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Introducing… the TBB fruit!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

I found it on a local market two weeks ago and it impressed from the very first moment with its stunning pink color! Therefore I just called it the TBB fruit, since I did not know the “real” name of this fruit. The TBB fruit is no heavy-weight with usually 400 to 600 g but its stracciatella-ice-like fill is irresistible. Especially when it comes out of the fridge it is a perfect refresher after work-outs in Thailand’s heat.

Due to some minutes of internet recherché I found out that the TBB fruit is called dragon fruit or pitaya and originates in Central America. And believe it or not, it is very healthy to; especially the amount of iron, calcium, phosphorus and the vitamins B, C and E is remarkable. With just 50 kcal/100g you can eat as much as 5 kg to reach the recommended daily ingestion ;-) .

At the end some advises for the gardeners ;-) : the black chocolate like dots are the seeds. It is easily cultivated and needs compost containing plenty of humus and sufficient moisture in summer. Never under 10°C in winter!!! The wonderful white flowers of the pitaya can be up to 25 cm in size. Thailand is the most important pitaya export nation. Since moisture is definitely no problem here:YouTube Preview Image

But there´s a snag, it is a cactus with a lot of spines and its branches can grow up to 10m in length! So make sure your garden is big enough ;-) .

Finally I suggest having a vote on the forum pro or contra the dragon fruit as the official Team fruitJ.

Team TBB Training Camp in Thailand

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I´ve arrived at the team TBB Training Camp in Krabi/ Thailand 10 days ago. The first day´s have been really horrible since I´ve got 40° fever in the first night. I was so lucky that I haven’t got sick in the last weeks at home because everybody around me seemed to be ill. But finally it got me in the worst place to have high fever. Thanks to my mother-in-law, I had some good medicine with me and could start the work out again after just 3 days. The only good thing about that virus was that I could use the last day of my convalescence to have a closer look at a wonderful Buddhist temple which is very close to our hotel. There is a stairway with 1237 steps which leads to the top of the temple where a 10m high Buddha statue is situated. At that day most of the people on their way to the top looked much worse than me, which made me decide that I can start the work out again ;-) !

The next step was to get used to the enormous heat during the next days. Coming from cold winter Germany means to have around 40° differences in Temperature. In the first few days running felt like having a hair dryer right in front of me. But now after one week the running pace is nearly the same like at home again and I even start to like the high temperatures. I could not believe it but on the bike ride yesterday I even froze because it was relatively cold (not more than 25°C ;-) and we rode in the very heavy tropical rain for about 2.5 hours…

Since it´s raining nearly every day, bike cleaning is one of the most time killing duties in the little time between training and eating. I think I cleaned my bike in the last 7 days as often as in 2 months at home.

That brings me to another interesting topic about the work out, especially the bike training, here in Thailand. As a German I needed some days to get used to ride my bike on the left side of the rode and I´m still sometimes looking at the wrong lane of the road when turning left or right on crossroads. The traffic itself is also let´s say special, to avoid the word chaotic. There is a lot of traffic on most roads, with fast driving cars, a lot of trucks which are mostly such overload that a little hilltop makes them nearly stop. And last but not least hundreds of little scooters which are sometimes slower than we on our bikes. There don´t seem to be a lot of traffic rules ether… But in general the Thai people are very friendly drivers. Not like in other countries where it seems to be funny for many drivers to find out how close they can overtake a bike rider without touching him with the mirror…Krabi traffic ;-)

There is a lot of honking the horn too, which just means “watch out I´m overtaking” and not “get the hell out of my way” like at home. I´m looking forward to another two Interesting and hard weeks of training and the Team TBB photo shoot before I go back to Germany where hopefully the spring begins.