The Vibram® Hong Kong 100 is an ultra endurance race that takes place in Hong Kong. The 100km course starts in Pak Tam Chung on the Sai Kung Peninsula and covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Hong Kong, including remote and unspoilt beaches, ancient forests, nature trails, reservoirs and steep hills. The course is based around Hong Kong's famous Maclehose Trail, but with some diversions to ensure that runners spend more time in its most scenic sections, as well as finishing with the descent from Hong Kong's highest peak (Tai Mo Shan). The course involves a cumulative elevation gain of over 4500 meters and the cut-off time is 32 hours. This is a unique, challenging and beautiful run for the trail running enthusiast and a chance to take part in an unforgettable event. (Extracted from event's site)
I decided to sign up and join the race and make some amazing memories! That in itself is already an adventure for me, taking the challenge head on, saying yes despite the fact that I know I will face on the actual race. Upon finally registering, it's a mix feelings of excitement and scared. I know it's going to be a very long run and despite that I want to take the challenge. Especially that it's going to be on a winter in Hongkong, how it will be running on the mountain slopes of this place on a cold weather. Inspired by some of my friends who did this trail before and those who wants to do for the first time just like me, I gave it a go. I made use of whatever available days left of me after my big climb to train for the event.
|here is the elevation chart, towards the end of the race is the killer trail|
|Thanks to Pong Pong Law for this shot|
2. Being conscious when to put additional layering of clothes and not wait for me to get cold.
3. Eating real food on every check points.
4. My experience in mountaineering, having been able to do several night treks before and probably my being lead pack most of the time made me so mindful of the trail signs and making me aware that I should be on the right trail. I thank God I never get lost on this race.
5. My recent AC climb help me a lot on how to deal with the cold wind at the middle of the night.
6. When it was already around 2:00am, I thought of bringing out my music to keep me awake, though I only use it several minutes, it run out of battery but it helps.
7. Taking an all alert chewing gum, though the taste was really bad but somehow I know it keeps me awake.
8. Having Boy Bawang and Happy Peanut as my trail food on those dark stretch of the trail, having to count how many I have put on my mouth made me awake on those wee hours of the night.
9. Saying the rosary over and over again especially on those parts that is so dark and I am alone trekking.
10. Bringing a trekking pole, it could have been better if I brought two but one is better than nothing at all.
11. Keeping a positive happy thoughts especially on those moments that I am just alone.
12. I love doing the stairs, even when I did my first outdoor adventure training almost 12 years ago, than running. But on this race, it's a never ending steep ascend of stairs or a forever descend of either cemented or stairs made of rocks and stones. I learn to bless them and send positive vibes on them, that they will not harm so much my knees and that I never curse them, instead embrace the challenge with enthusiasm. I think that helps too...hehehe