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A triathlon was a dream and I got to fulfil this in hyderabad, thanks to GHAC (great hyderabad adventure club). They have been organizing this event since few years abut I missed. This time I took the challenge, the sprint category with 20km cycling, 5km running and 750mtr swim. I knew the toughest part is going to be swimming so I wanted to practice it, but all my plans with friends were going down. With a week to go, I got hold of a friend and did pracctice for about 450mtr at a
stretch that certainly increased my confidence.
The D-day was on Oct-12. There were some glitches in organizing and I couldn't get the start time of my event, which was 8am, but I reached at 6am. My full enthusiasm went little down and i
actually came back to my room to take a nap for an hour. Now I reached back, further delay and the ride started at 8.30am.
That was swift, as i did a non stop and finished in about 55min (including a huge steep climb near microsoft office). Now was time to run, just single stop and i pulled that to in about 26mins. It was going all well as i sprinted the last 200metres of my run (the biggest mistake as you will see later).
Now was time to swim. After some delay to get a free lane at pool I got a middle lane in a 7ft deep pool (standard olympic with 50mtr each lap). I jumped in and hardly after 15-20mtr the anxiety of swimming in a deep pool hit me and I was almost drowning. I swam across to reach a side, rested for a while and then finished my first 100mtr. Back at start pointed i requested the organizer to give me a side lane but they refused. I said i will quit then but thankfully a guy about to finish asked my to come on side and swim. That was more comfortable to swim along an edge, but now the big disaster. I got really bad cramps in my thighs (the contracting muscle was clerly visible). I had to go out of pool to fix it (among the threat of getting disqualified). Thanks to a coach's suggestion i drank some water and continued. I knew i may have been disqualified but to finish was my aim. It took me close to an hour to finish those 750mtrs, after resting on each side after each lap.
|The tough swim. Expressions captured perfectly.|
It was a super feeling of accomplishment once I finished it. I was super happy and I hung around for a while to meet some friends, eat some free food and pose around. Recovering out it of took few days.