Sometime January, I made a mistake of registering into 2 consecutive sporting events in one weekend. I was again just like the happy-go-lucky Joe that goes with the flow.
I just realized about it some 2 weeks ago. I wasn't prepared and I'm about to press the panic button. All I have is the training that I got from attending RunRio's Running Clinic. Good thing the Clinic somehow boosted my confidence.
Pocari Sweat Duathlon
February 25, 2012
Bonifacio Global City
6k Run, 30k Bike, 4k Run
All I ever wanted from this race is to redeem myself from my DNF in my first duathlon attempt.
I was wary of my pace in the 1st run leg. I made sure I maintain a comfortable 7min/km pace. I wanted cramps to be at bay, that's why I always see to it that I drank a cup of Pocari Sweat AND water every time I pass the hydration station.
I learned the bike leg in BGC is dangerous, due to crossing pedestrians, and open traffic. I was extra careful when crossing intersections, and shouted "BIKE!" at the top of my lungs whenever I see a pedestrian crossing.
Instead of finishing 7 loops, I only finished 6, for I was advised by the marshals that the organizers closed the bike route. I heard that somebody figured an accident, but I was not able to confirm this.
|Photo courtesy of Keshia Fule|
My official finish times: 0:42:22 Run 6k | 1:07:42 Bike 27.7k | 0:33:41 Run 4k | 2:23:45 Total.
February 26, 2012
My goal is simply to finish.
I had a hard time in the 1st 7 kms. I thought I was gonna DNF. I was already flirting with DNF in my mind. I was trying to feel my calf. I knew I'm not yet recovered from the duathlon.
I then decided to take it easy, especially during ascends. I walked, and didn't mind the other runners passing me. I was already setting my expectations to finish after 3 hours.
But approaching km 16, I suddenly felt like I have some more energy to spare and propel me to finish. I ran and was surprised I could sustain a 7min/km pace, with walk breaks to hydrate.
I crossed the finish line in 2:50:41 (as per picture below).
|Photo courtesy of Rod Apolinario|
Praise God I survived both games. Now, back to training. =)