What is Oceanman?
So Oceanman came to Putrajaya Lake, Malaysia during the weekend of 18 March (1.5km, Kids Race and Relay) and 19 March (5km and 10km). The "real" Oceanman events are the 5km (Half Oceanman) and 10km (Oceanman).
- "Popular" 1.5km
- Kids race
127 swimmers completed the 1.5km. No age group categories, just Males and Females. Results here. I didn't do well, 31 mins, never mind.
It was compulsory for all 5 km and 10 km swimmers to wear a safety buoy. This was a good requirement. So one could either sight against the large buoys or the safety buoy of the swimmer in front.
I did see a boat at about the 2.5km which I presumed was the feed boat. But it wasn't positioned exactly on the race route, even a quick sip of water would take a good few precious minutes, so I skipped it. I didn't see anyone else going for the water at 2.5km, maybe no one knew about it.
Between 3km and 5km, was very tough going for me. I seriously considered to stop at 5km. I will tell everyone I have a heart attack coming, I'm sure they will understand. But as soon as I arrived at the 5km feed, I received so much support from my wife, Eric Tan and Sumai. I guess I couldn't give my "heart attack" excuse, no one was listening.
The start pontoon was also the 5km feeding point. This was essentially the only feeding point for the 10km race. No one knew where the 2.5km feeding point was. So we had to get everything in at the 5km point. Eric was recording everything on my GoPro (bless that guy), Tip was giving encouragement, Sumai gave me a banana, the "superfood" for long distance sports. I then gulped down a gel and a full 1.5L bottle of cold Carbo Pro.
Carbo Pro is the best sports aid I have come across in more than 30 years of endurance sports. It doesn't have a taste, doesn't smell and doesn't upset the tummy. Unfortunately I can only find ones that expired in Dec 2016.
Coincidentally, fellow participants Fauzi Othman and Ridzwan were also at the 5km feeding point.
2nd 5km lap
Having adequately refueled, the second lap went much better for me. I overtook a number of participants during the second lap. Again I skipped the 7.5km feeding boat. For the second lap I was swimming alone for such long stretches. I could see the huge buoys so I didn't think I was lost. Just lonely.
Because it was such a tough swim for me and I had a heart attack not that long ago, I felt immense satisfaction approaching the Finish Line. The two gentlemen helped me out the lake, I was very disoriented, my wife and a swimmer friend from Thailand (Khun Piak) held the finish banner, OP Advance Tan (the MC) announced my finish. So all in all it was a wonderful finish line moment.
So how did I do?
4 hours 24 mins versus 2 hours 12 min by Malaysia's No.1 Kevin Yeap and 2 hours 31 min by Rupert Tan. So I am really really slow compared to the best swimmers. The performance was also my worst ever 10km time.
20% (9) of swimmers that started dnf. This is very high dnf rate because of the heat I suppose.
The full 10km results.
Oceanman World Championships.
As ten males and females per group qualifies, all 45 finishers for the 10km have qualified except for one person in the 40 - 49 age group. He was eleventh ha ha. The results by category.
Will I go?
To be frank, at this moment I am still undecided as I might go to another event held on the same day, 14 Oct 2017. We'll see.