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Lessons I Learnt from my Trifactor Sprint Triathlon

Over the weekend, I did a sprint triathlon in the Trifactor Singapore 2013.

Results can be found here

The distance – 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.

trifactor medal 2013

The problem? I wasn’t prepared. In fact, I was away on a trip only to come back 5 days before the event. I know, I know, I should have started way before that right, but I really took for granted that all would be okie and thus here was how it went for me.

The Swim 

Surprising, this went well despite not swimming regularly. I remember thinking the aquathlon I did not too long ago felt longer although it was the same distance covered. Took my own sweet time with this.

The Bike 

This was when it went downhill. Seconds after I mounted, I had a flat! Indeed, it was one of those moments where I thought that life was so blardy kind to me. My brain was trying to think of the best possible solution while with every pedal, the tires made the most deflated sound ever.

A biker that rode past me, slowed, looked down and went :”ohhh sweety”  with a pitiful look on her face. I did not want to be pitied. I want to cycle dammit!

Anyway, a small thought of throwing in the towel did cross my mind but it’s not in my nature to quit so I decided that even if I had to wheel it all the way home, I would. OR at least keep pedaling with a flat. I managed to find the nearest bike shop though and the kind man repaired it for me even though I had no money. My faith in humanity and foreign talents has been greatly restored


I was so distressed that I wore my helmet backwards. (I took it off as it was so hot while waiting for the tyre to be repaired) Crap right. I only realised it when i stopped to adjust the height of my bike. Totally hate rentals, that’s it, I told myself there and then that I would be getting one of my own.  The agony they cause is simple not worth it.

The Run

By then, I wasn’t in the mood. I just wanted to finish the race. Even though running is my favorite part, my whole enthusiasm was gone. The first k as usual was a bit hard but slowly I found my momentum and did finish in the end

Overall time it took me :  Swim 00:29:53, Bike 01:02:49, Run 00:35:56 Total Time 02:08:38 

Sigh, badly wanted to complete it below two hours but hey considering the flat, I should be satisfied I finished.



glad to have some company 

Lessons learnt that day:

1. Train regularly and be dedicated.

2. If you have to rent a bike, make sure you check! I did actually, but I guess i wasn’t meticulous enough.

3. Calm down and wear your helmet properly

4. Resist the urge to scream and think lovely thoughts to get you through the race when bad things happen

5. Do not care what people think, go when you are ready and stop when you need to

6. You run your own race. Don’t entertain the thought of giving up. There is always a solution

Anyway, I do have the cold storage tri next month and I am hoping history won’t repeat itself.

 Anyone did the tri as well? Hope it went well for you!


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3 thoughts on “Lessons I Learnt from my Trifactor Sprint Triathlon”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi sheryling, good shot at your trifactor triathlon. Never give up is the key. A word of caution. Cold storage is going to harder as it more popular and hence crowded. Swim will be busier and cycle will be jammy. So be mentally prepared. 🙂 all the best of the cold storage tri.


    1. Sheryl Goh says:

      Hihi! Thanks for the headsup 🙂 hope everything will be smooth sailing on that day. Good luck if you are taking part too

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