I was shocked when I read on my timeline that Lady Chrissie is retiring / giving up on Ironman a couple of days ago.. to me she was someone that shook the world of Ironman and kinda made it more inspiring to complete an Ironman event, Ironman event it self is famous as it is and there are so many popping out everywhere.. I bet once I drop Chrissie’s name on any triathlete they would know who she is.
Who would not notice her trademark smiles, determination and passion, She has relentlessly promoted this sports and many girls/women took notice of Ironman/Triathlon in the past few years, to me she has this aura of happiness around her when she races or when she speaks to people (not that I have met her but through photographs and video). I am writing this post because she will be dearly missed by lots of girls and guys out there, she gave inspiration to many as she is a role model and idol for most of us. Who is gonna reign on her spot this time.
On her website Wellington wrote: “Over the past 12 months I have had time to reflect and think, about my past and, of course, also of my future. Being a professional ironman athlete has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined, and been so fortunate to travel to some beautiful places, compete against the best in the world, and forge many lasting friendships. Those life-changing experiences and memories will stay with me forever.
As an athlete I sought ‘the perfect race’. That race within myself where I dug to the depths mentally and physically, and that hard-fought race with my competitors. The World Ironman Championships in 2011 was the icing on the cake for me as an athlete. It was my ‘perfect race’ and it ‘completed’ me.
My passion for the sport hasn’t waned, but my passion for new experiences and new challenges is what is now burning the most brightly. Hence, I have got to the point where I know that it is right for me to retire from professional ironman distance racing.”
To me Crowie and Natasha Badmann is my all time favourite athlete in the world of Ironman.
Saturday is the day I have been looking forward after Aviva Ironman, there was tri events in between but I did not register for any, I had plan for Ironman Kenting (Taiwan) and Ironman New Zealand for this year, but it was scrapped.. so this was the next best thing for me, It may only be a OD event but I hell sure gonna enjoy it. Despite my injury I have not ran for four weeks.
The pain still persist in my foot and even after the X-ray doc cleared me it has not recover, well the show must go on with or without this injury, I have already skipped three events due to this injury but encouragement and well wishes from peeps all around the World sure help me going, sure I was depressed at one time cause of my immobility as all I did was my swim and bike.
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell
Come this Saturday I will be doing the OD without any run training. I hope I can still ace it. So here is the race pack review, I had no time to pick it up and got Eddy to help me on this one, I heard from many participant that the queue was horrendous as they only cramped the usual two days of race pack collection to only one day. One of them said it was a 30 min wait from door to door.
So whats in the bag? Race guide, Race bib, Swim cap, Timing chip with ankle strap and brochures as usual.
The perishable items that was provided in the bag was
- Mission Chips
- Quaker Oats cookies
- Clorets mints
- Maxifuel Power gel
- Nature Valley bar
- Instant oats drinks
- Zappy wipes
- Cold Storage New Balance T (There was nothing printed on the back, maybe to save cost, I dont know)
Check this spot out for the post race review after Saturday. Hopefully I am not too tired.
Wish Me Luck ~!
Eddy had his first swim trials today, Benny and myself kinda pressured him into signing up his first triathlon knowing he could definitely blast through an Olympic Distance (OD) with ease, and registered he did, BUT… he signed up for a sprint instead. .. anyway its better than not signing up !! +1 for you buddy. Singapore Triathlon here we come.
The assurance of knowing he can do a full OD was because he came along with us on our Ironman training, laps after laps he followed albeit not fast he finished it all.. its the spirit that keep us going is it not?
Knowing very well of his timing, where he is able to run a sub 1hr 10k, swim a good 40min 1.5k it’s the bike equation that was missing because he never tag along (and silly me asking him to buy a bike to train with us).. little did I know he already had a bike, sneaky sneaky , I was even shocked when I was told he was a group cyclist with the Joyriderz before, not a member but he tagged along.. really sneaky dude..
So yup today was his swim trials and I met up with him at Kallang Basin swimming complex in Geylang Bahru to give some morale support,not that he needed it but I could get some time in the pool as well.
It started at 7.45am with a short brief and then the (more…)
Well not what you were thinking, I wouldn’t wanna fart when I am running, well at least I try not to, I know I have did in my tri events (SWIMMING) and I bet the guy behind me sure smelled some good nutritional muesli and fruits that I had for breakfast before the event, Well If you are having a case of Monday Blues and this made you smile, do like the post ok.. at the bottom
At least I know I made you smile, anyway if you didnt know what a Fartlek is as explained by Wikipedia
Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed can be varied whenever the athlete wishes
So how do one do a Fartlek , and since this is a Runnersworld poster, let me share the article with you here, (how to Fartlek by Jeff Galloway)
for me If you want to lose weight fast, this has got to be one of the best exercise you can do besides HIIT, which I will explain in another blog post, Fartlek can be done anytime, anywhere. I love doing fartlek but its really tough and I dont think I can do it, I will just do my Ironman or rather Triathlon. Have a Good Monday Peeps.
This is what I have been telling my friend all this while, You don’t have to be a HERO to do an Ironman, run a Marathon or do the things you think you can’t achieve.
What excuse do you want to give yourself when a person with no legs can complete an Ironman, a Blind person crossing the Marathon.. look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, “EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
This poster by Edmund Hillary was shared by my buddy cKwane from Zenpencils, and he himself from a non-athletic person to a awesome hiker/climber who just did the summit of Everest! RESPECT that truly my friend.
In my RoadID I have this little motto that I tell myself “BELIEVE IN YOURSELF” and I hold that closely to my heart. What quotes or motto do you truly believe in ?
What Does training means to you, yourself as an athlete?
Training to me means a self discipline to oneself, to me race day is not as important as training FOR race day. The journey starts when you sign-up for a race, then that’s where you start planning out your days to yourself stating when you gonna do this and do that.
You gather your thoughts, you gather your courage, and you (more…)