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2010-10-06 9:05 AM

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Subject: WELCOME to the SE Asia BT forum! Introduce yourself!
Hi, I'm Yanti, I'm based in Bali, Indonesia (a.k.a. paradise) and I'm really excited that we have this contact place and forum here for BTers in SE Asia, Asia, and who're interested in racing here!

BIG HUGE SUPER THANKS TO marmadaddy FOR SETTING THIS UP!


2010-10-07 12:39 AM
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im from the philippines but based in th u.s. havent posted in a while but glad there is a forum like this.

2010-10-10 4:00 PM
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Hey! I'm Chris, living in Okinawa. I'm out of the game for a bit with a ruptured Achilles. I'll be healed up before our new baby comes in Feb.
I had planned on the Phuket 70.3 but that's out, but I'll be make it to the starting line at IM Australia on May 1.

Look forward to hearing all the exciting things that go on with the BT'ers in this area.
2010-10-10 4:17 PM
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papson14 - 2010-10-11 5:00 AM Hey! I'm Chris, living in Okinawa. I'm out of the game for a bit with a ruptured Achilles. I'll be healed up before our new baby comes in Feb. I had planned on the Phuket 70.3 but that's out, but I'll be make it to the starting line at IM Australia on May 1. Look forward to hearing all the exciting things that go on with the BT'ers in this area.


Awww Chris! I'm sorry to hear that! I'm also reg for Phuket but am just barely getting over some horrid tropical virus ... dengue/malaria-like but they couldn't ID it. So it's a toss-up; we'll see how quickly I can get back in the game.
2010-10-10 10:54 PM
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Glad to see this forum. Based in Bangkok . . . but still recovering from a broken foot? Any news on IM China and when the registration will open?
2010-10-11 3:34 AM
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Haven't heard anything about China, but as an FYI. I was able to get into IM Australia after it had sold out as an international entrant. The nice folks at Tri-Travel gave me a heads up, I emailed the RD and he hooked me up with a code to plug into Active.com. If there is a race that you're interested in out here and it's sold out you might still have a shot.

How's the weather in Bangkok? We were going to head out to Thailand for Christmas but the Docs have my advised my wife not to fly that late into her pregnancy.

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2010-10-11 5:48 AM
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Hi All,

I have introduced myself elsewhere but maybe I should here again on this forum. I'm a long-time distance runner and (long ago) ex-high school swimmer recently turned triathlete, now working and training in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam.  Trying to get a handle on the "bike" part of the race. There actually are quite a few triathletes and prospective ones in town, and even at my workplace, but maybe they're not bored enough to go online. (I am....it keeps raining, and raining. Today clocked 25 hours continuous downpour. Maybe I should invent running goggles.)

Maybe we should re-name this the Asia forum? Looks like there are a lot of people tri-ing to train in Japan and more sensible climates elsewhere in Asia.
2010-10-11 8:55 AM
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2010-10-12 3:16 AM
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Hi All!

Thanks Yanti for message on the forum.  Glad to see this set up!

I'm an American based in Singapore.  2 years into doing tris & love it.  I'm gearing up for the Standard Chartered HM and then Singapore Ironman 70.3.  Anyone else doing these? 

Looking forward to exchange notes & war stories.
2010-10-13 2:10 AM
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Hi all; my name is Jon and I'm an alcoho...  Oops, wrong place.

I am however here in Japan, Yokosuka area (Zushi City if anyone is counting) for the next 2.5 years or so and Yanti was kind enough to let me know.  I don't have much tri background as I have only done a few sprints, but I'm looking at the Tokyo Marathon in Feb and a 70.3 in May so I should be getting my feet wet.  Here's to hoping I don't drown over the winter!

Thanks Yanti for hooking this up.
2010-10-13 8:21 AM
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Hi Asia BT!
I'm Matthew, I live and train in Singapore.  I arrived in Singapore in March 2009 and should be around for another 6 months before possibly heading back to the USA.
This has a been a busy racing year for me with two more left...IM70.3 Taiwan and IM Western Australia!


