|The night before|
Most, if not all of us woke up at about 5am on Day 2. It was still dark and did not see sunlight until circa 5.45am. The morning fresh crisp air and cool temperature around Poring Hotspring made one feel lazy to actually wake up. More so with DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscular Syndrome where the quads are begging for mercy and the calves are asking for an easier day. Factor in the blisters acquired on Day 1, you get the idea.
|Rise and Shine (and suffer) people!|
|Thumbs up, always!|
|And of course, the compulsory "peace" before race start|
|The faster ran, the more relaxed also (pretended to) run.|
|A groupfie is anytime!|
|And small streams crossing...that many tried to avoid at Km0.8|
|But not champion here...that happily ran through the cold stream at 7.30am!|
|Likely the last "flat" we will see for this section|
It just doesn't end even after KM4. The sun was out in all it's glory. Shadow casted on the ground grew shorter, signalling the need for us to move faster, or risk groping in the dark later. In the rush, I keep reminding myself to "look behind", for that was what many may missed out if they keep concentrating to conquer what was in front for the day.
|Simple life. I could retire here. Holiday home, perhaps?|
Halfway up, I noticed a lot of banana trees. I told the story of two lost participants in 2010, and how the banana trees around them were "flatten" as if it has weight on top of them. So when I saw a comb of ripe banana laying on the side of the trail, I was tempted to nick one, only to be reminded in my head that we should respect the locals, and that I do not want something following me for the rest of the day.
|Anyone took a bite? It was fat and juicy|
|Adventure racers taking a break. The heat was overwhelming for them Seeking shelter by the side with shrubs|
|Not good at all|
|The lone tall tree, or what was left of it on the far upper right. Could you imagine how grand she had stood for thousand of years?|
|Check Point 0.5 ;-)|
|Mandi Part 1|
|Mandi Part 2|
|Mandi Part 3|
|The sun burning down|
|Nope, small signage|
|Thumbs up for shelter from the sun|
|Follow the red-marking until you find the big signage, they say|
Through the JVC Adixxion XA2 wide angle camera, this was how the inner of the jungle looked like
|Lost sight of many people once I was in the jungle|
Being more experienced, i developed some semi-sentinel skill set to navigate in the jungle. Found the tree with the signage and we were easily 800m off course. I can only imagine those in the front pack - having to hike up a 40degree cliff for likely 2km before realising they went the wrong way.
|OK. Correct way now|
|Getting lost - all part of the plan|
|No fun to be running down here, then realised you got lost and have to run up again|
|Wait for it!|
|Downhill? Finally. Sure?|
|The sceneries made you feel so small in this world|
|Compulsory stop. Take 5. Enjoy the view.|
|OOoo... Photo opps!|
|And within 5-seconds, you get the quorum!|
|View like these are normal in Day 2. Any place we can find shade, we hide for a while|
|I bet Team 120 wished the ditch had water flowing...image how cooling it will be on your back!|
|Sorry sir, your attempt to stay invisible failed.|
|They obviously know the universal peace sign|
|The commotion we created, the locals would had thought they are being taken over.|
|Happy with his local soda|
|These feet are made for walking|
|Whoopeee! And barefooted too!|
|Or creepy crawlies that make even grown up (city man) scream!|
|Love this old 4wd.|
|Jump into water, yes? no?|
|Heading out of CP1 towards CP2 they are|
|Behind - a river!|
|Hot man in cold water = win. Photo from Kam's album in FB|
|Smelling Smelly Socks Session (4S) - fixing blisters. Photo from Pengiran Rosli. Thanks bro.|
|The good people of SARS and Medic|
|Babe on the road|
|A school with a field (background) bigger than most I've seen|
|Hitch A ride?|
|A good 8 feet high|
|Wetting it gives better filtering effect|
|Cheeky women behind. Wonder what she wants to do with the stick|
|Some rain will be good|
|And do you see the level of honestly the village folks has? take and put money in the small yellow box!|
|Skechers GoRunUltra - awesome on the gravels.|
|Yes! Kampung Perancangan|
|Thumbs up! CP5 is near!|
|Camera. Water. Good company. Bliss.|
|The stalls likely to hit sales target for the quarter in one day (that is Day 2 of SAC)|
|CP5 - blue tents ahead!|
|ok. choose your spot!|
I tell you, this river was the best thing ever that day.
|are those human on the far left corner?|
|Join me in the water!|
Time is not taken for this 15mins. So what we did? we stayed in the water for a full 15mins!
|Wetting yourself in river was never this fun|
|If only it as deeper|
|And cooler...as the water was actually warm. That was how hot the day was!|
|OK! 15mins almost up!|
|Sirap Bandung with cincau inside|
|And many more arrive to have a dip in the pool as we made our way out to CP6.|
|Moving to CP6|
|More climbs? Damn...|
|And the sun came out blasting us all again|
|It was a 20deg slope all the way up|
|Which slowly turned into a sub 30-degree slope climb...|
The heat and the sweating dries up the wet clothing very fast. We found ourselves drenched in sweat instead of river water.
|Drying up from the dip - 30mins later.|
|No clear trail, just follow instinct|
|Happy with the shades. It was darker than usual and had to remove the sunnies|
|Based on experience, there is no point to take the ponco out...|
|Valley that seems to go on and on|
|Yay! (for what ah?)|
|But rain stopped already lerh...|
|Where do we go from here?|
|Pink House. Remember.|
|Yes. Very Cute.|
|Are you happy now to know the bridge behind your home is in better condition than this?|
|There is no McDonalds here. I don't think this is the right way.|
|A burnt clearing and you are almost there to CP7...|
|Cross a river (yes, the sun is setting)|
|Hoping it won't get dark soon...|
|Imagine the river swelling up...|
|The last sight of light...|
|That spot of light, it is from my handtorch that emits close to 600lumens. Rosli was just 3meters infront of me.|
|And the sun has not even set fully...|
|Out of the trails! Along the road back to finish for Day 2!|
|No easy day|
|Happy to finish!|
Day 2 was 43.30km. It was intended that we are to do a full marathon. The organiser did not want to tell us that, but wanted us to experience it ourselves. Elevation gained almost 1800m, which was easily 600m more than Day 1.
Day 2 Debrief
1. Take as much needed rest as allowable. The 5-mins rest cooling off will pay off in a big way. Stay hydrated and drink even if you do not feel thirsty. I made sure wifey take a sip every 15minutes and eat something every 45 to 60mins.
2. If you have not gotten yourself a decent headlamp and aiming to do SAC or TMBT, you better start shopping now. The darkness in Sabah interior is different.
3. Same applies for Day 1, fix your blisters or your blisters will fix you for the rest of the day.
4. Learn to trust your instinct. Even for the most experience scout, you will get lost if you fail to read instructions. Many clocked in more than 43km and that was because they missed at least ONE crucial junction.
We returned late and the cool pool and hot spring as closed for the day. There were enough time to wash up and assess damages to the feet due to blisters and take action to fix it. The SAC Medical team did a fantastic job as they worked overtime to treat all blisters. Some of us has blisters in a blister and many brave themselves up for one more day. The hot weather, the rain, the river and the much pounding on gravel road does take it's toll even on the thickest of sole. But those that preserved Day 2 earned many priceless experiences and what could go wrong, will go wrong. There was no briefing for Day 3, but it will be an "easy day", they said.
That was what I've heard from Day 1 anyway; and see what Day 2 brought us all to ;-)
Next : Day 3 Waterfall Climb Where 3km is actually 5km, uphill.