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 …

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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?

See photos taken by Reza Ali Photography during the ATM Triathlon on 29 May 2011

>Here are the photos taken during the recent ATM Triathlon 2011 held on May 29. Congratulations to winners and finishers and thanks to the organisers. You can see the pictures at the link below. Swim and T1 Part 1 Swim and T1 Part 2 Bike Leg Part 1 Bike Leg Part 2 Run Leg Part …

Read moreSee photos taken by Reza Ali Photography during the ATM Triathlon on 29 May 2011

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 …

Read moreDaily 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…

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 …

Read moreRace Results – Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011