Category Archives: Cycle

Friday Afternoon Cycle: My New Mantra

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

26.78 km

1hr 14m 27s

21.59 km/hr







The ride just now was superb.

A quick downpour from the cummulonimbus upstairs at the end helped to keep my bike in spick and span condition.

But my running shoes and swimming tights are growing mould in them.






Friday Afternoon Cycle: Picture Perfect

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

26.94 km

1hr 05m 10s

24.80 km/hr



Supplementary Exercises:

Chin-up: 3 X 3

Plank: 3 X 60secs


As the storm clouds languidly gathered overhead, any lingering thoughts of an afternoon training ride seemed slim. But alas it was just a false alarm as those threatening overcasts parted to reveal a glorious deep blue of a sky. With the sun still in hiding, there was not a better time to be outdoors while enjoying the luxury that nature provided.

What better way to ride then to be accompanied by a picturesque backdrop of the turquoise sea, helping to distract the torture of pushing the mucles to brink of their threshold. One can be mistaken that he was in Kona, the mecca for the ultimate event of the Ironman series, as those same crosswind battered the exhausted body of the said cyclist.

But a sudden wift of the bbq smoke, brought everything back into reality, as the weekend park-goers started to congregate again. While Pasir Ris Park is not Kona, I think it’s close enough to daydream.

Wednesday Dusk Cycle: I See Blood!

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

23.32 km

1hr 10m 57s

19.72 km/hr





Nearly more than two weeks of inactivity makes Yours Truly a dull, fat blob.

A well-deserved rest; after taking nearly a thousand photographs for my sister’s mehndi party with her girlfriends, austere solemnisation ceremony and joyous marriage reception, was certainly due.

And an unexpected minor accident last Saturday meant an extended delay from a return to my normal physical activities.

I would love to share some of the photos from my sister’s Big Day (sorry Syah!) but due to my lack of speed editing those photos I guess I have to put that plan on hold.

As for my minor bicycle misadventure on my Old Piece of Junk, all I have to show for my lack of cornering skills at high speed, are a totally scraped left knee, a bruised right knee, two sore wrists and a badly torn pants that I just bought.

Oh yah, not forgetting a loss of $100 due to the repairs; broken right gear shifter and fauly front brake, that my dear OPOJ needs.



Other than that, as expected due to my absence from any semblence of exercises of any form for about a fortnight, today’s ride was a bit of struggle. I am not too sure how much of it  was from the side-effect of my platelet donation that I did a few hours before, though I’ve heard advices prohibiting any strenous exercises for 24 hours after donating blood.

Hmm, maybe I should heed the sagely words of those nurses.

My Blood Entering The Centrifuge Machine

Left Red Packet: My Whole Blood / Right Yellow Packet: My Platelets

Finally, in other news, my application to volunteer for this week’s upcoming OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2010 , has been approved by the organising committee.

I have been assigned as a Swim Marshall, so for those taking part this Sunday; so far I only know of Kooky Kash, do say hi to me aight while you guys and gals are getting ready to start your swim or after exiting the waters. On my part. I will try to give a look-out for any familiar faces though I can’t give my words that I can recognise any of you, especially with these myopic eyes of mine.

But the bad news is that I need to report for duty at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m.


p/s: Sorry for this disjointed and gramatically incorrect piece of prose. Two weeks without any writings have certainly taken its toll on my train of thoughts. 😛

Wednesday Night Cycle: I Think Therefore I Am

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

29.09 km

1hr 22m 22s

21.19 km/hr




Rene Descartes, the philosopher, once questioned his very own existence on this earth.

For me, I am no thinker what else an initiator of any thought-provoking  theorems. But my own journey through all my physical endeavours has set me thinking or I can say, doubting, the very exercises that I keep  on doing.

Like every other fat, obese, heavy-weight people with BMI over 23, my initial goal of starting this journey is so that one day I can become slim again and lose all the blubbers that are clinging to every organs inside me like a stuck leech.

Who doesn’t want to look good and I wait for the time I can fit into a size 32 or 31 pants. If ever.

But as ridiculous as pigs flying, even with all the exercises I’ve been doing, I’ve not been able to even shed a gram. Instead, my weight has increased by 2kg and this places my BMI at an all time high of 27.3.

