It all started in July of 2012. I had just returned to Singapore from a holiday in France, and I felt awful. I had not done any serious excercise in years. Who was that fat guy in the photos? I decided to do something about it and finally followed through with something I had been meaning to try for some time. A couch to 5k program. The first week I ran a total of about 3k in 3 sessions. I hurt all over. Going back and reading my workout log is quite funny now… not so much then. Along the way I realized that in order to follow through with my program, I had to set some goals. I decided to do a sprint triathlon for my 50th birthday… April 2013. My first ‘tri’ at the sport was a mini in Sept 2012. I had to walk part of the 2k run but I finished. In December I did a 10k run in 79:12 - but I finished.
Finally in April 2013 I completed my goal - I had finished a sprint triathlon. I had also lost 13kg along the way. But I was a bit disorganized with my approach.
Putrajaya, Malaysia - on my 52nd Birthday, April 2015
In May 2013 I read ‘Younger Next Year’ and ‘Thinner This Year’ by Chris Crowley. These books really got me going. One year in I had lost 16kg and my log started to look slightly more respectable… not only was I a bit faster, but my recoveries were getting better and mentions of ‘sore this and sore that’ started to disappear. I got a coach - actually several - and I started doing some organized season planning. I got a bike fit. I started taking things a lot more seriously.
By August 2014 I had lost nearly 30kg and I had finished my first Ironman 70.3. In 2015 I competed in three 70.3 races and narrowly missed qualifying for the 70.3 World Championships in my last race of the season.
I mention all of this because I have been there. I started literally at zero. I suffered through the process from not being able to run 1k without stopping to being able to do a 70.3 reasonably quickly.
But - If I can do it, almost anyone can. All it takes is some knowledge, a bit of motivation, and a lot of desire to achieve your goals.
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I started this website/blog to put some thoughts and resources together for people that want to give it a ‘tri’. I had a lot of help along the way, and this a my way to do a little bit to help others along. I am still a long way off from my potential. I can lose more weight… I can go a bit faster. That’s the great thing about triathlon. There’s always the next challenge.
I am looking forward to the 2016 season.
I urge you to take the first step. You never know what’s going to happen - and it’s NEVER TOO LATE TO TRI.
and finally - If you are passionate about bikes like I am, please consider contributing to World Bicycle Relief.