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Going for gold

Achieved Gold for my annual IPPT (the Individual Physical Proficiency Test for the Singapore Armed Forces).

This was the first Gold I have earned for my IPPT, ever. I had aimed for Silver - the standard I attained last year - but I did better than expected.

In terms of fitness, this is a significant milestone. When I was a full-time National Serviceman from the ages of 19 to 21, I struggled to pass my IPPT. I failed half the time, and barely passed the rest of the way.

That was almost 20 years ago. Now, every week, I run 10km on a Saturday or Sunday morning; the run includes targets of clocking the first 2.4km inside 10 minutes 50 seconds (for my IPPT run) and the whole 10km inside 52 minutes. This routine has done wonders for my fitness!


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