Completed 3 Olympic distance triathlons this year. Gonna do the half ironman next! Which 2 to 3 times longer. I know my weakest is cycling. My previous average was 20kmph, now I have moved to 26kmph. Looking at cycling times of the pros goes more than 40kmph. I’d be happy to get 30 kph. I have asked around and people have been recommending hill rides, and high intensity interval training, and… More frequent training. More Health and Fitness News & Tips at Greatist.
The following info graphic is what I found and am gonna try. Apparently I’m already doing the run, now gonna apply the bike ride.
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Yesterday I decided to purchase a heart rate monitor at shopping.com.bn. After the purchase I was told to pick up a scratch card and scratch. I decided to do some rituals I used to do when I played card games. Which involved shuffling 7 times, then split once. Then I spread it out for my wife to choose. When I scratched the card, I was shocked to see the text “iPad mini wifi 16gb”. I almost couldn’t process what was happening. I asked the sales clerk for confirmation that this was real. It was. It really really was. It was my first time that I remember winning anything from a lucky draw or scratch card.
I was happy the whole night. I even contemplated of whether to sell it or to keep it. Considering I have been telling myself and others I was an android guy. I have decided to keep it. Another series of thoughts came to mind. I realized I was thinking, what did I do right to deserve such a gift, in the past one week I had two separate incidents, one was a self accident on a bicycle, and another a careless slip and fall of the edge of a small drain. Was the universe balancing out? If that’s the case then I could ask what did I do to deserve the accidents? There’s also the fact that I volunteered for ASEAN Young Professional Volunteers Corps last month, although I did lost my camera in Cambodia. Was it a reward for my contributions and a replacement for my lost?
Then I remembered what I learned in psychology and in landmark forum. Specifically about events as they happened vs the story we built on it. I realize that the prize was a form of a reward as I felt good about it. It is only natural that with a reward or any form of positive feedback, a person would try to figure out what lead to the event, in order for them to repeat that rewarding event. Which showed, as I bought accessories for my iPad mini, to get another chance to scratch the cards. Which I followed my previous ritual, but to my slight disappointment I didn’t get anything more.
On the point of negative feedbacks, or in the case that someone fails, it’s also natural for one to try and figure out what one did wrong. In order to avoid from happening again.
These mechanisms are helpful for our survival, to get what we want and to avoid what we don’t want.
The truth is that I bought something, and out of chance, I got a gift. And for the accidents was I did or didn’t do something that caused it to happen. To ponder more may just be an delusional, But it’s a nice story that I can tell myself, that when something bad happens, then it is a test of my self, and when something good happens then it means god… the universe… Loves me
Not so long ago, I stumbled frequently on the subject of financial intelligence, it got me thinking, what was financial intelligence? I know a few things, but when I look around I found different definitions. Heck, what is intelligence? And when I went swimming the thoughts stormed my mind.
What is Intelligence?
Intelligence is what we know, how we attain it, use it, share it.
Why is it important?
It is important because it helps us too survive as an individual and as a species.
What types of intelligence are there?
If it is for us to live, then we can use the trinity of mind, body and soul. Intelligence of mind how to use our minds, how to think, how we communicate our thoughts, how we learn things. Intelligence of body is knowing how to take care of it, how to improve it, how to make it last long. Intelligence of soul is how we know ourselves and connect it to something greater than ourselves.
One may also look at maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Physiological and safety (mind and body), we need knowledge how to survive, how to keep on surviving. That is mainly to get and maintain the resources including, food, water, money, etc.
Belonging, how to make and keep friends, how to work and live with each other. For the benefit of the self and others.
self esteem (mind and soul), how to take pride in owns achievements, learn to give praise to one self and others.
Self actualization(soul), learn to do what one really wants or enjoys. A skill or activity that may not be necessary, but one that gives satisfaction to one self. This may include music, dance, games, art, and many more.
I have read about the standard intelligence, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, etc.
One can argue that there are a myriad of other types, which can be related to any of the types suggested above. What is important is not which is better than the other, but which of the intelligences would benefit us as individuals and as a whole.
