LMP triathlon international championships May 2013

May 31, 2013

It has already been two months ago since I did my first triathlon here in Thailand. Since I enjoyed that race a lot I immediately started planning the next race and after putting in a lot of effort and sweat I felt ready last week for another trip to LMP beach in Rayong for the next edition of this triathlon.

Its less than 200km from Bangkok to Rayong, but it will take a bit longer than the promised 2 hours.

Its less than 200km from Bangkok to Rayong, but it will take a bit longer than the promised 2 hours. Thanks to my buddy who has a car and a bike rack it was a quite comfortable drive… For me at least.

Once we arrived at LMP beach it was time to register and there we realized that the prices have gone up from 800 baht for the olympic distance to 1,000 baht. Another change was that we now got a timing chip which seems like a huge improvement from a stopwatch and a piece of paper as was used during previous race. Besides that nothing has changed compared to last race: we had the exact same route, the same organizers, and even many of the same competitors.

The timing chip (left) and activation of the timing chip (right). notice my serious face...

The timing chip (left) and activation of the timing chip (right). Notice the level of my concentration when I check the laptop screen.

The start of the race was slightly delayed since the buoys were not in place yet at 7AM, and here is also where some confusion started. There were 4 buoys but we only had to swim around 3? I am not totally sure here since some people did go around all 4 while others limited themselves to 3 buoys. All together it soon became clear that the total swimming distance was again not exactly 1,500m, as was also a problem with the previous race. This time the distance was too short though, so on average it must be about right.

Swimming distance. Measured from start the total distance was 1,300m. But a large part of this was just running from the start to the where the sea began (at the green line due to low tide).

Swimming distance. Measured from the starting point the total distance was 1,300m. But a large part of this was just running from the start to the where the sea began (at the green line due to low tide).

Right after the swim I had a quick transition and jumped on my bike for 40km of biking. It is allowed to draft during this race so when I was passed by a group 0f 6 I quickly joined for a few kilometers till they increased their speed too much and I had to continue by myself. Another 10km later there was another group of 2 passing me and luckily I could find the strength to join them and a bit later we had a group of 4 where we rotated front position. But again I had to step out when the speeds reached 40km/h.

Speed (blue) and heart rate (red) during the race. The blue part is the biking with some steep downward spikes at the turning points.

Speed (blue) and heart rate (red) during the race. The blue block is the biking with some steep downward spikes at the turning points.

The second transition went almost perfect; I only forgot to take off my biking jersey. As always I started out a bit fast but due to my triathlon watch with GPS I quickly slowed down probably avoiding blowing myself up as I had done last race when my calf stopped cooperating on me. The 10km went pretty well at a steady pace with small resting moments to drink at the turning points. In the end I even had enough gas left for a sprint to pass one other contestant who quickly reacted by passing me again.

The total route of the LMP beach triathlon in Rayong.

The total route of the LMP beach triathlon in Rayong.

All together I am very proud with my total time. Even though it is not possible to compare the swimming times I do see a strong improvement in both my biking and running times. And the good news is, for me at least, that I feel like I can still improve a lot more on these two parts.

Comparison with my triathlon times from March. Due to the different distances the swimming cannot be compared but both in the biking and running part I see huge improvements.

Comparison with my triathlon times from March. Due to the different distances the swimming cannot be compared but both in the biking and running part I see huge improvements.

During the race I noticed several photographer taking pictures of all the contestants, but unfortunately the number of pictures I can recover from this event is quite limited. So if you were one of the people taking pictures there please post them on Facebook tagging the triathlon association of Thailand.

Up to the next race… (Hua Hin triathlon?)

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

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