* Before I start....I'd like to thank all the photogs that day and from whom I leeched the below photos from.....thank you, Tey-da-man, Mac, Vivian, Nurina, Kahwai, Stupe, Joe and Nik!!!! I INSTAGRAM-ed it...coz y'know...it's kinda my obsession at the moment......
I swore to myself I was gonna do whatever it takes to not cramp again on the bike leg.
But here I was, not even 10km into my first round in the cycle leg and I was perched at the side of the road stretching out my cramped right gastrocnemius.
A barrage of profanities flooded every functioning brain cells but no matter how much I cursed audibly, I was stuck and I could not get my right foot out of the momentarily fixed plantarflexed position.
Damn you, contracted muscle fibres....damn you!!!!!
As I stretched....plenty of familiar faces whizzed past me and my bike.....and I can't help but reflect on Powerman 2011.
This was getting slightly too familiar for comfort.
....and I knew exactly what I did wrong...again!!!!!
Yes...I started the run too fast.
I did the same shit last year.
Well...can't exactly blame myself on that.
I was desperate to meet the cut off timing of 5 hours last year.
And I knew Tobias ain't the sprinting sort of a bike....so I needed to amped it up in the first run.
Then I cramped.
This year....same shit, different location.
But the whole damn thing boiled down to one fact....that I feared not making the new 5:30 cut off timing.
The race began with a lot of anxiety....and not to mentioned that I was working until 10pm the night before....(let's just say I'm thankful SUKIPT and all those game coverages are over for now)
The first loop of the first run leg started with both my lower limbs feeling very heavy and depressed.
I was tired and the negative side of me kept on bugging me that I did not put in enough training.
* My cycling coach.....and we are NOT gonna address him as Mr. Anonymous anymore....
So I ran.
* First loop of first run...thanks Mac for this awesome pic!
I was not even on my bike and I was already tired from running.
Fucked up!!! I had 64km cycling on hand.....how the hell could I be tired!?!?! The race was not even half way done!!!
But I needed to have some sort of insurance on my timing by doing the first run leg fast and at least the first round of the cycle leg fast....(or at least in my mind, fast enough)
I got on Dylan (my new-found love, by the way) and started pedaling away.
(funny story being that I couldn't really locate him initially.....but prolly for a different blog post sorta funny story)
I felt slight twitching at my right calve at the beginning but ignored and continued.....
Yes....it was exactly like last year.....
And then I cramped!!!!!
I swore...I really wanted to cry at that point.
* Almost wanted to keel over from climbing all those steep inclines....photo courtesy of Mac!
(side note, I would like to thank Pat for stopping and holding Dylan while I silently scream in agony trying to stretch out my right calve....)
I stretched. And stretched.
And then a little bit more stretching for good measure.
The pain lessened.
I got back on Dylan.....shifted to lighter gears......and kept on spinning.
Exactly like last year.....
I kept on pedaling.
It was not like I was gonna give up.
I overcame the cramps last year....it'll be exactly the same THIS year around as well.
I am the master of my own freakin destiny!!!!!!
Kept on pedaling.
Kept on with the lighter gears.
And next thing I know.....first cycling round done....2nd round to go.....and I just needed to complete the 2nd loop of cycling before 11am.
I'd have enough time for the 11km run before the cut off time of 5:30 at 12.30pm.
2nd loop sucked big time......I was tired....I was hungry.....and I regretted not chugging down another energy gel earlier on.
The only saving grace at that time was that the weather was very mild and merciful.
Yes...God did have mercy on me and every other person who forgot their sunscreen.
The hills never get easier no matter how many times I've done that same loop.
In fact they seemed more menacing when you're tired and hungry and dying for it to be over.
Kept on pedaling.
Glanced on my watch and had the best news of the day thus far!!!!!
I was 10km away from transition and it was only 10.10am!!!!
I was gonna have ample amount of time for the 2nd run leg.
So happy I could almost (ALMOST!!!) do a wheelie on Dylan....
So happy that I could totally ignore the stupid inclination at PICC.
So happy that I could totally ignore my lower back discomfort.
So happy that I could totally ignore the fact that I really could do with some solid food....and THAT (considering this is after all, ME!) was really saying something!!!
You get the point.
Got back to transition and out of it by 10.40am.
PLENTY OF TIME.....
I could walk the entire 11km and still finish within cut off time.
Of course, with that sort of mind set, the body kinda tricked itself into not actually running.
Yes...I cramped again.
*shakes head in resignation*
Yes...flashback of last year's event again.
This whole reminiscent business was getting kinda annoying.
* 2nd loop of 2nd run.....pic courtesy of Kahwai!
I was glad I was able to walk-run the entire 11km with KC.
I always reckon the company was the deal breaker of how fun your race was gonna be.
And with KC.....I had a great run!!!!
* Thanks KC for the run!!!! I thought this pic was absolutely EPIC!!!!! Thanks Vivian for this shot!
Not too shabby, I reckoned.
But just for comparison sake....I'd like to state that I PREFER RACING IN MANJUNG!!!!
For one....I loved the road trip.
And another...the cycling route really was flat....aside the really tiny incline that was 2 bridges.
* Yes....pic leeched off tristupe.com!!! :)
* Picture from Nik's iPhone.....brilliant job guys!!!!
And for those who drafted and skipped a loop here and there.....well, shame on you and time to brush up on your English and also time to preserve the limited amount of functioning brain cells left between your ears. The brochure did say no drafting and 2 loops each of run-bike-run.
All together now....OH MY ENGLISH!!!!