I first took up triathlon as cross trainings and I also need some distractions from running when I plateaued. Then I realized this is what I really want. I fell in love with the sport and like every triathletes I too want to set my feet on the Big Island for Ironman World Championship someday (maybe by winning my AG when I am 70)
I started my training programme for Asics Half Marathon, Gold Coast 2012 with 74 days to go yesterday. My target is to finish this race under 2 hours. It may sound impossible now as my personal best is a meagre 2:33:30. But I will give everything in me to do this. I have to. I regard this as my personal qualifying time to enter Dubai Marathon in January 2013. I will train hard and stick to my training programme even though it will be very difficult to train in the sizzling Doha summer leading up to the race. (Terus lagu Justin Bieber Never Say Never bermain dalam kepala, p/s im not the Bieb's fan ok). I guess I am lucky to have full support from my wife and constant encouragement and motivation from the members of Doha Bay Running Club. I have won half of the battle there I believe. Now I only have myself to beat.
I went to Roth with an objective to have a new Personal Best in full distance triathlon. I will be happy with anything better than 14:22:58. This was what I told everyone, but secretly I was hoping for a sub 12 hour finish. I knew it was a tall order with only 8 weeks of training and missing a lot of sessions in the last 4 weeks during the month of Ramadan. The training during summer in Qatar and during Ramadan was really hard, almost impossible. Luckily I had a great support from my wife. She joined me in some of the long runs and long rides and she even bought me a Wahoo Kickr bike trainer so I could train at home (I promise I'll pay her back later). I also had a great support from MAD Triathlon, PSY Tribuddies and Project Banana cyclists which certainly make it a little bit easier. Thank you so much guys. You know who you are and I cannot thank you guys enough.
6 July 2017
I took the train from Munich airport to Nuremberg Central with a change at Munich Central. It…
Ironman Malaysia 2017 Race Report By Mohd Syafei Bin Ahmad
Intro It took me almost two weeks to finally sit and write this
race report. I still feel the highs from the race and can’t move on from all the
excitement I had in Langkawi two weeks ago. Ironman Malaysia is like an unofficial
national championship for Malaysian triathletes. Almost everyone I know from
the local Tri community descended on the island to battle it out for the
bragging rights to finish an Ironman or finishing among the top Malaysian
finishers on home soil. I would say everyone must be proud to earn their
Ironman title in Langkawi. It
is among the toughest Iron distance courses in the world for crying out
loud. I personally took this race very seriously. My goals were to PB, complete
the race in less than 12 hours and finish among the top 20 Malaysian. Going
into this race I secretly marked few Malaysian triathletes I know, rename them
as the world’s top athletes and pretended that we are racing in Kailua-Kona.
Last week, almost everyone in Malaysia's triathlon community converged in Langkawi to battle it out for the coveted bragging rights of becoming among the best Malaysian finishers. Mohd Amran, the top Malaysian finisher in 2016 was not competing this year following a bike accident few months ago and it then a straight forward battle between Rupert Chen and Shahrom Abdullah who made a come back after a long hiatus. Few notable triathletes were also missing in the top 20 this year. Many people suffered on the run after clocking faster time on the bike. Maybe because it was 'cooler' this year and most people took the risk to ride harder. Overall it was still a good race. Well done everyone and see you again in 2018.