First Duathlon

All started with Sunfeast World 10k on 31st May, followed by 70kms cycle ride on 7th June. In this weekend, it was mix of both under different circumstances.

India’s first duathlon conducted by Runners for Life happened today (14th June) early morning hours here in Bangalore at Inventure Academy. Our cycles were delivered to the venue by Track & Trail guys.
Me @ Duathlon
(Photo Courtesy: Deepthi)
Morning after reaching the venue, I checked my cycle and everything seemed to be in shape. I had registered myself for 10k running and 20k cycling. This was split and we had to run 5k first, pedal 20k then run 5k again. There was also a track of 5k running & 10k cycling. The event was well organised and the weather was just perfect. The sun never tried to come out till we were out of the course. The chief guest was Mr.Bhaskar, Commissionaire for Road Transport & Safety. He is also an avid cyclist & runner.
There were cops along the course managing traffic and this was very helpful. They stopped the traffic whenever a cyclist was taking a turn onto the main road and also when we started off after the flag off.

After the flag off, we had to run till the 2.5km mark and then return. This 5kms looked to be easy. I did not sprint since I wanted to save energy for next cycling and the last 5kms of running. On returning we need to pick-up cycle from the transition area. From the transition area till start/finish point we cant pedal. We need to run with the cycle. Then we pedal for 5kms and return and go again in the loop. Once I managed to overtake a lorry also! (when he was picking up speed after slowing down for a speed breaker)
The course by no means was a very easy one. There were up’s & down’s. Luckily it was completely on the road and no cycling on the mud or sand to make it a more tougher course. My new cycle (Her Thunder Racer with 15gears) did help me to a large extent. But there were other imported road bikes which just zipped past me. No issues, I had my target and wanted to do within the target. My max speed in cycling was about 35km/hr though not consistently throughout the course.
having finished 20kms of pedalling, we get off the bike, run along with it leave it at the transition area on the same place where we picked it up from. Now we again run to the start/finish point and begin running for the last 5kms. By now, my thighs seemed to be getting heavy so I slowed down slightly at the up climb and speeded up while coming down.
In all I finished with a timing of 1hr 58mins which was well below my target time. The timing includes the time taken to pick-up cycle from transition area and also to leave it back there. Since I was not fit last night, I had planned to finish between 2hrs – 2hrs 15mins and not beyond. And I dont think I can reduce my timing far far below this. Maybe by 5 – 10mins is possible. But am happy on completing in less than 2hrs.
I noticed that I cant take a U-Turn on the bike without putting my feet down and this not only reduces my speed and I need to almost restart from 0km/hr but also add few seconds to my time. It takes few kms for me to get into the groove of pedalling.

The brunch after this was amazing. Then met up with few friends and we had some crazy photo shoots.

(Pic courtesy: PeeVee)
(In the photo: Manjula Sridhar, Ann Maria, Anita Bora, Ramesh Palani, Myself)

Now looking forward to Ultra Marathon in November and this time I would complete 75kms.

Brinjal Gotsu

South Indian side dish for pongal.
Recipe for 1 person.
2 big brinjals
small lemon size tamarind
1 big tomato
1 spoon Sunflower Oil
1/4 spoon mustard seeds
2 small green chillies
2 red chillies
1/2 spoon salt
Preparation Method
Roast the brinjal after applying little oil in gas flame. Peel off the skin. Mash nicely.
Boil tomato and peel off the skin. mash nicely.
Heat tamarind in little amount of water and mash nicely to get juice out of it.
Mix the tamarind juice to nicely mashed brinjal and tomato.
Cut green chillies and red chillies to small pieces. Heat oil in a pan and when mustard seeds starts getting fried, add green chillies and red chillies. Fry them and add the mixture of tamarind juice + brinjal + tomato. Add salt. Allow it boil once or twice.
Now the dish is ready to be served.

