Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I know very well my running is lousy but I thought the cycling leg should be a piece of cake, when registering on saturday the terrain looked good, just slightly undulating... BUT I didn't know that the back road has one piece of a nasty steep hill!!! And since we were making loops (Run 1 loop, cycle 4 loops, run another loop) WE HAD TO CONQUER THIS BLOODY HILL 6 TIMES.
I wasn't very motivated, just joining for fun, actually thinking about quitting after the cycling. But thanks to Steph who was doing her cool-down loop (who in their right mind goes up that hill a 7th time, hihi just joking Steph) I did continue and finish (at the back of the pack, but not last).
One participant collapsed at the finishline and got prompt treatment by doc Hisham before he was send to hospital. Hope he's fine, also quite a few people fell on the steep hill down but nothing worse than abrasions.
After that it was like a party, everyone just joking around. Prize giving was best: Abu, Saiful and Stupe all got prize!!! First prize: DINO IS BACK -and he's fit as a fiddle.
I got a medal for 18th place in the women open, yeah
And I even ran parts of the circuit, the first loop I ran all down hill parts, there's hope after all.
Danial won a prize in the lucky draw. Kalam didn't win anything but he's such a cheerfull personality, it won't dent his mood..
Really had a fun time. No pics, didn't bring a camera, have to ask some of the others.
Afterwards took Danial to buy a proper pair of running shoes, poor kid complained about his his painfull feet, couldn't run the last 3 km. Now he's more serious in taking part it's worth it.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I finished the triathlon on sunday but not being able to run bothers me. I often run in my dreams, long fluid steps, regular breathing, smoothely pounding the tarmac. But in the morning reality sets in, nothing fluid about my run. I desperately need to lose another 6 - 10 kg. But it's a catch two situation, I can't run well with all this extra weight and on the other hand I can't loose weight easily and running would certainly help. I'm blessed/cursed with a superefficient digestive system, every calory that enters is carefully processed and stored for lean times!
Haha, I'm in one of the pictures in the new powerbar-booklet (http://www.powerbar.com.my/). I'm in a crowd of swimmers, probably this photo was taken in A'Famosa triathlon in april. Feels like such a joke, me as an athlete, still expect someone to start pointing a finger and shout 'that one is a fake, get her out!'.
Haha. "out of the mouth of babes...". Darimi told me a few days ago: "Mama tak payah lah masuk triathlon lagi, Mama sangat slow, adik selalu kena tunggu lama!" (Mama shouldn't take part in any more triathlons, Mama is soo slow, I always have to wait for a long time for Mama to come back)..Ahem
Anyway don't really know what's bothering me this week. Didn't manage to train thanks to work and frequent rainshowers, just a few half hours cycling...
Actually I have so many things to be gratefull for. A loving husband. Four wonderfull kids, Ati has settled down well in our family, a joy to see this girl shine.
In contrary to Faie and Aini I'm not stuck in job I don't like. I got the job I've dreamed about for years and I'm really enjoying work.
So why still down??? dunno, hormones I guess
Happy memories of PD tri are tempered by the loss of Allyarham Zubir:
- This sport is not about winning the first place,
- it's not about who has the most expensive bike,
- not about who the fastest swimmer, smartest cyclist, best runner
- not about 'U dapat nombor brapa?'
- not about how young and fit you are
- it's not about your income level,
- not about a fabulous career,
- not about impressing others with your degrees and your wealth...
- This sport is about people who believe you shouldn't give up at the first obstacle,
- It's about trying to achieve your best,
- and keep tryin to achieve it, even if you fail a few times
- about puttin your aim further once you've achieved your goal
- It's about not giving up
- it's about finishing what you set out to do
- It's about young and old racing together,
- It's about the first and last finisher wishing each other luck before flag-off
- it's about cheering for the first finisher and the last,
- because we understand what both of them managed to accomplish
- It's about the comrade ship before the race, the jokes, the laughter
- About competing, but not about sore losers
- It's about feeling the strength in your arms as you pull tru the water,
- the wind in your hair while you cycle,
- it's about putting your mind over pain and exhaustion and going on
- It's about giving your children an example you believe in
- It's about community, about giving each other support, regardless of age, size,race or status
- It's about being gratefull to be alive every day.....
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Dayan"s arm is out of the cast since friday but he's still advised to wear a sling and rest the arm for another 2 weeks. I told him to just walk the 3 km, he was just a hundred meters from the finish line when a motorcyclist picked him up 'kasihan adik, tak payah-lah lari!'. No wonder there are so few good athletes in MAlaysia, kids are raised to become whoozies!!!
I just came across Azman's website with pics of our three youngest kids while they where playing on the beach in Port Dickson last month. (http://www.azmanrocks.blogpot.com/) Embarrassing but true.
On saturday afternoon we left to Port Dickson. When we arrived it was raining cats and dogs, the sprint triahtlon just finished.
For me it's my favorite triathlon for a sentimental reason:
First time I saw this event was in 2005 when we accompagnied some of the kadets. I remember so clearly looking in awe at the athletes, me an obese 40 somethin lady - a world apart.
Still very overweight it was no easy task finding a swimsuit (there is a not lot of choice in swimsuits in Malaysia and big fat ladies simply don't swim). In the end I found a cheap blue men's swimtop in Giant, at least I could get into this one! Actually shy as hell to show myself in tight clothes but I really love swimming, so just push the thoughts aside. Quickly pull off my T-shirt at the pool side and jump-in fast as possible.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I wish I could say the same thing, (but not to watch tv). For the first time in my working life i"m working 'office'hours'. Still very strange to me to work 9-5. But time is limited, before I could squeeze a lot in a morning, training/shopping/bank stuff etc. But now all has to be done in the evening and on the 1 1/2 day off in the weekend. Most days I only reach home at 6.30pm, nearly dark allready, just enough time to quickly cycle 30 min.
Anyway I shouldn't complain, I wouldn't want to work night shift anymore. Just need to learn to arrange my time (and stop looking for excuses).
Monica arrived in KL from Switzerland on monday morning with her lovely daughter Aisha and her cousin Jessica. It was great seeing her again, we haven't seen each other for more than 10 years, but some how we just picked up as if we meet every week. I guess that is what real friendship means, the ties are stronger than time.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
and took them home. Janie being the loving mothercat she is adopted them immediately, so now she got 7 little ones to look after. The animal count in our house is increasing.
It sometimes hard to believe we live 25 min drive away from KLCC. Living in Sungai Besi armycamp is quite like a zoo. This afternoon I went cycling with Kalam (learning how to draft, haha as if I'm fast enuf to draft anyone celaka). We found a babymonkey dead on the road -just been hit by a car. Kalam tried to take it, wanted to feed Shawie, but got chased away by the mother.
These monkeys sometimes chase me when I cycle too close to them, quite fierce.
A few months ago I nearly got bitten by a cobra while I was walking to the pool on a quiet sunday morning.
I want to start running (embarrassing to walk in the triathlon), nighttime would be good, at least it's nice and cool. But although there's nearly no crime in the camp, we have lots of BABI HUTAN (wild boar). I takut-lah.......
Sunday, July 1, 2007
daraimi calls the snake Shawie (derived from ular sawa - python).
Kalam still busy with the taekwondo world champion chips (ships or chips, something is wrong here)
Went for a 2km slow swim this morning. Supposed to go for a 30km bike ride now, but the weather is soo hot
Adoi, Port Dickson triahtlon coming up in a few weeks, get movin girl or you'll end up at 4hrs again!!!!!!!!!