Legends are not born everyday, but this one will certainly live forever. Live to inspire
Legends are not born everyday, but this one will certainly live forever. Live to inspire
Triathlon history in Pulau Mutiara, Pulau Pinang
If there is one event I have definitely been missing out, it will be this one. For a fourth time this year ! Please leave a shout out in the comment box if you did participate in the multisports event held in Pulau Pinang Pulau Mutiara (Pear of the Orient).
Not written in any text book, as a multisports athlete , if you are one, Pulau Pinang gave birth to Malaysia triathlon back in the days.It was called ‘Merdeka Triathlon’ and was held in 1988 in Batu Feringghi the same year Whitney Houston’s ‘I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me) topped the Billboard chart (okay at least i still feel relevant!).
Let’s Tri and Du It
Fast forward 2013 Penang triathlon revived and kicked full gas with successful event year after year (the fact that its still running is a good sign post jellyfish filled history!). This year, the event was held successfully in Teluk Bahang, a small town but dense with touristic attractions. On April 17th, over 1000 athletes took part in the triathlon and duathlon categories covering 51.5km in total for the triathlon event (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run) , and 57km for the duathlon event (7km run, 40 km bike, 10 km run) .
I manage to capture an aerial view (no, no..no drone) ..using Google Map. The triathletes swam out north from Pantai Jubilee (see the sea shore above the text ‘Teluk Bahang’? Yes, there ! Then they came back to swim start, (its a little different here..) slip on their running shoes and run back around 2km to the transition for the bike leg (transition area is located near the dam). 40km bike with 1 major U-turn near Balik Pulau, followed by a 10km run course consisting of 2 checkpoint at each far end of the route. Race ended at the Start/Finish line near the Teluk Bahang dam. Just in case you were wondering how the participants got to the beach at the northwestern of the island from the transition area, the 550 odd triathletes were transferred from the main event area to swim start.
Brought to you by ‘SPONSOR’
‘SPONSOR’ is the main sponsor of the Penang International Duathlon and Triathlon 2016 – a newcomer in the local scene but number 1 sports drink in neighbouring Thailand. ‘SPONSOR’ is from the same maker of ‘Red Bull’ earth’s number 1 (Felix Baumgartner fans out there, yes??). ‘SPONSOR’ has been around in Thailand for the past 3 decades sponsoring Thailand national basketball championship and the official sports drink for the Thai national football team. In Thailand its available in retail market and convenient stores (ie. 7-Eleven). The sports drink is available in Penang for now for a retail price of RM1.70 at selected supermarkets, minimarts and convenient stores.
The Penang International Triathlon and Duathlon was heavily accentuated with the colour yellow, the official colour of the sports drink. OK, so the finishing carpet was not yellow ! Yellow official tshirt, beach flags, err…bananas?
As I am blogging this, I have a ‘SPONSOR’ Original Flavoured 325ml can next to me. ‘Recommended for sports, exercises and any heat exhaustion’ it says on the top rim of the can. 1g protein, 35g carbs, 290mg sodium and 50mg potassium. So if you’re looking for something new or an alternative to stock you up, check out ‘SPONSOR’. Cost effective? Definitely. I had mine delivered specially by Sponsor’s PR agency EverQuest’s own Marketing Director Ms. Jay Mee Chuah.
Jay Mee, a shout out to you here. Apologies on the delay, but I hope my readers and fellow athletes will catch up with ‘SPONSOR’s unique blend and affordable concoction once it hits the inner land of Klang Valley. For now, guys and gals, look for ‘SPONSOR’ whenever you head up north, specifically in Pulau Pinang.
I know at least four podium finishers of the event– in various categories; the ever youthful Ironman triathlete Jason Thiang, Reclaim’s Ironman Chris Kha Krang and one and only 2ndSkin ambassador Ironman Chan Jun Shen — and another one, Richard Tang, also an Ironman. While the event attracted regular faces of Malaysia triathlon scene, it showcased a positive turnout for local amateur triathletes , duathletes, season and new.
One component of this event which I would like to highlight is the introduction of duathlon category for those who intend to upgrade triathlon, but like to have the transition smoothly as possible or simply new to multisports. Very much understandable for triathlon beginners, and good strategy for pulling the crowd in Penang (and country wide).
