Hitting the Pay Buttons

I was stuck at the airport again. I hate it when the flights are delayed, and the most they could do is announce their apologies through the speaker. To my already bitter heart, the announcement, repeated over, are non-sensical, emotionless, cold, and meaningless.
I was calculating the ETA in KL, so I could go running, and it was clear the plan was busted. The dark skies when we approached Subang with slight drizzle offers a fantabulous running experience while sorting my head out, but today will not be my day.

Of late, I must say that we, RBUs alike, have really got things going on. We started casually this year, and all of a sudden, post Sundown, everyone became puffed! Turn around 360 degrees, all are catching up with the limited, yet plenty races in a small window before Ramadhan, and returning fast post Syawal. 

I feel like I am caught in a massive tsunami of races, and with the good sport that RBUs really are, it is really hard to even think to miss any of these races. Running and laughing myself silly - crank me up everytime! Now the terms that running is addictive has dawned on me in a whole new perspective... with the help of fellow comrades, one can really enjoy the run, being outside and being one with the roads/trails.

It is fairly easy to be swept away when one comrade 'lambung-ed' an entry, and be obliged to join. Many times I have to pull the strings and ask myself whether it will be a worthwhile event, a fun one to that extent, to dive in on impulse. Like the rate of inflation nowadays, my judgment for races will be stripped bare to essentials.
And with fees are freaking escalating, more reasons to pirate juggle and endure the pain that we would enjoy doing for hours on end.

My confirmed, paid races for the remaining of 2010 are rather limited. Funny that I said races, as it sounds like a professional athlete... but having said that, I'll pay for whichever truly necessary. I am weighing myself, and triathlon is not looking out yet. At least not until Aiden finds her steps. The time and training it demands are too strenuous at this point. Pudu Tri will have to wait.

OK, taking stock of what other comrades are doing, I may as well declare my To-Do List for the remainder of this year, so I won't steer off the rails (touch wood, but I normally derail off my Tesco shopping list);

1) Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2010 - Full Marathon
2) Siemens Run - 10k (will not miss the extravaganza on the last km)
3) Shape Run - not sure, but the goodie bag has failed to entice
4) Newton 25k - for the 2XU compression socks, of course
5) Adidas King of the Road - Half Marathon
6) The North Face 100 Duo - woohoo!
7) Genting Trailblazer - 14+km
8) One Mile Dash, Heritage Row, KL

Oh no! Those still looks like a lot, and not without LSDs, gyms, swims, etc. I think I owe my wife a nice vacation!

I did not register for Singapore Marathon as we are planning for something else. If that does not work out, suppose I could always pirate SCMS, with Shuk in tow :)

I agree with Diket - looking at the fees to our satiety is a bomb! Well, it is what it is. With what 2011 seems to be brewing in my head, I am worried. The list needs a lot of Value Engineering. Did someone mentioned... uh never mind...

zzzzzzzzzzzz.............

Comments

Anonymous said…
Woits!! RBUs nowadays have this tendency of posting the same topic daa. Great minds think alike?

Because of TNF I got no more money to race!
tolldoll said…
i did not register for scms too... still thinking about it but for the moment im done with singapore races :)
Diket said…
Aiya! How can I forgot about Trailblazer? That is a must try. Before or after TNF eh? The short races can substitute LSD dah bro.
amsyah said…
Haza - sekadar mengisi masa lapang... the fact that these are some of the things we talk aout during meets too - rising costs, ut catching up to do more and more races :)

Nadia - I like the idea of starting at Orchard Road, but the remaining 38k around ECP and other U-turns were not pretty, but however keeping my options open. Feeling that the big appetite is too much to chew :)

Diket - Wowwowwowwow! Trailblazer will give you more dirt whatsoever beyond what Kiara could offer :)
Trailblazer will be a month after TNF rasanya... for you it's a sapsapsui

The short racs oso have to pay hehehe, I'll try to stick to Bukit Aman, and crash the parties if needs be
ian yusof said…
Malaysia Airline is even worst. They don't postpone the flight, they cancel right away. well, that's what happened to my Kchg - KL trip recently, they cancelled my 2pm flight and put me on the 6pm. Apalagi, with my big mouth, they gave me a 3.30pm flight instead, plus a Coffee Bean voucher. :)
p/s - and i missed my Keronchong concert at Filharmonik KLCC :( (yes people, keronchong!)
..::EnAikAY::.. said…
Genting Trailblazer is a M U S T guys. No kidding. The best trail race ever.. i mean.. ever!

Seriously.. i mean it.. ever ever ever ever ever...
IJAM said…
bilanya genting trailblazer tu? mcm kena ada partner le...
last year tak masuk sbb takde partner le...huhu..
ziff71 said…
Opsss...Genting Trail Blazer now in the list. Totally forgot bout it.
Fong said…
hehe.. bestnyer byk races =) if rase tak berbaloi, pirate jer..hehe..
Zaki said…
Jom, aku pon nak pegi genting... SApa nak join team aku: memang tak bagus, adik bongsu kpd macam bagus.
IJAM said…
aku nak join, kalau ada geng, tapi bila, dah 2 kali tanya ni, mana syah ni tak jawab pun. Tengok dlm pacesetters punya website mcm takde je..atau aku yg tak reti cari...
tengok nik punya race report genting trail blazer : http://enaikay.blogspot.com/2009/11/genting-trailblazer-2009.html
IJAM said…
dapat dah, 31 oct...lambat lg, belum bukak pun...
amsyah said…
Ian - I know... that happened a lot when I plied Penang in the early years... the best was just a McD coupons. Huh! naik darah nih

Nik - hahaah tapi tahun ni jangan pirate ok, kita masuk reramai! ever ever ever ever ever?

Ijam - 31/10 daa... sorry beb lambat reply, penat la meeting panjang2 nih :) tapi ramai nak masuk ni, nnt bila event bukak kita lambung2 lagi... just lock the calendar je ok!
amsyah said…
ziff - yes... betul, ramai boleh pairing nih

fong - you have a race to the maternity ward hahahah, tu pun best jugak :)

zaki - ok ok best nih... semua dal POMPOMPOM nih

ok friends, sabar ye... registration tak bukak lagi... dah bukak nnt kita lambung and atur pairing lah...
amsyah said…
eh ijam, tak lama dah, SCMS pun dah tutup, TNF dah bukak... ni Genting selalunya bukak registration in July/August...

Tungguuuuuuuuuuuuuu
IJAM said…
orait, tak sabar nak berkubang dlm air lumpur tu, boleh practice berenang dgn diket dgn dett.
amsyah said…
ai, nnt kat obstacles tu kau berkubang la macam lintah situ... diket buleh berlatih kuak lentang :)

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