Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Three Spots Off the Podium

This was the third race, within seven months, that I have placed three positions off the prize-stage or podium. I was 13th in the Sundown Ultra-marathon (Masters), 6th on the Tri-Factor 21K run (Masters), and 6th on Sunday’s Duathlon. An athlete can only take so much! Or more, for time will tell.

I sprinted with battered legs, 3 seconds behind the 5th guy (the friendly Hogi Hyun, USA who I chatted with), 25 seconds for the 4th place (Mathia Deubel, Germany), 28 seconds for 3rd place podium (Ryo Sasaki), and 1:32 for 2nd.
What did I learn from this event? Mainly, I have it in me to pit against the best in my field as the time differential can be drawn from either the run or the ride.  My ride was compromised by an, annoyingly, detached bottle-cage and pronounced concern for speeding on a crowded and prematurely shortened bike route; filled with hesitant inexperienced riders and impatient seasoned riders. Also, I will need to review my training approach, and focus on my core strength, pedal power, and speed-work. I believe that I still have the legs to ride and run faster in time, and I can handle the heat and humidity much better. It may not be about the bike, but I had a darn good Elite custom-made and fitted bike, with comfortable ISM saddle. I recalled suffering heat exhaustion on my first biathlon sprint – it was a disaster, and I still had a finish time!

The One-Hour Challenge I proposed, recently, continues to interest people. The setup is as such: Give yourself exactly 60 minutes, and do as many tasks as you can, or one complex task as well as you can. You must complete it by the deadline.

Here is Macca’s interview (with FirstOffTheBike.com) the way I like it: tough, honest and gritty: Like a day riding in Desaru. Read it and drip! It also conveys the idea that journalists who quote out of context, or make liberal edits can misrepresent professionals and fuel the fire, if conflict exists between subjects. On Leadership Lessons From Triathlons, we report as is, in situ. Nothing is taken apart, except with expressed permission, and to clarify the questions.

Photo-credits: Tey Eng Tiong

Nr
Bib
Name
Nationality
1stRun
RnkR1
Bike
RnkB
2ndRun
RnkR2
Total
1
1386
Matthew Quin
Australia
00:43:31
1
01:03:03
1
00:24:52
1
02:11:24
2
1354
Gianfranco Matteucci
Italy
00:46:41
5
01:08:28
4
00:28:43
7
02:23:50
3
1394
Ryo Sasaki
Japan
00:45:58
2
01:09:51
7
00:29:10
9
02:24:58
4
1367
Mathias Deubel
Germany
00:45:59
3
01:11:32
12
00:27:31
3
02:25:00
5
1351
Hogi Hyun
United States
00:50:03
10
01:06:30
2
00:28:47
8
02:25:19
6
1385
Enrico Varella
Singapore
00:46:44
6
01:11:58
13
00:26:41
2
02:25:22

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