18 August 2013 – After my previous race at Jurong Lake Run 2013, I was supposed to line up for King of The Road 2013, but due to inclement weather, the entire race was washed-out. I had to shift my focus to the Tri-Factor Triathlon which I have been training concurrently for together with my goal of SUB40 10k.
I signed up for Tri-Factor Triathlon late last year as part of my aim to learn how to swim. This race was actually supposed to be my follow-up triathlon race following the MetaSport Series which I couldn’t attend earlier this year.
Was totally spent, but applied the techniques I learnt in the triathlon clinic I attended last month.
Took a little jog out of the water towards the transition area, while taking deep breaths at the same time.
Still catching my breath, hence, I could only muster half a smile, a thumbs up & mouth a very soft thank you to the photographer from Chasing Shots. Wanted to say thank you for always capturing my photos from different races, I really appreciate the effort!
I finished the swim in 9m25s, which was a far cry from what I was doing in training, which was approximately half that time for 200m. But I guess I didn’t have enough experience in open water, apart from that one time I attended the open water clinic they conducted.
Proceeded to the transition area & put everything on, & decided to take plenty of the hydration I prepared, which was probably a good idea since after the bike leg, would be a run & I risk getting a stitch if I had consumed it at T2.
Halfway while I was wearing my shoe, I realised that my watch had been stopped. It caused a little bit of a panic as I did not know how long my transition was. But recovered within seconds when I just reasoned with myself to carryon & continue the time when I exit the transition area.
Did the bike leg in my targeted time of anything below 20mins for 10km. This was based on average results I noticed from last years race. Very encouraging since I did not have any bike training whatsoever in preparation for this race.
It was all muscle memory the way I cycled. Pushed on the straights, massive exhalation, and conservative on the bends & turns as I was riding fixed. Still managed to overtake a few pro triathlon bikes!
Had a quick transition in T2 as I was already wearing my running shoes, just took a small sip of hydration & went straight out for the run.
This was me after the East Coast Lagoon Hawker Centre, sighting the rest of the run route.
At this point of time, my quads were already burning from riding fixed gear. But I told myself this is it, 2.4km & its all over!
This was on the way back passing the Cable Ski Lagoon. Approximately 500m left, I made a sprint for it.
Along the straight back to the FINISH, I was clearing my nose & shouting like a mad man, trying to squeeze every last ounce of strength out of my body. Suddenly along side me came another runner doing his last sprint as well. I saw him & shouted, “C’mon FINISH strong!”
Once I crossed the finish line, I was filled with a sense of accomplishment, elation, that all the hardwork I’ve put in over the last 6months on my road to recovery has paid off. I had the loudest shout, & it probably rattled a few people.
Had a passerby help me take this photo, just before I left East Coast Park. That’s Kina, my fixie, me & her real tight, been hanging out with her since 2011, after I did my first marathon in Gold Coast.
Definitely a proud moment for me. I am officially the first Triathlete in the family. Future generations after me can take this path knowing its been done before.
Not a big fan of the medal though, prefer a traditional round one. The best part is every one gets the same medal, regardless of the distance. But then again, I’ll do this all over again without any frills.
Reflection: I didn’t really have much of a plan going into this race. All I knew was that I wanted to complete the entire event, safe & sound in one piece.
For the swim I was kind of disappointed with my time as I was doing 5m30s for 200m in the swimming pool just before this event. The results showed 6m01s but I think the actual time is including the T1 which is more accurate as I looked at my watch when I got out of the water, which indicated 9m26s.
The actual T1 + Bike Leg + T1 is a total of 29m05s, this is definitely the right time as I noticed my watch for the Bike Leg, & I came in under 20mins for the 10km ride.
The one that really surprised me was my run, which I came in first at 8m42s for 2.4km. Throughout the run, I didn’t actually feel like I was doing a 8mins pace, maybe the course was short or I was just really exhausted. But what I was impressed with was my strong finish. I ran my heart out in the home stretch, pushing all the way to the finish.
Overall, I felt the Tri-Factor Triathlon was very well organised, & there was room for people of different experience levels, age & gender to participate in. For a beginner swimmer like myself, it would be too daunting to contemplate a 750m open water swim without any experience at all. Hence, the freshman category is a perfect bedding in for beginners like me.
Race Course Advice: For Freshmen category, there is a requirement to swim 2 laps across a 100m lap. When you get out of the water, & run across a beach area, before re-entry, which I feel, it takes a little wind out of you knowing that you have to go in again. But maybe that’s because I am a beginner swimmer. More experience swimmers will not have an issue.
The Transition area is well demarcated, but there are too many idle triathletes within the area in the way of the participants, maybe there should be wider lanes for the transition? But then again, for the number of participants, it was set up really good, with plenty of signage around.
The Bike leg was good as the entire East Coast Service Road was closed to cars, that made the entire route safe. The U-turn point for the 5km could have been better warned with signage as we are approaching the u-turn.
As for the Run leg, more signage or volunteers could be en route to direct, but kudos to the volunteers who were out there. Good job guys, every time I point to my bib, you guys gave clear concise directions, well done.
25 August 2013
ST Run in the Park– 10km
Went to recce the race route last week in preparation for this race. Definitely think the course would be longer than indicated, & there is a stretch of trail on the coast of Serangoon Island. Might be good for those who have trained in trail, but in event of rain, could make for a muddy affair.
The sunrise bridge that the 10km runners & 15km runners use to crossover would be a tight bottleneck, as it is small & narrow, definitely not made for 12,000 participants to cross over quickly, let alone 1000. Also, the flag-off timings for 15km & 10km make for such a clash as the 15km runners & 10km runners would reach that point at almost the same time.
I am not hopeful to get a PB from this run, but it would be a good tune-up for the coming AHM & POSB Kids Run. The hunt for SUB40 10k continues.