Reza’s current swimming form has improved but there’s a long way to go…

The triathlon swim workout I have last monday was the toughest workout I’ve ever done. I managed to take some video during the workout and have made a short clip of it. I can immediately see a few things that I need to work on especially my recovery. I am still not finishing the stroke …

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>Weekly Log 18 – 24 April 2011

> Photo by Johan Sopiee MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS I’m watching a recording of the 2011 Boston Marathon as I write this and Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai is about to run his last mile. What an amazing runner. I know he’s about to run the fastest marathon recorded with a time of 2 hours 3 mins 2 secs. If …

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Daily Log 10 March 2011 – Running drills

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How my running changed in 5 months

In 2 days time I will be competing in the FT Day 7km run which is my first running event. I didn’t plan to have any hard runs as I have to rest and taped down to prepare for the event so yesterday I went on the elliptical for some low effort and low impact exercise. Today I decided to go for a gentle easy run and work on some POSE running drills. Technique is all important for me now not only because it reduces the possibility of injury but also because I think improving my running form will give me considerable pace and distance. Besides, I’ve always been envious when I see runners with a smooth and fluid running motion which almost seems effortless. I’m not smooth and look more solid and fluid and definitely you can see the effort written all over my face.

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Still working on my running technique but there’s some progress…

>Running has always been the one discipline that presents the greatest amount of risk in terms of injury but gives the greatest opportunity for fitness. Ever since I started running about 5 months ago (doesn’t seem so long ago) I’ve taken exceptional care to make sure I run with the proper running technique. I’ve gone to a running clinic, read as many books about it as I can and captured as many pictures and video footages of me running as I can so that improve my running form.

My greatest challenges remains the same as when I first wrote about my running problems. and you can see it in the video below,

You can see the heel strike as well as my legs hitting the ground and my knees hardly bending not to mention my pronating when you see my stride straight on.

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Testing my new camera (and improving my stroke)

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I bought a new camera today, an Olympus Mju Tough 8010. It’s a waterproof camera and I’m having so much fun with it. I want to record and document as much of my journey as possible and it’s perfect for video and still work.

See the video below.

In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on swimming technique and I downloaded a PDF by Terry Loughlin of Total Immersion Swimming fame.

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My 3rd link in a triathlon, swimming……..

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I taught myself how to swim about 8 years ago. It was a clumsy breaststroke. There was no technique in it. Just simple experimentation to figure out what can prevent me from sinking in the pool. When I managed to stay afloat I suprised myself by swimming 3.6 km in my small 30m pool at the condo. I had to do more than 100 laps and it took me about 5 slow hours. I felt quite accomplished at that time considering I had only learnt a few weeks before that.

My freestyle stroke leaves a lot to be desired and I find it impossible to sustain so I gave up. When I decided to complete in a triathlon, I knew I had to conquer a mountain to climb. I had to work on my running technique, my cycling technique and my freestyle technique. I’ve been working on my running about 75% of the time as it was my weakest link. The climax to my journey in running was about 2 weeks ago when I ran a half marathon.

Brick run 20km bicycle 5km run

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I did it. Smiling after more than

2 hours of cycling and running  

I decided after my 10km run last week that I am capable of doing more. So today I decided to do a 2/3 sprint triathlon consisting of a 20km bicycle ride and a 5km run. I’ve never really ridden the bike at such a distance as my focus for the moment is running. But today seems like a great day to set more milestones so right in the middle of the day with the sun high up in the sky I began my little expedition.

I chose to ride my Roo D3 Dahon Folding Bike. Although I do have a road race bike, A Helios Polygon, I’m having difficulty with the clip pedals as I’m still mastering getting my shoe cleats off of it. Also, I am planning to ride around the park and going on a road race bike seems to be a bit of an overkill. The folding bike is much more fun as well.

Reza’s running problems

> (Original post 28 January 2011) I don’t want to give the impression that my journey towards getting fit and competing in a triathlon is all easy and not without its problems. It’s the most difficult things I’ve ever done and I’m facing so many issues that it’s sometimes feels overwhelming. The biggest issue I …

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