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Mark Lai
Final Stage to Finish - I DID IT!!!

21 August 2021 08:13 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

I DID IT!!! Final 10km and crossed the finish line. 

The race doctor finally approved the use of ibuprofen for my knee to complete this stage. The earlier stage couldn't take ibuprofen due to potential liver dehydration issue. It helped mask the knee pain. I could run again!!! So I completed this stage almost all by running except the final few hundred meters uphill that I hiked. I was very happy to be able to run again. Muscles did not feel tired at all after the finish. I explored the cave city. It was really a city built within caves. Very eye opening. 

I am going to take the next few days to makan. I had been in energy deficit every day for the past 7 days, I need to treat my body well now. I am back to Tbilisi and checked into a hotel. Going to have a good rest tonight and see how it goes tomorrow. 

Thank you all for the support and comments. You all are the best, keep company me this entire journey. I could not have done this without you. 

Comments: Total (3) comments

Iggy Lee

Posted On: 23 Aug 2021 09:08 am

Congratulation on your race completion! Happy for you.

Karen Lai

Posted On: 22 Aug 2021 02:44 am

Awesome! You have fought it through with strong endurance and determination right from the start ๐Ÿ’ช. Have a good hydration and enjoy the hotel stay! Cheers!

SENG CHOY LAI

Posted On: 22 Aug 2021 12:31 am

Congratulations, you did it. We are all proud of you. Have a good rest to recover. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ
Mark Lai
Stage 5 Completed - The Long March

20 August 2021 06:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

 

 

 

Covered 71km in this stage.

 

This stage tested my limit on both mental and physical. The night before the stage 5, I had serious diarrhoea. I couldn’t sleep the whole night with stomach churning and ran for toilet many times. I took a few bottles of BaoJiYuen, but no help!! On the morning before the stage 5 flag off, I was contemplating if I should withdraw stage 5 due to dehydration. My tent mate and my new friend in camp all very caring. My tent mate offered me something to take to help stop the diarrhoea, which didn’t help much as well. Although the condition did not improve, I decided to start. I had come so far!

 

So I started with:

 

1.     Diarrhoea – couldn’t keep anything down in my stomach. Every sip of water triggered the urge, I had to dump in the wild every sip. I couldn’t have any breakfast so empty stomach.

 

2.      No sleep – went to toilet multiple times throughout the night.

 

3.      Dehydration – started with already dehydrated body and couldn’t take in water.

 

4.      Bad right knee – from a fall in stage 2.

 

The race started at 9am. I took it very slowly and decided to get to CP1 and see how it went. True enough, every issue mentioned above kept on bothering me. The diarrhoea was particularly concerning because I could not take in any fuel, food or water sipped water in very small quantity just like swallowing saliva, that didn’t help too. Had to take a dump by a very beautiful lake in the mountain (Hee!!). My stomach situation did not really improve until about 4pm (35-40km into the course), I finally able to keep fluid down without issue. So I started drinking a lot of hydration drinks and taking salt sticks due to water and minerals lost n both diarrhoea and race. In order to keep my stomach in stable condition, I couldn’t eat any solid food or anything heavy, so no fuel, energy bars, energy jelly and etc. For the entire 71km course, I didn’t take much water for first 7 hours, any solid food and no fuel. My body was running on serious energy deficit and dehydration on this stage of ultra. In my mind, I kept talking to my late mom and dad when I felt really down, they gave me strength. I told them I was going to complete this race to honour them, whatever it took. The support from all of you kept me going.

 

Journey I took on this course:

 

1)     Start to CP1 – “Walked” out the local village from camp 5 along Paravani lake, and started to climb.

 

2)     CP1 to CP2 – Rolling hills, every steps hurts my right knee.

 

3)     CP2 to CP3 – Steep and very technical climb up the Abuli Fortress. This part of the course was rated “very difficult”. I didn’t have any energy due to empty stomach, purely relied on my body fat burning to get through this. Every step up the hill was a chore. I just kept moving up one step at a time.

 

4)     CP3 to CP4 – Decent from the Abuli Fortress and crossed a 13th century stone bridge. My stomach started to feel slightly better at this section so started taking in hydration drinks.

