A decidedly average day out, finishing 15th overall and 5th in category (old bastards). Couldn’t find my rhythm, so slow on the ups and flailing around on the descents, but the flat running let me down the most and I was passed by multiple people the last few km. 

Wanted to go faster but my body rejected the notion every time I tried. Seriously frustrating. I figure I’ve either not recovered fully from the UTMB CCC, am a little undertrained, and probably 2/3 pounds overweight. Serious discussion needed with myself. 

All that bullshit aside, an amazing course and fantastic weather for the inaugural @actionasiaevents Sai Kung 2 Ridges. Many thanks indeed to Paul and Cynthia for their strategic positioning atop Ma On Shan - lovely to see you! Racing Season is here!

#running #runner #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning #trailrunner #trailrunning #fromwhereirun #trailporn #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #ilovetrailrunning #runhappy #runwild #saikung  (at 馬鞍山山頂)

A decidedly average day out, finishing 15th overall and 5th in category (old bastards). Couldn’t find my rhythm, so slow on the ups and flailing around on the descents, but the flat running let me down the most and I was passed by multiple people the last few km.

Wanted to go faster but my body rejected the notion every time I tried. Seriously frustrating. I figure I’ve either not recovered fully from the UTMB CCC, am a little undertrained, and probably 2/3 pounds overweight. Serious discussion needed with myself.

All that bullshit aside, an amazing course and fantastic weather for the inaugural @actionasiaevents Sai Kung 2 Ridges. Many thanks indeed to Paul and Cynthia for their strategic positioning atop Ma On Shan - lovely to see you! Racing Season is here!

#running #runner #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning #trailrunner #trailrunning #fromwhereirun #trailporn #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #ilovetrailrunning #runhappy #runwild #saikung (at 馬鞍山山頂)

It’s gonna be some kind of race tomorrow for the @actionasiaevents Sai Kung Double Cove 2 Ridges. Not feeling 100% fit at the moment but ready to give it my all. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” See you on the flipside. #trailrunner #trailrunning #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning  (at 大金鐘山頂)

It’s gonna be some kind of race tomorrow for the @actionasiaevents Sai Kung Double Cove 2 Ridges. Not feeling 100% fit at the moment but ready to give it my all. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” See you on the flipside. #trailrunner #trailrunning #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning (at 大金鐘山頂)

Riding the Ridge along the Hunchbacks towards the imposing peak of Ma On Shan. The @actionasiaevents 2 Ridges race is next weekend, hopefully on a cooler, cloudier day. #trailrunning #hongkong #thisishongkong #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning #hongkongtrailrunners #trailrunner #trails #fromwhereirun #trailporn #trails #running #runner #outdoors #explore #asiatrailmag  (at Ma on Shan Country Park)

Riding the Ridge along the Hunchbacks towards the imposing peak of Ma On Shan. The @actionasiaevents 2 Ridges race is next weekend, hopefully on a cooler, cloudier day. #trailrunning #hongkong #thisishongkong #hktrailrunner #hktrailrunning #hongkongtrailrunners #trailrunner #trails #fromwhereirun #trailporn #trails #running #runner #outdoors #explore #asiatrailmag (at Ma on Shan Country Park)

A *lot* of this on our recce today. 2,300m of #upness over 6km, in 34 degrees celsius. Not too shabby. 

#trailrunning #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #fromwhereirun #running #outdoors #adventure #runhappy #runwild  (at 烏溪沙石灘)

A *lot* of this on our recce today. 2,300m of #upness over 6km, in 34 degrees celsius. Not too shabby.

#trailrunning #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #hongkong #hongkongtrailrunners #fromwhereirun #running #outdoors #adventure #runhappy #runwild (at 烏溪沙石灘)

@actionasiaevents Sai Kung 2 Ridges recce on a hot as balls day. This course is legit, next Sunday is going to be a suffer fest. #hongkong #trailrunner #trailrunning #thisishongkong #runwild #runhappy #hotasballs #pissoffsummer (at 烏溪沙石灘)

@actionasiaevents Sai Kung 2 Ridges recce on a hot as balls day. This course is legit, next Sunday is going to be a suffer fest. #hongkong #trailrunner #trailrunning #thisishongkong #runwild #runhappy #hotasballs #pissoffsummer (at 烏溪沙石灘)

The good, the bad, the downright ugly, and everything in between. Race season starts at the end of this month, and I’m stoked!

#trailrunner #trailrunning #hongkong #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #runner #running #racing #mountainrunner #mountainrunning #ilovetrailrunning

The good, the bad, the downright ugly, and everything in between. Race season starts at the end of this month, and I’m stoked!

#trailrunner #trailrunning #hongkong #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #runner #running #racing #mountainrunner #mountainrunning #ilovetrailrunning

I am properly going to miss this. Back to 34 centigrade and 90% humidity. ‘Winter’ in Hong Kong can’t come soon enough.

#mountain #mountains #mountaineering #snow #montblanc #chamonix #outdoors #adventure #valleeblanche #crampons #alps #lesalps (at Chamonix, France)

I am properly going to miss this. Back to 34 centigrade and 90% humidity. ‘Winter’ in Hong Kong can’t come soon enough.

#mountain #mountains #mountaineering #snow #montblanc #chamonix #outdoors #adventure #valleeblanche #crampons #alps #lesalps (at Chamonix, France)

On the trek up to Mont Blanc, a few tiny specks in a wasteland of snow. 

#chamonix #montblanc #mountaineering #mountains #alps #altitude #lesalps #valleeblanche  (at Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, Mont-Blanc)

On the trek up to Mont Blanc, a few tiny specks in a wasteland of snow.

#chamonix #montblanc #mountaineering #mountains #alps #altitude #lesalps #valleeblanche (at Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, Mont-Blanc)

I don’t normally take race selfies, but when I do, they look like this.

#roadtochamonix #utmb14 #tnfutmb #ccc #trailrunner #trailrunning #ultrarunner #ultrarunning  (at Bossons Glacier)

I don’t normally take race selfies, but when I do, they look like this.

#roadtochamonix #utmb14 #tnfutmb #ccc #trailrunner #trailrunning #ultrarunner #ultrarunning (at Bossons Glacier)

Exactly 19 hours, 100km, three countries and 6120m of vertical gain later, I arrived in Chamonix, good enough for 282nd (78th in category).

What a truly epic race that is! I knew it would be hard, but that was something else. Quad smashing descents and some of the most intense ascents I’ve ever known.

Hot, cold, sunny, rain, mud and fog - we had it all. Photo from halfway through the race as we left Italy and dropped down into Switzerland - my favourite section.

#roadtochamonix #utmb #utmb14 #tnfutmb #trailrunner #trailrunning #fromwhereirun #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #mountains #mountainrunner #mountainrunning #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #asiatrailmag

Exactly 19 hours, 100km, three countries and 6120m of vertical gain later, I arrived in Chamonix, good enough for 282nd (78th in category).

What a truly epic race that is! I knew it would be hard, but that was something else. Quad smashing descents and some of the most intense ascents I’ve ever known.

Hot, cold, sunny, rain, mud and fog - we had it all. Photo from halfway through the race as we left Italy and dropped down into Switzerland - my favourite section.

#roadtochamonix #utmb #utmb14 #tnfutmb #trailrunner #trailrunning #fromwhereirun #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #mountains #mountainrunner #mountainrunning #hktrailrunning #hktrailrunner #asiatrailmag