Free Mud Spa 2010
Great races in KL are hard to come by. After 2 years of learning how to participate in running the races, suffice to say that many races in KL are, to me, superficial and monotonuous. I have learnt to pick-and-choose, based on exclusive criterias, and must-do races.
Since my first time doing it in 2008, Genting Trailblazer is a must-do, hands down!
Since all (almost) RBUs were there, I'll save a lengthy report and pics, as they are all the same. Chances are, I'd nick 'em from FB anyway. It was worth noted that the route has changed slightly with an addition of some fresh trails earlier used for the Cross Country, but the remaining course are similar. Lack of rainy days did offer a more runnable tracks and less slides down the hills. And since there was no division of Adventure and Competitive Category, we had the trails practically pristine, void of the cow shed situation in last years'.
My partner was a little bit under the weather this time, unlike his gungho-ness. I am glad he is recovering just fine.
Trailblazer this year taught me how to be unselfish too. Teamwork is paramount, and I failed when my partner needed me the most. Hours pounding the tarmac on LSDs down the drain, they were all pointless. At one point, I was worried sick when 2 medics were seen running down, and it could have been my partner. What one earth do I tell his wife? Yes, running trails are not anywhere nearly as easy as road runs. But, lucky he was ok, or I'd be in deep shit!
The exit, the obstacles etc... and if it's any consolation, we had a good spread, like TNF, too. Giant bananas, (bland and distasteful) kuetiaws, chocolate cakes, boiled eggs etc. Freeflow of cold Milo and 100+, water - good stuff.
We left when Jaja and Amy returned from the trails. Glad everyone returned safely, injury-free, and still have the humours intact. Happy Birthday, Diket and Nik! - thanks Ziff for organising, and thanks KJ, Tiff, Azza and Deo for travelling all the way. And the best-est of luck to our dear Shanaz in ING NYC Marathon!