It was a last minute decision to do the 70.3 Singapore, last March 23,2009. Nine days before the race, I finally have a confirmation from the organizers, In the middle of our team photo shot Alex (our team manager) announced that “I’m in”, I will take the slot of my housemate Erika Csomor. All right! No turning back now, I’m ready to go and do my first half Ironman. I told Coco, I’ll do my best, and I try not to let her down.
I was so excited going to the race, Team TBB send Me, Rebekah, Lucie, Tereza, Jocelyn, Reinaldo, Cameron and Manny. Rebekah was so nice to give me some pointers prior to the race, she went like this from Friday to the race day” Ok Little One, do this, do that, get some rest, eat this, don’t forget to wash your hands before eating and after you make a poopy” hahaha. (Not that far, but almost) The atmosphere throughout the event was different than what I’m use d too, I have to say I was comfortable before the race and enjoying myself.
Sunday morning: Race day: Game plan: Swim hard, get on the first pack! Push on the bike and do my best on the run!
One minute before the start, I lined up in front, on my left was Tereza and on my right was Lucie. The gun went off, I had a good beach run, the first few meter on the swim was Andrea Hewitt, perfect! After 50 meters there was a little gap between me and Andrea Hewitt, I tired to sprint and breach the gap, but the gap was getting bigger and bigger, next thing I know she was on my left, a few meters away. I change my direction and she and the rest of lead pack was pulling away by 10 meters, then 11, 12,13, …you get the picture. After the first loop I was swimming with one male elite and Rebekah. On to my last loop, I finally got my rhythm. I got off the swim a few second in front of Rebekah and the other guy. It took me longer than the two to leave the transition area, because I have to put on my socks, so it takes me a little longer than them. It was a two days debate about that socks by the way, should I put on a socks or not, I decided I have to put the socks the night before the race because my bike shoes is one size bigger than what I should be wearing.
Bike: The first thing that went into my thought, is to forget about my awful swim and move on in the bike and focus on my ride. I push the pedal as hard and consistent as possible, I told myself “push hard, just like in training” and try not to go crazy and blow up. Before my first loop on the bike, I drop my water bottle from my hydro tail because I did not notice the little circular gap on the road. The funny thing was, when I passed the same spot for the second loop there where maybe 5 water bottles on the side of the road, then on my third loop there where around 10 or more water bottles on the same spot where I drop mine.
Run: Before the race Rebekah, told me to take some gel every 30- 45 mins during the run. On my first loop, I was feeling good on my run. I thought my pace was good enough to descend my time every loop, but that wasn’t the case. After my first loop I was thinking about taking a gel and get some electrolytes in my body, because every aids station that I pass I only get the water, not the 100 plus drink, but I decided maybe I’ll take it later because I was feeling fine, oops!!!…it was a mistake. On the 11km mark I felt my body getting heavier and heavier, I was feeling the pain! on my 12km mark, I decided to take the gel, I was on a hurry to take it, I forgot about water to got with the thick and sticky gel, I was 600 meters away from the water station, for 30-40 seconds the gel is still in my mouth then I decided better swallow it because I can’t breath properly. After I swallowed the gel, I need water right away but I still have a few meters away from the water station! Nice… On my last loop the only thought that went into my mind was keep my legs moving, keep my cadence up, your almost there! I was very happy with all the supporters in the race, even the people that I don’t know was cheering and saying my name during the run, it was awesome! Finally, I finish my first Half Ironman. 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km Run total 70.3 Miles, CHECK! 30 mins(terrible swim) 2hrs and 40 bike and 1hr and 35 mins run. Looking forward to improve more and do more races!
I enjoyed the whole weekend so much and also enjoyed racing for 4hours and 50 mins. It was a good training session and I learned a lot from the race. Then it was time to say good-bye to my teammates, Rebekah was the first one to leave, I’m going to miss her a lot especially during swim sessions. I also said good-bye to Lucie, I will miss her presence in the pool also and in the track. Reinaldo and Cameron also went to their own country. See you soon guys, kick ass in your upcoming races!