With crazy traffic, air pollution, limited open spaces or parks, heat,
humidity & often no beaches for miles,
SPORT in S.E Asia can be a challenge! Posting since 2009, these are my stories of cycling, running, swimming, football, cricket, cross-fit, rock climbing, adventure racing, street chess
& many more sports in S.E Asia; including Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia & Sarawak, China, Singapore, Borneo, Bali..and a few adventures from my home town in Western Australia.
This was the first full weekend boot camp I had run alone and I knew the 18 participants would have a wide range of fittness levels. So I attempted to prepare a balanced programe which could be achieved by every single person.
We met for our warm up on a very pleasant beach near the base of Mary steps. This was the first session to introduce the main warm up exercises we would repeat for the rest of the weekend (later with weight) which included 21-15 -9 Pushups, Sit ups, Hollow man, Squats and Lunges.
After the warm up local girl Meg took off like a shot up the stairs and we all followed. This is at least 1000 steps. It gets very irregular and very steep at the top section. It’s a great lung buster.
Following the descent of the Mary steps the most grueling hour and half of the weekend took place. An 8km run (in hot conditions) from Mary to Jesus thru the streets of Vung Tau – then up the steps at Jesus! This was a very satisfying session for me as I knew this was our longest of the weekend (2.5 hours all up) and it was important that most people got through it. Actually everyone did! Great effort!
The second session kicked off around Saturday at the back beach with a repeat of the mornings warm up – with the addition of weight. Players were made to fill a carry a sand bag each, and depending on each persons understanding of the metric system, the bags weighed between 8 and 18kg. 21-15-9 Push ups, Sit ups, Hollow man, Squats and Lunges.
The next event was the flags. Some inspirational efforts saw unlikely competitors go through to the finals, none more unlikely than Bill Crang who ousted (my selection as favorite), Dukesy, to make the final 3 and redeem himself from his morning effort up the stairs! However the fairy tale wasn’t to be for Bill and a final between Evo and Dave ended in controversy with Ryan tackling Dave half way down the track and putting his win under a spot light. The first ever Vietnam swans flags championship title remains unnamed. A draw was called.(See video of the semi final below)
Other events over the weekend included 4 x 100m team relay beach sprints, Mini Iron man and the beep test.
See the Vietnam Swans websites for full results, more details and all the fines and awards for the entire weekend!
(Photo my TC)
All in all it was an amazing weekend! Here are some Stats to prove it:
18 participants in total with each person...
Climbing or descending over 3000 steps,
Running over 10kms
Each person completed...
135 push ups
135 sit ups
135 seconds Hollow man holds,
135 Squats and
Carrying an accumulative weight of 500kg in sand! (Give or take 250kg).
This test involves dashing between 2 ends of a 20m distance at progressively faster intervals as the beeps increase in frequency. Starting at 6, the number of shuttles increase also for each level.
At age 32 I managed to achieve 11.9 score.At age 41 I manage an 11.0
According to the chart, my fitness has actually increased when considered against my age.
Richard - of Crossfit Saigon scored an impressive 12.2.
For a vey cool skate shop in Ho Chi Minh City check out F/IT sKATE ShoP.
Its at 37 hồ văn huê, phú nhuận - Not far from the train line crossing (on the way to the airport).
I was really impressed with their range of complete boards and their clothing and shoes!. 'Complete 'crime' board sets 1.4m. Vans shoes $40, Am skating shoes $20! Great little shop!
Wow! That was my reaction after witnessing the awesonme power and speed of the ultimate class of the moto GP series. These bikes blew me away!
A sprinkle of rain actually added to the spectacle, It was like a mini tornando as the bikes ripped passed the Marquez stand. Freakin awesome! The saturday qualifying was just as good as race day - both days must be seen.
The whole trip can be acomplished for a very reasonable price. 63 Euros for the 4 day pass, $35 / night hotel in Sepang and super cheap air asia flights put the package together at less than 500 bucks (Excluding beer money :) ).
Based on the above ive already committed to returning in 2017.