Archive for July 2012
Day 4 of the Games went much better for Thailand. Boxer Chatchai Butdee was masterful in his win (24-10 over Selcuk Eker of Turkey). We got our first medal and it is a silver. Congrats to weightlifter Pimsiri Sirikaew on her efforts (100 kg snatch + 136 kg clean & jerk).
Woke up at 3 am to watch boxing, so just did a short run before breakfast. Sleep first, then exercise, as always.
Stayed home all day yesterday, save for a 1-hr trip to a grocery store. Cooked three meals for myself and watched Day 3 of the Olympics.
Thailand did not do too well. Some of the few medal hopes lost in the first rounds. Boxer Saylom Ardee drew 12-12 and lost on raw counts to Gani Zhailauov of Kazakhstan. Boonsak Ponsana lost to Chen Long in Badminton.
Congratulations to the winners (most of the badminton team). Keep trying Thailand!
Surprised that Spain men’s football team is knocked out of the first round. Unpredictability is what makes sports fun. Good job Honduras!
Woke up to watch my first Olympics event this morning. Caught a couple sets of Women’s volleyball between Brazil and Turkey. Fun.
Here in Thailand, the live broadcast seems to run in the afternoon, which clashes with my work schedule. In the morning, it cuts off at 6 am. So I need to get up earlier if I want to watch more sports.
For quite a while, I have decided that my fitness goal in running is to be half as good as word-class athletes.
For example, if Usain Bolt ran 9.59 for 100m. I want to be able to run half as fast; that’s 19.18. David Rudisha can run 1:41 for 800m. I should be able to at least do 3:22. Kenenisa Bekele did 5000m in 12:37. So I should strive for 25:14 or faster. Marathon? Patrick Makau ran 2:03:38 last year. So I set 4:07 as the standard. We are all humans, so I should be able to be at least half as good as the super athletes.
Right now I can manage most of those times. But how long can I keep it up? Will I be able to be half as good as the best of the best when I am 40 or 50? Would be nice I think. But long-term goals don’t mean much. Better to live in the present and keep up practicing!
The Games are here. Watching the Opening Ceremony. Nice to see Haile Gebrselassie. I got goose bumps watching the proceeding. The athlete march. The flame. This is my favorite event in the world.
Thailand has good medal chances in boxing and taekwondo.
Athletics won’t begin till Fri 3 Aug. My marathon picks are Kipsang and Keitany (London winners).
Partly inspired by the Olympics, I’m eyeing a 10 km race on 5 August. It will be a challenge due to my low training mileage. I feel good and healthy, just not very fit. But goal is to have fun. One week to prepare.
After a big meal last Saturday, we went out on Sunday and ran in a park (Nawaminpirom). It was sunny and hot, as usual. Started easy, kept steady pace, and pushed hard the last km. My fastest run in last six weeks. Good work to get my fitness up, but at the same time it was short enough to be fun. After the run we walked around the morning market and ate refreshing coconut and spicy Thai sausage (sai aua).
The Olympics begin tomorrow. Excited. I am interested in almost all the sports (not equestrian and synchronised swimming). Probably will be giving up a lot of sleep over the next two weeks.
Another pair bit the dust. Nike Vapor Quick 2. The outsoles could probably be glued back. But with over 2600 km on them, they had done enough work.
Avocados. I like them. One of the few fatty, creamy, nutrient-packed, non-sweet fruits. Its mild flavor goes well with a lot of foods (salad, beef, eggs). There are many cultivars of avocado. It’s pretty expensive in Bangkok though, compared to other tropical fruits. At Villa Market, they sell imported avocados from Australia and New Zealand. Price varies between 59-79 Baht per fruit. There are cultivars which are grown in Thailand. But they either are hard to find or don’t taste so good.
We just got a couple which were grown in Pak Chong. Sold at 30 Baht/fruit. We aren’t sure what variety they are. First one, eaten with eggs, wasn’t too bad. But the second one, which was made into guacamole, was bitter, probably because it wasn’t ripe yet.