10 Reasons To Sign Up For A Triathlon

I trained to compete in triathlons in 2011. It was the most rewarding experience of my life.
I have some questions for you.
Have you noticed the few extra pounds hanging onto your mid section?Do you find yourself struggling when you have to get through a flight of stairs?Do you lose your breath easily?Is there a section in your wardrobe that you haven’t touched for a long time because ‘it feels just a little bit tight’?Do you dread your next physical exam and does that scale look uninviting and unwelcoming?
Read on if you want to do something about it.I was of all that. When I was in my teens I had a 36 inch waist and weighed in at 83 kg. I played rugby, tennis and hockey. Fast forward 25 years later my waist had ballooned to 48 inches and I topped the scales at 120 kg and I wasn’t doing anything approaching sports and exercises. I had a scare at the doctors when they admitted me for a suspected heart attack a few years before I hit 40. My blood pressure indicated I was heading for full-blown hypertension. Getting up the stairs required a huge effort and I often had to rest before I could go on.
Then I decided to get a grip on my life and started training for the triathlon.
For those who don’t know, the triathlon is a multi-sports event that combines swimming, cycling and running. There are different levels of triathlons depending on the distance. The sprint distance triathlon is the shortest at 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. The Ironman distance is the longest and most intense at 3.8km swim, 180km bike and a marathon 42.2 km run, all of which has to be completed within 17 hours. The sprint triathlon was my first triathlon event during the Port Dickson International Triathlon in July 2011. I completed it in a time of 2 hours 5 mins 5 secs.
I trained for 7 months to prepare for the sprint triathlon. I had to relearn how to swim, cycle and run. In the process I lost 25 kg (and am planning to lose another 15). My waist went down from 48 inches to 38 inches. I now swim, cycle and run. My doctors have certified me as super fit except for 1 nagging issue, I was still considered obese (hence the aim of losing another 15 kg). I can now bounce up the stairs and hardly feel it.
All because I started to train for the triathlon.
If that’s not enough motivation for you, here are some reasons why you should consider the triathlon:
You will learn discipline. Triathlons are multi events requiring a high level of discipline. If you’re not disciplined in your approach to the training as well as the events itself, it could lead to injury or even accidents.You will become more patient. There are no shortcuts. For the ones who have had a sedentary lifestyle (like me), it will take a long time before your body can get used to the punishment of competing. Weeks can go by before you begin to notice improvements in any of the events.You will become more focussed. You have to focus on one particular triathlon discipline when you train (unless you’re doing back to back workouts). Most people I’ve spoken to agree that there will be one discipline which will have a lion’s share of challenges. You can’t allow the challenges of 1 discipline to effect the others. Mine was swimming. As bad as my swimming was, I had to learn to put it aside when I cycle or run. It’s the same during the triathlon itself. It doesn’t matter how bad the swim was, when it’s time to cycle, cycle. When it’s time to run, run.You will understand the true meaning of commitment. I went through many doubts and hesitations when I trained for the triathlon. The desire to give up became stronger during the difficult training periods when my body was in pain. I went through a period of having to ice both ankles every night for 3 months. Each night I wanted to give up.You will understand how to become technically excellent. Injuries abound if you don’t respect the technical excellence that each disciplines requires. You have to spend hours and hours on drills and workouts to become technically proficient (not even excellent yet). Not only that you will have to be aware of your technical deficiencies so that you can improve on them. It’s a very good way to learn how to learn.You will be able to handle failures better. There are good days and bad days. I always have some sort of targets (or mini targets) during each training session. When I don’t meet the targets my doubts would come back. The challenge is to make each failure something to learn from.You will feel great. I mentioned in the previous point about handling failures better. Well, let’s talk about success. When you meet your targets in training that you’ve never done before or being able to master that particular technique you’ve practiced for what seemed like years, the accompanying feeling is unbelievable. I remember the first time I ran for 5km non-stop. It took me about 50 minutes (which I find very slow now). Considering a few months before I couldn’t last even a minute of running, that day was a big milestone and that feeling was indescribable.You will become fit. Fitness is a relative term. I consider myself fit now because I can run for an hour without stopping. This is a lot different to a year ago when I couldn’t even run for a minute without gasping for air. I’m working toward running for longer distances and for that I have to become not only fitter but also have more endurance.

You will inspire others. I keep another blog detailing my triathlon experience (go towww. and I found out that people were actually reading and getting inspired by my journey and I often get embarrassed when people recognize me at running events and telling me how I inspired them. It’s great to have a positive impact on others.

