Brain fag
Exhausted
Fatigue

My mind can’t work anymore.

Not thinking straight.

Coach. Anyone?

A friend is selling this at a much cheaper price. She is selling at S$490 and the retail price is S$675. Contact me if you are interested? Brand new and still in nice packaging!

coach

I am thankful…

sunday

1. that I have legs and able to have a morning run with K-san.
2. to have the much-missed mee siam and coffee at Killiney’s after the run.
3. to be able to go to church with dad..at last..after a few weeks of MIA.
4. to be touched by the Lord…and oh, how I missed Him (result of not spending enough time with Him).
5. to be present with dad when he’s about to faint and that he’s fine eventually.
6. that I’m able to rant about my displeasure with K-san and knowing he will not judge.
7. that one of my photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the seventh edition of Schmap Paris Guide.
8. to be part of the Apple cult. Hello! iphone!
9. to have velvety mushroom at Soup Spoon. Fav!
10. to be able to watch The Importance of Being Earnest with my fav Tang Quartet in it!

Nice Sunday. I’m thankful.

farewell…

The Leongs have returned to Singapore for some time already and yet I have not had the time to meet up with them, especially the kids. Before you know it, they will be going back tomorrow. How time flies!

So, decided to spend some time with them over brekky. They seem a bit distant now, I felt. Sigh! Sad…It will be another year before they come back for a short visit. Need to make time for friends, Lynn.

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And caught up with KM, my faithful IT support guy ;p .He saw my HDD and well, didn’t look very optimistic. Sigh! Anyway, must give a treat to this brother who always gives me treats. It’s finally my turn! The Korean cuisine is nice. Wise choice, bro! Shopping with you is really enjoyable ! Must do it more often! =)

Ride: 30km

=)

The meeting really drained me out. By 11am, I couldn’t tahan already and was shaking my legs away impatiently. It must have been a sight!

Happy that the SH study trip was postponed to May and that means I could go for Tang Quartet concert and attend the conference that I signed up for!

And with that confirmation, I signed up for Bintan Tri which I have to leave for the trip a day after the race. How exciting!

Now, got to work over the weekends…. sigh!

Hmm…

Today, I felt like I had missed out a few days’ of sleep. It’s accumulation, I think. Since last week, I have been getting up at 4am almost daily and that would mean only 4 hours of sleep? Or about 5? Work has not been kind to us, esp those who were writing. And how I dread tml’s meeting. =(

Was called in and told of the ‘good news’. Hmm…my first reaction to boss was,”Huh? So fast?”

“You’re not happy?”

Hmm… If you think of the added responsibilities, how can one not be unhappy? Asked my ex-colleagues about this and she said she would rather have more time than the extra privilege. I have heard this so many times at meetings but we really cannot please all. Time management, prioritising might help? Anyway, since I will be working this hard with or without the frills, I might as well accept it.

Haiz…tml…I ought to be positive. Brace up, team!

results analysis

OK. Results’ out. Was placed 9th in my category. Hmm…don’t know if I was happy or sad but the scale tends to go towards the =(

Anyway, there’s cause to be happy. Well, based on last year’s Osim which was 1.5km swim, I took 1:01:02 but for this 1.9km swim, I took 53:20 min. Whoah! That was improvement for me! Of course, I could do much better, I hope and so it’s continuation of swim class for me!

Bike leg. Hmm… I definitely believe I could do better. Hate to climb and my avg speed for the slopes was less than 25km/h. Goodness! I must improve! 03:06:01

Run leg. Hmm…I thought I walked a lot and my timing was 3 min more than the previous Army half marathon. Is there something wrong with the measurement? Anyway, this leg is definitely one that I want to improve. 02:21:25.

Anyway, it was a good experience. What a good way to spend a Sunday.

The day. What a day!