 

5)     CP4 to CP5 – 2 water crossings!!! Wet my feet again!!! You guessed it right, that caused more blisters on my foot. I also asked the race medical for pain killers as my right knee was really hurting. CP5 was an overnight stop, one can chose to sleep there for a few hours before continuing. I made some hot soup at this checkpoint. They also surprised us with a can of “Coke” omg if you were out for a few days that coke tasted the best!!! Good thing that my stomach agreed with Coke… I then partnered with someone with similar walking pace and moved out CP5 quickly as the sky started to turn dark. Headlights on and red flashing light on. 24km to finish line.

 

6)     CP5 to CP6 – Dark, couldn’t see a thing. Only very muddy track all the way to CP6.

 

7)     CP6 to Finish – Continued the muddy track into a local village. It was already 12+am, and we saw a young man in a car purposely picked those glow sticks that marked the course to the camp and made some comments about us which we did not understand. We started to worry about the direction to camp. Luckily, there were still some marking left to guide us to camp.

 

Overall, really really happy to be able to complete this stage. I am also very thankful that my body held up through this tough stage without any supply of water on the first half of the course and no real food for the entire course. Knee also held up, it was painful but walkable.

 

Next stage is a home run with 10km to the finish. Today is a rest day, I am going to get my blisters treated for tomorrow’s run. It will end in Cave City, then we will be transported back to hotel.

 

Comments: Total (8) comments

Janny Chow

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 01:28 pm

You did it! Awesome and Good job! We are so proud of you! You have survived the tough conditions and completed the run. Do take care and replenish your energy and sodium. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 01:09 pm

Wow! Amazing willpower!!! Go Seng!

Jayden lAi

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 01:31 am

Go for the 10km!Hope you can complete it!๐Ÿ˜‰Stay healthy!

SENG CHOY LAI

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 01:08 am

I really worry about you, especially with the sore knee you have earlier before stage 5. I am glad that you able to complete the race with mind support from mom and dad. You know becoz there was info about you for more than a day before this post, I really worry about you and pray hard for you to get thru. I feel more relief now. How is your body condition now? Take a good rest and stay hydrated. Hope to see you soon back at home. You are the best ๐Ÿ‘

jamie lai

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 12:29 am

last push you can do this! the finish line is just there! YOU HAVE TO MOVE DO YOUR BEST PUSH

SK Lai

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 04:20 pm

Mum and dad were there with you to get you thru all the obstacles. I was worry about your knee, but you have more issue. You made it.. We are so proud of you. Take a good rest. Get yourself treated on blisters and bad knee. Enjoy the last 10km...home run.

Karen Lai

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 02:59 pm

I'm very very happy for you too! You are almost โœ”! Rest well and hopefully your body will be much better for tomorrow's last lap. We will all be here to cheer for you till the end! ๐Ÿ’ช

Karen Lai

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 02:59 pm

I'm very very happy for you too! You are almost โœ”! Rest well and hopefully your body will be much better for tomorrow's last lap. We will all be here to cheer for you till the end! ๐Ÿ’ช
Mark Lai
Stage 4 โ€“ Done

18 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Covered 40km in this stage. This stage took us up up up then down down down. Too bad the downhills flared up my injured right knee from the stage 2 fall so couldn’t take advantage of those downhills to run. The hiking poles really helped when the knee gave up. Slow but managed to enjoy the mountain sceneries.

Journey today:

1.      Start to CP1 – Sunny start at 8am sharp. Took us out of the local village then the gradual climb up the mountain.

2.      CP1 to CP2 – more up up up climbs.

3.      CP2 to CP3 – 4km more climbs up the highest elevation of this race. View from there was wow!!! After the climb, we decent all the way for the rest of the journey. Some parts of the decent was very steep, my knee did not agree with me at that time. Ha!

4.      CP3 to Finish – Continue to decent. Passed through a very beautiful lake with a house next to it. It was just like in a dream. On the last 5km to finish, saw some young men used their bare hands to catch trouts. Wow!

Today finish is a bit special, because the finish line is not at the camp but a local village. We had to take a bus to camp 4.

Overall, quite happy with being able to finish stage 4.

Tomorrow, stage 5 is a Long March, 72km. It will be a overnight stage so I wont be updating this blog until I reach the camp. I will be taking it very very easy so I can complete it without busting the knee.

Thank you all for the encouragements and comments. It is very heartened to read them here, they keep me going.

