WTC Announces Hiatus for Malaysian Events
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners and operators of the Ironman and 70.3 event brands, announced earlier this month that it will not host any races in Malaysia during 2011. WTC is currently seeking new partners and venues that will improve the quality and production of events within the country and hopes to introduce new races in 2012.
“Malaysians have shown tremendous enthusiasm for Ironman events for more than a decade and we appreciate their continued support,” said Murphy Reinschreiber, WTC’s managing director of Asia-Pacific. “We hoped to produce at least one event in 2011, but circumstances beyond our control require that we wait until at least 2012. Our decision is not a reflection of the support we’ve received from athletes, local communities, sponsors or the government. We are talking to potential partners and inspecting innovative courses to offer improved events in the future.”
Past Malaysian events include Ironman Langkawi Malaysia, which was produced for 11 years, and Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya, which took place in 2009. Competitors looking for alternative events should visit www.ironman.com for the complete 2011 Ironman and 70.3 event schedules.
Athletes and media are advised that WTC is the sole resource for information about Ironman and 70.3 races in Malaysia. Information coming from any other source is not authorized. Additional information and details will be posted to www.ironman.com as they are available.
First and foremost I am very thankful to the connectivity of internet, without it I wouldn’t have made friends from all over the world. Type type type and click click click, I’ve sent a tweet , email, or chat a thousand miles away and then another person response instantaneously . I can’t say It’s 100% a good thing of course it has its ups and down but I am not gonna talk about that
This post is dedicated to the The Waterblogged Triathlete, especially to Maria Reeves. This is where the internet comes in, I was looking to improve my swim like forever and I manage to look up for swimming drills, and guess what? I stumble upon their website http://waterbloggedtriathlete.com and twitter as well do follow them @SwimTrainTri
A conversation here and conversation there, I found out that they are have just finish the cover of their first book which is “Triathletes Swim First 100+ Beginning Swim Workouts for Triathletes” a couple of exchanges through emails and BOOM!! guess what?? This landed on my door step a couple of weeks later.
Yup, I shamelessly admit that I have been secretly training for my swim with this,LoL, My secret weapon, I didn’t not bring this to the pool as first its not waterproof and secondly its really a sentimental item for me now that it comes with the autograph from Maria herself, Thanks Maria.
I have to say the front cover looks like the typical all out swim there which is good, reminds me of all my swims out there. So whats in this book ? Basically this is a book where by if you are looking to improve your swim with drills and workout, this has got to be it, it has all the good stuff, with many explanations on terminology, and trust me I really have not heard of some but hey take it from the pro’s and yes They are pros .. all three of them , Kathrine Paglini, Maria Reeves and Victoria West. All them girls have hold records in their swim careers and I have to say AMAZING. check out their BIO here if you want to know more about them Meet the Water Bloggers
A little Preview of whats inside
This really helped me in understanding the jargons of swimming, coming from the pros I have definitely learned a few extras terms that could be useful if I wanted to pick up a swimmer chick LOL
The water bloggers preaching on Interval training and yes I believe in it too, its kinda like TEMPO runs but for our swim, good and sound advice ladies. Thank you.
Level One Workouts
Here I am only gonna share the #1 workout of the many hundreds of which are all awesome in the book, I have so far only gone as far as workout 20+ but do mix and match, I do say they really offer a plenty of variety but read on for a special bonus.. below
Yes they even have a Write your own Drills, and if you have any good one, If the girls still have not thought about, do share with me so I can put it in my book. This to me I think is pretty good as they not only let you do their workout but also let you have your own creativity at play. I for one have none that’s why I got this book,LOL I do have one which is the “BONUS” by the way, I always use my single drill before I got this book, you can call it the “976 drill” its easy to remember
2 x 50m (general warmup)
9 x 50m (3 x 30% effort, 3 x 60% effort and 3 x Race Pace) = 450m
7 x 100m (freestyle concentrating on form) = 700m
6 x 50m (Alternate Breast Stroke and Free style) = 300m
2 x 50m (choice)
I hope you would add that into your book if you think its good enough, if you do thank you thank you.
Anyway I would like to thank the Waterbloggers again for sending me this book for a review, I have to say I really did have fun using this book and what a journey it has been for me after my last OD, this time I will be even more confident in the water thanks to the guidance and tips from these wonderful girls. The book retails for only $29.95 and if you are interested and looking to improve your swim you can go to the link attached below to purchase your very own book and best part is they come in e-Book version as well.
Sprial Bound Copy: Click Here
E-Book on Amazon : Click Here
Thanks for dropping by guys and have a great weekend
Fitness & Nutrition expert Dr. Rick Kattouf says In order to get leaner, there are five main components that we need to focus on. (extracted from an article by Dr R Kattouf on Training Peaks' site.
1. Build muscle: Losing body fat means that we need to increase our metabolism and in order to do so, we need to build lean muscle.