Woke up, had my brekky and off to Big Splash with K-san. It was drizzling and I was hoping that this won’t continue. Saw someone from swim class and he was one of the official photographers! Good… he said he would look out for me (and indeed, he took a few shots of me during the running leg.heheheh) and saw Michelle who had already set up her stuff. It’s good to have company for races, rather than doing it alone.

Swim leg. It was good in the beginning until the water got choppy. The guys came soon after and I got scared. Previous experience told me that I would get hammered. I would have swum at a leisurely pace if not for the fact that I was stung by jellyfish. Man! The pain! From that moment, I increased my speed and got out at around 52 min.

Ran into transition and heard a few people call my name. Ahhh…the boys from Swiss Valley! One of them was at the transition and telling me not to panic, calming me down. I went off with my bike and did a very terrible thing. I forgot my shade and TURNED back, hitting a fellow participant. And I was scolded. SORRY!

The bike leg was fun. But along the way, I saw some who had to pull out because of punctured tyres and praying that I would not meet with the same fate. Thankfully, all was okay and I came in at my own targetted timing.

The run leg was the most difficult. My legs were cramped and I couldn’t run and this was just into my first 3km. Arghhh..Apparently, the helpers were not very quick with deep heat and I had to wait for a while before they could find one. Sigh!!! Then it was stomach cramp..sigh!!! I really wanted to give up. The pain was bad, not excruciating but uncomfortable. But the thought of DNF and all the months and money that went into training really put the idea off. Along, the way, Michelle, May, N-chan and some fellow swimmers from swim class encouraged me. Of course, there were those sweet supporters who cheered me on. Thank you for being there, everyone of you. No need to mention names right?

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I came in at my own targetted time under 6.5 hours. I’m happy for a first-time HIM. The run leg was most crucial, I feel and I need to improve on that. I had little training on brick session and I ought to work at it. This race opened my ears to one word – F**K- I’ve never heard so much of this in one occasion. Scary…

The post-race meal was errr…not delectable at all. rojak, satay and some more fried food. In the end, I took some poached vegetables and chips before having Magnum and instant noodles. What crappy food for a post-race meal and it cost S$50 or was it S$30 for it??? In any case, it was still not worth it.

Jacuzzi, sea salt scrub & sports massage. Ahhhhh...

Jacuzzi, sea salt scrub & sports massage. Ahhhhh...

After the race, went to the first aid and got treated for the sting before setting off sometime later to Laguna Country Club for a spa treatment courtesy of K-san =) I thought it was good but apparently, the man didn’t have the same sentiments. Dinner was at Botak Jones…sudden craving even though I felt full after a few bites.

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It was a perfect day. The weather was superb (it helps to have such good weather. Reminded me of CGI). The post-activity for me was wonderful. My apologies for not meeting you guys after the race. Would very much want to take photos with you, esp Sha who is my regular supporter in races.

Will I tri again? Why not? Bintan is next…That reminded me. I need to sign up soon!

The eve.

I did it again. ‘Lao sai’ three times in the morning. What’s new? I am always the kan cheong spider nearing race day. Better release all so that I would not encounter such a state on the actual day.

prep

Checked in my bike before meeting K-san. He had bought me tix to Kumar’s stand up comedy after I had to give up my tix to go for the briefing. As usual, yours truly is truly last-minute and a blur queen, didn’t check properly before agreeing to the Friday’s show. Sigh! Totally enjoyed the show and it was a good 1 1/2 hour laughing session though I still felt his previous gigs were better.

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Preparing now for the race. It’s so much like packing for a trip. Hahahhahaha….I’m glad to be able to make it for Lele’s birthday party. Seeing the kids made me happy.

Ok… A better tomorrow. Thank you guys who sent me well-wishes. Appreciate much! =)

2 more days.

Friday! Yea! Love Fridays because it is dress-down day and basically I love to be clad in jeans. Today was kind of nice with few in the office and basically that means not much interference and meetings! Work gets done faster! 

