New Year, New Challenges

As the new school year is finally here I would like to inform you on what I will be doing this here.

For a start I will be competing in the International Schools Cross Country Competition (ISCCC) next week which is one of the biggest cross country meets in the year. A day after that I will be running in the Standerd Charted 5km race.

November, my most hectic month of the year and it is where I will be competing in a totalI of 8 events (3 of them are football events) and a number of road races within the month as well.

In December I will be going to Langkawi for a 4 day athletes camp where I will be living the life of a professional.

Another highlight of the year ahead is that I will be doing my first ever 10km race in Borneo! I am also competing in the international schools athletics competition this year where I will try to claim gold 3rd year in a row.

What are you doing this year?

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Victory has a price

 What would you do to have your country’s anthem played as a gold medal glimmers on your neck?

What would you do to have a stadium chant your name?

what would you do to win?

 

Yes you could buy the latest and most high tech gear on the market, and in no way am I saying that it won’t help; of course I am a prime suspect of caving in and splashing out money on ultra light weight clothes and shoes however I am saying you can’t win a race by simply having the best gear, if you want to win you have to pay the price of time. I’m talking about training, you have to train and when I say train I mean make a schedule and follow it, make it part of your everyday life because if you work hard and train hard you can win! 

 

Natural ability can only get you so far.

One of my top competitors is a very naturally gifted runner, him and I have a very intense rivalry as we are normally seconds apart, however this year I knew that if i wanted to win more and by allot I would have to train, so that’s what I did, I trained and trained and trained where as my competitor didn’t – he thought that his natural ability would do the work so he missed some training sessions and didn’t really try and then when it came down to the big races I ended up winning by about 200-300m and then at the very end of the year everybody in our training group had to do a 3km time trial and I won and beat my PB by 10 seconds and I was 5m away from lapping my competitor.

So now I have opened the gap by allot in the year and he will have to try and close it by training however it will be hard for him to do the amount of training he needs to close the gap as he is so used to not training.

 

What would you do to win?

 

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Thyanpura triathlon camp

Thyanpura Triathlon Camp 2014

This week I was fortunate enough to go to a top class sports school in Phuket Thailand in which I endured a camp directed at triathletes, the camp was 5 days long and consisted of various activities related to the 3 attributes of a triathlon – Swimming, Biking and Running – the camp has the best facilities which attract every athlete (including pros) Thyanpura is equipped with a Olympic size pool, multiple tennis courts, a 500m track, etc. last year Thyanpura was visited by the Australian national triathlon team and this year I met 3 proffesional triathletes and a ex-pro, former Olympian and Australian record holder for the 1500m

The camp was hard work and great fun I will definitely do it again next year.

Have you ever been to a camp?

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My Summer Schedule

This summer I will be traveling to England where I will spend 4 weeks and then return back to Malaysia the purpose of this post is to inform you on what I will be doing there (in terms of running).

Full Potential Running Camp – In England I will be spending 5 days in a residential running camp where I will learn about healthy eating, preparation, training, etc. The camp came highly recommended and just by reading their website (link below) I can see why as Full Potential was founded 7 years ago and offers a huge variety of coaching for any standard, I mentioned Full Potential in my previous article about my Garmin Forerunner 220 and how they provide high end training plans for Garmin Connect.

Full Potential – http://www.fullpotential.co.uk

What are you doing this summer?

 

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Breaking my 3km PB

At the beginning and end of every term my coach has everyone undergo a 3km time trial; as we do this in a running club after school and with the lovely compliment of malay weather it is normally a dreaded day among the majority of the group however I knew that I was prepared for it, I had been training and eating well and although the colossal hurdle of 33 degrees Celsius weather and humidity were knocking at my door I pushed on, with the help of my coach who was running beside me I finished the 7 and 1/2 laps at a time of 11:21   minuets (almost lapping second place); beating my PB by 16 seconds and breaking the 3km Key stage 3 record, which means I hold all of the key stage 3 long distance records (800m – 5000m) a very hard and enduring task to which I’m very thankful of and I would not have been able to accomplish with out the help of my coach and support from my family and friends.

 

What are your personal goals?

 

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Mizuno Wave Musha 5 shoe review

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This past year I have been running in the Mizuno Wave Musha 5, a lightweight racing flat that offers support and comfort in your ride.

In my opinion the Wave Musha 5 is a very good racing flat and I have used this shoe for every race this year so it’s fair to say I have put some mileage into this shoe and there is only wear on the top of the toe box and on the mid foot/forefoot area, which is good but for me I have completely rundown the shoe – to a point that I had to buy I new pair – I think that the Mizuno logo on the shoe is made out of a bad material along with the design on the back (which is made out of the same material) I am also not a big fan of the “Wave” technology and I think the only thing it adds to the shoe is weight.

 

What shoe are you wearing?

 

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The Music Run by AIA (5km)

Today I ran and won the first ever Music Run, the race was good apart from the start where they where counting down for a Mexican wave and the officials opened the gate then the confetti went off to make it look like the race had started, so I went off later to be stopped at 2km to wait for everyone else as they had been called back. For me it was a good race, I was on track for a 18/19 minute race but the officials kept on making me stop to take pictures and dance with famous musicians so I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t reach my goal but I ended up with a good time of 20:47 minutes. 

The course was good with clear signs on where to go so I didn’t really need the bike rider who told me where to go – even though I was ahead of him most of the race – the support on the course was also great for every kilometre they had supporters and sometimes they would be cheerleaders others they would be people dressed up like psy or elvis, a really good race to do with the whole family.

As it was the first ever Music Run it was all a bit hectic, there was not enough parking spaces for the 7000 people that went and they delayed the race by 40 minutes letting the runners deal with the morning heat, but overall a great race which was very well organised (apart from the start) and I will be looking forward to next years race which is hopefully going to be better.

What is the craziest race you have been to?

 

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