Friday, June 29, 2007

Memories of Happier Times

I wish.....

I was most happiest when I was in Pulau Kapas, playing with Kites in Kuala Terengganu or riding a trishaw in Melaka town..........

I wish those day are back, really miss them. What to do, water under the bridge. Bye-bye happiness, hello loneliness.

Tuesday Nite Route

Testing out my new toy for the second time round, brought it out during the Tuesday Nite Route. Very interesting statistics though. At the end of the day, its the company of joyful bikers that brings joy to ride around the TTDI area.

The usual suspect of Arif, May Senn, Adrian, Patrick and Sons, Adeline, Chau, Jaja and myself were there to take some other new riders around the hills of Damansara Heights.

Ironically the Garmin was not sensitive enough as we go through the Pencala Link Tunnel. U can see a gap in the route. Total distance is 26 km, Highest speed 56km/hr and highest peak about 120m with difference in climb of about 70m. roller coaster ride though.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Interstate2007 - A preview to Fun (Part 1)

What can we expect to Interstate2007 this year round.? Well, for full report and what to expect, u can visit this website specific for the PCC - Interstate2007.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Khabar Bike, Janda Bike!!

Never be to overzealous and over confident. That what the trip to Janda Baik with the PCC taught me. When cramps chose to visit me just 20 m before the peak of the climb from Mc Donald near Genting Sempah, what do u do, choose to kiss the tarmac and lie flat on the road. This way, u can protect your ever precious bike while using your body to break the fall.

Lie down flat on the road for 3 minutes while catching your breath and get up lest the passing cars think that u are dead on the road side.

Ah well, was pushing myself too hard with the PCC group. I don't usually do climbs from Orang Asli Hospital in less then an hour to reach Genting Sempah and I dont usually climb from Janda Baik to Genting Sempah in less then 30 minutes, but in the spirit of stroking ones ego, serve me right for not listening to your body. Today, I am walking like a crab, with both thigh harden.
All this after a "gentle 40km ride" the day before in Kota Damansara to evaluate wheelsets. Well, at least the conclusion that I manage to get out of this is that the MAVIC Ksyrium Elite is a better wheel set then the Campy Scirroco though the latter is lighter. Lighter rims does not guarantee a better performance.

PCC Interstate - Registered and Prep

PCC generally organize to major rides every year, the PCC Interstate and the Presidential Ride for Mountain Biking. The Presidential ride last year was the most memorable for me, as that was the introduction for long distance mountain biking that I was first involved in. 60km of sheer torture in Semenyih jungle area.

Now, PCC is organizing this Interstate Biking Road Ride which will allow most of us 360+ km of road riding thru the most scenic area of Perak and Penang. More importantly, this is one of the few times, a whole bunch of rider will get to cross the Penang Bridge. As the highway authority is highly skeptic on gatecrashers, we have to register early and will be issued tags to pass thru the toll gate and we will have to cross the bridge within one hour window on that Sunday morning. Even support vehicles will have to be preregistered. LLM is so strict.

We will be pushing off on 31st August from Ipoh and will finish in Penang on the Sunday and come back on Monday 3rd Spetember. As we will be bringing support car, we will not depend on the bus to shuttle us back to Ipoh. Looking at the pictures of hotels booked along the way, it does look nice. So is the rolling hills of Perak !!!

I look at this ride as a biking adventure cum holiday and look forward to catch up with friends and cycling colleagues all over Malaysia. It will also rekindle my thoughts in my first cycling race that I had in Penang as we will be cycling round island starting with Balik Pulau and ending in Gurney Drive. For RM350, I think this 3 day Holiday on Bike looks like a steal.

Going through the checklist with my cycling buddies last Saturday:-

Registration - Check
Thule Roof Rack - Check
GPS - Check
Walkie Talkie - Not Check
Support Car Registration - Check

Friday, June 22, 2007

Tired and Confuse

....from attending RPM class at MAXIS last nite.......

Did two rounds of RPM, back to back. Logic, if instructor Joanne can do it, and summore, the other superstar triathlete like Azwar and Adzim are there to do back to back, why can't i try?. They are superstar and you are not, remind ur self time. Pahhh...burn only 1120 calories only. go Mountain Biking HASH in Bandar Tasik Puteri or go road to Janda Baik?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Of Number Plates and Fetishes

Malaysian must have certain fetishes on number plates and its significance. An old friend of mine passed me this and asked me what do I see? Told him, looks like a Honda Accord to me.

