Monday, 21 July 2008

Port Dickson International Triathlon 19-20th July 2008

The Port Dickson International Triathlon is one of the major triathlon events held in Admiral Cove, Port Dickson yearly. This year I had the opportunity to be an unofficial observer as some of my patients were enrolled for the event! I wanted to compare it with the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 where I was assigned to accompany the triathletes of the Malaysian team. The swim start has always been a scramble comparable with a stampede where a competitor needs to be fend off the flailing limbs of other triathletes. After surviving the 1.5km swim by the beach, the able bodied triathletes change to their cycling gear while getting onto their bicycles. The 40 km ride would often be interspersed with hills and valleys (and a beautiful scenery of Port-Dickson). By the time they return their bicycles and start running, they would be bathing in the morning sun for another 10km.

They had a full team of ambulances, Civil Defence forces, Police and paramedics to attend to emergencies. There were a few who sustained minor bruising and muscle cramps during the event.

I had these photos to tell about the event.

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