2015.05.31 – Suwon Triathlon


Suwon Triathlon – Olympic Course

My first triathlon competition! I always dreamed of competing in a triathlon race, so I originally planned for a year to get in shape. But one day, I was like ‘what the hell, click, click’ and signed up for a race that occurred a month later. It was a bold move for me to jump right into a competition without enough preparation, but it was a rewarding experience after all.

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D-1 – Final Preparation

Suwon Triathlon took place at Kwangkyo Lake Park (광교 호수공원). I went there the day before the race to get registered. I got my number, which was #706, parked my bike in the transition area, and nervously took a walk around the course.



Swimming

I arrived at the place about an hour prior to the race, and got myself ready. I put on my wet-suit and began stretching.

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As the horn went off, everyone dived in and started swimming like crazy. With hundreds of people swimming next to me, I got smacked in the face and grabbed on my foot. It was chaotic! Also the water was quite murky, which obscured my sight pretty badly. I tried to keep my pace as best as possible. 1.5km of swimming felt like forever!



Cycling

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Next was 40km of cycling. The road was safely guarded by hundreds of police officers and volunteers. It felt really nice to build up a fast pace without having to worry about cars and pedestrians. But boy, the other people were riding their bikes like rockets. I realized that I needed to work on cycling the most if I was going for another triathlon race.



Running

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With my legs all burned up from cycling, I had 10kms of running left. Yay! Yes, it was painful. Every step I took, I was thinking about giving up. I was hungry, thirsty, and all cramped up. I kinda regretted how I was too audacious to try this without getting into shape. But in the meantime time was passing, and my legs were moving like an oil-less machine. I stopped thinking for the last kilometer, and just ran.



D-Day – Finish Line

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Finally I crossed the finish line. I thought I was going to be bursting out happiness, that feeling of accomplishment, but I was actually more glad that the race was over. I was proud of myself not for completing a triathlon race itself, but for persevering the many moments I wanted to forgo. It was a strange feeling for I wasn’t super excited for finishing it (I was still really really happy though).

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Well, there it is. My first triathlon. It was a lot more challenging than I expected, but that’s the reason why this experience was even more rewarding.

-fin

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