Relay Duathlon 2006

I’ve been waiting forever for the pictures to make this post.

Anyway, the Relay Duathlon 2006 (organised by Ngee Ann Canoeing Club and sponsored by NewUrbanMale.com) was about two partners competing together. One would run 4 km first, then both would canoe/kayak 4 km together then the other would run 4 km. (I had mentioned this in my last entry.)

As I entered under the Opens Mixed category (because everyone else was below 19 so I could not partner with any of my friends) with Jun Yu, our race was the very first one on Saturday morning.

Being the only two people from SPCT, we felt kind of overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and excitement the other teams from various schools were exuding.

We agreed that Jun Yu would be running first. Actually, it was more like:

Me: Hey, you run first ok? Cos I scared after running I no energy to canoe.
Him: Oh, okay.

So, yeah, he ran first. As I was feeling tired due to lack of sleep, I settled down on the side of the pathway. I then noticed that the other competitors had started picking life jackets. And I thought, gosh, why are they so kiasu? Not wanting to lose out, I grabbed two relatively okay-looking SDBA life jackets and settled back to my spot again.

Four minutes later, just as I was about to doze off, I heard a loud, “NADINE!” and I saw Jun Yu looking for me. He was the first one to run back! I squealed (yes, very girly thing to do. Urg) along the lines of “Ohmigosh-you’re-so-fast!” grabbed our life jackets, grabbed a paddle and grabbed a boat together.

Sadly, by the time we launch off, we had dropped to the third position *kicks self*

We made two mistakes: picking the heavy paddles and (unluckily) picking a heavy boat as well. That’s why we saw three pairs on yellow boats overtaking us in the water while we struggled with our big, fat and extremely heavy red boat. I knew we should have studied the equipments first before starting the race *kicks self again*

We had practiced rowing together once during training. However, he has this psycho motor problem so whenever he is about to draw water, he will whack the left side of my head. I lost count the number of times he whacked my head during the rowing for 4 km :?

When we reached the beach again, Jun Yu stripped his shoes off for me and I ran sockless. (Yes, Nadine the idiot forgot to bring shoes! Just. Great.) Wet, sandy, sockless shoes are not nice to run in. Trust me on that.

Anyway, I had a hard time running because after canoeing 4 km, my arms felt really heavy, like they were chained to weights. I kept thinking, goodness, where on earth is the turning point? After what felt like ages, I finally spotted it. They asked if I needed a drink and I grabbed a can of 100PLUS from the guy.

Oh. My. Goodnes. I never knew a can of drink could feel like a 5 kg weight on a very tired arm. I knew I could not carry on with a dead weight attached to me. After taking a few sips of the lukewarm isotonic drink, I simply threw the whole can away. (“Nadine! So wasted!” I was told later when I repeated my story.)

I think the last leg of the race was the hardest part to run because I really felt like giving up simply because my legs felt ready to buckle anytime. I was relieved to see the beach where the starting point was but it was still a good 200 m away. I think I saw Jun Yu at the last 100 or 150 m mark and he (more or less) guided me till the end because as I was so tired, I had started closing my eyes to run and I kept leaning towards my right :?

When I finally reached the finishing point, I simply collapsed. My hands were cramped and I was like a lifeless form :mrgreen: I feel really guilty for causing so much worry for Jun Yu :neutral:

Well, after a lot of rest, I felt a bit better. And the junior girls rushed over once I started to sit up and asked how I was. I felt really touched

Well, I never knew the results. Jun Yu said we’re either 6th or 7th which was quite a pity. I felt really bad, like it was my fault we lagged behind in the end but he told me not to worry about that as long as we had fun.

I thought, Fun? It was compeitive! To think that my initial thinking was that it was a leisure thing.

Anyway, like I said at the beginning, I have been waiting for the pictures to make this post.

Year 2 and Junior Girls
I look like crap here :?

Year 2 and Junior Girls
Front: Lilin, Jolene and me
Joan, Joycelyn, Joycelyn P, Teresa, Jamie, Alexis, Short, Li Zhen and Kai Ling

28 comments

  1. Wow, I would never be able to compete in a Duathlon, I’d collapse after the rowing, lol. So great job for sticking with it the entire way, and you didn’t give up, so you shouldn’t feel like you let your teammate down. He went through it too, and knows how tired you must be, so I’m sure he understands :). I probably would have thrown away the drink too if I wasn’t going to drink it again, especially if it was lukewarm ;).

    The pictures are really cute, and even though it was competitive, I hope you had fun hanging out with your friends :).

