.

Sweeper Truck

We just enjoyed and waved to cyclist for the rest of the truck ride to Lost World of Tambun. The tandem bikes and the beauty queens all went onto the sweeper truck to be transported back to the main event site. We were the first to arrive at the event site and missed the rest of the ride. Jeeves later described the ride to be one of the most beautiful ride he has been. You can also see some nice photos from the blogs below that I’ve found.

Ipoh City Fun Ride Event Site

At the event site, we first went to collect our food. There was Nasi Lemak, Ice Cream, Bun, Cookie, Tambun Biscuit and a bottle of water. The ice-cream was refreshing. The event site did not have many stalls and there were nothing much to do, except for chillin in the heat, yes at this point, the sun starts to peak out and the heat starts to becomes unbearable. We seek refuge below a small tree and pretty much stayed there till the even ended. There was a handful of bikes for lucky draw. I though that with only 2k participants, I should have a better luck, I guess not.

Food

After the event, we went to have dim sum at Ming Court Dim Sum restaurant. It was already quite late, so the choices was not that much. Jeeves went back to KL directly and we went back to Taiping for a quick stop before continuing back to Penang and retire for the day. It was overall a fun day, it was unfortunate to have the tyre burst and felt not satisfied for not completing the ride. I later found out that one of the major reason was over inflate. I remembering inflating up to the max, maybe a little more than max. As the heat starts to warm up the road, the tyre also heats up and I guess it the pressure went over the max capacity and it exploded. A lesson well learnt. Looking forward to go back for this event again next year.

Other Blog Post on this event:

Siputeh Riders

Green Butts Gears

 

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CFAL 5th Edition 2013 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MSCL/~3/heoU35qxJnk/ http://www.wekgna.com/blog/index.php/cfal-5th-edition-2013/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:39:35 +0000 http://www.wekgna.com/blog/?p=1946 This is the 5ft time G-Club is organising CFAL and its my 3rd time participating in it. Last year, I finish the entire course in 4hrs 19m with the Fixie. While it is tempting to repeat it, I decided to…

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This is the 5ft time G-Club is organising CFAL and its my 3rd time participating in it. Last year, I finish the entire course in 4hrs 19m with the Fixie. While it is tempting to repeat it, I decided to take the Road Bike instead. I wanted to find out how fast I can finish the course and also look to improve the timing. All the excitement kept me up almost all night and as a result, I only manage to catch snippets of sleep. The adrenalin kicks in and by 6.10am, I was already at the starting line waiting for my friends.

CFAL 5 2013

Sharp at 7am, the Chief Minister flag off the three thousand riders and we started at a steady pace. The pace continue till we hit the Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Highway where I signal my friends to speed up to 30kmph. I was leading the pack and by the time we come to the Penang Bridge, I took a photo of my rear and to my surprise, they were not there. They were having a hard time to keep up due to their mountain bike smaller wheel set.  I slowed down a little and told them that I am going to push on to shoot for a record time and continue with the journey.

CFAL 5 2013

Coming into Queensbay, dark clouds was visible at the southern part of the island and I made a brief stop to pack all my electronics into plastic. Soon enough, when I arrived at Automotive Lighting, it started to rain. The rest of the journey were laced with spots of rain which felt refreshing and at one point, which is at the Teluk Bahang Dam area, where the rain is the heaviest, one start to challenge nature on weather this is the best It got.

CFAL 5 2013

At the hour mark, I arrived at Kampung Sungai Batu, which was ~26km from the starting point. This was just a couple of km before the first water point. I manage to grab the Red Bull and a couple of bananas from the first water station and pushes on. As I brought my own 100plus and water, I did not take more water from this station. This water station also mark the beginning of the Bukit Genting climb. From the water station, it was a slow ascend, about 1km on, the road bend right and the category 4 climb appears. The climb was only about 3km long, but the gradient is so steep that I had to stop and push the bike many rides previously. This time I stayed on the bike and paddle on with a steady pace of 9-10kph. I keep telling myself that the climb will be over soon, it felt like forever and as the road bend left and then right again, I could see the peak ahead, it was just another short 300m to go and I pushes on. Many stop at the peak taking a break or cigarette break, I just continue on and enjoy the fast and winding descend. I was reaching the speed of 52kph and I started to slow down as the road becomes narrower. We had to turn a hard left right at the bottom to go to Pulau Betong. This is the flattest and most straight stretch of the entire route. This is also where all the road bikes overtaking the mountain bikes with lower wheel size.

I was relaxing a little here and enjoyed the village and paddy field view. Before I know it, I arrived at the second water station. Here I took one can o f 100Plus, down it, got the can into the trash and moved on. At this point, there were some sun and the heat start to get to me. The cold 100Plus was refreshing. I arrived at Kampung Sg. Pinang 5 minutes ahead of my target time of 2hrs. This is the start of the second daunting climb, the Teluk Bahang Climb, which is 6km long. Last year when I arrived at this point, there was a guy holding a sign saying 6km climb ahead, my heart sank at that time. I knew what I was getting into this time round and was better prepared. Know what to expect, the climb still felt endlessly long. Similar to Bukit Genting climb, the pain is rewarded with beautiful scenery. As I was pushing for time, I only enjoyed the micro glimpse of the view. After the climb, the long descend was rewarding and equally dangerous. The road was slippery and many slip and fell.  At one point one support truck stopped in the middle of the road helping a cyclist who fell to load the bike into the truck. Me and a few cyclist lock our brakes and my rear tyre skidded right. Fortunately, I was in control and nothing happen. I had a fright of my life as I thought I would fall. I guess I need to learn to skid more.

Coming down to the Teluk Bahang Dam, the rain was the heaviest. By the time I reach Ferringhi, I was quite spent. I remembered I had some sultanas which I had prepared for the ride and I took them. It only manage to give me small burst of energy and I had to keep consuming it. It was awfully sweet, so taking a whole bunch of them was difficult. Nevertheless, the pack of sultanas took me to the finishing line. I finally clock 3.5hrs for the entire ride beating last year’s time. I was glad to see my wife waiting for me at the finishing line with the camera.

CFAL 5 2013

I collected my medal and look for a place to sit and rest. My friends later came in after the 4hr mark and the clouds was gone and the heat start to set in. The lucky draw started and the organisers had to make a last minute change where they call the names instead of numbers as many riders number flew off their bikes after the rain wet the paper stickers and made it soft. Through out the Southern part of the island, the road was filled with lucky draw numbers. I walk away empty handed this year. It was ok, as I had achieved my goals and enjoyed the entire ride. Kudos to G-Club for this event, I hope there will be another CFAL 6 next year.

CFAL 5 2013

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