TYR goggles was my always my first choice in the swimming pool, pronounced as (Tah-Yer), but I usually just call them T-Y-R when I need to buy one from the departmental store, this is because when I pronounce them, the sales person would go What? you can buy them at the car shop, so its easier just to say T-Y-R, just so you know TYR is named after the Norse god of victory (Tier)
Today I wont be reviewing about TYR products but more Aquasphere, This brand has been around since 1998 and has been making waves around the triathlon world, I went online did some reading on it but nothing much on its website beside their usual product description and all.
The Aquasphere range of goggles are not your usual goggles as it they made them into this odd shape lens or so I thought, recently I got myself the Aqua Sphere Kayenne because my trusty TYR goggles is leaking and fogging up on me
So here is what I think of it after a couple of months using it in the pool.
The goggles had all the Italian style from where it came from, even the packaging it came was cool, it was packed in a hard, reusable case which keeps the googles from getting scratch in the swim bag.
Fit/Comfort: When I first put the Kayenne on, It felt that it was made to fit my face, I am sure it has something to do with the design, the fit is comfortable and adjusting these goggles to the right fit was the EASIEST thing I have ever felt before, All the tugging and pulling of your google strap is a thing of the past with the Kayenne as it has this button on both side where you just push and adjust to the proper sizing.
Seal: The seal fits great, once adjusted to my contour of my face, I will usually give it one more push at the bridge to make it seal tighter, Once I’ve had them adjusted properly, they seal just nice and tight. I hadn’t have too much issue with leaks but I did face a slight leak whenever I push off the wall (with excess force) but should be no problem if it is in OWS.
Clarity/Fogging: This goggles are beautiful to begin with for its 180 degree view, the clarity on the smoked lens that I have bought is just crystal clear. The tint was just about right to be used in any light condition even in the evening setting sun. I am sure they are very versatile in all sorts of light condition . There was no fogging issue even when I have them on for the whole session and in between breaks.
Negative : I only found that this goggles strap moved when I placed it over my head, but that’s about it, maybe I am too rough when it comes to placing the goggle over my swim cap.
Isaac’s 2 Cents Worth:
The good: Goggles fit to a T and it feels like you have no goggles on. Its really comfortable and the 180degree view is just perfect for OWS or in a crowded pool , goggle design are very stunning.
The bad: My strap moved when wearing them over my swim cap but that should be no problem with the release button to adjust it again.
I can’t wait to try their other range out, but I am so attracted to the Kayenne for its functionality and looks. If you are looking to buy goggles to replace, I highly recommend this to you.
Swim drills, swim session and swim post has been popping up on my blog recently, did the swimming craze hit me? did King Neptune came into my dream and told me to swim more often? none of those of course, it is because I have registered myself on 12 of May for the Tri Factor Swim challenge.
Tri Factor includes all the three elements of Triathlon before their full Triathlon even which will be held later in the year. I actually encouraged this as its like a lead up to the actual event, coming in the Month of May the swim event will take place, then in July it will be the bike session, and then run and then full OD.
You can have only so much Triathlon event in Singapore in a Year, even if they have 50 events I don’t think I want to be doing all of them cause its always the same ole same ole.
Just sharing this cute infograph that I had received from Tri Factor reminding people to join the Swim Event this May. Have fun and Stay safe readers.
I have always head to the pool doing laps after laps with 80% of front crawl and 20% breast stroke all the time, I am not sure if it was the best way to train as I am only improving those few muscle group. I was a club swimmer, training with the boys doing 50m freestyle competition but never got to signing up for one, have friends who are on the national squad but never took any swim tips from them.
Since I am doing triathlons and Ironman for the love of it, when it comes to the swim part I can tell you,I am definitely not fast even after so many swim sessions, ,sessions after sessions my time never seem to improve. I also never used other strokes like the backstroke or butterfly, never wondered why I need the them for, this conversation between speedy @trimeon and coach @felog in my feed were conversing about backstroke got me intrigued. I went all out and in search for the missing piece to understand why a backstroke was needed in our training session
So what happens now is that, I am gonna put in post some backstroke drills that I am gonna use and try on my next swim session..
The backstroke is easy to learn and helpful to triathletes for multiple reasons. It counteracts swimmer’s “shoulder slouch” by engaging upper-back muscles and lengthening pectorals, it can provide an opportunity to calm breathing or clear goggles during an open-water swim and it breaks up monotony in the pool. Plus, kicking while on your back serves as good cross-training for major cycling muscles such as the hip flexors, core and quads.
Try these sets:
• 4×75 with 15 seconds rest (25 free/25 back/25 free)
• 1×600 [4x(100 freestyle strong effort/50 backstroke easy)]
• 8×50 on 1:15 (25 back/25 free) descend time 1-4, 5-8
Five technique tips:
1. Tilt chin up and look at the sky. This puts head and spine in good alignment. Do not look toward your toes, as it causes hips to sink.
2. Push hips toward the surface and maintain a steady up and down flutter kick. Keep feet just below the surface of the water. Do not rotate feet with the rest of body.
3. Hands exit the water thumb first and enter the water pinky first. This requires a slight wrist and shoulder rotation as a straight arm moves through the air.
