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For my new teamates!

Hey I though writing a blog about training and living in South East Asia from my point of view would be great long distance peer support to my new teammates or anybody who’s interested!

In the past 29 months, I have spent 25 of those, here in SE Asia and here are my top 10 lessons, does, don’ts I have personally experienced and witnessed!

#1 Strait off the plane, take it easy for a few days, I have seen many experience athletes  land and start training right away, only to get sick or overly tired a few days onto it. Let your body adjust to the time and climate change.

#2 Local foods can be a delightful and memorable experience! If you’re eating out consistently, best is to pick one or two restaurants that you deemed to be sanitary, best is reference from the locals!

#3 Clothing, make sure that you have a spot where you can hang you sweaty clothing after a session before you put them in the laundry bag! Don’t skimp on laundry duties because dirty clothes don’t just smell, they are healthier!

#4 Dry your shoes quickly on double runs days or even back to back days because it will take extra drying timein the humid climate! Clean the shoes consistently, as they will accumulate bacteria and will break down quicker is you don’t “maintain” them! I have learned this one the hard way…

#5 Take care of the little pains, like blisters/cuts/scrapes/sunburns/sore throat as if they are left untreated, the little foreign bacteria might cause some big problems and infections down the road! Especially if you will be bare footing flip floops or sandals around town!

#6 Bike maintenance is very important is the humid climate. Keeping all the screws/bolts clean, lubed up and tight will decrease the chances of any malfunction. Especially with the internal caballing, cable and its housing might last only a few weeks if left unmaintained.  Very important with the Cervelo!

#7 Aircon, one thing you will experience, will be going from hot humid outdoor weather to instant cold and dry climate inside the buildings, at the hotel, restaurant, bank, ect. Best is to keep the aircon that you can control at mild temperature and then for the others, having a clean, dry pair of clothing handy might avoid any drastic change in your body temperature many times in a short period of time!

#8 The sun is stronger here than in Europe and North American, we are much closer to the equator line of which is a more direct sun. Wearing long sleeves is a much more sensible idea then sunscreen for the bike and run. 

#9 Massages here are super duper cheap, which will give you a range of the very good to the very bad. Best, is to ask around, DON’T get the cheapest and stay loyal to a good massage therapist! If you’re getting your first massage from a therapist, make sure it’s not around a big session just so you get an idea of what you’re getting at first. Constant, simple and clear communication is always important when in a country where English is the second language.

#10 Spicy foods, not my favorite. I have eaten lots of it, but I have had many bad aftermath experiences. Burning diarrhea and heart burn that last for a few days. The spicy foodIt will fill you up quicker since your mouth will be creating more enzymes and saliva, without getting a fair amount of calories that is require in a TBB training camp. My Thai favorites are the sweet and sour chicken, chicken fried rice, the cashew salad and noodles, the papaya salad/chicken fried noodles are all delicious and non spicy! But to be sure, not spicy in Thai is “MY PET!” 

Anyway, if some of you have any questions, do feel free to ask J

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