Name: Raviin S/O Muthu Kumar
Date of Birth: 22 November 1990 (25yrs)
Personal Best(s): 4:01.70min (Men 1500m, 2015 S’pore Open)
Singapore Open 15, Bronze Medalist 1500m
Swift Cross Country 15, 5km, Individual and Team Gold
Q) What are your hopes, dream and target this SEA Games?
It is to definitely do my best and achieve a remarkable PB. Not forgetting to give my competitors a good fight and the audience an awesome show.
Q) How’s your preparation for the SEA Games?
Currently everything is going great, just putting more effort in keeping fit and not getting injured.
Q) What are some of the biggest challenges in your sports career so far leading to SEA Games and your athletics career?
Partially I would say sacrificing a lot of my social life for running, but the worst would be recovering from injuries as everything you worked hard for was wasted.
Q) How did you specialise in your particular event? Why this event, what’s the attraction?
1500m, I always believed that it’s the epitome of track running. It does tax your body in both the aerobic and anaerobic system thus training for it is not easy as you have to clock the miles and also run laps till you are overwhelmed in lactic. It’s a great challenge and I believe all runners should try 1500m at least once!
Q) Who is your coach, tell us more about him/her. Also a mention of your previous coaches.
My current coach is Mr G. Elangovan, an extraordinary man who is very knowledgeable in the events that most of his athletes do like 800m to marathon. Instead of calling him a coach, I should call him my 2nd Father on track. He does what every dad would do, he pushes us till we are exhausted, then he explains to us why he did so, he protects from insecurities by always encouraging us. All I can say is that I believe in my coach and what he has planned for us.
My previous coach was Mr S. Pandian, a great man who introduced me to the reins of running. Though he believed in old school methods many of his athletes and I can vouch for the fact that his training not only improved out timings but also made us stronger people in life. There is a saying that goes “If you can tahan Pandian’s training, you deserve a salute”.
Q) Do you take care of your nutrition and diet? Your opinion on supplements and food.
I don’t really watch what I eat but I believe that you have to watch when you eat your meals. Recently I am taking Maxi Nutrition Recovery Max cause I personally hate to eat after a hard run or workout(which is not right) thus drinking some recovery drinks after those sessions helps me recover what I lost. What we normally eat a day should cover the loss of nutrients thus supplements are not really necessary unless due to personally restrictions or for convenience sake.
Q) Aside from athletics, what else interest you? You could say the other part of your life beyond athletics.
I love playing video games, watching movies, DISTURBING MY FRIENDS, playing badminton and of course reading books on psychology!
Q) How do you fit in your training/competing with your family and studies/work?
My family is really understanding but they do nag at me for coming home late because I was most probably doing the things mentioned above. Nevertheless I believe that studying and running complement each other. As when I am stressed from running I focus on my books and vice versa.
Q) Share with the readers, some aspects of your training regime.
I train about 14 times a week, which means nearly twice every day. Training is usually broken down to event specific training, strength training and finally long runs. So we pretty much do the 3 types of training all week.
Q) What are your long term athletics goals?
My long term goal is to represent Singapore in the Olympics!
Q) What advice do you have for young aspiring athletes?
To athletes from all sports, just go out there and try your best. Believe in yourself and at the end of the day leave it all out there with no regrets.