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Maki Goes to the Cheesecake Factory

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Everyone on our team knows that Maki loooooves cheesecake. Especially strawberry cheesecake. When I found out she had never been to the Cheesecake Factory…and there was one right in the Woodlands…we definitely had to go post-race!

Maki is speechless. so cute!

Since she is from Japan and doesn’t watch The Big Bang Theory (where Penny and Bernadette are waitresses at the Cheesecake Factory), she honestly didn’t realize that it was an actual restaurant where you could order lots of other food besides cheesecake for dessert.

so many choices...and everything is bigger in Texas!

Bliss, Minsok, and I all ordered an actual lunch…but all Maki wanted for lunch was her favorite: strawberry cheesecake.

Cheesecake for lunch!

Thanks again to Bliss & Minsok for taking care of us so well in Texas! The four of us are having a reunion already next week in Korea. :)

representing TBB in TX

howdy y’all from Texas

Friday, May 20th, 2011

I lived in Texas for a whole year so I’m allowed to say “howdy y’all” right? ;)

It’s been an excellent trip so far as I flew into Austin where I was well taken care of by the travel sponsor before being adopted by the Pak family, Minsok and Bliss, who are really an extension of the TBB family and both are also racing on Saturday.

White Tigers x2! double the awesomeness!

We road-tripped with our Cervelo P3′s to the race site today, where we hooked up with a 4th P3 and TBB’er…Maki Mouse from Japan! We only associate with people who ride Cervelo P3′s apparently :)

I finally got assigned my bib #’s since I was able to sneak onto the start list super last minute. It’s a pretty big field, because all the girls knew I was racing in China so they decided to sign up for Texas instead. I totally pulled a fast one on all of them. Obviously I was involved with the IM China conspiracy to throw them all off. Bwahaha

#73 whoa that's a lot of pros! don't worry the bib has been Wongstarized.

Other than racing Ironman me and roommate Maki have already made a Texas to-do list, which includes going shopping for a cowboy hat and eating at the Cheesecake Factory. The girl LOVES cheeesecake and I was shocked she’s never been to the Cheesecake Factory! For seriously.

Thank you Mark and Minsok and Bliss! More tales from Texas to come. :D

trading Peking duck for Texas bbq

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

I started writing a rather lengthy post about my thoughts on the cancellation of Ironman China’s swim, and then the whole race. But I’ve learned not to write emails or post blogs when I’m extremely upset so here I’ll post a picture of my laptop for you:

the special edition Ironman China laptop

Suffice it to say, IM China is a special race to me and I’m just so disappointed that I won’t get to race it this year and visit mainland China for the first time. I found out only 48hrs before I was supposed to fly out but Mom and Coach (who are more or less the same person in two bodies) didn’t let me cry over it for more than 10 seconds and it was on to find a replacement race.

So the Great Wall, Olympic stadium, Peking duck will all have to wait. I even learned enough Mandarin to be able to ask “would you like to go to my place and drink two beers?” ;)

Instead I’ve packed my cowboy boots for Ironman Texas this Saturday. The Lone Star State called and said they needed a triathlon superstar, y’all. :)

tsunamis and earthquakes, oh my!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011


uh oh, the end of the world is coming early! It’s not even 2012 yet. Got the news about the ginormous 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the aftershocks and tsunami waves heading to my own hometown of Pacifica, California (just south of San Francisco along the Pacific coast…thus its name…).

P-town pier, hope you're ok!

All the P-town schools were closed today and Mom says a lot of the locals had to evacuate to higher ground. Our house is higher up on a hill, about a mile inland (or a 10-minute jog down the windy streets) so we’re A-OK. When I was home just a week ago I took a nice leisurely run out our front door and down along the beach, snapping some photos along the way (a pre-marathon long run so I brought the camera phone to make sure I wasn’t going too fast). I was enamored by the new-ish looking tsunami warning signs but hadn’t ever taken them seriously! :(

to higher ground!

I hope everyone is okay!

I miss the beach!

You can check out this link here, which is a live blog with live updates from one of the local newspapers.

Rockaway Beach

My thoughts and warm-fuzzy vibes go out to all the families affected by this disaster in Pacifica, the surrounding coastal towns, and of course the earthquake victims in Japan. Stay safe, everyone… :(

Happy Groundhog Day!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

February 2nd is Groundhog Day. I remember learning about this erm, “holiday” when I was a kid–something about a groundhog coming out of the ground and whether he sees his shadow or not means that spring will come earlier or later.

