Leading up to the race, I was 'only' doing lunchtime trainings over the 2 weeks, putting in at most 3 sessions per week. It's paltry considering that most triathletes would've known better.
The day before the race I was still getting frantic at work, attempting to set everything right before the Dubai business trip. I went to Changi General Hospital for the athlete health screening. I did the usual package for endurance athletes: blood test, electrocardiogram (ECG), 2D Echo test, and threadmill test. No obvious 'problems'. Doc said I was good to go for Saturday's race. Still, the uncertainties at work bothered me. I guess it was a welcome respite when - at the very last minute - the travel plans were shifted from Sunday evening to Tuesday evening. I told myself that at least I have some time to breathe.
Saturday morning - race day. I woke up and felt kinda lazy. It was a nice morning to sleep in. Here were the things that ran through my head:
- Do the race because there were less than 150 participants (??). The Men's Open only had 78 guys;
- Weather was good.... but it looked as if it was gonna rain;
- BUT I haven't done Oly Dist for the longest time! A 10km run after a sea swim didn't seem delectable;
- No powergels! How? (I didn't get them beforehand - that was how prepared I was for this)
In the end, it was JQ who dragged me out of my bed (oh the comforts of my slumber!) to do the damn race.
Race site: Not many participants were there. It was expected because 78 men for the Men's Open IS extremely small. Anyway, the clouds were looming over the horizon. Then there was lightning and thunder when most of us were preparing ourselves at Transition Area.
The organisers decided to delay our race start from the initial 0825hrs wave. Bummer! This years' races have mainly been rainouts! I hung around, and so did Ken, Lum, and Fatboy.
The race got on after about half an hour of delay coz the skies were clearing. Aiyah what the heck... JUST DO IT! And I plunged into the deep blue yonder......
2 loops of the triangular course for a 1.5km swim. It was easy.
Then the 10km run. JQ paced me. The weather was perfect. The race support was superb. The volunteers were excellent. Perhaps it was the fear in me that the sun would threaten to blare its full strength that I was determined to complete the race as fast as possible (but within limits).
I did that. And it was done (unofficially) in 1 hour 40 min.
I shaved 13 minutes off my previous best at the 2007 Singapore Biathlon held in March.