Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Time On My Hands

It's been ages since I've had some time to myself in the office. All the paperwork has been caught up with. No pesky clients calling and demanding miracles. No appointments that need attending to. Life is pretty much quiet for now. I'm hoping it stays that way the entire day.

It's also been ages since I last wrote anything here. There were days, a long time ago when I used to write a post about something or other every single day. Where I found the inspiration to write daily boggles even me. These days the only thing I can think about to write is about my running exploits.

Work normally keeps me busy all day until I get home. Even then, there are times when I actually have to bring my work home. I'm not really complaining about having work to do cos that's what pays the bills though the days just flies by so quickly.

Running has also taken a huge amount of my free time these days. Whatever time I can dig out before and after work is normally spent running. Early weekend mornings or any public holidays are normally always spent running miles on end somewhere away from home. Though the wife runs as well and understands my need to keep up with the training, I tend to be a little selfish to her by spending just a bit too much time on my running.

But with my race calendar for the year already planned and which involves some mind numbing huge distanced races, the training needs to be put in by hook or by crook. Either that or suffer considerably through the race.

I'm one who takes every race I sign up for very seriously. I don't sign up for something just cos everyone else is doing it. I don't sign up for races to be seen with the who's who. It's all about challenging myself to see if I have what it takes to go the distance.

I take my training very seriously, sometimes too seriously. I put in every bit of effort to train for a particular event. The training regime I put myself through can be pretty tough, especially for events that require really long distance of running. It can piss the wife off at times with my almost fanatical approach in my running.

But mostly she's very supportive of my running and my need to constantly train. She's a gem that way :D I'm also glad that she shares my passion for running though she's not as fanatical as I am. She's come a long way in her training too and I'm expecting to see some good timing coming from her in some of the races she's slated to run in.

Okay, enough running talk for now. I might as well spend the free time I have scouring the web for more running gear like a spandex fitted stretch tablecloth that might just come in handy for one of my ultra races in the near future.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Crazy Things I Do

In roughly 17 hours or less I'll be embarking on 12 hour trail run challenge in Gunung Nuang. Strangely enough, I'm not too bothered by it. I'm not being cocky or over-confident, mind you. The reality is I'm going to suffer every step of the 12 hours I'll be on my feet in Nuang but somehow I'm not too worried about it as much as I should be.

I haven't even packed my gear or prepared my fueling and hydration needs yet. I haven't even decided on what I'm going to wear and am still toying of which shoe is going to be on my feet, the ever reliable Skechers GObionic Trail or the battle proven hybrid, The Skechers GOrun Ultra.

I really should be getting down to doing all that but it's such a nice lazy Saturday to be doing anything. The weather is of a little concern though. With the current dry prolonged dry spell, Nuang is going to be hot, irrespective of the tree cover, especially in the noon stages of the run. I'm just hoping there isn't any bush fires in the vicinity to make it even tougher than it already is going to be.

This will be my second 50k challenge in the span of two weeks. I'm just waiting to get this over and done with so I can get back to starting my marathon training again. It's going to be some tough weeks ahead with back to back weekend long runs planned and another 84k Ultra challenge thrown in somewhere end May. Why do I even sign up for these torture fest is something that's beyond me.

The wife has also embarked on a new training programme and has been hard at work keeping to it. I'm seeing so much improvement in her since being sidelined for quote a while due to injuries. She's got some goals and targets planned for her main race and judging by her improvement, I have no doubt she'll ace it.

Anyways, why am I even sitting here and blogging on this fine slow moving Saturday afternoon when I could be snoozing away. With that I'll leave you to enjoy your Saturday, give this small guitar case booklet a look-see and hit the sack for a few hours.

Friday, February 21, 2014

When The Smoke Gets In Your Eye

The air quality out there seems pathetic again. Woke up this morning to the smells of burning in the air which promptly saw me cancelling  my usual morning run. Things are becoming so bad in this country (well, the world too) that I fear for what the future holds.

The haze issue is really really being taken too seriously by the powers that be in this country. It's a yearly affair but wasn't as bad as this before. It's only February and it's already smokey out there. I really can't remember when we had clean, breathable air. Yes, it's been that long.

The current exceptionally long dry spell isn't helping things either. Warnings about water rationing are being thrown around and I dread to have to go through that. I'm hoping some divine intervention would happen soon and we'll see some heavy rains in the water catchment areas and be spared of having to ration for water. It'll do the air quality some good too.

How I long for the quality of life back in my childhood. The air was so much better. The facilities, though not as modern as now, was at least working. Life was so much more tolerable back then. People lived in harmony with one another. These days everything seems to be on a downward spiral and just making it through the day can be a huge effort.

The only good thing is, today is Friday and the weekend is here. At least I can go mess around with my new bulova watches, I mean my new Garmin Forerunner 620. Have a happy weekend peeps.

Friday, January 24, 2014

SlowMo

The Chinese New Year is just around the corner and things have been real slow in the office. As much as I love for things to move slowly, I'm not too happy with it. With the way this country is being managed by our, as far as I'm concerned, corrupt ruling regime, we need all the work we can get to make ends meet.

Unfortunately though, I don't see much work coming in at least until the Chinese New Year celebrations are over. Almost everyone, clients included are already in a holiday mood. Aside from loads of outstanding paper work, I practically have nothing to do.

I wish I had a treadmill or something in the office, at least that way I could actually do something productive instead of trying to keep from nodding off at my desk. I still have to run through this Reid Supply list but I'm just too lazy to do it.

Well, I guess after the Chinese New Year holidays, I'll just have to work thrice as hard to make up for the slow business.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire ...

The year just flew by in a flash. One minute it's January and the next I'm getting ready for Christmas again. Where did the time go? Christmas is just a few days away and to be honest, I haven't really done anything for it yet. Not that I don't have the mood, I do but the bleak prospects for next year that awaits everyone seems to have put a slight damper on things.

I'm more careful about how I spend my money. Yes, the boys stuff have been taken care of for Christmas but that's basically about it. The tree is up, but not as lavishly decorated as a few years back when I built a snowscape under the Christmas tree and turned the entire house in a winter wonderland! It was a tiring and tedious time but it sure was fun. Spent quite a bit too. Had a nice Christmas party and all that.

My handmade snowscape Christmas scene ...
This year it's more of a very quiet Christmas with the family at home or maybe even a nice Christmas dinner outside somewhere. The wife and me are still undecided on that yet. We used to go for Christmas eve buffets but these days we don't eat that much so buffets are really a waste of money.

Choo-Choo ...
I'll be off work from Christmas till next year, a nice long break (which I'm sure will also be used for running) before starting work and concentrating on bringing in new businesses or at least consolidate on the ones we already have seeing as how most people are going to be thrifty with their spending next year.

Winter Wonderland ...
The wife and me are getting a lot more thriftier with our money too. Well mostly the wife (who is better at handling our finance) cos I'm perpetually wanting to buy running gear every time I lay my eyes on something ... LOL! If anyone is thinking of getting me a Christmas gift, don't crack your brains too much figuring out what to get me. All I want for Christmas is a Petzl Nao headlamp (or at least a Black Diamond Storm). Yes, I'm shameless I know ... hahaha!

Here's wishing all of you who celebrate the occasion a blessed and Merry Christmas and happy holidays to those who don't. Now let me go listen to some Christmassy music on my spanking new direct sound headphones.