2010-10-18 6:02 PM
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hi, im art from the philipiines, i started in triathlon back in 2004 but stopped after a year due to work load and then started back again in 2008 (lastyera) before that i have only done short distances, sprint being the longest, but since i started training in march 2009, i have done countless events starting with an olympic distance in may several sprint distances in june and july, several run events 10k, 15k, 21k runs, leading up to my first 70.3 in august (cobra ironman) with a sub 6:30 first time try,  then a few more sprints and olympic distances from august to november where i competed for a podium finish @ White rock Long distance Tri (70.3 distance) with  PR of 5:38 (big improvement i guess from my 6:28 finish @cobra ironman), then competed @ Langkawi malaysia or my first full IM, ( theres a story to tell on my first IM, it was painful but i stock it out to finish the race in 15:30, but i will save that for another day). In 2010, i ve raced so many events starting with another podium finish in january (olympic distance, Speedo Nagt age group Tri), May (Subic intl tri), August (2nd cobra 70.3, PR 6:08), a bunch of short distances but twice over (Enduro races two times sprint), gearing up for my 2nd White Rock long dist Tri, in november, the three weeks after will compete @ the ASIAN Championships in phuket (championship division)....whew id say this year was jampacked for me and im just starting out, can wait for 2011 where i got picked to run the tokyo marathon and still waiting for IM CHINA>>>>
2010-10-31 8:17 AM
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Hi. Ben here. I have been living in Penang for the past three and a half years. At the beginning of this year (2010) I thought, "I have been blessed with great health, I seem to do better at long distance stuff (based on swimming and cycling experience . . . no running though . . .), I should try to see whether I can complete the Langkawi IM February 2011." Some of you are probably thinking, "This guy is over-confident . . .", and one Olympic race (Port Dickson International Triathlon) and one HIM (Desaru Long Distance Triathlon) later, I completely agree . . . what in the world was I thinking?!

Anyway, as most of you know, Langkawi IM is gone for now (forever?), so I have had to change some of my goals for now . . . my budget doesn't allow me to travel to some of the IM's hosted elsewhere in Australasia. It probably is just as well, because the more I read about long distance triathlons, the more I realize that I need to be a little more patient to achieve my goals.

My next race is the Powerman (in two weeks!), I hope to do a Sprint race in December during my Christmas break in my home country, and then I am off to the Aviva 70.3 March 20th next year. Hope to see some of you sometime along the journey.

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2010-11-01 9:15 AM
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Hi Ben,

Welcome and best of luck with your training and avoiding the dogs! Let me know if there are any good tris in the spring in Malaysia. (Olympic distance; might consider a HIM late next year.)  Would love to race there. KL is an cheap, easy flight from here.
2010-11-02 9:25 AM
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There is usually just one triathlon in Malaysia in the Spring (how I long for a real Spring) . . . the Kenyir Lake Triathlon. It is an Olympic distance, and usually towards the end of March. It involves some nice steep climbs on both the bike and the run, but I hear the downhill part of the bike course is very fast and enjoyable . . .

This year's race: http://www.triathlonmalaysia.com/race-details.php?eventID=17

Watch Triathlon Malaysia for other events in the area. Peninsular Malaysia typically has three major triathlons a year (there were more in the past . . . alas the official HIM / IM races are not happening anymore):
  • Kenyir Lake International Triathlon (usually in March) - Olympic
  • Port Dickson International Triathlon (usually in July) - Sprint and Olympic
  • Desaru Long Distance and Sprint Triathlon (usually in October) - Sprint and HIM
 There are a few other races in Malaysia too.
There are a few races in Singapore too.

OSIM - http://www.triathlon.sg/home2010v2.html
Aviva 70.3 - http://www.ironman703singapore.com/
Bintan (actually in Indonesia, but a ferry ride from Singapore) - http://www.bintantriathlon.com/


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2010-11-02 1:16 PM
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Hi Ben! Welcome welcome! Thanks for chipping in with such info!

May I ask what you're doing in Penang? Why do I get the strange feeling you're teaching at Dalat, or something like that? And where's home for you?


2010-11-03 5:59 PM
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Good guess . . . Smile

I am from the lovely country of South Africa.
2010-11-03 8:57 PM
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I wish I lived on a bigger island. You guys have so many cool races close by. Maybe the Navy will send us to mainland Japan next!
2010-11-05 6:13 PM
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I've been trolling this forum for a while and posted once but I suppose I should introduce myself here.  I'm currently in Tokyo and will be here until November of next year.  I'm not signed up for any triathlons here, but who knows.  I might get motivated to sign up and participate.
2010-11-16 6:52 AM
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Hey everyone.  I'm pretty excited to have this forum.