Can U imagine the words that can be coined from number plates such as PAN 747 or BU 8? The things that tickle our minds.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Being Tagged or Pass the batton

I was hesitant in doing this meme as I considered the person tagging me is considered disqualified as I am the 7th person and the tagging is only limited to 5. But since I am in joyous mood after getting news that my daughter has scored a perfect 180 on her MENSA IQ test, I will finish this meme. Pardon the weird answer tho.

Layer One:
On the Outside
Name: Mxxxxxxx Mxxx Fxxxxx Casual name Mac
Birth date: 31 October
Current status: Alive
Eye color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Righty or Lefty: Sometimes I am right but commonly I am left (out)

Layer Two:
On the Inside
My heritage: Malay, Dad from Kedah, Mother from Perak.
My fears: Heights, Water and being tagged
My weaknesses: Don't know how to say No
My perfect pizza: In my stomach

Layer Three:
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
My thoughts first thing when I wake up: I hope I am beside my wife!!!
My bedtime: Everytime I switch on the TV
My most missed memory: Best left missing and forgotten. Where is it again?

Layer Four:
My picks
Pepsi or Coke: 100Plus
McDonald's or Burger King: Wimpey!!!
Single or Group Dates: Packed Kurma
Adidas or Nike: La Sportiva
Tea or Nestea: Moccha
Chocolate or Vanilla: Ice cream???
Cappucino or Coffee: Kopitiam

Layer Five:
Do I
Curse: No, but I am learning!!! Voodoo helps!!
Take a shower: Everytime it rains.
Have a crush: Yeah, everytime I wear my undies.
Think I've Been In love: Second hand Emotions...Nah
Go to school: Cannot remember, that was 35-40 years ago (refer to missed memories)
Want to get married: Are you kidding me? Go through the suffering again?
Believe in myself: Have to, nobody else will?
Think I'm a health freak: Does Superman wear his undies on the outside?

Layer Six:
In the past month
Drank alcohol: Never. Methylated Spirit is too strong !!!
Gone to the mall: Yeah, thats where we congregated to start our Sunday bicycle Ride!
Been on stage: Nope, never will
Eaten Sushi: No, I dont't go for Japenese girls.
Dyed your hair: Which hair?

Layer Seven:
Have I ever
Played a stripping game: Every nite, when I am pretending to shower
Changed who I am to fit in: That will be easy in a crowd of monkeys

Layer Eight:
I am hoping to be married: 24, 47, 53, 60 (hang on, this are part of my secret bank account)

Layer Nine:
What was I doing
1 min ago: Doing this
1 hour ago: Blogging
4.5 hours ago: Stripping.
1 month ago: Playing with my blubber/fat
1 year ago: Breathless doing excercise!

Layer Ten:
Finish The Sentence
I love: blogging.
I feel: my nuts when my hand is in pocket.
I hate: to have to go during long distance cycling.
I hide: my intelligence until I cannot find it.
I need: change my job

Layer Eleven:
Dowant to tag, reminds me of chain letters

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Stephanie Chok - Crossing the Straits

Was having dinner with Stephanie Chok last nite to celebrate her 26th birthday. What a colorful life this young lass has gone through. I find it truly amazing and highly motivational to have a short chat with her. This picture really does not do her justice, but I took it to capture the moment.
I know her to be a very athletic and sportful person, but to what extent, it was about to be revealed during the conversation. In that short chat, she was relating to me her experience recently (last Saturday) of swimming the Malacca Straits to Riau, Indonesia and back. She did it all in the name of fun.

Stephanie who has done a continous 96km swim before this was convinced that this swim from PD to Riau which is a 45km each leg should be fairly easy. The way she related to me, was that she wanted to see how much shipping traffic was there in the Malacca straits ;-). They started the swim at 8:45 am and reached Riau at 10:30 pm much to the chagrin of the Indonesian passport Authority, who expected them at 2pm. She jokingly quipped, they expect us on jet ski or what?

What was also fun, she said was to swim behind a net which had captured the biggest jelly fish she has ever seen, almost as big as a racing bicycle wheel, she chuckled. It was hilarious the way she said she needs to keep up with the boat captain who had set the speed of boat and net at 3.3 knots, which was almost competition speed.

