Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Powerman Malaysia 2010

Before the race: preparing...

Powerman Malaysia was a good race. It made me realised how weak I was in bike. After the Spain World University Triathlon Championships in June this year, I store my bicycle into BIKE LABZ shop right after i touched down from the airport. From then till now, I have not ride a single time on the bike. Having no training at all for the bike leg, I felt useless right after the 5.5km run and right into the 32km bike...

the 5.5km run gave me the boost of entering the transition area as the first sprint lady... as the motor cycle followed me out of the transition, it slowly moved forward as the rest of the girls came passing me. i felt so relax on the bike as I did not know how to really push in the bike leg.. As people ride past me, I was smiling at them, signalling my relax and "take it easy" posture:)

as the 32km bike leg came to an end, It was time to run again.. 5km... I was wondering how much time I will take and what position I would end up with. However, given no pacing or girls right in front to chase, I ran hard, but not as hard. In end end clocking a good 5km timing after the bike... 7th position. My worst ever duathlon race i have done before... all due to lack of bike training..

I looked back at my 2008 results where i came in 3rd for the long distance 11km run, 64km bike and then 11km run... I realised that my bike time for the 64km bike leg was 2 hr 9min... and for this year 32km i did 1 hr 12 mins... it is really a joke.. but compared my running times, I improved tremendously.

I guess that is what happens when I shifted my focus from triathlon to running. I have never regretted it once. the sprint served as a good gauge of my running form and speed, it also served as a pretty good motivation for me...

to train harder for the upcoming Asean University Games 10km and 5km the day after...

I have always enjoyed training with Athlon Team with Joe, Ilyas, Atiqi, Vivian, Ronnie and the rest of the team until recently. It hit me hard when I realised that my coach's focus has shifted to another individual. It has always been very great to be close to coach, however because of the inclusion of a particular individual, I find that coach no longer put the same amount of attention to us. It hit me really hard as I find it hard to smile even at trainings now.

Saturday, October 23, 2010



High-Energy Nike City 10K Run
Flags Off at Marina Bay Floating Platform
Runners will be energised by four vibrant entertainment zones along the race route as they lace up to raise US$30,000 for the Singapore Children’s Society

October 20, 2010 (Singapore) – Runners can look forward to a high energy celebration of sports at the Nike City 10K Singapore, which flags off next to the Marina Bay Floating Platform this Sunday, 24th October. Combining music and sports to give runners an unparalleled experience, the Nike City 10K will see four entertainment zones featuring different genres of music such as Dance, Pop, Rock and Hip Hop along the ten kilometre route.

Members of the public can also enjoy a piece of the action by joining the runners for an adrenaline-pumping finale concert at the end of the race. All this action and more will be taking place at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, where award-winning DJ Adrian Wee will spin an array of disco and house music, while Sixx, one of Singapore’s best hip hop bands, will take to the stage with live performances showcasing their fusion of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Jazz.

Vijaya Kumar Jayaraj, the Singapore Marketing Manager for Nike, said, “We promise runners a unique experience – a scenic route complete with the best of music entertainment in Singapore. We could not have wished for a more ideal start and finish location, the pride of Singapore that is the Marina Bay Floating Platform, host to international events such as the recent Youth Olympic Games’ Opening and Closing ceremonies.”

The floating platform certainly serves as the perfect end point of a scenic route, which will take runners past iconic sights like the Singapore Flyer and the Formula One pit building, giving them a chance to pound the same track as Formula One superstars Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Runners will make their way along the Nicoll Highway before making a loop at Kallang Road to embark on a return leg along the Marina Promenade and F1 track that eventually leads back to the floating platform.
(Please view Annex A for map and details)

The four designated entertainment zones along the route are set to keep runners’ spirits high. Local band Swagger takes centre-stage just 1.5 kilometres into the start with their covers of Top 40s and classic tunes from the 1960s to 1980s in the Pop Zone along Nicoll Highway. Participants will also be greeted by energetic dancers grooving in the Hip Hop Zone, located at the Kallang Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) junction on Nicoll Highway. Runners will end their run on a high by boogying away in true Retro-style with dancers at the Republic Avenue tunnel and they will be welcomed by popular rock acts such as the SHeares Band and Lylee on the final sprint of the race along the F1 track.
(Please view Annex B for entertainment details)

Besides the great music and entertainment, participants will also be motivated to do their best for a good cause. The Nike City 10K Singapore is the Lion City’s first ever inter-city rivalry race, which has seen runners in Singapore challenging their neighbours in Kuala Lumpur (KL) for charity.

