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The Wongstar: Larger Than Life

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Asian Triathlon Superstar dwarfs Chinatown

Asian Triathlon Superstar dwarfs Chinatown

Triathlon superstars make the most of active recovery days. They go sightseeing in new cities, get in some light exercise to keep moving, and go on dates. All at the same time. (Yes, and Hello Panda-hunting while on a date proves what a successful multi-tasker I am.)

where to play mini golf in Philadelphia

where to play mini golf in Philadelphia

The active recovery exercise of choice was miniature golf in Franklin Square.

Ben Franklin Bridge

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

All the famous Philly landmarks are appropriately mini size to go with the mini golf, so you feel like Godzilla

…or at the very least, like the girl in Monsters vs. Aliens

I am not sure if I am better at swimming or miniature golf…but somehow I still won. ;)  At one point in the game, golf temporarily evolved to billiards to get my ball unstuck.

my ball is stuck in purgatory.

my ball is stuck in purgatory.

There was even a miniature version of the “Rocky Steps” in front of the mini Philadelphia Museum of Art.

made famous by that scene in Rocky

made famous by the Rocky movies

According to Wikipedia, “Tourists and local residents often mimic Rocky‘s famous climb, a metaphor for an underdog or an everyman rising to a challenge.”

Ok, so I didn’t even make it to the top of the steps in the mini version, but the photo had to be snapped before the mini golf attendant yelled at me (again) for climbing over things I wasn’t supposed to.

Wongstar the underdog rising to the challenge!

Wongstar the underdog rising to the challenge!

I rather enjoyed being larger than life…

attack of the ginormous triathlon superstar

attack of the ginormous triathlon superstar

Of course I’m sure you all have the same burning question…

Wouldnt you like to know.

Wouldn't you like to know.

“So Wongstar, was it true love???”

Well, you will have to check out the tabloids for yourself. But don’t believe everything you read. A triathlon superstar likes to keep her fans full of suspense and intrigue. ;)

the pro card, a single triathlete girl’s best friend

Monday, July 6th, 2009

This blog could also be called “the single pro triathlete girl, a sponsor’s secret weapon.” or maybe “the Wongstar’s guide to dating a pro.”

So Coach had always told me that speed is the best guy magnet.  I wasn’t sure how true this was until I did indeed start to get faster, and the closer I got to getting that pro card, the more popular I found myself becoming.  Ok, it doesn’t hurt that I help perpetuate the rumor that you might just get on teamTBB by dating someone on the team…  Well my real actual pro card came in the mail last week and now I don’t go anywhere without it!  You never know when you need to whip out that pro card.

I’ve been following Donna and Tereza’s advice to not bother with pro triathlete men.  I was told that these guys are way too into themselves and don’t ever have any money to spend on you.  Plus, what happens when you chick them on a good day?  Their ego may get smashed to pieces and that’s just trouble.

Amateur guys seem to be the way to go.  I’ve come to learn that swooping on the men’s 18-24 age group yields the best results.  They are so young and impressionable and completely enamored that you are a pro chick.  Plus as this is my 9th season as a triathlete, I’ve probably been a triathlete much longer than these young bucks.  Then I don’t have to deal with some know-it-all triathlete guy who thinks he knows more than I do about the sport.  I hate that.

I once dated a guy three (or was it four?) age groups up from me and he was always trying to tell me how to do stuff.  Like change a flat tire.  Even though I had raced 4 years on my college road cycling team.  Damn right I already knew how to change a flat tire.  He also told me I was too fat to be a pro triathlete.  WHO’S LAUGHING NOW!?!?

So I’ve decided that younger is better.  If you catch one of these amateur boys young enough, you will even rescue him before he buys into all the “triathlon bullsh*t” as Coach says.  You can save him from being one of those full-on trigeeks who reads too many magazines and books full of misinformation.  I see this as a public service to the triathlon world.

If you find one that is about the same speed as you, then you can train together.  So what if you chick him sometimes?  He’ll think it’s kinda hot, and besides, you’re a pro triathlete girl, you’re supposed to be pretty darn fast.