So, down to the top 3 for each categories, all worth mentioning , I present to you….the winners :-
More photos from the event in the slideshow below :-
So if you’d like something different in a tri event, I suggest look out for the next registration for Penang Tri and DU it ! Will be interesting and definitely memorable. The organiser did a great job transferring everybody safely from event venue to swim start! No news of jellyfish attack is always a good news and we hope for the safe return of this event NEXT YEAR !
Congratulations to all participants and winners of the race, and a big kudos to the event organising committee, all crew members/volunteers, the local government and official bodies. ‘SPONSOR’ — Well done in making this a reality not just for Malaysian participants, but also for all our guests from around the world; Russia, Norway, Venezuela, Germany and Australia — just to name a few. Malaysian hospitality is here to stay !
Bonus : SPONSOR Fact Sheet
SPONSOR is a sports drink that helps to boost performance, sustain endurance and accelerate recovery for those who are serious sports enthusiasts. SPONSOR can be consumed “during” sport activities to help boost performance by sustaining longer endurance. It is also recommended for consumption “after” sport activities to help accelerate quicker recovery. SPONSOR is brought to you by the same makers as Red Bull, the world’s No.1 selling energy drink. SPONSOR is the No.1 sports drink in Thailand and is currently the official drink for the Thai national football team. Produced in Thailand by TC Pharmaceutical and imported by Allexcel Trading Sdn Bhd., SPONSOR is available currently only in Penang at Happy Mart, 24 Express, 98 Stores and other selected supermarkets and minimarkets. SPONSOR is available in 325 ml can packaging and retails at RM1.70 per can
Prolly the first time coming across a Ramadhan Journal. But why not? As a Muslim, we ‘journalise’ and document all things which we do including our expenditure on cold-pressed juices and parking fees, so why not on a our Ramadhan ‘operations’. Its an encouraging and positive initiative by iMuslim.
iMuslim have the Ramadhan Journal both in hardcopy and softcopy (ready to download). Click here to find out more on the journal.
Let’s go all out this Ramadhan as we never know if it will be our last. From the bottom most pit of my qalb, I pray for you a blessed and meaningful Ramadhan. Please forgive me for all my wrongs and my sins. If terhutang/I owe you anything, please contact me via the Contact form !
Kuala Lumpur, 31 May 2016.
There always be a first for everything, and just last weekend we had the inaugural SuperKids Triathlon Camp in UM. Objective of the event is to expose the young participants and their parents to the fun sports of triathlon and the basic skills needed to complete one. Drill for each discipline including transition were headed by our triathlon coaches.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of all the coaches, crew members and committee. Parents and kids put our recipes and effort to test in the quest of getting everybody from point A to Z safely, and go home with some memory etched from the camp. We had the awesome cert which we thought all the kids liked and the finisher medal which symbolised the SuperKids logo. We had Ribena and Sesegar Susu sponsoring the beverages which was more than enough to keep our young campers dehydrated ! Chilled Ribena at waterstation, how’s that? So kudos Ribena and Sesegar Susu.
Will write more in kilausuriasport . com website and blog but for now, I have to stay I am in awe for all that have came along. I hope this event will touch the hearts of many (kids, parents, crew, coaches) as part of their journey with this sports I really love, and happy to be a part of. To those who knows me, I like to finish what I started. Mental strength and endurance goes a long way, especially making a plan work. The fun part is working that plan. Involved lots of thinking and coordinating. At times a sense of fulfillment that life is used to make an impact , small or big.
To know more of the SuperKids Triathlon event please head on to http://www.kilausuriasports.com or search Kilau Suria Sports on FB. Our photos are up, so feel free to view them. There will be an announcement on Kilau Suria website hopefully next week on our upcoming event, so do watch out. Guys, readers, silent readers, I appreciate your continuous support with keeping up with my lagging blog. I owe a few parties some entries which I couldn’t accommodate right away. Should you have any topics which you would like me to feature ,or questions to ask, please buzz me via the contact form in our contact link above.
Again, thank you for the support and prayers.
Al Fatihah to the victims of all the recent plane crashes around the world. May Allah prolong our life so that we will be able to fill it with good deeds, charity and help uplift some burden from the oppressed. May Allah make it easy for us to go through calamity and hardships and May Allah grant all of us Jannah insyaAllah.
My dear friend Ngae passed away oh the 15th May 2010, and this year would mark the 6th anniversary leaving us. Aaron mentioned, he’d be 62 if he was still running along side us. Not forgotten are the souls of Allahyarham TSB, Daud Mohamamad (Dino’s brother), Jafryin Jaafar, Muhamed Zubir bin Zainal Abidin, Terence Leong. Let God ease your journey through. You will all be remembered, for eternity.
