As we look back and give thanks for a wonderful and memorable 2013, we look forward to an even more exciting and happening 2014.
We would like to wish all Team FatBird family, friends and fans a most FANTABULOUS Happy New Year 2014!
Team FatBird wishes all runners, friends, partners and associates a Merry Christmas and Seasons’ Greetings.
With the SCMS just barely ended a fortnight ago, Operation Falcon managed to garner good response for its maiden training program for the upcoming 2XU Marathon in March 2014 – evidence of more marathoners looking to do better in the new year with early preparations and conditioning.
The first session of Ops Falcon started off this Sunday morning at the Playground @ Big Splash vicinity. Because of a couple of races such as LTAW, Commando Challenge, Taipei Marathon this weekend, the turnout was smaller but still had its fair share of first-timers as well as veterans of FatBird training ops.
We were also joined by the Japan Kumamoto Marathon group. who are undergoing training for their race in Feb 2014. It was one melting pot of runners and marathoners from many quarters, adding much color to the flock that had gathered early on a Sunday morning.
The welcome and training briefing took a tad longer to ensure that all pioneering Falcon trainees understood the training requirements and corresponding commitment to deliver according to each individual’s targets and race objectives.
After a few quick group photos, the respective Falcon groupings of 1-Tango, 2-Foxtrot, 3-Bravo and 4-Hotel were flagged off for their maiden FlightZONES basebuild runs of 13km and 21km. Participants were advised to take it easier in the beginning and progressively extend their capabilities as their endurance conditioning improve over longer distances.
The cooling weather made for an easy run, interspersed with chit-chats and interesting conversations among trainers and trainees, all getting to know one another better while putting in their required training mileage.
Most of the trainees were observed to have reasonably good foundation and running form, which will make for higher improvement opportunities as the 12-week program unfolds with the participants being exposed to a myriad of training modules from hills to tempos to LSDs.
The first session ended on a strong note of confidence from most of the trainees at having ‘survived’ the training in good form. As we proceed into week 2, more action in the form of weekday hills & strength development with the weekend trails & agility tests are highly anticipated.
Those who are still interested to hop onto flight OFC14 will be happy to know that there are still a few seats available – for information and registration for Ops Falcon Marathon Training, please check out the website @ www.OpsFalcon.com!
Falcon Photos by FatBird Tejinda
With the biggest race of the year nicely wrapped up, it is time to lay down the plans for 2014 races and sufficient training preparations to help you achieve a brand new set of marathon goals!
Team FatBird is happy to offer our first comprehensive marathon training program for the new year:Operation Falcon 2014 – a tried and tested 12-week marathon training program for the 2XU Compression Marathon and international (Tokyo/Kyoto/Kumamoto, Hong Kong) marathons in 1Q 2014
Although there were more reported challenges experienced by the SCMS participants this year, our Sunbird marathoners took them in their strides with the majority over-achieving their SCMS13 targets and objectives.
There were many kind words of appreciation and thanks from the more than 180 Sunbird trainees (both verbally and written) of which we would like to highlight a few we picked up from facebook:
Chua Meng Kiat, Sunbird Group 3-Bravo
I was never a runner. In 2012, I sign up all kind of races in Singapore and KL just for fun. It was never about good timing, just want to collect T-Shirt and Medal. Since I join TeamFatbird Running this year 2013, my running pace and timing had improve a lot and I mean really a lot. Now I don’t just run marathon I do ultra marathon and I would thank for giving me the opportunity to run with Team FatBird and to my fellow team mates, thank you all for the good run and fun time we had.
3:46h at his maiden Full Marathon. Thank you Arnel. It has really been a great experience training beside u. The whole journey towards my maiden 42.195 has been awesome with TeamFatbird!
Team FatBird, without u i cant have completed my first maiden FM.
Arnel Villamin, Sunbird Group 1-Tango
From a SCMS Marathoner, Public
Thanks once again for all your kind words of appreciation, and we are happy to hear that all of you have benefited much from Operation Sunbird marathon training in many aspects of your marathon journey.
We look forward to seeing more marathon-bound runners prepare themselves with ample training and guidance for an even more enriching and enjoyable marathon experience.
Team FatBird – Follow Our Pace & Win Your Race!
Photo Contributions from CK Chin, Ivan Lau, Anthony
It was the finals for the Sunbirds who have dedicated themselves to 12 weeks of training just to be prepared for this important race of their lives, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).
In the run up to this morning’s marathon, nerves were wracking and emotions were high, but at the end of the finish line, there were rainbows of glory for many of the Sunbird & FatBird marathoners who came through with flying colours, registering Personal Bests (PB) and outstanding performances.
The morning got off to a great start with cool, immaculate weather to support the PB intentions of our marathoners.
Pace plans and strategies were executed well, namely starting conservatively, maintaining a sustainable goal pace, picking up when the weather turns favorable, hydrating and refueling according to plan, pushing back the marathon wall, and finishing strong like a Cheetah.
The routes and support points were pretty unchanged, with Heartbreak Bridge posing a challenge to the tired runners at about 36km mark – however most of the Sunbirds with their hills training segments went through this segment well, overtaking many of those slowing or walking.
The Half Marathon Sunbirds also had little problems tackling the hilly menu of rolling hills, and with the help of our own Sunbird Pacers, did very well to complete in PB timing, with fuel reserves left over in the tank to share their battle victories.
The Post-Race meet-up was filled with exciting chatter and group photo-taking as the Sunbirds & FatBirds bask in the glory of their outstanding performances, taking heart that they have reaped the just rewards from all the dedication and commitment to training, and taking away valuable lessons on how to execute a race strategy for optimum marathon performance.
As we were resting and recounting the SCMS journey, many of the Sunbirds were already looking ahead to more marathon training in 2014 to prepare for some of the exciting marathon races in the first half of 2014 – 2XU Compression Marathon, Sundown Marathon, and the Japan Marathons in February and of course the PB-friendly Gold Coast Marathon.
Congratulations to all the Sunbirds for their sterling SCMS results, with special mention to the Sunbird Trainers & Pacers who helped many of our trainees fulfill their marathon goals and dreams at SCMS.
A shout out to Sunbird Colin Chua who claimed 8th position (revised) in the Men’s Open (Local) with a 3:09h FM time. Also a note of encouragement to Sunbird Ullas for a 3:12h maiden marathon effort. Well Done!
Sunbirds – You Followed Our Pace, You Won Your Race!
More Race Day Photos HERE>