Category Archives: Sunday

NIKE CITY 10K SINGAPORE 2010

The challenge:

Friendly banter

The views:

Sea of green

The view at the finishing point

The uique finisher medal:

The finisher toy

I had fun; thanks to my cousin and cousin-to-be.

:mrgreen:


Singapore Bay Run 2010 – We Did It!

The proof of the pudding is in the eating…

The Slim One

The Fat Bloke

Thank you to Sam, Sasha, Kash, One Arm Runner, Blade Runner and the rest. It’s great meeting you guys and gals.

A special thanks to my brother from a different mother, haha, Fauzi, for the great motivation throughout the run, especially around the second part of the run when the Sun is slowly rising to its zenith and the body is starting to overheat.

A more detailed update will follow soon as there are so many stories to tell and many more nice photos from Sasha’s camera to show here.

Take care everyone and rest well!

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Sunday Dusk Run: Nearing The Big Day

Tampines โ€“ Pasir Ris Park Connector

4.88km

36m 43s

07:31 min/km

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

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/197785

Notes:

Since I foresee an increased deluge of things to doย  in preparation for my sister’s Big Day this Sunday, I guess any workouts that I can slip in between will be good enough.

And I miss the opportunity to volunteer for the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore today as my assistance is greatly needed at home; helping to transform one of the rooms into a matrimonial showpiece.

Next year then and congratulations to Craig Alexander from the Land Down Under and Caroline Steffen from the Land of Giant Toblerones for coming up tops in today’s event.


Sunday North East Run & Monday Dusk Cycle

Sunday

NORTH EAST RUN 2010

Pasir Ris Park

4.83km

43m 01s

08:53 min/km

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/pasir%20ris/552126865606823408

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/186008

Monday

CYCLE

Tampines โ€“ Pasir Ris Park

27.91 km

1hr 16m 26s

21.9 km/hr

Notes:

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!

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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.

Hmm…


Sunday Morning Run: Thanks Syah!

Tampines โ€“ 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!


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


Sunday Chinese New Year Cycle

Tampines โ€“ Coastal Road โ€“ Tampines

32.97km

2hr 24m 33s

13.68 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/418126581213190557

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/153564

Notes:

We went out for a cycle again this morning. With my cousin’s fiancee following for the first time, we cycled at a smell-the-flower pace. We took our own sweet time to soak in the holiday atmosphere, smelling the bbq smokes that permeated the morning air, admiring the blue water off Changi coast and observing the multitude of colourful tents that sprouted along the beach.

The clear, shady sky complemented the ride and the large number of cyclists with their high-end weight weenies served as a treat for a techie like me. I even encountered Japanese tourists with their tour agency tags pedalling leisurely on rented bikes along the Changi Park Connector Network. A first for me. It was certainly a unique way to see a new country without traipsing on the well-trodden common touristy routes.

And two plates of my auntiy’s nasi lemak and another two servings of my dad’s nasi beryani at the end capped a wonderful day today.

Xin nian kuai le!