Sunday, March 18, 2012

Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore

I can't run because of my bad left knee (torn ACL and meniscus) and swimming doesn't really interest me. So when my colleagues Gwen and Sean suggested that we from a mixed team for the Aviva Ironman 70.3, I took up their offer. We formed Team NetApp and Gwen swam, I rode and Sean ran.

This was also my final race as I tapered off before the Cape Epic 781 km and 16,300 m climb mountain bike race in South Africa in one week's time. Thus, I did not go all out but rode just above my Fuel Efficiency zone and averaged about 130 bpm. 

This was also my first time in an Ironman event (well, half-Ironman at least) and it was cool to see the professionals whizzing past on their loud time-trial bikes all kitted out and looking so lithe and strong. We completed the race in 6:01 hours.

This turned out to be an interesting outing for me as I soaked in the atmosphere of the multi-disciplinary race and admired the beautiful aero bikes. It's amazing to see how the athletes that put their bodies through such a demanding sport, especially the full Ironman. Respect!