Hi everyone, I hope this finds you all in good sporting health.

I think the best place for me to start as I haven’t posted for a while is with the HK Standard Chartered Marathon. I competed in the 10km event and came 7th with a time of 33.26 minutes. I was very disappointed with this race as last year I came 2nd. I didn’t have enough fuel in my tank to run a good time and my race preparation did not go well either. 

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Even though I didn’t have a very good start to my season and was not feeling in the best form, I still felt very positive for what lies ahead of me and I knew with some quality and focused training I would be back in shape and things will start to come together. I believe consistency is the key to winning. I coach long distance runner –  Ivan Li who has been very consistent with his training over the last 6 months and has performed some great results over his last few races. He won his Half Marathon Junior category in a time of 1hr 18mins. He has achieved 4 personal bests in the last month in 4 races. So I want to say well done to Ivan.

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Hong Kong being such a vibrant city can sometimes not the best place to train in preparation for my season. Patrick Kelly the new triathlon head coach organized a 1 months training camp in Australia -Sunshine Coast. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and was surrounded by great people, including my training partner Gi Ka Man who has helped me a lot not only in the training but mentally outside of training as well. I trained in Australia to the best of my ability and focused on my weaknesses, which I am hoping will turn into strengths throughout the season. We trained for 30 plus hours per week with a half day off every 10 days, It was an intense training camp but definitely what I needed.

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I was appointed the head chef on the camp and put whatever energy I had left into cooking – which wasn’t much!!! I must admit I made some peculiar dishes (steak, lamb chop, soup, baked beans…..) but after a long days training any combination tasted good. We also treated ourselves to a regular ice cream and Big Mac 😉

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During my time in Australia I competed in 3 races. The first race being a sprint distance event (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run). I had a bad start in the swim so I needed to make up some ground on the bike, I unfortunately got a 3 minute penalty because I blocked the other competitors during the ride. I therefore had to stop in the transition area for 3 minutes before I started the run- which meant I dropped further behind the other guys.

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The second race – The Kings Beach Ocean 2K Swim Event was a more promising race. The week prior I trained for 33 hours so I knew the swim was going to be a tough one, even the day before I had a 5 hour bike ride and run, followed by 90 minutes of threshold work in the swimming pool. I surprised myself by coming 7th in the open age category which I was happy with. This result confirmed to me that my swimming endurance improved along with a better technique gave me a much needed confidence boost.

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I loved feeling strong in the swim, as the swim is my weakest event out of the three disciplines.

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The third event was the most important one and I knew I had to perform in this race. It was the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup. It was a great experience to again race against some of the best triathletes in the world and 2x World Champions and curent Olympic Silver Medalist Javier Gomez. I had a great training block leading up to this race and believed that the good consistent work I had done will bring me a good result. I had a great swim and was in the front pack with all the top guys and was in a good position coming out of the water but this soon changed…… I got dropped by the guys on the hills during the bike stage, I knew the hills were going to be tough as this course is renowned for being one of the hardest courses in the World Cup series. I suffered again coming from the bike to the run and found the 37 degree heat was getting to me. I hanged on until the end but just didn’t have enough power in my legs to catch up with the guys. I found the course the toughest but the hardest ones are the most memorable. I came 23rd overall and was happy that I did it and finished it in one piece.

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Being a triathlete and traveling all over the world for the last 10 years, I have made some fantastic friends and after the World Cup I had a great chance to catch up with mates and especially my ex coach Clark Ellice over a beer or two 😉

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I would like to say thanks to my coaches Patrick Kelly and Neil Hearvy who I am proud to train with and be apart of the HK team with them. We had the best camp ever in Australia and I am looking forward to more in the future.

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All of my training now is focused on leading up to Asian Championships, which will commence at the end of April in the Philipines. I am looking forward to see the results! The team is getting faster and better, especially now we have got some great runners and swim-bikers in the team to train with. We are aiming to survive to keep triathlon as an Elite Sport of HKSI.

GAME ON!

Quote of the day – Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Many Thanks for reading it and catch up soon guys!

Ivanov

24 Feb 2013 

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