Even as the blustery winds threatened to blow her off her bicycle, Allison Yee clung on tightly to win a podium spot in her age-group in the IRONMAN 70.3 Bangsaen in Thailand and qualified for the coveted IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Taupo, New Zealand.
It was her second time racing the 70.3 distance, though the SEA Games finisher in the duathlon is used to shorter distances. Although the windy conditions did not allow for a personal-best-breaking day, she was determined to keep to her race plan and to focus on finishing the 1.9km swim – 90km bike – 21km run race safely. She continued to the finishing line with the final 21km run and clinched second-place in her category.
The sterling, petite young lass now struggles to train as she is not only pursuing a full-time job as part of her internship, but she also runs her own baking business on the side. The young entrepreneur believes in self-funding her sporting life by baking healthy biscotti, granola bars and burnt cheesecake. She will be using this opportunity to fund herself to her first race in New Zealand and a world championship.
“Go hard or go home,” said Allison, as she sets her expectation for the world championship.
Born in Kuantan, Allison will start her full-time training again with RC Coaching after completing her internship, towards fulfilling her goals of improving her weakness and restructuring her training plan this year.
Watch out for this ‘cili padi’ as she will be racing at the Powerman Malaysia duathlon and Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon next.