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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good Luck Powerman

For the last few weeks, I've been joining the other duathletes and triathletes here in JB who are training for their Malakoff Powerman. We normally have the Wednesday night weekly rides, and to cater for duathlon requirements, we added some runs before and after the cycling into the training recipe. Kind of a brick training.

Initially, there were much more people from JB who said they have registered for Powerman, but many pulled out last minute for whatever their reasons are. As for me, I was at 50-50 with the decision to participate, as one of the main factor was financial funding, i.e. the travelling and accommodation. With less people participating, less chance to car-pool or accommodation sharing.

My regular training buddies during our weekly Wednesday night rides.

Anway, I’m not attempting Powerman this year, and that made some people querying for why I train so much as if I am also doing a duathlon.

So, why don't I do Powerman this year?

First reason, as stated above. Financial funding issue.

Secondly, for me, I think doing a full distance duathlon (11km run, then 64km cycling and another 10km run) is not as easy as it may sound. Well, comparing to an Olympic distance triathlon where one has to swim 1.5km, psychologically, the open water swim part is the thing that makes people think triathlon is difficult and tough.

Yes, it is tough. No doubt about it.

But, it is also tough to do a full distance duathlon, especially to those whose running is not the main strength. Just like me at my current state now.

I’m not chickening out from duathlon because I’m not strong in running. But, I just don’t like to race if I feel I don’t have enough mileage for my training. Because, I know I won’t enjoy the race. So, no point.

I’ll wait or next year, insyaAllah.

With that, to my dear friends and readers of this blog who are going to Seri Manjung this weekend for Malakoff Powerman 2009, I would like to wish you all...

Good Luck & All The Best!

Kasi gegar sama itu Seri Manjung!!!

P/s: I'll just wait for race reports on their blogs.


Fong said...

Next year? Amiin...
i got the same reason; terpakse jual ikan to finance it... N tak train lgsung for it.. haha.. jom g cabaran gunung bujang melaka weekend ni =)

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

No wonder la u suka pegi training dekat dam.. sambil training u tangkap ikan ek?

Gunung bujang?
Gunung dah-kawin ada tak?

Good luck for your cabaran gunung bujang melaka yang terletak di Kampar (not at melaka).

KOOKY KASH said...

Duathlon is a runner's sport, not a cycling sport as most cyclists like to think. Its a mistake if you think you can breeze through the run.

I prefer tri than DU.

Diket said...

Bro, doakan kebahagian ku di atas kaki & di atas beskal utk tempoh bawah 5 jam :)

Minggu lagi satu kita masuk hutan prep-up for Salomon. Amacam?

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

Syakhir.. ok, wa doakan lu sukses.
Nanti wa akan monitor graph skala Richter utk area Seri Manjung. Kalau wa nampak ada gegaran kat situ, wa tau kenapa dan siapa penyebabnya. Ahahaha.

Ye, some friends are planning to try-run Salomon's xtrail track on Nov 14, insyaAllah.

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

Hmm, i never thought about that. But, duathlon really 'kills' those who are not strong in running, especially on the second run.

So, when r u gonna do a du?

KOOKY KASH said...

waiting for off-road duathlon..

Diket said...

I heard last time when they completed xterra, there's gonna be a dirty duathlon organised by the same geng. Probably next year...hmmm 1st qtr?

The Corporate Athlete said...

never tried DU before. more into swim & run like Singapore Biathlon.

p/s - Kash dah 'ketagih' offroad dah tuh ... nih dah kena start AR (adv racing) dah nih ..

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

Kash n Shakhir,
Wow, off-road duathlon would be much tougher.

Let's DU it next year?

Kash + Rais = CXB adventure team
(Ask Rais for details). Hehehehe.

Fong said...

good luck powerman-ner =)

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

Tak power man-ner pun... hihi