Thursday, September 27, 2007

Australian Duathlon Championships 2007

I did not have my best race, that is for sure! I struggled practically throughout the whole race. The first 10k felt like it was never going to end. I couldn't find my running legs and the cold weather did not help either. It was an off road course with several demanding climbs. The leading pack was drifting further and further but i could not get my heavy legs to co-operate with me. I tried to put the lousy run behind and concentrated on the bike. I soon realise that my cycling legs were not really there. I have to admit that i was really frustrated but i kept going because i don't want to face the consequences of a DNF. Onto the last run, i felt better and ran real hard. Although it was impossible to catch up with only 5km to the finish line, i showed no signs of giving up. Finishing 4th in my age category clearly showed that i did not have a good race.

Although not performing as well as expected,i know i did my best that day and am looking forward to the coming race. It was great racing in Australia and meeting up with my fellow duathlon friends.


1st run : 40:58

Bike : 1:11:10

2nd run : 19:05

Total : 2:11:13

Monday, September 17, 2007

2007 Canberra ITU Duathlon Oceania Championships

Got to know about this race as i was surfing the net last week. Although rather last minute, i decided to go for it. This will be my first time racing in Australia. Details of the race are as follows:

Date - 23 September 2007, Sunday

Venue - Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra, Australia

Distances - 10km-40km-5km

Wish me luck!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tanjung Piai Eco Run 2007 Powered by Malakoff

I cannot deny that i was somewhat nervous before the race. The fact that this event is sponsored by Malakoff, my sponsor and my employer, i felt that i have to perform well. Having just completed the Aviva Singapore Ironman 70.3 last weekend (2 September) where i was positioned 2nd, recovery is very crucial. During the few days before the race, i just did some recovery runs and lots of sleep to help me recover quick.

I took the effort to check out the race route the day before and found that the actual distance is 23km. Come race morning, i felt good. I was pacing with a thai runner for almost 3 quarter of the race. I could see Supa and Richard Habeya (both strong runners) from a distance. My intention was to maintain that pace and ensure that Supa and Richard (my friendly competitors) do not get out of sight.

With just 2km to the finishing, i felt strong and started to up my pace. i ran straight past Supa and Richard. I continued running hard with no intentions of looking back and past another indian runner. I reached the finishing line and was positioned sixth in my category with a time of 1:30.13.

The competition was stiff with two kenyans dominating the top spots with a time of 1.14. Followed by our national runners Muniandy and Shaharudin and a thai runner.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Malakoff Eco Run 2007

Hi everyone,

Malakoff Eco Run this Sunday, 9th September, at Pontian, Johor Bharu.

Come check out, Malakoff's inaugaral running event.

It's going to be a blast!

See you there!