Salam nifsu syaaban, happy weekend and have a good time wherever you are.
Yours in writing,
Ipoh. May 22, 2016.
It was raining super uber heavily just now. Listening to the thunder roar outside, watched the lightning flickering the somber Tuesday sky through the corner of my eyes, and myself stuck between the four walls of my work place , this song describes my current mood. UB40 tunes have been ringing in my ears for many years now, and the beat which they bring along with different moods click with me instantly the same way most of Robert Nesta Marley’s songs do.
So here you go, one of my favourites. Listen to em lyrics carefully. You might take a lesson or two. The song lyrics was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. , an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in theAfrican-American Civil Rights Movement . He was shot dead in 1968.
Have you ever gazed into the dark dark sky at night? Away from the light noise of the busy city? Just staring into the not-so-empty sky leaves you that feeling how far away things are? I don’t remember what exactly triggered me to start with stars, but this certainly brings back childhood memory being a trivial person who simply loves knowledge. Encyclopedias were my best friend and being fascinated by the world and things around me just drove me from 1 level to another level of amazement (of the universe!).
Not losing sight is important
Years went by, and somehow the view of things became narrower..and narrower. So much emphasis, expectation and pressure is put unto you to strive, achieve and excel you lose sight of the bigger picture. Sounds familiar ? You thought you got everything in your hands when one by one the things which kept you going falls apart. The advance doesn’t look pretty good you slow down to a stall. ‘What IS wrong?’ your little mind wonder.. You now take a step back and try to put your life (again) into perspective, but you generally don’t see it. Took a step back again and you start seeing a pattern.
You’re in this syndrome of being too caught up with life you don’t know what you’re looking for. What you thought would make you happy aren’t really there to make you happy forever. They’re small doses of assumptions which fills you in but goes away more quickly than it came! Humm.. what do you do now? Go get yourself happy again ? That’s what we do don’t we as warriors of life? We fall but we get up again, but to what extent of success and meaning?
We ‘run’away from the reality of life just to get a life. And just as you thought all is settled…damn..its back to square one again. Perhaps you weren’t looking for the right things in life?
Compare and know where you are
Let’s continue our gaze at the dark blanket of night. You see the moon… It has continued to orbit and shine the earth at its darkest hours — not just once…but many times for billions of years. If you’re the moon and think you’re small and not living it up to expectation, hey, I think you’ve done a pretty good job being out there as an orbit partner for more than 4.5 billion years. Talk about commitment! If there was no moon, the earth would be so dark at night you trip and fall just looking for a torch light ! Oh well, the things we take for granted !
Say earth, if you think you’re so big, count how many of you when standing next to each other will cover big brother sun in diameter..? Freaking 109 ! (and 1.3m earth to fill it completely) . That’s how just how ‘big’ you are dear earth? And those things who runs the earth and thinks reallllllyy big of themselves? Owh..you mean those humanoids who think highly of themselves? Well, let’s just assume they forgot to view the speck of stars dusting the night sky and how they are only a tiny not even a fraction of the whole universe (note: think beyond Milky Way) . We’re part of a bigger constellation, and our Sun is still considered a small star compared to other super giant stars.
Every time you think you’re about to hit another wall in life, think how big our galaxy is and how vast the universe you can’t see its horizon. They’re just billions of ‘things’ going about out there for a billion billion years, and here we are trying to sort our lives out. The creations are made to perfect each other with its perfect orbit, tilt, speed (ok I admit that’s it how I can describe my ‘space’ wonder knowledge!) — well , so much so it doesn’t collide into each other. Have ever not wonder ? I am sure there’s a greater (GREATER) planner out there who makes sure you everything stays in perfect order. Are we not that GREAT planner of our own….life?
Milkyway but Twirly !
Think of it again..First,there should be no one who should dictate YOUR life (coz its yours). Secondly, heck, what’s this I’m big and better you ball game? Think PLANETARY.. whether you’re the moon, Earth or whatever, who cares? The bigger you think you are just shows how ‘tiny’ your view of the world is (no, like literally). So ..pity on those people who thinks and feel that way. Everything seems to twirl around in the name of dollar signs, status, lineage, and ability to dictate that other people are inferior just because they don’t own what you have. I seriously, seriously pity these kinds as they’re missing a wholllleee lot out there. Seems like the sun is shining on them all day but they forget that their lives are too short to be wasted on little minuscule things like this.
