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IM China through my eyes!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

7am knee deep swim start.

Age groupers have wet suits.

No wetsuits for the pros.

First buoy is chaos, can’t see properly because of sun in my eyes.

Water is murky, can’t even see my hands.

Hit the buoy with my left hand and realize it’s made of very hard material.

Zig zag to next buoy, get caught in steel rope.

Hope I didn’t tear my brand new blue 70 speed suite.

Swim down river very fast.

Turn towards shore, zig zag more.

Lead swimmers stop to ask directions.

Age groupers with wetsuit start to fade.

Swim upstream.

Round final buoy.

Run out of water, cut feet.

300 meters later start over.

T1

Run to my bike anaerobically.

Hi oh silver my new Cervelo P3 and there’s a head wind.

Head down, ass up and turning my legs.

Make full use of the open road.

Go through caution section.

Embark on the newly paved highway.

Nobody on the road for kilometers.

Wish I had a disk.

First aid station.

Don’t leave the drinks out in the sun to long!

Some blank moments.

It’s getting hot.

Turn in into hilly old school village.

Happy I don’t have a disk.

Go through rice fields.

Look around and feel like im in the year 1700.

Legs hurt.

Its getting hotter.

Downhill and then tail wind.

Wish I had a disk!

Blank moments.

Caution zone.

Half way into the bike.

Hi Tereza.

Bye Tereza.

Head wind and down into aerobars.

Cramps, hunger and thirst.

Hi Zack and number 101.

Let’s ride.

Sometime later, get dropped.

Realize I should have worn socks for 180km ride.

Bluuuuuuur.

Hi Manny! How are you?

Blah blah blah.

T2, hit he hot hot tarmac and burn my bare feet while giving my bike away.

See athletes in the change tent who are debating going out into the run.

Its feels cooler in the change tent.

Start run.

Cross the athletes who are in front of me.

“They look like shit, I can catch up”

My avia bolts are already soaked with sweat, water and Gatorade.

Eat bananas.

Run some more, down the empty road.

Puke bananas.

Feel some blisters coming.

Cross again with my opponents.

“They look even more like shit, I can catch them!”

Where’s this damn turn around?

Lots a Chinese people.

Cramps.

Walk, walk, and walk.

Hi Donna!

Bye Donna!

Walk, walk, and walk.

See race leader walking.

Pass in front of transition.

Wonder where my training mates are.

Once again cross my competitors.

“They look even worst, it’s not over”

Still believing in the payday!

Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.

WALK!

Hi Wongstar!

Bye Wongstar.

Almost there!

Shuffle some more.

YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!

But no payday.

Spring Camp closing down.

Monday, April 13th, 2009

All things must have an endding. For me, its been a loooooooooooooong sping camp here in the Philipinnes. About 15 months. In that period, I have seen many different athletes come and go, succeed and fail, raive and complain.

Friendships have been made and rivalries instigated.

All this time, I would wake up in Olongapo, straddle my expensive bike and zigzag through the jeepneys and tricycles all the way to gate 14. Where I would make the cross to the Bay of Subic.

Just like that, I would cross from 3rd world to first world. They live so close together. Work closely together. It makes people like me think. About life. About my life. growing up in Canada, with so much oppertunities, sometimes to many oppertunities and peer pressure.

I have seen the Bay prosper dramaticaly in the last 15 months. Newly paved roads, new hotels, a new highway that connects Manila to Subic, more and more western stores and restos, the opening of a TBB store and even a freaking starbucks!

15 months comming to an end. The Philipnes my second home. I`ve competed half a dozen times here. I leave with so much more than I arrived.

I will be back!

Thanx 4 the hospitality Olongapo.

Ride you again airport road, hope one day all your roads will be opperational!

I still haven`t been inside Ocean Adventure, even though I road by it over 500 hundred times!

Keep that pool in order Raffy. Tabey bilis at the track ;)

Salamat po Subic, balik dito isa day!