Category Archives: Heroes

DNG #40: Coach Class

Going into a race like Danang, you see all sorts of people taking part. Ranging from the seasoned professionals, to those who make you worry for their well-being. Seriously, you risk doing some real damage to your body if you’ve not conditioned yourself prior to the event. I’ve mentioned my emphasis on getting the right coaching before, and it’s on raceday when you see everything come together.

Coaches Scott (left) and Michael

It’s been just under a year since I joined my first triathlon. Safe to say I would never have  trained as hard had I not been given the right instructions and structured programme to follow. The tips along the way have also helped move me along the learning curve much faster than if I relied on trial & error, and the internetz. (FYI, the internetz is full of idiots with half-baked theories and potentially dangerous advice)

So this post is for you TriEdge Coaches Mike n Scott. Also to Coach Vargin who shared some killer tips that have made a real difference…  At least to me! Thanks for pushing us hard and looking forward to many more PBs.

Coach Mike in the back doing a Ray Charles impression

DNG #3: LKY… the triathlete

We interrupt my series of training day reports with this special post to commemorate the passing of a great man. No, Mr Lee Kuan Yew never took part in a triathlon, at least none that were formally recorded.


But the man did mention that he swam daily, there are photos of him running with his security detail, and he mentions cycling from time to time.


Perhaps he would have kicked ass if he did take up triathlon.


After all he kicked ass in everything else he did.


Thank you for everything. Maybe you can take part in the great tri in the sky. Think you’ll like it.

Hey I interviewed him!

Just found out that Allan McNish was involved in a horror crash at Le Mans.

Somehow, he managed to walk away from this. (click on image for story from

You can see the looks of shock, dread and eventual relief on the faces of the Audi team in the course of this video.

I actually interviewed Allan when he was in Singapore 4 years ago. He’s really passionate about the motor racing and you hear it in his voice, which is why I uploaded the audio. Incidentally, he went on to win the 76th edition of Le Mans the following year (2008).

1) Allan explains the difference between Le Mans and Formula One
2) Allan talks about what else he hopes to achieve

Other soundbites

After getting a clean bill of health following the accident, he made a video to thank everyone for their well wishes and that he’s looking forward to Le Mans in 2012.

He sounds slightly shaken, but he’s got it in him to get back in a car and race.

Allan McNish
(photo: George Achorn)

Better luck next year, Allan! (Visit Allan McNish’s official website)