Showing posts from June, 2011

"my only weakness is...I'm weak!" [Homer J Simpson]

With the Vietnam Triathlon about 10 weeks away (and just a month after the summer school holidays end) it is important for those planning on competing to keep the body ticking over during summer.

While on holidays a lot of us will change routine and eating habits - sometimes dramatically!  Coupled with the fact our sporting partners and running buddies have all left town this may contribute to us to doing very little for a long period of time!

So....AIS kids, mums and dads and teachers too. Lets keep the momentum going for the Vietnam international triathlon in September.

Weekday morning running Thao Dien (5km and 10km sessions. 5.30am) Weekend Cycling (Sundays 6.00am)

Also see:

5km Thao Dien Loop Run

10km Bridge Loop

Chess Season Open

Did you know Chess is a seasonal sport? Yes - and its starts soon. SSA conducted free sessions for the kids at the AIS school on Saturday. The boys participated in the level 2 class. It was a fun and challenging day. Great to see how much they concentrate and enjoy this mentally challenging sport as much as they enjoy the more physical sports. Considering the scorching weather in Saigon at the moment it was actually a nice change to do our Saturday morning sport in an air conditioned class room instead of the footy field!

Dane Swan and Warwick Capper

Unbelievable but true...and here is the picture to prove it.

Dane Swan and Warwick Capper snapped out in Saigon last night!

"...Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still..."

Saigon East / West Loop....

This is one of the city's best morning rides as the roads are relatively new and dare I say - relatively safe!  Join me for a weekly ride or post me a comment.

Saigon Western city limit ride. a>







Crossfit Saigon

SSLS - For an update on Crossfit Saigon go to link above.

Todays effort 5 rounds 400m 30 su 15 Dead Lift (70kg & 60kg)

Thnaks James for all your hard work in Vietnam.!  Bestie...

"...Sometimes its good fun to leap before you look!.. (from Parenting 101)."


Saigon Sports: Auskick Saigon

BMX stunt - First ever triple back flip.

Obviously this thing has gone viral around the world but I'm posting it anyway in case you haven't seen it.!

BMX triple - First time ever!

Ancient relics......and bike review #2

Built around the turn of the century this ancient relic was a real treat to find... It took me back to days long past, exploring a world between old and new, modern and ancient,  science and spiritual.  Yes - I found a Giant-DS Warp Dual Suspension to rent~Classic!

The DS warp first appeared on the scene around 2000. Compared to today's high tech duallies it feels like a pogo stick to ride with no lock out (front or rear) and with at a fighting weight of around 18kgs its a bit of a lug to push up hill, yet there was something beautiful about stepping back in time onto this once king of the down hill. Actually it handled well, was very comfortable and I was able to average 24 kmh for the day. The old warp passes the test of time!

(Apparently the buildings behind me are quite old too!)

Also see: Bike review # 1

And see below for my route around Ankor wat and Siem reap, Cambodia.

The message on sports massage...

Massage can support your training and recovery routine, however you should get the right kind of massage. If you can find someone who specializes in sports massage - this is probably better however maybe a void a deep tissue type massage right before an event. It may reduce your performance or provide some pain or discomfort. I've used the famous 'golden hands' place a couple of times recently for the 30min lower back and legs. I am swearing by this place. On both occasions it seemed to relieve the lower back pain I was suffering and although a little painful at the time, did not leave me in any pain afterwards. Quynhs have also done a good job in the past. Of course we are lucky to have this kind of service available in Vietnam at $5 to $10/hour. The same treatment in Australia will cost up to $70.+. Take advantage.

Stats rule the world...

Statistics! I love them. All sports lovers love them. Sports competitors love them. Kids love them too. They tell what you or your team did wrong, right, worse , better longer or further than before.

One stat I was particularly proud of  recently was the percentage of AIS people competing in the Mui Ne Triathlon last month.

31 individuals at last count - out of a total of around 150 competitors. That's 20% of the entire field!  Well done AIS.!

However lets not stop there. This is just the beginning. As I hope to be announced as the official AIS triathlon coach next season I will be releasing regular inspirational updates like this.

Here's the first; 

Although triathlon is a race purely against yourself its good to use percentages and averages of your competitors to gauge your progress.

Now that we have some data to go on I suggest to do this in preparation of your next event ;

Note your percentage placing in the field in Mui Ne. For example I placed 6th in a field of 36.  [ formula…

Saturday Morning Football 8.00am at AIS Sports Center

All primary years welcome....