Sunday, 2 September 2007

Jerry Toh -Finisher of Asia 1st Ironman 70.3

Yes! I made it today! Having swam 1.9km, cycle 90km and run a half marathon in 6hrs 23mins.... I'm an Ironman 70.3! =) The timings are not official yet as I do not have the results yet... But my stopwatch says that timing.... Important thing is I completed the whole course! =)

Had expected to finish the whole course in 8hrs (cut off timing of 8hrs 30mins)... So when I saw my timing, I was really surprised and proud of myself... I did it. =)

It was a long day today having woke up @ 4.30am and took my breakfast before I head down to East coast and prepare for my swim wave @ 7.25am. Wave and current today was scary. Yes, scary! The wave was so high that I could not even see the markings and the current was so strong that it could carry you away... I almost gave up @ 200m mark after drinking lots of sea water... But the mind of an athlete tells me to carry on.....

After which was the transition to the bike and its great to see a familiar friend face there! It really boost your morale up! While on the cycle leg, I saw MP Teo Ser Luck! Cool~ =) Its really nice to be in events like these cause you actually get supports and motivations from total strangers... As our bibs have names, you can hear fellow athletes saying.. "Come on Jerry..." "Keep going Jerry..." "That's it Jerry..." Woah.......... Short and simple sentences from a stranger are so powerful that it keeps me going... =)

While on the run leg, I saw an international athlete walking with difficulties... I went forward and cheer him on... "Come on mate... Keep going... Follow me... (as if I'm so fast... Haha)" But its these kind of short motivations that we keep each other going... And guess he's rely to me?"Thanks! I have never seen such humanity in my life before... At least not where I'm from."
And before I could ask him.. Where he was from, he ran so fast away and I could catch up with him... Haha....

These are the fun parts of the ironman 70.3... On a more personal side, its tough doing an event like these... It's a test of your personal endurance, disciplines and limits.... There were time where I really felt like giving up but I persevere because I made a promise to myself that I will complete it.. There were also times where I almost cry over the pain that I was experiencing...

But when I was on the floating platform towards the finishing line... All was worth it.... The moment when I crossed that finishing line... That kind of feeling.... its a mix. A mix of tears and excitment.... =) Hopefully to upload photos of this event soon! =)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Jerry! ((: Congrats upon getting your IRONMAN MEDAL!((: Must be feeling super proud right! hahahahaa..((: You remember me? I am the girl with one whole bunch of my friends eating at your boardroom cafe b4 early this year. ((: I am Fiona! haha.. I guess you forget already but nvm! Joyce gave me your blog and i am gonna to link you! ((: And do you offer lifesaving swimming aid? I think joyce wanna to join! LOL. ((:

Jerry Toh said...

Thanks fiona! Haha.. Of course I remember u.. Did anyone told u that u look like a giraffe? Haha..

Yes, there is lifesaving swimming classes... I will give you more information on my blog soon I hope... =p