Tuesday, October 27, 2009

YEA Kids Triathlon.!! OK What...!!

How does an event be considered a disaster or a success? Every athlete has his or her horror stories. From bad signages to lost results. I've seen my share of race snafus...Norizan was once involved in a race where the cyclist's had to explain to the race commissars who placed 1st, 2nd and so forth..I was personally involved in a race up Fraser's Hill . the entire PELOTON went the wrong way! Only 5 guys , including me , were dropped early on. We did the right route. Unfortunatly How could you disqualify people like Shahrulnezza Razali , Wong Ah Tiam , The entire national team and most of the state teams. Sooo the race orgnisors decided the wrong route will be the right route! I was robbed of a podium place !!!! It's been 14 years since that race..I still have questions of " What if"s ".

So...my main story is..The YEA Childrens triathlon...I think we did OK...109 competitors, very little sponsorship( Thank you MILO) . A mish mash of volunteer race organisors( Non profit I might add) Very helpful race day volunteers..and Uniformed patrol personel from Putrajaya.

We were so unsure of ourselves especially after the TRIKIDZ episode. I learned so much in these last 3 months..The most important was.. I/we could actually pull of a race, and an OK one at that.

I cannot wait for the next one...Mean time , a short vid..from the YEA race. This is just of Hannan. Her first race without training wheels. She actually caught some kids on the bike and run..

Seeing the kids all bright eyed upon receiving a medal..Is a good indication that the kids loved it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Announcing the first Putrajaya Kids triathlon on the 17th and 18th of October at the beautiful city of Putrajaya. It will be a 2 day affair with Saturday being the clinic , and race day on Sunday. ITU ( International Triathlon Union ) coaches will be present and so will a few national athletes.

Putrajaya is about a half an hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. The pool is behind the PICC ( Putrajaya Convention Centre).The cycle leg will be on large quiet roads which will be marshaled and clearly marked. The run will be by the lakeside under nice palm trees.
Safety is a priority , so paramedics , lifeguards will be on hand.

Please download the form pictured, and fax page 2 to the no. given

Basic Tips.

Any bike will do , racing , mountain bike , BMX , the bike you use to go to school will do fine.
You will need to bring your sports gear ( swimwear, goggles , swimcap , t-shits , shorts shoes and HELMET!! Very very important.

Photos from previous camps

Please email me at ybicycle@yahoo.com for more info

Monday, July 27, 2009

New revised swim program...

Have recovered somewhat after Norizan dropped the bombshell of not having the confidence to do the Tri at PD ( see pevious post) We have decided to get back in to a swim program complete with coach, team and so forth.. So what better place to go then Hannan's swim school at Shah Alam , The SuperSharkz. It's a kids class but what could be better then swimming alongside athletes with a distinct target and plan. Bumped into Kash who was in another club

Did a few tests to check heart rate. Get a baseline time for 500m..And plan a weekly/monthly schedule. All very interesting stuff. Since the Tri season in peninsular Malaysia might be over...A revised target has been made. Won't write it down..just in case..we'll see in a few months.

Here's a short vid. Which also features Hamzah being himself..

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

AAAAGGHH!! Betrayed!! By MY own loved one!!

Norizan is NOT in the pic!!

Most blog writers rant about the government , people in power and so forth...I wonder if anyone rants about their own WIFE!!! In my previous post I wrote about Norizan on track in doing the PD Tri on the 11th of July . it was a sprint ( 750/20/5). Since the last post , she swam 4 times a week , ran almost every day and cycled on the trainer for almost a few months..she took her own inisiative to go to the uncovered pool at 2pm until 4 pm to swim 1.2 to 1.5 km. in fact 3 weeks before PD she could do 750 meters in 15 to 16 mins, not once but almost everytime she got into the water...So...watching her training well, I got my hopes up high..UNTIL!! 5 HOURS BEFORE LEAVING FOR PORT DICKSON!!! she dropped a bombshell and in her matter of factly tone..." I don't feel confident. I don't want to do PD" I could have died there and then...

There was no point in forcing/ making/ pleading her to go . Negativity in Triathlon especially during the swim would be very dangerous..So..Your's truly ( me) left for PD all alone. All her friends were puzzled Norizan chickened out. I was reduced to a race fan taking photos. OK lah....

There are a few more TRI's on the calender ( Desaru, Kuching and Miri) but they are all far away and would cost a pretty penny. So..unless Mr. Chan ( race organiser) comes up with a short tri within this year..chances to do a tri for Norizan is washed up for this year. We could do Singapore though..but still expensive.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

PD is GO!! I hope..

A'Formosa 08. I'm dead center of the photo without swimcap. Norizan is by the elbow of the guy in jeans.

The Port Dickson International Triathlon on the 11th and 12th of July is a go for Norizan. After the disaster of A'Formosa in 08 where she used me as a buoy to cling on to she has been going to the pool 3 times a week. with a month and a week to go Norizan can do 400m non stop at around 1 minute for 50m . The swim in Port Dickson will be 750m, Soooo if she can do it non stop..She should come out of the water around 15 to 17 mins..Cool..

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kimberly ! Come back!