Comments: Total (11) comments

Baoyue Chong

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 10:11 am

Hello Mark! WOAH I couldn't be prouder of you, congrats on making it thus far! Must have been a crazy-tough journey but you persevered, dug deep and made it through the darkest moments. And I'm sure you took time to take in the beautiful scenery around you (feast for the eyes right). You are an inspiration to us all! Am so happy to see you do what fills your bucket with no regrets. For now, please have a good rest and savour the last part of the journey tomorrow! We are all rooting for you. Thank you for being such an inspiration! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Reine Jong

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 07:15 am

LOVE THIS. So freakinโ€™ badass! Keep going! Youโ€™re crushing it Mark! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 03:36 pm

Sounds like an outstanding day...minus the knee. Good to not push it before the march! Can't wait to hear about the upcoming day!

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 02:34 pm

Well done, Mark! Last burst, once Fri is over, youโ€™re there :) itโ€™s all about mental now, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve the perseverance and strength to complete it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Lots of rest and hydrate yourself well ๐Ÿ˜„

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 02:34 pm

Well done, Mark! Last burst, once Fri is over, youโ€™re there :) itโ€™s all about mental now, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ve the perseverance and strength to complete it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Lots of rest and hydrate yourself well ๐Ÿ˜„

Janny Chow

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 02:47 am

3 cheers for you!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Today gonna be a tough day! Go slow and be strong, do enjoy the moment and sceneries! You are doing very well. You can do it! "You're awesome!

jamie lai

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 02:19 am

GOOD JOB VERY GOOD TMR KNOW THAT IM WITH YOU ALL THE WAY YOU STAY STRONG AND PUSH!

Jayden Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 11:51 pm

Good luck! GO! for the long run

SK Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 11:42 pm

Yes.. Just follow the pace that you are comfortable. Don't push. Main objective is to complete not the rank. You have done very well so far.. Long stage today. An early part of climb, the rest are just downhill and flat... Just maintain comfortable pace, don't push your knee. You are almost done... I am so excited to see your beautiful photo by the organiser. Go for it!

Karen Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 11:22 pm

You are a tough warrior, always bracing on. You have come so far to reach this stage, continue that positive spirit up for the long march today. Keep looking forward to the next beautiful landscape of Georgia that you will get to see when you are tired, hopefully that will bring you through the long journey. Wish you all the best for stage 5! cheers!

SC Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 10:21 pm

Glad to see you overcoming obstacle by obstacle with faith and strong mind. Keep it up. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช
Mark Lai
Stage 3 Dusted

17 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Covered around 36km today. Did not sleep last night due to extremely strong winds blowing the tent that made so much noises.

 

The race medical team did a great job in teaching me how to tape my blisters, didn’t feel it hurt today. My right knee was also slightly sore from yesterday’s fall, couldn’t really run yesterday stage 2. The race doctor gave me some anti-inflammatory cream to apply, much better today. Hope the blisters and sore knee continues to stay down.

 

Today, the race started at 8am sharp local time with rain again with very strong winds! I started with waterproof jacket, pant and gloves, but the weather cleared up about 10mins into the race. I had to remove them and put into the backpack again, it was such a chore due to the chest pouch that I have, difficult to remove the backpack.

 

Today’s highlights:

 

1)     Start to CP1- Rain, the course took us around a Tabatskuri lake then gradual uphill climb through Tabatskuri pass.

 

2)     CP1 to CP2 – further uphill climb, with one part that was so steep that I didn’t dare to look back.

 

3)     CP2 to CP3 – Mostly downhills. Passed by many farms along the road.

 

4)     CP3 to finish – Passed through quaint villages to camp 4 at the edge of Bozhano village. With many local village kids cheering me as I was crossing the finish line.

 

Tomorrow stage 4, with about 40km, mostly uphills. I am not sure how to survive it, my muscles are all screaming now.

 

Signing off for now.

 

 

Comments: Total (10) comments

SK Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 02:47 pm

Well done, completed stage 4...need a very good rest tonight... A very long day tomorrow. Hang in there. You can do it. Last tough one... Go get it

Ch Tan

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:57 pm

Mark, keep it up!!!

