Daily Log 18 June 2011 – How can lightning strike a person twice in a day? Hoohathlon pre-race prep

DAILY LOG 18 JUNE 2011

PRE RACE PREP – HOOHATHLON

Tomorrow is the Hoohathlon which is a mini sprint triathlon organised by hooha.asia. It’s got all the trimming of a proper triathlon and it’s touted as a fun triathlon. This will be my first ever triathlon and regardless of how short it is, it gives me a chance to put all these months of hard work to a test.

The Hoohathlon comprises of a 150m swim, a 10km bike and ends with a 5km run. I am used to doing brick workouts of 20km and 5km so I am not expecting any drama for those 2. The swim though only 150m is something I;m really looking forward to. Since the triathlon clinic earlier in the month I have really put in a lot of attention on swimming and despite the numerous setbacks in my swimming, I know that I will be able to get through it. I am not really putting any time for the swim portion though I would be happy to get it done in under 10 minutes. If I face significant challenges in the freestyle I can always revert to the breastroke.

We have checked in at the Putrajaya Pullman Hotel which is fantastic as the race venue is literally 1 3 minute walk away.

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Daily Log 17 June 2011 – Commitment to technical excellence as a way of life

My first time open water swim

DAILY LOG 17 JUNE 2011

TECHNIQUE

OK. After my drama during my swimming session on thursday I’ve had a lot to think about. A few people wrote on my facebook wall that I shouldn’t give up and that I’m actually doing ok. Many many thanks for your encouragement and support. Just to clear away any doubts, I am not going to quit and in fact it has spurred me to find new ways and strategies to do better.

Technique is important not only in sports but in all skills that we want to acquire. When I started training for the triathlon, I said to myself that it doesn’t matter if I’m not be the fastest as long as I’m the one with the best technique. At that time, running was my biggest obstacle and the one with the greatest likelihood of injury especially when I consider that I weighed in at 120kg. That’s a lot of pounding on the knees and ankles so my technique better be good.

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

DAILY LOG 16 JUNE 2011

SWIM

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 15 June 2011 – Reza Ali to launch a book soon

It wa a really fun session for me (at least when I started to loosen up)

DAILY LOG 15 JUNE 2011

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

Over the last few weeks I have embarked on a small project, a book. I’ve wanted to write a book for a long time now but when it comes to doing something about it, I’ll always a reason to do it another time. For some reason I got really inspired about 3 weeks ago and have begun the book. I now have the outline and structure and have slowly started filling in certain sections of the book. I’ve even started to get things on audio as part of the marketing preparation. More details will come later. Suffice to say, life is really starting to pick up. With the book, and the recording and the planning and not to forget, my triathlon training, I find myself really really looking for more time in a day.

I feel so lucky and fortunate to be able to do all this.

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

DAILY LOG 14 JUNE 2011

SWIM

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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Daily Log 13 June 2011 – When mastering a skill, focus on small improvements rather than big ones

SWIM

I went for my triathlon swim workout this evening. I’ve discovered that every time I go for the workout I would write something like ‘that was the toughest swim workout I ever did’ and I would honestly think that it could not get tougher. Well it did today.

This was the workout we did:

  • 50 reps stretchcordz (repeat 3 times)
  • Warm up 75m freestyle 25m breastroke (repeat 3 times)
  • 50m fins 50m freestyle with fins (repeat 3 times)
  • 200m freestyle with fins (repeat 4 times)
  • 400m freestyle
  • 400m freestyle with paddles
  • Cool down 100m easy

Weekly Log 6 – 12 June 2011

My first time open water swim

WEEKLY LOG 6 – 12 JUNE 2011

A pretty normal week this week. Apart from me still not recovering 100% from the flu, everything else is ok. I didn’t push myself as intensely as I normally do, I was still able to put some good workouts in (and some pretty bad ones too).

This is how the week went.

Daily Log 12 June 2011 – What would you do if you knew you cannot fail

DAILY LOG 12 JUNE 2011

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

‘What would you do if you knew you cannot fail’?

This question was asked of me a long time ago by my Business School For Entrepeneurs (BSE) Instructor, Dominique Lyone. Ever since I attended the BSE, my life has literally undergone a major overhaul (several times actually). I quit my job, I started to take to the stage to be a trainer and instructor, I started my own training and consulting company, became broke and nearly bankrupt and of course am now in training for a triathlon.

Looking back over the years (there’s been 8 of them), I can honestly say I have had a blessed life even during the many downs that I had to endure. The BSE taught me the meaning of commitment, the power of planning, the magic of thinking big and the absolute wonder of life.

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Daily Log 11 June 2011 – find your passion and make an empire out of it

DAILY LOG 11 JUNE 2011

MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS

Yesterday I watched a video by Brendan Burchard, the author of several books and the founder of The Expert Academy. It was a solid value and really got me thinking about a lot of things. One of the most profound things I learnt from him was to figure out what I am passionate about and build an empire out of it.

I am passionate about a lot of things but yesterday I discovered that I wasn’t really doing anything about it. Yes, one of the things I want to do is help and support people to achieve success but I haven’t really done it on a large scale, much less build an empire out of it.

So all day I’ve been thinking about what I know, what I’ve gone through, what I’ve learnt and how I can use all this to support people achieve success.

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