The Genting Trailblazer 2010 is near and I am officially FREAKED OUT! I have only myself to blame for not training properly, boo hiss! So far my only effort was to get back into Bootcamp. It’s a great kick to my sorry behind but there’s a lot to be done!
By the way, Bootcamp’s Bring-A-Friend Day is this week: Friday at Padang Merbuk, KL at 5.45am or 7am and Padang Astaka, PJ at 6.45pm, and this Saturday at Padang Astaka at 5.45am or 7am. Click here to enroll to experience Bootcamp for a session! Questions? Just ask me or at the Facebook Group.
So. I asked a fellow Bootcamper, the Zairinator for tips that would keep me, a first-timer to the Trailblazer alive. Here I share with you some of the stuff he told me, as well as photos from his and his wife Helly’s participation last year. You’re welcome!
1. Food and Drinks
Eat at least 2 hours before the event. This is to avoid stitches, cramps and pukes. Zairin says to eat 2 power bars and 1 power gel, or maybe that’s just his diet He recommends a hydration pack for beginners, and perhaps also pack a couple of power gels in your bag.
2. Clothes and Shoes
T-shirt and shorts are fine. If you want to minimise injuries from the jungle (i.e. cuts from twigs and leaves), wear something with long sleeve. Best to wear tights as 1st layer, then shorts as 2nd layer because if you go down slopes like that, it might rip. Just saying!
Zairin recommends a pair a half-fingered cycling gloves. A cheap pair will do, but it’s essential because you’ll be holding on to branches, ropes and other rough stuff. Your hands will get nasty blisters if you don’t protect them.
As for shoes, my New Balance All-Terrain pair got his approval. Be sure to tighten the shoelaces, make it a tight fit. Else you could kiss your shoes aka feet protection in the middle of the jungle or mud…
3. Train Train Train!
Actually he didn’t tell me that, it is more of a mental note to myself. I need Kevin to scream at me Okay, personal aim: do Bukit Gasing at least once before the Trailblazer!!
More photos from Zairin and Helly’s participation in Genting Trailblazer 2009:
Okay, I need to go to MyCoreZone soon for supplies.
Are you participating this year? Anything else I should keep in mind or look out for? I already know there are no leeches, so don’t try to scare me!!