I want to promote my hometown, Kuantan again :P
Kuantan is a nice place for peace and relax lifestyle. The speed of life is much more slower pace than the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Most of the people spent more time in family and hobby. Take outdoor activities as example, here is full of places of interest for doing outdoor sports such as running, cycling and hiking.
The running places where I mentioned before in the blog are Taman Gelora, a great recreation park for running. Bukit Pelindung, a good place for hill running/walking exercise.
This Sunday (09/04/06), I was in Kuantan and visited Bukit Pelindung again. As I said, it is a nice place for hill running training. I was there at 8.30am by car (over slept liao, in fact I planned to run from my house which is 6km apart). Before attempting to challenge the tough hill route in running, I did some flat road running for body warm up. I ran all the way from the foothill to Teluk Cempedak for about 15minutes which is only about 2.5km away. Actually I was thinking to return by the same route, suddenly I thought of there is a jungle track in Teluk Cempadak which link to Bukit Pelindung. So I decided to find the path. Surprisingly the path is well maintained now, I even I went alone also nothing to worry. It is a 1.88km highway in jungle, I took 27 minutes to return to Bukit Pelindung. It is already at half way of Bukit Pelindung when I exited from the jungle, then followed by 6 minutes run to the summit.
I did some chin up and pumping exercise on the way down to the foothill. The sloop is very steep at the beginning of the hill, I felt pain at my both knees even I just walked slowly downhill.
I review the path today, I think next time I’m going to do different way instead of this. I’ll cycle/run 6km from my house to B.Pelindung, then run up to the hill, it will take about 20 minutes but it’s a killing path. After reaching to summit, downhill until the entrance to the jungle track, jungle track run for about 25 minutes to Teluk Cempedak. Have a sight seeing and enjoy the blue sea view then run back to Pelindung (2.5km) and cycle/run back to home or cycle to North follow the coast. This can avoid knees injury and maximize my training too.
I used to hike from Bukit Pelindung to Teluk Cempadak by the path 8-9 years ago and that time the path was not that clear. That was my form 6 time, my first visit to the trail was actually to find butterfly or bugs for Biology project. Then started to organize and lead my classmates to go for hiking. Wow… time really flies. I quickly looked for my old days pictures for this hiking activity in 1997. See, can find which one is me? I was aged 18 that time and still ‘pok-pok cui’ one ler :P but now no more liao, hahaha…