Being the Best
As i told you guys its going to take a few days for me to recover from my disapointment in AXN challenge, boo hoo.. sniff sniff.. now i am back and fully recovered and spirit fully restored. cant wait to get back in the adventure racing scene again.. so let me begin the whole race day my explaining what happened to TEAM MILK CARTON
it was 10.45am on the 1st OCT 2005, venue KLCC outdoor carpark. we checked in our team and it was exhilirating as we were handed our AXN bip and a booklet containing maps and questionaire to the whole day. wow .. it was great i tell you, first thing i put on was the Bip and it felt great i tell you, then TEAM Milk Carton opened up the booklet and took out the map, there was a MAP (5 piece to be exact, a questionaire telling us what to do the whole day and two passport for us to stamp along all the check points .. there is in total of 17 checkpoints. everyone was gathered there and you can see the air was filled with enthusiasm, everyone was charged up and getting ready to go. my adreline begning to pump as i saw more and more racers coming to register.
11.30am, Manfred, Olivia and Me was sitting at one of the tent and laid out the map to enroute the place where were are headed. our first and we didnt think we can do this.. we felt nervous and kind of excited all at once. I told Manfred to get a marker to highlight our route and Olivia went to buy one. so at the wait till 12.30pm, the rest of the waiting time was stretching and anticipating what would happen, after Dato Toyad Flagged us off, it was after the air horn went off… it felt like a screech peircing thru the air..
so the race starts.. running and running. our first task, run to check point A to collect a set of questionaire, then get all the answers and head to check point B, it was crazy i tell you everyone after the flag off was running like mad. ahha .. so we headed to checkpoint A and then got all the answers and ran to checkpoint B, at this moment timecheck is 1.10pm, we are leading the mixed team, YES WE ARE LEADING, even leading team POWERBAR ECO WIZARD, (bet we gave them a scare) oh did itell you that checkpoint A and to B is around 6km, after that, we have to run to the Matrix Zone at Bukit Nenas, so running from checkpoint B to bukit Nenas was another 7K, this is where team Eco, ran past us, when i saw them past us i was like damm .. sigh.. its ok, TEAM ECO if you are reading this.. we will prepare better next year ! (just kidding)
in Buikit Nenas we had to do a series of task, a minimum of 3task is to be completed and stamped on our passport before proceeding. so first task we choose was Island Walk, we had to guide a blindfolded teamate to the end of this made path, but there was white foam arranged like island. and in the end of the path lays a wooden plank, around 20kg, we had to carry it all the way to the other side, and then this is where the fun starts. we have to stand in the center of the foam and nothing can touch the ground, we have to connect the plank to each foam, while just using the plank and then walk across to the other foam, and so on till the end of the path. it was tough, 2nd task was to grab 2 sponge soak it in water and throw it to the team mate and fill a bucket, it was not that bad, knowing that we lost one sponge because my team mate didnt catch it all that well. it was ok time check 1.45pm 2nd task completed, placing dropped to 3rd, , for the final task we took the challenge as it looks like fun, *YA RIGHT* it was a small little plank that we had to sit on and none of us must get up from it while rolling downhill. and i meant HILL, it was TOUGH, we fell on the first attempt so got to go back all the way to the top again, olivia had cuts on her leg because of this, 3nd attempt, we completed without hesitation, pass the stamp to the marshall and it was given back to us , Manfred asking WHY ? marshall said you didnt get your passport stamp! i came in a shouted.. WHAT !! NO WAY !! i GAVE IT .. I PERSONALLY GAVE IT ! she said .. no you have to check (mistake number 1: NEVER TRUST PPL) sigh, i was pissed off cause to get from matrix 1 to 3 is a living hell of hill climb. so i told manfred.. screw it let me go get it stamp
i ran like no tomorrow even knowing that my legs feel like breaking to get that freaking thing stamped. ran back again to the F**king marshall and then she passed us, so we headed on our way, i think placing dropped to 7th after this, its ok, to cut things short ran off to CENTRAL MARKET did a task, ran to Lake Garden to do a series of task again, (total KM ran from bukit nenas to Lake Garden is about another 10km) totalling from start to lake garden 23km. not over yet, after all our task done, took our bike in the blistering rain and bike off to Jalan Selangor to the menteri besar house while needing to go to checkpoints to get our passport stamped, total bike ride was 15km. (oh mind you, it was the most gruesome hill ride i ever did) my legs feels like breaking !
time check 7pm reached berjaya time square, Manfred did his tranverse and i did my 16th storey abseil ! I TELL you the view was spectacular ! time check 8.45pm reached KLCC park while enjoying a slow walk from berjaya time square. (mistake 2: remember to clock in our finish time) ahah .. but HEY WE FINISHED the race and it was all FUN ! cant wait to hit the next race.. not matter what i will go !