Janny Chiw

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 08:35 am

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ€ฆ Hang in there! It is tough but you have come so far! Take a step at a time and you are doing great! ๅŠ ๆฒนๅŠ ๆฒน๐Ÿ’ช

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 04:59 am

Wow Wow Ranked 24!!! So proud of you :) Hold on and complete it in style haha I'm sure you can! Meanwhile not forgetting to enjoy the journey!

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 04:59 am

Wow Wow Ranked 24!!! So proud of you :) Hold on and complete it in style haha I'm sure you can! Meanwhile not forgetting to enjoy the journey!

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 04:59 am

Wow Wow Ranked 24!!! So proud of you :) Hold on and complete it in style haha I'm sure you can! Meanwhile not forgetting to enjoy the journey!

SK Lai

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 02:09 am

3 stages down... just 3 more to go. The last stage is just a party run. So effective only 2 stages for you. You can do it. Rest well, get advise from the medical team as much as possible. Just continue to focus on the great view ahead. Remember. Pain is just temporary, what you can achieve last you forever. Go for it...

SC Lai

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 11:47 pm

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ’ฏGood job. I can imagine the pain you are experiencing. Just take your pace on stage 4. Most importantly, don't hurt yourself and we know you are doing your best. Keep it up.

Karen Lai

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 11:33 pm

Kudos to you for completing stage 3! It is assuring to hear that there is a great medical race team there to give good medical aid and excellent tips ๐Ÿ‘ . You mentioned the challenge today is mostly uphill, this reminds me of the song "Up where we belong" by Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker. One part of the song sang "The road is long, There are mountains in our way, But we climb a step everyday" ~ I hope you will find strength with this song when facing the challenge today. Climb each step at a time slowly and surely you will get there! Wish you for the best for stage 4! Cheers!

jamie lai

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 10:26 pm

good job! I'm so happy you got through stage 3! stay strong I know you can do this! we are cheering for you at home! GOOO YOU CAN DO THIS!
Mark Lai
Stage 2 Completed

16 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+03:00) Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd

This stage was totally out of expectation. They surprised us with more than 10 river crossings. My feet was totally soaked most of the time, now they have painful blisters on left feet, will get it treated soon. Here are some highlights today:

 

1)     Start to CP1 – Crossed a creek right at the start, and I slipped. Haha! Then we passed through a very beautiful lake. Raining most part.

 

2)     CP1 to CP2 – Went through a very big local village. Met many locals and saw their businesses.

 

3)     CP2 to CP3 – River crossing after river crossings. Too many to count.

 

4)     CP3 to Camp 3 – Went through the silk road with never ending hill climbs before reaching the

 

Covered 46.5km today. The view was speechless. Of course, I was trying to enjoy it while bearing the heavy backpack. Hopefully, after tonight dinner, it will be lighter to carry. Camp 3 is by a lake side high on a mountain, extremely windy and cold. Hopefully the wind will stop somehow.

 

Comments: Total (6) comments

jamie lai

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 07:39 am

good job papa! I'm so proud of you! GOO you can do this I know you can!

SK LAI

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 01:21 am

Tough stage.. Make sure the blister is well treated before start of stage 3. I know how that feel. I am sure you will overcome that. Go... Do us proud. We always here to support you.

Janny C

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 01:20 am

Wow, it is definitely an exciting day 2. Hope you have a good rest and ready for Day 3. Keep going.... You are doing great! Go Go Go, You can do it!!

Karen Lai

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 11:34 pm

It is definitely not easy to bear with that slip and feet all soaked, I hoped the blisters will recover well fast. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder for overcoming those river crossings and completed stage 2. Cover yourself warm in your blanket on cold nights. Keep that faith going that you can do it! We are always here to cheer for you no matter what happens. All the best to you on day 3!

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 11:10 pm

That sound brutal. Glad you persevered and completed the stage! Get a good night rest and cruise through tomorrow's leg. Your family and friends are all rooting for you!

SC Lai

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 10:28 pm

What a tough track. Glad to see that you have completed stage 2. It is really not easy but you have gotten thru it. Do take care of yourself for subsequent challenges. Keep it up. You can do it. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช
Mark Lai
What a day

15 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

What a day, finally reached camp 2, covered about 36km today.

