A good thing about cycling is that, I have friends who will encourage me to complete the unfinished business – Dave and Adrian, yep, talking about you.
I am glad I received a reminder from Dave a few days before the actual ride, as I have completely forgotten about the ride, all planned for the hosted lunch and good time with @MyMobileFest buddies.
Well, gotta take care of business.
I arrived there with a relax mindset, as not to set too high an expectation.
Also not to go nor having any mentality of competing like who is faster to reach the peak etc. Well, I bet this thought exists in almost all the cyclists.
So, I took the slow pace knowing that I would be among the last to reach the peak, so no pressure.
Also, thanks to @retnavijayan for driving the car around, providing the water refill needed throughout the uphill task.
I praise the Lord for the good weather as well as the kind drivers, although two Porsche Cayman coming down the hill pretty fast while most of us were heading up.
I was thinking to myself things I should have done in 2012, but I guess I was not mentally fit neither physically. With the regular morning or evening run, it helps me to gain better stamina. I must admit that towards the last 100m, I was pushing the bike, as the legs became sotong-jelly like to climb. Well, don’t give up. Even though have to push.
While I was pedalling uphill, I realised the engineering pattern of the roads. Like, how a winding road would be designed. In fact Bukit Tinggi seems to have been designed in a way for safety first, as the slope are less steep compares to Genting Highland. As a cyclist, it is utmost important to remember, as this is a form of encouragement, that after some climbs, there will be some plato around or hill down for 100m or more or less. Then you will be climbing again. That is sort of preparing yourself towards completing the entire journey without thinking of giving up. Again, I must emphasise that in cycling, it is individual sport with a company of a team. So, you will get encouragement from the senior riders when you need one. One tip though, selective hearing. As some of them tend to discourage instead of encouraging. Perhaps they too in need of more oxygen.
I especially thank God when we hit 16.9km, which was a slightly longer downhill, about 300m, of cool air breezing down your whole body, like an assurance that though you had bad times, good times exist too.
Will I do it again? Yes, perhaps I could go there with friends or sons just to familiarise with the turns again. I think just like when you are seasoned about some routes, you will be better prepared physically and mentally.
So, ready for your climbs?