And I thought running, cycling and swimming (okay I admit I’ve not been doing this) regularly will zap those stubborn fats into oblivion.

And who says that burning 7700 calories will reduce your weight by 1kg? I had a calorie deficit of 14,660 last month, which should translate to a reduction of nearly 2kg, not the opposite.

So where have I gone wrong?

But after this long rant, it doesn’t mean I’m quitting all these.

This struggle of mine will continue.

I promise.

Even if it takes forever.

Believe me.

Sunday North East Run & Monday Dusk Cycle



Pasir Ris Park


43m 01s

08:53 min/km





Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

27.91 km

1hr 16m 26s

21.9 km/hr


1.5km To Go

Yesterday’s North East Run at Pasir Ris Park was a blast as it was the first time I ever joined a race or a run with my family members. Therefore, like I had stated in my last post, my aim for this race was just to take it easy, have fun, snap some photos of my cousins running and ultimately motivate my cousins who for some were taking part in their maiden running event.

I was so glad that they managed to finish the run strongly, which was evident from their smiles after the run and the best part was that they are now poisoned with the running virus that I’ve infected upon them. May this run be the precusor to more running events for all of us.

And the gorgeous-looking medal was certainly a bonus.

Cun Beb!


p/s: Anyone joining the KL Marathon on 27 June 2010? There’s separate pricing for Singaporeans (thanks!!!) and it’s definitely more affordable than last year’s. Should I make this my first overseas 10km running event?

May make this a short weekend getaway inclusive of a run to boot.

I miss KL’s halal Subway Foot-Long too.


Friday Morning Cycle: Wrong Timing

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

9.29 km

34m 35s

16.11 km/hr




What a beautiful Friday morning!

After countless days and nights of stifling heat, the cool respite offered by the rain for the past couple of days presents a good opportunity to ride my bicycle again.

I initially planned to cycle three rounds around Pasir Ris Park but as I cycled along the Park Connector linking Tampines Town and Pasir Ris Park, I realised that my idea may not materialise at all. Packed along the route were students from my old junior college, who were heading in the same direction as me towards Pasir Ris Park.

And as I entered the park, I then discovered a cross-country race of a secondary school was in progress. I then decided then that this was not a good condition to do my training as my speed would be very slow due to the countless students taking up both the running and bicycle lanes.

So before I returned home, I cycled one last time around the park and realised that there were like four or five different schools ranging from the primary level to the junior college, holding their last sports event there, before the students went for their term break next week.

As I made my way home, I thought to myself how fun it is, to be young all over again.

Wednesday Night Cycle: Of The Competitive & The Talkative

Tampines – Changi Coastal Road

31.68 km

1hr 24m 03s

22.62 km/hr




What a huge difference it made when cycling alone compared when riding with a partner or in a group. The distance seemed longer and the boredom was palpable. There was no one to have a chat with to break that monotony and the only company were the surroundings and sonorousness to your every breath. Easy breathing means the terrrain is relatively flat or downhill while laborious respiration indicates a positive gradient.

Apart from that, the other thing I like to look out for during cycling is if there’s any cyclist/s in front because as slow as I am, I have that teeny-weeny streak of competitiveness in me and I am sure everyone else does too. So with target in sight, I love to see if I can pass him/her. If I am successful, well the feeling of satisfaction is rewarding enough. But usually I would not be in front long enough as the overtaken cyclist/s would surely try his/her hardest to regain back his/her lead. That was exactly the case just now as I traded places with a cyclist in a cool Firefox cycling jersey. Our silent battle was indeed fun but sad to say he emerged the winner.

Till next time…

While on my way back, I met an uncle returning from work, riding his Hasa mountain bike along Loyang Avenue. Initially he tried to make small talk with the usual banter. But his chatter continued everytime we stopped at the traffic lights. Though I was happy to entertain, I was really trying to get back as quick as possible which in turn would lead to a higher average speed. I managed to shake him off but my conscience has been saying that I shouldn’t have done that. He just had a long day at work and the least I could do was to engage in a light conversation since we were going the same way. That way the long journey back for him would feel shorter.

I think I need to reevaluate myself.

Till then…