My first Tri : GMC TriSeries Race 1
I quickly ran to the transition area, put on my cheap QAR 49 helmet I got from Lulu Hypermarket last night, rolled socks into my feet, put on my running shoe (yes I am a rookie, I cycle with my running shoe) and brought down the bike from the rack. From there I had to run with the bike for about 30-40m until I passed the 'mount here' hump. Boom my T1 time was 58". That was pretty awesome.
We had to cycle on an uneven, hard brick road for the entire 10 km. The course may be more suitable for a mountain bike than a sleek road bike like the one I was riding. My bum was really sore and I felt pain on my lower back and shoulders. Maybe I did not position my body correctly. I was very conscious and careful especially around the corners. My 24'26" cycling time was so slow it was like taking an easy ride around a park.
I did better at T2 with just 36" and that include a wrong turn. Now into my favourite discipline, the run. What a 3 km to a marathon runner you might think. Well I thought the same thing too. But what I did not know was a run after a swim and a bike was an entirely different animal. I cant feel my leg for the first 1 - 1.5 km. It was so awkward I was almost lost my balancing. That was the very reason why triathletes do brick sessions in their training. The run itself was hard. The 3 km felt like eternity. I was so spent after the swim and the bike I cant wait to get it over and done with. I finished the run in 12'27" still pretty decent. It was a great feeling when I ran past the finish line. It was a different kind of joy from finishing a marathon. My total time was 44'57"for 36th place out of 68 in individual category. So I did not came last after all. That in itself already an achievement considering the level of competition I was up against.
I think I just found a new love. I fell in love with cycling and the whole triathlon thing (except I am still dread over swimming). I asked Najib if he wants to sell the bike after the race. He said I can have for QAR xxxx. It was a done deal. So it's official I can consider changing my profile from a marathon runner to a triathlete. I hope this is not just an infatuation.