Ironman 70.3 Bintan for EMpower

Update posted by Ailsa Cheung On Jul 31, 2018

Hi everyone, I have been back in Singapore for over a week now and am getting used to the heat again, or so I thought. Last Sunday was my final warm up race before the Ironman in Bintan in 3 weeks. It was hot, sooooooo hot.

First of all, I have to say, I am pretty happy with how it went. It was long, but not quite as long as the big race on 19th August. The swim was actually a bit longer than the half Ironman swim with 2.3k in East Coast Park in Singapore, followed by 42k cycling (much shorter than the real deal) and finally a 15k run (not that far off the half marathon part of the Ironman). I felt pretty good, but by the time I got to the run it was already 11am so it was starting to get really hot. The organisers did a fantastic job planting lots of water stops along the route, so I constantly splashed lots of ice cold water over my head.

My legs felt ok, so all the training is paying off. I have two more weeks of proper training to get through before I slow down in the final week leading up to the race. The slightly worrying part is that I will be out in the heat for at least 2 additional hours from what I had to do this Sunday, but I did it before so know I can do it again.

Oh, and if you would like to support my chosen charity EMpower there is a big fat donation button on the site, so don't let anyone stop you from helping at risk youth in emerging market economies fulfil their dreams of building a better future for themselves and their families. It will mean a lot to them.

Thank you so much for everyone's support. Until the next update....

Cheers

Oliver

Setting up my gear in the transition area. It was still early, around 6:45am, the moon was still shining up there and most people from later heats hadn't arrived yet. My heat was meant to start at 7:20am, but we go delayed by more than an hour as the tide hadn't come in yet (hmmm, I guess someone must have forgotten to do the homework and check what time the tide was meant to come in!!!).

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Update posted by Ailsa Cheung On Jul 24, 2018

Hi All,

thank you very much for all the support so far. I am sincerely grateful and proud that together we are raising money for EMpower, who are on a mission to help at-risk youth in emerging market countries through programs on education, livelihoods, health & education.

With less than four weeks to go until my Ironman 70.3 race on 19th August, I wanted to give a quick update on my training progress. Without putting serious time and effort into my training I am not going to finish this race. I have just come back to Singapore after a week in Tokyo for work and a brilliant two week holiday in Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. I took my bike along and spent plenty of time going up and down the mountains around a town called Niseko, which is better known for its world class powder snow in winter. At the start of my holiday I also competed in the Niseko Classic, an annual cycling race. I finished the 70km 26 mins faster than last year, so I was pretty happy with my progress. It really is black and white, the more you train (at least up to a certain limit), the better you perform - there simply is no substitute for putting in the hours.

As for running, it was quite a tough area to do my runs as there aren't any flat roads around Niseko, but I still managed to do my longest run of the year so far (a half marathon) during a trip to Sapporo, which had a beautiful flat path along the main river that goes through the city. Only my swim training has fallen a bit short in the last few weeks, so I will have to do more now that I am back at home in Singapore. Overall however, I am pleased with my progress. Last week was my peak with 12.5 hours on the bike and running.

I am doing a warm up race next Sunday that should help me prepare further for the big one in August. It's a rather unusual distance, longer than the Olympic distance triathlons but shorter than the Ironman 70.3 and will consist of a 2.3k swim, 42k bike ride and 15k run. I guess I will see how ready I am for the real deal next month.

Thank you again for all the support, and if you haven't donated yet and would like to do so any amount would be hugely appreciated. It will go straight to EMpower to use in their programs to support at-risk youth in emerging market countries like Indonesia, where the Ironman is being held. Not everyone is as fortunate as us in the 1st world countries and providing youth with a foundation to grow and achieve their dreams will give them a better future. Your donation will go to a very meaningful cause.

Until the next update, wishing you all the best.

Cheers,

Oliver

P.S. Here are a few pics from the last couple of weeks in Hokkaido.

The road up Niseko Annupuri, literally climbing into the clouds


After the Niseko Classic race with my Japanese friend, who I meet there once a year. He is as passionate about cycling as I am.

One of the great roads around Niseko to cycle on. More fun to go down than up!


This is how I got my bike home.
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