Most Malaysian triathlon fans know what has happened to double SEA games Gold medalist Kimberly Yap. I bumped into her at a road race in Putrajaya in Feb 2009. For the time being, she has switched to cycling. Why? Because lack of help from those who are supposed to help. TRIAM..You are to blame for losing a national athlete to...of all sports..cycling. I came to triathlon from cycling. I knew the **** which cycling is neck deep in. I had learned how some national officers, national coaches operate. I had enough and I thought Triathlon would be better..Opps..my mistake.

After a few years in TRI, again some of the nicest people are the athletes, age groupers and or the elites. Again the management is one of the lamest . There is very little money, no proper program. To be unable to help a double gold medal winner is sad. Hopefully after the Laos SEA games ( end 2009 ) Triathlon will be back on the list of SEA Games sports for 2011 ( Jakarta , I think ) and Kinberly would come back to Triathlon and TRIAM can get their heads screwed on properly..

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

After much thinking..I got myself a video camera. Good stuff. A Panasonic. However after a month of playing with it I still prefer my EOS 450D SLR. Video although fun it can't really capture the moment unlike still photography...I do have an idea though..."TRAINING VIDEOS !!" At this time I'm still the camera operator , editor and director. I'll need a camera operator if I want to star in my own vid's.

This Vid shows Norizan on a stationary roller. A very usefull piece of equipment. Half an hour on it is like an hour on the road. You don't slow because of trafic, stop at traffic lights. and so forth....

Another good use for the roller is you can do seated sprints. A large percentage of recreational cyclists/triathletes spend toooo much time cycling at an aerobic level. Doing speed intervals will really assist in your overall speed.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Japanese School Aquathon , 31 Jan 2009

Hello Race fans!

The Japanese school of KL again organised their aquathon and this time the Anakair-YB team got quite a bit of hardware( medals) . Fatin, Nana, NurIman and good showings from a few others was a good start for the year. I used the race as my final 2 hours of my TRI-SKILL coaching practical. Hopefully my report get approved.

The team is somehow becoming a girl's team. Not that I mind to much...A lot of female athletes don't get the same support/recognition like the boys/men in Malaysia( and in most parts of the world) and since the changing of the Sports Minister from Datuk Azalina to the new one..we haven't heard any news about the National Women's Games. I hope they organise it but I'm not going to hold my breath, Meanwhile, I'm going to do my part and help out these girls.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Brick session ( I think that's what it's called)

the syncronised swimming team
Norizan & Daniel

Bike check before the ride

I do like this shot..If I say so myself

Training for the Malaysian 2009 triathlon has begun! Also to complete my Tri-skills coaching course i need my 5 hours of practicle. This session should take care of 2 hours of my needed quota . Did a complete brick session but low intensity and short distance ( 800m/10km/4km) at the UPNM ( major Kalam's place) pool. Major and I used the sports complex for the Kids Triathlon races, but security issues were raised ( It is an army camp though) can't really blame them.

Talking about practical for the coaching..My friend Jimmy Superfly of http://dunguncyclingteam.blogspot.com/ went to a level 1 cycling course recently, even though he probably would be better of as the lecturer instead of the participant. I couldn't go and probably wouldn't learn much anyway..The both of us started as so-so cyclist ( he was better) , then became bike mechanics and now, the next time we meet..hope fully as coaches..Nice.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year...




Hannan Irina

Zhairen and my partner in crime , Major Kalam


Nuriman Sofea

Presenting the very-very informal Anakair-YellowBicycle Triathlon team. Which consists of ...A mother of 2( Norizan) two ten year old girls, one eight year old who still needs her training wheels, one 15 year old girl, a 14 year old.. and 15 year old boywonder Zhairen Manan B. Zulkarnain brother of Nuriman Sofea (He's been in the papers twice! read it Here! : http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/1/2/central/2918859&sec=central

And managed by me....( seen here at the Tri-skills coaching course in Singapore. around November 2008.

We plan to go to local tri's ( a'Formosa, Port Dickson ) and any with sprint distance events. There will be a serious target of the 2011 SEA games in Indonesia and The 2013 games in Singapore. ecpecially Fatin whose 14 and Ezatty whose 15. The both of them are incredible swimmers ( 1500m at under 20mins) , their running is fair to good. The only thing left in their cycling..And that's where Norizan and I come in..

However in the back of my mind is..How long can these girls last? The odds of them qutting is so great.Consider this: A team of Muslim girls about to become women, they have studies, boyfriends( maybe) and a whole host of things conspiring to make them stop. They have already been in aquatics for almost 7 years , with limited sucess and are still having trouble geting into the upper ranks of the swim results. They NEED good results soon before they get demoralised and quit.
I had a good heart to heart talk to one of the fathers and he was interested, and he believes his dauther is keen to. that's a good thing..Child atheletes really need their parents. I remember Norizan's parents we not too keen when she started cycling at 18. Her partner was this guy in a ponytail with torn jeans and 3 week stubble. She hated him but he was convinced she had the talent. He kept hounding her , telling her she did have the talent..He wasn't wrong. Now..the same dude has spotted 2 girls with talent and will try his utmost to send them to the SEA games..At least the SEA games..INSHALLAH ( God Willing)

( my next topic might be religion and sports) ( maybe)