Sunday, February 19, 2006

NUS biathlon

This has to be the most exciting biathlon I have participated!!! Haha...
Instead of participating in one event...I participated in 2...Bi-lite and Full distance!! :D

It all started with me working at HBF on Sat afternoon...told Jayce abt it...so after work (at Sentosa) she came along with her race pack...she wanted me to help her return the championship chip and get back the $20 deposit...as she had injured her ankle in the recent HK marathon...and seem to have worsen a bit on Sat...

On my way home that night...this crazy idea came to my head...why dun I run for her??!!! Her event is at 9am...mine at 10.20am...Bi-lite shld need less than 30 mins to complete...so I'll still have some time to rest...hehe...only thing is need to wake up early...by 7am...oh well...at least it's still later than weekdays when I wake up at 5.45am to go school so that I can avoid the traffic jams and crowded buses ;)

So today I woke up at 7am...had bfast and off I go to the MRT station...all excited!! Haha :P
Got to Tanjong Beach at abt 8.30am...

Went to the body marking station first...hmm...they want me to put on my wrist tag and the body mark me...but I dun have Jayce's wrist tag...which means they'll have to mark my full distance no. 6018 instead of the bi-lite no. 1019...oops
Anyway, after they marked me...I went to the transition area...dumped my stuff...then came out to meet up with some sgrunners...and start rubbing of the 6 and 8 from my arms and legs!!! Haha...
Since I dun have a usable marker...I was left with 01 on my arms and legs :P


Before...

After...

This was how I removed the markings...

Then it's time for the 1st wave (my wave) to start...quickly made my way to the starting line...listened to the briefing...blah blah blah...then pehhhh...


Do I look bored or wat?
Wonder wat's on my mind then...why the hell did I do this so early in the morning? why is the briefing so boring? why are there so many kids ard me (can't see them in this shot...but they r definitely ard :P)


Wow...the first 200m was messy...arms and legs all over the place...kena pulled by someone somemore :P
After the U-turn...it was so much better...managed to escape from the pack...


Hey..I have finished the swim leg...say cheese :D

My transition time is as usual..damn long...take my time to put on singlet, shorts, socks, shoes...take a sip of water...then shades, cap, and race belt...who cares how long I take as long as I look good for the cameraman...haha :P
My run strategy was to maintain my pace at a comfortable heart rate...for the bi-lite...it was approx. 175-180...
Guess wat...it turned out to be abt the same pace as Denise...the top triathlete for her age (think she's 9 or 10 this year)...haha :P
Who cares...can't run too fast too...later get top 3 how...kena disqualified??!! haha...like real :P


Ah...finally I have finished...say cheese again :D
Told u there were lotsa kids...that's Denise just in front of me ;)


After the bi-lite event...rested a while...met some trifam ppl...also saw vorlacks and angel...and meli!!! ya...her dad is here to race...he joins all these bi and tri events quite regularly!!!

At 10.20am...it's time for my race...again!!! wah...a bit shack leh...hehe :P
Got to the starting line just in time for the start...again the first lap...400m...was a big mess...next 400m was not bad...3rd one was the best!! last one was ok...no idea how long I took...but guess it's abt 37 mins?? Not very fast leh...must be too shack liao...haha...excuses!!!

Then again the slow transition time...and this time my run was maintained at a pace of approx 170 beats/min...with an irritating fella pacing me...

The route is quite interesting...can see the sea all the way...and there's an extra loop after the bi-lite/sprint dist turn off to the finishing line...which I think a lot of ppl r not aware of...haha...they sprinted to early :P
A lot of ppl complained that it was very hot...but I seem to be immuned to the heat leh...din feel very hot leh *scratch head*
Anyway, it was a pretty slow run...over an hour...think abt 1:02 based on my heart rate curve...forgot to stop the stopwatch :P

After the run, got my stuff from the transition area...then met up with Elaine and Jayce (who has just arrived!!)...Elaine's run was good...I came up from the water first but she overtook me during the run ;)
After Evan, got back...we (Elaine, Jayce, Evan, Sharon and Amelia...my new found twin)went for a shower...then had lunch at Harbourfront...sgrunners were there too!!

After lunch...I actually went back to the lab to do some work!!
Wat to do...fellow workaholic from Holland was encouraging me to go back to lab after the biathlon...during a previous MSN chat :P
Besides, I'll be working at TSP on Mon and Wed night...gotta compensate a bit...haha :P

Spent 4 hours there...managed to do TLC and run 2 columns...amazing!!! Yesterday I only managed to do one within 4 hours...and was almost late work!!! :P
Tomorrow gotta go clean up the mess...then play with cyanide again...hehe :D


Photo of penguin taken while he was in custody of the sgrunners support crew...hehe

Will post the official results and photos when they are out...hehe...I smiled at the camera a lot!!! :P
Let's hope sportsphotox dun get confused seeing me twice :P

Above photos are courtesy of IMD and kellylim...thanx dudes :D

4 comments:

Vorlacks said...

i got faked by the extra loop man... crap... so blur...

penguin said...

haha...it's ok...
so how did u do in the end?

Renohtaram said...

well done penguin! there's a cool pic of ur penguin on the forum gallery ;D

tiwazz said...

penguin....

u look pretty sexy in ur swim suit... :D