Friday, May 20, 2016

5 Things that Could Make or Break that PB

In April, I did two half marathons, a week apart from each other and in two different venues. Both routes were relatively flat so I thought a PB was possible, especially for the MHWH Night Run.

But as I ran, my body told me two different things during those two races and I marveled at how so many factors contributed to one's performance. I also marveled at the many regrets and thoughts that ran through my mind during the run.

Here are 5 factors that could make or break that PB (based on my experiences)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spartan Trifecta Weekend in Bright, Vic Australia - Dates Announced

Until now, Hawaii was the only place where one could attempt a Spartan Trifecta in one weekend. Well, this year, Spartan Race Australia has upped its game to include a Trifecta weekend in its schedule.

What is a Trifecta weekend? As the name indicated, it's a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) for racers to race all three Spartan Races: Sprint, Super and Beast over both days. Hence a Trifecta. Weekend.

The dates have been announced as 26-27 November at Bright, Victoria, Australia. Rumour has it that it will be a Friday - 4Hour Hurricane Heat, Saturday - Super and Sprint and Sunday - Beast and Ultrabeast. Woahhhhhhh. 

Registration is set to open on 4 June 2016 and according to Spartan Race Australia big boss, Max DeLacy, it will be all-systems go if registration hits over 2,000 by 15 July 2016.


So leave no space and time for second guessing and mark the dates for a weekend that will surely be known as L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y. 

Keep checking back or follow me on Facebook for the registration link. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Training for Mount Kinabalu

Okay, so when I say training for Mount Kinabalu, it isn't really so much of training but rather just waiting for the date of the hike to come.

I was supposed to climb up Mount Kinabalu last year on top of also climbing Mount Fuji but as luck would have it, white people decided to get naked atop the mountain and an earthquake happened, stranding about a 100 hikers atop the summit that day and taking the lives of a great many others. It was....shocking seeing as my hike was to happen three weeks after that.

The routes were deemed unsafe and the trip was postponed to the following year (this year). To make it more special and memorable, I decided I will attempt my hike on the anniversary of that fateful weekend and made arrangements for 3-6 June 2016 and will be climbing to the peak on the 5th of June to commemorate the anniversary of the earthquake.

Well, since I mentioned training, here's how I've been training for the climb. 5-6 sessions of bootcamp with Original Bootcamp a week and Sunday hikes at Gasing Hill.

How's that for training? Sufficient? Insufficient?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nutella-filled Tella Ball Shake at Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery, Sydney Australia

Chances are you would have already heard of the famous Tella Balls from Sydney. But I am still gonna blog about them here because chances are you've only seen and heard about them on Instagram and in the news.

The Nutella-filled Tella Ball Milk Shakes are a must try for the Nutella lover at Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery with its donut topping capping the decadent treat of chilly cold Nutella milk shake. They have other options too if Nutella is not your thing. (HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Coffee And Chocolate Buffet Every Sunday At The Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Hello, coffee and chocolate lovers! 

I have glorious news for you all in one beautiful sentence: Coffee, chocolate...buffet! 

That's right! It’s Coffee and Chocolate High Tea Buffet every Sunday at the Lobby Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. At only RM95 nett per person, you can enjoy the Coffee and Chocolate High Tea Buffet from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and enjoy coffee-flavoured desserts such as Tiramisu, Salted Coconut and Coffee Jelly, Latte Macchiato Panna Cotta and White Coffee Ivory Raspberry Tart, among others. 

Among the chocolate ones are Bitter Chocolate Earl Grey Macaroons, Reinette Apple Crumble in Chocolate Sphere, Double Chocolate Scones and Banana Dulce De Leche Banoffee. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

SCKLM Closes Registration with 35,000 Runners Signed Up

Despite two hazy hits in the past two years and a date change thanks to certain Minister last year, SCKLM still stands as the run to join each year in Malaysia, drawing in participants local and international.

Race owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2016 (SCKLM), Dirigo Events announced that all 35,000 slots for the 2016 edition of Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been taken up. This will be SCKLM’s eighth edition and is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 7th August at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Burnt Ramen at Gogyo Ramen, Kyoto

It isn't very often that a meal with the word 'burnt' in front of  it can turn out well. However Japan being Japan, of course someone figured out how to make it deliciously scrumptious. A little hidden jem in Kyoto, Gyoto Ramen near the Nishiki market serves up very delicious, burnt-flavoured ramen. Having read up reviews on it, I made it a point to visit it on my trip to Kyoto recently.

My sister and I got to the restaurant just before noon and were lucky that there wasn't a queue. We were shown to our table within the posh stylish restaurant with a zen garden in the middle and its backyard. If you're lucky, sometimes the bar seating are available, permitting you to witness for yourself the chefs at work as they set ablaze their signature ramen dish. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Under Armour Test of Will Malaysian Heat Results

The Malaysian Heat of the Under Armour Test of Will took off with a flying start with many participants heading to Sunway Pyramid over the weekend recently to compete in the challenge for a chance to be Under Armour's Brand Ambassador. The top two males and females from Malaysia will be joined by the top athletes from Philipines, Singapore and Thailand in the finale event in Singapore.

The finalists will be competing for an Under Armour sponsorship package for 12 months. In addition, the winners in the male and female categories will be featured in leading health and fitness magazines Men’s Health Singapore and SHAPE Singapore. And who knows what other opportunities will come their way from this? 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nike We Run KL 2016 21k: Flat and Orange

The Nike We Run KL series has always had their ups and downs, having started out as a 10km run, before increasing to a half marathon distance and then with the age-based price difference. In 2015, Nike kicked off 21km as its one and only category and despite the increased distance, registration still sold out like hot cakes. The route of the run ended up forming the iconic swoosh of the brand which was pretty cool.

A year two months later, the second-edition of the 21km Nike We Run KL race flagged off over 8,000 runners along Brickfields and one of those runners was me. After MHWH's disasterous 21km outcome the previous week where I suffered hangover-like symptoms during and after the run, I wasn't taking any chances with my race this time. I loaded up on 3 energy gels, filled my water bottles with electrolyte tablets for cramp prevention and pulled on my compression pants.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The World's First Martial Arts themed Race - Dragon Run@Genting Highlands

Ok, you won't get your butt handed to you like Po but are you ready to be a dragon warrior? If obstacle races like Viper Challenge and Spartan Race scares the bejeebers out of you but still piques your curiosity, then the Dragon Run is right up your alley!

Get set for the world’s first martial arts inflatable obstacle race Dragon Run that will make its debut on 14 May and 15 May 2016 at The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya in Genting Highlands.