It’s my first race today and everything is coming together so far - beautiful weather, a good nights sleep and the expected surge of adrenaline. As time goes by on my train ride there, I start to recollect why am doing this in the first place.
Not so long ago I was what you would call an average Joe hitting the gym on daily basis, I was seeing the results but I felt saturated after a while, I would do 45mins a day and I wouldn’t improve much from say 2 months ago. I needed a change and it came in quite the unusual way — My name is Sai and I am a Software Architect at Intraix and the change was we moved our office from Chinatown to Blk 79 at One North, the start-up hub in Singapore. After the move I was reconsidering my gym membership, was it worth it, can I do better? That’s when I remembered the Insanity program and decided to give it a shot - there was a new version called Insanity Max 30, which only required 30mins a day, 5 days a week - anybody, no matter how busy you are, can surely find 30mins a day and so I did! That was 3 months ago and the results were amazing. I did it religiously for 2 months and most importantly stuck to the nutrition plan as much as I could, which is more important than the workout itself, trust me on this. As for the results — I lost 6kgs and achieved a 12% body fat.
During the last week of insanity I kept asking myself what’s next? My friend Bryan, a 3 time Ironman finisher suggested I should do an Ironman, so I drank the Ironman Kool Aid and watched the Hawaii Kona championship videos - I was hooked! I loved it! 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42km run, what better way to challenge yourself mentally and physically?! Like any sane athlete I came out with a game plan to make it to an Ironman - 10k, 21k, 42k, Sprint Triathlon, Olympic Triathlon, Ironman 70.3 and finally an Ironman. After a month or so training on trails, roads, track intervals and statics, here I am for my first race - the supposedly easy 10k, the start to my journey.
As am getting off this train and on to my race I am going to remember this moment as the day it all began.
Update on this story — First Race Lessons