Another aspect to consider is the level. there can be none, rudimentary or fundamental, technical, practical, and what some would call genius.
The next few articles I’d like to elaborate more, and which I have knowledge to, or I’d like to explore are the following:
Health and nutritional intelligence,
Problem solving intelligence,
I will google this up, or wiki it, but I’d like to get readers can suggestions or comments on my thoughts, I’d like to get some feedback and discussions going.
I finally made a decision to do the whole triathlon individually this year. Previous 2 years, I had been doing the swimming for teams category. One time I think in 2007 I tried individual, but did not finish due to my bike tyre being flat, but then again I remembered that I actually struggled in the swum part then.
For the past few years I’ve been rebuilding my ability in running and swimming. I can do the 1.5 km swim around 30mins easily due to total immersion technique, and I can do the 10km run just over an hour (still training to get my 2007 sub 1 hour), thanks to 4hourbody High intensity interval training, pose technique, and chi running. I had only to build the cycling part.
I bought the cheap urata brand roadbike for under $400 early in June this year. The triathlon was on 7th July 2013. One month away.
Looking at my research I need to do 2 things. 1. Build my cycling endurance. this should he easy as I’ve done endurance swims and runs.
2. Build my engine, or power, this will ses a variation of HIIT.
In my short time in training, I realized that knowing how to bike is different from knowing how to bike fast. During my long steady rides, other cyclists would easily overtake me. I was using the low heat to get up even low gradient hills, while these people were using the big high gear. I was going an average of 22km/h, and they were going 30 maybe even 40km/h or more.
When the day came, I swam a good 33mins for my 1.5km, an unexpectedly fast (for me) 1hr 41min for my 40km cycle. And a lazy/tired 1hr 25min, for a total of 3 hr and 39mins.
I know I overtook a lot of people during the swim, cause when I cycled most of them overtook me, especially during uphills, In the run I felt really heavy (so that’s why they call it a brick run) and when I arrived, the closing ceremony was just beginning.
Apparently I just need to maintain my swim, do more work on my engine, and do more brick runs. Looks like my brick runs didn’t push my cycling to apoint my running was affected, I’ve only done brick runs with 20km cycle with 5km runs. I may need to increase intensity and frequency. As well as to cycle on a group to push myself to their level.Remind myself to check cycling buddies on facebook for group rides.
For now in the fasting month I may train before iftar, or after terawikh, last year I noticed a few people training around the stadium and I tried it out.
Upcoming triathlon in brunei (which is still pending confirmation) is a half ironman/ long course triathlon (3km swim, 100km cycle, 21km run) in November this year. And also the sprint triathlon organized by panaga.
For now I am a TRIATHLETE!!!!
Next stop IRONMAN!!!
(hey… Does that make me a quarter ironman?)
I attempted to swim the labuan cross channel swim last year… Attempted and was only successful halfway. I reached pulau papan, but decided to quit due to sea sickness, and dehydration from several vomiting… While swimming. this time, 28.June 2013, I was successful.
Training for the distance was not a problem, considering practice and the total immersion technique. My main worry was (other than sea creatures) motion sickness. For a whole year I didn’t think about it until a week before the event. Then I started to research, the cure that was cited was often eating ginger and wearing earplugs. The normal sea sickness medication of dramamine was either ineffective or it may cause drowsiness, not something I want to feel when swimming a long distance.
I also read about sea sickness in Wikipedia, how it is the incongruence between our inner ear’s sense of balance and movement with our sense of sight, causing the brain/mind to think we are hallucinating due to a toxin in our body, which it then tries to expel from the action of vomiting, ginger apparently reduces this effect by emptying the contents of the stomach into the intestine. It is unclear of how it affects the brain.
I found a motion sickness pill at guardian that contained ginger (contents labelled zanziber, which was scientific name for it). Additionally, I avoided citrus fruits and apples, and instead carbo-loaded with bananas.
