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Singapore

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

So I am in Krabi, Thailand with the team. But more about that later…

On the way here I stopped over in Singapore for a night in order to pick up my new Cervelo P4 at The Bike Boutique store. It was my first time in Singapore but I had a lot to do so not much sightseeing was done.

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The closest we got to sight-seeing - we stumbled on this whilst lost!

I arrived at 6am from Jo’burg and my bike box made it too (without a bike in it, yet still heavy, which would prove significant). An hour later Scott arrived from the other end of the world – he was flying in from New York – and we headed off together to find The Bike Boutique. I had done some investigating whilst waiting for Scott and had determined that a taxi, which will fit only 1 bike box, will cost about Sing$35. A train to within 1km of the shop will cost about Sing$2. We went for the train. We eventually found our way to the surface in the city, but were seriously disorientated from the subway  had no idea which way we were meant to go. My map wasn’t helping. But the locals were very helpful and we hefted and tugged our way to the shop.

We checked out our new frames and left our components with the mechanics to build the bikes whilst we headed off to the apartment. We found the train station easily enough, but that was the last time in Singapore that we would make it from A to B by the shortest route.

Azmil hard at work

Azmil hard at work

Exiting the train station at Bedok we had an address and little more, so we decided to take a taxi. Or not. They didn’t want to stop for us. After a few minutes waiting we tried to figure out which way to go and headed off – in totally the wrong direction! After asking a local and turning around, we thought a taxi was definitely needed. Again we stood and waited. Again we gave up and kept walking. Eventually we got a taxi and made it to the apartment. I fought valiantly against the desire to sleep, but passed out anyway.

Later, after a swim and to prevent more untimely sleeping, we headed back to the bike shop… and got lost again! As it turns out, the train stations in the city have about 5 exits and you can never figure out which one you have exited! We twisted and turned through back streets and alley ways until, after again asking a few people, we found the shop. Our bikes were looking good!

We left to get some dinner, and although we found Subway (the restaurant), we lost the subway (with the trains). When we found it we made a note of which direction to head in the morning to get back to the shop… but we had already got mixed up on the way from the shop, so, after a good nights’ sleep and a short run, we once again exited the train station and headed in our pre-determined direction… only to find that once again we had gotten it wrong! We walked for 15mins and found ourselves back at the station! That was the 5th time we had lost our bearings in 24hrs! Thankfully that would be the last time we took the subway!

Retul setup on new Cervelo P4

Retul setup on new Cervelo P4

Our bikes were done and after a quick Retul setup, we hopped in a smart taxi to the airport on our way to Krabi. We watched as they loaded the plane and saw my bike and Scott’s bag being loaded, but not Scott’s bike! It made for a stressful hour-and-a-half plane ride for Scott as he stressed about losing his 1-day old Cervelo P4!

Goodbye Summer… sort of…

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Its my last week in SA before I jet off to Thailand for training camp with the team for 7 weeks. Although the weather is miserable today, it has been a great summer in SA for me, with good weather and good training. I love the long days we have in PE in summer, although the early sun makes sleeping enough difficult – I actually bought a black sheet to hang behind the curtain to keep the daylight out a little longer! By the time I return in April, summer will be gone and autumn will have set in for sure – although hopefully not enough for a cold Ironman day! Of course, I am not really leaving summer at all as it sounds like Krabi is scorching hot! And soon after my return, I head off to the European summer so I never really say goodbye to summer… (I know what you’re thinking… It IS tough, but someone’s gotta do it! ;) ).

Unfortunately there are far to few good races on the SA triathlon calendar, but I kept myself busy over the summer with the local ECTA events,  IM70.3 SA and of course lots of training. Not to mention good QT with Lex and watching Chloe (our puppy) grow up. I am certainly looking forward to training with the team again though, after a long few months of flying solo.

I fly to Singapore on Monday where I will pick up my new Cervelo P4 (YAY!), have it quickly assembled by the Bike Boutique guys, and then head off to Krabi the next day. I can’t wait to get on my new bike, but I am sure I will have spent plenty of time on it by the time I get back to SA in April! I will also be riding SRAM and 3T for the first time, so lots to look forward to!

Actually it will be my first time to Thailand and I have only heard good things, so while the last days in SA seem to fly by too quickly I am getting really excited for another great experience with TeamTBB and seeing another new part of the world.

My first ever marathon

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

img_2443This past weekend turned into a big training weekend for me. It was the PE Friendly City Marathon on Saturday (Yes, they call it the Friendly City when they are not calling it the windy city!), and EP Triathlon Champs on Sunday.

The marathon would actually be my first ever straight marathon – I’ve done quite a few in training and of course six in Ironman events, but this was the first 42km race I had done. My dad tried to get me to go for his marathon PB of 2h34, but with strict instructions from Doc, his PB was safe for a little longer. (Maybe one day I will beat that time in an Ironman… ::) ).

So the marathon went really well actually. It was good to be reminded that 42km is not short, even without a 180km bike to precede it, but I was pleasantly surprised by my fitness. I finished 5th overall and it was by far the most comfortable and enjoyable marathon I have ever done! :)

A short ride that afternoon to loosen the legs and the next day I was ready for the provincial triathlon champs on Sunday. With a stiff wind the Olympic distance event would be challenging even without a marathon in the legs. Fortunately there was little in the way of competition so I could go my own pace and get some good training in. I felt great on the bike and going into the run I had over 4mins lead, which was a good thing cos my legs were feeling yesterday’s effort! They held up though and I finished far ahead of the next competitor. Another good day in the office.

I don’t recommend a marathon to sharpen up the legs for a triathlon, but sometimes its fun to challenge yourself with something new…