Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
|Blessed to be running out there|
We have often admired those triathletes with their super-human strength and endurance but have you ever thought about becoming one?
In spite of having a few triathlete friends, I had never considered competing in triathlon, simply because I struggled to swim even 100m and my knowledge with biking only limited to BMX. Besides, having started running 3 years ago, I always believed that my heart was with marathon training. Then I did my first marathon this February, it was fun but took me 1 month to recover and running has never been the same since - I simply struggled. 2 months ago, after much encouragement and support from friends, I decided to try triathlon, but first there were 2 fears to overcome - swimming and biking.
2 months ago:
First road bike ride in Disney - I fell off the bike and got road rash on my elbow, knee, back, underarm and pelvic. Scars are still visible.
First swim (in ages) at SCAA - BIG struggle to swim 50m, freaked out big time when my feet couldn't touch the bottom of the pool. Swimming in the sea was outta the question!
My thoughts - WTF.
Fast forward to 2 weeks before my first race 2XTri:
Won the CEEPO prize - was feeling over the moon but freaked out deep down!
Bike - still struggling to mount and dismount, still feeling haunted by the fall....
Swim - got a hang of breathing rythm and as if by magic, I could swim 2k in the pool!
Another fast forward to 7 days before 2XTri:
Bike in Disney - I was actually riding without freakin' out!
First swim in open water - FREAKIN' OUT BIG TIME. Thought I couldn't make it but after much support from a friend, we both swam out to the floating platform. I was OVER THE MOON!!
2XTri - the most fun thing I've ever done, got a taste of triathlon and hooked ever since. Finished 4th in the age group.
Fast fast fast forward with much agression - Vietnam Triathlon
Swim - CHOPPY water, I mean freakin' choppy water, thought about giving up when I got washed off the swim course. Managed to clock 40 minutes with breaststroke.
Bike - Singing 'Leaving On A Jetplane' along the bike course, stopped a few times to stretch my poor back.
Run - Turns out to be the MOST enjoyable part. Love running through the village and high-fiving the kids. I felt really blessed to be running out there.
Result - 3rd in my age group.
- Hong Kong National Championship, October 9, 2011
- Phuket Triathlon, November 27, 2011
We all have the power to better ourselves, sometimes we just need a little push. :-)
|2XTri out swim transition|
|Me and MUMBA|
|Vietnam Finish 3rd|