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Triultra 28.75 Sprint Triathlon

Did my first sprint triathlon event of the year, back from injury. 3 months from my accident early this year. because of my injury I haven’t trained in cycling and running a lot. running not at all. Running involves a lot of shoulder movement, causing some discomfort, cycling in itself only hurts when there are bumps in the road, or when I climb up hills (while pulling on the  handle bars). But swimming interestingly was the first sport I could do, as it felt better in the water. (In fact I did labuan cross channel swim the week before :p)

Didn’t do too bad, considering the lack of training. my swimming was still strong at 14mins 20 seconds. I guess I pushed my self a bit.  before the swim I noticed that the current seemed to be pushing eastward (to the right of the shore), so I started of far from the left so I didn’t have to fight the current much, after the 1st turn, I couldn’t see the 2nd buoy (is it pronounced buwi or boy or boo-oy?) , so I just followed the line of swimmers in front of me until i saw it with my own eyes before I corrected accordingly, after the 2nd buoy, I could see the swim finish, I decided to aim for it, and if the current push me, I decided I will just have to run on the shore. Close to the shore I decided to run in the water on to the shore.

triultra 2875 swim mapPNG

On the shore, a few hiking/running buddies (bahadurs) as volunteers jokingly asked me to do a baywatch run, and I obliged. :p

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In the first transition, I wore my lunar sandals for my bike, remembered to wear my helmet, but forgot to wear my bib as I only realized halfway when I saw someone else didn’t wear it. fortunately the organizers were lenient on the regulations.

Beginning of the bike was challenging as it required to cycle up a hill, I was a bit used to it, so I just went on passing 2 cyclist, 1 was pushing the bike up, and another had to drop to wear the cleats properly. Cycling was a good average of 24.2kmph getting in under 1 hour, I did stop by as a fellow cyclist’s pedal dropped off, tried to assist, but didn’t have the tools, advised him considering he had cleats, then he could just pedal with one pedal, and he did.

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Running was okay doing 4km in 33mins, or pace 9. I haven’t done run brick runs in a long time ( as well as other trainings), so I ended up doing walk runs, knowing the running route quite well, I walked up hill and ran down hill. I was thank full most of the route was shaded..

triultra 2875 run

At the end I was expecting my wife to have started her run already, but I asked the volunteers and they havent noticed her, I checked for her bike but I hasn’t arrived yet. Apparently she had a tire puncture on the road about 7km back. fortunately there were cyclist passing by that assisted her. but shew was 30mins later than expected. So as she arrived, I accompanied her during her run.

At the end of the day my wife felt tired from doing her first triathlon, but I still had energy to conduct a swimming class. but my body ached almost like it was doing it the first time. Thankfully my shoulder has recovered enough that I can continue my training for Langkawi Ironman end of this year.

Source: Garmin Connect

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Insurance for Bicycles in Brunei

the local insurance company recently provided an insurance product to cater for the cyclists in Brunei.

Generally,

All risk takaful for Bicycle in Brunei.
eligibility, for bicycles:

  • less than 6 years
  • priced above $1,000
  • bicycle owners in Brunei Darussalam

Covers:

  • accidental damage
  • fire and theft (with forcible entry)
  • loss or damage from collission or overturning
  • located in Brunei Darussalam

https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AR-for-Bicycle-Brochure-and-PF.pdf

the following pdf is a clarification of the terms and conditions of the insurance.

https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Takaful_AR_Bicycle_CW_2017.pdf

for more info, go the website at https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/other_products_individual/

Brunei Law on Cycling

I know a few people complain about cyclists on the road. And I keep on reminding them that the road is to be shared by everyone, including the cyclists. Especially since some bikes are named as “Roadbikes”.

Included here is a pdf from the AGC on the road rules concerning Roadbikes.

source

http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2006/EN/s050.pdf

Generally,

  • Towing not permitted.
  • Restriction on number of persons carried.
  • Riders to give signals. (slowing down palm face down up and down, turn to indicate with the relevant hand with palm facing front)
  • Signals to be made in sufficient time.
  • Travelling abreast prohibited. (generally right of cars, right of pedestrians and other cyclists is allowed)
  • Bicycle to be ridden on the left side of road. (this kinda proves bikes are allowed)
  • Load on bicycle. (no extra load then is designed)
  • Bicycle to be ridden in orderly manner.
  • Lights to be carried by bicycles during darkness. Restrictions on nature of lights. (white light in front, red light at the back)
  • Wearing of protective helmets. (shall wear, but the rule after that makes it sound like a must…)

some of the rules are also embedded into the road traffic rules that applies to all road users in http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/PDF/Cap68subRg1(2.8.07).pdf

