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BIG THANK YOU to Sofian & Tip, my KL hosts!!

Tip and Sofian: very sweet and generous KL hosts!

Tip and Sofian: very sweet and generous KL hosts!

As mentioned before the missed flight fiasco, I had to overnight through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on my way back home from Krabi, Thailand. Triathlon superstars make new friends all over the world, and KL is no exception! I had seen Emma’s very good friend Sofian on the race courses at both Ironman Malaysia and Ironman China, and we connected later through the magic of the internet. Sofian and his awesome wife Tip offered to host me when I came back through KL on my way home. Sofian is a bit of a triathlon legend in Malaysia–he did his first triathlon in 1989 (hehe I was only 7 years old!) and has represented Malaysia at Ironman Hawaii and other triathlon world championships multiple times. We compared numbers and Ironman China was #13 for both of us!

under the KL Twin Towers

under the KL Twin Towers

Tip met me at the airport and took me to KLCC, the city center and business district with all the big fancy buildings, like the Petronas Twin Towers. Really cool and beautiful at night–all I had seen of KL on my first trip through was the neighborhood by the Bike Boutique and Emma’s condo!

They put me up in a nice hotel, complete with elevators, hot showers and air conditioning :D Simple things you DON’T take for granted when you’ve lived in the cheapest room at the Tawanthai Hotel for the last 2.5 months!

We ate dinner at Chili’s, which I had to smile about, being in Malaysia and eating at an American restaurant to prep me for my return home! At the bookstore, Sofian told me I could pick whatever book I wanted for some airplane reading…I secured a copy of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” as I have heard it is good prep for becoming an Ironman world champion.

read this to become a cutthroat Chinese warrior/triathlon champion

read this to become a cutthroat Chinese warrior/triathlon champion

The next day we went to visit Emma at the shop and to go for a swim before I flew out. Tip is an excellent baker and had baked us these mini cupcake/muffins. Super yummy and I really think she should open up her own little bakery!

mmm homemade baked goods!

mmm homemade baked goods!

Then they got me to the airport in time to make my flight…too bad I was a total goober waiting for the wrong one and missed mine!

right before the fateful missed flight fiasco

right before the fateful missed flight fiasco

Well, you live and you learn, and I did get home safely albeit 24 hours later than Plan A. I’m only home for 2 days (and enjoying my fill of fresh California strawberries AKA the yummiest things on Earth) and then fly out again tomorrow morning. Yes, I put my bike together yesterday only to ride it a couple times and take it apart again tonight. The next airport White Tiger and I are bound for would be !VEGAS BABY!, en route to the first Ironman on the American circuit–Ironman St. George on May 1st!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

A huge thank you to Sofian and Tip for being such fantastic hosts in Malaysia! You can read Sofian’s account of our KL adventure on his blog here.

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