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(Photo: Cheng Ching Lake (澄清湖), Kaohsiung)
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Miranda Carfrae wins St. Croix, Bree Wee third (first for USA)
The St. Croix 70.3 triathlon has just ended for the top professional ladies. Miranda Carfrae the 2006 winner won. Nina Kraft was second, and Bree Wee was third and the first American to finish, in her first year as a pro. Bree holds the amateur Ironman Hawaii course record set in 2007 at 9 hours 47 minutes and some seconds. Bree Wee also won a prize for the best swim (she was second out of the water but Julie Dibens dropped out later in the race and so had to forfeit that prize).
I was born and grew up in the south-east of England, and as a child was a keen golfer. During my first year at university as an economics student, I became very drawn to Asian students and their respective countries. This led to further studies in the economics of developing countries and later the study of the Chinese language in Taiwan. In 1985 I married Hsiu-chin, and while we made Taiwan our home, we also lived for several years in Hawaii. It was there that I took up triathlon, completed the Hawaii Ironman in 2004 and took part in many smaller races. While I have gained much experience as a translator of Chinese, over the years I have developed a passion for other East Asian languages and cultures, including, but not limited to, Thai and Japanese, as well as other Chinese dialects. We currently reside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I continue with language learning and triathlon training.