There’s hardly any Triathlon races in Malaysia and we can’t go around bashing up the race organizers. Register for the race early. P.D. was sold out well before the event. Mr Chan and his family are very helpful, be nice to them.
There is a new highway from Senai to Desaru now, but traveling is a tiring affair. Try to travel on Thursday or share the driving chore. Better still, don’t drive, but get a lift. Luckily the usual old hotel is being demolished. The Lotus Hotel we understand is new and a much better place (actually I forgot to talk about this, ha ha)..
The race starts at 8.30 am which makes it a very hot day race. Finish a large bottle of mineral water whilst still in the room. Properly clean the goggles with baby shampoo. Rinse the goggles again at the showers near the beach. Wear the swimming cap on first, then wear the goggles over the swim cap. There should be a snug feel to the goggles over the eye socket. A good pair is worth the investment. We can sense whether the goggles is going to leak. Go for a dip to check that the goggles are not leaking.
Everything that you wear and use on race day should be something you have properly tested in training.
The race attire should be something you have tested in training. The race attire that is sold by Kevin Chan and others at the hotel lobby is of high quality and should be quite safe to straight away wear for the race. The nutrition you will consume during the race (eg power bars, gels, bananas, raisins etc) should be what you use during training and has been tested numerous times.
Desaru has very strong currents, so be prepared to swim for about an hour. First timers should be on the outside of the swim pack, conserve energy and stay calm. To be frank, it takes a long time for one to be a good swimmer. Swimming should have been learnt as a child.
Its usually a three lap course. Stay calm, its going to be hot. Careful to maintain concentration. Suddenly waving to a friend could result in a fall.
Watch your form, and you will get by.
A bit simplistic isn’t it. Oh well.
I tried to explain training. Which is, it should be done everyday, easy. This is good for fat burning, conditioning the body, staying injury free, one’s well being and all kinds of things. I tried to say that having one mega training day during the weekend was not the way to go.
I strongly recommend getting a bike trainer. Its very effective time management, safe, cheap, improves cycling and allows “brick training (bike followed by a run)” to be done daily. Going on the trainer is not boring, bike in front of the TV.
Jokes aside, it was actually a very special day for me. I’m sure when I am in Qatar, I will look back on this 20th August morning quite often.
This same Bukit Aman car park was where I took up marathon running in 1984 with Pacesetters. And now my Malaysian running days are also coming to a close at the same location.
I have always been very happy with every single runner I have met at this car park all these 27 years.
Terence and everyone were very nice to me. A birthday song, a birthday present, a special cake from Karen. Everyone seemed to have brought bread, pastries, snacks etc which were placed on two tables. Tip gave away 32 packs of her pineapple cake. We couldn’t eat anything off course.
Thanks every one for giving me sweet memories to take to Qatar.