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Completed 4 hike practices in April
27-Apr-2014 01:06:22 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Easter holidays spares up some time for trainings. In April, I managed to complete 4 hike practices along with gym workout. Those are short distance around 15-20km, compared to 40km a day on race. I started to try the electrolytes, Perpetuem and different kinds of Freeze Dried Meals (Alpchef and Racing the Planet). Gradually, I can feel my back is stronger, more straight, shoulders can sustain more weight for a longer period and arms are getting less tired after using the two poles for awhile. But my neck is tired. I'm still curious how would my body feels after walking through at least 40km a day. I'm thankful for my two friends' companion today. We hiked from Tsuen Wan up to Tai Mo Shan and ended at Kadoorie Farm. The uphill is killing me with 20 pounds of weight. It's good that my friends insisted not to give me a hand..haha.. as I'm on tough training. How wonderful is to get home to have a hot bath soak. Every step is worthwhile!
Completed 2 hiking practices with weight
05-Apr-2014 06:31:34 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

What an AMAZING feeling to carry a 5Kg bag of rice and 1.5 Lt of water for 9 hours on Mar 23 and 5 hours on Apr 5, 2014. When I got home and see how heavy was my backpack, it was 20 pounds. I haven't carried such an unbelievable weight for more than a second in my life. You know what, I was surprised that my thigh wasn't in pain. (understand that I did only short distance haha). My back was fine. But my shoulders are under stress. I know what I need to work on now. More gym- rolling, push up, sit up, etc. I can feel that there's an engine within me turns on for some reason towards a challenging goal that I look so forward to. I'm so lucky to be surrounded with supportive friends, loving family and colleagues who are willing to share their experience, research of the trail, race, food and drink trial, and lend me their past racing equipments generously. It was a cute moment when I was about to head off this morning from my home to a hiking practice, seeing my dad was fixing my Zpoles, and mom was making sure have I got this and that in my backpack. They are my inspiration!
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I"ve worked for Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong for 8 years, rotating from different departments and land on Human Resources field within the hotel. I enjoy working in the hospitality industry as you get to meet lots of interesting people. We get to travel to stay at other FS properties to taste the experience as a guest. So we learn to "treat others as you would like to be treated". I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management in Toronto.

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