Here's Why You Need A Sports Bud For Life
By Nina Syahira
November 26, 2014
AVventura is the ultimate test for all adventure sports junkies out there and it covers various disciplines like running, cycling and kayaking. Once again, the race route would only be revealed on the day of the competition which adds the much sought-after thrill.
Last year, we interviewed adventure sports duo, Joseph Foo and Hadi Masron, about their experience conquering SAFRA AVventura 2013 and their passion for the outdoors and keeping fit. So we decided to catch up with them on what they’ve been up to lately in their preparation for the upcoming SAFRA AVventura 2015.
We found out that prior to the AVventura 2013, Joseph suffered an unfortunate rib injury due to a training accident. Hadi had no choice but to secure a new race partner with whom he earned 2nd place. Despite them both looking forward to the competition, the importance of each other’s well-being and safety is placed high on their priority list.
We recently heard that they’re teaming up again to storm through the tough competition in the upcoming edition of AVventura this January 2015. The long-time friends have participated in so many adventure sports races including those with trail biking and their favourite, in-line skating. Hadi and Joseph have been training together for years, whether it’s for competitions or just maintaining good shape. Having a sports buddy has a lot more perks than one might think.
“It’s a lot of building the team dynamics in order to grow and it’s through mutual understanding. It’s the same like when you’re in the army, you need a buddy to watch what you’re doing,” Hadi explained.
Hadi admitted that he previously used to train on his own before realising that there was nobody to correct him if he was doing anything wrong or give honest feedback for his progress or lack thereof.
“Also, there’s the constant sharing of information and ideas about training as well as encouragement for each other to push on. Sometimes we’d think we didn’t perform well but afterwards we’d check and realise that our timing is better than before,” Joseph added.
But the responsibility of a sports buddy doesn’t end there. Having competed in many adventure races over the years, Joseph recalled a particular incident whereby they were already four hours into a running competition when he began to have second thoughts. It was a brutal race up Mt Rinjani in Indonesia where more than 150 participants competed to reach the summit and back down within 24 hours.
“I sort of fell sick during the race and at one point, we even had to stop every 10 minutes. At about the 15km mark, part of me wanted to go on but another part of me didn't. So I became very reluctant and that’s when Hadi said, ‘Okay, that’s it. We pull out now.’”
Later, they found out that there were other people who also dropped out from the race before reaching the summit but because they had to use a different route to leave, they only managed to reach the bottom after 20 hours.
“Imagine if Hadi didn’t decide for me to turn back and just followed what I said to continue, I think we would really suffer big time!”
It’s truly inspiring to see such friendship born from the love of the thrill that adventure sports can bring and especially for that particular race which was actually a solo competition. But they both had planned to conquer it together and Hadi was very sure that if it were him who was feeling sick and unsure, Joseph would have done the same thing.
Despite their easy-going demeanour, Hadi is no stranger to the tough physical demands of keeping fit and neither is Joseph who claimed to be a fitness freak during his army days. But thanks to National Service training, Hadi was able to make that firm and quick decision too.
“It comes down to ‘no hesitation’. We need to be responsible so as not to cause any problems to the organisers. Because if we keep pushing each other and cause more injury, what’s the point?”
But there were certainly brighter memories in their sports adventure careers and one trip across the causeway was particularly memorable. After coming in 3rd at the tough Eco-Xtreme competition at Kuala Kubu Bharu in the outskirts of KL, Malaysia, about 7 years ago, they cycled down instead of taking the race organiser’s vehicle back to base camp.
“It was almost an hour plus of downhill. Fantastic! We just tap our brakes without even pedalling. It was very nice!”
Joseph also credited his NS training for actually driving his passion for the outdoors even more while making the habit of staying in shape deeply ingrained in his lifestyle. Till now, he still works hard to keep fit. His tip on preparing for the AVventura race?
“You just need to put in more time for training while not neglecting more rest.”
Seeing the nod from Hadi, we think that’s a sound advice.
Join Hadi & Joseph and compete for the top place in SAFRA AVventura 2015! Find a buddy and register now!
Check out our previous interview with Hadi & Joseph here!