Run, Cy­cle, Swim

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Health & Fitness -

dys­mor­phia and eat­ing is­sues; or even on the trait Sin­ga­pore­ans are fa­mous for – ki­asu (trans­lated from Hokkien as “afraid to lose”) and as­so­ci­ated with the urge to win at any cost.

“Our ques­tion to them is: ‘ What are you try­ing to prove?’” There’s more to it than phys­i­cal fit­ness, it seems: “We’re also help­ing peo­ple to look within them­selves and to see other ar­eas in their lives where they can make im­prove­ments.”

Who are they coach­ing?

Many are high- level ex­ec­u­tives in fields such as bank­ing, tech­nol­ogy or re­cruit­ment, and they also have fam­i­lies; so, go­ing into triathlon train­ing is re­ally ask­ing a lot of them­selves, says Michael. “About half are lo­cals, the other half are ex­pats, and they rep­re­sent more than 20 na­tion­al­i­ties.” He’d like more women than the cur­rent 30 per­cent, though.

“You’ll find less ego here,” prom­ises Scott. “Ev­ery­one helps ev­ery­one else. We’ve fought hard to achieve an in­clu­sive and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment in what is af­ter all an in­tensely in­di­vid­ual sport.”

How they’re coach­ing

Be­tween them, the two men run be­tween nine and 14 train­ing ses­sions each week – on the prin­ci­ple of di­vide and rule, says Scott. In ad­di­tion to an on­go­ing base of strength and en­durance train­ing, race sim­u­la­tions are in­jected as races come closer.

Swim ses­sions take place in a pub­lic pool or a pri­vate one, and are fo­cused ei­ther on vol­ume or tech­nique; they move to the open wa­ter on the week­ends pre­ced­ing Race Day. Cy­cling in­cludes long dis­tance, plus strength train­ing on hills (gen­er­ally Mount Faber), and then high-in­ten­sity 90-minute “turbo-train­ing” ses­sions that are done one night a week on sta­tion­ary bikes out­side a lo­cal bike shop, and fol­lowed by a run.

Fi­nally, the group run is done at Macritchie Reser­voir: “You dig your strength out of the dirt,” says Scott po­et­i­cally. Mixed ter­rain is gen­er­ally pre­ferred to tar and con­crete, be­cause the softer ter­rain de­vel­ops soft- tis­sue strength. “Run­ning on the flat in East Coast Park will never get you strong; you need to head for Mount Faber, to Macritchie, to Hen­der­son Wave, to Fort Can­ning or to the Botanic Gar­dens.”

In­di­vid­ual train­ing – and re­sults

Though the team trains as a group, ev­ery per­son is unique, says Michael, and so each of Tri Edge’s 100 or so mem­bers trains ac­cord­ing to a to­tally in­di­vid­u­alised pro­gramme.

The for­mula works, he con­firms. “Records show an av­er­age im­prove­ment in our mem­bers over the to­tal Half Iron Man dis­tance (113 kilo­me­tres: 1.9km swim, 90km cy­cle, 21.1km run) of 25 min­utes over six months.”

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