Amarin Outdoor Unlimited International Triathlon 2015

March 21, 2015

The last triathlon was already 6 months ago, and besides the BITEC half-marathon I haven’t joined any races yet this year. So you can imagine I was looking forward to the Amarin Outdoor Unlimited International Triathlon 2015 that took place on Saturday 14th of March. I joined the race also last year and the good memories of that race made it an easy decision to join again this year.

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This year’s race was going to be very similar to the 2014 edition: the location was again the Naresuan police training camp in Hua Hin (Cha-am) with the swim taking place in the sea, the biking on the highway outside the camp, and the run inside the camp area with a scenic route through nature. The only big difference was that the race took place on a Saturday morning instead the normal Sunday morning, and therefore they moved the free dinner to after the race so it could be combined with the awards ceremony.

The route for the 2015 race which is similar to the route of the 2014 edition

The route for the 2015 race which is similar to the route of the 2014 edition

Even though there was not much to complain about how it was organized last year, the organizers even found room for improvement this year. First of all it was now possible for Bangkok based athletes to pick up their race gear in Bangkok and join the briefing there. That would make it easier for them to drive to Hua Hin on Friday evening and not having to worry about this anymore. The transition area, where you leave your bike, was now also opened from Friday onwards meaning the people who joined the briefing in Hua Hin and came to pick up their race kit there could already stall their bike overnight in a secured area so again less stress on Saturday morning.

The transition area before the race when it was still empty. Soon after it would be cluttered with bikes and athletes in a hurry.

The transition area before the race when it was still empty. Soon after it would be cluttered with bikes and athletes in a hurry.

This event was the first in a series of 3: the Thailand tri-league. Next races are in Bangkok (July) and Pattaya (October)

This event was the first in a series of 3: the Thailand tri-league. Next races are in Bangkok (July) and Pattaya (October)

Just like last year there was a complementary massage for all athletes after the race and they even put up a large pool with cold water to cool down after the grueling 2-4 hours of racing. As usual there was cold water available at the finish, energy drinks, and food. The water and energy drinks went down well but the food was of mediocre quality at best. Luckily most athletes are not that picky right after a race so I guess they did not have to throw away a lot at the end. I even noticed free beer at the finish but that is something I happily skip.

The cool-down pool where you could cool-down after finishing the race. A prefect idea!

The cool-down pool where you could cool-down after finishing the race. A prefect idea!

The race itself was divided up in 2 main groups: “open” and “age group”. The open class consisted of about 25 people who were there to win cash prizes while the age category were the mortal people. As usual there were threats made before the start about drafting on the bike (riding close behind the person in front of you to avoid a head wind and even get a tail wind) but some groups of athletes were riding so close together it was hard to see if they were not secretly holding on to each other.

Done swimming

Done swimming

No drafting by me!

No drafting by me!

Besides the drafting that took place I also heard some people indicate they got unlucky during the swim and met up with a jellyfish or two. This is always a problem in Hua Hin so I am lucky of having avoided our little blubbery friends in the water.

Happy with my running time (12km/h)

Happy with my running time (12km/h)

I am very happy with my race results as it shows some clear improvements with previous races. The swim was taking a bit longer than I hoped for but that is due to the fact that I was unable to train my swimming a lot in the past months. The biking went nicely and I surprised myself during the run with my average speed. Guess all the run training paid off and my confidence was boosted already from the BITEC half-marathon. Big thanks again to the people from ThailandFit who helped me prepare for this race as I felt I was in the shape of my life with a good 5kg of fat less on my body and improved stamina. The next triathlon will take place in a couple of months already so I am looking forward to training again.

All the training finally paid off

All the training finally paid off

Pictures and results of the event can be found in many different spots, so make sure to check them all out in case you joined:

FB page Outdoor Unlimited

FB page Refill Marathon

AMA events webpage

Race results on sportstats

Pictures on shutterrunning

And there are probably more pages with pictures…

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

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