Amarin Outdoor Unlimited International Triathlon 2014

March 27, 2014

The Amarin Outdoor triathlon on March 16 was going to be my first race in 2014. Even though it was the first edition of this triathlon it was organized by AMA events so we had no worries that they knew how to organize an event like this.

The event poster which could be fond everywhere around Cha-am.

The event poster which could be fond everywhere around Cha-am.

The registration and pre-race briefing for this event took place at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin which brought back some nice memories of drunken people in the hotel lobby puking down the stairs, huge breakfast buffets in the morning, and many complaints for the noise we made all night long. Besides the basic bag of goodies we also had to be here for the free pasta dinner the evening before the race to carb-load. Unfortunately no lobster or international cheese platter this time, and it became even worse when they ran out of pasta sauce halfway the dinner; guess they never thought people would eat this much right before a race.

My first round of pasta. I applied all my knowledge of dams by first creating a ring of spaghetti and then filling up the middle with sauce.

My first round of pasta. I applied all my knowledge of dams by first creating a ring of spaghetti and then filling up the middle with sauce.

The bag with goodies and the necessary race numbers.

The bag with goodies and the necessary race numbers.

The next morning we arrived at the local army base where the race would start relatively late meaning quick final preparations and no warming up. The swimming lag consisted of 2 laps of 750 meters and for the first time with the swimming taking place in the ocean the distance was actually accurate.

Halfway the swimming course, one more round to go.

Halfway the swimming course, one more round to go.

The swim went relatively well even though a lot of people apparently overestimated themselves when they started out at the front of the field only to have many quicker swimmers being stuck behind them. It took me about 200-300 meters to pass much slower athletes after which I could start concentrating on my stroke and breathing.

The biking took place on the main road where every crossing was perfectly guarded by police officers and officials. It soon became clear that the regulations were followed in typical Thai fashion as everybody formed groups and drafted as much as possible. The biking went relatively well for me as I was able to make decent speed and reach an average of around 36km/h.

The actual route of the race tracked by my GPS watch.

The actual route of the race tracked by my GPS watch.

Finally there was a 10.5k run on the premises of the army camp meaning no traffic and a nice route through nature. The run was torture for me as I probably had spent too much energy on the biking and I had to walk from time-to-time to catch my breath. Let and right people kept passing me and it became very clear to me that I need to train my running more.

See the sharp drops in speed (blue line) in the last part. This is where i stopped running and walked a bit.

See the sharp drops in speed (blue line) and in heart rate (red line) in the last part. This is where i stopped running and walked a bit.

Right after finishing there were stations for drinks and food and, much to my liking, a spot where every athlete could get a free massage of about 10 minutes.

The best part of the race takes place right after the finish!

The best part of the race takes place right after the finish!

While I am not happy with my run I did enjoy this triathlon a lot and the good thing is that I now know what to work on the coming weeks when the preparations for the Roboman triathlon at U-Tapao start.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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