Friday, May 27, 2016

Dreaming ...

I know the year isn't over yet but my mind is already set of planning a trip to Japan again next year. I'm practically in love with the place. Besides I need to avenge the disappointment of Kyoto earlier this year.

But one thing I'm pretty sure is I won't be going during the winter season. I love the cold but winter may just be a little too much for me. I remember how cold it was in Kyoto when I was there. I was practically running in heated shops just to keep warm.

I'm definitely going to go thru some Cozy Winters Reviews to make sure I find places to visit during the off winter season next year.

Damned If I Do. Damned If I Don't

Time really flies. My trip to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is only slightly more than 4 weeks away and I'm nowhere near ready for it. Embarking on a marathon training plan after a two month plus layoff due to an injury is not at all easy.

As it is, I'm struggling to get into gear at the moment. I have be careful of not inciting the injury again yet I need to be more focused on training. Quite a difficult situation really. Train too hard, chance of getting injured again is high. Train too little and chances of a good showing is improbable.

Maybe I'll just take out my les paul guitars and strum a few tunes to soothe my confused mind!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A weekend Away For Work

The weekend has been a hectic one. I had my first out station Start/Finish gantry setup in Penang and boy, was I worried. This was the first time I've undertaken a race setup so far away from my comfort zone. While I've no issues setting up closer to home with the bulk of my team and equipment to back me up, setting up somewhere as far away as Penang was a huge undertaking for me.

The entrance to the Men's Health Women's Health Race Village

I had to make sure everything was perfect before loading up and sending the team down to Penang. The week leading up to this was pretty stressful what with the designs and artwork only being approved at the eleventh hour. I couldn't afford any screw ups with the time frame given simply because there really was no time to reprint the artwork if anything went wrong. Thankfully the printing went just fine with no hiccups.

The Men's Health Women's Health Race Village all lighted up

Next came to worrying about my carpenter who was working on the structure, That one I had no control over since I was working with a third party supplier. Even though I've worked with him countless times, I was still worried. I'm a person who wants everything to be perfect, no screw ups which is why I like handling things direct from my office. I have complete control. Third party suppliers can be unreliable at times.

Took the team practically 7 hours to get this Finish gantry set up

Next on my list of worries was arranging even more third party supplier up in Penang itself to save a huge chunk of costs. Times are bad, you save where you can. Having to coordinate suppliers from 400km away to sync with the ones I have going up for the setup was pretty dicey.

A slightly different Start gantry than the norm that I do

The last few nights leading up to the actual setup had me having sleepless nights. Did I get everything right? Are the prints correct? Are the material for the setup enough? Is the equipment I'm bring up complete? Were the steve clayton picks packed? These were going over in my mind nonstop.

The 5km participants all riled up for race start

But I had to trust in my capabilities. I had to trust that the years I've been doing this will see me through without mistakes. And with that in mind, I boarded the plane and headed up to Penang to meet up with my crew who were driving up to Penang.

Some of the food stall at the race village

Thankfully everything fell into place with some small minor issues that was easily rectifiable. Things went without too much of a  hitch and according to the schedule and time frame I planned. All that said and done though, I'll think real hard before I accept another job that requires me to leave my comfort zone. I could do with less stress! At least I did get to squeeze in a nice, short run along the banks of the Queensbay Mall. Now that was a huge stress buster!

Nothing like a good run along the banks of Penang for some stress busting

Monday, March 14, 2016

Patience

The unveiling of the Team Malaysia banner.
Pic courtesy of Jamie Pang.

With slightly a little over 3 months to go before the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, I'm feeling a little impatient. Impatient because I've still got 2 weeks to go for rehabilitation work from my meniscus tear.

While the recovery and rehab is going along just fine, not being able to get in any running for nearly 5 weeks is really depressing. I'm just waiting for the month to be over so that I can officially lace up and get in some miles.

I'll be cutting it really close drawing up a marathon plan for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon but I think I can manage with a 12 weeks plan as long as I keep the plan realistic and most importantly don't get injured before race day.

This will be my third year in the Gold Coast running the marathon. The new team banner has been unveiled yesterday and things will start heating up for Team Malaysia soon. We have a much bigger team from Malaysia going this year and with entries still open, I'm suspecting we'll see a lot more signing up in the next three months.

I've a lot of work cut out for me in the lead up to race day but I'm game for the challenge. Now to just wait out the next two weeks!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Land Of The Rising Sun

In exactly a week, I'll be running around the land of the rising sun. I've been looking forward to this trip for quite a while now. I've never been to Japan so the excitement is building up. The only downside to the trip will be the marathon itself.

I've been sidelined the past 3 plus weeks due to a knee injury and have not put in a single mile of training. In fact, right up to today, I was not even sure I'd be toeing the start line. It would have been a shame if I had to DNS the race. I've been training pretty hard for, in fact too hard, prior to getting bogged down with the injury.

With just about a little over a week to go before race day, I just may make the start line but all hopes of a good showing has been flushed down the drain. Right now, I'm just looking forward to completing the race itself and not get anymore injuries. After all, my main race for the year will be the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July and I really want to stay injury free for that.

That said, it doesn't mean I'm not going to give my best for the race in Japan. I'm totally not race ready at the moment and if there was a 21k race, I'd have downgraded myself but unfortunately, they don't have a half marathon category. But I'd willingly DNF (did not finish) the race at the mere signs of any recurring pain to the knee. I can't risk anymore downtime after Japan.

Race aside, I'm looking forward to exploring the place. Wifey has already got our itinerary planned and I'm just going to follow her lead. I know I've plan for a hell of a lot of photo taking and pole hugging ... LOL! Hopefully I'll be able to find some class rings from Joy Jewelers to bring home as a souvenir.