15 September 2005

Tale Of The 软脚虾

Ahh... finally made it back to the Gym after 5 years away from it.

I used to train regularly when I was in Singapore and my previous job allowed me to get off earlier to hit the gym before the main crowd starts coming in.

Instead of the usual California Fitness or Planet Fitness establishments, I could be found in the modestly tiny gym at Warren Golf & Country Club when they were still in Folkestone Road, opposite Singapore Polytechnic. I like small gyms simply because the mainstream crowds would avoid it as it is deemed not "glamourous" enough. The good thing about small gyms is that when you have the gym all to yourself, you get to pick your radio stations or even bring your own CDs.

Karen was my gym partner back then as she helps to motivate me to show up (or I will get an ear bashing from her) and in return, I will help her shoo away the unwanted attention of the other guys who tried to hit on her.

My session takes about 3 hours to complete. Starting with a 10-minute stretching, I will hit the treadmill first covering 4km before doing strength/resistance exercises like free weights and the universal machines. Thereafter, it is back to cardio-vascular workout on the stationery cycle for another 20 minutes but not before completing my sets of ab crunches. The session would finally finish with another 10-minute stretching to warm down.

The gym here at Long Island Golf & Country Club where I am setting up shop is even more spartan than Warren. The treadmills and cycles are there but the place lacked the universal machine and so I guess I just have to make do with the free weights.

Mai hiam buay pai lah. In all, I think it is still good enough for me.

I did the usual stretching routine and I hit the treadmill shortly thereafter. I stood there in front of the control panel of buttons.

"Err..... press press here, press press there. No response leh.... Equipment different from Warren leh.... "

So I sheepishly had to go out of the gym to the front desk and ask for help.

"Nah beh..... the main switch not switch on lah!!! Wah raoz.... si beh lao kwee..."

"...Ok ... the treadmill start to move liao... started slow then move it up to Speed 15.... TOO FAST TOO FAST!!!!!"

Heng ah.. managed to slow it down to a comfortable setting of 12 without falling off the treadmill.


It was a good feeling to be finally running again and I was enjoying the rhythmn of pacing my steps, together with the endorphins being released into the system.


After the 1.6 km mark, the lactic acid started to accumulate liao and the legs start to wobble liao... ~~~~owwwww

I almost wanted to give up but I finally started to get into the groove at the 2km mark and was beginning to get comfortable settling into the pace.

However, I stopped at 2.4km since this being my very first session. Better don't be hero or else next morning sure die damn urgly one. Time? 12:50. A far cry by what I used to clock but I think IPPT-wise, it is still a pass. No?

By the time I got off the treadmill, my legs rubber rubber liao... machiam 软脚虾.

Neermind. First time. Will do improve eventually one.

I could see the drop in fitness as a result of 5 years of absence. I had to start over with lighter weights. In all, it was a good start to a good session and I can see myself doing this on a regular basis.

Now on to get back my "speedbumps".

So far, I only got a 2-pack abs....

.... but only if I hold my breath deep deep. Sigh.....

- Voxeros

1. Lynne left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 3:44 am
"Old"-er people better not jog/run after not doing so for too long lah, very strenuous you know? Swimming is easier on the body. Whatever it is, just be careful hor?
Having said so, my dad, at 62, runs like 3 - 4 times a week, about 5 km each time. Me useless at running. ;P

2. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 7:13 am :: 
Lynne: "Older" people!!!???!!!
*poke eye* *poke eye* *poke eye* *poke eye*
Surprisingly, I felt ok this morning. Woke up fresh. Granted that there were aches here and there but they were pretty minor.
As for swimming..... I sure drown one. Heh heh... Can swim is one thing, distance swimming is another. I more of a land animal.

3. Chen Deneng left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 10:39 am
i hold breath until turn purple (or issit green) also still got one-pack ab. a big one , that is.
doing at speed 12 on threadmill is too fast for ah pek here. i am already panting at speed 10. but can clock 2.4km at 14.30 mins (think for cat z, that shd be a pass)
see, there is someone worse than you. so keep it up and keep going. maybe, we can see you back in spore for the standard chartered marathon on 4 dec 2005. (can somebody sign up for him? then all bloggers here will form a cheerleader team to cheer you on!)

4. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 11:20 am :: 
Chen Deneng: Just checked. I Cat Y1 so 12:50 still got 2 point to take. 3 points will be 12:20 which looked pretty achievable... hmm....

Me run marathon? The day I run marathon is the day I get my corporate sponsor logo big big on my t-shirt that says, "Singapore Casket".

5. Chen Deneng left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 11:44 am
Since you're working overseas, you can forget about IPPT completely lah! (for me, cat z, 2.4km at 1430mins, i got ZERO point! but they better dun push me too hard, wait my heart decides to take a break, then...i'll end up in the Spore Casket).(i passed by Spore Casket everyday on the way to and from work. Sometimes i wonder, when will it be my turn to end up inside there!)
U'll never know. Maybe one day, you want to show yr kids what is their old man made of!

6. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 11:59 am ::
Chen Deneng: True lah.... with the exit permit on hand, no more IPPT liao.
Here's my take on this fitness philosophy. As we age, our body will start going downhill. My take is the raise the starting point, while I am still able to, to as high as possible so that as we all go downhill together, I will still be on higher ground for my age-group.
Catch ball?

7. Chen Deneng left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:06 pm
see, you got 'hu shen fu' with you.
'min pai'. just that sloth or 'nua' is my favourite past time.
ps: wat 'ball' are you throwing at me? golf balls, tennis balls, basketballs... i am not into balls. come to think of it, i am not into sports at all!

8. kIm left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:18 pm
The marathon on 4 Dec is 16km. You go run I go support!
9. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:51 pm ::
Chen Deneng: I also also nuah until jialat jialat... Can sleep from 28 Feb to 2 Mar. But of course in between got kee lai pang jio lah...

kIm: I won't be back yet. But if you want to support hor. Please support MeePok's
I am supporting it and also trying to get my sis-in-law to run as well.

10. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:53 pm ::
kIm: Try here also:
11. Sheena left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 2:33 pm
Good for you, TPP! Hope to see a fit, muscular and hunky TPP (without the tum-tum) when you get back! =D

12. Sheena left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 2:34 pm
Oh, and when you said "Mai hiam buay pai lah", did you mean no chilli or don't complain? *wide-eyed innocent look*

13. nadnut left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 2:35 pm ::
i need to jog tooo! eh. where's akk's article? lol

14. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 2:44 pm ::
Sheena: ~LOL, I try lah.... no guarantee though.
Mai hiam buay pai (don't comprain, not bad)
Hiam liao kana sai (comprain oredi, like crap)

nadnut: AKK's article? You mean this one har? Mission Impossible - The View To A Kill

15. akk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 7:22 pm
wah.....suddenly I'm motivated to also start running! your story of rising up from the 5-yr hiatus is very motivational...ahem...and the fact my legs are getting roly-poly, if that is possible....:)

16. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 8:33 pm :: 
Akk: That last time I check, your legs quite chio what.... but of course if you make it more phew pheet, I will nose bleed. I look forward to December.
Take care of the ligaments ok?

17. a crunchy green apple left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 10:10 pm
Gym. Bah. Reminds me of compulsory gym trainings for track&field back in ac. And silly NAPFA tests. And disgusting ruggers who don't use towels when doing bench presses.

18. Jaslyn left...
Thursday, 15 September 2005 10:40 pm ::
Jia You!!!!

19. JayWalk left...
Friday, 16 September 2005 1:35 am ::
CrunchyGreenApple: Ahh the dinky little gym at the old sport administration building... but now there "Super Gym" at the new swimming pool block looked quite happening leh. Using Nautilus equipment some more.... 

Which event(s) did you specialise in Track&Field? 

Jaslyn: I try lah. Hopefully can maintain the discipline to go religiously.

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