One Event, Two Sports and an experience of a lifetime!
Having been the first sports event I participated after school, I was apprehensive about completing the race, let alone the timing to complete it. The excitement set in when I bought my mountain bike – the ‘trek 4300’ a week before the race. As the days grew closer, the more apprehensive I got about the race. With the adrenaline rush and the anxiety setting in, I could hardly catch a wink of sleep the night before the race.
Vikram and I piled both our bikes in my Maruthi 800 and took off at 5AM to the venue. The car is awesome for the amount of space it provides when compared to the size of the car.
We arrived at the venue at 6AM, an hour before the race commenced. It was wonderful to see the high energy levels of all the participants ranging from the age of 7 to 78 with their colourful sports bikes.
The Duathlon consisted of the following race categories:
• 10k run + 20k cycling (split as 5k run + 20k cycle + 5k run)
• 5k run + 10k cycling (split as 2.5k run + 10k cycle + 2.5k run)
I had enrolled for the 5K run + 10K cycling and I completed the race in 1:07:06. It was heartening to see a lot of passersby cheer while running. Its interesting how long every minute felt during the 3rd leg of the race! It was then that a funny thought occurred to me – Time as a relative tool. ‘An extra minute of run can seem so long when exhausted, while one extra minute of sleep feels absolutely insignificant’! 🙂
For pictures from the duathlon, please Click here