Monday, July 12, 2010

PD Prelude

Beautiful sunday on PD
Broga ride group pic..
Julie was pretty fast. First time I saw her on this bike.
I am riding a Cervelo...with sandals. Now who needs carbon soles?

PD tri is coming and I don't feel much prepared in terms of training. Broga ride on saturday was marred with both tubulars having slow leak. It actually happened just before the peres climb. Thanks for Ishal's pump, I thought the tyres could last this ride.

Then just before klawang, the front tubular went full blast puncture. Had to changed that one with a new one; lucky for bringing a spare.

Broga was hot. Had to keep on rehydrating. Once tekala, I decided to call it a day and hitch a ride from Adli to home. Managed to crank only 138km.


There was a Tri clinic going on Sunday (got the news from julie). I didn't actually want to cycle...swim and run would be enough. However, the option of getting some cycling training done came, with a bike borrowed from Uncle chan...

For the swim, it was 600m out and back in a straight line. Kayaks and boat were there to guide us. And the water was pretty clear and not choppy.

Cycling is more like cruising, and sometimes pushing it. Can't really pushed anyway with sandals on.

Running? I think I did 2km....too lazy to run the full distance.

Being here without the usual Tri atmosphere was real pleasing. Quiet, calm and tranquile.

Sometimes you wonder why the need to push our bodies. Ralph Dixon was there as well, and here's what he said about Marathon Des Sables this year, "You suffer for 6 months training, then you suffer another 7 days", and when asked would he do it again, it's a positive no.

I drove home finding the answer, and I think it lies with our inner desire to go beyond what we can comprehend. There was one thing I didn't mentioned after 5 days ride of 1200km. The aftermath is a feeling of hollowness. You feel your body is there, but your soul feels like it can seep out anytime. It's as if time has sped forward, and you had aged to 100. Perpetual fatigue that only makes you want to lie down and sleep.

And that went on for 2 to 3 days, before your senses normalize.

It's not something that everyone would like, but then the ones who does this are not many as well.


K3vski said...

See you in PD, Yip. Less than 2 weeks away :)

Anonymous said...

i just read this write up. 2 thumbs up. thanks for updating us. just make sure you race safe next week aight mr Omar Yip.

your right..not many..dare to do things outside the usual norm, or the things within that is beyond our 'comfort' zone. what we forget to realize is thatm there's perfectly nothing wrong with it.

2 years ago, i saw an english tourist cycling around KL on a 2 storey bike. i was sure i was not hallucinating.. (i hope). 1st glance, was like,....wooww,,cool..2nd glance with my neck more stretched, wow ! a typical 'malaysian' reaction would be , 'ói gila ke ?!'