Remember that I mentioned previously that I wanted to hit 70km?
Moreover within 10 hours?
Yup...failed on both account.
But on the good side of things (there always is a good side!!) I've learn somethings that I should/should not do for the Sundown 100km in June this year.
Anyway....flew into Singapore Saturday morning and was glad I bumped into a tiny fraction of the Malaysian contingent heading for the race.
(please refer to picture below)
* At KLIA, with TPC, Frank, Julie, Jamie and Paul.
Arrived and got through custom check with minimal issues.
Arrived and got INto aunt's place at Bedok with minimal issues as well. I'm glad to report that the directions given by my cousin via Whatapps were terribly accurate and I didn't get lost!
After settling in (aunt's gone to Hong Kong for...something), headed back out to meet DOdo and Sandy for lunch at Mount Faber.
(again, refer to pictures below...and big THANK YOU to Sandy for the pick up/drop off, free shower at office and a great time, plus epic support at race site!!!!)
* At Mount Faber with Sandy and DOdo.
* The food was pretty good!!!!
* Thanks Sandy for everything!!!!
Got to race site at around 4pm with an hour more to spare.
Race scheduled to start at 5pm sharp.
Collected race bib and cam-whored to no end until the start of the race.
The weather wasn't too sunny or hot....but it was still warm and humid.
And there were so many people at East Coast Park that it might as well have been at Orchard Road!!!!
The race route is simple enough.
The start of the race is the center of it all.
Run to the left end for 2.5km until the check point, turn around, run back. Gives you 5km.
Head on to the right end for another 2.5km (but I swear it felt longer at this end!!!), hit the check point, turn around and head back to the start.
All in all, it was suppose to be a 10km loop.
* With Alexis and Winnie.
The first 10km, was running with Alexis, Winnie and Mo-maniac.
Personally I felt the first 10km running was terrible.
I felt tired.
I felt hot (not the head-turning-wolf-whistling sort that I was hoping for!).
I felt ready to take my afternoon nap.
And I felt like going to the SPCA to get myself a dog...(erm, nevermind...)
* The Malaysian contingent!!!!
The second 10km was easier.
I was already in the groove of things.
The tiredness has somewhat vanished and my legs were in a comfortable running rhythm and I felt that I could go on for quite a bit.
However, we kinda lost Alexis at the second round.
We figured she must be still sorta recovering from Seoul Marathon the week before.
The good feeling lasted for the 3rd 10km loop.
Then things started unravelling.
Started to feel sleepy....(you have to understand that my usual bedtime is 10pm)
Gulped down a bottle of NaughtyG to keep me awake.
Pace slowed down but not that I really care at this point in time.
I just wanted to keep going.
* If you're wondering how we killed time at pit-stop....answer is, mostly cam-whoring. Like above!
And there was a problem of wasting too much time at the center check point.
I wanted Winnie to complete this run with me coz God knows she needed the mileage for the upcoming Sundown 100km.
But I guess she was tired.
In fact, I had a bad feeling that if I've gone off without her, she'd happily settled for 40km and call it a day.
Waited quite a bit for Winnie and Mo-maniac to return from their completion 35th km.
The longer I waited, the more difficult to keep going.
Completion of 40km was a huge relieve for me.
It means I'm over the halfway mark!!!!
And I'm starting to get chafing at the oddest of areas....(but lets not get too specific in chaffed areas in this blog)
After completing 40km, quickly BodyGlided these areas.
Unfortunately the "damage" had already occurred.
Completing 50km was mostly done in pain.
Alexis had a surge of energy after 40km.
So I literally chased her until we completed 50km.
Bringing along my iPod helped tremendously!!!!
But the pain was getting ridiculously unbearable.
Blisters I can handle.
Muscle ache I can ignore.
Chafing.....I rather not talk about it!
Alexis mentioned pre-race that if she, I and Winnie completes at least 60km, we'd get free Italian food. And I LOVE Italian food!!!!!
Oh...and I LOVE it being FREE!!!!
So with new target in mind, tried to nail down 60km and reassess condition after.
Walked from 50-55km.
Then the last 5km, tried to run but the chafing hurt.
But at least I made the 2.5km running and walked the remaining 2.5km.
I swear it was the longest 2.5km ever walked!!!!!!
It felt like forever!!!!
Each step felt like my clothe were grating into my skin.
I wanted time to pass faster.
For the end of the line to be near.
Completed 60km and I know I was not gonna be doing another 10km.
I'm ready to go shower and scream profanities to no one in particular.
I knew the chafing and abrasions were that bad.
* The medal would have cost me extra during registration. Being cheap, I opted for NO medal. So here I am with Alexis' medal for picture taking!
So it was 60km in over 11 hours.
Exact time.....God knows.
I wasn't paying attention to the timer.
So this is what I picked up as lessons from running TUC in preparation to Sundown 100km.
1. Enough sleep leading up to the start of the race. I regretted not napping (although lunch with Sandy and DOdo was more fun!)
2. Lube up!!!!! Like...EVERYWHERE!!!! Lube up at places that I don't usually lube at all coz after 40km, that area (wherever it may be) will start to chaff!!!!!
3. I don't need junkfood to survive ultra. I just need a lot of Coke (the legal drink), coffee and NaughtyG!
4. Not to spend too much time at pit-stops like we did. It kills the momentum and it takes effort to restart the running.
5. iPod IS essential regardless what anyone else says. It is a fantastic time-killer and takes your attention away from the fatigue and aches.
6. Pace someone consistent when finding own rhythm is difficult. Nancy (running as Florence) was brilliant and was superbly consistent in her running pace.
7. As Mo-maniac always say....encourage and BE encouraged!!!
8. Oh yes.....must wear compression shorts!!!
So...am I ready for my 100km?
Gosh....I really hope so.
Special thanks to DOdo, Yimmy, Tey, Kim Lai, Mo-maniac and Selly for the photos stolen for this blog.