Sunday, 27 October 2013

It's A Power Weekend

It was a Powerman weekend today.

Powerman is a dualthon event whereby participants participate in either :

INDIVIDUAL LONG DISTANCE
11km Run - 64km Bike - 11km Run
(2 Laps of 5.5km Run - 2 laps of 32km Bike - 2 laps of 5.5km Run)

TEAM RELAY LONG DISTANCE
11km Run - 64km Bike - 11km Run
(2 Laps of 5.5km Run - 2 laps of 32km Bike - 2 laps of 5.5km Run)

SPRINT DISTANCE
5.5km Run - 32km Bike - 5.5km Run
(1 Lap of 5.5km Run - 1 lap of 32km Bike - 1 lap of 5.5km Run)

Neither Zaini nor I participated in this event but we decided to go to the race venue to keipo-keipo and support friends who did. 

For a total dualthon noob like us, the earlier part of the race looks well.. easy. How wrong we were! As the event progressed, one can't help feel the errrmm... apparent suffering these participants went through. Imagine running, then cycling then with those jelly legs after the cycling leg, running again. Plus doing it under the relentless sun! @.@

It was indeed the hottest Powerman race!

Heard "this is harder than running a marathon" muttered by a number of participants.

Anyway, for us spectators, it's a chance to see lotsa lads and ladies in skin-tight tri-suit. Fit and good looking aplenty. Not really fit and not really good looking in abundance too. Hohoho Jangan marah aaaaaa.... xD
It was so hot, there were volunteers in charge of dousing participants with water. Some welcomed it, some avoided it. Basah la... ;-)
 Towards the bike transition area. After run, ride bike. After bike, run again. Think it's easy? Try do it lah!
One of the relay team, transferring the team's bib from the cyclist to the 2nd runner.
 
 
The running leg.

Still can see smiles despite them running under the hot morning sun.
Cheered for a number of friends. Well, cheered for strangers too. ^^
Photo credit : PACat Adveture Team
 Took lotsa photos too. You can view them here and here.

A weird thing happened during the race. 
A minister's car barged through forcing participants to make way for the car and a convoy of big bikes, with most ridden by particularly "boroi" riders. Nice. Especially to do it at an international event such as this Malakoff Powerman ASIAN championship. Way to promote our country, eh Minister?

But then again, maybe they were secheduled to pass through the road closed-off for Powerman participants as a sign of support? Kan? What do I know, anyway?

Anyway, it was a great event. A great day. 

Congrats and good job to all participants. You finished it!

42 comments:

  1. Tu la nama Powerman....sure have to perah all the energy out. Run n cyvke and run..pengsan

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    1. Ini "baru" Powerman,

      Kalau Ironman lagi terer. Swim almost 4km, then cycle 180km + and then finish with a marathon; running 42.2km! @.@

      Them, I look up in absolute awe.

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    2. Mak Glam you can do it. It is all inside the mind.

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    3. The mind says not yet.

      Not in the list of priorities in life yet.

      I don't have the luxury (and energy) to train morning & night, rain or shine just yet. ;)

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  2. I was thinking why splashing water...now I kmow...but certain believe that it's better to let body cool down by itself. Suddenly "shower" like that , ones might fall sick

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    1. Meow,
      Try running under the heat.

      The water is a welcome relief.

      Fall sick? These crazies already running from 7am and to some finish at 12pm. Sudah "sick" already. Wakaka

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    2. Muahahahahaha.... meow is cute! She talks like a real kuching kena cold water. I always hose my neighbour's cats out of my garden cos they always poo at my place!! I salute my neighbours for toilet-training their cats to poo next door.

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  3. Dangerous tu..car suddenly forcing its way through like that. Scheduled? Hmmm if scheduled won't organiser arrange something like escorts or some form of protection for the runners.


    Anyway if minister want to show support can turun padang join lari or cycle would be much better and closer to rakyat instead of riding in a car with tinted windows rolled up

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    1. But hey...what do I know...me just an ignorant cat :p

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    2. The minister should have cycled across with the runners. That would be like - Lari bersama rakyat!

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    3. They just probably delay everything up, if they did.

      So, no thank you.

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  4. Like Zaini style of snapping phoyo...no funny funny gaya..terjonggang sini terjolok sana :p

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    1. Most photogs I know at races do not pose in weird way. LOL

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    2. Wah! Anay learnt 2 new words - phoyo and photogs!