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Carbo loading continued and today’s lunch was colours fried rice (lynn’s creation) and the loading continued into the night. Collected race pack and hmm, it’s quite pathetic in terms of the contents, considering the amount we have to pay. Dinner? Well…not very appertising either. BUt since I am not racing for the sake of the race pack nor the food, I think I just have to accept it ;p (what can I do, right?).

Today had been quite an inspiring day. The newspaper reported one dude who suffered from cancer taking part in the HIM, against all odds and to prove that nothing is impossible. Michelle, from swim class, shared with me how she got started with tri, having crashed her bike (and w/o helmet!) in the very early years of learning to cycle and had to take 4 months to recover. JUst started swim class in Jan this year and learning to cycle again late last year and she is now taking part in this. Whoah! She had the ‘just-do-it’ mentality!

inspiration

I need more of these stories. Indeed, people join races for various reasons. Some to win (like the elites on the stage during carbo loading dinner), some to achieve their PB, some to prove to themselves/others that they can make it, against all odds and of course, some, just to have fun.

I just want to enjoy myself. I think I can =) I love the spirits of the athletes during a race. Those encouraging words that you hear from fellow racers and the pain you see on the faces…simply attractive. ;p

Note: No coffee before race. Will activate bowels, resulting in undesirable pain ;p

3 more days.

The water passed out was yellowish.

HYDRATE!

Had discount from coach today. =) There was a pro today and whoah, the Norwegian could travel so far with one stroke. SOOOOoooooo impressed! How I wish…

the crazy gals. courtesy of Lee Lian

the crazy gals. courtesy of Lee Lian

Back @ work, ZM and I took a break. The crazy mama-to-be was most fun to work with, with her zany ideas every now and then. This pic came about because we both had colourful cushion and I could make a ‘traffic light’ with them. XD I’m so looking forward to Friday.

Mood: Sianz
Listening to: 五月天

4 more days.

It’s a break from the routine today. Attended a course (Ask Stupid Question workshop) and totally enjoyed it. Perhaps it’s the people or perhaps, I really need a break from office. I made a case for a different kind of workplace during the presentation – a workplace that is not confined to space, rules and schedule. I think I felt really too cooped up. I need a breather and today provided me with that. =)

Got my bike back during lunch. Love it! It’s so CLEAN now! My dear vintage bike =)

My dear clean bike =)

My dear clean bike =)

I need more ME time. I should apply for leave.

stealing some time for a cuppa @ NLB

stealing some time for a cuppa @ NLB

Bike: 42km

5 more days.

Went down to ECP in the morning to check out the running route. 3 rounds of that. Hmm…interesting…

Lee Lian is going to leave us and we have decided to treat her to some crabby session near our place. It was good but then hours later, I suffered from stomachache. My system really could not take it – too rich and oily for it. Lee Lian has been given treats by so many others. A question. Besides giving treats, what are some other ways that we could mark such occasion? I was thinking how terrible it is to always have to eat, eat, eat and eat, eat and still eat, eat and more eating.

But then again, that’s just me.

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Went down to have sports massage done. But they got my intention wrongly and assigned me to a physiotherapist who in the end, did the massage for me. Sigh! Hardly good. With the amount I paid them, I would rather go back to my regular tuina place and have a 2-hour session instead of an hour.

And, I do really look forward to Sunday because I realised I have missed out on meeting the girls and also the Leong’s kiddos. Oh! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!

7 more days…

Sea swim today in preparation for THE Race. The waters, murky as usual, and this time we were all bitten by some bugs. It had this stinging effect and it’s hard to focus on the swim when you also need to scratch the affected area. And as usual, the goggles got fogged up and I went off course…sigh!

Was encouraged by the swim, if only the distance was really the actual 1.9km. Nonetheless, I shall stay optimistic and enjoy myself this Sunday.

Drove to familiarise myself with the cycling route and send bike for service. Bought those gels which I consumed one earlier in the day and it worked well for me.

Looking forward to Sunday actually, not just because of the race but also because of the post-race activity that was planned for me. Hmm…

8 more days.

