Monday, June 28, 2004

The AXN Full Dress Rehearsal...

My write up in :Old Putera Info Blog

Time: 0830 - 1500 hours
Venue:
Mountain Biking:

SC - Kiara Club - Kiara Park - Rimba Kiara - Kiara Park - Kiara OffRoad - Hartamas - SC

Running:
Bukit Aman - Lake Garden park - Muzium Negara - Planeterium - Bird Park - Lake Garden park - Bukit Aman

Attendance:
Alpha: All Presents
Bravo: OP Zuflin @ Kutik not able to make it

Total Distance covered: Far enough to be walking like something stuck up our a$$ today.


Alpha (L-R) : Stupe, Bandit, Doc


Bravo (L-R): Upak, Chipok

We started our ride from Security Commission (since Bandit could give us free parking) and we moved towards Kiara Country Club. After coaxing the security guard that we are the AXN crew, we managed to get into the park and had to show respect to all the horses that is moving around the park (meaning, we are pushing our bikes). We got to the other end of the park, where there is a small door, leading to the Kiara Park.

After some major Uphills and downhills later, we converged at Taman Rimba Kiara, the starting point of the race. We strategised, putting ourselves into the organiser(and the race director's mind) of what would happen on race day. We all came to the conclusion that it will be one hell of a long climb up the Kiara Park, to where the single trail offroad section will be. Lactic acid build up...burn..burn burn...
Doc, Chipok and Upak was superior yesterday, showing no sign of tiredness despite the whole climbing ordeal. Whereas for me and Bandit, we just had to haul our body up the hill. "cadance! Cadance! maintain 60rpm!!" Doc shouted...yes, when the body is tired, telling the legs to do 60rpm is almost imposible as me and Bandit found that we are out of gears on our bike and is doing 90rpm...hahaha...

The offroad trail is exciting and dangerous. With the monkeys as the habitants in the jungle of Kiara as the spectators, i swear i could hear them snigger at us when we fail to ride up slopes laced with brances and roots. When we say single trail, it is only big enough to permit ONE bike to go through. Upak was *baptised* in Kiara, he took a slip and went down the slope, with his Giant bike on him. Doc, rushed to help him. Fortunately, he only suffer some bruises and cuts. Unfazed, he went on to conquer the whole kiara...

As for me, i buat MTB - Mari Tolak Basikal... The condition during the race day will be worse, as 150 participants will be going into the single trial, with at least 10-20 person arriving at the same spot at the same time...traffic jam in Kiara Jungle...SO, anohter strategy cropped up. We will let the gung-ho-adrenalin-flowing-young-warriors to go ahead, get themselves swallowed(or killed) by the trail, then, Alpha and Bravo will move in and conquer the tracks...err...sounds good eh? LOL

Checkpoint BOULDER: View taken from the top fo the slope, before a 45 degree ride down...Yeehhaaaa!!!

We emerged at teh other end of Kiara, ie Hartamas and cycled back to SC.

From SC, we moved to Lake Garden. Refill water and off we went, in full gears, helmets, bags, shorts, shoes, food, humour... We ran, we walked and we looked for visible clues to what and where we will be doing some challenges. We went from the park to Muzium Negara, to the Planeterium where the smell of Ramli Burger almost made us give up our training ends prematurely. From there, we went to Bird Park, being one of the sponsor for the race, we sorta think that a few items will happen in Bird Park. Me and Doc was running in Lake Garden on Saturday and we didn't see anything unusual. BUT yesterday, lo-behold! we saw 2 parallel metal/steel cable running from one of those metal pillars(to hold the net for the park) to another pillar. We also saw anohter anchoring point, which we are sure where the horizontal abseiling will happen (horizontal? yeah, Horizontal!!!). This is also where we suspect some compass/navigational skills will be tested on one of the team members while the other 2 does the rope challenges.(clue: Ms. Race Director said: Watch out for birds when you are climbing to the platform!) Yeah,Birs we saw, some big...really big...OUCH...

As of today, we've not managed to secure any form of sponsorships, but we did recieved a lot of wishes and we would like to thanks all wellwishers.

