“A divorce crushed my heart, but not my spirit. I swim, bike, run for my kids, for my health and for my soul. I trained like a man possessed. I compete because there's no greater high in the world. I have heroes but don't see myself as one. I'm an athlete, just like you.”
Twincity Marathon 2017
My first event in 2017. Thanks Fiza for accompanying me for the rest of 42km. I also met OP Ikmal who was a marathon virgin during the race. Both us made it to the finish line in sub 6 hours.
A medal for you for accompanying me the whole 42km on folding bike for 6 hours!
I have done River Jungle Marathon series every year since 2011 and I thought of skipping it this year because I think the fee is getting more and more expensive. Luckily, just a day before the race I was offered a bib by OP Monzar because he unable to run the race due to family obligation. Thank you Monzar!
Since this is a marathon event with no timing chip, no placing and no cut off time, I always try to run it as slow as possible. This year I was planned to wear non-running attire and managed to convince Azmil to join me. So, he pretended to be a rubber tapper with headlamp and I became a rubber scraps lorry driver. Both of us chose to wear flannel shirts and shorts.
During the run, Rashid joined us from km10 all the way to finish line. We were so fortunate because the weather unlike past years this year gloomy until the last 2km. Unfortunately, the elevation was the killer, about 10km climbs at two hills Genting Perez and Bukit Hantu. Other than that, this is a fun run to us with…
OP Harry offered me to race with his bib because he had something else clashed on the same day. It was short distance category and was not really that tough actually. We only did 5km run - 30km ride - 5km run. I missed sub 2 hours by a minute... dang! OK la, consider no training at all.
Last time I raced in Desaru was 6 years ago. It was Uncle Chan's event but now a Singaporean event company took over it and because of that the race fee was exorbitant!! Unfortunately, I don't earn in SingDollar :(