Daily Log 31 May 2011 – ‘If I had to do 10 curls which one do I want to do the least? Number 10. Which gives 90% of the growth? Number 11’ – Anthony Robbins

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DAILY LOG 31 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

It’s been 24 hours since yesterday’s triathlon swim workout and my body is still recovering from it. My shoulders are sore, my forearms are sore, I’m sore under my arm, my legs are sore. I mean, seriously, my whole body is sore and I was questioning the wisdom of going through this.

I’t been about 4 months since I learnt how to do the freestyle. Endless hours and laps and drills in the pool has brought me to a certain proficiency in my swimming. The question is whether it’s enough. There’s a part of me that says ‘NO’ and there’s a part of me that says ‘HECK YES’.

Since I saw the ATM Triathlon on sunday, the ‘NO’ has been ringing quite loudly in my mind and I find myself thinking I have to do more, much more. Last night’s triathlon swim workout was part of doing more. The only question is, whether my body and my mind can handle it.


Obviously not, at least in my body’s current state. And I suppose that’s the case in all the situations where growth is required and demanded. The reading I’ve done says that the body can indeed handle it. The way it handles it is to adapt by going into a destructive mode on the muscles and once that’s done, it then rebuild itself. This process is never ending and that’s how we get better and stringer. Knowing that and actually experiencing and believing it is a totally different thing though. When it’s in destructive mode (i.e. induced and caused by last night’s workout), the body gets sore and it is painful. The only that we need to do is make sure we rest and give the body the nutrients and protein it needs for the rebuilding process.

But man, IT HURTS.

Read moreDaily Log 31 May 2011 – ‘If I had to do 10 curls which one do I want to do the least? Number 10. Which gives 90% of the growth? Number 11’ – Anthony Robbins

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 – Last day to register

>The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 will be held on 26 June 2011. It’s the premier running event in the country.

Today is the last day to register. Don’t miss out. If you haven’t participated in a running event before, this is a cool first event. It’s the first time I’m doing it too.

First timers can enter the 5km fun run.

Go here for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 registration website.

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If I Can Do It, So Can You…..

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Daily Log 30 May 2011 – What do you do when you are at your absolute limit? Do you quit or do you push on?

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DAILY LOG 30 MAY 2011


SWIM

I went to my first monday triathlon workout tonight. Mondays are known to be a medium intensity workout (the highest intensity being wednesday’s workout which, needless to say, I’ve never been to). If I thought the thursday’s session was hard, I don’t have any words to give justice to tonight’s workout.

Read moreDaily Log 30 May 2011 – What do you do when you are at your absolute limit? Do you quit or do you push on?

Daily Log 29 May 2011 – We can be in 1 of 3 zones: Comfort zone, panic zone and the best zone of all, the learning zone

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DAILY LOG 29 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I went to see Malaysia’s Armed Forces – Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) Triathlon today. I had registered for it earlier but decided not to do it for fear of the swim portion. Nevertheless I went to see and to learn as part of my preparation for the PD Triathlon which is a few days over 50 days from today.

It was quite an experience and I did learn a lot. The swim portion is by far the weakest of the disciplines for me. I think the idea of swimming non-stop without any rest kinda got to me. The swim portion was 1.5km today and it looked so far. Quite a few swimmers got stung by jellyfish and had to drop out. A few others suffered from cramps and also had to drop out.

GULP!

Read moreDaily Log 29 May 2011 – We can be in 1 of 3 zones: Comfort zone, panic zone and the best zone of all, the learning zone

Daily Log 28 May 2011 – So this is what a triathlon looks like

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DAILY LOG 28 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I’m at Melaka for the weekend, to watch the ATM Triathlon which will be held in a little over 7 hours. I’m getting excited as I see people on bikes riding and testing the course. I had registered myself for this event but decided not to do it as I’m not feeling the confidence for the swim portion.

The sea looks very choppy when I went to visit the swim and transition area and I’m not sure how people are able to swim through the waves.

Even I’m getting nervous and I’m not even participating. I wonder what it’ll be like when it’s my turn.

Read moreDaily Log 28 May 2011 – So this is what a triathlon looks like

Daily Log 27 May 2011 – The results we achieve are determined by what we believe we are capable of achieving

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DAILY LOG 27 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

What do you want out of life? Of course all of us want to be successful in whatever terms we deem success to be. Nobody should be judged by how they define success. We can define success through material means such as by the numbers in our bank account, how fast our car can go or how many rooms are in our house. We can also define success by the impact we have on society in terms of how many people we help or a cause we devote to. Some of us define success in spiritual terms such as how we adhere to the commandments our particular religion lays down as a way of life.

All the things I mentioned plays a part in how I define success. At the immediate moment though, I define success by how far and how fast I can go either in swimming, cycling or running.

It seemed like so long ago that I used to view a 5km run with some amount of stress. I literally had to mentally prepare myself for the run all day long. It’s the same with swimming and cycling. Nowadays I view the 5km run as an easy day for me (it’s the same as swimming 30 laps in the pool or pedaling for an hour).

Read moreDaily Log 27 May 2011 – The results we achieve are determined by what we believe we are capable of achieving

Daily Log 26 May 2011 – If you have an idea take action on it

 

DAILY LOG 26 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

I’ve been sitting on an idea for the last 3 years. My work as a trainer/coach/instructor for corporate training is going very well but I’ve always toyed with the idea of venturing into the world of public programmes which is a different world altogether. One of the reason I hesitate to do so is because I know I would lose a certain amount of anonymity. To be successful in public programmes one would have to have a strong identity and brand but I didn’t want to be ‘out there’. Isn’t that strange? As a trainer, all limelight would fall on me when I conduct the programmes but I would rather be someone who had a low profile.


