October Update – Triathlon

By Su

October is done and dusted for 2014 and it signals the countdown to the Laguna Phuket Triathlon Festival. This is a special time of year for us and we love to get involved with one of Phuket’s iconic sporting events. The entire Thanyapura triathlon community will be out to support this event and we’re certain that all the hard work and training will pay off come race day!

Plenty of new faces have come to join us and many of the local stalwarts are getting back to training in preparation for the end-of-year events.

More in this update:

  • First Thai woman at Ironman World Championships
  • Rasmus Petraeus training to defend Challenge Laguna Phuket title
  • The record on our 5-kilometer TT loop has finally been broken!
  • EJSA Australian training camp

Thailand’s first female Kona finisher…

Nam Porntharuk crossed the finish line at the 2014 Ironman World Championship in 13 hours, 6 minutes, and 5 seconds, making her the first Thai woman to compete and finish in Kona.

Nam got her Kona slot via the legacy program, finishing 12 Ironman races.

Nam did her prep work at Thanyapura, as did several other Kona finishers, namely:

  • Caroline Steffen (5th overall female)
  • Heidi Sowerby
  • Penny Comins
  • Arnaud Selukov
  • Jason Gerde

Congratulations to all!

Rasmus Petraeus back at Thanyapura

The Great Dane has been racing across Europe and Asia. After a third-place finish at Ironman 70.3 Gurye, Korea, Rasmus flew straight to Thanyapura Phuket for two months of hard work leading into his defense of his Challenge Laguna Phuket title. He’s calling it “two months of awesomeness.” We’re glad to have you back, Rasmus!

Rasmus Petraeus

But can Rasmus break the record on our 5-kilometer time trial loop? Allan Steen Olesen, his training partner and a fellow Dane, has just broken the old record with a new time of  6:43 minutes!

This past month we also welcomed Formula 1 rookie and Swedish car-racing sensation Marcus Ericsson to Thanyapura.

EJSA Squad at Australian Camp

EJSA Squad at SydneyIn late October our Elite Junior Sports Academy (EJSA) travelled to Sydney, Australia for a 9-day intensive training camp on the beautiful Northern Beaches. The EJSA team consisting of the Izzo brothers Bret & Kyle (USA), Sam O’Shea (GBR), Saryu Onishi (JPN) and Sammy McInnes (Scotland) were locked in for two events including the Hills Triathlon along with Australia’s oldest race, the Nepean Triathlon, where they faced arguably the strongest domestic professional field seen in Australia for years.

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