  2. Wow! 4kms! How many miles is that? 2 1/2? WOW! What a great job! To even finish that, is completely amazing! Cute pictures! And to canoe 2.5 miles as well is amazing! You are a trooper! Next you should do a triathalon, haha. Get those biking legs into gear! I’m astounded! Keep up the good work!

  3. Ouch that sounds like hard work! A couple of months back my whole school did a charity 5km fun run and because the majority of my ear aren’t exactly running-style fit.. we ended up half jogging half power walking. It was also roastingly hot and icky ;P. Anyway well done you.. you are all smiling in the pictures! xox

  4. Wow, that competition sounded awesome. I like canoeing, but only white water canoeing. Last time I went we went 5 miles and I wasn’t too sore. I did a 4 mile kayaking trip recently too, that was interesting, since it was my first time. I’m going to go a 5k run or 5k fun run, for a Breast Cancer fundraiser.

  5. Wow, that sounds so tiring, but I’m a very lazy person. It’s too bad you picked out the heavy boat. They should of had all of them the same.

  6. Me too! It’s such a great place.
    It seems really odd to me that they had different weights of boats and paddles, surely they should be the same to give everyone a fair chance ? Anyhow it sounds like you did well, everything’s better than last !

  7. omg, that sounds so fun and arhh yesh competitive. i think when it comes to sports, its hard to be leisure unless you are really just playing with your friends.

  8. That sounds incredible – I’ve only done watersports once in my life, and I hated it. I was cold, wet, and frightened… I don’t know how you managed to make it sound so much like a good time, haha =)

  9. Ouch, that sounds like VERY hard work. I’m glad someone watched the movie. It’s my favorite too. (I’m a little mad they’re making a remake). Anyway, even thought it was competitive, it looks like you had fun after that.

  10. awww! sounds like a lot of fun and har work. hope your head doesn’t hurt from all the paddles to your head… too bad about the luck with the boat. better luck next year i guess

  11. hey nadine!! it’s been long. i don’t know if u rmb me… -_T dropped by to see how u were doing. gosh, i realise i’m so out of touch with the people i use to visit online!

    AHH!!! and i missed ur 21st brithday!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Though i must say i’m pretty late? eeks. time flies.. mygoodness.

    i left my url.. but it’s not much cos ever since i chose to go unhosted. i’ve not been very active online anymore. yea.. ):

    oh, and ur back in school? (i dun even know this. this must be really really old news. gah. -whacks self-) ahaha. i see ur really fit!! haha. makes me feel so disappointed with myself. hah. oh wells. will be back again to visit!

  12. Wow, it sounds like you guys did a great job! That must of been so hard.. gee. Poor thing! But you should be proud of yourself. Hehe. =] Well done. Nice pictures!! Take care. Xox

  13. Whooo. That sounds like lots of fun/hard work. Haha. Be proud though! You made it. I can imagine that some people wouldn’t have even gotten through the whole thing.

  14. Hey, you made it to the finish line! For that, I’m already looking up to you! I wouldn’t be able to compete in a Duathlon at all because I tire too easily. Hearing about it does make me want to try though. It seemed like you had some fun and you worked very hard too!

  15. WOW! A duathlon! I am not a sports kind of person. GREAT job on participating in it! I would never be able to. I don’t have the drive.
    By the way, I love your layout!

  16. Jeez, that race of yours sounds like a killer competition! Running, rowing and then running some more? Egh, I would never be able to do that. But how much is 4 km? About 2 miles right? I can barely run one mile…well actually, I’m certain that I CAN’T run a mile anymore. Seeing as that I haven’t ran since three years ago. T_T I’m very proud of you though Nadine! Don’t worry about being the one who “lagged” or anything. Just think of it, aren’t you proud that you competed? And still, 6th or 7th place isn’t that bad. Still in the top 10!

    Hehe, the pictures are very nice! You all look so proud and happy. I’m guessing those pictures were taken before? Lol, you all seem not-so tired!

  17. Doesn’t matter about where you placed, right? It’s having fun and competing with one another! =P It does seem like a lot to do though, a total of 10km! It if were me, I would’ve been completely tired. But congrats on finishing!

  18. Gosh! That sounds like alot of work. I would never be able to do anything of the sort – I’m such a lazy bum.

    That’s pretty amazing – great work!

  19. Wow, you seem like a great athelete! Sounds like you did the best you could & did a great job. Awesome. I could never do that. I’m not as atheletic anymore.. though I so want to work on that. I used to competitively figure skate.. & miss that sometimes. ;P

    Pretty site.

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