Thursday, June 28, 2007

Getting Whacked While Swimming

Swimming is best for cross training. In fact swimming is much more easier than running. Your whole body weight is supported by the water, while you can swim leisurely lap after lap.

But one "hazardous" problem of swimming is collission with other swimmers. I have had a few head on collission with other swimmers, literally. And sometimes you got hit by armstroke or legstroke. Nothing much you can do about it, but once in awhile look in front. God didn't made humans with eyes on top of our heads.

The past few days, I was still in high mode. Too much endorphin I guess, or what they call the runners high. I am already plotting to run 100km. From my current 63km, I could easily extend to 100km by adding 40km on the path to Kuala Klawang. That path is very hilly and would be challenging, which I experience twice in the 84km run. In fact, it's as hard as running up Genting Highlands.

The problem with last 84km run was not eating enough. I recently browse some ultra runners site, where these guys do insane 100 miles over trails, valleys, and mountains. I am not into that level yet. 100 miles equals 161km. And the time taken can be from 20 hours to 30 hours. However, reading through their blogs opens lots of knowledge on how to run ultras. What to wear, what to eat, what to drink, what to do when pain...

Oh ya, if you think your feet hurts in a run, take a look at Olga's feet. I cannot fathom the agony of such condition:



She runs 100 miles ultra races in United States. And she's a mother with kids...

When I was running at 80km, I was thinking to myself, these guys who run 100 miles are crazy. How could they do it? But one day,..hopefully...I want to run 100 miles too.

7 comments:

sbanboy said...

Wah swimming can be hazardous !!!

haza said...

Two bananas and mee rebus mana cukup! You should pack on a large pizza.

yipwt said...

hi sbanboy...yep...it's really embarassing when you knock your head on others...

haza, yea..i agree..but there's no line at around that jungle area...:)
I was thinking of durians for refueling..yum.

Carboman said...

that olga is one tough chick. even her name sounds tough - you know cold war name. her foot hasnt any blisters - THE WHOLE FOOT IS ONE DARN LARGE BLISTER! with that kind of photo, i now feel like ripping off my toenails!

Stupe said...

swimming in triathlon is like a survival thingy...u get kicked, slapped and everythign else in the water...










luckily i always behind in swimming...hahahaah!

nurina said...
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nurina said...

Phew Yip, run 84 km. Once -long time ago when i was still young- I walked 80 km (15 hrs plus if I remember right). Had so many blisters on my feet couldn't walk for several days afterwards.Can't imagine running that far.
I think nearly all of us got kicked while swimming in triahtlon, as long as u dont get hit in sensitive places hihi...
I always stay at the back and side of the main pack -i'll end up at the back anyhow, so.....