Pongal Recipe

Second most easiest South Indian Tiffin to make after Idlli.
This recipe is for one person.
Required items:
1 cup Rice
2 spoons Paittam parupu (Moong dal)
1/2 spoon Black pepper
1/2 spoon Seeragam (Jeera)
Finely chopped Ginger (little)
1 spoon Cashewnut (broken into little pieces)
1 spoon Ghee
1/4 spoon Mustard seeds
1/2 spoon salt (based on requirement)
1/4 spoon Asafoetida powder (perungayam)

Soak rice & moong dal & asafoetida powder in water. And keep it for boiling in cooker or oven. In the meantime, pour ghee in a vessel and fry mustard seeds, black pepper, seeragam, ginger, cashewnut.
If using the cooker when the steam comes up through nossel, reduce the flame intensity. Open the lid of cooker and pour the fried contents and salt and mix properly. Now close the lid and allow the rice to boil and get steamed properly.
If using oven then open the oven after 2-3mins and mix the contents. Put it back into the oven and allow to get steam cooked properly.

After 30mins your pongal is ready.

Cycle Trip to Jain Farms

Cyclists: Anita Bora, Ann Maria, Balasubramanian Anand, Deepthi Prasanna, Lavanya Vishwanath, Manjula Sridhar, Sandeep and myself.
Route: Koramangala – Sarjapura – Bagalur – Jain Farms
Distance – 72kms

A proposed trip by Anita for cycling to Jain Farms near Hosur in TamilNadu. It looked to be a short ride but finally turned out to be 72kms from my place. At Koramangala three of us met up in the morning to proceed to next meeting point @ Sarjapur Wipro Office. Another 5more joined us over there and by 6:15am we were off pedaling towards Jain Farms. The motivation was a breakfast at Jain Farms and it was by no means a disappointment.
Two from the group pedaled at good speed while rest of the group went leisurely. We had biscuits and stopped at times for general break and also for a tea break. Finally we reached Jain Farms a distance of about 30kms from Sarjapur Wipro Office by 8:30am.
Some more restful moments, guided tour around the farm, checking out pottery and killi josiyam (parrot astrology), we headed back to Koramangala starting at 12:30pm. We had to face heavy winds and good slopes making it difficult to cycle fast. And regular stops to relax tired muscles. When we reached starting point at Koramangala it was 3:00pm.

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Sunfeast World 10k

Thanks to my company and Nike Run Club, i finished Sunfeast World 10k yesterday in 53minutes. I wasnt planning to run the 10k. Then Nike Run Club corporate face-off invite came over. After winning the face-off against SASKEN on 23rd May, 5 of us from 63 runners represented company in the final face-off.
The Nike Run Club results aren’t declared yet.
It was fun all the way. Met lot of people from same company and other runners.
We have finished in pretty decent timings. My split up in the run is as below.

Start Information:
Start Time: 8:09:30
Distance: 10 Kms
Category: 15 to 39 Years

Split Times and Average Speed:
Acc. Time Split Time min/km km/h
4Km Split 0:23:50 0:23:50 5:57 10.07
8.5Km Split 0:48:24 0:24:35 5:28 10.99
Finish 0:53:54 0:05:30 3:39 16.41
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Finish Information:
Finish Time: 0:53:54
Avg. Speed (min/km): 5:23
Avg. Speed (km/h): 11.13

Race Positions:
Category: 218 out of 1332
Gender: 259 out of 1575
Over All: 266 out of 1786

Split Times and Positions:
Acc. Time Pos. Cat Pos. Sex Pos. All Split Time Pos. Cat Pos. Sex Pos. All
4Km Split 0:23:50 273 319 326 0:23:50 273 319 326
8.5Km Split 0:48:24 213 251 258 0:24:35 209 246 253
Finish 0:53:54 218 259 266 0:05:30 337 390 403

Split Times and Average Speed:
Acc. Time min/km km/h Split Time min/km km/h
4Km Split 0:23:50 5:57 10.07 0:23:50 5:57 10.07
8.5Km Split 0:48:24 5:42 10.54 0:24:35 5:28 10.99
Finish 0:53:54 5:23 11.13 0:05:30 3:39 16.41

UPDATE: We were declared winners among teams with female runners. Over all we were second. Our team timing was 51mins 29secs. We win 50k worth Nike Goods.