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Author Archives: Karen

New Chapter, baby.

We’re having a baby! I’m sure by now you’ve seen our little (carefully crafted) “We’re Pregnant!” photo announcement. The concept was my idea, but props to photographer Gary for the amazing photo. Both Gary and I are super excited, kinda nervous, but feeling an immense amount of gratitude to God, to the universe, to Life, … Continue reading »

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The Ironman 70.3 World Championship 2018 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Racing in the World Championships is a dream come true. I know that I am extremely lucky to be given this opportunity. From the moment we stepped foot into the race village and expo, the atmosphere has been phenomenal – athletes from all over the world, young and old, big and small and all beaming … Continue reading »

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32.

So I’ve finally lived a full 32 years and am going onto my 33rd. How do I feel? Let’s start with my birthday itself. People have been asking me what I want for my birthday. To be very honest, I cant think of anything! Honestly, I really do have everything I need in my life … Continue reading »

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Training for a Marathon

Now that the biggest running event of the nation has settled down, I figured I’d do a post race analysis for you fitness geeks out there. The marathon was a little test to see how much better a runner I can be, if I worked hard at it, and focused on improving my strongest element. … Continue reading »

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2017, over and out.

It’s less than a week to Christmas, and before the festivities and *ahem*┬ádebauchery begins…(and by debauchery, you know I really mean, I’ll wake up at 8 am instead of 6, eat pasta on non race days, drink 1 maybe 2 glasses of wine, go to bed at past midnight, run ONLY twice a week, and … Continue reading »

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On money. and life.

Today has to be the gloomiest day of November. On top of the non-stop pitter-patter of rain outside my balcony, I come across not one, not two but three pieces of really sad, depressing news. It’s no wonder people stop reading the news, and start focusing on pictures of food instead. Because the real world … Continue reading »

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#RoadtoGurye

When I crossed the line in Langkawi in 2015, I swore that was the last one. Then, we got married on the 10th of September 2016 and celebrated with all our family and friends. I barely touched my bike that year, and only ran in the wee hours of the morning or in the gym, … Continue reading »

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Behind the #RoadToGurye scene

This is a diary entry. A raw, naked, honest article of my current state of emotions, 37 days to Ironman Gurye, Korea 2017. Before I begin, let me reintroduce myself to you. I’m a hard-headed Taurus born girl with the Chinese zodiac of a Tiger. I am 31 years old. I am a passionate person, … Continue reading »

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Ironman Vietnam 70.3 Danang

I’d be lying if I said I was calm as a clam for this race. I had started Ironman training from about February, and I’m happy to say it has been going well. Thus far, every event I’ve taken part in has proven that my training is paying off, and I am quite pleased about … Continue reading »

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Fit Your Bike to You

So I’ve always told people that I am not a very good cyclist. I struggle on most of the uphills, the dragon backs, the Bukit Hantus, the Brogas female or male, and when it comes to the flats, I can’t quite bring my speed to keep up with most of my friends. For one thing, … Continue reading »

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