Monthly Archives: February 2010

Sunday Morning Run: Thanks Syah!

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

35m 49s

07:19 min/km

8.21 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/168477

Notes:

Have you ever had that feeling of extreme slothness and wished that you can just sleep all day long? Have you ever had to battle with your lazy alter-ego that with all its might prevent you from lacing up your running shoes and enjoy the great run outdoors?

Luckily I make it a habit of mine to first fire up the PC early in the morning to have a look-through at the latest news (Chelsea lost – yeah, Arsenal won – boo and the devastating Chilean eathquake) and after a quick read of I Am Legend I Am Syah’s blog and his latest exercise endeavours, all forms of laziness quickly disappeared into thin air.

And I am proud to say I have just concluded another run and I think I have just dipped under the 36mins mark for the first time for this route.The best time I had for this route previously was 36mins 10secs.

Alhamdulillah.

Thanks Syah!

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Friday Morning Cycle & Dusk Run: Salam Maulidur Rasul

CYCLE

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

24.41 km

1hr 06m 33s

22.01 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/274126719472799362

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/166506

RUN

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

38m 00s

07:28 min/km

8.02 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/166849

Notes:

And We did not send you (O dear Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him) except as a mercy for the entire world. (Prophet Mohammed – peace and blessings be upon him – is the Prophet towards all mankind.)

– Qur’an Chapter 21: Surah Anbiya (The Prophets): Verse 107

May we continue to follow the best example ever existed and may Allah s.w.t bless him with the greatest of blessings.


Wednesday Night Cycle

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park – Loyang

27.37km

1hr 10m 23s

23.33 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/837126702072657342

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/164890

Notes:

After the euphoria subsides.

The training continues.

And the cycle repeats itself all over again.

While the pun is seriously intended.


NTU Bike Rally: A Century And More

Sunny Island Singapura

NTU Bike Rally

126.34km (Cyclecomputer)

5hr 30m 22s (Cyclecomputer)

22.9 km/hr (Cyclecomputer)

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/391126676373045705

Notes:

As I ponder what to write for this post, my mind seems to be at a loss of words. Most likely fatigue is the cause since it’s not like everyday I will attempt 100km or more. While for some that distance is peanuts, normal Joes like my cousin and I certainly view that distance with awe and reverance.

With respect to that, our goal for today is just to enjoy the ride and complete it strongly, knowing in our hearts, though we may have managed to conquer it, it still is a mighty distance to traverse. But a ride with the usual accompaniment of pain, sweat but luckily no blood involved, makes it all much sweeter and not forgetting the unrelentless heat that seems so ubiquitous nowadays.

While I can say that this is not my first century ride, I can safely admit this is the best. The first in 2007 on my old dilapidated mountain bike, was all about suffering from the start to the end. I can still vividly remember my mental breakdown near the end when tears streamed down my chubby cheeks as the finishing line seemed like light years away. I took nearly 12 agonising hours to complete.

2008 was a wee bit better. As I had the experience to rely on from the previous year’s ride, I managed to stave any mental fatigue away though physical torture was my company for that ride. The ride along Mandai Road with it’s rolling gradients was more than my body could handle. My thighs were on fire and were tight as a taut guitar string. I surrendered as the pain was unbearable and swallowed my dignity to push my Old Piece Of Junk up and down that brutal road.

Skipping a year to today; I went to Terengganu for a holiday during last year’s NTU Bike Rally, I relish the prospects of reliving everything all over again. The busy road along Keppel Road where cargo trucks ply, the killer hills in NTU, the long dreary stretch of Lim Chu Kang Road, the infamous undulating terrain of Mandai Road and last but not least the mentally challenging Coastal Road with it being the last stretch, a person’s mental and physical are expectedly at its nadir.

And what an awesome experience it was just now. Maybe it’s due to my new road bike; if you would call second-hand new, that provided that extra psychological boost or the great company of my cousin, I was looking forward to tackling those challenges again. And it was damn fun this time. The pain was still there and the heat wouldn’t just go away but this time I enjoyed doing it.

I think I will stop for now as my train of thoughts has derailed. If you couldn’t comprehend what on earth I was rambling about, don’t worry, because that always happen when you write something with your eyes half closed and your brain waiting in eager to shut down.

Good night!

p/s: Thumbs up to the organisers and volunteers for a job well done. Though they are full-time undergraduates, they still manage to put on a great event. A round of applause goes to my cousin too for completing it on his heavy mountain bike and keeping pace with me. He showed great character and is never one to give it up easily. Well done everyone!

Photos:

Registration at East Coast Park

At Labrador Park With Jurong Island In The Background

NTU's Sports & Recreation Centre

Warning Sign At Kranji Dam

View Of The Straits Of Johor And Johor Baru

The Spiky Roofs Of Serangoon Stadium

Love The Blue Water Off Changi Beach


Friday Night Leisure Cycle

Tampines – Kembangan – East Coast Park – Simei – Tampines

33.76km

2hrs 08m 24s

15.78 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/786126659217223405

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/159369

Notes:

Oh Allah.

It is 2 more days left.

Please give me the strength to finish the distance.

Don’t make me bonk before the finish line.

Don’t make my tyres flat.

Cause I don’t even know how to change the tube.

And I don’t have that lever thingy.

Oh please make it cool on that day.

But don’t make the wind so strong till it seems I’m pedalling on the spot.

Even if you want to let the rain fall, please don’t let the cats and dogs out.

It would be so cold and I would be wet and in misery.

And if I sound like I’m whining.

Please forgive me cause life without drama will be as boring as watching my hair grow.

Finally make this Sunday’s event a safe one for all those involved.

Amin.


Wednesday Night Cycle

Pasir Ris Park

21.96km

1hr 05m 02s

20.20 km/hr

Notes:

As the Big Day approaches, it’s necessary to put in some mileage so that the muscles will remember the suffering that they are going to face this coming Sunday.

Alright time to rest my legs and watch American Idol on the idiot box.


Tuesday Afternoon Run

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

40m

08:11 min/km

7.40 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/singapore/-singapore/872235299493

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/156143

Notes:

After two recent episodes of tightness in my calves, today’s run was deliberately set at a slow pace. It was so slow that my SportyPal decided to quit on me near the halfway point.

Aiyoyo.