星期三, 5月 27, 2009
Shoelace lock (to be bought in SG)
Nike dryfit socks
Under Armour tights
Nathan fuel belt
Casio sport watch
Endurox x 3 servings (1 scoop each)
Pocari Sweat powder x 4 sachets (200ml each)
GU Gels x 5
GU Electrolytes supplement x 2 sachets (600ml each)
Red Bull x 2
Pre/Post Race Supplements
Berroca Vitamin C
星期二, 5月 26, 2009
星期日, 5月 24, 2009
冒险三部曲的Dream it. Plan it. Do it.
星期三, 5月 20, 2009
Running The Sahara
Finally the movie (documentary) is available and is on the screen NOW in Taipei. Kevin's book regarding this Running The Sahara is also available in Taiwan, but not sure in Malaysia.
About the Run
These last days of the expedition were emblematic of the entire expedition, with highs and lows, camaraderie and solitude, and encounters with both the natural wonders and teeming societies of Africa. Over their quest, the runners learned that it was necessary for them and their team to avoid fighting against the elements served up by the Sahara, because the immeasurable power of the continent will always win out. Instead, they learned how to adapt to their climate and surroundings as best they could, in order to make the steady progress that each of the 111 days required of their minds and bodies. Thus, they were able to save their energy for their physical achievement, which led to success as measured by their achievement and the depth of their experience.
Whether it was encounters with the Tuaregs of Niger or running through the wondrous Pyramids of Giza, the experiences endure. The children that received them with shouts of greeting and ran alongside them refreshed and renewed their vigor in every country. The lands they visited mixed natural beauty with the harshest living conditions: from the solitude of the Tenere Desert to the bustling heat of Dakar, Senegal, and the overwhelming crush of Cairo, Africa's largest metropolis. Every location along the way provided its own challenge and held a unique reward for the three explorers and their team.
And now the expedition has concluded.
Incredible, but true.
More than ever, the runners and their team are committed to the land and people they visited. The international media has turned its eye to the expedition's achievement, including the attention and support that they are bringing to the water crisis in Africa through H2O Africa. This fall, the film Running the Sahara will premiere to tell the story of this unprecedented quest. Until then, come back to this site to see more about the runners' story.
星期二, 5月 19, 2009
星期一, 5月 18, 2009
星期二, 5月 12, 2009
I think I was misunderstood the question of Yeh Ern when he was asking me if compared to Mt. Kinabalu. The correct meaning should be: to EBC, it takes 2 weeks, to KK, it takes 2 days; this is the comparison I meant, the duration not the difficulty level.
So sorry about that and I don't mean to offend Mt. KK and my great outdoorers.
星期一, 5月 11, 2009
by Lim Yeh Ern
CHAN Chui Miew’s obsession with the great outdoors started with some gentle persuasion from well-meaning friends on an innocent cycling trip.
It eventually led her on a journey of self-discovery.
At a time when many of her peers are slowing down due to family commitments, Chan is just warming up in preparation for an upcoming ultra-marathon, training up to 42 kilometres on her “long run” during weekdays.
“Once I have set a goal in any running event, my schedule is just sleeping, eating, working and training. When I don’t set any goal in running events, I go backpacking, touring by bike or trekking,” she said.
Despite having cycled almost the entire country and even to southern Thailand from Alor Setar, her most memorable trip was a solo from Shah Alam to Port Dickson, camping overnight at the beach and back the next day through Sepang.
Her only company was her custom-assembled mountain bike adapted for touring duties which she called Buck. Along the way, she met curious locals, asking the usual questions such as where she’s from and how far she has cycled.
Apart from solo bicycle rides and marathon events, her travels even took her through a month-long solo backpacking trip to Nepal and all the way to the Everest Base Camp.
“I got to explore both Nepalese and Tibetan cultures and see the famous mountains at the Himalaya Range and Everest,” Chan said.
The 5,360-metre hike up to the Everest Base Camp took two weeks.
“The journey inspired me to help the undeveloped region, but I’ve yet to find the chance,” Chan said.
By comparison, the trek up Mount Kinabalu was like a walk in the park, she pointed out. (Ameba note: Actually I've never been to Mt. KK, I don't really mean that... I do respect the Mountain! So please don't misinterpret, same as I'll never say 'I conquered' a mountain)
The 30-year-old data analyst blogs mostly in Mandarin simply because she expresses herself better in the language. Sometimes, she adds entries in English for the benefit of a wider, like-minded audience.
The name of Chan’s blog, Blue Ameba (http://blueameba.blogspot.
com), is derived from her nickname, Ameba, which she explained, brings about a meaning of change while “Blue” describes how she felt when she started her blog.
“Most people I meet during my runs only know me by my nickname,” she said.