So, what else do you want to do, I asked her?. I said, she has done skateboarding, triathlon is her passion, mountaineering and now swimming across the straits of Malacca. There was a gleam in her eyes and she gave me hints on her next project. I grinned and just sat there dumbfounded but in admiration of what she had plans and also the fact this girls is so humble and down to earth. Thats the Steph that I know and like.

Till next time, i bid her goodnight, we parted - me to my next appointment.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Up Hill Time trial - 1st FAK UP (for me that is)

I think i call it the race of truth. Its where u find out whether u can climb this hill or not and relative to the other person. I also think that many people just didn't want to enter becoz of the fear that you may really find out where u stand and it may bother your ego. Well, i for one did it for no other reason but in the spirit of community assistance. Originally, I went there to help out with the race, but upon seeing that the race organizers have enough assistance and not to project the image that there are more race organizers then participant, I enrolled for the race.

Its roughly an 8 km climb with an elevation of merely 250m (in the last 3 km) .

The results are as posted in the Fakawi Website and I did horrendously. Knowing the results as I was climbing up, I decided to end the day by going for a spin ride to Batu 18 with Boon Foo. Met a few way2ride riders and the Malaysian squad training as they were climbing the reverse side.

Went back at 11 am after a 30km spin ride. What a Father's day celebration!!! Got a few dadly wishes from some close frens, thanks guys n gals.

FRIM - Revisiting

Its been quite sometime that I have been to FRIM. Last Saturday went to accompany pals from Quick Release Adventure and a newbie into an initiation ceremony into the MTB cult. The route we took was Rover and Steroid Hill.
My conclusion of FRIM, its getting easier and there is a whole lots of pacat. Got bitten left and right. The waterfall near canopy is still as tranquil as before, notice that there is a girl in pink there meditating by the stream of water. So peaceful....
As most of the guys have not been to FRIM for ages, here I was briefing on the difficulties of coming down steroids, only to find out that it was levelled and there are no more gulleys and rocks. Urrrgghhh...
Ah well, some things are still the same, food , lack of stamina, not bringing in water for the ride and lastly for me not to be able to climb steroids in one go.

Tough Love

I have been mentoring this guy for the past few months and last Friday was the pits and it really kinda spoil my weekend (I think). He cares for this person/confidant so much that off all things (and I keep reminding him this), he uses technology indiscriminately. He was communicating with his friend and it seems he went overboard and over stated his intent and by using SMS and YM/Instant messaging, communication between him and his friends broke down and now he has lost everything that is so dear to him.

The ironic and tiring part of this is now he is bugging me with his glum and trying to talk to me non stop and its causing me distress and I am not being able to enjoy my weekend. Sheessshh, talk about being an idiot. I keep reminding him that not to be so emotional and don't use SMS and he blews it, some people will never learn - I say. I know it sounds kinda cruel but all I can say to him is go and listen to the lyrics of Frey...Hahahahah. Serve him right.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Indecisions - This is getting finicky

I hate this. There is so much things to do this weekend and the next. Okay, tomoro is clear, its Mountain Biking in FRIM, but come Sunday, there is the 120km ride from Bangi to PD or the Fakawi Time Trial in Langat or the recovery run. This is a tough decision.

Okay I have already registered for the Kajang HASH for next month but I totally forgot about the month ending HASH in Tasik Puteri which is supposedly to be nice in view. PCC is arranging for a joint Mountain Bike and Road Bike ride up to Frasers. The HASH trail is new but I may have to contribute RM50, but the PCC ride is free but the route is quite familiar. Most prolly I will go with Frasers before tackling the Subang Jaya 10k.

Climbing Jalan Tun Saadon

At the request of Aini, I thot I might as well publish the video of the race climb up Jalan Tun Saadon. This is one of the toughest hill climb in Penang Road Race. It has an incline of 14% average. I can't remember who the guys in red but maybe its the team from Singapore.

Enjoy Aini

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Penang Bike Race

was rummaging through my archives (sounds sophisticated, but actually cleaning up the files in my phone) and came about this movie file of the Penang Round Island race during Pesta Pulau Pinang. I was driving the support car for feeding. Anyhow for nostalgic purposes and also to try out YouTube, u can enjoy this uphill climb by one of the LeTua boys.