My goodness! Only 8 more days to go. Have started training since December last year and finally THE day is coming. Some friends have asked me what the route is so that they would know where to ‘catch’ me. Honestly, I have not even studied the route in detail even though I was asked to do that many weeks ago! How serious I am!

K-san has researched on tapering and recovery information for me, N-chan taught me how to change tube (I pray nothing will happen during the bike leg!), Ade told me to strap the gels to my bike and the girls asked me about the route again and gave me advice on the gels and what-not that I need to consume to sustain me. Ah yo! Just give me the bananas!

Am a bit edgy now. I have bonked on my first marathon and this time round, it would be more than 4 hours of non-stop action. I need to do some food-shopping tomorrow!

Waited 2 hours for M’s wedding. I was super hungry after the ride and a slow swim. And then so tired was I that I hit the sack upon returning home. The good thing about exercising is that I can eat without feeling guilty..hahahaahaha.

Food...glorious food...

Food...glorious food...

Mood: Anxious

tired but not out.

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What a nice run this morning with HP and Ken. @ the end of the run, I realised the pace taken was one second faster than when I ran alone yesterday, covering the same distance. What on earth was I doing????

The work was tiring. Having to stare at the screen the whole day wasn’t fun at all. The stars greeted me and my head kissed the table. Quite tempted to skip class but I know this was just plain lazy of me.

And I’m glad I did not! I enjoyed swim class today and we even got swim cap from coach…hahhaha…not that I craved for it.

I really ought to learn to take more carbs..I realised I was able to ‘give more’ after I consumed more.

Morning run: 5.95km
Swim class: 10 min flutter kick, 6×50 pull, 6×50 fist swim
2x350ez,6x100hard,2x350ez,6x100hard,4x50hard

Mood: Accomplished

contemplative…

Went down to do the intro for EPMS workshop and saw my NIE-mates -Ivan, Yaz and Veron! I was so thrilled esp when I saw the dude! He was just asking to meet up last week and saw him today! And so the ever positive me was trying to encourage them to press on blah blah and all I received was, “You can say that because you are in the ivory tower…wait till you come back!” Actually mine was really not tower but kam…g and I like it that way! I LONG to go back to teach! 9 more months!

But exactly in what capacity do I go back? I really have to sit down, reflect and plan. I wish I know for certain what I want but for now, I don’t know.

What’s my passion? In which area? Arghhh….I need some revelation!

My mind kept on spinning…my legs too. =)

taper…

cycle

Tapering weeks.
I missed Biathlon and feeling guilty not doing anything, went down to run and swim in the evening.

Sunday, decided to do a long distance run.

Monday, rest. ‘Resting is training’  This quote rang through my mind.

Tuesday, had a recovery run in the morning.

I am missing out on cycling. Spin! Spin! Spin!

I only have 24 hours and the amount and tension at work is really….arghh…I need more hours!

Went down to collect the prize. Erm….no comments ;p All I could say was there were really a fair amount of sample bottles of sunscreen…ok..I get the point.

I am worried.

Bi-bye

It finally came yesterday. So untimely and came as if the gates of the dam have been released 😛

And I went down to the Biathlon….as a spectator. The first woman completed the swim in 21 min. Whoah! FAST!

Saw coach and a few others from swim class. Nice…

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Ok..So every one of us will be down on Tuesday to receive our prizes.
Our results’ not fantastic..but anyway…

Just got hold of tix to concerts and plays that I missed last year…I won’t allow myself to miss them again. Yea! Muddle-headed no more…hopefully…

I was in a brawl today.
Was punched in the eye, kicked in the abdomen.
Arghh!
The dude apologised for the kick.

I was in unclear territory.
The murky waters, oh! How dirty!
My face was stinging
Even though I got out of it for a while already.

I hate the sea swim part of tri
The washing machine
Where none shows mercy
But hey..that is the shortest leg!

I better get used to it.