Race started at 8am sharp local time (12pm SGT). Here are some highlights from checkpoint to checkpoint.
1) Start to Checkpoint 1 - 9km pleasant route through the woods but with steep downhills. Couldn't run steep downhill else I would be rolling down instead of running.
2) CP1 to CP2 - 12km brutal uphills. It was like never ending climbs started with gental climb then steep climb. The Bukit Timah Hill climb is nothing compared to this. My legs numbed after arriving CP2.
3) CP2 to CP3 - 9km gentle up and mostly gental downhills. Although with tired legs, i tried to make up sometimes lost from the previous section. Saw some ruins and a church.
4) CP3 to Finish - 6km did not stop at CP3 and I pushed on. This stage travelled through local villages, I met many locals, including kids clapping to cheer me up. This section also has 2 knee high river crossing. So my shoes were totally wet. Luckily this is the last one to the finish line.


Overall, the scenary was magnificant with very friendly locals.

Now, my shoulders are tired from carrying about 12kg backpack for 36km. Legs are even more tired. It will be interesting to see how it will go tomorrow with 44km to cover. Thank you all for the encouraging messages, I have read them all.

Comments: Total (8) comments

SK Lao

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 04:03 pm

Stage 2 checked... Rest well

SK Lao

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 04:03 pm

Stage 2 checked... Rest well

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 12:40 pm

Great work! Glad your shoes will be dry the rest of the race! Run/Hike in wet shoes sounds brutal.

Janny Chow

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 08:28 am

Great start and have plenty of rest and stay hydrated... Dare to Dream and it is within reach... all of us are cheering for you!!!! Hurray!!!! Go go go....

jamie lai

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 08:24 am

all the best I know you can do this!

SK Lai

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 01:39 am

You are one step closer. Keep on moving. You will get there. When it get tough, you get tougher. Come on... You can do it.

SC Lai

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 12:49 am

You did great. Your rank is not bad after the first race. Watched your interview. You show your self-confidence and faith. Keep it up. ๐Ÿ’ช

Karen Lai

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 11:28 pm

That was a tough start but you managed to complete it! Continue with that fighting spirit to race on more unknown challenges ahead! All the best to you on day 2! Cheers!
Mark Lai
Race Eve

14 August 2021 07:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

It is an interesting day today.
 
The day started with drizzling morning then it went away.
 
Competitor briefing started right after with gear check completed in the afternoon. Had a good walk around the lake then the dark clouds started to come. Pretty soon, the rain started again, with HAIL STORMS!!!
 
I worried about my tent broke down if the hails got big. It lasted quite long and I put on my down jacket and hid in the sleeping bag. Luckily, the tent did not sustain any damage and survived the first hail storm.
 
Race starts tomorrow. Hopefully, I can complete it. Will update again once I am back to camp 2. Excited!

Comments: Total (4) comments

SK Lai

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 02:03 pm

Completed day 1...good on you... One down Take a good rest.. Get ready for tomorrow.

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 11:36 am

Some weather excitement before the start in case you were getting bored. Can't wait to read about your 1st race day!

SC Lai

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 08:50 am

The time I write this comment, you might have started your competition. Just go ahead and do your best. We are here to support you. ๅŠ ๆฒน๏ผ

Karen Lai

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 12:08 am

You are getting closer to your dream. You can make it!๐Ÿ’ช All the best and have fun too!
Mark Lai
Camp 1

13 August 2021 06:48 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Finally arrived camp 1 by a lake. The temperature is much lower than in Tbilisi. Hopefully it stay this way through the week.  

Comments: Total (2) comments

Teck Ming Ong

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:54 am

Yo Mark, after six months of hard work, the day has finally come โ€ฆ. Am impressed by your determination and perseverance! Rest well and eat well, most importantly, enjoy the scenery along the way ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Looking forward to seeing your photos ๐Ÿ˜„

Geoffrey Koopmann

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 02:28 am

๐Ÿ’ชFeet ๐Ÿ’ชHeart ๐Ÿ’ชMind You got this!
Mark Lai
Itโ€™s a brand new day in Georgia..

12 August 2021 09:07 am (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Thank you all for the encouragements.


Couldn't sleep well last night due to the stress in packing all the mandatory gears into the backpack. It is done now with the pack almost exploded. 

This morning, weather was cooling with clear sky. It will be another hot day today. Morning in Georgia

Comments: Total (4) comments

SENG CHOY LAI

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 01:08 pm

Have a good rest and be prepared for the challenge. You can do it. GO! GO! GO!

