Singapore Cold Storage Triathlon 2012 Post Race Review

The race is finally over, after skipping two run races, I finally did my triathlon after waiting for 4 weeks. That was how long it took my legs to feel better, Special shoutout to Team Triboys Ian Faria and his bro Chris for sending me this neat transition towel. Will be racing Escape from Alcatraz with them soon in the near future.  If you wanna hook up for training or racing with the boys you can search Instragam hashtag or on twitter for #teamtriboys and you will definitely see them handsome hunks. Once again thanks boys and see you guys soon.


If you guys didn’t know what happened, lemme clue you in before you laugh at my miserable time, I was training for my “North Face 50k which is held in October” and my feet accidentally ran over a tree root, it angled 90degrees with a very loud crack and that was into my 4k out of my 15k trail run (I finished the whole 15k in pain if you are wondering) It all just went downhill after that. I had my feet X-ray and Doc cleared me, some how or rather the pain still persist till today. All I could train for this Tri event was swim and bike.

So kingdom come came and went. It was good sunny morning on last Saturday. Met with many of the boys before the swim felt a bit humid but its all in the fun.  The swim leg got delayed

Swim Segment

Participant had to make two loop for the swim and so how did the swim went? it went something  like this.. choppy sea water,  got hit in the face on my first 100m with my goggles knocked off my face, water got into my eyes and it stings like mad… got grabbed, groped and whatever you can think of, but hey that is why they call it the “Washing Machine”, you don’t join a tri event to have silky smooth swimming pool water do ya?  came out of the first loop and saw my watch for the first 750m, did a 16min but I nearly had a massive cramp when I was near to shore, I stop short of shore line and my legs couldn’t feel the ground, so I was curling my leg to feel ground and with that awkward leg position I nearly had a muscle pull on my calf, you know those massive super cramp.  Did not want to put myself in danger and don’t think I can afford a big cramp to my calf on the second loop. I didn’t kick as much on the second lap and I swam cautiously and closely to the line just in case my leg cramps up. Swim time: 43min

Bike Segment

Bike leg is always fun, went into T1 and took my gel and first time I did not place my shoe clipped ready on my bike for fast transitioning as this was a two week old shoe, have not put enough mileage into them shoes yet. Bike loop was an insane six loop over ECP with many dangerous turns (saw a couple of people bleeding pretty badly and bandaged up) … Road Marshal was shouting like crazy saying DANGER .. BIG GROUP AHEAD GO SLOW (er… its a race.. GO SLOW??) well I do hope the revamp the bike segment next time for a better and safer riding race. I was looking at my bike meter and it went like 32 – 34avg that was all I wanted nothing more nothing less and before my last lap I will usually take in some carbs for the run segment and guess what, silly me had to drop my packet of gel on the road, It was a decision for me to pick it up or leave it, I left it (was it a poor decision? I don’t know)  Bike Time: 1hr17min

Run Segment

Here comes the moment of truth, I told myself either I die running or I walked to the end in my run segment. went in T2, grabbed my headband put on my shoes, went out running in less than 2min and boy I could (NOT) run, after leaving the run out, massive cramps came into my thigh and I know for sure that without run training it will definitely kill me. Its not that this is my first race.. I never felt cramps this bad before, I practically walked and hop myself for the first 2km or so.. What was I thinking.. four weeks and not even one training on my run.

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Richard M. Nixon

On the 3k mark, a familiar face came behind, tapped and passed me, It was Benny who was in one age group behind, he finally caught me in the run segment (all things going through my head now, thinking of stopping and quitting the race as its going to be a real pathetic race for sure) but I told my self #HTFU and keep going, and so I did.. yes the final run was terrible but I won’t let my head hang in shame. Yes it’s also the worst 10k time ever for me in my running career but I will not let it stop me. I will come back stronger (if my doc cleared me of any problems to my feet) Time: 1hr 17min

Well its the end of the race and I am glad all my buddies was here with me.  Not that I am proud of the time, but I sure finished it.. if your wondering yes the pain in my leg still persist. I am heading for an MRI this week. I wont let it damper my mood for me in the upcoming 2013 races that I have signed up for.

PS: word of advice, train before you go for a race. Dont be like stupid me.

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9 responses

  1. For all it’s worth, you finished it. And to me, that is all that mattered. 🙂

    Recover well brother. Live to Race another day!

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    01/10/2012 at 10:22 am

    • Yeah .. gonna go get that leg checked out.. Dont feel good running so slow.

      Thanks for your encouragement bro !

      Isaac

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      01/10/2012 at 10:32 am

  2. its times for you to take a break before 2013 man… injuries need to be healed, dont over push it if not… its not just a week or two you can’t race, its going to be forever. take it slow. now… please pass the bike to me 🙂

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    01/10/2012 at 10:30 am

    • 2013 ? I already lined up a few Ironman and Oly tri in my list, have already signed up for 4 events in a row yesterday. You going to be racing alot also next year, Remember this words,

      “If it doesn’t kill us it will only make us Stronger”

      Cheers
      Isaac

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      01/10/2012 at 10:33 am

  3. alvin

    take care and get well soon

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    01/10/2012 at 1:42 pm

    • Haha.. thanks mate… It will get well soon! *fingers cross*

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      01/10/2012 at 2:03 pm

  4. Glad to hear you finished a tough race. I say, “good job, you!” Now get that injury taken care of and get some rest….

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    02/10/2012 at 2:56 am

    • Thank you Grammadog1947 , LoL.. I know I have to get that leg looked at some how or rather now that I know its not healing fast enough.

      Hope your races are all lined up till the year end

      Cheers
      Isaac

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      02/10/2012 at 10:00 am

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    17/02/2013 at 9:43 am

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