Singapore and KL are two of 22 cities around the world that are part of the Nike City 10K run this year. In addition to the physical race, Singapore and KL are the only two cities that have been challenging each other in a virtual race, where runners have been clocking mileage for their city since 1st September using a Nike+ SportBand to sync their mileage on Nikeplus.com.sg. The city with the highest mileage recorded on 31st October will receive a US$30,000 donation from Nike to its adopted charity. Singapore runners have chosen the Singapore Children’s Society as their adopted charity while Kuala Lumpur has picked Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur.

Currently in the lead, Singapore runners have risen to the Singapore-KL challenge and are in prime position to win the US$30,000 donation for disadvantaged children and youths through the Singapore Children’s Society.

“We wish to thank the 12,000 Singapore runners who have snapped up all the slots for the race and we are encouraged by their effort to beat Kuala Lumpur to the US$30,000 donation for the Singapore Children’s Society,” said Jayaraj.

Alfred Tan, Executive Director of the Singapore Children’s Society, also expressed his appreciation when he said, “We are truly touched by the support from runners of the Nike City 10K. Our aim is to reach out and extend help to disadvantaged children and the Nike City 10K inter-city rivalry challenge is certainly a novel way to raise interest in running and awareness of the charity.’’

For more information on Nike City 10K Singapore, please log on to www.nikerunning.com.sg
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Annex B - Entertainment Line-up

Performing at Race Village (At Marina Bay Floating Platform)

Adrian Wee

Adrian Wee is no stranger in the local club scene. Starting off as a DJ more than a decade ago, Adrian steadily earned his stripes within the local club circuit and established himself as one of the finest in the country. His expansive style that spans from disco to house, from electro to alternative rock, has earned him much recognition from the press and public. Adrian was awarded ‘Best Local DJ’ in club magazine ‘JUICE’ in 2002, ‘Best DJ’ in the Motorola ‘Super-Style Mix Awards’ in 2007, while Adrian's indie-disco club night POPTART was picked as ‘Best Local Club Night’ in 2005 and runner-up as ‘Most Up-For-It Crowd’ in JUICE Magazine’s ‘Best of 2005’ awards.

Formed in Oct 2007, the band draws from their diverse musical backgrounds to create a signature sound that combines the spirit of ‘60s and ‘70s soul with the energy of rock and indelible groove of hip hop. Sixx, whose name was inspired by how they knew each other – six degrees of separation – comprises of Kevin Lester (rapper), Aarika Lee (vocals), Kelvin Ang (guitar), Timothy De Cotta (bass), Hsu Xiao Hui (keyboards) and Mark Chan (drum). With their fusion of Hip Hop, funk, soul and Jazz, Sixx has been hailed by its peers as “the best hip hop band in Singapore”.

Performing at Race Village and POP Zone (Near Nicoll Highway)


Swagger came together as different as they are alike: every member a big fan of music, but each with their own preference of genre. As each member exerts his own individual influence on their sound, they find a mélange of styles that translates into a unique, singular Swagger groove that delightfully defies the genres and definitions that limit some bands. Aisyah (vocals), WeiShan (co-vocalist & keyboardist), Yee Kiat (bass), Fah Yik (guitar) and Shah Azad (drums) will rock the stage with their covers of Top 40s or classics from the 60s, 70s or the 80s in electric and acoustic sets.

Performing at HIP HOP Zone (Bus bay after KPE exit along Nicoll Highway)

Hip Hop Dance Blast Group

7 energetic Hip Hop dancers to boost the race. Get ready to swing to the beat.

RETRO Dancers (Republic Ave Tunnel)

Boogie with the creative dance moves of these retro kids to the hits of the 80s and 90s!

Performing at ROCK Zone (F1 track)


Formed in 2008, Lylee consists of Vincent Zachary (vocals), Marcus (guitar), Yong (bass) and Gabriel (drums). Lylee's influences vary across numerous genres such as metal, rock, acoustic, dance, pop, including bands such as Muse, Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Hillsong United, Acceptance, The Classic Crime and so much more. They strive to bring something new to the table each time they play. Lylee loves what they do and hopes to create music that tugs at heartstrings.
SHeares Band
SHeares Band consists of 13 NUS undergraduates who reside in Sheares Hall. Members of this band come from diverse musical influences and background. Prepare to rock out with them as they perform covers of songs that range from radio friendly pop tunes to hard rock!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

NIKE female athletes meet up

Yesterday was a splendid day at NIKE WISMA ATRIA... all of the women athletes, Vivian Tang, Anne Date, Jeanette Wang, Hui Qin and Me who are under NIKE sponsorship or seeding were down at NIKE Wisma for an interview session with an invited guest from NIKE U.S.

