Bintan Triathlon 2007
Tribob, the organizers of the Bintan Triathlon 2007, invited me to speak and compete in this year’s event which attracted 1,000 athletes. Agreeing, I prepared
my body and talk for what lay ahead which included an Olympic distance Triathlon meaning 1.5km ocean swim, then a 40km bike ride followed by a 10km run. Angie and I bundled up all my equipment and her cameras and ferried over to the island.
Weather looked promising at the start of the swim and the mass of bodies plowed their way into the sea and waves. Starting in the water as I did, I was surprised to be
passed by the pro athletes almost immediately. They buzzed by and a small pack caught up with me soon after. Weaving my way through the swimmers avoiding the
occasional thrasher, I made fair time and finished the swim in under 25 minutes, coming out of the water in 40th place.
With the support of two seconded local firemen swept me off the beach and back to transition.
From here we headed into the bike ride which thankfully had only a handful of steep inclines. Mother Nature decided to challenge us a bit more and brought thunder, lightening, wind and monsoon rains for us to battle.
Despite the water and hills, I managed to finish the bike in 100 minutes. Ben
Then my real challenge loomed before me.