Now this never really meant anything to me as I’ve never really lived anywhere before where an “early spring” mattered. I mean, winter kind of just blended into spring and summer, most especially in California. And I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen a real live groundhog with my own two eyes. It’s supposedly like a ginormous gopher. (We have gophers back home.) I think if I ever saw one I might be seriously freaked out.

So now I’m living somewhere wishing spring would come soon, so the snow and ice and slush can melt and I don’t have to worry that I’m going to slip on ice and wreck myself. Just this morning I was thinking I need to invest in some waterproof snow boots, and wondering, do they come with half-inch track spikes? My high school had a dirt track but they are finally getting a new rubber track this year (yay) and the hurdlers and sprinters got to wear the giant half-inch spikes on their track shoes, would be useful here on the ice, methinks. Oh yeah, and now I understand all the stories of senior citizens fracturing their hips during winter by slipping on ice. mmm-Hmm.

he's supposed to be the size of a medium dog.

Well then, so the whole groundhog telling us if spring is coming early this year? I was suddenly all very interested. I didn’t even remember how it went until I looked it up today–if he sees his shadow does that mean spring is coming earlier or later? Good news today! He did NOT see his shadow, which means that there will indeed be an early spring.

Good thing he probably looked for his shadow this morning, because by the time I finished the indoor bike part of my brick, it was sunny out and the roads dry enough that I got to do my run outside. I *only* needed one pair of tights (not two), one pair of socks (not two), a running cap instead of a beanie, no little hot pockets (that’s what I call the hand warmer things) and no ski mittens. I didn’t have to wear a fleece jacket either. It was awesome and I felt super rejuvenated.

I’ve been struggling a bit with staying motivated when the weather’s crap and just looked at the monthly weather averages for Wilmington a few days ago…turns out that January and February are the two coldest months. Now that January’s over, I can say I’ve survived the coldest month here! It can only get warmer. I like how from February on, the average temp jumps up 10 degrees every month up to June.

So my first Ironman of the year is most likely going to be IM China at the end of May, and holy crap, that’s six entire months with no Ironmans (!!!), what the heck am I going to do with myself?! Soooo, I have signed up for a marathon in early March which gives me something to look forward to. Somewhere warmer. Stay tuned. By the time I get back, it’ll be March and high time for outdoor training again! Yippee. In the meantime, I just have to get through February. Winter Blues be damned.

How to be a Gun Biker in 5 Easy Steps

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

It’s true, I fell off the daily blogging bandwagon around Halloween. Not due to the lack of excitement in my superstar life, more an overabundance of it. :) It is definitely a balancing act between being the resident celebrity pro triathlete, brainstorming fun events for the TBB store, chasing true love, making rent via alternative means, and then of course training my body to exhaustion every day.

So with less than 2 weeks to the season finale in Arizona, here is…*gasp* a blog that is actually about training.

How to be a Gun Biker in 5 Easy Steps!

Powering the "Pumpkin Trap" with bike monster legs

  1. Eat more protein. If you want to grow monster biking muscles, ya gotta eat more protein. The Wongstar recommends real meat, but hey, do what you want. Everyone’s got an opinion about nutrition, just like religion and politics. The Wongstar’s cycling teammates in college and grad school called her “Quadzilla” because she had bigger bike muscles than the scrawny cycling boys.
  2. If you don’t feel like you are about to vomit or cry while biking, then you aren’t going hard enough. Since I am swimming more than I am biking or running these days, every bike ride counts. So I just go as hard as I can every time I’m on the bike. My internal powermeter tells me I’m going the right intensity if I feel like I want to both vomit AND cry.
  3. If you go so hard you vomit, you went TOO hard. Yes, there is a fine line. Ironman is about taking in nutrition and keeping it down. If you experience a “reversal of fortune” as they say in competitive eating, you are totally screwed. The Wongstar does not endorse vomiting, bulimia, or other eating disorders.
  4. Also, your legs should be screaming. If you can’t hear them, you aren’t going hard enough. If they are already screaming, you can always make them scream louder. I like to play the game where I yell at my legs, “I can’t hear you!”
  5. If you finish your ride and your legs are shaking so hard you almost fall over getting off the bike, you are on your way to becoming a gun biker.

Extra credit! Bonus points if your legs feel so smashed from your bike sessions that you still feel them screaming and crying during your next few training runs. What, did you think you would get to run the Ironman marathon on fresh legs or something?

vote today!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

hanging with Colin and Bill

Whatever your political leanings might be, don’t forget to exercise…your right to vote today!

