Last Sunday I managed to complete my second Olympic distance triathlon. I struggled at the swim, and did a decent bike and run, good enough to land me at the bottom 15! I finished with a time of 3 hours, 40 minutes, but I guess the most important part was that I was able to do it feeling comfortable the whole time.
We set out for Subic on Saturday afternoon and arrived early evening. We spent the night fixing our stuff, attaching the race numbers and energy gels on the bikes. We woke up at 4am, went to the transition area, and had ourselves body-marked.
Our wave at the swim portion started at 6:40 am. This was the biggest wave, the 30-39 age group. It was a chaos at the start, with about 80 bodies trying to hurtle past each other. I was a bit disoriented on the first loop, choking on seawater, and feeling my heart rate race up because I didn’t warm up. I felt better on the second loop as everyone settled at their own pace, which for me meant being at the last. By this time, the last wave consisting of the women, had also started. As I floundered through the waters, I could see female bodies gliding past me. At least I still had company. Mercifully, I emerged out of the sea after 49 minutes.
By this time, I was at the end of my age group wave, and practically joining the women’s group. Same story here, I felt what it was to literally eat dust as the women athletes sped past me. In any case, the bike was best part for me. It was a good thing that we had scouted the route a week before. At least I knew when the uphill stage was going to be over. It was pure pleasure going downhill, as we were racing down at speeds up 55 kph. I finished the 40K bike in 1 hour 37 minutes, with just enough energy to finish the 10k run in 1 hour 13 min.
Race results can be seen here: