Monday, 1 August 2016

My first Tri-Factor race: Run 6km, swim 500m, run 6km

After two aquathlons, I feel like I'm becoming an old hand at this.

I got my laceless Nike Flyknit Lunar 2, in which I would run sockless to cut down transition time:

At the East Coast Park venue yesterday morning, I got my markings:

Set up my transition:

Checked out the water course:

But then I made the mistake of fastening my timing tag too loosely around my ankle. I was worried it would fall off during the swim.

That aside, I was all set for my first Tri-Factor race, consisting of a 5km run, a 500m swim and another 6km run. My previous aquathlons consisted only of a 800m swim and 5km run.

With a shorter swim leg, the Tri-Factor event appealed to me because I'm a remarkably slow swimmer.

My wife came along to be my cameraman and videographer.

The water was surprisingly calm (compared to my previous open-water experience), but the seawater is saltier than ever. After the first turn, the rising sun was directly in my eyes during the longest stretch of the swim. As if I didn't have enough visibility problems.

After the swim, I was so exhausted, I could only hobble throughout most the second 6km run.

At least my ankle tag didn't come off.

My official time for the race, 1 hour 41 minutes 1 second, was only good enough to place 87 out of 173 overall, 64 out of 123 men, and 16 out of 33 in the men veteran category.

Well, as long as I wasn't last.


Road to my first Singapore Aquathlon (Or seawater tastes really disgusting)

MetaSprint Aquathlon at Palawan Beach: Still not getting into the swim of things


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