The results are in! Team Vo2 Multisport takes 2nd place in the 2013 Ironman Division IV Triclub Competition. Congratulations! Now bring on 2014!
Last year IRONMAN announced its unique new Tri Club Program, designed to help clubs drive their membership, provide networking opportunities and a sense of friendly competition. A key aspect of the program was pitting national clubs against one another in a friendly fight for points, which clubs could earn through overall participation and individual performance at IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races through 2013. The program launched its event-based competition at IRONMAN 70.3’s in Oceanside and Galveston, and now, months later, the results are in. In addition to bragging rights, the top five clubs in each division get an award identical to what the winning age groupers receive.
Read more: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2013/12/year-in-review-ironman-tri-club-program.aspx#ixzz2q8PKHsGK
Hi All, I was asked to do an interview with KOMO New Radio last week to talk about my journey to become an Ironman. What a wonderful opportunity to reach more people with my story in hope to inspire them. I though I would share it with you. –Navin
Click here to listen: Navin-Singh-KOMORadio
Singh crosses the line at Ironman Cozumel
Another year and another fabulous Team Vo2Multisport Holiday Party! Thank you to everyone that attended, I can’t tell you how excited I am for 2014, what an amazing group of people we have!
Enjoy the show! (Special thanks to Daniel Flahiff for putting this together, Molly Larson for gathering photos and Jeremy Kalmus for rocking that hi-tech projector at the party!)
Many of you here at Vo2 may already know Navin and his incredible story of courage, determination and his bid for a Kona Inspired slot this year, but for those of you who don’t, here it is in his own words.
When I was 18 years old I contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome and my life changed forever. I was a very healthy, athletic person and in a matter of days I was paralyzed from the neck down and totally dependent on others to live. Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system. What happens is the person’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the healthy nerve cells which enable the communication between their brain and muscles. This destruction caused by the attack results in paralysis.
Faced with an uncertain future, I decided to fight to turn things around rather than wallowing in my misery and asking, “Why me?”
I turned to an athletic mindset that was ingrained in me from martial arts and playing competitive sports from a young age. I worked hard training as I had done in sports to overcome these new obstacles. I did not listen to estimates of how long it would take to recover nor the negative thoughts from some that I would not have much improvement at all.
I have been working with athletes in a coaching capacity since 1992 when I was studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in Leeds, West Yorkshire. I was fortunate enough to have a great pool of athletes to work with and some amazing professors who could explain and rationalize why some methodologies worked and some didn’t. In short this foundation gave me an enquiring mind and allowed me a certain amount of freedom to ‘experiment’ with many different training protocols and a wide range of individuals.
So what did I take away from all this? Well over the last twenty two years since I started racing and training for Triathlons I have seen and committed many training errors, although never was I guilty of the title of this article, in fact quite the opposite.
I did my first triathlon aged 16 years and 7 months. Like many sprint triathlons in the UK it was a pool based swim (600m), followed by a short (16km) bike and run (6km). It was approximately an hour effort and yes it was a full on effort from start to finish. After that I continued to race sprints and the occasional longer races (yes as long as Olympic distance or ‘standard’ distance as it was known back in the day!) and never did I really even think about stepping up to middle (HIM) or long distance (IM) racing. In essence I served my apprenticeship and mastered the skills necessary to be a successful triathlete. Having these skills made me proficient technically, biomechanically and physiologically. So time to cut to the chase.
Vo2Multisport are honored to have helped eight athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championships this year. Here is a brief bio and progress report on who is headed to the big dance and their journies to get there: