Been dreaming the race since last year and overwhelmed by it's popularity throughout asia pacific (including libya...). I've been inspired by bunch of running colleagues (syah, nik, kash, ian, yim, pui san and many others) as they've done it last year.
As an experienced long distance runner, my 'vision and mission' for this race is to finish within the cut off time i.e before 9 hours. Keep reminding myself that this is a trail run (lari dalam hutan) type of race and it's not a road race. They said trail run like twice the distance compared to road race..hmmm..
My training started in September...yeah...kind of late some would say..but hey, being a working father with no time to train would require a realistic goal in life. (uwek..)
yeay...this was my training...10km (kot) je...
Frim trail run training - something is missing...alone and lonely..
broga hill training...forcing non-runners friends to get their ass moving..
I've been putting a lot of effort on hill training...3 times to the summit per session should do the trick.
Fartlek in between ...mmm...I like it!
Island Running..during team building...actually not running at all...mental training je..
High altitude running...cameron highland...14km (from Tanah rata to Hotel Equatorial and back)
1 week before TNF...
Training Summary - should be clocking 60 - 70km weekly
Reality : 30 km weekly (if I got lucky)
My Gear & Supplement
Hydration pack of 2 litre (stuffed my hydration pack with 1.5 litre of fluid is sufficient for 10km- no need to make it more heavier), 4 packets of power gels, Gu electrolytes soluble tablets..blister patch..thats it..
In view that every water station has GU gel, GU chomps...try to snatch whatever I can during the race.
The most important thing that I forgot : ORS...please bring at least 5 of it...
Prior Race : days before - carbo load like crazy...eat a lot of fish (marlin if you can)
Hours before - should eat rice, but ended up with buns instead...(I sure die..)
During Race : keep hydrated, take power gel at every water station, early prevention for potential blister, taking a longer break to relief yourself, walk break when you feel like walking but try to minimize it, curse a lot, smile to other runners, take picture - phsycology effect, try to run with your buddy the entire race, enjoying the female runners - great motivation..big time!
After Race : sleep, eat, sleep, eat...
It takes 1 day for my body to recover from the fatigue...do eat above normal level
Before Race Day
Having dinner at Bali Thai , thanks to Kash's hospitality..wohoo!!
muka macam harem...(all photos above taken from Ray's and Deo's collection)
Nice food, thanks Kash..
Having Light breakfast
Weighing station - must have a minimum of 1.5 litre of fluid
ceeh...muka ada senyum...
warm up session with abang Raydeo
At the starting point
Ooh..yeah...!! Thanks Ian for this nice running shirt...
Ready to rumble!
Ni apa kuis-kuis ni?
Team Macam Bagus
Deo dengan tangkap gambar jarak jauh dia tu..
Ray dengan gaya Kaki Terangkat dia tu...tak habis-habis...
With Frank, Ian, Ijam and Deo (Cakap la satu dua tiga bila nak ambik gambar)
Syahsully dengan imej fesyen tudung terkini, dapatkan di pasaran sekarang
Cynthia Gan (in blue) : Best la Tempat timbang ni...
Kash : "I punya beg 3 kilo le...(bawak megi, air nescafe, nasi, roti gardenia, kari ayam)"
Muka deo dah cuak dah tu...atau dia tengah skodeng amoi..
About 300 plus...
Good Luck everybody...
First pit stop...
Apa barang baru 13km...dalam masa sejam setengah dah ni...
Cool down with icy water...
Team from ...korea, taiwan, japan...
Apa barang 16 km...!! So far so good...no cramp..Still got the energy
have a hill and we will break....fuh..penat, tinggi!!
Just keep walking and climbing...no one dare to run...
Apa barang lagi...19.4km...ceh...nak mati ni..!!
My goodness!! I've been running for 6 hours, it's 2.20pm...already past my lunch and afternoon nap.
wah..!! That hot...!!
It's not even marathon distance yet!!...Relax..
I suffered minor cramp here...I think..but thanks to Ian and his ORS...a live saver..!!
While other runners were cursing at Mandai (well, most of them), we on the other hand, 'pretend' to be happy..the above photo showed it all...keh, keh..(thanks sasha farina for this lovely shot!)
The man with 'NO complaint'...you can never hear Ian's cursing...except..'Yeeha', 'good run', 'that was good'..
Yeah...He's that special!
Runners down!! This what friends are for, when you fell on the ground, we took your photo.
Those roots and gravel will make you lost your steps and fall..so, do be careful..
Finishing is near...few steps away...(alamak..muka...tension semacam je)
Eh...finished already?...apa barang...
Finished at 7 hours 58 minutes. The North Face 100km Duo was one hella hot and longest run I've ever done! Running 50km on trail, gravel, tree roots, soft red ground was not an easy feat but...it's possible.
For me it's one hell of an achievement due to lack of mileage, I remember once Ray said to me , "it's not the quantity, It's the quality" (of the training). So, train smart...
Something That Get Me Motivated :,
Taken from Singapore Blade Runner's FB - "IF I CAN RUN, SO CAN YOU"
Singapore Blade Runner on 'unrunnable hill' - determination and succeed.