On the night of the swim, I had an early dinner at Singapore Chicken Rice. I was pleasantly surprised that they served ginger as condiments, naturally I added some to my chicken. Then I made sure I had enough sleep as last time I didn’t cuz I was too excited.
Early in the morning, I woke up, had my one litre water, my canned tuna breakfast, and did my morning business. I warmed up by walking from the hotel to the water complex, a 1km walk. Arrived so early no one, not even the organizer was there at 5.30am.
When the swim started at 7 ish, I had just swam a few metres when a dark skinned guy (looked like a jamaican with dredges) turned back, seeing panic in his eyes, it didn’t bother me why, just thought that it was his first time in these murky and salty labuan waters. Later I heard he got kicked in the head. Then there was this lady who was asking passing by swimmers if they mind pacing and accompanying her as it is her first time. Seeing that I was practically the last guy there and I didn’t mind the company, I obliged, but informed her that I may be swimming slower than her (which it turned out wasn’t the case). So we swam together, and I found myself sighting often then I originally intended, once every two strokes, and occasionally signalling to her to correct her course, there was a male swimmer we passed by that then tagged along. I only realized in the middle of the swim to pulau papan, that I had no sign of sea sickness. I thought it might be the remedy, but then close to the jetty when I was able to see the sea floor and leaving number 6 behind (i just realize I don’t know her name, but that’s the number written on her limbs), I began to feel dizzy. Quickly thinking that it was the act of focusing on my swim partner, I waited for her and arrived at the jetty together. I avoided seeing the sea floor, kept looking at number 6 when I breathed, and kept telling myself and my brain, that I was not hallucinating, that I was swimming in the water, in quite choppy waters by this time.
At the jetty, there were a few swimmers who went up, I guess they were intimidated by the choppy waters, but I also realized that the way back filled with buoys were obscured by the waves, and the finishing point was slightly blocked by a drifted tanker. I remembered there was a clear line of sight when I started.
After dehydrating at the jetty, and one lady swam back with a kayaker to guide her,we decided to swim back. I was slightly worried that either the ginger was wearing off, or that the waves were getting bigger, and couldn’t see the tower that was present at the starting line. but I remind myself to just do what I was doing from the beginning. I swam unsure of the finish line, just swimming towards the buoys, and the kayaker who is now quite far away. We reached the half point again, reaching the buoy close to the blocking tanker, then I could see the tower and the finish line, I was relieved. But then I saw a line connected to the buoys under water, I felt dizzy again, I could also smell the diesel fumes, and then I saw a piece of plastic drifting underwater, my gag reflex activated and I puked. Last year I stopped to puked, but seeing how closer I was, I didn’t stop, I continued my front crawl, breathed on my right, and puked to my left, for about 3 times. The taste of banana and garlic actually tasted better then the salty see :p
I then chose to close my eyes in the water, only opening to my right to see my swim partner. I realize at this point we have left the third swimmer behind. But as long as she could keep up, then I was determined to swim fast to reduce my chances of breaking down. The waves at this point was pushing us to the shore, but derailed my partner a few times to the right, but as we neared the finish line, I decided to hurry, taking care not to see the sea floor.
As I walked in shallow waters, I saw my wife walking down to greet me, she had not woken up when I left, but she came around the time I estimated I would finish. The feeling I had was that I was invincible. And it was great that my wife was there. The other bruneians had finished earlier, some of them still at the finish line sharing their experience with each other.
And thus ends my story on my SUCCESSFUL 5.4 km openswim at 2hr 47mins, I was informed later by another bruneian that a professional open swimmer recorded his swim on his GPS to be 7km rather than the informed 5.4km. My guess was the drifted tanker caused us to swim around it at a longer distance. I also checked Google earth. The straight distance would have been 5.4km, but it might have been more
At the end I got my wife to take picture of me at the finish line and later with my swim partner, number 6, whose name is apple sin.
My next marathon open swim I’m gonna need ginger pills and some bananas, I wouldn’t mind swimming with apple again :p I think she smiled everytime she breathed when swimming. But I am definitely gonna need a swimming partner…. Wifey?……