In The Shadows Of The Towers
The watch beeped
and searched for the sat signals as I soaked in the
environs. The crowds had re-emerged after the downpour
stopped. I had just 10 minutes ago changed into my running
gear at the nearby carpark. The air was cool and there
was no sign of the sun. Slowly the sense of familiarity
is returning to the ritual Ė making sure the gear is
packed the night before, chilling a bottle of drinks
in the office fridge, eating a little more at lunch
time, hydrating consistently through out the day, walking
past the carpark security towards the green patch in
the middle of the KL city.
unexceptional l except that I was actually about to
start my run in the shadows of the once-tallest building
in the world (4th now, behind the Burj Khalifa, Taipei
101 and the Shanghai World Financial Center).
ď4th tallestĒ may not provide the same boasting rights as
being the top of the heap but Iím still in awe of the sheer
architectural wonderment as if defying all laws of engineering
and physics. The towers punch skywards like twin rocket boosters.
A view that's hard to beat
In terms of size and aesthetics, the adjoining KLCC park
is no match for the romanticism of New Yorkís Central
Park or Londonís Hyde
Park. It could do with more trees and the twin tower area
is over developed, ultra expensive condo blocks sprouting
up like one a day. On a hot day, spending your time there
is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable thing since the area
is surrounded by tall buildings which block breeze. Furnace-like.
But what I like most are the parkís proximity to my workplace
(itís literally my backyard!), the forgiving rubberized running
tracks and the undulating terrain. At only 1.3K, the climbs
are not too long and quite soon youíll have the respite of
the downhill. There are always people and guards at the park,
so itís certainly safer than being out on the busy streets
Note: The first of two photos above was
generated by syncing the Forerunner to the amazing SportTracks
software (free, Windows only) and exported to Google Earth.
The second image is from my plot in the MapMyRun