Queen’s cup international triathlon 2014 Hua Hin

September 4, 2014

It has been a yearly event already for some time: the Queen’s cup triathlon in Hua Hin every August. Just like last year I set out to participate in this event as it is not only very affordable but also nicely organized. Only this year I hoped to actually finish the race as last year I could not do the run due to an injury.

Bringing the bikes to the transition zone.

Bringing the bikes to the transition zone.

Two months before the race I already moved to Hua Hin, which was unrelated to this race, which gave me the perfect opportunity to familiarize myself with the biking route and practice the steep hill where I had to get off my bike last year to not tumble over. It was only till a few days before the race that I found out that the biking route was changed and the hill would not be part of it. Totally disappointed I kept telling myself that riding those hills has been good for my development anyways but the whole race felt different for me. Some triathlons in Thailand stand out because of a special feature: the Bangkok triathlon takes place in the middle of a city with millions of people and you swim in the polluted river, the Phuket triathlon takes place on the beautiful island of Phuket and has a difficult biking route, and the Hua Hin Queen’s cup normally stands out because of that one hill with a steepness of, what feels like, 45% at one point. Maybe the reason for the course change was that the hill is pretty close to the busier area of Hua Hin and the race took place during a long weekend when tons of Thais spend their days off in Hua Hin possibly leading to serious inconveniences. Who knows…

The triathlon route for 2014 with the start and finish at Black Mountain waterpark.

The triathlon route for 2014 with the start and finish at Black Mountain water park. This year, to my great disappointed, the hill was left out of the biking route.

Similar to last year the swim took place in the wake-board park of Black Mountain meaning we had fresh water and no waves. Unlike last year everybody had to come out of the water halfway the race to have their time checked as some people did only 1 round last year while others did 3.

The swimming went very well as I was able to get out of the water in the top 10. Unfortunately I gave a lot of it away on the bike and fell back a lot on the run.

The swimming went very well as I was able to get out of the water in the top 10. Unfortunately I gave a lot of it away on the bike and fell back even more on the run.

The biking course was almost perfectly flat this year and not really interesting to discuss in detail. As always the road on which we biked was still open for traffic but officials and cops closed down crossings when athletes approached to make sure no nasty accidents happened. What was special is that the organizers had indicated they would crack down on drafting and athletes actually put in effort to not draft. This made the whole biking a lot fairer in my view.

The running looks decent but I went as slow as an orange turtle.

The running looks decent but I went as slow as an orange turtle.

The running took place on a closed circuit and involved a lot of corners making it difficult to get the person in front of you in sight to have a goal to run towards. Luckily there were plenty of water stations which helped me a lot because the biking had exhausted me completely already and this gave me a good excuse to take a breather every now and then.

And this time I was able to finish: just within the 25th percentile this year!

And this time I was able to finish: just within the 25th percentile this year!

The race was enjoyable as always and the day after I felt less sore than normal. Looking back I am pretty happy with the swim as I ended in the top 10 (with 279 participants). On the bike I lost some time but nothing too serious as some of the contestants are freakishly quick on the bike. The run was an absolute disaster though as my time put me almost exactly at the middle of all participants. For me this is a serious signal that I should put more focus on my running as this seems to limit my overall position the most.

Bog thanks to ThailandFit for offering to help me out with constructing a trainingsplan for coming period as I need serious help with my running.

Big thanks to ThailandFit for offering to help me out with constructing a training plan for coming period as I need serious help with my running.

Luckily I got some coaching and advice offered from the people behind ThailandFit (www.thailandfit.com) which should result in better running times for coming events. Not sure which event will be the next event, but I picked up training only 2 days after the race again so I will be ready.

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

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