Claudine Loh

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 11:27 pm

Hi, I am Sk's friend. When I saw his FB post, i was immediately intrigued by your dedication. I will be rooting for you all the way. I can only say, I am full of admiration for you

Karen Lai

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 02:26 pm

Don't worry, you are all well prepared ๐Ÿ’ช Get a good sleep tonight, tomorrow will be a new excitement for you. cheers!

Iggy Lee

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 09:10 am

All the best dude! You are looking fantastic....Be safe!
Mark Lai
Arrived!!

11 August 2021 05:44 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Arrived in Georgia. It was a tiring long journey, about 20hours all in all. Georgia is very hot now @36c, even hotter than in Singapore. Hopefully the mountain area can be cooler. Praying hard. 

Comments: Total (4) comments

SENG CHOY LAI

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 01:12 pm

Stay hydrated and have good rest. You can do it.

Janny Chow

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 11:03 am

Chill... all will be fine. Take a deep breath and enjoy the moment! Have a good run!

jamie lai

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 06:46 am

hello good luck and I will cheer for you YAY GO DAY 2 OF CHEERING FOR YOU GO

Samantha Fanshawe

Posted On: 11 Aug 2021 03:05 pm

Glad to hear you arrived safely - and good idea to arrive a few days in advance. Now is the time to relax, hydrate and get ready for the race. You'll be pleased to know that the temperatures forecasted on the course are much lower than Tbilisi - expect 20-27C during the day and it has been quite unsettled with wind and some rain too ...
Mark Lai
7 Days to go

09 August 2021 04:05 am (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Getting very nervous! The race is getting real. Training is in the phase of tapering, which is the best training phase to be in as I can really rest my legs! I started my training journey 24 weeks ago, it was long and "torturous" sometimes but it made me stronger! Looking back now, they were quite interesting and fulfilling. Thanks to my wife who helped with the kids while I was out training, especially those weekend long slow distance run/hike.

The recent passing of my dad 7 weeks ago and my mom last week had made me think twice about this race. They were the pillars of my life and the sudden lost of them felt like the world crashing on me. I no longer felt any strength to continue with the race. However, after thinking through, the race provides every opportunity for me to reconnect with her and my late dad under the stars, I decided to proceed. 

This will be my first ultra racing so it will be interesting how I would do. Getting to the finish line would be the ultimate goal. Hopefully, I can slowly get there. 

Comments: Total (10) comments

Hui XIANH

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 12:35 pm

Jia You Mark.. More exciting journey ahead..๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

YeanWee L

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 03:29 pm

All the best to you! You have your family and friend's support at your backbone. Be strong and have faith in yourself to enjoy the race. Glory is waiting for you.

Reine Jong

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 03:06 am

You got this! Youโ€™ve one on the strongest runners I know. So excited for you. Enjoy that start line, theyโ€™re so special these day! Go mark!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

Janny Chow

Posted On: 11 Aug 2021 10:10 am

Your family is so supportive. You can do it! Have faith and keep going! ๅŠ ๆฒน๏ผ Fighting!!!

jamie lai

Posted On: 11 Aug 2021 05:37 am

heyheyhey! I GOT 49/60 FOR CHINESE COMPO YAYYYY AND ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR RACE GOOD LUCK! YOU HAVE TO RUN FASTER CAUSE IN CATCHING UP HAHAHAH SEE I EVEN HAVE A QUOTE FOR YOU: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE YOU CAN FINISH THE RACE YEYY-jamie YOU CAN DO ITITITITITIT- ashlyn

Kah Yam Foong

Posted On: 10 Aug 2021 02:23 pm

Jiayou, Seng Leong! You can do it!

Geoff Koopmann

Posted On: 10 Aug 2021 11:51 am

I know you have the willpower and determination to succeed!

Jayden LAi

Posted On: 10 Aug 2021 11:04 am

you can do it!GO

SENG CHOY LAI

Posted On: 10 Aug 2021 10:14 am

We are all with you, including mom and dad. Do your best and we are all supporting you. You can do it.

SK Lai

Posted On: 10 Aug 2021 09:59 am

You always have our support. Mum and dad will be with you all the way and give you strength from within. Go for it.. You can do it!