Thursday, September 30, 2004

The North Face Challenge

bike ko na hiram kay jao Posted by Hello

We already picked out a name. We were gonna be Team Utrek Rowers. A week before the race, May caught the flu plus tonsilitis while we were on phuket. Huhu. There was no way she can recover and be fit to race in one week. I still wanted to join so maybe if I can just find a new teammate... hmmm i guess beng will do(peace beng!). Beng is like super beng! I talked her into it until she agreed. she had one problem though, she doesnt know how to bike. Big deal! For 4 consecutive days, we rented bikes in ccp until she was confident enough to race. Super beng talaga.

Joey gave us a ride to the race orientation in powerplant, so we named our team after him - Team Joey. There we met the other utrek teams - arth and bong, luv and tops. We got the race jerseys, bike plates and stickers. We were Team 087. Sym and george agreed to be our support crew.

utrekkers Posted by Hello

racer arth Posted by Hello

Race Day
Race Assembly place was at Timberland Heights. Free breakfast for the racers. We were given the race maps, and had our arms painted with our team number. Then before the race started, they asked us to remove the tires from one of our bikes. What the hell for? We had no idea how to remove those tires moreso put them back. A friend gave us a 2-minute crash course on how to just do that - just take out the brakes first before removing the tires. Easier said than done. Then all the racers were called on the starting line.

umpisa na Posted by Hello

assembling the bike Posted by Hello

still assembling the bike.... Posted by Hello

Beginner's Bad Luck
No surprise to us, the first task was to put the tires back in the bike. And the marshalls said we cant ask anyone to help us - not even our support crew. While the other teams were already speeding away, there we were looking like incompetent fools. And to make it worse, a camera from Game Plan or some other tv show was taping us while we were struggling to put those damn tires. We were like the 2nd to the last team to finally get it together. One of us had to bike, the other had to run to the first CP - I biked. The way to CP1 was off-road uphill downhill. There my bike jammed or something - the gears wont move anymore, it stayed in a small gear which was too heavy for uphill. I had to walk the bike for every uphill, and beng was nowhere - she was long way ahead of me by now. A few more minutes and i found beng waiting in the dirt road for me, it wasnt so bad anymore because we now take turns with the bike.

team utrek joey Posted by Hello

We finally reached CP1, and some racers were still resting there. The marshalls there were the best! Gave us yummy ice cold halo-halo. CP1-CP2-CP3 was a breeze, fun actually - trekking, river crossing and compass reading. Then for CP4 we got careless, we followed some teams and turned right instead of left going up a hill - we got lost for almost 2 hours before we decided to backtrack.

super beng Posted by Hello

friends ni trix Posted by Hello

tyrolean traverse sa wawa dam Posted by Hello

One of us was tasked to do a tyrolean traverse in the wawa dam, beng gave it a shot. Several teams were still waiting for their turn, so we had a quick lunch provided by our very supportive support crew :). There - beng, sym and i recognized this guy R. from trix's travel pictures. We introduced ourselves and had our pictures taken so we can send them to trix.

We got at CP09 around 350 - 50 minutes after the cutoff. Kinda disappointing. I was supposed to do the next task - rapel from a waterfall. We can still continue with the race though, we'll just proceed to the the next CP.

It began raining. It was kind of nice, biking in the rain. But the road got slippery and beng fell from her bike while going downhill. She got a few bruises and I felt a little guilty, she only learned how to bike a week ago and this is like technical biking already.

An hour later, my brakes just quit on me - on a dirtroad downhill. It was a very scary feeling - not being able to control anything. I crashed on some bushes and got my knees scraped. The rain kept pouring but the blood kept on flowing for sometime. Wounded and tired, we rested for a while while other teams sped by. Tops and Luv came by and gave my bike a quick fix.

tops and luv Posted by Hello

Flat Tire
We finally got to CP14 - The Avilon Zoo and it was beginning to get dark. We were to bike straight to Marikina(2nd to the last CP) where we had to do some bouldering. Along the way, we met Arth and Bong. Arth's front tire was flat, the wheel wasnt even round anymore - more like oblong. Anyway, they still have a chance of getting ranked (unlike us, we were cutoffed earlier) so we decided to give Arth my bike. We called up our support crew and asked them to come get us.

bouldering wall sa marikina Posted by Hello

Team DNF
We didnt finish the race. But it wasnt so bad. I was proud of how far we've gone. And surprisingly - inspite of all the bruises and 5 dead toenails, I have enjoyed every minute of it. I was lucky to have a very cool teammate. Maybe thats all one need to survive a race - a strong will, a good bike(yeah yeah next time) and a friend for a teammate.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Koh Phi Phi

September 13-15, 2004

phi phi boats Posted by Hello

breakfast at charlie's Posted by Hello

kayak with jao Posted by Hello

our bungalow at phi phi charlie Posted by Hello

dinner at the banyan tree Posted by Hello

Monday, September 13, 2004

The 17th Thailand International Swan Boat Races 2004

September 10-12, 2004
Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts And Crafts Centre,
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

women's crew Posted by Hello

team pyros Posted by Hello

pyros Posted by Hello

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yummy cricket Posted by Hello

aloha! Posted by Hello

pyros girls Posted by Hello

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