Brazilian Cusine

Its been quite sometime that I had good foreign food. A group of friends (Melody, Hafiz, Bernard, Azira and myself) went out to celebrate Adli (IceCube) birthday party. We chose a quaint little Brazilian Restaurant in Damansara Kim by the name Carnaval.

The setting
The restaurant has this arrangement where u can go and pick your side dishes like vegetable, gravy, rice, spaghetti etc from a buffet bar. The main dishes which consist of roast beef, lamb are served by their chefs and carved out freshly in front of you. The chef (one actually is from Brazil) will come out with endless selection one after another starting with Beef, Lamb, Fish, prawn, chicken and lastly pineapple. Its so mouth watering to watch as the cutlets are soft and tender.

I would like to really recommend this restaurant to those who have really big appetite.

Note to self: Work out tonite to burn at least 1000 calories

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Recovery Ride - A new definition

It started with Ariff reminding me that I have not done the Tuesday nite ride for quite sometime. So, Tuesday morning, I packed my bike in the car and was ready and raring to go to the Tuesday ride which Ariff takes the lead. Having just recovered from the PCC Batu arang ride, I was not in the mood to go for aggressive pace and was looking at a more leisurely pace. Knowing that Ariff might wanna go fast, I look for company and this was my conversation with my learned friend :-

[15:37] Mac: wanna cycle tonite?
[15:37] Mac: ttdi
[15:38] bernard: i am
[15:38] Mac: cool
[15:38] Mac: cya tonite
[15:43] bernard: i think i am going ot be slow
[15:43] bernard: today ler.
[15:44] Mac: so am I, please keep me company
[15:44] bernard: yeah no prbs.

Huh, when I arrived there, the usual suspects were already there, Adrian, Ariff, May Senn, Jaja, Karen, Willie, Bernard, Patrick and Jason. But the moral of story is that when a triathlete says that he or she is on recovery ride, what they mean is that you'll see his/her butt in ur face. The moment we hit the Pencala Link tunnel, Bernard was already sprinting ahead and leaving us minions behind.

Damn, even Jaja and May Senn was faster then me in most part of the hill climb. I am still trying to recover from that recovery ride. Note to self: Careful in interpreting when triathlete is having a conversation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Recovery of Body and Mind

What do you do after a good bike ride? Carbo loading, recovery ride, laze go and watch movie. Since there wasn't much people at the cinema, went to Cine Leisure and got tickets to see Shrek 3 and not having enough movies to wash over you, buy another ticket to watch Pirates of the Caribbean.

Shrek 3, .....not much of a fan of this one. Seems to loose a bit of zest when compared to the Shrek 1 and 2. The stroryline is abit tame and more like a love story fairy tale rather then the witty film that it was in Shrek 1 & 2. Maybe I just could't connect with the happy ending in this story. I wouldn't recommend to see it though

Pirates, now this is a different ball game altogether. Though, u sense the fact that the film maker is loosing ideas of how this movie is to be run, and the fact that having pirates from all areas of the world to cater for the different international audience, the movie is much more watchable then Shrek. Though I am not much of a Johnny Depp, i do find that his character being very witty and helps the movie where there is too much serious overtones.

I would recommend for viewers to see the movie if not for the character, storyline and special effects

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sweeping from the Rear - Batu Arang Ride

Its a call to duty. Since there were few newbies doing the PCC Batu Arang 90km ride and also some of the newbies are freinds of mine, so it is only fair that I volunteer to become the sweeper. Master Don, who also volunteered to be the sweeper gave in eventually to take the middle of the group where the lead was to be taken by Lim from Bike Pro.

As we exit Center Point at 7:35, we made of to Kota Damansara and as we pass IKEA, we were joined by the P2K group who happen to be heading the same direction. As we head off towards Sungai Buloh, the peloton got spread and I was accompanying Annie who was brave enough to use a MTB for the 90km ride. We made it to Kuang safely to meet up with the group before pushing of towards Batu Arang. At this point, the gang decide to attack and me being selfish decide to join in the fun and proceeded on at breakneck speed up towards housing estate near Kuang.

Master Don gave me a friendly reminder, "Eh, sweeper role like this ahhh?", I sheepishly backed off and went back looking for the rear of the peloton. I accompanied the last rider into Batu Arang and we had nasi lemak there. Shout out to Alwin who was nice enough to keep me company into Batu Arang.

