Ok, ok...I better continue with this blog on TMBT before 2012 arrives and registration opens!
50km...scary if you think about it and if you're doing it alone. But a trail run (not in loops!) of that distance crossing rivers, villages, farms brought excitement as the views were spectacular! Mt Kinabalu in view from a different place was just awesome. Everytime I took a glimpse wherever I could in the journey, the mountain gave a sense of proximity between yourself and the Almighty. There and then, all that I saw around me, was beauty, created by Him.
Ok, let's begin with my report. The first 10km was on village road or gravel road. I thought those doing 50km will be sprinting off from the start but no! Those doing 100km were the speed demons. 5min after flag off, I couldn't see them in front anymore. That's how fast they went.
CP3 - 27.5km in 3hr 4min. Somehow the 8km from CP2 passed by rather quickly. I didn't expect CP3 to come so fast. It was in the middle of a village with loud music on the traditional gongs. At first, I thought someone's getting married. Surprise! Surprise! It was the welcoming party playing music to welcome TMBT runners. How nice!
It took me almost an hour just to get from CP3 to 3A. Was together with Erwan Kassim till CP3A and that's where Shine, a 100km runner caught up with us, the 50km-ers. 3 of us left CP3A together...not muskateers but the 3 ultrarunners!
Along the river, before hitting the hills, I had to stop and treat my blisters. Yeah, my downside is sweaty feet. I get blisters almost in every race...sigh...
Rested awhile and took in a energy gel, nuts, raisins, salt...practically it was a lunch break.
Journey to CP4 was back again on dirt / gravel road...uphills!
At CP4, look who greeted me....
CP4 - 41.5km in 6hr13min. Took me quite a while back there from CP3A. Only 9km left but it's not easy. Whole body was tired especially the legs. Took a 5minute break before continuing.
Ford, who was one of the fast 100km-ers, had to pull out at CP4 due to injury. Injury...that's the scariest thing which can happen now. Saw marshal's record and the elite runners passed CP4 more than an hour ago. From here to CP5 finish line, I predicted another 2hours with my worn out muscles.
Near CP5, the dirt road became dirtier, well, a construction road is dirtier right? Saw the hill entrance to CP6. Very steep!!! Some 100km-ers were heading in as I passed by. Miki loop was their 'fun & exciting' part...hehehe! Heard it's the real trail, steep, single path, slippery up on the hill. Kudos to them!
So i'm an ultrarunner now? 6km more than 42km...err...I think not la...
Only when I hit 100km, then I dare label myself an ultrarunner :D
Michelle came in 8hr39min, 4th. Just missed the top3 podium.
It's alright, our first try, so we didn't target any position, just to finish within a decent time.
Next year 100km or a faster 50km? Hmm...decision...decision...hahaha!