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Funny shots from Taiwan 70.3 =)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Hey the other day I stumbled accross a very funny picture on facebook.
It was from the Taiwan 70.3 swim start.
And I though it was worth a blog.!

Race day, as I was walking down to the beach, for my warm up.
I came up behind this dude who was wearing a neon green THONG!
From what I know, he was a local, and quite flamboyant!

It made me smille and shake my head at the same time.
And yes, he was also racing.
But im not sure if he put something more for the bike and run.

Due to the nature of the course, I did not see him on the bike/run.
Not that I wanted to anyways…..

They say a picture is worth a thoushand words ;)
Heres 3 thousand words!!

Only in triathlon!!!

Super Tri Series.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Last Sunday me and Joyette got up at 3am to drive to the LakeShore area do to a double sprint, which was 750m swim-20km bike- 5km run REPEAT no brakes in between!

There wa a boat (out of the picture) that brought the kids out in the lake, so they could start their race! I guess this is literally no turning back at this point ;)

First kids out of the water!

The kids in and out of transition.

Joyette's first ever overall win! She was exited to have a lead motor cycle with her on the bike =)

Mens Podium

A local rider has the first ever Cervelo hybrid!

After the race we where invited by the tri-Clark crew to lunch at Yellow cap pizza, their title sponsor!

Well my race went fine, I was pretty tired from the week of training going into it and was happy to get several transition done on a Sunday morning. In triathlon its so difficult to pratice a race day scenrio in training. Thats why I like to do these little races around and a little bit for my ego!

Some sports you can mimic almost exactly the race, and other sports you simply compete a lot, like many teams sports, who have so many games in one season.

Triathlon is difference, thats why only the best triathletes are consistent.

I was only 1 minute slower on my second round so thats pretty good for me. I went out hard and keep the pressure on all the way, even though I was quite ahead of all the others behind. The hardest part of the whole race was the 2nd swim and the best part of the race was the 2nd bike!!!

The venue for this race was GREAT! Trust me I have done some very poorly organised and layed out races on bad venues but this one im impressed and please with as this course was fully closed to traffic, the run was mostly shaded and the man made lake was very clean! Trust me if it wasn’t I would for sure tell otherwise.

I encourage everybody who can to do these super sprints, this race was the grand finally so it was the longest distance, as the previous races where all shorter events slightly progressing each event. Easy for first timers or just somebody who wants to get in a good training day!


Taiwan 70.3 Race Report.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Hey well I raced the inagural Taiwan 70.3 last weekend and had tedious race for an average result. I really hate writting blogs about a bad race, I try to avoid it most of the time but I guess writting it, atleast for my readers, is a step towards maturity and professionalism.

Thanx to the race organisation, I was put up at the Yoho bike hotel and had a normal few days pre-race. Theres is a high end bike shop within this hotel! Actually there pretty much everything in this hotel! I would love to come back, when its quieter and spend more time, like for a training camp as I found it to my liking!

The days leading onto the race, the weather was cool and windy!
Race day, was a bit warmer, and a bit windier!

Typical race start caos!

Lap 1 done in 2nd place, now time to cut into the slower swimmers still doing there first lap.

After a bit of an embarassement, I got to my Cervelo P4 in between the race leader and everybody else.

From the start of the bike, my legs and lower back where super tight.
I keep to push on my pedals and start the fuelling process.

Slowly but surely I got passed, then dropped by several athletes.
At that point, I keep to punch my pedals and believing the day is still long.
Only at about 75km, that start to find my rythym and get rolling.

Even though I felt crap most of the ride, I keep to push all the way to the end.

Once on the run, I started to run uphill and all of a suden I could see there was 3 athletes within a kilometer. Which means my efforts until the very last bit of the bike had not been wasted.

I made a pass and was pacing off the athlete in front of me.
Experience told me to take my time at the aid stations and fuel up.

After lossing some ground on the guys a ahead of me because of my slow pit stops, I keep my rythym and waited until I could smell some blood.

After a bit, the guys up the road ran out of sight and I was struggling in the heat.
My legs where tightening up quick and my stops at the aid stations where getting longer. None the less, I pushed the best I could between the aid staitions.

With about 2 km to go, theres a was a turn around and saw I was close to a couple athletes, so I picked up my leg speed and made a dash to the finish. The last bit was downhill so pretty much everybody ran well and no late race pass for me today.

One of the few times in my life I wish the run was a bit longer. Well, it might actually been long looking at the splits.

Un-impressed and under-whelmed with 10th place.

Well nothing really to add, still got 3 races to do before the end of the season.
Im going to be in Subic Bay for 1 week and then off to my favorite country in Asia, Thailand =)