I want to share some of the strategies and tools that I use in my own life to get the results I am getting and going public is the best way to spread the message (so to speak).

So today, I decided to do it. October 2011 and I want it to be big. Our initial plan is to cover 2000 participants (or Learners as I prefer to call them).

Am not sure where it will take me. One thing for certain I am feeling a renewed sense of purpose and energy. This is a good decision.

So, if you have an idea, take some action and see where it takes you. You may surprise yourself. The worse that can happen is nothing happens. The best thing that can happen is that you achieve it.

Read moreDaily Log 26 May 2011 – If you have an idea take action on it

Daily Log 25 May 2011 – Failure comes from thinking that life is 90% what happens to you and 10% how you handle it. Success come with the belief that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it…

 

DAILY LOG 25 MAY 2011


MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

Training almost every day for my triathlon has given me a different perspective towards life. The kind of training that is required for the triathlon is measured in months (and sometimes years when it comes to the Ironman Triathlons). There is no shortcut. There is no easy way out. It’s just pure and plain effort. Train for 5 hours a week and you’ll get a 5 hour a week level of performance. Train for 40 hours a week and you’ll get a 40 hour a week level of performance. At the moment I am training about 10 hours a week and that’s a far cry from the zero hour per week a year ago.

I have good days and bad days. Sometimes I think ‘what on earth am I doing this for’? whilst other times I think ‘I’m born to do this. Can I do this forever’?

More than anything I’ve ever done in my life, training for the triathlon is solely and absolutely dependent on me. There’s no one else to blame and there are no excuses available when things don’t go right. Especially so when I don’t need to do it. If I stop this whole triathlon and running business now, life will still go on. And yet I surprise myself by the level of commitment that I am capable of.

Rain or shine, if it’s time to be out there, I’m there (unless there are thunder and lightning- then it’s no longer being committed, mire like being silly).

Had a bad day at work? If it’s time to be out there, I’m there.

Missed a morning run because I have a meeting? Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it tonight.

I have had bad days when I just don’t feel like doing anything and I sometimes don’t but I’ve learnt that if I am able to push through that desire to not workout and just get myself kitted out and start the workout, that moody feeling just disappears and I would think ‘wow. I’m glad I didn’t take that day off’.

So what is the point I’m trying to make? As I said in the super long title of this ‘Failure comes from thinking that life is 90% what happens to you and 10% how you handle it. Success come with the belief that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it’.

Don’t let what happens in our day to day life to get in the way of the ‘plan’ (whether it’s a training plan for a triathlon or even a plan related to your particular dream). Whatever happens, has happened. If we allow it to have an effect on us, then we fall into the trap of failure. Dont let it disturb your momentum and keep on moving forward.

Having said all that I do absolutely enjoy the days when I decide to just veg out and become a potato on the couch, knowing full well that I’ll just run 10km tomorrow to make up for the 5km I was supposed to run that day.

RUN

I did an interval workout during the brick bike/run yesterday so it may be surprising that I did another one today. The plan I have for running scheduled an interval run today and since I felt quite strong I decided to do the interval.

The sets were as follows:

10:00 warm up
4:00 moderate hard, 30 secs recovery (repeat twice)
3:30 Hard, 30 secs recovery (repeat twice)
7:00 Hard 1:00 recovery
10:00 cool down

Running hard was, well, hard but very satisfying. I was really focussing on my form especially how my left would land. My left foot has been worrying me lately and I need to pay attention to how I land. When I am not focussing I would land on the outside of my left foot instead of the ball of the foot which is a sure recipe for injury. Need to focus on more drills and more drills and even more drills so that it becomes a habit instead of me consciously doing it. When I try to run fast (especially at the end of a race) I would tend to lose focus on my form, focussing instead on the finishing line. It’s painful when that happens. Very painful.

Anyway, the run was awesome and I’m getting some consistency when I speed up which is way good news.

CORE WORKOUT

After the run I had a core workout at home focussing on the upper body. Push ups has always been a bummer for me and I used to be useless at it. I still useless (though not as useless as before). My immediate target is to be able to do 20 in a set and to do 3 sets of it. I can do 20 now except that it feels like death. So now I am just doing 12 per set (and gradually increasing by one each time I do it). If I can do 20 push ups comfortably, then I know my core is getting stronger.

Tomorrow is swim triathlon workout day. Let’s see what happens.

About Reza Ali

Reza Ali Reactivated tells of the journey of Reza Ali as he embarks on transforming himself from a 120kg (35kg overweight) 46 inch waist unhealthy and unfit person to someone who can compete in a triathlon. Don’t be afraid to dream. Take action. Correct your mistakes. Learn from failures. Bit by bit, you will get closer to your dream.

If I Can Do It, So Can You…..
 
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Race Results – Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011

>The preliminary race results for the Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah has been released. Congratulations to all the winners and finishers and many thanks again to the Organisers, Pacesetters as well as to the volunteers.

Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011 14km preliminary results

Also read my Race Report for the Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011

About Reza Ali

Reza Ali Reactivated tells of the journey of Reza Ali as he embarks on transforming himself from a 120kg (35kg overweight) 46 inch waist unhealthy and unfit person to someone who can compete in a triathlon. Don’t be afraid to dream. Take action. Correct your mistakes. Learn from failures. Bit by bit, you will get closer to your dream.

If I Can Do It, So Can You…..


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