We pushed off for Kuala Selangor road after refuelling and the team is back to its usual breakneck speed. I lost sight of the peloton at the junction of Kuala Selangor Road back to KL. I accompanied the last rider until she had got the cramps twice, once at about 200m before the Guthrie entrance and again just after we entered Guthrie Highway. Not wanting to take chances, I hail a taxi and pack her bike and the rider back to Centerpoint. It was starting to get hot at about 11:35 am.

Realizing that I had neither a handphone or a pump, I quickly pushed off quickly back to Centerpoint. Somehow that recovery ride did me good and I was able to ride continuously and speedily without feeling lethargic and was averaging 32km/h on the Guthrie corridor. Managed to reached Centerpoint at 12:35 while every body else had packed their bikes. Silently, I felt relieve after getting back to my car and managed to contact the rider and found her to be safe and sound at the Mamak. However, I did feel guilty of not spending time with some of my friends though...ah well, till next ride. No more sweeping duties for me, I hope ;-).

Good to see new faces to the cycling family.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Fakawi Up Hill - MTB Race

Was helping out Melody and Edele of Quick Release with the Fakawi (FAK UP) Mountain Bike Race. The race is up from Cross Road in Kiara to TWin Peak. The race distance is slightly more then 1 km and the elevation is 100m from Cross Roads.

12 contender was brave enough to go through the motion of climbing the hill inclusive of one brave German in a recumbent. The eventual winners were Lim Yew Meng (pic) from Bike Pro with an astonishing time of 4 min 15 seconds. Second was Pat Brundson and third was Adli Dahlan.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Happy Birthday Kim Yap

Happen to be around to see Kimberly recieve her birthday present. She is also off to Australia soon, but u shud see the beautiful bike that she will be using in Australia. A new Scott CR1 with nice pink decals.

Its her xx birthday and there was also a cake for her. The bike came with Campagnolo Record and is very light. The carrying case that came with the bike is also cool.

Oppurtunist that we are, had a taste of the birthday cake that she was distributing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Road Bike Review - Hill Climbs

Road Bikes tend to have a character of their own and have certain contrasting differences. I am starting to learn that the characteristics of my road bikes and ironically their character also changes and will also differ on the choice of wheelset that I use also. However, this is a preliminary assessment of the bikes that I use for my road adventures especially for hill climbs.

The Bianchi, as I found out recently loves to be riden hard especially on flat road. I find it difficult when trying to tackle long gradient as the ride from Bentong to Genting Sempah. Pacing other riders at 30km/hr or so on gentle climbs is OK, if you are drafting, but the moment you hit a steeper climb, then you find that the effort requires is a bit on the tough side. However, in sprint and pacing, i do enjoy riding this bike.

In stark contrast, the Specialized Tarmac is a nice bike to climb up from Bentong to Genting Sempah. Perhaps it being 3 pounds lighter may explain it but then (in my mind) should not make much of a difference. I find that this bike is more responsive then the Bianchi, and also more comfortable to ride for distances more then 70km. Perhaps the taller stems may have some effect on the ride posture. Need further investigation.

Forward Planning - Biking

After the recovery that I had on Monday, I immediately set my task to rebuild my stamina for the up and coming Inter State Ride (31st August to 2nd September). Seems that I had recovery for almost a month of non activity of sports that the last two days was torturous.

Tuesday, after work managed to sneak into Gym in AXIS for RPM class. Did back to back starting with Challenge class with Herny and normal class with Pat. Burned about 1100 calories. Wednesday, did another two classes back to back with Pat in the first class and Lynn in the second challenge class. Burn about 1100 calories as well here.

I may take the day off endurance training and just do weights tonite and do RPM again on Friday.

This weekend planned ride will be to do Mountain Biking in Kiara in the morning and maybe participate in Fakawi MTB race up Twin peaks in Kiara Park in the afternoon. Hmm...RM30 for a 7-8 minits of ride up to twin peak. Sunday, most likely I will be doing about 80km road ride to Batu Arang with the PCC.

