my parents drove all the way to Kuala Kedah jetty then took ferry to Langkawi to support me=)
this is Colonel Alan Lai, father of May Senn.. he is like a wise grandpa who always give us advice. almost all event i'll see him=)
started the swim at 7.45am.. when the commentator said 2 minutes to flag off, then i adjust my goggle, then after 5 seconds, i heard the gun shot. sigh... i was struggling in the water as the swimmers crawl on top of me and i had a hard time adjusting my goggle. i don't know why, but this time IM my goggle flooded so badly... i drafted a dutch man coz i know most dutch are good swimmers. i hide in his slipstream all the way for 3.8km. so i swam effortlessly. when coming back i was very desperate to breakway and look for faster swimmer, but as i stroke, i got pushed by the current. the current is really strong... the dutch's navigation is superb!=) every 3 to 5 strokes he'll navigate..
OP Sofian...Mej Kalam
slowly, my average starts to drop. from 33.7 dropped till 27.. i got very very disappointed on loop 3, cried so hard on the bike as i know my dream is gone. this year i have better gears, the best i ever had, but i can't do my best. final few kilometers, farhan overtook me.
at the aid station, when i have another loop to go, they're already running out of bars and water. how can this happen? they have only ice, so i have to melt the ice as my drinking water.
i thought of doing a 4 hours marathon to cover up my bike and swim, but ended up everything failed! i walked with brisk steps, yet my legs haven't recovered yet. i'm runner base, started everything from long distance running, when i couldn't run, i felt so sad as if i got no legs...
the disappointment in me made me burst into tears on the first loop. i couldn't accept the fact that i'm in poor form.. i ate everything i could, gels, bars, oranges, coke, and gatorate.. everything goes in will make me puke. but i forced myself to swallow. i'm in desperate condition, if i don't fuel myself up, i'll collapse. i took lots of gels coz i know Power Gels are rich in sodium and will help me to get my legs back.
OP Aj, OP Bandit, Kak Juli have been very supportive during the run. i cried while walking up the bridge, OP AJ came and hug me telling me to just finish it and i'm still young. i told him, "i;m not gonna make it to 12 hours... Kak Juli said "i'm always with u..." their support really made me feel better.
last year i did 12 hours 6 minutes. the marathon was strong and i felt very good. how can i accept that now i'm struggling the marathon?
struggling on the run... i still can't run this time. the legs seem to rebel my orders asking them to run=p after quite some time i rag them, they have to surrender and keep striding till the finish line. i saw a 2XU visor the one i like very very much on the running route, but i didn't have that extra energy to pick it up=.= come the 2nd loop, i keep praying... please "release" my running legs... after a while, my legs started to run=)
farhan first time IM. he did quite well on the swim and bike.. he even overtook me first loop of the run.
my final sip before going to the finish line... at last the torture ends... Mek keep giving me words of encouragement.
my supporters... Col ananthan waited at the finish line for hours! Asher waited there too... Haziq brought me to the medical tent then to the massage room. my race kits are all well taken care by Haziq.
my father who never say no to my training throughout the year...
my father and my mum waited by the road side during the marathon till i finish the 42.2km.
my parents always support me no matter how often i need to go out for training. i really hope i can clock my personal best since they're around, but my goal just failed to achieve.
throughout the race, many people quit and DNF. ambulance coming in and out the running course to send people who collapsed during the race. every loop i run, i see ambulance coming in and out. all medical tent's stretchers full of runners suffering cramps.
Lesson learned. wear watch when u race, know your pace and push yourself SMARTLY.
use your brain and listen to your body. eat smart while racing, replenish yourself with electrolyte and sodium. force yourself to eat although u puke everything out.
This painful lesson will make me a stronger IRONMAN, i'll come back.
the first time 2008 u beat me, made me struggle for 13 hours...
2009 i beat u flat, u can only challenge me for 12 hours..
2010 your revenge... u really tortured me throughout the 13 hours.
2011 is my turn to teach u a lesson.