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Mon 19 Mar 2007

Briskwalking MacRitche to Bukit Timah

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Well the flu has certainly gone - on the MacRitchie to Bukit Tmah briskwalk, Ladybug blazed away in 1:35 with me a minute behind in 1:36 (18 Mar 2007). Last Sunday, on our own, Ladybug clocked 1:45 while I did 1:47 (11 Mar 2007). With Dan a couple of weeks ago it took me 1:50 (04 Mar 2007) to hit the summit while the slightly anaemic Ladybug ended before the summit as she used to do in the past; but obviously no longer!

The other difference? Well the burning feeling that used to hit me in the chest (*oxygen! oxygen!*) is gone at Catchment Path in BT. In fact, yesterday, I was looking up as I climbed and realised I could not recognise the path there at all. I used to only be able to stare at my feet and take it one step at a time at this point. The thigh muscles didn't tremble that much either.

Glad I seem to be recovering that old fitness with the help of the MR-BT Briskwalkers. You can join us to every first and third Sunday - just have to be at the MacRitchie entrance at 6.45am!


Dan reached the summit hut a couple of minutes ahead of me on 04 Mar 2007.

Kai Scene joined us yesterday, to build her stamina and speed before the June walks for the public. Guides usually walk back and forth along the route to encourage participants, so a little extra kick in our walk will be necessary by then. Lekowala will be joining us next week and looks like its time to drag Chen Kee out of bed too.

Still, it'll physically less demanding this year. Forest users need to have a grasp of some issues so we're moving past the simple discovery of the trail, enjoyment of the morning ambience and physical challenge objectives. We will also share a few forest ecology concepts and conservation issues at pre-determined stops - it'll allow back-enders to catch up each time. I tried it out during last year's walk with my group and that worked well.

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