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Mok Ying Ren (Part 2 of 2)
  • October 18th, 2007

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Mok Yin Ren at the Singapore 2007

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This is a continuation from part one of Mok Yin Ren, local national triathlete interview.

Apart from being an established local long distance runner, Mok Yin Ren is also an excellent triathlete. For the clueless, triathlon is an athletic event consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances

Pamela Chia continues the interview with Mok’s proper training details which contributed to his pursuit of mastering this multi-task sport. It all starts with a plan, a goal that is workable.


The Interview continues

Where do you foresee Singapore athletics and Tri heading?

Singapore athletics and triathlon are both moving in the right direction. I see them matching Asian standards very soon.

Other than Track/Tri, what else is your passion/hobby

I dabble in the art of witchcraft and wizardry! Actually, I enjoy performing magic tricks. (Mok proceeds to show me his trick of making a coin disappear and reappear from his hand). Sometimes, I go to a candy shop at Vivo City and perform vanishing acts on sweets in front of children. I am intrigued by how tricks are performed and I learn them by watching you tube, surfing the net and reading books. After I graduate from medical school, I aspire to be a good paediatrician as I love children. I would also like to influence them to do sports at a young age. If I was not in medical school, I would be a teacher.

How do you prepare before a race usually? What are you tactics during your run or tri

My training philosophy: I train to race, I race to win. Every training session is carefully planned to build up on my strengths and improve my weaknesses. Race tactics depends on the competition field. In an endurance race like triathlon, I constantly tell myself to conserve and run.

The SEA games is coming up, how is your preparations so far

I am working on my weakest link now: cycling. My weekly training regime looks like this:

  • 4 cycling sessions, with a few more sessions on technique
  • 2 runs
  • 3 swims

Late September, I will be flying to Hong Kong with the National team for the Hong Kong ITU (International Triathlon Union) Triathlon. My next race a month after is in Taiwan.

Coaching yourself, how do you come up with programmes

My training workouts are based from experience, advice from different coaches and books. I read up on training, recovery, sports science, sports nutrition, injury management.

Inspirational athlete and why

I admire Sir Rodger Bannister, who broke the four minute mile as a medical student with time only for 45min workouts a day. He later became a neurologist (brain specialist), which is one of the hardest areas of specialisation.

Greatest racing experience

It would have to be this year’s army half-marathon. I was amazed at what my body could achieve at a road race with minimal running and more cycling. With such training, I did a personal best, winning the 2nd place by 3 min.

What do you love about running/tri

I love the freedom and versatility of the sport. With running, your legs take you places. My favourite running haunt is Macritchie reservoir where I can play with the monkeys and charge up the hills. Triathlon is equally variant as it consists of 3 disciplines. On the bike, I get to wear pro-looking attire. Swimming gives me a free 2 hour bath each time I train.


Mok Yin Ren in black running the 5000m men’s event at Singapore Open

What keeps you going when the tide is against you (injury, poor performance despite training harder)

I keep repeating in my head that I need to be strong and persevere in order to win the next race.

Training beliefs/ principals

Time management is the key to everything.

Greatest strength

If I set my mind to something, I am determined to get it.

The Editor: One of the greatest marvels in human experiences is the beginning of each adventure. And with each time we begin, the experiences we’ve learned prove to be more beneficial than not starting at all. Mok Yin Ren is an epitome of that adventure. We all here at Singapore Athletics bid him well at the upcoming SEA Games and his journey in triathlon. Make us proud

Singapore Athletics would like to thank Mok Yin Ren for the interview and Pamela Chia for conducting the interview

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