This month’s feature goes to Allison Yee!
If you’re into TRI, you’d definitely know this girl! We have not actually met in person but we’re connected via social media (THANK YOU SOCIAL MEDIA!).
She’s the definition of someone who works really hard and has earned all her podium finishes! Read on to find out a lil more about her!
1. What’s your main sport?
My main sport is running but I started cycling and swimming too. Now, I am into triathlons.
2. How did you get into it?
I was influenced by my triathlete friends and my boyfriend who is also a triathlete! I remember going into a bike shop alone in my hometown, Kuantan, bought a roadbike for myself and joined the local cycling group. I took it as part of my training to become a triathlete.
3. Do you join any groups (running grp, tri grp, cycling grp etc)? If yes, which group?
Yup! M3X for Triathlon; P2K and Team NATO for cycling.
4. Your profession:
Student. Currently studying in UPM.
5. How do you juggle work/studies and your sport?
Tough question! It was hard at first. I was tired all the time. But as time went by, my body started to adapt. Definitely requires discipline and consistency.
6. Do you have a training schedule? What is it like?
Yes, I do! It is very important when you’re still a student. I will have my run or swim in the morning before class, or after depending on my schedule. Tuesday night I will have my spinning class and Thursday night will be my night ride with Team NATO at Putrajaya. Weekends are usually for longer training sessions, either a long ride or doing all 3 with relatively shorter mileage.
7. Who do you usually train with?
Usually with my boyfriend when I am in my hometown, or with my good friends – Irene, Barry and Yoshi. I also train with local cycling teams like Team NATO and P2K and sometimes, I join tri clubs too!
8. Which was the most memorable race event and why!
National Triathlon Championship in Putrajaya and the SEA games selection.
It was my first Elite race! Very nerve wrecking and intense as I raced with the top athletes in Malaysia.
9. What keeps you going?
The joy in doing swim, bike and run. Also, the people I train and race with.
10. Favourite event:
Port Dickson International Triathlon.
11. Your inspiration:
I do not have an exact inspiration but what I believe is to bring out the best of myself in this sport, and be humble in what you do and achieve. Share more and you’ll learn more too!
12. Any advice for ppl who want to do what you are doing?
Ya! If you’re already an active person, great! Don’t shy away from this sport because of the commitment required in training. For the ladies, don’t be afraid to have a sun-kissed skin! Those tan lines from your swimsuit, tri-suit, cycling jersey and bib, running shorts etc are what you should be proud of!
For beginners, just take every step slowly and don’t forget to recover well after every tough training session. Sometimes, doing too much too soon will give you unwanted injuries! Plus, it will get in the way of your training sessions.
Very wise words from Allison! Don’t be afraid to give TRI a try! And don’t forget to start SLOW! 😉
Thanks so much for your time, Allison! All the best and continue to give your best in all that you do!