Monday, May 12, 2008

A Famosa International Triathlon

Sprint Distance

Considering i haven't swam in ages, i guess i roughly knew how bad my swimming was gonna be. But the moment i got into the stinky waters of A Famosa lake *suddenly i can smell it again...shudders*, i knew swimming was gonna be a killer this day and the next. Owell...i took it easy for the sprint. swam slowly, biked slowly, ran slowly. It was more of a refresher course since the last tri was so long ago. My legs were a lot stronger on the bike, i realised. But i had to be careful not to push it coz i really wanted to conserve my energy for the next day. I managed the whole thing in 1 hour 18 minutes. Came in 6th place out of 11. haha alright laa...Olympic Distance

Swim - I told myself that my strategy was to take it reaaaal easy on the swim. i didn't care how long it took, i just wanted to go slow, finish it, jump on my bike, then tear it up on the roads. turned out, i didn't have to try to take it easy. I was swimming so slowly, i couldn't have gone any faster if i wanted to. I finished in 47 minutes! haha talk about slow. Running out of the water Rahimi said "C'mon birthday girl!" haha...first birthday wish of the day.Bike - i took a gel, smiled at the gorgeous and light Colnago Dream, and sped off. It's my birthday and i'll kill if i want to! I did ride pretty quickly. But people still zoom past me. Some even on mountain bikes. haha...but it was a great ride. Memories of the last A Famosa bike leg i had, where my bike tube burst at about 10 km haunted me but lucky for me nothing like that happened. I had a smooth ride all 40 km of the leg. 1 hour 32 minutes. :)Run - now i say this with as much sincerity and astonishment as i can muster. I honestly think i was born to run. for some reason, the moment im on my feet, i'd be able to find my rhythm and run as if it was the first thing i did that morning. and i barely trained. i was able to pummel through and overtake lots of people on my run. it was the best feeling in the world. :) i completed the 9km race in 49 minutes plus. Overall, i took 3 hours 14 minutes to complete an Olympic Distance on my birthday with very minimal training and a sprint distance the day before. I am happy. :)Dennis was with me and i couldn't be any happier, but i hope he enjoyed the whole tri scene. My friends who followed me the last time found it to be quite an eye opener. :)

Thanks guys for the gazillion birthday wishes! I switched my phone off coz i really needed sleep the night before, so for those who tried to call, sorry!

My 22nd birthday was awesome. :)

6 comments:

kev said...

"I switched my phone off coz i really needed sleep the night before..." Wah, getting serious. I thought you said don't need to sleep one? Hehheh.

Well done. Your one and only tri race this year (or forever?). Look quite gaya also in your tri suit.

galnexdor said...

hahaha...well it was a good thing i did coz the next morning there were like 20 over msgs...it would've gone on all night if i didnt switch ti off...haha...

yea i doubt i'll race in NZ coz its just too expensive to do so...=) its the photographer la...he's good at taking my pictures...ahah

Adrian said...

well done! I was wondering where u were - u always overtake me on the run!!

galnexdor said...

haha adrian ure not that slow...:) well done to u too!

Dancing Ciken said...

well done karen. happy belated birthday :D

galnexdor said...

thanks jaja=)