Monday, December 30, 2013

My 2013 hightlights. Welcome 2014.

My highlights in 2013. Initially thought of using "flashback in 2013" but then felt not so nice until this morning listened to BFM Radio.... they're highlighting 2013 !

2013 is about to end in 1 day time. Attempted 2 Ultras Trail event in Philippines early this year and i had my first DNF in my life.

It's like wake up call for me. In the past, no matter how under-prepared i'm, I'm still able to overcome it. Overcome it with some prices to pay with some cramps, sore muscles post event.

But my first DNF due to my under-estimates
Under-estimate on the terrain (first time running trail in Kayapa, Philippines),
Under-estimate on the weather,
Under-estimate on the high latitude feel,
Under-estimate on the nutrition i brought along with me in hydration pack,
Under-estimate on the toughness of the raw natural trails in Philippines,
Under-estimate on the gears i prepared ( Cloths  & Jacket ),
Under-estimate on my mental.

The event is H1 : Hardcore Hundred Miles Trail UltraMarathon which held in February 2013. It's my first time visit to Baguio, north of Philippines and the beautiful mountains!

In April 2013, I came back to Philippines again for another ultra trail event --> The North Face Philippines TNF100 Baguio.

After tasted my first DNF, I never under-estimates again.
I'm working even smart and harder for TNF100 Baguio.

Its were tough 100KM in Baguio & i made it to finishing line in 29 hours 5 mins just before the cut off time limit of 30 hours.

The 29 hours hard-earned  TNF100 medal rewarded me friendships and new friends i met during 100km course. We went through tough time together climbing up mountains from 200 meters to 2000 meters in the dark. 

Post TNF100, i slowed down in running although i'm feeling good, injury free and i went into cycling and boosting my cycling fitness preparing for the UCI - P2K friendship rides where we (P2K from Uptown, PJ) & UCI (from Ipoh) riding to meet up together in Raub on first day and riding together for next 2 days. 
Raub to Gua Musang on second day
Gua Musang to Ipoh via Cameron on 3rd day. 

Group photo @ Raub before our ride start. 

P2K group photo at Gua Musang in front of the hotel before we riding up 100km to Cameron Highland and riding down to Ipoh shortly after refueled. :) 

It's was somewhere in May, and after cycling, i have about 3 weeks time frame to pickup my running back just in time for my SC KL Marathon 2013 42KM in June'13 but its was postponed to September due to thick haze. 

Much relief.  Since then, running and cycling on alternate weekends. 

Weekend LSD with Bukit Aman Runners from Lake Garden to Hartamas and back. 

In September 2013, with 2 weeks time frame focusing in running, I was running with free will free from any target, but i know deep inside me wish to run 5 hours 30mins. 

Running mojo were good and weather were good! I somehow managed to catch up 5:00 hours pacers in the last 2KM! hehe... 

Yes! I finally scored my personal best marathon timing in my home ground marathon! 

In November, I joints Bukit Aman Runner's Malakoff Powerman relay! I'm the cyclist. 

64KM 2 Loops with timing about 2 hours plus abit. hehe. 
After Powerman Relay, immediately have to restart kickstart back my running training for my Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM). Thanks to Renee, i joins her together with many other LYN Runners, we ran 30KM at Ammah Hills aka Newton Route @ Bandar Kinrara where LYN Runners always did weekly LSD.  

LYN Runner's usual group selfie after our run!

In November, I ran PBIM 2013. 

PBIM, not in my best mode compared to SCKLM in September as the starting time is at 2:00am. 

Last weekend of 2013, I ran with TPRC. 

2013. Its ending. Its also signify the beginning of the new chapter in 2014. More to come! 

Happy New Year 2014. 

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