Lepas race berkobar-kobar nak tulis, pastu dok buat itu dan ini, last-last idea kering ma.
Uhh, taram je la.
Ohh yee, I really would like to thank Mr Koo, who I guess is the main organizer for Bidor Half Marathon. There were some glitch to our infos in their database and we did not receive the mailed in receipts. He took the time to sms us and even personally called me to make the corrections.He even made my bro in law's last minute entry possible.
I know I've thanked you many times, but here's another one. Thanks Mr Koo. You rock.
So again we pledged ourselves to Bidor. I'm reminded of last year's treacherous 21K. Did I ever mention I hate hills? I did? Well, I'll say it anyway. I hate hills. I don't do hills. I hate it so much that I don't train on hills. Even if I'm super slow on hills. Which is why this year we chose to run the 10K. Bidor's route to me goes up, up, up and although what goes up must come down, I only notice the up part and it's pretty painful.
And considering the half marathon starts at 7.00 am ( which is a pretty late start for a half marathon), I estimated that I will still be running at 9.00 am. Ouch! Paneh la yeop.
Ngengada kan saya?
So this time round, we were joined by Din, Wan Won's brother. This was his second 10K race and we hoped it would be minus the whole fainting-ambulance fiasco. And by golly, he did well. Paced him self pretty good and finished a good 2 minutes before me.
I told myself, I have to get this sub 1 hour. Dah banyak kali cuba dah ni, asik sipi-sipi je dan bukan sap sap sui. So I
So at 7:00 ( ikut jam saye), they gunned off the race. Syok punya lari, pacing macam bagus tetibe nampak the first incline. Alamak! Takpe, naik je. Shorter strides, swifter movements, bla bla bla prong prang prong prang. By the time we reached incline yang kaw-kaw punya, hah! hamik kau, semua dah berterabur. Aku la. Orang lain relax je.
Aku ni, kalau dah tak larat, mula la nak cranky. Wan Won was getting me to hasten my pace. " Up, up, up" he went. And I'm like, " Shut up, shut up, shut up".
Bila nak kat U-turn kat kampung orang asli tu, legaaaa . Sebabnya? Downhill! Downhill suka la. Time ni la nak zupzap semua uncle-uncle dan those will knee problems. So we went flying downhill.
Tetapi tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, nak dekat last 2 Km tu, ada satu lagi jambatan apantah kena panjat. By this time, some people were starting to walk. I managed to push through.
Last mile, I really wanted to slow down, but my husband was really taunting me. I know he meant well, but he was really getting on my nerves. He kept running backwards, facing me and saying, " Go, go, go" to my face.So at one point I said, " Oh my God, you're so irritating ".
He stared at me straight in the eye, gritted his teeth and said, " You will get this sub 60 (mins)" . Puh, drama.
And I did. I pushed and I got 56 mins. On the dot. Ingatkan kalau sekor mamat sesat ni tak silap masuk lane Women Open (J) dan patah balik masuk lane dia yang menyebabkan aku terpaksa brek sekejap dan memberi dia laluan agar kami tak eksiden, boleh kot abis dalam 55:5something something. Haha, tapi apakan daya, 56 is good enough kot.
Tetibe deme bagi aku kad gantung no 7. Hek? Really? Comfirm tak ramai orang masuk race ni.
With Ray ( vroom) and Deo ( ngiuuuu).
Tapi dengan menepek muka disitu dapat jugak terserempak ngan membe RBU's and muka-muka familiar larian. Wendy, Deo ( nama cheetah tak best la-pocket rocket's more like it), Ray, Lily dll. Orang lain mungkin aku tak perasan atau masa tu aku sangat runsing memikirkan bilalah depa nak bagi hadiah memandangkan aku kena gerak dan sampai Taiping (? which is 2 hours away) by 11 am.
Tunggu punya tunggu, tepek punya tepek, last2 hadiah diberi pukul 10. Tu pun lepas 2 orang winner kena disqualifed sebab tak lapor diri. Agaknya selalu sangat dah kot dapat hadiah sampai tak heran dah diorang nih.
My trophy. It's been 14 years since I got my last trophy
Some people signed immediately for IIR 2011. Nah! Punyala nak tunjuk betapa internationalnya race ini : penuh ngan gambar omputeh. Fuyoo.
Anyway, despite my personal drama, Bidor was a nicely organized race. I highly recommend it. Except to people who hate hills.
But as I always stress out: Choose your races, people. And not let the race choose you.
Whatever that means.
Have a great Labour's Day weekend. I, for one, really need this break. Al-maklumlah, tetiap hari keje cam buruh. Huhu.