May - June 2012

Summer is here!
How's Yvan?
'Committee YC' was form in May for collecting idea and organizing campaign for searching right right marrow for Yvan and at the same time promoting awareness of bone marrow donation. With the power of social networking, the messages was quickly spread in sports and expat community in Hong Kong and even Asia. In June, we joint committee YC campaign at some sports events in the weekend, reaching out to different people, distributing flyer and answering questions. By the time most of the expat go for summer holiday, the campaign successfully bump up 1500 bone marrow donate registry! It's a very encouraging progress and for some of us who knows Yvan, play the part in the event, really feel the triathlon community is indeed tightly connected and helpful. Our heartfelt thank you go to staff at Hong Kong Triathlon Association, Revolution Asia, Aquawiz, and Triton Triathlon Club.
So now, Yvan is stable and fine, he was allowed to go home for a weekend at the first week of July, his wife Kate hold a big surprise party to Yvan to see all the friends on the typhoon 8 evening, we didn't talk about how horrible of this disease but we shared lot of jokes, lot of laughs, wine and cheeses with Yvan, his family and his close friends. It was a very happy evening for Yvan that he couldn't sleep! That Sunday, he even visited us in Shek O under the very beautiful weather.

Yvan is now staying at Sanatorium Hospital, battling leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant from a compatible Caucasian donor. He is also watching us during our run training on every Monday.

Visit BLOG by Committee YC for the update of bone marrow search.
Cumulative number of registered donors since Friday June 1, 2012

At one of the party room at Yvan surprise party with some Sonic volunteers, he thought his wife is bringing him out for a drink.
ITU Sydney,15 April

Has Sonic member Lyn found the world’s most scenic triathlon race? She swam in SydneyHarbour next to the city’s Opera House before running through The Domain parkwith views of the Harbour Bridge and a scenic if challenging bike course. “Therewere a few interesting things for me this race, including my first bike crashand first wetsuit swim in a race,” wrote Lyn in her blog about the event. Shewas thrilled to have finished to race under three hours. Now she grows the gills and wings.
Tribal Splash ‘n’ Dash Aquathon Series
The stunning southside setting was onceagain popular for the three-race swim and run series with a respectable turnoutfrom Sonic triathletes. The first event on 13 May saw rain stopped play when amighty downpour during the run meant the second swim was cancelled. MichaelBucek came second in the overall male category. Other members taking part includedJanice Lee and her father, Edward, new member Aoife McGillion, Gigi Wong, Shuan Mullen and Lizzie Galvin.
Gigi, Lizzie, Janice and Aoife

Janice and Shaun in SnD!

Ironman 70.3 Busselton

Our Adelyn and Evangeline flied down to western Australia for the Ironman 70.3 race in Busselton in May, see her report below! 
"Got round to writing my Busselton race report in the MTR this morning.. So
surreal that I'm back in the office and the race already seems so long ago! Here
it is if you're interested :)\

Special thanks to coach Kenneth and Alan as always,and not
forgetting all the mental and emotional support from the awesome Sonics! This race is highly recommended for strong swimmers (clearly I missed the memo somewhere).. Superbly well organized and very picturesque! :) I had the toughest swim of my short tri career but am super glad I'm alive and not eaten by sharks!"
Busy Race week in June!
Sahaviriya Bangkok Triathlon, 3rd June
Charles Hui, Gigi Wong, Joni Lai and Frederic Beaujean travelled toBangkok for a scenic triathlon, which involved a 1.8km swim in the Chao PhrayaRiver, a 55k bike and 10k run. Despite not being able to see their hands duringthe swim, the trio says it was a fun and unique experience. Gigi wasparticularly pleased with the prize money she won as champion at the Asian Categories. Read their race report from Charles Hui and Gigi Wong!

Frederic finishing BKK Tri!
Charles in transition
Gigi trophy and price money

Open Water Swim, Repulse Bay 2nd June
The friendly and enthusiastic OpenWater Swimmers of Hong Kong 
held its largest-ever 2km team challenge on 2ndJune. Several Sonic members took part including new member Craig Norjte as well as Andy Patrick and Lizzie Galvin. Teams of three were required to stay togetherover the 2km course and much fun we had by all during this sociable and informal race.

Hong Kong LifeTriathlon, 3 June
It was a double victory for the Sonic team at the Science Park in Shatin when Andy Patrick won his age group with a speedy swim time of 14.07 for the 750m course. And Pui Kong won Best Female Junior with Michael Lam second in the Male Youth Open category. Other Sonic competitors included Hang Wong (11th inthe Male Open), Marco Lai and Martin Ely in the 30-34 age group, a large numberof men competed in the next age up including Kent Wong, Gabriel Lau, Eric Lai, Hok Hang Chan, Christopher Tong and Sacha Cheong. Walter Yiu, Eric Chan, Yingho Lee and Julius Wang also raced in 45-49 age group.
The race also the first time include a Best Costume Relay category for a fun distance triathlon, two teams from Sonic featuring Bruce Lee and Tsing Tao Beer Man competed the race however champion went to the other team Tri-Recycling where the theme featured more social responsible than our beer drinking and ku-fung frighting....all in all it was a lot of fun and hopefully that element could influence to the local Triathlon community.
Tsing Tao Beer Men
Bruce Lee

