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We made our way to CP6 and soon after that to CP7 Taman Saujana Hijau. It was essential that we completed the 2.5km loop round the Taman Saujana Hijau before it became too dark. We even passed 7 eleven and marked it as a go too place in case of emergency. We ended headed the wrong way for about 1km until i notice my watch was saying that we where off course. As we left CP5 we had 1hr 30mins buffer till the cut-off.We manage to catch a glimpse of several wedding couples having their photo taken. Hahaha, guess i need a talking GPS rather than the watch. Soon we reached CP6, where we had some cold drinks and watermelons.after replenishing our hydration, it was off we go to CP5 Taman wetlands for the maggi and hot coffee. By the time we have reached CP4 Taman Rimba Alam, the remaining time before the cut off was only 50mins.
Sadly, there was no marker for the CP1 mid-way U-turn, (last year was available). We soon reached CP 1, refuel and headed for the core Island loop (CP2). While we were on the highway heading for CP4, Taman Rimba Alam, the heat registered on my Garmin was ranging from 34-37deg C. So, I’m guessing the actual temperature was probably ~ 40deg C. You can see the smile on my face when i reached the CP4 in the photo below.All that could be done was to download the maps (gpx file) into my garmin and phone. CP4 had some light changes due to the field used last year was already fenced up.To me, CP5 (Taman wetlands) – CP8 (Promenad Precint 7) was all new. This ultra event, specifically requires you to be tentative while on route, since the markers are placed very far apart (~ 4km) from each other. The elevation was not the major concern, but rather the familiarity of the route and heat. Hence, this is a race distance not to be take too lightly. It was a journey that I never thought I would embark. I had done my training, but was not sure if it was sufficient.Although the instructions says reapply after 24 hours, I did not want to add an additional suffering for this run. But, each time I run, I would over shoot the route and ended being off course. ” kept circling in my head every several kilometers. Previous 100km ultra runs didn’t make me feel this way. You can clearly see the effectiveness of our development and planning. The walkways where uneven, due to underground roots from the trees which have been planted but not maintained. But as i mentioned about our efficiency, we build but we do not maintain. I do hope our super bright headlamps did not spoil their romantic date night. I’m pretty sure they where cursing at us as we passed by. Finally, the hot coffee and cup noddles for dinner. The journey back from CP8 to CP7 and CP6 was pretty fast as we where hungry.
There where portions where i was even off course for 2km. There was a point that i decided to take it slower and safer. That was when I decided it would be more efficient of me, if i would buddy with him rather than being to smart and run by myself. We quickly depart from CP7 and made our way to CP8 Promenad Precint 7, also known as half way point (80km). While making our way there, Chandru and I were talking about hot cup noddles and coffee to keep us awake for the 2nd leg of the race. The “road ultra” soon turned to be trail ultra as i was tripping over roots. Need to bee very careful not to fall and break anything. We met the top 3 runners (Jeff, Yimister, and Odef), making their return route. “It must be CP8 halfway point cup noodles and cold beverages”, I thought to myself. Much to our disappointment, there was no hot water. We managed to stop by at 7-11 on the way to CP7 to get a can of cold coconut juice and cold mineral water for a quick cold shower. We started to pick up our pace and ran for several km before we overshot and missed a turning. Manage to have my 3in1 tongkat ali coffee to keep me awake for the last 50km stretch. It seems that our previous cut-off time buffer was depleting.
It would be advice-able if you had a buddy to run with.
Some runners were lucky to join the route familiarization runs, prior to the event, which was organised by teampacat. The run from start to CP1, Nusa Perdana was comfortable.
Since this route was amended, it was considered a scenic route for me. As I completed the CP2 route and headed out for CP3 Taman Cabaran, I could start to feel the heat. The initial weather forecast for Saturday 11am to 6pm was supposed to be raining. As i was walking/ running along the highway, i was telling myself “lang ho ho chomik I ki cho 160km? The volunteers at CP4 asked me if I wanted any drinks or food.
” (translation from Hokkien would be; life so good why go run 160km ). I told them that someone should start selling at the highway.
I am happy to say, the Ahon gaiters did its job well. I have had similar issue while running Titi100 this year with the stupid pebbles.