Well, the most challenging deal of triathlon - the Ironman series will be happening in Langkawi this Saturday, February 28th. Unfortunately I can't go there to witness my friends from JB who's taking part as I have to shoot East for my brother in law's wedding on the same date.
With total cut-off time (i.e. time limit) of 17hours, each participants has to swim for 3.8km, and then cycle for 180km and finally run for 42km.
Now, let see how will I perform based on my current fitness level if I were to participate in Ironman Langkawi 2009:
3.8km Swim = Hmm, I never swam this far before. I would guess, I MAYBE can swim 1km in 30minutes. So, 3.8km would give me almost 2hours to spend inside the sea water. Hmmm, sempat buat kawan dengan ikan-ikan di lautan ni.
180km Cycle = I've done 140km with average speed of, let see... 28km/hr maybe. SO, it will be about 6.5hrs paddling activity (itu pun kalau non-stop cycling lah)
42km Run = I never imagined I could run this far yet. IF I can endure this distance without fainting, with my current capability I would be pounding the tarmac for 5hours non-stop. Mampus.
So, in total, that gives me 13.5 hours to complete an Ironman Triathlon.
What? 13.5 hours?
Wait, is my calculator malfunctioning? Hmm...
Impossible lah if I can finish an Ironman in less than 13.5hours. Mustahil, mustahil.
Oh yeah, now I know. I'm only day dreaming...
You see, I included lots of "dreaming" words like MAYBE, IF and SO at above paragraphs.
Anyway, basically it's not impossible to attempt, not even impossible to finish it within 17 hours. I just need to really start IRONING my triathlon skill from now on if I were to attempt it next year.