Monday, September 26, 2011

1 2 3...Boleh?

Last Friday afternoon, I was rushing to clear some work and banking chores. I could have used the fast flowing highway like I always do but ended up winding through LDP, SS2, Sect14, PJ State. Ironic isn't it? I have no idea why I did that then...
Stuck in traffic lights, I was scolding myself for being a dumbo!

Radio channel tuned to BFM...Business FM...and through that jam, an interview came on air. Usually BFM have corporate or financial experts in their show but that afternoon, it was different. The radio host interviewed a few children from Myanmar with the oldest being 15years...

Being Christians and of the Chin clan, their father a Pastor, they came to Malaysia as refugees to stay alive. In their homeland, their lives were threatened. Although they converse slowly, they were fluent in English! 1 The oldest attends school in the morning, works part time in the afternoon and study at night. He did say it's tiring. No doubt about that being so hard working. 2
His ambition? A doctor. Where? Back in Myanmar to help the people. 3

1 2 3...English...hard

We need that 1 2 3 in bolehland.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trail shoes

New Balance 840 - my first trail running shoes. Maybe I should say imported trail running shoes as "kampung adidas" was my gear during Gunung Datuk race. :P

Believe it or not, this model I bought is in fact designed for women. Yes! Women...not men! Got it in Singapore in 2009 during the Singapore Marathon Expo. How Much? SGD50!!! Yes, only RM125 going by the present exchange rate. There's no way we can get it at that price in bolehland. Boleh? Tak boleh! Sad!
Anyway, back to the shoe... I felt very comfortable wearing them. Hmm...does that mean I have feminine shaped feet? Argh!! No!!!!! But then again, my feet are sexy aren't they? Hahahahah!

Ok, back to serious matters...
The heel to toe drop is minimal, giving more stability to the already low heel. It actually felt like road racers. Don't know the exact weight but to me, it's quite light comparing to other trail running shoes.
The mini studs provide excellent grip on rocks. Made of sticky rubber. Good for descending slopes. A good pick for dry trail but for muddy trails, you will be looking at weight training for your legs! Extra 1kg due to mud sticking to the soles. Well, it's a trade off for the excellent grip.

Adidas Kanadia TR3
The profile resemble NB840, only that the heel commands higher ground...slightly. I was looking at an orange coloured pair but stocks ran out. At that time, it was having a 30% discount on retail price of RM260. I hesitated at first but after surveying other brands around that price range, this is the best bet. But, stocks ran out and yellow ones had no discount. Darn! 2 weeks after that, God heard my cries. The yellow ones went on sale! Yup! 30% discount as well. Happy to get it under RM200. In fact, I've not bought running shoes above far...except bike clip on shoes which puched me out for RM499!

Anyway, this pair of Adidas has aggressive looking mini sole studs. Wearing it makes you feel like Bumblebee Mustang. Hahaha!
So far, I've only tried it out once in Gasing trails and a recce for Salomon X-Trail Run. Good support, flexible mid & fore front, excellent rock grip but just like, NB840, muddy trail means extra weight.

It'll be my gear for the big one, The Most Beautiful Thing, a 50km trail run in Sabah.

Friday, September 9, 2011

An old Cherokee story

A friend sent the following story.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on in every person. He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves'. One is evil -- it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good -- it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grand son thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Phillipians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

From road to trail

Merdeka day has passed. Fasting month & Hari Raya have passed. Holidays have hoo hoo...but the sports events are coming back...a lot of them! Yahoo!

This coming Sunday, it's Salomon Trail Run at UPM grounds.
Invited by Pacesetters to recce the running route last Saturday. The trail is not so much of a trail which we are familiar with...jungle, mud, stream, hill, roots, trunks, branches, etc.

It will be like home for Kenyans as the route is in fact dirt road (red earth). A couple of small gentle slopes and the rest are flats. The run will be passing through spectators...cows, sheep, horses! Most probably disturbing their morning sleep!

Tried out my new trail running shoes, Adidas Kanadia TR 3. Black & yellow...nice colours to match my yellow Adidas jersey! The shoes, well cushioned, will be just right for long trail distances. The sole is yellow polka dot, black base with yellow mini studs providing strong grips on trails.My Adidas Kanadia beside cow dung or was it from sheep? Those natural fertilisers are the only "obstacles" for the run.

This year my runs are shifting into the jungle. Have been doing more trail runs the past few months.

Why is that?

Well, doing something different. Exploring a new horizon. The triathlons are still around but my biggest event for this year will be 50km trail run in Sabah this coming 5th Nov.

The Most Beautiful Thing.
Looking forward for this!

Hmm...looks like everything is moving towards Sabah...workwise, HQ is in Sabah...and now the ultra trail run. It'll be my maiden try in ultra distances. There is the 100km but not yet. I'm not there...yet. Start with a 50 and gradually move on from there...hehehe!

In May, I DNF (did not finish) Tioman Eco Challenge, the 30km extreme tough trail...not run, but walk & climb in the jungle! I covered 20km+ together with Michelle but we failed the cut-off time. So in Nov, it's 50km for both of us, yes!
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