My goal of participating in the inaugural Youth Olympics Games (YOG) to be held in Singapore in August 2010 got off to a good start with my qualification to represent Singapore at the upcoming ITU-Asian Qualifier to be held in Incheon, South Korea during the Asian Triathlon Championships on 28 August.
The selection race didnt go according to plan, as during the swim I encountered severe stomach pains. I was with the lead pack but could’nt keep the pace and once out of the water I threw up, something I would do many times during the race.
I pushed it on the bike to catch up with the leaders on the bike leg but found the going tough. I came within 20 seconds of the leader and was confident I would catch him on the run. But once I got off the bike and started to run I knew it was a mission impossible for me. I used what I had to minimise the time gap.
Although I have qualified to go and race in the ITU-Asian YOG qualifier which was my primary goal I finished the race very dissappointed. I realised that all the hard training I’ve done counts for nothing if you do not perform on race day. No one owes it to you to come out on top you have to do it on your own. Its a pretty difficult pill to swallow but one I have now learnt the hard way.
My focus is now on the upcoming race and making sure I earn the slot……
Here are some pictures of the race
The Much Anticipated Start
The Painful Finish
One of the guys I will be going to Korea with