Monthly Archives: August 2010

20th Ramadhan – And The Struggle Continues

Level 2 Day 1

Maximum rounds in 20 min = 22 sets

1 chin-ups
3 push-ups
4 squats

Supplementary Exercises:

Crunches: 20 X 3

Back Extensions: 20 X 3



Alhamdulillah! My left knee seemed fine when I did the workout just now. I even managed to do two extra sets though my pacing was constant and I hardly pushed the intensity. But still it was a tough workout and I enjoyed it to the max.

A worrying note that I should keep in check is that I keep eating more and more for buka puasa nowadays. Though my mom didn’t cook a lot, the amount of food we received from relatives and neighbours meant that the table is always full with different variety of dishes.

For example, I ate nasi beriani dam kambing from Khalid Mosque and mee rebus plus teriyaki chicken just now. This was in contrast to the early days of Ramadhan when my breakfast comsisted of just a few slices of bread and milk.

And my new semester has started and the only time I can fit in my workout is from 5.45am to 6.45am. That’s way too early. Anyone doing your training at that time?




17th Day Ramadhan – Am I Fit?

Level 2 Day 3

For time = 0m 00s
13 pull-ups
26 push-ups
26 squats

Supplementary Exercises:

Crunches: 20 X 3

Back Extensions: 20 X 3


As stated the last time, I refrained myself from doing the squats to give my knees a chance to recuperate. The workout was tough and I think it’s best I stick to this level till I can perform the Level 2 Day 3 test comfortably.

Kay time to eat soto and BBQ chickens.



17th Day Ramadhan – Salam Nuzul Al Quran

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park




My cycling fitness is getting better as I can now cycle at a higher gear than usual. I managed to push harder and not be contented with the normal low gears that I have always been using.

Other than that, nothing much to report.

Salam Nuzul Al Quran to one and all.


16th Day Ramadhan – Hot

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector




The weather was still hot even at a quarter past 6 in the afternoon. I had to cut short the distance because with the slow pace I was trudging along just now, I would be late for breakfast at home today.

And now waiting to wet my mouth with the precious taste of water.

Selamat berbuka!


This is something I choose to do

Vikings safety Husain Abdullah awaits Ramadan fast

Husain Abdullah Minnesota Vikings


AP Sports Writer Aug 8, 4:10 pm EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP)—Husain Abdullah is approaching his most challenging month of the football season.

That’s when the Minnesota Vikings backup safety observes Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer. As a practicing Muslim, Abdullah will not eat or drink at all during daylight hours for the 30-day period that begins Wednesday.

Even while sprinting in the heat and humidity during drills, sometimes in full pads, Abdullah is adamant about his faith. He will not allow himself so much as a cup of water until the sun sets and before it rises.

I’m putting nothing before God, nothing before my religion,” Abdullah said. “This is something I choose to do, not something I have to do. So I’m always going to fast.

This time, the Vikings will be better able to help him handle the lack of nourishment.

“Last year it occurred in early September, and we saw a dip in his performance,” coach Brad Childress said. “We said, ‘What’s wrong with Husain Abdullah? It doesn’t seem like he has enough spunk.”’

Abdullah worked recently with the team’s nutritionist on a meal and hydration plan to make sure he gets enough calories to maintain his energy, stamina and health in the coming weeks. He’ll eat a big breakfast and a big dinner, when it’s dark of course, and get up in the middle of the night to take a protein shake.

“I think we have our arms around it now and know when he is going to wake up and when he is going to eat and what we can pack on him before the sun comes up,” Childress said. “Last year he was shouldering it all by himself. He is playing well. He is a good special teams player. He’s interchangeable and can be in the emergency nickel situation because he is a smart guy. He’s got great football instincts. He is a guy you pull for.”

Abdullah insisted a back and hip injury last year was more a factor in his struggles than the fasting.

“I couldn’t bend. I couldn’t run, and I really wasn’t the same player,” said Abdullah, who played in all 16 games as an undrafted rookie out of Washington State in 2008 and led the Vikings with 24 special teams tackles.

This year, he’s had a strong training camp, giving the Vikings confidence in their depth at safety behind incumbent starters Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson. Jamarca Sanford is also getting a serious audition.

Fasting is a rare practice in pro sports, since proper nourishment is critical to optimum performance, but it’s not unprecedented.

Abdullah’s older brother, Hamza, plays in the NFL—an Arizona Cardinals safety—and plans to abstain from daytime food and drink during the holiday.

Former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon also observed. When the Houston Rockets had an afternoon tip-off or a grueling practice during Ramadan, he was often panting in thirst.

I find myself full of energy, explosive,” Olajuwon would say, according to a biography posted on “And when I break the fast at sunset, the taste of water is so precious.

Last month, however, an Islamic organization and German soccer officials determined that a Muslim player may break his fast for matches during Ramadan. They decided a player may do so if he is obliged to perform under a contract that is his only source of income and if fasting harms his performance.

Abdullah has been encouraging teammates, trainers and coaches to join him in the discipline. Childress passed, but head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman agreed to fast for a day or two.

“Some people are going. Some people are kind of reluctant to sign up for it,” Abdullah said. “They’re like, ‘Ah, maybe I’ll just drink something.”

Abdullah grew up in Pomona, Calif., with seven brothers and four sisters and has observed Ramadan since he was 7. It’s a time he looks forward to, not dreads.

“I used to kind of keep it to myself,” he said. “But now I’m actually excited that Islam is getting some positive attention.”



I’ve been wanting to share this article since a few weeks back but old age has crept up on me and I keep on forgetting. It’s always encouraging to read news like this from time to time. Putting yesterday’s torturous afternoon cycle in perspective, it is nothing compared to what these Muslim pros have to go through daily in their training.

So to all other like-minded fitness and health advocates, let’s continue to run, cycle or perform any other exercises during these last few weeks of Ramadhan. May Allah grant us that extra strength.


15th Day Ramadhan – The Inconvenient Truth ~Updated~

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

20.13 km

1hr 12m 02s

16.77 km/hr



Level 2 Day 2

5 rounds for time = 0m 00s
3 pull-ups
8 push-ups
13 squats

Supplementary Exercises:

Crunches: 20 X 3

Back Extensions: 20 X 3


The Son asked, “Ayah, Faisal nampak kurus tak?”

The Father replied, “Tak lah. Maybe sikit jer lah.”


The afternoon cycle was a killer. I was totally dehydrated and there was no power at all from my legs. I was just wishing for it to be over and done with as quickly as the wind blows. If not for the finger-licking bone steak a.k.a sup tulang merah, that my mum has cooked for breakingfast, and the thought of all the calories I will stuffing myself with, I would not have done the ride.

The feeling sucks. Pardon my French.

Strength training after terawih tonight.

Come on Faisal!!!


Strength workout done. Phew! Omitted the squats due to precautionary measures. Will test the left knee again and hopefully can resume doing squats next week.

Now MAKAN time! Pulut kuning and its assorted dishes and bone steak are waiting.



15th Day Ramadhan – I Heart Pasir Ris Park

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

22.02 km

1hr 11m 54s

18.38 km/hr




I love Pasir Ris Park and its beach too.

It’s so serene and the view is just magnificent with the lush coconut trees swaying in rythmic motion.

The cool sea breeze always bring respite from the scorching heat and I love seeing the elderlies doing their exercise there. Be it cycling, running or even walking. Even some taichi too.

I hope to be like them when I grow old.

Anyway I’ve slowly regained my cycling strength as I don’t feel as tired as when I just started out during early Ramadhan.


Oh Allah, if only I can have a partner to go cycling or running with. Make it a lady if possible.


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