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    3. I also learn a new word today! Phoyo! LOL

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  5. Next year both of you and Zaini can go into team relay :p

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  6. nothing is easy regardless it's decathlon, pentathlon, triathlon, dualthon or marathon etc.. all need determination as well as training effort.. and whoever completed anyone of those, i would say they are indeed POWERMAN!! :)

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    1. Eh! I never heard of decathlon and pentathlon. I must google lah. I attended a triathlon event once in Penang many years ago and the runners had to swim inside the filthy seawater off Gurney Drive. Bluek.

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    2. Penang Triathlon & Dualthon is still in existence now.

      No go support anymore?

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  7. it's another kind of fun to cheer and give support to the participants huh?? albeit the scorching sun, i guess the spirit makes everyone to stay there for the event.. so do you splash water onto the participants?? hahaha, better do that especially do it on people you know~~ as fun as the Songkran Festival :D

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    1. Yup, definitely.

      We were there also as a "balas budi" to other runners who has helped us by supporting us.

      Give and take. :)

      Zaini and I will tembak participants with a water gun next month as we will be volunteering for a 50km event. hehehe

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  8. eih, apalah that minister's car??

    1. weren't the roads closed for the event?? and how the hell were they allowed to get in??
    2. was it a Sunday?? and i do not think there is any official duty on a Sunday right??

    that puts a curiosity on me whether the minister is abusing the given authority, power, resources and fund.. or perhaps likewise you said, probably he was invited to give support to all the international participants??

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    1. 1. weren't the roads closed for the event?? and how the hell were they allowed to get in??
      Answer : do you think the marshalls and volunteers manning the road stand a chance against the minister and his/her entourage? In Malaysia? Like seriously?

      2. was it a Sunday?? and i do not think there is any official duty on a Sunday right??
      Answer : yes, it was Sunday.

      that puts a curiosity on me whether the minister is

      "probably he was invited to give support to all the international participants??"
      Answer : I suspect he was attending an event nearby. Putrajaya has all sort of events during weekends, using Ministry's funds.

      And I suspect it wasn't because he was supporting (I wrote in sarcasm)... but rather, I suppose his driver want to save petrol. Petrol mahal lah... He must be a minister yang berjiwa rakyat. NOT!

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  9. I heard a few cyclist friends took part in this Powerman event! It was tough and only for the strong willed ones. I will probably faint half way with leg cramps. Those friends who participated would cycle long distance minimum twice a week and go jogging as well. Their legs looked like horses to me.

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    1. Letchumi not interested to join?

      Training for a Powerman (especially the long distance one), one cannot jog la Anay! Must run real real fast one. Sudah not called jogging anymore! LOL

      Most of my friends do Brick training too.

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  10. Oh that first photo was amusing. Jangan marah ler...

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  11. It is a good idea to support our friends.

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  12. Gogogogo! Power Puff Girls! Hahahah or Power Puff Men.

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  13. How la KZ & Pisha survived. Fuhh power women betul diaorang. How la bikers always boroi...
    Eh. Oops. :P
    I know the feeling of running in hot hot sun huhuu...Viper..RJM...Reebok. NOT something I want to do again :P

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    1. Ops.

      But seb orang naik motorcross tak boroi ek? Ops lagi. Hihihi

      Millie,
      Never say never. LOL

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  14. Inspiring Powerman finishers.... Hoping to be able to do this next year... Boleh dah kumpul2 duit untuk beli basikal n train like mad for next year... Arap2 ada lagik event nih eh... =D

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    1. Powerman takde, there are a number of dualthon event you can enter right? :-)

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  15. Wah! Powerman? Definitely way too tough for me hahaha!

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    1. If it's not tough, everyone would be doing it including us! :-]

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  16. OMG!! That minister's car! Tsk tsk tsk!

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  17. mmg tabik spring toingg toinggg to those finishing powerman ni.
    mmg tough sehingga membuatkan bigbos serik and nak cancel IM70.3. :[
    saya yg hanya lari saja pun kena tempias tu. berjalan pun heart rate max out, asyik bunyi je dulang.
    T___T
    but it was a great event, nonetheless.
    anyway, thanks for coming kak lina and abg zaini!! *hugsss*

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    1. Ala... Kejap je Ib tu insap tu. Ekeke

      Lepas ni kena Brick training start kul 10am kot utk membiasakan diri rentung. Muahaha

      Congrats to both of you. You two mmg maveles. :-)

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  18. I can see everyone having fun from the photos. Not being physically present but reading your post also can feel that you are having a great time. :)

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    1. The participants were one tough lit ECL. They were all suffering under the heat & chasing the strict cut-off time to finish yet they still can manage a smile.

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