Category Archives: Cycling

Triultra 28.75 Sprint Triathlon

Did my first sprint triathlon event of the year, back from injury. 3 months from my accident early this year. because of my injury I haven’t trained in cycling and running a lot. running not at all. Running involves a lot of shoulder movement, causing some discomfort, cycling in itself only hurts when there are bumps in the road, or when I climb up hills (while pulling on the  handle bars). But swimming interestingly was the first sport I could do, as it felt better in the water. (In fact I did labuan cross channel swim the week before :p)

Didn’t do too bad, considering the lack of training. my swimming was still strong at 14mins 20 seconds. I guess I pushed my self a bit.  before the swim I noticed that the current seemed to be pushing eastward (to the right of the shore), so I started of far from the left so I didn’t have to fight the current much, after the 1st turn, I couldn’t see the 2nd buoy (is it pronounced buwi or boy or boo-oy?) , so I just followed the line of swimmers in front of me until i saw it with my own eyes before I corrected accordingly, after the 2nd buoy, I could see the swim finish, I decided to aim for it, and if the current push me, I decided I will just have to run on the shore. Close to the shore I decided to run in the water on to the shore.

triultra 2875 swim mapPNG

On the shore, a few hiking/running buddies (bahadurs) as volunteers jokingly asked me to do a baywatch run, and I obliged. :p

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In the first transition, I wore my lunar sandals for my bike, remembered to wear my helmet, but forgot to wear my bib as I only realized halfway when I saw someone else didn’t wear it. fortunately the organizers were lenient on the regulations.

Beginning of the bike was challenging as it required to cycle up a hill, I was a bit used to it, so I just went on passing 2 cyclist, 1 was pushing the bike up, and another had to drop to wear the cleats properly. Cycling was a good average of 24.2kmph getting in under 1 hour, I did stop by as a fellow cyclist’s pedal dropped off, tried to assist, but didn’t have the tools, advised him considering he had cleats, then he could just pedal with one pedal, and he did.

triultra 2875

Running was okay doing 4km in 33mins, or pace 9. I haven’t done run brick runs in a long time ( as well as other trainings), so I ended up doing walk runs, knowing the running route quite well, I walked up hill and ran down hill. I was thank full most of the route was shaded..

triultra 2875 run

At the end I was expecting my wife to have started her run already, but I asked the volunteers and they havent noticed her, I checked for her bike but I hasn’t arrived yet. Apparently she had a tire puncture on the road about 7km back. fortunately there were cyclist passing by that assisted her. but shew was 30mins later than expected. So as she arrived, I accompanied her during her run.

At the end of the day my wife felt tired from doing her first triathlon, but I still had energy to conduct a swimming class. but my body ached almost like it was doing it the first time. Thankfully my shoulder has recovered enough that I can continue my training for Langkawi Ironman end of this year.

Source: Garmin Connect

Insurance for Bicycles in Brunei

the local insurance company recently provided an insurance product to cater for the cyclists in Brunei.

Generally,

All risk takaful for Bicycle in Brunei.
eligibility, for bicycles:

  • less than 6 years
  • priced above $1,000
  • bicycle owners in Brunei Darussalam

Covers:

  • accidental damage
  • fire and theft (with forcible entry)
  • loss or damage from collission or overturning
  • located in Brunei Darussalam

https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/AR-for-Bicycle-Brochure-and-PF.pdf

the following pdf is a clarification of the terms and conditions of the insurance.

https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Takaful_AR_Bicycle_CW_2017.pdf

for more info, go the website at https://takafulbrunei.com.bn/other_products_individual/

Brunei Law on Cycling

I know a few people complain about cyclists on the road. And I keep on reminding them that the road is to be shared by everyone, including the cyclists. Especially since some bikes are named as “Roadbikes”.

Included here is a pdf from the AGC on the road rules concerning Roadbikes.

source

http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2006/EN/s050.pdf

Generally,

  • Towing not permitted.
  • Restriction on number of persons carried.
  • Riders to give signals. (slowing down palm face down up and down, turn to indicate with the relevant hand with palm facing front)
  • Signals to be made in sufficient time.
  • Travelling abreast prohibited. (generally right of cars, right of pedestrians and other cyclists is allowed)
  • Bicycle to be ridden on the left side of road. (this kinda proves bikes are allowed)
  • Load on bicycle. (no extra load then is designed)
  • Bicycle to be ridden in orderly manner.
  • Lights to be carried by bicycles during darkness. Restrictions on nature of lights. (white light in front, red light at the back)
  • Wearing of protective helmets. (shall wear, but the rule after that makes it sound like a must…)

some of the rules are also embedded into the road traffic rules that applies to all road users in http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/PDF/Cap68subRg1(2.8.07).pdf

 

Watch “How I hacked an ultramarathon by thinking like an entrepreneur | Phil Sanderson | TEDxBeaconStreet” on YouTube


I have been pondering about something like this for a while.
Actually the reverse, Strategies in successful sports training to be applied to entrepreneurship.
I did my half ironman in 2014, and I was thinking the strategies I applied then could be used in success in business.
In terms of sports these were the strategies
1. A goal – I signed up for a race, saw the  cut off times, decided to focus to finish on time. I kinda had an accountability buddy, the guy who got me to sign up. We didn’t train together much, but we did update each other on our training.
2. A plan – knowing about the target, researched what I need to do to achieve it. Reviewed what I already had, and looked at what I need to improve, swimming and running was okay, I needed to increase my cycling speed and distance, and get used to brick training. I.e. Running after cycling.
Created a training schedule I needed to follow.
3. Execution, monitoring and adaptation. Used an android app endomondo to monitor my performance.  To see if I am on track. Seeing the improving results gave a positive feedback to continue. Some people can afford to buy the multisport watches like suunto ambit or the garmin 920xt.
4. Show up to the event. And enjoy the results and rewards of the training.

Now I have been think to apply it to business or making money.
1. Set a goal – an amount of money by when.
2. Research and plan – reflect.on what resources I already have, and find out what business I can do, when I need to do it and how.
3. Execute, monitor and adapt – Do it, track the sales, financials. Change if anything needs to.
4. Results and rewards. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

For now I am still in phase 2, looking into what I have done, and what I can do.

Watch “How To Ride Your Bike At Night – Guide To Lighting + Reflective Clothing” on YouTube

Safety bicycle riding at night.
Be able to see,
And be seen.