Thursday, July 23, 2009

Siemens 10k 2009

I didn't plan on running this race, it so happened that the gang was heading to Gunung Nuang on Sunday and I didn't have anyone to run with... then on Friday, while on the PM's chatbox, Jue was giving away one bib so I decided to go for it.

It's been more than one year since I took part in any running event besides the Pacemakers event. This was going to be my comeback race, in preparation for my Penang Bridge marathon... yes...yes... I've signed up for the 42km! Well I did not anticipate any good time for this race, plus with some hills involved, I was geared up for a slow 65min run.

Reached there by 7am, but found it really hard to get a car park. After taking one big loop behind the courthouse and back in front of the padang, I found one spot just next to the mainroad and quickly grabbed it. Took me awhile to figure out where this church was that they were waiting at but I eventually met up with Jue and the rest and got my bib.

As I was out to enjoy the race, I started right at the back of the pack which was a mistake because it took almost 2km before I could weave my way out of the crowded pack. I was just running an easy pace at first and only picked up the pace at the second water station. The organiser did a great job with providing plenty of water throughout the course.

Overall I maintained a steady pace until reaching the turnoff to the Parliment where I started to pick up the pace a little all and maintained it all the way to the finish to complete in 57:24 which I was pleasantly surprised with. This is an indication of my current fitness level and will help me tailor my training for the PB marathon accordingly. I must say the organiser did a great job especially with the cheerleader and music at the last 1km giving us a really cheery and inspiring atmosphere. Traffic control was also great!

PD Tri 2009 Pictures

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PD Tri 2009 Results

It was a great event with plenty of fun. Click on the image below to see the complete official results for the men's relay event. We were placed in position 13 out of 27 teams which is not bad for our first time. Well done team! I'll post some pictures of the event next once I get them from Peter tonight.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

PD triathlon prep

I wish I could say I've prepared well for this event, but I've hardly been riding my bike since getting it apart from a few short rides. Today's training ride with Khoo and Boon in Putrajaya was a relief as it gave me one final chance to gain some confidence. I completed 42km in 91mins without too much of a problem giving me a little confidence of completing next Sunday's 40km inside 90mins. To my teamates Lee (swimming) and Peter (running)... lets have some fun!

Monday, June 15, 2009

See you next year perhaps?

I won't be running the SC KL Marathon in two weeks. My lecturer stressed on the importance of our attendance for the last class that Sunday morning so I can't be skipping it. At the same time I've not been putting in my hours on the road so its probably not advisable. Perhaps next year I will have more time to train and be prepared.

Now the next race will then be the PD triathlon. Peter came to my place to pass me the Adidas KOTR registrations yesterday and he asked me to take the bike leg instead of the running as he has not been cycling. Wow that's a daunting 40km and I've not been putting much time on the bike either. With just less than 4 weeks to the PD tri, it's gonna be challenging. I need to now find a runner for Boon's team.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Crazy 2 weeks

The last 2 weeks has been crazy. I've been spending most of my time helping my mum shift her things to the new place, installing the water heater, home alarm system, curtains, painting, some plumbing works etc. The only thing I didn't DIY was the air conditioning.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of hard rides, one a week. The first was a 30km ride around Botanic gardens with Peter which was completed in about 1 hour. Yesterday was an even harder ride at Genting Sempah with Boon. It was a killer 16km ride uphill with some really serious elevation all the way! Now thats what I call a real good workout.

I've hardly been running.. just down to one or two short runs a week. This is not good as the SCKL marathon is just round the corner. Thankfully I will only be running the 21k. Even that is going to be a struggle this time round.

On a seperate note, I've been looking at opportunities to setup my own business. I've registered the company and now working on selecting the best supplier network by speaking to both companies locally as well as in China. It's just going to be a small scale business to begin with focusing on home and office security systems. Let's see where this takes me.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

First Putrajaya Ride

My cycling buddy Kien Boon has been quite an encouragement in helping me get started. Though he's been cycling for a couple of years now, its been on a MTB, and yesterday was his first proper test ride on his newly purchase road bike... just like myself. Another two of Boon's friends joined us... Khoo and another guy (can't remember his name now... hehe).

Khoo showed us a route that he uses, the distance for one loop is 17.8km. Khoo and his friend had to leave after one loop but Boon and me continued with a second. My first loop was covered at a slow average pace of 22kmh just to get used to the bike and route. I rode the second loop at a slightly faster average pace of 26kmh.

I think I'm getting the hang of shifting gears etc. The Merida clip shoes also helped me ride more efficiently. The cycling shorts made a huge difference.. no more major aches in that region. I'm now more confident that the Powerman is achievable.