Apart from that, we've just found out that OP Zuflin(Kutik) won't be joining us for this race. His Father in law jsut passed away last week, and his mother in law is still in coma. With all due respect, we do not think he should, or could, even if he wants to, to be able to commit to the race. With this, Bandit, works his charms and had managed to get the organisers to agree to let us replace Kutik with one new team member. As of the time of writing, Chipok will put in his superfit brother in law...and now, Bravo is back in action...BUT, we still has not gotten our harnesses issue out of the way, at RM250 each, this race is getting more and more expensive...

Our aim? To finish the race this 3rd July, and show to the other participants, That we RMC Boys, will crawl to the finish line, if that is what it takes, to get it done in 7 hours. We are also going to impart all the knowledge gained from this debut race to future OP participants. Talk are also on the way to enrol into the ATMA Eco Challenge.... now, who say that anyone that weighs 80kg(Average) with a 36 inch(average) waist line can't do these kinda stuff? We will prove them wrong!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

AXN Challenge 2004

Been getting my arse into action again. Time to lug my heavy and fat body through what i used to love. The outdoor.


Long Climb

Me and 5 more friends will send in 2 teams of 3 each into the race. It will last 7 hours. It will be torturous. It will be merciless. It will be FUN.

What do you expect a bunch of weekend warriors to do when they see things like this? It is not everyday you cna cycle and run like some (wo)men possess in Kuala Lumpur City.

This year race is teh second time they are doing, and from what i've heard from past participants, they were required to abseil and rappel down KLSE building, that is after climbing about 20 floors of stairs of course. They were made to cross Gombak/Klang river via a rope attached 12 feet above, near Central Market. They were made to Kayak the whole length of lake in Lake Garden. They were having FUN.

This year, the race format won't change a bit, except of course for the route. They will include OFFROAD Mountain Biking...something that these 6 weekend warriors always does.


i'm in the middle. My teammates are far behind, or was it infront?

We will start in Taman Rimba Kiara, jsut outskirt of the City. And the race will bring us all around the capital of Malaysia, before ending at KLCC.

Wish us luck come this 3rd July.

Friday, June 18, 2004

how to make stupe...

is this thing for real??? LOL...this is totally different from what i know about the birds and bees.



How to make a stupe
Ingredients:

3 parts competetiveness

1 part humour

3 parts leadership
Method:
Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Add a little lustfulness if desired!

Monday, June 14, 2004

Blardy Idle

This is what you get when you have to work with NON OPs.

1. NO SENSE of URGENCY
2. NO SENSE of RESPONSIBILITIES
3. NO SENSE.
4. STRESS.
5. MORE STRESS.

it will be a wonder if i could just give him HELL.

He is making my life hell...

1. Driving at 90km/h at 110km/h stretch
2. Refused to pay full toll prices and rahter pay RM4.70 than RM5.10 from PJ to Putrajaya. This is done by Exiting at the Hicom Intersection (RM2.70), then pay at LDP Puchong Barat (RM1.00) and LDP Puchong Selatan (RM1.00).
3. Rahter just drink coffee in meeting than help out to separate some BQ from the tender documents.

All the 3 items above was done when we were late for meeting by 30 minutes. Did i tell you he was whistling all the way when driving from PJ to Putrajaya and almost took the Serdang/kajang junction.

3. Didn't press/iron his shirt.
4. Didn't introduce his date to any of us.
5. Took the best seat in the table without even offering it to his boss, and his intermediate boss.
6. Didn't even polish/clean his leather shoes before wearing them.
7. Took the last piece/bit on the plate without asking if anyone else wants it.
8. Pushed OP SC-Chairman away. Can't he even just say EXCUSE ME SIR?

All 4 items above was done during the OPA Dinner. Where is the manners?

8. Didn't clear the post box before entering the office.
9. Dumped all the Tender Documents on the table without properly arranging them.
10. Placed 4 copies of Who's Where all over the Table.
11. NO Initiative to get work done. It took him 4 phone calls to ask 4 different questions that should be asked in one phone call. (yeahla, who else probe him what to do? ME la.)
12. Didn't refill the paper at the FAX machine, resulting in all the incoming faxes being jumbled and mixed up. And guess who is having a hard time separating 10 different set of Letter of Award with all the Clauses?
13. Kept chatting online in MSN and Yahoo when there is things to be done. (refer to item No. 1 and 2)

If he is from RMC...i am sure he knows better than to let me list the 13 items above.

Blardy Idle.
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