New year, new goals
Each year that we’ve been in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year my partner and I have made a print to send to friends and family around the world. After three years we are one quarter of our way to having a full Chinese zodiac. Last year was year of the monkey:
Before that was the goat.
We’ve just mailed out our year of the rooster print, I but I’ll wait until it has had time to reach all the people we’ve sent it to before I post it online.
Over the long (four day) new year weekend I was keeping track of Hong Kong 4 Trails Ultra Challenge. It’s not a race so much as in informal challenge with a very limited number of participants invited to take part each year. It involves running HK’s four long-distance trails, Maclehose, Wilson, Hong Kong Trail, Lantau Trail; a total of 298km, plus something like 14,400m elevation gain. The trails must be run in reverse (to make it harder). Runners must be fully self sufficient, carrying all their own food and water. And to be recognised as a finisher it must be completed inside of 60 hours. This was the sixth year it has taken place. In the past five years, no-one has finished inside the 60 hour limit. That all changed this year with four runners finishing inside 60 hours. Some pretty amazing efforts.
So, I’m thinking next year, I really want to throw my hat in the ring to take part. It is so close to being impossible that it is too tempting not to want to try it.
My actual weekend activities were far more sedate; a hike up though mist-covered forest…
…through the top of the cloud layer…
…to the top of Sunset Peak.
I’m racing again this weekend. I (foolishly) volunteered to help the race organisers mark the course today. So I was up well before dawn in order to go to Pat Sin Leng, one of the most stunning mountain ranges in Hong Kong, with a bag of flour and a load of chalk (for making arrow markings), a bag full of hi-vis ribbons, a bundle of printed signs, tape and cable ties to mark the way for the race.
It’s probably not a great idea to wear myself out with a 3 hour run carrying all that stuff so close to race-day, but I had a nice morning anyway.
Today I’ve been frantically replacing all the calories I burned. Tonight, Nepalese curry beckons.