Greetings from sunny Putrajaya!
The last time I was in Putrajaya for an event was the 70.3 half-iron distance in 2014. Back then I was just doing a relay with the wife, but this year it’s the full monty. Friday morning I went out for a quick bike ride and things haven’t changed much since 2014; the roads are wide and smooth, the cars on the road a bit erratic, and the weather is hot. So hot that the race director issued a warning email informing all contestants to keep an eye out for a contingency plan announcement on Friday night. If the weather forecast continues to indicate temperatures in excess of 34 degrees Celsius this Sunday the race director may shorten one or both of the bike and run legs. If this were a movie you would call this foreshadowing of things to come. In the movie 2012 seismic rumblings and emptied lakes portend the effective disintegration of California underneath John Cusack’s limo as he races his family to safety. The race director’s email is a foreshadowing of my disintegration on the run leg this Sunday.
The author in high spirits....we'll see how long that lasts for on Sunday.
This year there will be 98 contestants who hail from Indonesia, 12% of all the participants, competing in the age group category. While this is number also includes people such as myself who are not Indonesian but put Indonesia as their country of origin, it serves as a good indicator of the popularity of triathlon in Indonesia. Malaysian participants make up the majority of entrants at 182 triathletes followed by 135 Australians and 116 Singaporeans.
Team Hope led by Andy ready to give it their all on Sunday.
This past Friday the majority of participants will have arrived and completed their pre-race ritual of hotel check-in, race-pack collection, bike assembly, and any frantic last minute hunting to replace broken bolts/spokes/seat posts/you-name-it-it’s-happened. Given the large number of participants from Indonesia you most likely will have a friend or even family member participating in the race. If you haven’t done so already now is the time to get on Facebook or Instagram to give a shout-out of support to anyone you know competing in Sunday’s race.
It’s going to be a hot, sweaty, and challenging event so we will be back with a post-race report from the Temple crew as well as more photos.
If you would like to follow an athlete live this Sunday, 3rd April, you can use the ‘Athlete Tracker’ online.
Temple crew after 1 lap of the test swim course.