Race Report Port Dickson International Triathlon 23 July 2011

Race Report

PD International Triathlon

Sprint Distance

23 July 2011

I’ve been training for 7 months to get to this stage and this is a validation of all the effort I’ve put in. Obviously I’m still alive enough to write this Race Report. So here goes.

Swim 750m

It’s no secret that I am a weak swimmer. In fact, out of the 3 disciplines of the triathlon, swimming is by far the weakest of them all. I have had several disasters during swim especially in the Hoohathlon as well as the Triathlon Clinic I attended.

This morning I tried something new and went for a warm up swim at the beach for 20 minutes. And actually it felt great. After the swim, I walked slowly from the beach area to the Marina, getting ready for the pontoon start.

I hated the idea of starting from the pontoon. I think it’s because I have to jump right into the deep end. I waited around for 15 minutes before it was time to start swimming. When the horn blew, I didn’t give myself a chance to think about anything and just jumped in. My strategy was to do the breaststroke until I got comfortable with the water. Then I would switch to the freestyle.

When I jumped in I had to make sure that my goggle was tight and that no water seeped in. I could feel just a little droplet of water in my left eye and I hesitated to move forward and actually started to turn back. But I knew if I turned back all sorts of drama could happen so I decided to move forward instead of turning back.

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Daily Logs 27, 28, 29, 30 June 2011 – Busy working on my book ‘ReActivate Your Life – How To Make Changes And Achieve Anything You Want In Your Life’


OK. I have been neglecting writing here for a few days. So now I have to make a quick recap of the activities during the day. Before I do that, the book ‘ReActivate Your Life – How To Make Changes And Achieve Anything You Want In Your Life’ that I’m writing is going well and my new website will be launched next week. I’ve also been working on some audio recording as well as articles about some of the principles I’m going to include in the book.

The other exciting thing is that I have registered as a contributor to ezinearticles.com. I’m still a novice at writing and this is one of the steps I’m taking to improve my writing. Have a look there if you have the time.


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Race Report – Standard Chartered KL Marathon 10km 26 June 2011

The 10km race held during the Standard Chartered KL Marathon held on 26 June 2011 is my 7th race for 2011 (actually my 7th race ever). The Standard Chartered KL Marathon in the premier event in the running calender for Malaysia. And it did not disappoint.

Flag Off

Arrived there at about 6:45AM and made it just in time for the flag off (barely). I hade underestimated the traffic and parking and was relying purely on luck. We arrived at the venue much much earlier but couldn’t find any parking spots and the police had erected road blocks all over the place. Luck was really on our side as we found a nice parking space near Bank Negara. After parking the car we rushed to the start line for the 10km run (near the National Monument) and got there literally when the gun went off for the 10km run. Nothing to worry about through as there were thousands and thousands of people waiting to run at the starting line. Even when the gun went off I was still not moving. The slow shuffling itself took me about 10 minutes before I could start running.

When I did start running I was already quite warmed up and I settled into an easy pace. My strategy was to run easy for the first 5km and then pick up the pace for the final 5.

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Daily Log 25 June 2011 – Pre Race Prep for The Standard Chartered KL International Marathon

Tomorrow is the Standard Chartered KL International Marathon, the premier running event in Malaysia. About twenty thousand people have registered to run for the various races, 42.2 km, 21.1km, 10km and the fun run 5km. I entered the 10km race which is due to flag off at seven o’clock.

This will be the second 10km event that I have entered, the first being the Larian Bomba where I recorded a time of 93 mins. My target is to first better that 93 mins and then to break the 90min barrier. Going by the pace that I’m running these days I should be able to do it in 80mins (if I don’t walk). This will be a true test of the state of my mind as I would suddenly stop running in the last few races for no reason at all and because of that, my time suffers.

So regardless of pace, I will make sure I don’t suddenly stop running. Tonight’s going to be an interesting night as I want to get an early night sleep which will be real challenge as I don’t sleep easily.


I did another brick bike and run workout today. Nothing to intense, just half an hour for each of the workout. As the day of the triathlon gets nearer, I have to really get used to the transition between the bike and the running.

An interesting thing to note is that I must remember to start if slowly for tomorrow’s race. Whenever I start off strongly I always tire out in the end. Hopefully for this race I can get faster and faster rather than slower and slower.

Wish me luck and keep an eye out for the race report tomorrow.

Daily Log 22 June 2011 – My book, ‘ReActivate Your Life – How to make changes and achieve anything you want in your life’




I am writing a book. There, I said it. I’ve been mulling the idea of penning down what I’ve learnt over the years that has enabled to me to make some major and extra-ordinary changes in my life. I began to write about 2 weeks ago and frankly speaking I didn’t know what to write and how to write it. There’s been days wen I would sit down and stare at the monitor without a clue of what to write about. Recently, the ideas just kept flowing in and them more I write, the more the ideas would come.

I don’t want this to be a conventional book and I am striving to make it different, if not in thee way it is written then in the way I write it. So I’ve decided to start releasing excerpts from the book. The first one can be found on the ReActivate Your Life Facebook Fan Page for the book. Have a read of it. It’s called, ‘Why some changes are doomed to fail’.

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Daily Log 21 June 2011 – If you’re going to be here, make sure you add value to the world



A strange thing happened to me in the pool tonight. I wanted to go swimming after my bike and run workout today. As I was stretching and warming up before getting into the pool, I saw someone getting lessons from the swim coach at the club. I was getting really fascinated by him as I can see that he was really putting his heart and soul into each stroke. I was really getting inspired watching him learn how to swim and was just thinking that I need to get back into that mode if I’m going to improve my swimming.

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Race Report – Hoohathlon 19 June 2011




After last nights disaster, I was hoping that today was free from drama. We arrived at the venue to pick up our race gear at about 6:15. As soon as I arrived, a few people had come up to me and asked, ‘are you Reza Ali’? Unbelievably, it turns out that they were actually people who follow my blog. So for a few brief moments I became a celebrity. The organisers were very enthusiastic about me turning up and had asked if they could interview me. I obliged (which was a big mistake) as I was rambling on and on. I can’t actually remember what I said. I hope the soundbytes are good. This is not the time to look like an idiot.

The most exciting thing for me during the pre race prep was getting my arms marked with my race number. I was told that I was the first one to register so I was given the race number ‘2001’ which I thought was quite cool.

After all that, it was time for me to start preparing my transition area. My bike (being racer 2001) was stationed right at the front near the bike exit area. We had gone through the transition area setup during the Triathlon Clinic and I was eager to put it into practice.

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Daily Log June 16 2011 – Drama at the swimming pool. I really want to quit swimming



I have a love hate affair with swimming and tonight was the hate part of the relationship. I probably spend more time in the pool these days than I do on the bike or running. What frustrates me most is that I don’t seem to be improving. It’s almost as if everytime I take one step forward I take a giant leap back. Well, tonight I had a bit of a blow up during the triathlon swimming workout and I walked out of the pool and went home.

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Daily Log 14 June 2011 – Today I ran the fastest 5km ever



I swam for about an hour today wanting to get a better feel for my technique.  In yesterday’s triathlon workout, I wrote that I can feel a slight improvement in my strokes and that I am using more of my shoulders and not my arms. And today I wanted to really solidify that new sensation. I also get the impression that I can stretch my arms further when I utilise my shoulders more. I didn’t get a chance to record my lap times so I can’t tell whether it’s making me go any faster. I doubt it and frankly speaking it’s not really important to me at the moment to go faster. I just want to make sure I can swim comfortably and that I don’t tire myself out too much. In the triathlon I still have to cycle and run so not being tired after the swim really counts.

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