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Sun 03 Jul 2005

Cheering from the sidelines at the OSIM Trialthlon

Category : cycling

From the sidelines at the OSIM trialthlon, Chi and I kept an eagle-eyed watch to pick out and cheer on our cycling kakis and friends amidst the hundreds taking part in each category of the competition. Most are stretching the limits of their endurance by challenging themselves to finish the race or achieve a personal best, so cheering from the sidelines helps. And apparently much more than I realised.

We watched on the beach as the minis plunged into the water in the early morning. The coloured caps identified the various batches that set off minutes from each other and it was exciting to be able spot some of the faster individuals catch up with the batch in front of them.


Pink caps (mini-tri relay; i.e. swim only) catching up with the green caps (women mini-tri).

We tried to catch them coming out of the water before heading inland to catch them on their bikes. eventually we settled down at a bend between the end point and the loop into the rest of East Coast Park. The pond they ran alongsid was dry, and the cloudless day with little canopy cover added up to a runner's hell. Here we cheered indiscriminately at anyone who looked like they needed a boost, and grabbed more photos.

I later learnt that the mini, sprint and full triathlon participants all appreciated the cheering. Some could not look up or managed a vague wave; these may have been barely hanging on. The cheers provided a boost and some even picked up their pace. And the longer the distances, the more valuable the cheers! Cat who supported the full-tri participants said she got lots of SMS' thanking her for the support.

You can even yell to the runners comfortably from the wooden shelter of the food centre - provided you can feel guiltless chomping down on mee siam or hokkien mee while they soldier on in the heat!


Serene of Cyclists of the East (COTE) was so fast, Chi and I were caught by surprise mid-breakfast
as she zipped past the guys from an earlier batch of the mini-triathlon. Unfortunately stitches
slowed her down during the run and she lost her lead. 2006 beckons!

It's useful having something to say when you cheer, but you'll be forgiven for making the most inane statements if you plug some energy into the exhortation.

Apparently, some of the participants were also helping each other along as well. Ickeloriental describes her Tri-sprint burst to the finish in Clarity after the sprint:

"My mind kept telling my body I had only a few metres left to go, but I nearly couldn't make it. That was when I passed that ang moh dude...

He heard me groan and barked Come on! Only a bit more to go! at me. Man, I appreciated that. I zipped up alongside him and he started to fall behind, so I barked back at him. We ended up running shoulder to shoulder until we got to the blue carpet, and that's when I sprinted away from him and crossed the line, face contorted and all."

Janice can also lay claim to a fairplay award - she gave her powergel to a fellow participant who then powered away! She grumbles but you know its in jest.

I witnessed another heart-warming moment as I hurried to a vantage point for the cycling leg of the mini-triathlon. I heard a crash in the distance - some guy had fallen off his bike! He appeared to be in a daze, and was slow to recover from his crash.

Cyclists were weaving past him and his bike on the ground. One lady, however, got off her bike at the bend and hurried over. She helped him pick up the bike, and exchanged some words. Presumbly reassured he was okay, she darted off, hopped on her bike and continued with her race. That's some lass!


Fellow mini-tri participant stops to help one man and his bike back up after a crash. She checks
that he's okay and darts off to continue the race. I managed to grab a single shot with the
12x zoom of the unfamiliar Pansonic Lumix.

Congrats to KMY, Airani, Catherine, Lynette, Sharon, Kenneth, Serene (Mini), Serene's daughter and Grace's four kids (Kids) ; Mark, Janice, Grace (Sprint); Athena, Kai Meng (Sprint Relay) and Andrew (Tri).

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