4. Arms enter the water straight up from shoulders and do not cross the center line overhead. Swimming backstroke in a straight line is difficult without following pool lines. Keep zigzags to a minimum with consistent arm placement.
5. The key to backstroke is good upper-body rotation with a motionless head. Try to roll your left shoulder to your chin as the right pinky enters the water and vice versa
drills taken from Triathlete Competitor By Sara McLarty
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.
Triathlon has been gaining attention over the years and with the help of the Dot M franchise it will only get bigger.
Shimano seize the chance to have a dedicated website just for Triathlon specific and I can foresee them having a dedicated shop just for triathletes. How cool will that be?
Take a look at the font of their webpage.
the website has a feature gallery where you see all the latest happenings for Shimano and you can even link with their Twitter or RSS feed for updates.
Do visit their website at TriShimano.com
I click on the page cause I saw CaitSnow.. LOL.. Have a great week ahead
Not sure what has happened to the titled sponsor Aviva as they have always sponsored the event, but this time the page seems to have changed into this …
So whats a triathlete got to do but to wait for it…. wonder how long its gonna take. ..
Its Tuesday, I figured out lets share this while we are heading to our midweek work week, Hang in there guys Running Motivational Posters part 3 by #RunnersWorld #Fitness #Runners
Have you ever felt that you gonna make a big one half way through a Marathon race ? or any race for the matter… would you stop ? I know I wont !
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 ?
It’s a Gorgeous Friday everyone, and if you were wondering what was that icon posted last week, it’s no road sign but a logo of a company that has “YOU” in mind, yes, you the one reading this, and this company is called RoadID.
Before I go any further let me tell you what RoadID is all about, This Company was founded by a father-and-son team and they are none other than Edward and Mike Wimmer. They have been providing safety gear to help keep you safer since 1999, and I am glad they did so. This so called bracelets are like guardian angels, no kidding. With all the unfortunate recent death of Marathoners like Claire Squires in the recent London Marathon , Jeffrey Lee for the Philadelphia Half Marathon , or even Firefighter William Caviness in the Chicago Marathon.
Those people I have mention are not old or unhealthy, they are young and even triathletes at their peak of their health, just saying that we are not bullet proof even if we are at our pink of health. I am trying to say that those death are at a high profile event, given the scenario that we are training alone running 5 am in the morning (which is a fav of mine) and I fall flat to the ground. I would have this ID tag on me telling anyone that finds me all my vital info.
I have been using RoadID since a couple of years back and it has not faded on me nor smelled on me. Why do I talk about RoadID? Cause I truly believe in a product that is for safety and has athletes in mind, but come to think of it, RoadID are not only for athletes but can also be used for everyone including your family members, This little nifty product is a bracelet that carries all the vital information for anyone in an emergency situation, and not only they have bracelet form they now come in 6 different types of design for you to choose from depending where you want to place your ID from wrist, necklace, ankle to even your shoe.
I have the wrist ID Sport on me and it goes where ever I go, I don’t only use it for sport but I use it as a fashion bracelet as well, who knows I might just drop dead when there is a pretty girl that come asking for my number. LOL See it still looks new to me.
Anyway since it’s a FRIDAY , I am gonna be doing a “GIVE AWAY FRIDAY “ I will be giving away Gift certificate worth $15 each to 2 lucky readers courtesy of RoadID. All you need to do tell me how many types of RoadID design are there. Leave your answer at the comment box below and like the post. Remember Stay SAFE !
The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and the results will be posted on this blog. Winner will be announced by Monday, May 6, 2012 at Noon. A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (May 13 at 12:00 p.m.). All prizes will be awarded. Thus, if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen. The writer of this blog will not be held liable for any typographical errors or technical failures.
This Giveaway is now closed. Chosen winners please do contact me as soon as possible.
I was browsing through Trifuels website, and I found this article, I think its only good to share this..the below excerpt was written by by Patrick McCrann on February 9, 2012
With the recent passing of our friend Chris Gleason, many here at Endurance Nation have been wondering whether we should be doing more to ensure that our participation in our beloved hobby is (more…)
“pull buoy or leg float” - is a figure-eight shaped piece of closed-cell foam used in swim workouts. Swimmers place the buoy between the legs in the crotch area to provide support to the body without kicking the legs; this allows the swimmer to focus on training only their arms
Seriously, Swimming has not been my forte and I do suck at it, maybe cause of all the blubber that is sticking on my sides of my waist, (and people say it makes you float easy) yeah right.. those fats do weigh something and it contributes to you sinking in water.. *ok that’s not true* its simple because of our body positioning and (more…)
I am sure if you are a cyclist you must have heard of this brand called ZIPP , they are the market leaders in racing wheelsets and I can tell you their wheelsels and rims are well spoken off in the racing community. Just check out this statistics done by Zipp
“You can keep going and your legs might hurt for a week or you can quit and your mind will hurt for a lifetime.”
Mark Allen – Ironman
Kona Wheel Count = World Domination
I guess they pretty much ruled the racing world, as for me I am not a promoter for ZIPP, can’t afford them as they are too costly to me. I just want to (more…)