Monday, March 26, 2007

Vacation and training

Let's start off with some numbers:

March 19th - 25th
19 (Mon) - Run 60 min
20 (Tues) - Swim 1 hr 20 min (2.6 km)
21 (Wed) - Brick 2 hr (Bike 30 min + Run 90 min)
22 (Thurs) - Run 30 min
23 (Fri) - Swim 1 hr 40 min (3 km)
24 (Sat) - Hike 4 hr
25 (Sun) - Nothing

Total hours - 10 hours and change

To all my tri-bloggers, I apologize for not catching up on your blogs. I promise I will catch up with all of you guys and gals when I come back.

I decided to put the 4 hr hike as part of the training. It ain't a brutal trail but there were a few ups and downs that made my heart rate go up. I felt weak after the hike which I normally should feel fine. I took a nap immediately afterwards. No need to get sick.

If you notice, there is no biking. Today suppose to go for a long ride. But the weather network said it will rain. Lo and behold, it just sprinkle. I went for two hour run instead. I jogged to the swimming pool which takes me 40 min to commute. I was joking to my uncle I can run there, swim and run back :D.

The good news is that last Fri, I swim 3 km. I never swim this far before. And you know what, my arms ain't even tired. 4 km is just a few more meters away.

What I left out of the training is the time I spent walking around. There were a lot of places to see and go. To explore the city, I would walk around instead of commuting. The air is polluted. Taking a lot of Vit C and eating a lot of fruits to keep my body strong.

Diet is hard considering a lot of food here are not healthy. The whole grain bread is not really whole grain. There is still a lot of white bread. There is no law enforcing manufacturer to put a nutrition table. So I have no idea what I am ingesting. Well I have an idea...just no that it ain't as healthy as I can back home.

Of course, some of the local food is junk but it is so tasty. After feeling sick on Sat's hike, I told my friend to take me to a cleaner place to eat. There is no need to have Cliff visiting the Hong Kong's hospital.

Hmm..there is a lot more I can say...but I will keep it at that. I am going to Taiwain from Wed till Sat. After that, one more week and I am coming home.

I will end off with two pics from last Sat hike. We saw a few mountain bikers. Sweet....

15 comments:

ironjenny said...

Beautiful pics, and yes, you certainly do count the hike!

SkiRough said...

Hike also counts as mental training :) So nice to get outside for a large chunk of the day... I miss hiking, I should try and get out of the city more often. Glad you're having a good time, looks like you're still getting decent training in!

Comm's said...

is that bamboo? My godness i haven't seen it that high in over a decade. memories.

Wendy said...

Lovely shots, Cliff. And way to swim1

Robin said...

Thanks for the update and the pics. It's OK to eat poorly once in a while, but keep tryin to eat healthy most of the time when you're over there. Not all the time, but a good part of it. You'll feel better in the long run. Enjoy!

brendaj said...

Have fun in Taiwan. I really enjoyed my few days there last summer. Dim sum, snake alley, and night markets were definite highlights.

Brent Buckner said...

Great work balancing family, vacation, training, and diet.

TRI Vortex said...

Sounds like an awsome trip. Hope you're taking a bunch of pix. I broke down and bought a 2G memory card for my camera and love looking at the readout (on standard setting) say you have 2,200 more photos you can take. And thats with a 5 megapix waterPROOF camera. I hope you recover fully from getting sick.

Hilda said...

Looks like a fantastic trip, glad you are enjoying so much!

Great the way you keep training combining your vacations and your visit in the other side of the planet!

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TriBoomer said...

Nice training week for getting back into the swing of things.

All of that talk about Hong Kong food has me all sorts of hungry. Some fried noodles would do quite nicely about right now, eh?

Stay tuned...

Kewl Nitrox said...

Very nice pics indeed, thanks for sharing them. It is easy to forget that there are places to hike in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. I think you will like Taiwan - the food is just as suspect as in Hong Kong, but tastes just as fabulous! :D Make sure you check out the "Ping Lang Mei" when you are there.

Great job on the swim. It's so inspiring that you can keep up the training even in Hong Kong.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Great training in Hong Kong. Now I'm starting to feel guilty about my mostly trainless week in Mexico...

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Mike said...

Cliff pretty cool that you still got in 10+ hours of training in HK. Definitely include the hikes- more aerobic training right?!

Keep rolling with the updates too..interesting stuff.

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