I participated in my first standard Triathlon on 21 August 2016. It’s organised by Trifactor. A standard triathlon comprised of 1.5km open water swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
I started my training on May while I run regular with my uncle and his running group ( MR25) at Bukit Gombak Stadium on every Tuesday and Thursday. They do interval trainings on Tuesday and Tempo long run on Thursday. I has a little lost when I first join the group. This is because I have never trained competitively. I don’t know what pace to run, what timing for interval training, etc. You know what, I did what my human instinct told me, JUST DO IT! I followed their training program. For example, we did 400m intervals under 1min 40s for 8 sets and 800m intervals under 2min for 6 sets. I feel I have improved tremendously under supervised training. In the past, I would run on my own but I didn’t have a goal to achieve for each of my run session. I was only able to maintain or improve slightly my timing. Previously, my best 10km timing was 59min. After training with them for 3 months, I was able to run 56mins during my triathlon. Last week, I have achieved my personal best ( for now) of 51min for 10k. Training is about the training group and the environment where you want to push past your personal limits and be motivated by the best people. 😊
I wasn’t a professional cyclist and hence, I knew nothing about road bikes. I read that I need to buy a road bike for a triathlon to enhance my performance. Luckily, QH, who is now my BF, accompanied me to buy my first road bike. He is an avid cyclist and also triathlete. So I started to cycle with him on every Saturday leading up to my race. I am so thankful that I met him and he guided me patiently because I am a quite lousy road cyclist. 😐
Swimming should be easiest for me because I used to swim competitively in college and I am also a swimming instructor. However, I have not swam in open waters before, other than scuba diving. It’s disadvantageous for swimmers of my size (1.47m) to swim in open water because we are easily swept away by the waves. I seeked the help of my friend, who is a national water polo player, to correct my strokes. I also swam 2 times weekly in the evening.
My training schedule was:
SUNDAY: Yoga and core workout
For optimal results, you should try to swim in the morning after you run to serve as recovery and cycle in the evening on the same day. But due to my work, I can’t squeeze in a morning swim. Therefore, I swim the day after my run.
The nemesis of competing athlete is Falling Sick. I had a bad cold and I lost my voice 3 weeks before the race. So I stopped training for 1 week. I had to tamper my training intensity by half after I recovered. Hence, I wasn’t at my optimal performance on the race day.
Race day- 21 August 2016
It rained in the morning and the organiser cancelled the cycling segment of the race for safety consideration. Hence, it became an aquathlon. 800m swim and 10km run. I am pretty pleased with my performance as I am placed 7th in my category.
Here’s our happy faces
My timing and placing