Training Diaries 2014 – Going back down memory Lane! The fitness goals for 2014 are clear. To have two HKTR teams and attempt to run the Oxfam Trailwalker in less than 14 hours! Hmm. Sounds almost unachievable considering that not-so-long-back, we were only a 22-hour OTW team! And, 22-hours at that time was a gargantuan…..
Cloudy Hill, Pat Sin Leng, Plover Cove plus plenty of sunshine A poolside Corona or a 37km run? 35 degrees centigrade. 90% humidity. Zero cloud cover. Scorching heat. This is the kind of weather an average Joe would spend relaxing, lying on a poolside bench and sipping an ice-cold Corona. But, us? No, not the…..
Making history on New Year’s Day with a Lantau Bypass Operation Photos here. Some wise guy (definitely not me) once said: “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are”. This quote should work the other way around as well, i.e. “Tell me who YOU are and I will tell…..
Double Au, November 2012, Discovering the merits of a rope In preparation for the Trail Walker in 2 weeks’ time, we decided to hit the trails for our last, long training before the event. (I say that but I think we would have hit the trails for a 54km run regardless!) We had two things…..
Totally INSANE 70km Wilson Trail training Who does a 70km run just for the sake of training?? And, that’s a 70km TRAIL RUN, mind you! The answer: several of my totally insane friends. And fortunately/unfortunately, I am part of that club too! I have roughly done about two dozen races so far. And, I have…..
The great Double Au(ch) Back in 2009, when Steven first coined the name “Double Au” (Maclehose Stages 3-8), only 4 people joined our public training! And that was pretty much our Trailwalker team back then (Steve, Vic, Yuki and I). Yesterday, we had around 30 people join us! Is Hong Kong becoming more geared towards…..
Double ‘O’ – Mui Wo to Tai O and back! 55kms, 4000m+ elevation! One of legendary trail runner KK Chan’s killer training runs is a tough run from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping and back! i.e. “The Lantau 4 Peaks”. And that involves climbing each of Hong Kong’s two highest peaks two times! As if…..
Securing bragging rights by bagging 4 peaks in Lantau Legendary trail runner KK Chan has several secrets to his success. One of them is a killer 31km training run in Lantau. It goes like this – Mui Wo->Nam Shan->Sunset Peak->Pak Kung Au->Lantau Peak->Ngong Ping->some itty bitty part of the Lantau Trail … AND BACK! We’re…..
Kickin’ ass on Hong Kong Trail (while getting cooked..) Today’s Hong Kong Trail Runners (HKTR) Bastille day celebration attracted 32 partygoers. And the definition of this “party” is slightly different to the one we are accustomed to. This party didn’t quite feature drinks or food; instead, it featured a 25km/50km run under boiling hot weather!…..
Dear Mr. Wilson, How you doin’? Oh wait…you have some sort of a bruise on your rear end? Ah.. don’t worry too much about that. That’s just me kicking a good part of your ass in retribution of all the times you have kicked mine. In 2009, you had me on Devil’s Peak. Less than…..
Our Trailwalker captain and friend Steven is leaving Hong Kong for good. So, we wanted to give him the most perfect farewell gift – a 54km team run! All the way from Maclehose Stage 3 to Maclehose Stage 8, i.e. the Double Au. And, at the end of the 54km run, we wanted to give…..
Aborted Double Au and lessons from an ankle twist It was supposed to be a 54km trail run under a temperature of 28 degrees centigrade and 95% humidity. To give you a taste of what that feels like, imagine doing a nice long run IN A SAUNA! Ok, I exaggerate slightly but, trust me, I…..
With the Vibram HK100 ultra-marathon just 2 weeks away, I had to get some long distance training under my belt. This meant getting up at 6am on a Saturday morning to run 6 stages of the Mac trail (Mac 3-8) – a total of 52kms with some 3200m accumulated elevation gain. The pleasures of life!…..
It was our last official team training before Trailwalker 2011. And it involved 53km of trail running (stages 3 to 8 of the Mac trail) – The Double Au(ch). We got off the bus at Pak Tam Au. The civilized ones (Steven and Jinhwa) decided to go to the proper toilet at the start of…..
Today was a day off thanks to Ching Ming festival – a day where one is supposed to pay homage to ancestors. Usually the graves are somewhere in the hills so a lot of folks end up going hiking! In addition to receiving blessings from ancestors, it also has the added benefit of making people…..