Next weekend is the Fakawi Time Trial in Pekan Batu 14 near Cheras. The subsequent ride planned by the PCC which involves roadies and MTB will be the climb up to Frasers on the 24th June. That could be interesting.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The atheletes that I know - POEM

The last I attempted to write a poem was about my RPM instructors and that was in September last year when I was unemployed. That was after a moronic attempt to write and collate poems that was a bit cheesy. But bear with me, since I need to give tribute to my athletic frens of mine with another of these lame poems:-

Kimberly Yap is very strong when she is in water,
She looks very tough, but sweet when u know her,
Her figure and physique is just so astounding,
Acquired by enduring a tough physical training.

Steph Chok started competing when she was small,
U know her to be bubbly and miss know it all,
Her abilities has expanded into mountain climbing,
To fulfill her passion while not just day dreaming.

The KlingKlangman as he is generally known,
His ability to compete he has generally shown,
A civil engineer,a flying Scotsman, that wears no kilt,
Adrian ur my man, you are stolidly built.

Arif is the anchor When it comes to biking,
He copy writes by day, he calls it a living,
He competes in triathlon, and he calls this fun,
I called it torture when i see him bike, swim and run.

May Sen has a bike that she names it cow,
Its all spotted and pink, only she know how,
She rides it hard with such determination,
When u see her perform,a mild state of aggression.

Bernard Tan is his name, a mild mannered guy,
His bike is a pink T-Mobile ironically he is shy,
He rides like the devil, speeding ever so fast,
Try to catch up with him and see if u can last.

Ashley is a girl that loves adventure racing,
She also runs the trail, she also loves hiking,
Her endurance and threshold is high, makes u wanna scream,
When she leaves u standing, u think its a dream.

Petite little meehoon, Jaja is her name,
Healthy fit and agile,they all look the same,
When they dashes passes you, like they normally will,
You tend to admire them, by just standing still

Listening Ear

Some people say that I have a gift of being able to listen, maybe its the upbringing of never to question anybody, I don't know. People somehow feels comfortable to talk to me about their problem, but ironically, if I have a problem, I don't know who should I go and talk to.

I also happen to be watching the movie HITCH on DVD and I can very well relate the character played by Will Smith. Seems that my life is all about mentoring someone and bridging relationships and lately I have come to a cross road of life and I am now trying to figure out is, "How long more can I do this ?, How much endurance do I have to sustain this kind of life?".

As I ponder through this, the lyrics of songs that I can so relate to at this moment is by a group called Frey and it goes like this:-

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it's just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Monday, June 04, 2007

Weekend Escapade - 32 + 70 km

Not doing enough biking for the past month, i decided to go out for a gentle build up.

Anyhow, went for dinner with an instructor friend of mine to my favourite Restaurant in TTDI for carbo loading the day before. The next day, went out for a gentle ride round Bukit Damansara with a new acquaintance (Jaja) as she wanted to get the feel of the Tuesday nite route. She did well to follow me around. Not getting enough distance, went up into Kiara road track and finish off the ride after 2 hours. Distance covered 32km with lotsa hill climbs.

Not feeling enough of the torture, next day pack up to go an ride up to Bentong with the PCC boys and girls. Total distance - 70km from Genting Sempah. Its also an excuse for my to try out my new road bike ( a collectors item Bianchi/Liquigas Team issue). Actually Boon Foo and gang wanted me to ride with them from Hospital orang Asli, which will add up another 32km, but since I wasn't sure of myself (after more then 1 month of not cycling), i chicken out and went with the short ride, which incidentally was the more sane choice i come to find out eventually.

The speed of ride to Bentong was fast, although we did stop at Hot spring to regroup, we arrived in Bentong in about 1 hour. Climbing back from Bentong was however a different story altogether, I was with the front peloton for only about 22km but was out of breath for the next 7km and fell back. Bernard, Adzim and the Don was insanely fast. I nearly bonked out 5 km from Genting Sempah just after Janda Baik junction. Adrian who started from Hospital Orang Asli passed me at this point with his constant pace with no signs of tiredness. In fact, it felt as if I was running out of gear just trying to climb the plateau 2 km before Genting Sempah. I was thinking to myself, don't tell me this bike (which is only 3 pounds heavier then my Specialize Tarmac) is really that heavy for me not to be able to push through. I arrived back at Genting Sempah at 11:20 am.......eventually. 35 km in 1 hour 50 minutes, damn that is slow.

Moral of story, don't stop biking unless you want to suffer.