Saturday, May 02, 2009
Saturday started with a huge question mark. I had a running nose the whole day Friday after the ride and wasn't sure how serious it was. Felt so heavy when the alarm sounded and still felt disoriented at the Bukit Aman Car Park. Car Park was empty, again confusing my disoriented head.
Started walking hardly 20 minutes into the run. Didn't want to turn back, so decided for the shortest route (the 8km route). IM Ariff, IM Azmar and Laif overtook me as I was walking. They looked good. Reached the roundabout that said 24 degrees (nice morning). I started running slowly. As I was reaching the car park, I realised that I was feeling OK and I could do more.
Took in water and gel, I was off again slowly but felt comfortable. The steps seem to be improving, had a rhythm. Our running gait improves with mileage. We sort of gravitate towards an efffortless style. Of course up the hills I was still slow.
So after 1 hr 13 mins for the 8km loop, I took 1h 27m for the 11km double hill loop. It was 2h 40m for 19km. Such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, after initially feeling sick.
THE HEAVY WEIGHT QUESTION
Perhaps the biggest challenge I face in life is that I am overweight. I put on weight even during the IM, everything that goes in seems to stay put. My favourite escape clause is, I say my wife loves to feed me. She is a lovely lovely person.
I was at my slimmest whilst training for IMWA. I only had raisins and corn during the long solo rides. The weight came back again as I was tapering for IMMY. Of course it ballooned after IMMY as I reduced my training. The real culprit was the fried rice breakfast I was having each morning. My wife doesn't tell me as my weight ballooned, she says it keeps the girls away.
The trigger was when I read in the papers that our diet should be predominantly fruits and vegetables (uncooked). Then we will not be receiving the "I am hungry signals". I told my wife, so she now gives me a fruit salad breakfast (I cheat a little bit at the office with a few kuih). My lunch though is still Mc Value Meals just about everyday (something to work on?). Dinner, the wife does grilled fish though I go and spoil it with peanuts.
With the proper breakfast and increase in training, my weight has reduced the last two weeks. Its the lunch now that I have to work on.......