Four SpiceRoaders participated in the Ban Saphan triathlon last week. It was guide Nee’s first tri and she did amazing, placing third in the Sprint Distance! Bottle, Ant and Patricia competed in the Olympic Distance and all finished with smiles on their faces.

A Sprint Distance is 750m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run. The Olympic is 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run.

The sea was nice and calm for our swim, which made both Nee and Bottle feel better as they were both nervous about this section of the triathlon. They were both repeating to themselves “I can float” and singing to the tune of the R.Kelly song –  I Believe I Can Float.   The positive reinforcement worked as they both made it without a problem, and with Bottle still hamming it up for the camera as he went back in the sea for his second lap. Ant was strong in the swim and was the first SpiceRoader out of the water!

Bottle had no trouble finding his bike when he came into the transition area as there weren’t too many left, but he quickly made up for his slower swim on the bike! Nee and Ant, as expected, were also super strong on the bike, and it was great to be able to cheer each other on as we did our laps 2 for Nee and four for the rest of us) and passed each other! The bike course was windy and went by a colorful temple, over a bridge with fishing boats moored in the waters  and by the entrance to the big temple on the hill. Very scenic, but dangerous as a few dogs ran out and one was hit by a biker.

The run was right along the sea and went right by the KeeRee Waree Resort, which anyone who has been on our Bangkok to Phuket tour should remember as it is where the rest day is. What a gorgeous backdrop to run with, the sea and the colorful fishing boats anchored and the temple on the hill. Wish all my runs could be like this! Nee pushed it hard on the run and was rewarded with a third place finish!

In the van ride on the way back to Bangkok there was already talk of when the next race is! Looks like we’ll be seeing more SpiceRoads guides at triathlons soon!

SpiceRoads at the Ban Saphan Triathlon

The SpiceRoads Team

Four SpiceRoaders participated in the Ban Saphan triathlon this weekend. It was guide Nee’s first tri and she did amazing, placing third in the Sprint Distance! Bottle, Ant and Patricia competed in the Olympic Distance and all finished with smiles on their faces.

The sea was nice and calm for our swim, which made both Nee and Bottle feel better as they were both nervous about this section of the triathlon. They were both repeating to themselves “I can float” and singing to the tune of the R.Kelly song –  I Believe I Can Float.   The positive reinforcement worked as they both made it without a problem, and with Bottle still hamming it up for the camera as he went back in the sea for his second lap. Ant was strong in the swim and was the first SpiceRoader out of the water!

 

Nee comes third

Nee comes third

Bottle had no trouble finding his bike when he came into the transition area as there weren’t too many left, but he quickly made up for his slower swim on the bike! Nee and Ant, as expected, were also super strong on the bike, and it was great to be able to cheer each other on as we did our laps 2 for Nee and four for the rest of us) and passed each other! The bike course was windy and went by a colorful temple, over a bridge with fishing boats moored in the waters  and by the entrance to the big temple on the hill. Very scenic, but dangerous as a few dogs ran out and one was hit by a biker.

The run was right along the sea and went right by the KeeRee Waree Resort, which anyone who has been on our Bangkok to Phuket tour should remember as it is where the rest day is. What a gorgeous backdrop to run with, the sea and the colorful fishing boats anchored and the temple on the hill. Wish all my runs could be like this! Nee pushed it hard on the run and was rewarded with a third place finish!

In the van ride on the way back to Bangkok there was already talk of when the next race is! Looks like we’ll be seeing more SpiceRoads guides at triathlons soon!

 

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