Father | Ironman | Programmer
FendyFather I Ironman I ProgrammerA father to two loving daughters, Lisa & Emma, Fendy is an avid vlogger, but most of all, he is known for his swim-bike-run efforts and 4 Ironman race completions to-date. During the day, Fendy spends his time running a software company that develops tech applications for enterprises in multiple industries and many earlier mornings running, cycling or swimming.
Q: Triathletes often spend their time training & working, how do you balance work and spending time with family?
A: Time management is crucial when it comes to juggling this part of our lives. On a typical weekday, I wake up around 5 am to help my wife prepare the kids for school and get myself ready for a couple of hours of training. After work I would spend an hour at the gym. By night I focus on the family with dinner or looking into the kid’s school work. The only time for casual socializing is when I combine training with like-minded amateur athletes.
A: The thing about kids is that they tend to follow their parents’ behaviour. If we are active, chances are they will likely pick up fitness as well. All we have to do was to encourage them, despite it being a lot easier for them to just sit down and watch My Little Pony on Youtube.
A: I only got pretty active right after my wife and I had our first kid. I remember back then, both of us were quite on the heavy side of the scale, so that’s what motivated us!
Q: What was your first race event like?
A: My first race was supposed to be Ironman Western Australia. The preparation began quite early – around 12 months before the race. As time went by, my fitness improved and I was in good shape by the third quarter of the journey. We were pulling 250km of cycling and 80km of running in a week. The same time I was training for Australia, Ironman Langkawi 2014 was scheduled roughly 3 months before Western Australia. Without hesitation, I decided to make a change of plans to enter Ironman Langkawi as my very first Ironman instead – and it was great! I got to experience the race in two extreme conditions, one which was super humid (Langkawi) and the other one with much colder weather (Busselton, Western Australia).
A: I have completed 4 full Ironman distance races: Langkawi, Western Australia, Roth Germany & Korea. This coming November, we will be hitting Langkawi again – I can’t wait to be at the starting line!
Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming Ironman Langkawi?
A: The best thing about local races is that it’s like a big gathering of Malaysian triathletes. The community is not as huge as running, hence, we recognize each other almost instantly. So when there’s an event like Langkawi, everybody will come by, catch up with each other and always take plenty of fun pictures. It’s pretty amazing.
Q: What are your favourite quotes or fitness philosophy?
A: The corny ‘Pain Is Temporary Pride Is Forever’. I find it quite meaningful. This quote motivates me constantly, especially during the final segment of my race where it is down to purely a mental battle for me.
A: Mostly about work. In the office, I’m constantly solving complicated technical issues (I’m a programmer). So the ideas on solving these problems efficiently normally come through in an instant mid-training. My mind just keeps processing solutions for the challenges as my blood rushes into my brain. This happens throughout every long training as I keep puffing and huffing away.
A: Training for an Ironman is all about endurance. The best way to train for this type of race is to start off slow & steady. Consistently train while gradually increasing your mileage & pace. It’s no surprise that majority of people find swimming their weakest, myself included, hence I advise to get a good coach. To motivate yourself further, surround yourself with a community that will support you. You’ll be surprised how a good support system can aid in your mentality. These are the people you will train and hang out with.
A: I like to sleep on the cooling marble floor mostly at night. The hard floor somehow feels it’s like giving me a back massage when waking up in the morning, horribly aching but oddly satisfying.