Saturday, June 23, 2007

Shek O Challenge


I can't wait to tell the world, the weather finally turn out to be superb on a race day, no red tide and no thunderstorm. I signed up for a Shek O Challenge, a 2.2km swim from Big Water Bay to Rocky Beach. It was a small party, I think only 60-80 people were there. After the baptism of Scottish Winpipe and Afro drums, the whistle was blew and finally launched myself to my first open water race (need reminder of my disappointment last year, read this). I tried everything I have learned recently, the total immersion streamlining tricks, the trianthlon sighting technique and drafting behind people but I just slam into everyone that I tried to draft, so I just overtook them. Finally after racing pass two floats, I can see the orange flags and finishing arch on the beach. I found that I still have an extra gear to put on. The result was a mere 48mins!!! If I was to do the same last year, it would be over an hour. I took a beer and drank to my improvement.

....With a solid 2.2km experience under my belt, I suddenly thought, "I might as well go and do the Singapore Half Ironman. It is only 90km bike ride and a half marathon to go from here." The story will be continued next time.....

13 comments:

alex said...

48 mins!!! awesome job dude, did you wear your wet suit?

Gabs Lau said...

you are kidding, it was 34 degree C in HK this weekend!

Charles Hui said...

I did it this year! Quite a swim! What a milestone!

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