Despite the unexpected recent snow, hints of Summer are supposedly beginning to shine through in the more Northern northern hemisphere (i.e Europe). With these longer days and warmer weather, and more people training in hot conditions away on training camps, I thought I would share some of the most important lessons I’ve learnt over the past 6 months about training in the tropical heat of Thailand.
How many of you have had the experience of visiting three countries in one day? Now imagine doing that in one race – it’s a truly unique experience. Last weekend, my team-mates and I travelled to Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand to take part in the Golden Triangle triathlon. I didn’t fully appreciate the awesomeness of the race until race morning.
Last weekend was a new experience for me. I was lucky enough to be invited to race as part of the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon race team at their own event in Cha’am. What a race- with not only a few jellyfish dramas but also my first overall female win in Asia. Rather than bore you all with a step-by-step account of my race which went relatively … Read More The ‘F-words’ I learnt at the Amarin Unlimited Outdoor International Triathlon
Following this rather unfortunate series of events (see Part 1), I managed to get myself to the startline. Or rather, various incredible got me there. With my bike. Now for the actual race: Lining up for the rolling start of the swim, I was so ready to get going. With well rested legs after several days of mandatory rest, I was still feeling pretty rough, … Read More Subic Bay 70.3 -Part 2, The Race
I’m breaking this “event” into two parts, as I feel that the stress, anxiety and emotional journey of 3 days leading up to the race are worthy of their own post. Unaccording to Plan This first part has few pictures to document it. Apologies. Here is why:
Most people who do triathlon competitively, or any other sport competitively, or any other hobbies competitively, are likely to be very good at putting pressure on themselves. It’s one of my fortes. In some situations it is a forte- but for some it can be harmful, and just end in disappointment. So for my first triathlon of 2016 – my first real “test” since … Read More Race Report: Bangsaen Triathlon 2016
Ok, admittedly this isn’t front page news: Today I had an Awful Swim Session. But, every cloud has a silver lining, and I managed to draw a few important lessons from it. So Wednesday is open water swim morning: we all meet at the beach early to avoid the jet-skis, and generally tend to swim out to a boat or landmark for about half … Read More Lessons from a turbulent open water swim
Recently, I have been asked the same few questions by several of you who (surprisingly) read my blog. Although obvious questions, I realised I have never addressed them. So here they are, and some answers to go with them.
(Photo Credit: Adam Roberts, Mr. Orangedog Photography) As 2015 drew to a close, everyone here in Thailand was very excited: as Christmas is non-existent, the New Years’ parties take the front seat. I witnessed 2016 coming in on the local beach, watching a sea of lanterns being set off along the the 5km beach, and the biggest and best hotels competing to set off the biggest … Read More The (somewhat brief) nature of resolutions
Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the eye-opening experience of both racing and marshalling major triathlon races. The first of the events – Laguna Phuket Triathlon – I raced. Although I was aware of draft marshals out on the bike course, I was also aware that for a lot of the course, I was flying solo, always respecting the 7m thai drafting … Read More Impartial Marshalling