Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oct24 - North Face 100 (Singapore)

It took Keat Seong nearly a month to convince me to join the North Face 100 held at Singapore. Seriously...trail of 25km is like 35km on road. He even got Bee to join in the fun of convincing me. errr...actually now that u asked me, i also forgot why i agreed.

Bee's sis, Siok Leng was working in Singapore, so we had a great time bunking over (thank you for saving us $$$). She's renting a fren's apartment consisting of 2 bedrooms with conceal kitchen. So it's pretty cosy.

The greatest surprise we got was when we revealed the TV (O_O)

Lammu tagged along

Visited a few bike shops. Total shopping for Bee & Keat Seong.
Me & michie just admired when went ($_$)

Seriously. I know lah u wan light bikes.
But how does one sit on a full carbon saddle w/o cushioning.

Carbo loading session before the big race

While the bike maniacs shopped for bike stuff, me & michie shopped girly girly things

Love this ad. Photocopy shop

We collected our racing stuff. T-shirt was cotton though.
It's a partner race, but don't have to finish together. Avg time taken.

IDband is great if you tend to train alone.
It consist of ur name, emergency contact & anything u are allergic too.
Siok Leng's place was just 15-20mins walk away from starting line towards the park.

But she generally walk faster than all of us

The starting area was quite joyous.
100km solo had already started at 4am (u have to qualify for this)
100km duo at 7am
50km duo at 10am (wat the hell!!! hot hot hot!)
Ladies in white (L-R Chantel, Michie, Bee, Siok Leng)

Carbhunters team
I made the tattoo
"Fear The Roo"
Got these pics from the official website
The starting line & the food area at the end of the race

25km worth of road & trail in the hot hot run. It's not as technical as I thought. Though the heat is really a big factor. I have this terrible habit of running really good pace at downhill & flat surface, then walk on the uphill. Keat Seong had a terrible time trying to keep to my fast-slow pace.

We ran thru streams, climb up steps, ran thru narrow roads, around the bukit timah reservoir & the major climb up Bukit Timah.
I have no words to describe this hill. It was soo steep i couldn't even make a peep during my journey up, then U-turn then down again. I had to zigzag down or else my toes would go blueblack again with the amount of whacking.

On the way back, Keat Seong decided to make a wise decision of running at his own pace rather than follow me. A huge impact to him as his heart rate goes up & down each time i pick up my pace & slow down.
As we head back to the starting-finishing point, we had to run past a golf course. That was the hottest area with the lack of trees. I wanted to stop at a bush or even jump into the lake just to cool myself down. It was a sight of sore eyes when I saw Victor on the way back. Thanks for the pic.
All smiles when running towards the finishing line
Frank was there to support. Thanks for the pic.
All I wanna do now is go home for a glass of Coke
My time : 3.31.09hrs
Keat Seong : 3.32.47hrs

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