Sunday, June 27, 2010
It's been about a month since I was on the MTB saddle. And today was the day to leave Colnago at home and bring Cinder Cone out for some sunshine!
This was my first ever Epic Hash with the KL MTB Hash group! I had a good first Hash experience last year in Kiara, and was looking forward to this one after so long. The best part, Vong and I rode together :D :D :D
The first climb of the ride was like a freaking wall! Thankfully, my best MTB skill is...Pushing-Up-Hills! Haha. I realized I was pretty good at it when I effortlessly pushed past so many riders going up. Lol. On the downhill, we saw Bernard who had fell and injured his leg or something, so I decided to play safe and ride and push half and half down. Then about 45 mins into the ride, I got a flat. Boo. But Vong came to the rescue and changed the tube for me. Yay. Because of the flat, we fell way behind everyone else, but managed to catch up at the traffic jams. :D Phew.
The rest of the ride was a mud fest for us as the 200+ riders had already mashed through the soft dirt and mud. The only mudfest I had was Sg Lembing, and I would say this hash mud fast was FUN! Our tyres would be caked in mud, as Vong put it, every 3 metres, and we'd have to stop and yank out the mud cakes! Hehe.
It was already 9 minutes past 11am when we reached the river crossing. So no point continuing to checkpoint 1 (and thus losing out on the lucky draw prizes of sexy ladies on bicycle accessories).
Hehe. Specialized lucky draw prize :P
Some pictures post-ride as I just too caked in mud to take out my iPhone to snap pictures. :)
We stopped by Specialized on the way back for Vong to get his insoles and me to order my BG S-works women's cycling shoe. And guess what happened to our bikes?
What a day. Next weekend is Eco-X Challenge by Nomad Adventures! Need to start and review my rock-climbing & abseiling techniques!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
After my two weeks of complete rest, I joined the Bkt Jelutong Boys for the Ride of The Month, or as the regulars call it, ROTM from Putrajaya Bike Park to Port Dickson and back. The distance was 125km, the first long ride since interstate.
We convoyed to the start point in 7 cars! OJ, Tony, Uncle Patrick, Joanne, Mohan, Ishaal, and Alison. Great way to begin the ride. I actually left Casa Tropicana a little too early and reached the Puchong Tol at 5:50am, 23 minutes earlier than agreed so I turned back, wasted RM3.60 on toll, and waited with Tony and Alison at 5 Star Mamak. :D
The start of the ride saw a big group of cyclists, easily 50 riders I would say. Everybody was geared up and excited for the ride as the Interstate Bug was still biting their legs! hehe. We rolled out a little before 8am. Poor baby Vong, who rode from Cheras to Putrajaya had a flat along the MEX and so turned back upon reaching Putrajaya becuase he couldn't make the start time. Well, lucky thing he did, because about 20-30km into the ride, the weather STORMED on us. This is the first time that I can say I rode through a storm. The downpour was so heavy, that i felf the raindrops like pieces of rock falling onto my back. Not to mention the strong winds that blew us to the side.
We regrouped in Sepang, the first group to reach. Upon reaching, Uncle Patrick, Amanda, and I agreed that we will join the second peloton to Port Dickson instead. Heck, we were going at 45km/hr instead of 30-35km/hr as was briefed earlier on. Sweaty and drenched, we refueled on bananas given by the support crew and nasi lemak. The rain only started to slow down after the last peloton arrived.
When we started off again, I was already regretting that I did not wear my arm warmers. It was SO COLD!!!! I felt as if I was back in Davis during a cold Fall morning cycling to campus. Brrrr.... But we warmed up soon enough as the pace picked up speed pretty quickly.
Overall, I think I did well for this ride. I finished strong and kept a good steady pace throughout.
Group shot at Port Dickson. :D
Wow. I haven't updated since my Interstate Day 1 post! I will have to continue Day 2 and Day 3 but i'm just feeling lazy. A series of events unfolded since Interstate, and life has been super duper busy with work, settling into my new condo, races, training, trips, etc...
The weekend after interstate, Kenny, Debbie, Lydia, Dave, Michelle, Raymond, and I took part in the Gunung Angsi Climbathon, which is actually the 3rd of the series of challenges, the first being Gunung Nuang and the second, Gunung Datuk Challenge. I sprained my right ankle twice in the race, the first time going up, and the second time going down. However, I managed to finish with 8th position. I would probably have got 6th position had it not happened. I did stop to help Debbie with her cramps, and let one gal overtake us. When Debbie recovered, I just wasnt able to keep up cos the weakened joint. What is important, I realized, is not the position you get, but the friendships you sustain and your mental power to finish the race still feeling good and strong.
Some pictures from the race.
At the start of the race, everyone looking fresh. From left, Dennis, Dave, Deb, Kenny, Mich, and moi. At the end of the race, Dave won 9th place, Deb 6th, Mich 5th, and moi 8th.
Champion Lydia! She won 4th place in this challenge (quite unfairly, but we will never know the whole story on how another girl suddenly appeared out of nowhere for 3rd place..) but got 2nd place overall for the series! Congrats, iron lady!
Debbie with 6th place!
Me, at 8th place. RM50! Ok la...boleh cari makan sikit...
Me, at 8th place. RM50! Ok la...boleh cari makan sikit...
After the exciting morning, we headed off to Dave's place where he whipped up an awesome lunch of healthy omelette and tomatoes! Lydia made a chocolate ice cream banana smoothie that got us all licking our spoons..yum yum!
My foot had started to swell tremendously on the way...and this is how looked that night. O.o
And so begins my two weeks of complete rest from running, cycling, and swimming. But no rest from work. >_<