An article on Straits Times 28th July 2011.
This post was a few weeks late... Can only blame me for being lazy and feeling tired all the time.
Anyway, Had my fair share of fun and pain during this year's triathlon.
Firstly i must admit that my amount of training is definitely not enough for a triathlon. However my job is still pretty physical and i think my base stamina is still not that bad so i went ahead and did the event.
I got kick in the face when swimming in the sea, had a big gulp of the sea... Swimming was tough as usual in Singapore waters. But i think the main reason my time suffered so badly due to my lack of pool session. I could only do my laps on my off days and if my off day was on a weekend i won't want to squeeze with the crowd.
2009 Swimming Timing: 00:41:30
2010 Swimming Timing: 00:44:55
2011 Swimming Timing: 00:53:17
Not only getting slower, its getting ridiculously worst.
After a tiring swim leg, i thought i was finished. Preserver through, i went into the transition area. My bike fell on the ground in transition area probably thanks to my neighbor, that made me lost quite some time locating my bike as i was a little disorientated.
While pushing out of the transition area, had a nice glup of 100+ and a packet of energy gel, that is just what i needed, a boost start.
2009 Cycling Timing: 01:39:47
2010 Cycling Timing: 01:29:42
2011 Cycling Timing: 01:38:35
I was kinda expecting 1:35-1:40 range because i rarely bike nowadays. This means my leg is not really tuned to cycling this year. Last year, i almost cycled 120-150km a week or 3-4 time a week with each session 30-40km. That was awesome, I had a good cycling leg and running leg was fine.
I can't really say i was running, i was more like walking and jogging most of the time. After the cycling leg, my thigh felt really heavy. Almost like dragging a brick while jogging. Lack of training in cycling contributed to the muscle fatigue. Luckily, often after work i still manage to drag my lazy ass to run round marina bay and Singapore river. That makes up for something.
2010 Running Timing: 01:17:45
2011 Running Timing: 01:24:09
I'm so ashamed to even post the time but my fault for not training much. Hope next year will be better.
2009 Overall Timing: 03:41:22 (Age Group Position: 49)
2010 Overall Timing: 03:32:21 (Age Group Position: 43)
2011 OVerall Timing: 03:55:59 (Age Group Position: 88)
Never give up!