OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2010: The Pink Swim Cap

Pink Swim Cap

While most of us know that the ultimate answer to life, universe and everything is the humble 42, Syah once requested in one of my posts for the swim techniques of those elite triathletes that would be competing in the OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2010.

Well Syah, after a quick analysis of their swim and attire during yesterday’s hotly contested race under the blazing sun, I have concluded that it all lies down to their swim cap. Yes, that trivial swim cap which is primarily adorned for safety purposes and easy identifaction in the open sea.

The Elite Men With Their Pink Swim Caps

You see Syah, it was because of these caps that they swim like the dolphins as which man in the correct frame of mind will wear anything pink. They would rather be dead than be caught red handed wearing this striking neon pink accessory on themselves. So due to this major factor, they had to swim quickly so that they can remove the abominable object once they exited from the open waters.

However, like Kash had also commented, wearing the latest 2XU or any other compression trisuits should tremendously help with the swim too and not forgetting that looking like an elite will just spur you on to race like one too.


While we are still on the subject of the pink swim cap, Kash, I remembered in of your previous comments that you once said that you lost your pink one. Do you still want it? I have one with me now from yesterday’s race.


As I needed to report at East Coast Park at 5am, I planned to leave my house at 4am. But it was really a struggle as I only managed to get some forty winks at about 3am and imagined the battle between continuing to sleep or dragging my fat ass to nearly a full day of activities under the merciless sun.

I  think what swayed me to finally pry open my eyes and have a cold bath at around 4am to shock my body, was the thought that my absence would mean that the other volunteers had to shoulder the burden of my responsiblity.

And how could I miss meeting one of my mentors for the first time ever while she embarked on her quest. I just couldn’t let this priceless opportunity slip by.

Sleep can wait.

What A Beautiful Morning

Reporting at the Volunteer Tent was systematic and I received my navy blue volunteer T-shirt, tag and breakfast in no time. Next was the briefing on our tasks ahead before we proceeded to the beach front at the swim start. As Swim Marshalls, my fellow volunteers and I, were entrusted to make sure that the triathletes were accounted for before they enter into the starting pen.

While waiting for the start proper, us fellow volunteers had an informal break-the-ice session as we got to know one another. I had two former Ironmen volunteering their time with me while most of the others were students from River Valley High School who came down togather as a class to contribute their time.

These guys were really fantastic and performed their roles as diligently as possible without nary any complaints thoug by 9am, the sun was beating unrelentlessly on us.


After a quick lunch of steamed rice with black pepper chicken, sweet and sour fish and spicy scrambled egg, my head was starting to throb. The lack of sleep was starting to take its toll and a constant numbing headache was threatening to rear its ugly head.

Fortunately, I met Kash again after a short introduction during her swim start. She was sitting with her brother Azam on the side kerb when we had our chance meeting. After another fast introduction all around, it was time to talk business. She regaled me with stories of her past adventures and the challenges she had to overcome. One of those that struck me to the core was how she recounted with great pride the success of her two children in the Kid’s category the previous day.

By then, I did not have anymore excuses to offer for not participating in any triathlons as if her two young “prides and joys” could do it, why can’t I? What more motivations and inspirations should I look for if not for the endeavours of these fine young examples and their Super Mom.

Thanks Kash for all your advices and till we meet again.

All in, I had an excellent time volunteering in a superbly organised event. Kudos to the Triathlon Association of Singapore, OSIM as the main sponsor, other sponsors, my wonderful fellow volunteers and the triathletes themselves for putting up a great show.

Would I volunteer again next year?

Paricipant or volunteer?

Hmm… That’s a tough one.


One Day I Will Wear This

International Triathlon Union Official And The Two Elite Women

The Elite Men Battling Out

Shahrom Abdullah: Malaysia's Sole Elite Representative

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6 responses to “OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2010: The Pink Swim Cap

  • kooky

    Faisal, it was a great day out for everyone. I hope I didnt bore you with my many stories. I have been known to talk too much. Sometimes not a good thing too.

    I would love the pink cap, in fact I wanted to ask you yesterday but thinking it was not appropriate, asking for free stuff, citra and me got same coloured red caps.

    LOL, I like your explaination on why the elites swam fast. Less than 17 minutes to complete the 1.5KM, can you believe it? But you know what, real men wear pink! Hehhee…

  • haza

    I see cannot fathom how you people can swim in open sea! Pink cap or no pink cap.

  • syah

    hahahahah, best report nih… next year masuk jadi participant pulak, with the pink cap and 2XU suit ye…

    I’d like a pink cap too, who wouldn’t want to swim like a dolphin hahaha

  • John Polson


    Greetings from Australia!

    I enjoyed reading your post on the ITU Asia Premium Cup Triathlon – I’m the father of one of those ‘pink caps’ – and if you think YOU had trouble working in the heat – spare a thought for all those “skinny bloke”… my boy wound up in the medical tent – with 2 bags of IV drip stuck in his arm!!

    But seriously – you volunteers (world wide) do a fantastic job – and there would be NO ITU international circuit without you.

    There’s another reason for my contacting you – do you have any more photographs of the Elite event? If you do – and are prepared to let me use them – I would like to put them on my son’s site (I’ve included HIS URL in the link hereabouts) – and of course I would credit you – with a link to your blog…

    My own photography blog (if you’re interested) is here at: http://jrpix.com.au so you can see what sort of sport you are getting into!

    I look forward to hearing from you

    JRP (the ‘other’ John Polson)

  • Imelda Toh

    May i use one of your photo – The Elite Men Battling Out for article use? it’s a nice shot. Thanks!

  • Faisal

    Kash – Nah, you didn’t bore me at all. Btw I’ll keep your pink swim cap until I pass them to you during Sundown.

    Running Mom – They are crazy people. And I want to be like them. 😛

    Syah – I’m so sorry. I have only one pink swim cap currently. Btw are you under the category of “real men wear pink”? 😛

    JRP – Greetings to you too. I’m so sorry after hearing about your son. The heat here can be quite intense. And that’s not inclusive of the humidity. I hope he’s getting better after the treatment.

    Anyway, I’m so sorry too that I don’t have any photos of your son in action the other day. Maybe you want to want to wait for the photos from the official photographers on duty. They can be found at the official OSIM Singapore Triathlon website.

    I’ve also visited both of your websites and both of you are truly are inspirational as photography is my old flame while triathlon is my new love.

    I will link both of your websites too.


    Imelda – Absolutely. It will be great if you can credit it to this website and a link for me to read your article will be great too.

    I love reading. 🙂

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