There’s no feeling that can compare to the feeling of crossing the finishing line. I saved this one for last. After 7 months of training I finally made it to the finishing line. There’s only one word to describe it. JOY. The pain was worth it. The stress was worth it. The whole journey was worth it.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for one and start training. You won’t regret it.
How about you? What benefits did you get from competing in triathlons?

Starting Over

Have you ever felt like you were lost in this world? Have you ever wanted to forget everything and start over?
Looking Good But Going Nowhere
I’ve certainly felt that way a lot in the past. I worked hard, but I felt that I wasn’t getting anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that I felt this way was that I didn’t spend enough time thinking about what I wanted in life. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not! I noticed that when I don’t have a real destination, I end up going round and round in circles and I often find myself back to where I started and with nothing to show for it.
I was fed up with the state of my life,  my job, my family and the state of my finances. My health was not doing too good either and I was even admitted to the hospital for a suspected heart attack, at age 36.
Enough Is Enough
One day I said enough is enough and I set out to make changes. I thought it would be easy until I started making the changes. Nothing worked and everything was the same. In fact some areas of my life got progressively worse.
It wasn’t until I started to read up, attend seminars and talk to successful people that I began to understand what I was doing wrong. It was only then that it dawned on me that it is possible to start over.
It’s Easy To Blame
You see I was blaming a lot of people for the state of my life. I blamed my family members, I blamed my bosses, I blamed my friends. I even blamed life for being so cruel. It wasn’t until I made the conscious decision to never blame anyone in my life again that things started to change. There’s a simple word to describe that decision. It’s called taking responsibility. And when I did that, my life changed.
The First Step
If you want to start changing things in your life, first take responsibility for your life.
Another reason why I was not able to get what I wanted was because I didn’t know what I wanted in the first place and even if I had some idea of what I wanted, it was so vague and unclear. And when things are vague and unclear, we are unable to do what is probably one of the greatest hallmarks of successful people, focus.
The Second Step
The other problem I experienced was that I was simply doing to many things at the same time. Have you ever experienced the time when you seem to be thinking, doing and worrying about a lot of things? And when that happens, don’t you find yourself worrying so much about it, you end up not doing much and achieving very little?
This shouldn’t be an exercise in multi tasking. When you start to do too many things at one time you begin to lose focus and that’s when things can start to break down.
If you want to start changing things in your life, first take responsibility for your life.
If you want to start changing things in your life, make sure you focus on a few and get them done instead of focusing on the many and get nothing done.
The Third Step
The final reason why I wasn’t getting what I want is that I didn’t take action. Taking action is one of the most basic principles of success. If you don’t take action, you’re not going to get what you want. It was really that simple. I had a lot of ideas and a lot of things I wanted to do but I never took any action on them. I see other people get what they want and the difference is that they took action. I didn’t.
If you want to start changing things in your life, first take responsibility for your life.
If you want to start changing things in your life, make sure you focus on a few and get them done instead of focussing on the many and get nothing done.
If you want to start changing things in your life, make sure you take action and not wait for it to happen.
It’s Just The Beginning
Does this mean all will be all right when you take these three steps? By no means does this mean that everything will be all right and there are other things that needs to be done. I would say this though. Taking these three steps means that you are starting a new journey and maybe even an adventure.
If I didn’t take these first three steps, I would never have changed and things could have gotten much worse. If you’re looking to start over and get a fresh start, these three steps could get you on your way.
What about you? What strategies has helped you to start over?What kind of challenged do you face when you try to start over?

My Teacher _ Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

This was taken at the end of Quran Intensive 2016 conducted at Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur.
I attended the 2015 Quran Intensive Program held in Kuala Lumpur. I used to think that the Quran was beyond my means to understand. My biggest revelation was that learning Arabic was not as difficult as I originally thought. I am by no means an expert now after 6 months and I still struggle with the grammar. But sometimes in salat or when I recite the Quran, there are moments when some ayat and words seems to jump from the page straight into my heart. And that’s a marvellous feeling.
I highly recommend Bayyinah’s program especially Quran Intensive so sign up if there’s one being organised near you. Even if it’s not near and you have to travel, it’s worth it.

Podium Power

Podium Power by Clinton Swaine and the Frontier Trainings gang. I’m used to being on stage and having the spotlight on me. Podium Power is pushing me to the max. Phew. I’m doing things I don’t normally do and things that I thought I couldn’t do.
Seriously. If you want to experience something awesome click on this link
Play To Win is a 3 day program that introduces you to Clintons seminars. I attended it a few weeks ago and it had an amazing impact on me.
I learnt greater distinctions on leadership, public speaking and teamwork.
It’s unbelievable that you can attend at no cost.