This was my first swim with this series. I did the Olympic Distance triathlon a few ago, and last year, I was the 'momentary winner' of the 21K Veterans category. The faster runners were misled into running more, while I followed my Garmin 310XT and short-term memory of the race-route. Matt and I went for breakfast, so I was unaware I bagged the Ironman Timex watch, until emcee Ross Sarpani alerted me on Facebook.
This year, I swam the 3K at the Tanjung Beach Lagoon in Sentosa Island. As I completed a wetsuit swim yesterday, I had better sense of the water this morning. My wave, comprising the oldest age-group flagged off at 8.30am. The first pack of seven ‘invitational only’ swimmers set the pace of the race, as each category was dispatched. I had a very comfortable swim, using the front-crawl and the occasional, breast-stroke, defensive posturing when a few rampant and random swimmers wafted into my field of movement. My breathing was consistent, and I focused on my ‘feel’ of the water, and practiced my navigation/sighting. On my second lap, stray jellyfish stung me on my left cheek (which is still throbbing now) and the top of my left foot. As annoying and disruptive the stings were, I had to focus on completing the remaining three laps (which was fast becoming over-crowded). Upon my exit from the water, I felt positive and pleased, and appreciated the offerings of cups of SIS protein recovery drink. The volunteers did a commendable job, without drama or injury.
After our shower, we chilled out at the beach-bar over expensive lemonade. The pack of sun-kissed swimmers (Triathlon Family members from Monday Night Swim, and Saturday's Lagoon Swim) envied Matt and Agatha’s avant-garde healthy breakfast of muesli, berries and yoghurt in a glass. Teryn earned a 3rd place for her category, which was a subject of interest.
It was good training day for me. Races constituted my training skeleton program (under time-trials/strength sets). Our Fearless-Leader (Saturday Swim) Matthew Wong suggested that the distance could have been longer, which I was delighted by. I enjoyed catching up with old friends, mainly those who have kept up with the active lifestyle of endurance sports. I was pleased for those who completed the race in formidable time, despite having undergone healthcare treatment. Who says surgery can keep a good person down?
Photos: Richard Leong