And sponsors will love me for shaping the minds of the future of our sport.  I am a great resource for the best products to train and race with, or at least the best for getting a date with a pro triathlete girl.  Get ‘em while they’re young and these sponsors will have a customer for life!  For example:

  • “Sorry, I only date boys that ride Cervelo.”  Gerard and Phil would be so proud!
  • “I’ll let you ask me out if you run in Avia shoes.  Those Bolts are pretty sexy.”
  • “Maybe we can hold hands if you get that Blue Seventy speedsuit.  I bet you’d look sooo hot in it!”

…and don’t even think you’ll be getting any action if you’re not riding on an ISM Adamo saddle.  Crotch numbness is what we at the Wongstar Boyfriend Testing Center deem an “epic failure.”

rather belated Ironman China photos

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

my blog is in a bit of chronological disarray, but I figure I should post my Ironman China photos before I fly out to Florida for my next block of adventures starting Friday…including but not limited to:

1. Wongstar crushes the field at Florida 70.3
2. embracing my inner nerd at Epcot Center, DisneyWorld
3. experiencing what the big deal is with NYC…Central Park, Times Square, Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty?
4. training on the Jersey shore with Scottie
5. Scottie and Wongstar go to a wedding in Queens

and a possible *bonus* blog “Wongstar makes a better bike box.”

Currently I am pretending to be my childhood hero MacGyver and constructing this better bike box. It’s going to be lightweight and durable and pretty.

ok, hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed this race…and it’s proof that I was actually smiling during the marathon. Scroll over the pics if you are interested in any of my sometimes witty, sometimes inane commentary (it’s like the director’s commentary on DVD bonus features).

As I have mentioned before, an Asian Triathlon Superstar has many friends throughout the world and a good number of them have fancy cameras. Jason from Dallas is one of them–he spent 2 months traveling abroad, starting with running the Tokyo Marathon and finishing up as part of the official camera crew for IM China. He was assigned to photograph the transition area and then got to sneak off and catch some finishers later in the day. I was lucky to have him there taking many snaps of me, there are too many to post but here are my favorites:

jar-t1-run

jar-khan-t1

jar-t1-run-sunblock

jar-bike1

jar-bike2

jar-bike3

jar-t2

jar-t2-2

jar-running-off

and this one is my absolute favorite, the last kilometer of the marathon:

jar-run-thru-city

Here are some random pre- and post-race shots:

hanna-candles

I met this little Asian triathlon superstar, Hanna, who wanted to get red/pink streaks in her hair just like me. Luckily I had some temporary color spray on hand. This is at the carbo loading dinner, when we got to do a candle-lighting ceremony for good luck.

carbo-dinner
Pros get their own table!

meet-the-pros

I went to the “Meet the Pros” Q&A session to represent TeamTBB. Well, really I went to “meet the amateurs.” Tereza and Donna’s sage advice on the airplane was not to date male pros, they are too into themselves. ;) Instead amateur guys are the better option! Seems to have worked out well for both of them, so off I went.

paks-at-finish

Hanna’s parents Minsok and Bliss (who live in Singapore and Austin) both also raced the full Ironman. Minsok gave me a beacon to chase down when he saw me at the turn-around (around 30k or so) and took off! He did NOT want to get chicked! I caught up eventually but he still did well enough to nab a Kona slot! Here we are almost immediately after we both finished, with Hanna and her grandma. We kind of look like we could do another Ironman, don’t we?

awards-lunch
The awards luncheon: my girls Donna and Tereza got called up on stage for getting top 5. I made sure we all dressed up real pretty, because that’s what teamTBB girls are known for secondly. (Firstly for being dead fast!!) Brad here decided to be my new biggest fan, after I rather loudly announced at the Meet the Pros session, “I’M SINGLE.”

hey, it was an completely legitimate answer to an actual question. Someone asked what we do about our significant others and/or children when we are off training and racing around the world. Honestly, what would you have said? ;)