It was a fun and warmth atmosphere where we all finally got together, not at a competitive running scene, but having some nice drinks together:)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Runners, if u are interested in a nice and light watch, something to go with ur stunning running attire, do try this!:)



Nike launches Singapore’s first ever inter-city rivalry race against Malaysia, giving runners a chance to lace up for a good cause

September 1, 2010 (Singapore) – The Lion City will host its first ever inter-city rivalry race in October with the launch of the Nike City 10K Singapore, a unique celebration of sport that connects and inspires young runners here to lace up against runners in neighbouring city Kuala Lumpur for a good cause.

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are two out of the 22 cities around the world that will be hosting the newly introduced Nike City 10K this year. In addition to the physical race, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur will be challenging each other in a virtual race, where runners in each city can clock mileage for their City from now till 31st Oct. All they need is a Nike+ SportBand to sync their mileage on Nikeplus.com.sg.

The city with the most kilometres by the end of October will win a USD30,000 donation from Nike to their respective charities. Runners in Singapore will raise funds for the Singapore Children’s Society, while runners in Kuala Lumpur will run to earn a donation for Hope Worldwide Kuala Lumpur.

The physical race will take place in both cities in the month of October. The Nike City 10K flags off in Kuala Lumpur on 10th October and 24 October for Singapore . Due to the overwhelming registration response for the Nike Human Race in Singapore for the last two years, this year’s Nike City 10K Singapore will expand its capacity from 10,000 to 12,000 runners.

The 12,000 participants can look forward to enjoying a special running experience, with vibrant performances positioned in 4 entertainment and motivational zones along the race route to motivate and energize the runners.

“We understand how our runners embrace music and hope to give them an unparalleled running experience by combining their love for music and sport. City runs are increasingly popular among runners, and the Nike City 10K will energize runners even more with a unique city challenge against our neighbours in Malaysia ,” said Vijaya Kumar Jayaraj, Singapore Marketing Manager.

Registration for the Nike City 10K opens today, as runners can sign up for either the Open category (Men / Women) or Under 25 category (Men / Women). Young runners can also sign up for the School category, which is open to runners from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and universities. The registration fee of $25 (for runners 24 years and below) or $35 (for runners 25 years and above) before GST includes a Nike City 10K race t-shirt with a pre-printed number bib and a finisher’s award for all participants who complete the race.

Giving young runners a chance to train together for the Nike City 10K Singapore , Nike will conduct special training run sessions from 12 Sept – 3 Oct every Sunday near the city race route. Participation is free and runners who sign up for the sessions will get to trial the latest Nike running products and gain access to running tips from experts.

Runners who sign up for the Nike City 10K can now enjoy 50% off the purchase of a Nike+ SportBand, which enables them to take part in the SG vs KL online challenge on Nikeplus.com.sg. Nike+ SportBand is your link to the world’s largest running club with almost 2 million members globally, where you can log and review runs, get training advice, challenge friends and more.

More details on the city race route will be released at a later date.

For more information on Nike City 10K Singapore , please log on to www.nikerunning.com.sg.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ironman 70.3

Ironman 70.3
It's my second half ironman. aim was to complete the race with my triathlon training buddies :) did 8 rides before this and was using bull strength to complete:)
it all went well except for the hoohaa when I
1) Forgot to wear my chip and was informed coincidentally by my bf last 5 mins before the race
2) got a replacement chip just 1 minute before the race
3) Jumped into the sea for the sea swim but ended up dropping the replacement chip and had it gone missing in the sea
4) finished the 2 laps of swim, came up, was stopped by the chip lady who was shocked at my loss of 2 chips... ended up giving me a 3rd chip so I can continue with the race...

all in all, I was really a blurr person!!! too long off from triathlon , i guess I had forgotten a lot of the procedures!!!

was happy that I had lots of friends and love ones there to see me race that day. People from Yellowfish, Safra mount faber running group, Commando friends, RBs cum IBs and their wifes, NIKE people and all other triathletes like Robson, Venessa, Wung Yew, Peishan etc... thanks for all being there :)

last but not least, obviously, to thank the best man in the whole wide world, Crazer Phua:)

Managed to get 3rd position... it's time to bike more:)

Year 2008:1st half ironman
Training: ran and ran, swam and swam, cycled a total of 3 x 40km only...:) haah

Swim : 0:38:18
1st transition : 0:02:59
Bike :3:17:09
2nd transition :0:01:58
Run :1:50:33

Overall timing : 5:50:59

Year 2010: 2nd half ironman
Training: swim din swim, run mileage decreased, become lazy but then biked more than 8 times in total:)

Swim + 1st Transition :35:50
Cycle + 2nd transition :03:06:34
Run : 01:51:22

Overall timing :05:37:21

What had happened to my run time? haahah... it's time to buck up and train harder, run more!!!

