By Vijayendran Ramalingam, Jul 19 2014 03:20PM
WhenI signed up for a IMWA in early 2013, I didn't know what I was
headed for. Six months before the race, I was starting to get a little
worried about the myriad of differing information on how I should
train for my maiden Ironman and lacked a coherent plan. With an active
social and work life to maintain, I turned to Vijay for help in
preparing a training plan to make sure I get through the Ironman in
good form and set me up for a continual training thereafter.
Looking back at the journey, I realise it was the one of the most
inspired decision I have made while preparing for my Ironman. Through
our face to face discussions, I have learnt a lot about periodisation
of training, training intensities, pacing, nutrition and generally, a
whole lot on how to take care of your body while it is undergoing
heavy training. This is especially important for a newbie like me for
there is a tendency to either go too hard or too much. Any lengthy
layoffs due to injuries would have been detrimental to achieving my
Vijay is also accommodative of my schedules and will “gently”
nudge me along to the right path when I go wayward on my training or
when choosing the B and C races prior to the Ironman. Besides sporting
goals, he was always on the lookout for signs that I have overtrained
and adjust my training accordingly.
In all, his bespoke training programme had the right balance of
training in all three disciplines and took into account, the amount of
time I could spare. He was also always a phone call or SMS away from
any sporting queries I might have. Without his help, I would not have
bettered my expected timing and finish the race in good form and
spirits. Thank you VJ!
VJ: Thanks Kenny for giving me this opportunity!! Wishing you all success!!
IRON MAN!!! WOO HOOO!!!