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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

No Jelly Please

I don’t know why, but one thing that is scaring the hell out of me now on the thoughts of doing triathlon at PD this weekend is the JELLY FISH!

Yes, I know they are cute, and soft, and jello-ish, some maybe colorful. But, as it is for snakes, or scorpions, or bees, I am scared at animals that are poisonous or are capable of stinging human being.

Reading from triathlete blogs recently, some of them reported that they get stung by jelly fish during the Xterra off road triathlon in Kuantan and the recent ATM triathlon in Melaka. If a strong triathlete like them said it was painful to get stung by jelly fish, I don’t know what if I get stung too. I can’t imagine. I don’t want to imagine.

I don’t know whether it is because of the water temperature, or is it because of the season, or whatever it is, but it seems that I’ve been hearing more things about people getting stung by jelly fish while swimming in the sea lately.

I really, badly, seriously, truly, high hopingly wish that there will be no jelly fish presence in the area where we will be swimming at PD both on this coming Saturday and Sunday. I don’t mind if they want to watch us swim and cheer for us from under the water by clapping their tentacles, but please leave us alone for that short 1.5km swim. Please don’t touch us or be in our way that we have to touch you. Please, please. Onegai…

If there are any specific tips you may have on how to avoid getting stung by a jelly fish (other than telling me not to go into the water), or at least how to quickly recover from the pain, I beg your mercy please share it with me. Any real life experience will help too. I don't have the luxury of time at this moment to search the entire net-universe. So, your help in sharing is highly appreciated.

I don’t want to be standing alone at the starting line shivering, while everybody else have entered the water. Ayoyo, really scary lah.


kev said...

Stingers were quite a concern during our swim at Busselton Half Ironman too. Many suggest applying baby oil. I would apply sunscreen. But I doubt if any of these are fullproof.

I supposed the best advice is, if you're not aiming for a podium position, let the ones in front get stung first and hopefully, there will be lesser chance of you being stung after that!

zulhassan said...

PD dari pengalaman tiada gelifish ni tapi tak tahulah kan tah-tah gelifish ni nak cari tempat mengawan baru pulak.

haza said...

Oh well, if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. Good luck with the jell-o (but seriously, I have never heard of PD waters having jellyfish lah).

All the best!

naznaz said...


isnt it in one of the survivor series where one guy got stung and a lady peed on his fingers.

so I guess there's one remedy for you (a pee will do, not necessary a female's pee la if not all you male participants will proclaim being stung heheh).

good luck!

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

Thanks for the tips.
Even if I get a 5 minutes ahead-start from the others, i still won't be able to get a podium finish. So, i'll take your advice and start the swim at the back. hehehe.

Mari kita skodeng ikan-geli (gelifish) mengawan!!!!

During my last year's PD triathlon, no jelly fish was encountered. So, hopefully the same is for this year.
Thanks, and good luck for your Seremban 21km run!

..::EnAikAY::.. said...

Meh la datang PD with a full bladder. Mana tau boleh bukak bisnes kecil-kecilan.

Eeeuwwww.... no thanks.

The Corporate Athlete said...

I was stung once during the Kapas-Marang swimathon. It's bearably painful. It leaves a permanent mark as big as a tennis ball on my forearm.

Like Haza said 'What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' plus creates free tattoo on you too. Think about the extra juice you can share in your blog .... hehehhe. Nik, you'll be fine. Good luck!

KOOKY KASH said...

Ya lah Nik, swim kat blakang2. I certainly wont be rushing to go in first. Good luck.

Adzimi said...

I heard about the pee thing. I think that was from 'Friends' sitcom hahaha. Not sure if it really works. Hmmm, i wonder if the meds will be standing by with bucketloads of pee..hahaha.