Thanks to my RBs cum IBs who nicely helped and motivate me with the biking cum coaxing me into buying a new bike...diaoz

Lunar Elite Running Shoe

All of you should try this..it's because it's really nice:) I wore the racer version of it for my recent 70.3 ironman and I did quite well in that shoe:) furthermore, it's my favourite colour pink!
the trainer above is very comfortable, lightweight and suitable for all ladies who loves a light pair of running shoes:)

if u want to try a racer, try the new lunar lite racer which is similar to the above trainer but a little more flat on the base:)

Friday, January 08, 2010

Watepolo match- Day 1

I have always been a fan of waterpolo:)
In NIE Dip days, have always trained with Jackie, Zhiyong and Tian in waterpolo trainings but never had a chance to play in a game as there was no girls game.

Yesterday, I finally did. Womens game in the Great Eastern challenge at NUS:)

I attended the first training on Tuesday evening, second training on Wednesday evening and just tried out the first ever game yesterday evening :)

It was fun, however, definitely tiring!
I never realised that waterpolo can actually be so tiring on the body.

The shots I did were lousy as I called it! With zero experience, I just tried to do my very best.

Our NTU team was up against a full Swimmer team - Combined POLY team.
We could not outswim any of the swimmers there. We practically just played tight.

Overall, it was a good experience. I managed to score 1 goal, but that was sufficient boost for me to cont the next few matches on the 14th and 19th:)

Looking forward to playing with the team:) they are wonderful pple!:) Love u gals:)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat's race is really an eye opener:) Well organised (except for the start havoc).... hehe:)

But i guess everyone comes here to do a good timing as the route is friendly, easy to run and definitely the weather here is much cooling. It starts to get hot only 2 hours after the race:) so if one comes in below 2hours for a 21km, then you should be shielded from the sun:)

I was feeling butterflies in my stomach when I stood at the start point.. among all guys, they were squeezing and nobody wanted to give way... it was pretty unlike Singapore where ladies say "excuse me" and guys would give way... over here, i was practically like a hamburger meat... I even had to put my hands in front of my chest to prevent people from squeezing!!! hahaah...

Reflection of my 10km race today:

The start of the 10km was chaos. The organisers held the board high up and asked us to stand behind a specific line, however the board was placed 10m infront. It created a chaos and people were shifting backwards, after that, they realised that the shift was not needed, everybody dashed to the front.

I dashed too to get a good start position.

I started off pretty fast as I did not want to be trampled upon. Many people were pushing each other and there were some people who fell and were stepped on!!!

First 2km i was doing at 4:20min pace... i felt it was too quick, so i slowed down. Maintained at 4.30mins for the next 2km... after that, I could not really mark out the 1km timings as the markings on the floor was very confusing and was more inclined towards the 21km race. There was practically no markings for the 10km.. so I had to rely on the 21km markings and count backwards, but still, it din seem too accurate.

I stuck with a cambodian runner for 3km and then at the 7km, I felt strong. I fastened up my footsteps a little quicker and held on to the pace for some time. At the last 1km, i felt strong and waved in and out of the 3km and 5km runners to get space.

As i turned in to the finishing end point, i saw the clock, 42mins 01 seconds!!! i was smiling as i finished the race.

Felt that I could have pushed a little more.. Din really felt dehydrated this time. I only took one water point water throughout the whole race:)

Glad that I hit my PB this time:) Thanks coach:)

Oh, the lady who ran with me last year in 21km here in cambodia also ran the 10km today... erm, she was second hahaha:) next year, i will try to win her!!!


Tony Seakins: 1:19hours, 4th position
Vivian Tang: 1:23mins, 1st position
Ronnie Teo: 1:25mins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vicky Hill: 1:29mins:), 2nd position
David Stevenson: 1.30mins

Sumiko Tan: 42mins, 3rd position
Melinda Paterson: 45mins, 7th position