Monday, September 29, 2014

Importance of Family involvement in Sports - Dr Ansgar's Family

Family - It is the most important bonding compared to anything

By Saranniya Rajendran

In our Flexifitness running group, we have many families where the parents do take up running and other sports as a passion. Coach Rameshon and his wife runs, Coach Tan's family are involved in sports... other parents of this group do exercise a lot as well. We would like to feature them in future. 

Out of the whole group, if you ask me, I feel that the most consistent family who are training seriously and having fun as well is Dr Ansgar's family. I myself have seen them, coming down for training without fail, unless there is conference or a very important event that they find the need to be there. Otherwise, they are always down for training and are focused in training. 

Dr Ansgar, 48, once impressed all the kids and everyone when he ran a 400m distance in 1m 04sec while doing a 1km all out workout. I thought he will tire out at some point but to my amazement he was still going strong till the end.

The statistics that I have, shows that he has done 2min 55sec  twice. No body, above 40 in this group have done this speed, even when Coach Rameshon won the 2008 Standard Chartered Marathon. The time that Coach Rameshon clocked to do a 2hr 49min for the marathon and his 1km at that time was 2min 56sec. 

Dr Ansgar during the ST Run 2014

In the Straits Times Race yesterday, Dr Ansgar did very well by doing a fantastic time of 1hr 33min and did a personal best by a big margin as his past time was 1hr 48min. Dr Ansgar has recently done a 19min 15sec in 5km for his tempo run. 

As for his wife, Moonlake Lee, 45, she did a time of 32min to 34min in the past for all 5km races, even though she had a personal best time of 30min plus. She just wanted to break the sub-30min barrier in life. Later on, she did a time of 29m 11sec and improved her time. Coach Rameshon told me that she can do a time of 25min for 5km, over time. In the Straits Times Run 2014, Moonlake surprised everyone, even the coaches of Flexifitness, by doing an amazing 1hr 01min  for the ST Run 10km race.

Her children Hana and Alisa, who are in our programme, have done well in the recent POSB Run. Dr Ansgar's family is at present training the children in swimming as well. Both parents do not want to push them to just running. They agree with Coach Rameshon that they may burnt out over time. If the children like swimming, they are alright with the children's decision. Right now, the parents are not pushing them for anything. They just want their kids to enjoy. 

Having said that I will put up the interview that I had with Dr Ansgar and Moonlake in order to motivate many families in Singapore to get themselves involved in sports together. I have never seen a family like this. Dr Ansgar's family works as a unit. We can learn to be like them and be happy in life as well. 

Dr Ansgar, with his finisher medal

An Interview with Dr Ansgar Cheng

What is the race you took part in and distance?  

I took part in the ST Run 2014 in the Half Marathon (21km) category.

Are you happy with the timing you have attained?

I am happy with the timing considering I had been suffering from an injury in my left buttock for a few weeks and I was not even sure if I should take part in this run only about ten days ago.

With some stretching, rest, medicine, massage (yes, my wife massaged my sore bum every night), moderate/mild run under the guidance of FlexiFitness coaches, I felt prepared well enough and managed to summon the courage to run this event. However, I did remind myself that I would stop if I felt anything unusual should happen during the run. Luckily, my body system worked well and I managed to finish the run shoulder to shoulder with the overall third place female runner. She was a tough cookie and showed up right next to me at about 14km from behind and I never really managed to shake her off. I learn a lot from that ;)

How was the route?

The route was fantastic! A generally very flat course. About 50% of the route was along the water front, which made it nice and cool. The 13th km stretch was over the Marina Barrage. I remember the sound of sea waves and smell of the sea from my right while the fresh water was on my left. This reminded me running along the seaside as a school boy in Hong Kong.

How was the organisation of the race?

I could not find anything bad about the race organization all in all. Maybe they wish they serve breakfast at some water stations ;) but I guess no one would have the time to enjoy the food then ;)

What is your next target?

My next target is to focus on a good night’s sleep. Followed by one day of junk food and then redirect myself to the 2014 Standard Chartered Half Marathon in December, while staying injury free as I have overworked my wife in the massage department already. She needs to focus on her own 10K Personal Best in December too.

Moon, at the finish point

Interview with Moonlake Lee

What is the race you took part in and distance? 

I took part in the ST Run, 2014 in the 10km category. It was my first time doing the ST Run, and my third 10km ever!

Are you happy with the timing you have attained?

Yes, I am most definitely happy with the timing I achieved in the run. It was a personal best for me. I was aiming for a 1-hour completion time. I ended up just short of that... the unofficial time is 1 hour 1 minute. 

My personal best previously at the standard chartered run 2013 was 1 hour 11 minutes. So an improvement of 10 minutes was something I was delighted about.

How was the route?

The route was great – it was very scenic.  I saw the sunrise which was a beautiful sight.  We ran on the Formula One track, past the Singapore Flyer, along Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage and ended up at the new National Stadium. There was a lovely view of the waterfront as well.

I always enjoy doing city runs as it is easier to access the race venue by public transportation.

How was the organisation of the race?

The ST Run was quite well organized.  There were sufficient water stations and a lot of cheerful volunteers.

What is your next target?

I hope to do a sub-1 hour timing for the Standard Chartered 10km run in December 2014