Thursday, July 5, 2012

AR: Perak Columbia Iron Bound Challenge 2012

Here is the background info from the organizer blogsite:

To the “adventure racing" fans, the foremost adventure racing event in Malaysia  Iron Bound Challenge to appear once again hosting the 7th  edition, this time it was more physical and mental challenge, this time the challenge will be hosted for 2 days in stages "weekend warriors", it will be held on 6-8 July 2012, the location set in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia.

The challenge was organized to commemorate the Perak visit year 2012 this inaugural tournament was brought to the attention of adventure racing lovers every year, Perak Iron Bound Challenge has received awards by the Malaysia Sport Tourism Council, as the most successful sport Event in Malaysia 2003 at The Palace Golden Horses.

What is certain is organized at this time is very interesting and different from the previous edition.
Discipline at this time (Adventure Race Team - 2 Days stage Race)

  • trail running
  • mountain biking
  • high roping
  • kayaking
  • orienteering
  • navigation skill

As the date is around the corner, I feel this is another exciting episode of "Bring the Endhorpine to the Max". I rarely feel this boost except when annually participating in Powerman Malaysia duathlon since 2003. But this event bring one step above of my current self-achievement in multisports culture.

I will team up with my gf, Jiha to carrying the Kakithon name and received a sponsorship from Mentor Training Malaysia in this up coming race. As the previous month on 3rd June 2012, that was a first time we race as a team in Mixed Open Category, and amazingly we claim 7th spot to received (but not yet received) a three digits prize money. That was a good kick start for our brand Team Kakithon presented by Mentor Training in adventure racing scene in Malaysia.

As a preparation, we found that we certainly lack of a long training hours. Managed to train with only 5 hours per week. In addition, I was busy with outstation for outdoor instructing activities recently both during weekdays and weekends. While Jiha was busy at her lab and only can start the training session at the late of evening for did a workout for less than 45 minutes. 

All equipment get ready, the car also got serviced, the accommodation booked, and next step is to packed all the stuff and take a long drive to Lumut tonight. Hope the journey will be safely arrived at the destination next morning.

As a bottom line, taking part in adventure race is a new experience for me and Jiha especially involving a multi-days race. The training, the nutrition, the recovery, essential gears, the accommodation, the transportation, and the willingness must sit together as a package before someone will be a able to taking part in this kind of race. Perhaps, we can cross a finish line with our own feet! 

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