Sunday, June 15, 2008

Singapore Sprint Triathlon

I signed up for this Sprint Triathlon for my passport to the Ironman Langkawi Malaysia. (Ironman requires you to complete at least a sprint tri)

The course is actually a 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run. This was held at Changi Beach Park. On the way to the race venue, I chatted with a taxi driver and he was introducing me medicine for my knee cap. Damn knowledgeable folk. He mentioned that my right knee was due a lack of fluid between the knee cap joints as I have overused my knee cap. And he introduced some supplement to me too.

Thats the reason I picked up swimming and bike as it will be put less stress on my poor right knee.

Swim: 24:19
I position myself right at the back of the start and mine. The start of the swim was like a washing machine. Breast strokers were beside me and i avoided them like the plague as I dont want to get kick in the face. I zipzag for the first part as I have problem sighting as the buoy was on my left and I can only breathe on my right.

I think I hit quite a few folks because of this and after the first left turn, I kind of master how to sight. I think the 750m was easier than it was in the pool because I have more buoyancy due to the saltwater.

Transition 1: 01:23

Bike: 35:42 average speed 33.6km/hr
As I am a pretty weak swimmer, I was one of the last to exit the swim. But I made it up for the bike by passing most of the pack and I was never passed in my bike except for one guy. I time-trial at an average speed of 33.5km/hr for the bike split.

Transition 2: 02:14

Run: 25:34 mins about 5min/km pace

Another of my stronger segment, nothing eventful. My target was a 1:30 finish and I made the cut at 1:29:11

Not bad for a first event. Next up will be Singapore Ironman 70.3 I need to swim more.

Here's my official results:
Full Name Cat. Pos.
Kah Kiat Lim M20-29 24

Swim Time # T1 Time # Bike Time # T2 Time # Run Time # Total
24m 19s 330 01m 23s 80 35m 42s 79 02m 14s 335 25m 34s 86 1h 29m 11s

Now let's put these numbers into perspective:

My swim I was placed in position 330 out of 358 competitors (last 92% cohort)
My transition 1 from swim to bike was 80 out of 358 competitors ( Top 22% cohort)
My bike I was placed in position 79 out of 358 competitors (Top 22% cohort)
My transition 2 was placed in position 335 out of 358 competitors (Last 93% cohort)
My run I was placed 86 out of 358 competitors (Top 24% cohort)

Period, I need to improve on my swim times and tie my shoe laces a little faster.


Anonymous said...

Excellent numbers! Well done!!!

Anonymous said...

Good 1st tri results. Swimming always most difficult discipline. For your laces, try pull laces, can improve your transition time.

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