Bangkok Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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38C / 100F
Total Time = 2h 41m 50s
Overall Rank = 14/113
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 3/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0430 to get ready for an early start. Headed down to the start a little late as the driver was not on time - a little unexpected stress. This was a smallish race so there were not crowds I was accustomed to. There was no bike or helmet check and the T1 area was not controlled - welcome to Thailand.
Event warmup:

A few brave soles opted to jump into the The Chao Praya River to warm up. Since I was warned against even swimming in the river, I figured I would save my warm-up for the race.
  • 27m 24s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

The race started about 45 minutes late as we had to wait until all the pomp and circumstance was finished - speaches by various digntaries. Finally, all the swim competitiors were loaded on a barge and we headed up river. The barge turned around about 1.5k from the finish, someone on the barge blew a whistle and everyone jumped into the water. Must admit that I found the water clearer and cleaner that I had expected (then again you can not see bacteria). Anyway, soon into the race I found myself alone. There was a group of 5+ swimmer infront. These were mostly swimmers for relay teams (swim specialists). And then there was a group of swimmers behind me. I would have to say that based on my time the course was 300 to 400m longer than planned, or we were swimming into a light current. However, pleased with being the 2nd triathlete out of the water :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Managed to avoid most of the other swimmers when I jumped off the barge.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

average heart rate: 166. Upon exiting the water I stopped to put on my running shoes as we had to run about 600 meters to T1. Transition went pretty well. I took my time and had a gel. I could see that some of the relay teams had already exited T1.
  • 1h 22m 30s
  • 42.5 kms
  • 30.91 km/hr

I had a good bike ride as I finished with a 31kph average speed - this is despite 2,000' of verticle from going back 'n forth over the bridge. The splits for the bridge loops were pretty even: 23:14 / 23:25 / 22:52. There was no hydration on the bike course.

for pictures of the bridge check out: Or, Pretty cool.
What would you do differently?:

More time training on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s

Average heart rate: 150. Pulled into T2. Dropped off the bike and headed off on the run.
  • 47m 17s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 44s  min/km

The run was really, really hot (>100F + 95% humdity). I started to run and immediatly got a cramp, so I decided to slow down and walk for about a minute to reset my HR and cool down. This seemed to do the trick. The key to the run was heat management, espically considering that the race organizers ran out of H2O on the run course after the 3km mark. Considering the heat and lack of water, I was pleased with my decision making during the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Had to hunt for some water! Drank lots of water and took advantage of the Thai massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

All in all I was pleased with my effort - 2nd out of the water and 3rd place in my age group. I was a little disappointed in the execution of the event - a mix-up on bike course and the lack of H20 on the run. But, I look forward to doing this race again next year. Average HR for the race was 154.

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Last updated: 2009-03-15 12:00 AM
00:27:24 | 1500 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/34
Overall: 2/113
Performance: Good
average heart rate: 160
Suit: no wetsuit allowed
Course: Straight swim from the Rama IX bridge to the New Industrial Bridge.
Start type: Dive Plus: Shot
Water temp: 24C / 75F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 03:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:22:30 | 42.5 kms | 30.91 km/hr
Age Group: 7/34
Overall: 33/113
Performance: Good
average heart rate: 151.
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loops over the New Industrial Bridge. The bridge had an elevation of about 100m, so the bike course had about 2,000' of verticle.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:47:17 | 10 kms | 04m 44s  min/km
Age Group: 5/34
Overall: 27/113
Performance: Good
Average heart rate: 155
Course: Two 5km loops on Bangkok roads. Not a pretty sight.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3