Names Duncan, I'm a Canadian living in Taiwan.  Been here just over 9 years now.  I've recently (august) begun training for a triathlon.  Looking to compete in early spring next year.

I've got a little bit of a history with running, but as I just said, that's ancient history.  Pretty much starting from scratch in all 3 sports, but enjoying every minute of it so far.

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2010-11-16 7:14 AM
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Hi Duncan,

Cool to hear from someone in Taiwan. I too have a bit of a "history" with running (31 years at age 41!) and with Taiwan--lived there for a year in the early 90's. There is some killer trail running in Yangmingshan and some other places in the northeast--Taoyuan is in the area, isn't it? Even back then there was quite a running scene in Taipei--both recreational and competitive, local and expat. One of the Hash House Harrier groups was pretty hard-core in a very wacky way as the Grand Master was an ultra runner.  Don't know if this is still going on but you might check it out, if you haven't already.  Great fun--some of the highlights of my running life.

Actually was thinking about Taiwan the other day--thinking of moving on career-wise in the next few years and it might be a user-friendly place for a Chinese-speaking runner/triathlete. Would love to hear what it's like now.


2010-11-16 8:19 AM
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I actually live in Taoyuan.  To date I have been mostly running around my school track (it's convienent, and has a good soft surface) which is only 200 meters.  Kind of tedious, but I'm still doing mostly 2k ~ 5k  runs only.  Once that starts moving up, I'll go crazy without some new scenery.

I have to admit, I'm not very familiar with Taipei from an exercise point of view.  I've only gone there a couple times to do any sport related activities, but I know they do have a lot of biking and running trails.

Biking in Taiwan has really boomed... there is a bike shop on almost every corner now. Which is nice, since I am in the market for a road bike, but also a little overwhelming.  I've only quickly looked at what races are available, and I don't have the link on this computer.  I know there are A LOT of running / duathlon / triathlon races around.  Not sure how well organized they are, but I've made a couple of contacts with expats and a few locals, and when spring rolls around, will be asking for advice on which races to sign up for.

I'm curious about your Chinese... where did you learn, and how good are you?  I've been here 9 years, and have only studied for about 2.  I'm pretty good conversationally, but my writing has really gone down hill.  I can still read alright, comic books and kids books, but no newspapers.  Hehe, I'm kinda rambling now...

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2010-11-22 6:24 AM
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Hi Duncan,
Wow... I work in Taoyuan! Just started training for my first triathlon next spring. There are tons of events in Taiwan, but most of the info is in Chinese. Your best bet is to find a local friend to help you out. Some sites I use that you might wanna check out:
http://www.taiwanracing.com/
http://www.taiwanracing.com/nrg2perform/
http://www.taipeimarathon.org.tw/contest.aspx?lang=en-US
http://www.ctta.org.tw/front/bin/ptlist.phtml?Category=265593

I've also researched races for 2011 so let me know if you need more info!

Mina
2010-11-22 7:25 AM
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Taiwan Triathletes,

Nimen hao!

Cool to see there is still a lot of running action in Taiwan. Sure wish I had gotten into triathlons when I lived there as it seems like it would have been a great place to train.  As a runner and swimmer since age 10, I keep asking myself why I didn't get into this sport sooner--all I can come up with is financial hardship, time-consuming jobs, and a mistaken impression that all tris were Ironman distance.

In answer to Duncan, I studied Chinese in college, worked and studied (and ran and hiked) in Taiwan for a year afterwards, and ended up teaching at two different schools in Beijing for almost a decade (1994-2003). Did some running in Beijing but it wasn't the greatest place for it! I also taught for two years in a Mandarin immersion program in the US before returning to international teaching. I can speak fluently, read books, etc. 

This week is kind of crazy but hopefully I can get to some of the sites on the weekend and put the info on in English. I have a training buddy who can read some Thai so she could probably also help out if anyone needs info on events there. 

2010-11-22 8:23 AM
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Hi Duncan and Mina (and welcome to BT!)

Great to see you chiming in on this thread, and thanks for all the Taiwan race info!

I have a few new things to post, but I might start a separate events thread ... hmmm ...
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