Karen picked me near by my place at 7.00 am tagging along was Oscar her son. we took the Karak highway towards Kuantan. it was a pleasant journey reaching kuantan about 10 plus . Really had a good time in the car , very picnic like breakfast while driving and with Oscar entertaining both me and Karen.
Our journey was smooth untill one point where the highway came abruptly to an end had to make a U turn .We were trying to find Route 14 instead of Route 3. Confused the directions and mis-guide by the map , we had to call for backup for directions to "Terrorganu"
EHH! ARIF! Where You now er?!
Eh! do you happen to know the route to terengganu err? once the highway ends? Kemamaan?
Izzit? OOHH OKOK! i'll follow that route.
So okay we are back on track chit chatting all the way until we saw the road sign to Ajil where we took and this is what it looks like this:
This went on like 50% of the 47 km journey to Route 14. The doubts in me was running pretty high %&&^*#^ how can this route be like that !!! cant they ... blah blah..
funny thing is i caught a cold and ma nose is blocked during this journey. (Sigh,another indicator of stress )
But we did manage to get there and kenyir welcome us with this
So once reaching there we registered and i joined Adrian and the Gunter, got a quick meal , and we took a short cycle like 6km , swim like 400meters and ran 15 mins. Surprisingly the water is pretty good clear and warm... it has the feeling like body temperature.
After depleting some glycogen, you know how hungry one can be , all the lil muscle cells begging for sweet carbs.
Funny thing was during the briefing , Uncle Chan was joking around on the hill and how this is the toughest of the series. I was just grinning away and snickering, i bet Senn and Arif had a bubble thought "stupid fool,just he wait for tomorrow "
Now putting on the Race Face , the serious stuff.
Race environment was : hilly, windy
Thus this two main factor had already made the fact that one should go light and go low. So aerobar is not used, no pump no tools, no tube. and stem is lowered one spacer.
Swim started about drafting a few fellas and surprisingly no cramps this time.Was doing the frogman+ 20% freestyling all the way thru Have no idea on whats the timing so dont ask me.Came out the water very well alone.
This tri is all about Hills . right after the swim is hill, out to the bike route is hill, on the bike route is hills.Perhaps due to breaststoke my thighs are worn out before the hills came. just didnt had the legs for it. did overtook several faster swimmer but somehow the legs didnt last long on the bike.
Only saw several people passing by Daniel lim ( aka bikepro LIM)and several others
thus indicates the u-turn is near. Saw Gunter passing by as well (&%$%$)
Made the u-turn and slight further ahead looking back, Lord Mother of MOthers!!! its KAREN WEI! shit. Decided to give some draft to her however going down i was just pulling away as i had the lower ratio.
At one point i was passing this dude with sweeeet looking TT LOOK bike with zipps 404 really nice colour coordinated red decals, red housing with black background (really ganas)but sadly this bike aint made to climb. i climb well ahead however when it came to the downhills this dude has the advantage of aero and weight on his side.So made a very good symbiosis where on the hills i climb , he draft and when its time to go down he push the air aside and i draft. but he totally lost it when it came to the last hill on the way back..(12% wei).not easy
Coming out of the run was slow. My run was a walk and jog instead , lo and behold that "Mother" passes me by again , she had the cheek to Hello! bernard! while my stomach is churning and ever ready to fertilize some lucky plant.
Just to maintain the pace, its totally mental. The brain goes: Which part of "Just do it " dont you understand. Just pace urself! scre* the rest and hang-on.
Saw Adrian on the run , saw Patsy , Jeffry and others.( All going strong , feeling strong )
Pretty nice section when they had the School-kids line up to give HIGH FIVE'S now thats really cool thing, when one need that extra motivation , those lil kid's smile does ease the suffeing a lil.
Overall it is fun and fer sure its a sufferfest a holiday for me as well and a last minute decision to make it for Kenyir. i am happy i got to do it.
Look at what Kenyir gave them!!
and look a what kenyir gave me