Thursday 15 June 2023

Training for the Powerkids 2023 Duoathlon in Putrajaya

Sporting their tri suits!

We decided to sign up the boys for the Powerman Malaysia 2023 powerkids category very late with just 1 month for us to train them up. This is the first time that the boys are participating in a competitive race and so far it has been an interesting experience for us as parents. Whilst we didn't quite managed to train them as much as we would like but I guess we learn as we go along. 

We spent a total of RM339.25 which works out to be RM169.62 for each of them. The entry fees were quite expensive because the RM149 (for LATE registrants) does not include SST and the portal transaction fees which you have to pay extra. Will definitely look out earlier for future events!

We started off by looking at the previous years results for their age categories on the website and used it as a base. The kids results were impressive!

These were results of the 5-8 year old category who had to do a 0.5km run, 1km bike ride and finally 0.5km run:-

Super impressive for these little tykes! Just two and the half minutes for the 1st place podium finisher, 2nd and 3rd place was not that far behind either. 

The results for 9-12 year old category who had to do a 1 km run, 4 km bike ride and finally 1 km run was even more impressive:-

We really had a lot of work cut out for us. Our boys are pretty good on the bicycle and are able to endure 20km to 30km bike ride easily. But speed is not their forte and in competitions like this focus is also a main determinant which our children lack. 

We only had time to train them based on distance and our aim was to get them to run and bike slightly further than the required distance. We just didn't have enough time! 

Secondly we talked them through the entire race and got them to repeat all the things that they would be experiencing and the things that they had to do. Teaching them some of the rules like not cycling in the transition areas took a bit of time. As it was also the first time for us we really didn't know what to expect and just used the race guides and got them to watch previous Powerman YouTube videos from previous years.

The other thing that we also started to look at albeit a little too late was their diet. We only started researching about eating for competitions and started increasing their protein intake last week but in future we will start this earlier.

This week has been extremely tiring for us as a family as we wanted to make sure that the boys would be ready to perform early in the morning. So since the start of this week we started waking them up early trying to emulate race day as possible. We started waking up at 5.30 am and we got progressively earlier. Today is the day before race day and we did the best by getting up at 4.30 am! 

We have decided to give the boys a break today so that they can rest and be at their best tomorrow morning! 

Till next time!




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