8th Shek O Challenge, 14 July
Some of us swim the Shek O Challenge from Big Wave Bay to Shek O Back Beach, that 2.2k swim course remains challenging. As the organizer posted, "The day brought some interesting new features, including a huge school of minnows that many of us had following us through the shark net, even hitching rides in ears and mouths. At least our water is alive and well! The tide was incoming on this race, and with a bit of headwind, the course continued to be a challenge, as the name suggests. "

Our new Sonic speedboat Craig Nortje won 2nd overall swimmer in 32:46mins, just 10 seconds behind the overall champion Kevin Chow.

The organizer loves our ocean and the environment, it's also the first sports event do not provide plastic bottle water but reusable bamboo cup, meaning swimmers will get cold, fresh water without leaving waste plastic behind. Check this out: 

Their next event: Clean Half 15k swim (relay / solo)
Swimmers at Big Wave Bay ready for the challenge

Sonic Time Trial 2
The first round of Sonic Time Trial set in the nice weather, the time trial was in sprint triathlon format to do 2 laps swim on the beach, 3 times hill repeat on the Shek O Road and then 1 lap run to Big Wave Bay and back. YingHo Lee took over Sacha Cheong in the last run sprint, first man cross the finish line, YingHo second, Eric Chan third. Ladies side, Janice Lee first, Gigi Wong second.

Upcoming Sonic Time Trial is Shek O Aquathon on 22 July! Hope to see many of you come to do the time trial!!
July 22: Shek O Aquathon
September 23: Shek O Triathlon
October 28: Tung Chung 40k Bike
Ready to start the Sonic Time Trial 1

Regional Squad joining Sonic Time Trial

Exiting the swim at Sonic Time Trial - Kent, JC and Gigi

Sonic Training Monday and Wednesday
Still, The Wan Chai running track is closured for annualmaintenance until the end of September. Our regular training schedule on Monday: 8pm-10pm run training at HappyValley, Wednesday: 8pm-10pm Swim training at Wan Chai Training Pool with two hours' swim.

Summer morning swim in July and August
We already kick start the morning swim training at Wan ChaiTraining Pool every Tuesday and Thursday from 7am-8am. Training fee for themorning swim is $400 per month, sent to Heng Sang Bank 289-537789-001. Email if you're in!

Sign up now for upcoming Tri-HK Races
Hong Kong ITU Triathlon is now back to Disneyland of HK! We should thanks the effort bring to us by Tri-HK committees!

It will be on 13-14 October, event website is up and running where you could link from The countdown counter means we all need to train and prepare seriously for that!!!

As usual, there are multiple categories from fun distance, sprint distance to standard Olympic distance triathlon, so no matter what you're good at, as we all train and be part of Sonic you should sign up this race.

HK ITU Triathlon is the annual major triathlon event in Hong Kong, as we all doing this sports we should all support this event and hope the organization of this event be like in the festival like those oversea races.

Sign up now! (For those who signed up, you have to reply the email to accept the additional condition! Otherwise your enrollment will be rejected!!!)

Attendance/Training fee Record
Member coming to our regular training in these few months is getting familiar with the girl who help to record the attendance and training fee payment. Anson is our new helper who also helps recording attendance for Tri-HK regional squad swim training. She is now helping the club for more accurate attendance record and rationalize the training fee revenue. Please remember to email the payment receipt to we will sync up Anson.
Our training fee is still beating the inflation! No change for the past 3 years!

 Bi-monthly Monthly Session
Sonic Members HKD1300 HKD750 HKD200
Non-Sonic members HKD1500 HKD850 HKD200
Bi-monthly: Training for every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday for two months, pay bi-monthly (Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr and so on...)
Monthly:  Training for every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday for each months, pay in the beginning of each month)
Session: Training for each two hours session.

So now, 3 months to go for the ITU race season, training is getting serious, also Tour De France and Summer Olympic Game on TV!

Upcoming races

July 22: Sonic Trime Trial 2
August 5: Ironman 70.3 Philippines
August 12: Aquawiz Aquathon Series 1
August 26: Tri-HK Aquathon 3 - Golden Beach
September 9: Tri-HK Aquathon 4 - Discovery Bay
September 23: Aquawiz Aquathon Series 2
September 23: Sonic Time Trial 3
October 6: CleanHalf 15k swim

October 14: Tri-HK Hong Kong ITU Triathlon
October 21: Aquawize Aquathon Series 3
October 28: Sonic Time Trial 4
November 3: Ironman 70.3 Taiwan
November 18: Sanshui ITU
November 25: Laguna Phuket Triathlon
December 2: Ironman 70.3 Phuket

Sign up now at Tri-HK Aquawiz Ironman 70.3 Splash n Dash/Ocean Swim series

Enjoy having a good health, and make the most out of it.

Charles Hui, Elisabeth Galvin