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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

so the past couple of days have been a bit busy, training and taking care of last minute things before i go to oklahoma. like i said on my last blog this race is the pan american championships and many juniors and u23 from south and central america will be going, a great opportunity for me to collect good sport equipment and give them out so that the can used them back at home. born in 3rd world country myself many times i swam without goggles or ran without shoes but now with TBB aboard and the help of many great people out there I can be help to make it better for many youngsters dreamers. Yesterday it was awesome i drove up to Boca raton with my friend Boris who will be crossing the english channel in June for a charity. He will be the first cuban swimmer to attempt this, for more info about his challenge and fund raiser click here : http://www.tri-boris.com/

so we drove up to meet with the Tri Boca crew and gave them a little talk and some tips about open water swimming and at the same time they donated tons of tri equipment for my social project, so i’m stoke i got enough stuff that i had plus the ones i just collected to also send the Subic Bay, philippines social project crew another box.

here are some photos that my mom took while organizing it.

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2 for 1

Monday, May 11th, 2009

hey all,

well im still in miami with family and friends and getting back to the training routine, swimming with uss club team (Rockway) biking and running in key biscayne. This upcoming weekend will be an important weekend for me, every since I was kid back in havana the pan-american championships in any sport were a very big deal, heck if you win a medal at a pan-american championship the cuban government would give you a Lada, a soviet car that tends to have many problems ;) this time around im not going to be racing for a lada but this year the panams are coming to oklahoma and i will be there. now the reason why all of the sudden i decided to go is that i also saw a big opportunity to start my social project, and yes i’m on it. After several emails with Patco the governing body of this region, USAT, Triathlon Canada and the organizer I was given green light to talk with all the juniors u-23 elites and age groups from north america racing this weekend to bring with them any sport equipment that is still in good shape and that they no longer use with the purpose of donating it to the other young athletes from the OTHER AMERICA. I already collected here with the local club and friends a box full of wetsuits,cycling shoes , goggles ect and i will be taking it with me to handle it out at the juniors briefing. I also been contacted by USAT magazine to write an article about how Team TBB and myself will get this going for the future. So I got me a ticket a home stay and ill be there hoping to get only smiles in return.

ill keep all of you posted on this with photos next week

ciao

St Croix

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Well just got back from st croix 70.3, this was my second half of my career and i must said that im liking the distance. the course is very tough going up and down on the bike the whole time, the main hill is called “the beast” it starts at 12 % all the way up to 27 %. the run a tough one too very hilly part on trail, golf course and concrete, but over all a well set up event with amazing support.

here is a bit of my race report, started the swim on the bay, the swim was quick ( the top 11-12 of us in the first pack all broke the swim course record) i felt pretty good all the way got on the bike and the boys were flying, rode pretty steady the whole way and got to the run in the top 10. once i started running the legs were shot and the first lap of the run was ok but on the second one i felt like having a piano on my back. overall Im glad that i went there and race on this course because next year ill be back but without the piano :)

I want to thank Tom the race director for putting a great race, Also My great home stay Carol a triathlete as well from the island took care of me for my entire stay, her friend Scott and Heniff who drove me around and to everyone that in some way or the other made me feel welcome.

ps already got my new avia bolts 2 and wow, love them.

ciao