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Joining the Circus

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

When I left home for Subic two and a half weeks ago, I felt like I was running off to join the circus. The TBB Circus that is. A new team this year, new faces, new expectations. But what I didn’t expect was how quickly the circus would become one big, happy family.

The TBB Circus is a fun place to be. We all have our own tricks and special talents, and a ringleader who keeps us all in order, making sure that we’re ready to perform when it counts. It might look easy from the outside, but a lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes…practicing over and over again our tricks of the trade. It might seem like we work for peanuts, but it’s all worth it when we go on stage to perform.

So next weekend, the circus has its first show on the road. A quick stop in Langkawi where six members of the TBB Circus will put on a show : the Flying Japanese Trapeze Duo, the Brazilian Tiger Rei, Mathieu – the bearded man who walks on water, the Hungarian Coco who flies through air, and myself, the Diesel fighter. The rest of the troupe will remain in Subic, training hard with the ringmaster for upcoming shows in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and China. Book your tickets now for the best show on the road.

California Dreamin’…On Such a Winter’s Day

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

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So it’s time to hit the road again after 3 months back in San Diego. The last 2 weeks have been really fun…a mini training camp with Coco before we head off on Wednesday for Subic. We’ve gone on all of my favorite training rides – including a trip up Palomar Mountain, but unfortunately no more Landis sightings (although I did have my camera ready this time). In between all the swimming, biking and running, we’ve been keeping the sushi restaurants in business…or perhaps I should say putting them out of business. I expect the next time we show up for sushi, there’ll be a sign in the window saying “No Hungry Triathletes Allowed”. I wonder if perhaps the Japanese aren’t such big sushi eaters??

Anyway, I’m excited to head off to camp in a few days, and meet all the new rookies. Having Erika here the last couple of weeks has made me remember how great it is having team mates to train with. It’s looking like 2009 will be a big year for Team TBB, and I’m excited to be a part of it.