Nope, am not doing the long-distance triathlon for August 2 at Subic 🙂 Signed up to do the standard (the International Olympic Committee discourages the use of the word ‘olympic’ to describe a sport) distance which is 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Although, I’ve been doing triathlons for a year now, my experience at doing standard distances leave much to be desired. Both of my attempts at the standard distance were at Subit (Subic International Triathlon) in 2007 and last May 2008.
In 2007, my time was 3 hours 50 plus minutes. The bike course then required the participants to do 3 loops up Binictican Hill. Binictican is a 2km category 2 (don’t know what this means) climb. Pamatay talaga, especially for a novice biker like me. What made matters worse was that I had a flat tire when there were still 10kms to go. I still remember telling myself then not to quit and just finish the race because sayang naman ang registration fee 🙂 So you could just imagine what Binictican was like with a flat tire. Climbing up was not the hard part this time, instead, it was the descent which was pretty scary. I had to hold on to the brakes all the time to prevent the bike from descending too fast because my rear wheel was skidding.
Subit 2008 presented a different challenge. Although Binictican was no longer part of the course, I was still trying to incorporate the Total Immersion technique in my swim and I wasn’t confident I could maintain my form in open sea for 1.5k. True enough, sighting became a problem and if not for the kayaks roving around to guide me back to the buoy lines, I would have been swimming into the South China Sea already. As mentioned earlier there was no Binictican, but 20 plus kms of rolling hills took its toll on me and I bonked on the run portion of the race. Mostly walked the last 7km of the run. My time was 3:18. I consoled myself that it was still an improvement over 2007’s finish. At least, there was no flat this time.
As you can see, confidence issues linger in my quest to do a decent standard distance triathlon. Am in the midst of training to make sure I don’t bonk again in O3 but you never know… To use an analogy with basketball, where I am now is pretty much where the Lakers was in 1985 versus the Celtics. Up until then, the Celtics OWNED the Lakers, especially in the 60’s. Of course, it didn’t help that in Game 1 of the 1985 Finals, the Celtics routed the Lakers 148-114 in what eventually became known as the Memorial Day Massacre at the Boston Garden. But then, the Lakers eventually did triumph over the Celtics that year (first time that the Lakers beat the Celtics in an NBA finals) and winning at no less than Boston’s homecourt at that, the fabled Boston Garden. Hoping I too can conquer my own Celtics demons at O3 in August 🙂