Sounds familiar? Or am I making this sound a little hard for you imagine? You see family members fights over who takes ownership of some property their parents left behind? Or colleagues who speaks non-stop of his or her 4- or 5-digit expenditure? and oh, even worse, segregating Chanel-iers and lemmee see….. Guess-ers? Think of it again, the higher you are in the rank of materialism or status, all these things gets a little upgrade..what you thought was good enough for you is now no good as it doesn’t represent that current level of you. Hence you keep changing for the sake of changing. Friends, friendships, familial ties, love, sincerity, loyalty…warmth. Your life just becomes so cold and stiff like a frozen meat you lose sight of what this life is really about. What has become of you..?
The river of life
I remind myself of my humble beginnings, the mistakes which I have done, the potholes I’ve stumbled and fallen into, the thunderstorms and hail stones episodes.. well, these are all episodes, and episodes past. You fall, and you regain your posture and balance. But what does it all really mean to you? That you’re a survivor? My best definition of a survivor is a person who knows himself and herself better and better as he gets tested over and over. He realizes those who really cares for him, and those who really will stand for him in the test of time. He endures the darkest times of his life and stay true to what HE really wants in life, and not what other’s expect of him you know, so that he’ll fit in a certain status. He walks the shoes of people who are less privileged than him and he is challenged with the happiness of simple people around him. What makes them happy — he wonders again..
No strings attached might not be the answer — he wildly thought.. you need things to pull you down on the ground. So what is it ?? Ahah… Being grateful ! Thankful. Syukur. Syukur with what you have and spreading kindness and justice with everybody you meet. Taking your responsibilities and always have good thoughts on others.
Now…lets see if this test works. Pick one of the ungrateful person you’ve met in your entire life… See out of these 4 characteristics which I have mentioned, and compare it with this person.. Does he bother to help you when you’re in the need? Does he help you only when asked..? Does she belittle you in front of everybody just to make you look bad..? Does she deny your right and treats you indifferently just because you’re not from her ‘kind’? Does she ever compliment you? Is he or she alwaysss looking for your slack and slips..? Does he expect help from you and not bothering to lift any fingers when you ask for help?
In a nutshell
The rough summary which you’d probably get here is either 1) a grateful person is a happy person or 2) a happy person is normally those grateful ones
Share me your thoughts– as this is something we talk over and over through our span of life just with different words, descriptions and terminologies..
As I figured out while orchestrating my fingers across my keyboard is that — I was actually replaying videos of Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space when I recently started this fresh interest looking into all things astronomical and vast.
Readers, bloggers, and ehem..silent followers… if you ever think you’re having an awful terrible day (ie. your boss indicating that its difficult for him to give you a 3 this financial year — or a family member ruined your vaca), think big, way and beyond. That moment will pass and You should start taking a grip of your life. Remember I told you of stars and galaxies which has been around for billion of years and not colliding ?? Well, be that planner and stop being a kid! You can do it, persevere and always always be thankful with what you have. Never cease your prayers just when you think you’ve lost hope. Keep it coming and never undermine its power. Be kind and loving to everybody even when they’re treating you like a stinky poo.
Feel you need a break? I will recommend you star gazing and start re-educating yourself on how enormous the universe is and how we’re invisible we are from the celestial point of view. Subhanallah, Glory to Allah for all his Creations.
Have a blessed and wonderful May everybody.
Throwing back to the R&B gold years of KC and Jojo. Millennials, you have no idea what you’re missing ! So here’s one classic for ya !
Sing along now ! Lyrics from the lyrics bible http://www.azlyrics.com (ahah, used to print from them during my teen years !
Tell Me It’s Real
Tell me it’s real
The feeling that we feel
Tell me that it’s real
Don’t let love come
Just to pass us by
Try, is all we have to do
It’s up to me and you
To make this special love
Last forever more
Baby you told me that you love me and you’d never leave my side
Through the bitter end through the thick and thin
You promised me baby that you wasn’t going anywhere, yes you did
Baby keep it real let me know just how you feel
I can’t explain the way you make me feel
Everytime you tell me that you love me
And you know you did so many times
Just when i thought that love could never be a part of me
That’s when you came along
And showed me happiness
Baby you are the best
I think you’re different from the rest
I really love you
Tell me it’s real
This feeling that I fell
Tell me it’s real
For your love
I will do anything
[Repeat Chorus w/ ad lib]
Sometimes in life what you truly need is the truth, bitter or sweet. What’s real over rides all fantasies which we’ve kept wrapped and makes breathing this short life a whole lot easier. Music makes you feel good, but we know this is only a temporary anti-dote. What’s real and truly works is our faith, sincerity and love.
Start your weekend by making somebody’s life happy and yours will just turn out as happier and lovely.
My own 10K !
I signed up for this event I think about a month back. Jotted down in my organiser the ‘8 weeks’ IE week 1 through 8 as indicator to my countdown. It will be a 10km run at the end of these 8 weeks. Like what I’ve done before through my experience in taking part in runs, are using training programs established by coaches specialised in that particular sports which I am training for. If I’m signed up for a Duathlon race, then a Duathlon program is what I’ll be hunting for. It’s better than not having a plan at all and will make the hours training well worth it at the end of the day.
For this round, I will be on Hal Higdon’s 8weeks novice plan for a 10K run. It’s interesting how the program is called a 10K yet the mileage for each week is tracked on miles. I’ve done due conversion (from Mile to Kilometers since I’m more familiar with this metric) and clocked my first ‘mileage’ last Sunday. It was a 5K run (here you go again). I barely made the week 1 as its been super hectic Mon-Fri last week.But managed to slip the sloth dash on Sunday so I’m good . My week 2 started yesterday and this afternoon will be a 4km run in the gym.
Just a self note; leading to week 1(and 2) of this training program I have clocked in hours in the gym (treadmill/weights), quite a number of mini hikes — each easily burning 300-400 calories, and at least 1 5km run and 1 35km MTB ride. I was drafting that MTB ride post (where yours truly bagged podium and some cash) –my first ride since I carried my second baby last year! I’ve lost some post baby weight end of last year (quite naturally like most mummies) and targeted to lose an additional more earlier this year. Just this year (thanks to the more frequent exercising I’ve lost 5kg more. So that’s already an achievement and I must say I am proud with it though it may not seem much. But you be the judge when it’s your own goal and measures. Pretty happy with mine !
Some pics below from the KL East MTB bike I took part in recently.
You are all welcome !
With that being said, I invite all you ladies and gents out there to join me missjewelz for a beautiful Sunday morning 10K run on the 29th May 2016 in Putrajaya. Treat this as your event. So no fee. And come self-prepared. Depending on the respond we can always cook up a plan for us who will be running. So book your date 29th May 2016, meeting point Palace of Justice, Putrajaya.
I strongly recommend newbies to join me, and also mummies and runners/pencen athletes who are looking for a come back.
If you’d like to share your thoughts on the planning for this merry event please be in touch with me via the contact form seen in the top bar link above.
Why a training plan?
If you are interested to use the same program as me, please google Hal Higdon 10K novice 8 weeks. Else, ANY available program which suits will do. Remember the idea of the training program is to make sure your body gradually adapts to the increasing mileage which you will be putting your physique through week on week.
There will be a period of build, peak followed by taper. Week on week your training should include days off/rest days, ‘shorter’ and ‘longer’ runs, and cross training. If you’ve tried any programs prior to this perhaps you will understand what I’m saying. Else, if you were like me before, a first timer for something like a 5K or 10K run, trust me , a training program will work it’s magic when you are ready to work yours. There’s no shortcut but old wise and smart planning.
I was just looking at another Chrome tab and cracking an honest laugh to myself as I see my name listed in the Women’s Open category for this mountain bike event happening this Equinox weekend. Yes, sounds crazy, and even crazier I have not been getting on the saddle for heaven knows how long.
It will be a reason for me to get off from the comfort of stay-home weekend. I have been working out lately in my mission to lose some post-baby kilos and fat. So far its been good and steady. What I need to keep in mind is to proportion my food and make sure I work out at least thrice a week. So I will consider this weekend’s outing as a work out. According to the info given of the MTB event it will be 70% road and 30% off-road, and uhm…32km journey to yeayy-burn-em-calories! Event is happening this Sunday starting in Tmn Melawati.
So please, please wish me luck. I will be pushing my bike up any crazy hills (for off-road) and try to maintain it steady on the flats. Need to remind myself to recharge my Suunto Ambit 3 Sports. Goal is to finish the distance safe and no injury, InsyaAllah. Will letcha guys know after I am done.
WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING OF LATE
WHAT I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING LATELY(See below)
(AND DON’T REMEMBER WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME I DID IT)
Anyway, a HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to my triathlon and Ironman buddy Simon Cross. Have a good one mate !