Ready? Ok! :)

San Francisco!!!!! GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

You can take the girl outta San Francisco but you can’t take the San Francisco outta the girl!!!

I am sooooo proud tonight!!! Giants just won the World Series for the first time since 1954!!! Actually the first time since they moved from New York to SF. :D :D :D :D

I don’t ever even watch baseball on TV. But I did tonight.


(random Wongstar fact: I was in the glee club in 5th grade and we sang the national anthem at a Giants game when they were still at Candlestick Park. My first Giants game!)

how to carve a pumpkin in 10 easy steps!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This blog is dedicated to Becky May and her cute lil nephews, as she specifically requested a pumpkin-carving blog since Halloween is not as big of a deal in Australia as it is here. Happy pumpkin carving!

Things you’ll need: a pumpkin, pencil & paper, scissors, Sharpie, pumpkin carving knife, spatula, nail polish remover, candle, and some 1980′s nostalgia.

step 1: pick the perfect pumpkin. (see previous blog)

step 2: pick a sweet design.

Thunder Thunder Thunder Thundercats!

Everyone keeps guessing I’m going to be a Thundercat for Halloween. I’m not, but it inspired me to make a Thundercats Jack-o-lantern.

remember back in Kindergarten when you learned to do a tracing.

You can do a Google image search for whatever design you want, then use your laptop like a shadowbox to trace the design.

make a stencil. Cut along the lines nicely now.

Then you have a stencil, and you Sharpie the design onto your pumpkin.

all kinds of grade school skills you thought you'd never use again!

Make sure you pick the nicer side of the pumpkin as your “face.” Unless you are going for the teenage acne look.

this is the back of his head. ugly, isn't it?

step 3: carefully cut the top off.

cut at an angle

Cut at an angle, with a little wedge, so it doesn’t fall in. It is highly recommended to use one of these special pumpkin knives (you can get them at the dollar store or anywhere around this time of year, really), so you don’t accidentally cut off your finger.

special little pumpkin knife so you don't lose a finger or two.

If you do happen to cut off your finger, wrap the appendage in a ziploc baggie before putting it on ice, so that it won’t get frostbite before the emergency room doctors can reattach it. I am serious. (Ha, and you thought I wasn’t using the MSPO or the CPO behind my name.) If you don’t believe me, I can recommend a good prosthetist if you need a partial hand prosthesis.

Step 4: De-gut the pumpkin.

mmmm what do we have in here?

Ok, this is the gross part. You gotta stick your hand inside and get all the pumpkin guts out.

yechhh pumpkin guts!

It’s kind of like reaching inside a turkey or chicken. This is why I only ever buy boneless chicken breasts at the supermarket.

who knew a pumpkin had so much guts?

Step 5: Carefully carve your design.

Just follow the stencil. BE CAREFUL NOT TO LOSE A FINGER!!!

Step 6: If there is Sharpie marking leftover on the pumpkin, use nail polish remover to take it off.

yes, nail polish remover takes off Sharpie.

The stuff with real acetone in it is the best. But I suppose, toxic. Try not to inhale it to get high.

looks pretty cool huh? but not finished without a candle!

Step 7: Choose the proper candle.

why don't pumpkins smell like pumpkin pie???

The best candles to use are the nice scented ones that come in a glass candle holder already. This way you won’t burn the house down. Plus, raw pumpkins smell nothing like pumpkin pie or spiced pumpkin lattes, which confuses me to no end. I wanted to get a pumpkin pie-scented candle but for 99 cents had to settle for the vanilla cream one.

Step 8: Curse a little… because the top you cut in the pumpkin was slightly smaller than the candle you bought.


Step 9: Shove the candle in anyway.

Thunder Thunder Thunder Thundercats!

Step 10: Admire your mad pumpkin carving skills while singing the theme song to Thundercats.

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And that’s how to carve a pumpkin, Wongstar-style. ;)

Harry Potter + Twilight + The Simpsons!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Whoa, so I was just watching TV when I saw the preview for next weekend’s Simpsons Halloween special.

They are doing a spoof on Twilight where Lisa falls in love with a vampire named Edmund…who is voiced by Daniel Radcliffe.

YES, the guy who plays Harry Potter is doing a parody of Edward Cullen. On The Simpsons. Not sure it can get any better than that!!! :D

I freakin’ love Halloween!