Originally trained as a swimmer, Nicholas Rachmadi decided to pivot to triathlon after recording a 2.4km time at NAPFA with 8 minutes and 55 seconds time, according to the Second Wind Nation.
Unfortunately, when his father asked the school if he could train on the track with the school’s long-distance running team, he was told that his son might “not be able to keep up with the track and field athletes.” Hence, they can’t customize a program for him.
Not to let this be a reason to stop from training, Rachmadi started training on a 250m corridor in his school, where he would run up to 10km a day.
After running, he would still continue with his swimming practice.
Then, he started getting noticed in competitions.
He posted on Instagram that he has been nominated for a slot at the 30th SEA Games.
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only the day ones know how much this means! i can’t believe it actually happened but i just got a nomination slot for SEA GAMES 2019 and i’m extremely stoked!! owe this to so many people especially to my teammates from @clubbreakaway! thank you to @mickhpt @eugeneleecoaching @singapore_sports_school @paulrachmadi @flo_bernadette and especially to Uncle KC and my broski @lazychong for the pep talk after yesterday’s disappointing race. HUGE shoutout to @brndn_nrtn my buddy at track/run trainings in school…super fast and speedy dude who never fails to push me beyond my limit. i’m super grateful and it’s now time to switch focus back to mid year exams before the last stretch till IB papers! wishing a speedy recovery to those guys caught up badly in the crash today too:/ can’t wait to do TEAM SG @sgolympics proud with such a strong team together with Emma @aaaaaaawif @herlenenatashayu this December😉 glad to say that i can finally hashtag #roadtoseagames2019
At present, his training routine includes a 25-km swim, 200-km cycle, and 40-km run every week.
He was awarded the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim scholarship.
He will be representing Singapore at the 30th SEA Games duathlon event this December to be held in the Philippines.
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