 

Moon Eclipse and Life Opportunities

I was observing the Moon Eclipse tonight (4 april 2015, 8pm brunei time), from a place that had a few crowds hanging out and walking by, I looked around and it seemed most people were unaware of what was happening. not looking to the sky. The last time I saw the moon eclipse was a few years ago in KK in December 2011. It was a similar environment. Something incredible was happening. Our shadow, earth with us on it, was blocking the sun’s direct light from reaching the moon, at ironically the position that can also be the fullest and the brightest for the moon. If we wand yet not a lot were appreciating it.

The last time I saw it I felt the same awe that I feel now. It was around the time I made the pivotal decision to change my health and fitness. I was 110kg then, I went as far as 90kg last year (now I’m up a bit to 95kg, but I’ll work on it again) and able to do a half ironman where I swam 1.9km, cycled 90km, ran 21km. There are things happening around us, opportunity is abound. and yet most of us are not open to it. Like the uncommon moon eclipse (moon eclipses are more common than sun eclipses). Life opportunities are quite common. Great opportunities come once in a while. Only a few of were aware of it. Few of use will take the time to find about it, and then take the time to make it to appreciate it.

For me the awe is still there. Understanding of how a full moon eclipse happens. How small we are compared to the earth, moon and sun… to the universe. and yet how important we can be to each other, near and far. How one event can be observed and affected by millions of individuals. How each one of us can take the opportunity to make something happen in our lives. To catch that moment. Reminds me of my understanding of the islamic concept of fate – qada’ and qadar. There are events that are fixed in the universe, and then there are events that man has the choice and ability affect. The full moon is a preset event, while the human ability to predict it, to observe it is a choice. Life opportunities are less likely to be predicted, but they can be anticipated, and we can prepare ourselves for that event. We don’t have to just allow events to past us by, we can observe it, we can study it, or we can appreciate it, in some cases. We can create it or create something with it.

This time my pivotal change is more on contribution and financial gains. I have gone far from the last moon eclipse, from losing weight to being able to do a half ironman. I look forward to see the next full moon and look back to my life from the this full moon eclipse. Everything is already set into motion, I would like to be prepared, be there when an opportunity happens. Once in a Blue Moon? How about Once in the eclipse of a full moon?

Heheh, funny how I feel more awe about a moon eclipse than the earth’s revolution around the sun. The Universe is Unimaginably Vast, The Creator truly is Great 🙂

Carpe Diem.

Closing thoughts, If we on earth is experiencing a moon eclipse, the moon is experiencing an earth eclipse. Think about it.

http://earthsky.org/space/why-does-the-moon-look-red-during-a-total-lunar-eclipse

Upset and Disappointed at closure of swimming pool due to football match

I went to swimming pool to send my wife for her swimming class on tuesday night. ladies night.
At 7pm the pool was still closed, and the lights were not yet on. There was no official memo posted on the ticketing counter indicating for reason of closure. 15 minutes later someone opened up the lights but the gate was not opened. Asked the person and he said that the pool closes when there is a football match, that there will be cars packed that we would find it difficult to leave the area when the pool closes. He could allow people in but the pool tickets were not with him.
My thoughts are that It is kind of ridiculous to close a swimming pool that usually opens up at 7pm till 8:30 pm (officially 9pm) for a football match likely to start at 8pm. Swimmers are there already anyway, so there is no problem getting in and getting a parking spot, only a challenge (not an impossibility) of getting out later. There was no memo (official or otherwise) that stated the closure. So either it was an unsanctioned closure (so the government servants are taking an unofficial night off) OR they forgot to issue memo OR one sport is being favored over the other. Previously I have experienced a football match occuring when I was swimming, the pool was opened but closed early.
I was upset and frustrated that we went all the way to the pool to find that it was closed. especially frustrated that there was no official memo posted warning/stating the closure. and ultimately disappointed that the swimming sport activity is neglected due to another sport.
I would like to authorities to clarify on the issue of the missing official memo, in order to inform the public before hand, even clarify the policies of pool opening hours. But, I would really prefer for the pool to be opened despite such events such as the football match.
Note: I have sent this message thru my fb, jbs fb, bruneitimes, and borneo bulletin. I might just be angry dialing right now. It just upsets me that swimming seems to be place at the back seat of sports in Brunei. Also if it wasn’t for this incident, I would have dropped late into the stadium to see the rest of the match after 8:30pm after picking up my wife.