While Chan thinks having a handheld GPS receiver and a waterproof outdoor camera would add more value to her travels at more cost, she’s currently making do with her existing camera along with Google Maps and a physical map.
While many of her peers regard her as odd, she doesn’t worry too much about what people think about her lifestyle.
So, why does she keep doing what she does? “I like ‘reasonable’ adventures, and I always like to break the barrier in any activity. It’s a challenge to me. If I did it, it’s a credit; even if I failed, at least I’ve tried. There is no regret. I just want to paint my life in colours, and do it when I'm still able to."
Availabe at NST Online and New Straits Times today's (11th May 09) paper (Tech & U)
星期日, 5月 03, 2009
This is the 20th week since my training began.
It is 101km weekly mileage, for the first time, and perhaps the last.
With Chen the flying pig's advice, it is just a nice timing to hit 100km weekly mileage one month before the race. Then follow by a lower mileage, says 60-70km for next two weeks before actual taper down. It is not recommended to taper down too early because body will get lazy.
This morning's run is just fantastic. I had 26 hours rest (the feeling is just like jet-lag) to let my body recover from 46km finished on 2/5 4am. I woke up later than planned and I reached Bukit Aman at 6.30am on Sunday, 3/5. I started my run at 6.40am which is quite late as I'd ended at 9am.
The weather was superb nice in the morning which is totally different from past few weeks' morning which are hot and humid. The air was so refreshing and the 6.45am sky was clear and as blue as saphhire. My legs were set off with a little heavy move, but all soreness gone after 2km warm up. I did a 21km easy run and returned to Bukit Aman by 8.45am.
Yeah, I logged 86km from 1/5-3/5 three days in a row, but I'm still pretty sure that it going to be painful to run a 84km in one stretch!
Just smile, even it is painful.
星期六, 5月 02, 2009
I suddenly realized that having a healthy body is much more important than having a fit body. Well, some say ‘Keep Fit to Be Healthy’, but I’d think that, ‘Keep Healthy to Be Fit’. Once your body is weak, there is no way to be fit at all!
I did a 42km LSD on 25/4 (Saturday), when I finished my last pill of antibiotics on Friday. However, my body was mad of me. I started my run 4.30am at Lake Garden, then WT joined me for 30km at 5.45am. I’ve never experience this kind of tiredness before where I started walking before reaching Jalan Duta. I was hoping for a de tour but WT and Malvin who started together with us were far ahead. Malvin was waiting for me across the road. So I have to keep on but with very slow pace and walk for couple of times. I felt good again after boosting by Endurox at a very early distance.
Eventually I just continued and kept moving forward with own pace for the remaining distance till back to Bukit Aman. There’s a feeling of disappointed. I upset with my body condition, and my body was upset with me too! I called the week off and took full day rest on Sunday to rejuvenate my body and mind.
Still feeling weak when the week started. Only a recovery run and a tempo run had been carried out before coming to 1st May.
Total Distance covered on 25/4: 42km
Time: 4.30am – 9.40am
I gotta prepare for my 1st nite run at Putrajaya organized by Terence, and I aim for above 42km (50km was in mind). There was a Circuit Run organized by Pacemakers at Lake Garden in the morning, I company WT for his extra miles before starting of the event. Thanks Tey who has number of years and experience in running ultra for giving lot of useful tips while waiting for the CR to start. I head for Double Hills where WT joined the CR pack. I was making sure to get a lot of rest and sleep before 4pm to simulate the Sundown the day where Ultramarathon starts at 7pm.
The nite run started at 9pm in front of Palace of Justice. There were a lot of great runners turning up. Thanks Victor and Frank for the information. It is 11.5km per loop, our car is the support station at half way mark. Everything just behaves differently when running at midnight. I started to feel tired (or sleepy) when I was going 20km, it was between 11pm-12am. Running at my usual sleeping time is not an easy task. Again, I guess my body was upset with me :P
I refuel myself with water and Endurox. I have banana, raisin and sweet potato for food, but ended up sweet potato remained untouched.
All runners were still in group for the first few kilometers, slowly all were separated with distance. I did it alone until 35km before meeting Alex and a lady called Michelle. Alex has been training hard to make sure he complete the ultra because he is running for charity.
I called it off after 46km, 6 hours. I was going slow and there was significant drop of performance after 42km, and both knees were stressed out and painful at my foot. I dragged myself for the next 4km and luckily with Alex’s companion. That’s all I can do, but quite worry because of not hitting 50km till now. Next, I need to depend on my HEALTH, only healthy body and healthy mind can make me complete the 84km. FITNESS level won’t improve much now as it’s coming to taper period.
Total Distance covered on 1/5 - 2/5: 46km
Time: 9.00pm – 3.00am