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Last Race and the Beginning of my Off Season Holiday

December 1, 2015

I visited Phuket for the first time back in 2005.  Since then, Phuket or actually Thailand plays a major role in my life as I have been in Thailand many times since.  I think I've raced Laguna Phuket or Challenge Phuket 7 times already!  Every time I have really great time there and I know that I will be back again the following year.

 

I am always surprised why I keep coming back every year, this race is extrememly challenging :-)

It is so hot, so humid and the bike course is by far the most challenging I have ever done.

 

I used to train a lot in Asia and found that it's easy for me to acclimatise by the time the race was on.  The last two years has been a battle dealing with the heat and humidity, as I arrived in Phuket just 3 days before the race.  This has made the race even more challenging.  

 

I have introduced my LIV AVOW bike for the first time here in Asia, I think everyone loved the bike.  I felt really good on the course as I feel the Avow navigates technical sections with ease.  It's hands down the easiest handling tri bike I've ever ridden.

 

I came second out of the water second as Jodie Swallow was racing and she was very strong in the water like she always is. On the bike I managed to stay in second the whole time and felt ready to run a solid half marathon, but forgot to think about the heat and so had to slow down to a 'survival' mode. Told Brad that if I will keep pushing I may not finish at all.  So I finished 3rd (another podium) behind a crazy fast runner Simone Braendi (she handles the heat like nothing ) and Jodie Swallow.

 

Happy to finish the season with my 8th podium finish!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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