Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Road to Ironman: Penang Coast Triathlon

I've got the first runner-up at Penang Coast Triathlon which is a sprint distance triathlon. 800m swim, 24km bike and 7km run.

This is by far the fourth prize I have got for triathlon race. I'll take it as a sign that I should continue to pursue the multi-sport. :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Road to Ironman: Penang International Triathlon PGiTD #5

There's this saying that goes like this - It takes a village to raise a child. I guess it takes a village to train a triathlete as well. 😂 Barely one and half year ago, I bought my first road bike and participated in my first sprint triathlon and to my pleasant surprise, I emerged as the Men's Open Chamption

I can never express enough gratitude to everyone who helped me along the way and here are the few people that I would like to shout out to.
Hou Sheng thanks for selling me your road bike and brought me along for your training and introduced me to this crazy sports. It was you who hooked me up with triathlon!
Lim Yew San my ever patient swimming coach. Thanks for spending time with me in the pool (and outside the pool!). Without your coaching I could never improve my swimming. Now I'm waiting for you to train me 😋:
Gary Yap the generous CCI cycling shop boss! Thanks for working magic and fixing my bike and replacing my detonated tyre! Your bike fitting really helps me to be more efficient in cycling and running! Guys please check out CCI Cyclon Cycle Ind Sdn Bhd if you are looking for a bike or a bike fit or just opinions in cycling.
Heah Chin Hong the cari captain and the cari running gang! You guys makes running LSD fun and less dreading. Without you guys I wouldn't have gone for the crazy mileage.
Liang Sheng Wei and Melvin Lee my cycling buddies! It feels really great to have my own cycling buddies nearby and all the positivity oozing from you guys is making me wanna work harder and go faster!
Next, captain Julius Lim and AM.i.3 Triathlon Club! You guys sure add a lot more fun to doing triathlons! Just look at all the ladyboys cheerleader today! It's great to be in a fun triathlon club for sure.
And thank God for keeping me safe and away from jellyfish and my tyres inflated throughout the race 😇:)
I'm truly humbled in the race today, seeing so many strong athletes racing alongside with me. There is for sure a lot of room for improvement for me and I'll have to strive harder!

Excitement aside, let's analyse the race.Here are the plus points.
👍 I did achieve my goal of shaving 9~10 minutes off my time last year. I shaved 2 minutes off the swim leg and 6 minutes off T1 (probably due to the shorter distance) and 1 minute off my second run. The bike leg was 30 seconds longer. It's probably due to the fact that I did not meet a fast cyclist for me to draft on. But overall I think I did well on the bike leg.

👍 Fly mounting and dismounting was successfully being pulled off.

👍 Nutrition is being carried out properly.

Now here's the minus points

👎 I did a way too hardcore duathlon training one week before the competition. Recovery was not good and I couldn't push myself

👎 Hydration plan failed. I almost had cramps after the bike leg as I was pretty dehydrated. My strategy of filling up one bottle with 100plus and ORS salt was not a good idea as I'll need a higher water vs electrolyte ratio.

Anyway, I am contented with the race results and getting the first prize in my age group. I should not be too carried away by the prize as Penang and Port Dickson are both organizing Olympic distance triathlon on the same day and most of the good triathletes under 30 went to Port Dickson. 

All in all, it was a good race and I am happy to be a podium finisher! 😊

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Road to Ironman: Swim Stroke Correction

I am very lucky to have a colleague who is Penang ex-state swimmer and is kind enough to spend time to correct my freestyle stroke.

Here are the key points:

1. I have to streamline my body
2. Reduce the stroke count to 45 and below for 50m.
3. When entering the water, lead with elbow instead of palm.
4. When pulling the water, rotate and propel with the hip and streamline the movement.
5. My right hand tends to pull outward, do more drills of finger touching in the middle to keep the hand pulling in the right direction.
6. Keep my head still to avoid excessive movement, which will result in energy wastage.
7. Kick and propel with my legs on every pull.
8. I should do a full training with him instead of just coaching!

Swimming is so different from cycling and running. Every incorrect posture or movement adds to the drag and energy wastage.

I have set a target of 2min/100m for 3.8km. I am at 2:20min/100m in the pool now. I'll have a better estimation for my race pace in Penang International Triathlon (Olympic Distance) happening this Sunday.

Let's work hard for it!

Here's a picture of my swim coach + trainer :)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Road to Ironman: The Registration Fee

Here is just a record of the *crazy* amount I paid for the registration of the Ironman race. It's basically the average monthly wage of a Malaysian.
Years later, I hope that I will find it worthwhile.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Road to Ironman: Prelude

I have decided to resume writing and document the journey that I embarked on.

Perhaps it will serve as a memory refresher in the future. I will also write things that I have learnt and done throughout this 7 month journey. When someone ask me how did I do it in the future, I can point them to my blog and say, hey, here's how I did it.

The registration
There might be a thousand reasons of why did I want to do it. Why does someone like me, at his late twenties. choose to participate in such a grueling and torturous activity. 

Because I want to. 

Because running, swimming and cycling make me feel alive.

Because I get to relive moments of freedom and excitement that I felt as a child.

Because I used to think that I am going to be great and become an Ironman, seems to be great 

Because it brings me on an adventure that I always wanted to take when I was a kid.

Because I believe it will lead to a lot more adventures in life.

Ironman Malaysia is exactly 7 months from today and I can't wait.

Meanwhile, happy swim bike run to me! :)