November 19 and 20 was a weekend for Multisport athletes. Together with fellow ultra-bored members, we had this crazy idea of venturing into this unknown territory and experience first hand the thrill of the Duathlon and Aquathlon. We were surprised that other ultra-runners were as crazy as we are.
|Photo courtesy of Bea Hernandez|
Gun start was scheduled at 6:00 AM. Race officially started some 30 mins after.
I managed to finish the 10km run within my target time. It was a very boring to run 3 loops, but that's ok, I'm bored anyway (hehehe).
I got too excited at the start of the bike leg (another 3 loops). I thought that this will be the easy part and that I could catch up with my buds. I was confident that I knew the route already, after running it during the TBR marathon. Wrong Jet!
|Photo courtesy of Endure Multisport|
I was in panic. I'm wearing my cleats, and fear that it might be late for me to disengage from the bike and lose my balance. Good thing I was able to dismount, relax and stretch a bit. I prayed for recovery and safety all throughout the race.
After the U-turn was the thrill of the speed, where we cruised some 50+ kph downhill.
I was already struggling on the 2nd loop. Cramps begin to appear on my left calf, and both quads as well. I was cruising in slow motion, trying to survive the race. I took more breaks to stretch.
On the 3rd loop approaching the rotonda (which is a short but very steep climb), all quads and calves suddenly locked. I lost my balance, and crashed. Good thing I fell on my left shoulder, and that no vehicle ran over me. Nuvali's marshal immediately assisted me towards the sidewalk.
As I went off to salvage the bike leg, my tire went flat. It was the 1st time that I experienced such. I safely pulled over and tried to figure this thing out. Fellow competitors were overtaking me. I knew that its time to surrender. I was back on the road after some 10 mins.
All leg muscles surrendered when I dismounted at the transition area. That was curtain call for me. I did not dare to run another 5km and finish the race.
It was definitely an experience and I learned I lot.
(to be continued)