Lini Kazim is synonymous as the Coach of Team TIME Triathlon, but she raised the bar when she qualified for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. This coach does not only “talk the talk, but she also walks the walk” to achieve one of her proudest moments in triathlon at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi race.
The Kelantan-born lawyer by profession only started triathlon in 2012, as a natural progression from running. However, she aced the three disciplines – swimming, cycling, running – and was crowned the fastest female Malaysian at the IRONMAN Malaysia in 2014, touted as the second toughest IRONMAN distance race in the world.
ToughASIA: Which IM 70.3 World Championship will you be choosing to compete in – 2021 or 2022?
Lini: Most likely the 2021 edition in Utah, USA.
ToughASIA: What is the reason for your decision?
Lini: Although I would prefer to race in New Zealand due to the ease of logistics and time difference, 2022 is too far away to be planning for a race of such significance.
ToughASIA: What is your training or race plan till then?
Lini: Since the date for Utah race will be in September 2021, I will most likely start training at the beginning of 2021 for a few reasons and hopefully by then, we will have a better idea of the situation with COVID especially in the USA as they are hard hit by the virus.
For 2020, with no race in the horizon, I am keeping fit by doing a lot of different things in an unstructured way to make it fun and to keep the motivation level high like epic rides with friends around Malaysia – recently we rode up Mount Jerai, the highest point in Malaysia, and did open water swims in Pulau Perhentian in August.
Since the MCO was lifted, I have been working on my mental strength training by playing golf, some strength training to build stronger muscles against the loss of muscle mass normally encountered by those who are going through menopause.
Furthermore, I’m also working on my flexibility and core strength through yoga. Most importantly, I’m also doing some rehabilitation to ensure that I will be able to train and race for many more years free of injury.