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.
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.