Monday, March 13, 2006
zZzZzZzZzZz.... wha what. huh what's that you said. no you're kidding. can't be. first of all doesn't feel like it. secondly it's too early. what's that? you're dead serious? haiz. must be then.
so the holidays are here. despite being one week. a welcome respite from the rigours of daily school life. but it really does not feel like holidays. there's so much work to do. the only relief i have is the chance to get more than 4 hours of sleep a night. ah lovely bed.
one week of track runs finally over. let's see what happened at each one:
Monday 6/3/2006 - 100m heats Open Boys.
a lot of people ran for this. so much so that there were originally three heats, with about seven people each heat, for a total of 21 runners. 21!!! but being typical ACS boys, just under half failed to turn up and were disqualified. yay. so three heats became two. and thankfully i was in the second heat. with the not-so-crazy runners, people like chris chua, bose, kenneth lui, jun wei and eggy. the only mad dog in our heat was ben chia, who naturally won.
but they screwed up the names, so it ended up that jonathan tay (aka mousy) was in the finals, which shouldn't be, considering he didn't even run the race. so yeah. but more significantly, i'm in the finals!!! for our heat we had this massive jumble at the end, like everyone came in almost on par: me chris chua and kenneth lui were like within 0.1 seconds of each other, with bose just slightly behind. so three of us qualified and bose didn't. ah well. so the 8 in the finals are:
me, chris chua, kenneth lui, matthew mun, zhi yuan, ben chia, kiat, and some other guy can't remember who. and so we'll be running our asses off on finals day. too bad mousy didn't really qualify. then i won't be last =P
Thursday 9/3/2006 - 4 x 400m inter house relay Open Boys
this was one of my most indecisive days, when i was torn between joining my class at sentosa and running for the house. how i hate the feeling of having to choose between two loyalties. and i can be sure that this will not be the last time. not by a long shot
so in the end, i stayed with my house. my longer-standing loyalty to GHK finally won through, so the relay team on that day was me, mun, ethan and leon, against some crazy dogs from other houses. we really could have gotten something from the race. in order of running was leon, ethan, me and mun. or was it ethan, then leon. something like that. ah well. we did well for the race. between the first three of us we kept up a more or less second or third placing throughout the race. unfortunately mun's muscles weren't up to the strain.
no i'm not blaming him. it's not his fault we were last. on the contrary, i salute him for even running, knowing the condition his legs were in. and it doesn't matter our position. we all know in our hearts taht we would have gotten at least third, and that's good enough for us. personally i have earned the genuine respect of some of the other runners, after what i consider to be one of my best 400m sprints of all time. that's what matter the most. and that's what i'll remember most from this race.
Friday 10/3/2006 - 110m Hurdles Open Boys, 400m Hurdles Open Boys
ok so this was the day i was looking forward too, but i also dreaded it a fair amount, because i hadn't done hurdles since last year's track finals. so i was worried as well. but i didn't let that spoil my day, because friday was also second orientation! ok so it wasn't as long as the original, nor did it have the stuff that is normally associated with orientations, but there's no denying that it was funnnn. especially the wet games later in the day. to bad everyone ponned it. the ice bath owned all. i want another one! woot. and the best scene was seeing (and hearing all too clearly) cherie scream when it was her turn. the second her toe touched it, i had to cover my ears. well it doesn't help that i'm sensitive to sharp sounds (and these include girls screaming). but it was fun. oh, and seeing how many times fong got dunked. haha.
ok enough of that. but i'd rather not talk too much about the hurdle runs. i'm not too proud of them, especially the 400m one. i didn't expect much for the 110m hurdles, but i did want something from the 400. i did get my wish, although not in the way i wanted it. i want a medal, but i want to earn it. i don't want to get it simply because there were no other runners. and i really wasn't proud of my run, especially after my good one the previous day. i need to train more. and get used to the height of the hurdles. and work my jumping.
so i got a bronze for 400. but i don't feel i should get it. i could have walked the thing and gotten bronze. a race is only a race if there are more people than there are prizes, because then there is an actual competition to see who really deserves the medals. my only consolation is that i wasn't that far behind tim chan. compared to when i ran last year against those dogs who go by the names of ruzaini, navin and raymond. scoundrels.
so that's it. and now it's the holidays. chamber for the first three days. why not for the rest of the week. chamber is fun. otherwise i'm spending too much time at home. and someone is sick. quite badly, from what i can see. someone should take care of someone's self. otherwise someone's gonna get even sicker. and holidays are not a good time to fall sick. holidays are to be enjoyed (as far as possible). not to be spent lying in bed. i'm not gonna say who someone is. those who need to know already know. those who don't know. don't need to know.
ok i didn't expect this post to be this long, but nehmine. it's done. now to continue my fifa manager legend.
looked up at 8:14 PM
(go figure my age)
4.16 Enoch in '05
5.4 Numbers (Staplets?) in '06
Break dancer in training
Plays the Cello
Wants to learn Violin
Wants to learn Flute/Clarinet