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Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Hey well I’ve been here in Krabi for about 10 days now and just now I feel like I am settling in!

When I landed I really hit the ground running hard! I jumped into training with the guys and felt the heat in the kitchen right away! Like most mortals, I struggled at first, but then I found my rythum and have been going better and better each session!

This is the 6th and top floor, where the majority of my morning and afternoon fuelling happends.

This is the 6th and top floor, where the majority of my morning and afternoon fuelling happends.

We had a short rest when we had the Blue 70 photoshot, of which made me feel like a celebrity!

On a classic Thai boat going to chicken Island!

On a classic Thai boat going to chicken Island!

Now that im here again, I sincerly believe Thailand has most spectacular geography in Asia, maybe even the world! Im pretty sure thats why our VISA is only 30 days, we have to leave and on top of that, no more than 90 days in a 180 day period, I understand, this a pretty awsome location.






And of coure, that damn water festival. So close your eyes, and imagine this, 3 days of drunken Thais throwing water on anything that moved! And some even went a little further, they would had some red stuff to th water, making look like a girls period splatered over me or others would get us wet and then throw baby power at us!

Well, there was only one little accident while we where ridding, appart from that, it was very tense ridding our bikes around.

Bella being "cleansed"

So now, many of the core group are trickling back to races or their homes, as me and other athletes have just arrived. The next few weeks, my career might be taking a pretty serious turn, where new oppertunities will begin.

Its such a privilege to have the oppertunity to train with such high level athletes, who have been to the very top of our sport. Swimming, biking and running with them or just having a meal. I realise that the best in my sport, are very normal and down to earth people, who treat me like a little brother because I share the same passion as them…

This is a very random picture, it made me smille when I saw it!

This is a very random picture, it made me smille when I saw it!

Social Project in Cagayan De Oro.

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Hey last week I was invited to Cagayan De Oro in the Mindano section of the Philippines by my new friend Al!


Al is a typical weekend warrior and is supporting group of young athletes that he wants to see do well! 1 of them is our lastest addition to the team Neil Catill and another one if TBB mechanic Brian!

Brian on the left and Neil of the Right.

Brian on the left and Neil of the Right.

So my job was to go their and have a look, lead by example and assist where needed!

In early May, Subic Bay will host the Asian Championchips for Juniors and U23, so right now, they are on school brake and are very keened and motivated to train! The kids age range from 10 years old to 17.

So day one, I went to the pool for a swim, CDO has a very nice 50m and track oval right next to each other in town! It was a short speed set and got to know all the kids! I was actually suprised about the speed some of the kids had in the water!


Day 2, we did a steady run in the morning, and then in the afternoon we practiced T1 and T2. Transition is an intimating part of a triathlon for any newby, and if shorter races, exspecially in draft legal, it can make a HUGE impact on the end result!


Oh and I had the great idea to make them do push ups to start each set, just to simulate the swim!


On day 3, me Brian and Joyette went to Camiguin Island!

On day 4, we practice open water swiming, mostly the swim entry, round the bouy and exits at green water beach!



Here I am with coke and rice! Great fulled forthe ride back home after the swim!


And then on day 5 the kids had a little road race while me and Joyette did a track session and a swim at the sports complex!

Anyway, the goal of the social program, is not only to have an un-privillieged athlete become a “contender” like Rei Colucci, but more importantly to give them oppertunities to see the world, challenge themselfs or like Brian, give them a “real” job that will make him meet interesting people!

I can vouch, that these kids dont go out on weekend nights, because they know, that Sunday morning is the best time to ride their bikes. They know the importance of a healthy lifestyle, fair play and hard work.

In the Philippines, there over 7 thousand islands, so teaching a Philippino to swim, might safe their life one day!

In the Philippines, you can ride your bike 12 months of the year, if theres more people who ride bikes, then there will be less polution, it will cost these poor people less money to commute!

In the Philippines, theres a current running craze! Running races every weekend! Because people know, how important exercise is not just for the body, but for the mind! For balance and lifestyle, and of course its cheap and easiest of the 3 sports to practice!

Salamat Al!
Keep up the galing work!

Good Friday!

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Hey my good friday of 2010 was well, pretty good!

Me, Joyette and team TBB Subic mechanic Bryan rode our bikes to Camiguin Island in the Mindano region of the Philippines. Its a destination hot spot for foreiners with its beautifull beaches, clear water, fresh year round fruits, quiet resorts, hot springs, cold springs, waterfalls and peacefull roads.

Our day started early, to beat the traffic as we rolled out of town. After few kilometers the roads where pretty deserted and many of the sections of roads where made of nice ashphalt! Versus the traditional congrete…


Bryan is fulled by Lanzones!


Once we got to the ferry, we loaded our bikes, payed a souper small fee and enjoyed and relaxed for the trip from the mainland to Camiguin Island!


1 hour later!


Getting off the ferry was a little, narrow ;)


Once we got rolling, we started hunting for a nice resort to have a lunch and a bit of a rest before ridding around the entire Island, about 64km!


That looks like Jesus?


Very quiet and serene roads!


We quickly found a nice spot to eat!


Layed around the hamack as we waited for our food!


And of course, we gotta refulle on some coke!


Once of the many volcanos here on Camiguin, that makes the roads pretty hilly at some points, which was not a favorite of Joyettes ;)


Once we went all the ay around, the got on a different boat, this one direct back to Cagayan De Oro so we could save time because it was getting dark!




Galing friday =)