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A bumper edition of the second Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand saw almost 1,500 triathletes turnout for the iconic half ironman distance race and the newly introduced Sunrise Sprint today (26th November) on Phuket island, a mecca for triathlon in Asia with a history of triathlon events dating back almost 30 years. With 31 Pros from around the world on the startline, it was all set to be a highly competitive race and the athletes didn’t disappoint with two first-time IRONMAN 70.3 winners claiming their respective crowns: Marcus Rolli (GER) took the men’s Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 title while rookie Pro, Imogen Simmonds (CHE), took the female title.
“It’s been a fantastic race. We’ve seen some very competitive racing across all the age-groups and amongst the Professionals, and the new hilly bike course has really tested the athletes. We had near perfect race conditions today with a calm sea for the swim and the slightly overcast skies kept the temperatures favourable on the bike and run. I must thank the people of Phuket and all the authorities who have helped us to put on a truly world-class Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand and an excellent Sunrise Sprint which for many, was their first ever triathlon,” commented Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights holder for IRONMAN in South East Asia.
Rolli at Ironman 70.3 Thailand bike course.
Rolli emerged from the swim stage of the race at Bang Tao Beach, which was officially started by Phuket’s Governor, Mr. Norraphat Plodtong, in sixth place with an official swim time of 00:23:15, but managed to take the overall lead in the bike stage from which he transitioned some six minutes 40 seconds ahead of his nearest rival Timothy Van Berkel from Australia.
Van Berkel managed to make up some time on Rolli on the 21km run but still finished three minutes 42 second behind Rolli who completed the course in an official time of 03:49:02 and with it was crowned Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 Male Winner. Brazilian Fernando Toldi rounded out the podium with a time of 03:56:47.
Speaking after the race Rolli, who only turned Pro at the beginning of this year, said “The swim was not that fast for me, but for the bike, my trainer told me before the race to take it easy to begin with, then after the first five kilometres I decided to push it and kept pushing until the 90km mark. This resulted in me getting a rather big lead and ended with me winning the race.”
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Second placed Van Berkel, who finished third overall in last year’s race, and has just become a father said, “I had a little boy about eight weeks before Kona which was exactly the best preparation for me. I feel a lot better this year than last, but this bike course was tough. I got through it in one piece and had a solid run to get second.”
Ironman 70.3 Thailand runner-up Eimear Mullan on the run course.
Female winner Simmonds, who is only 24-years old, also led her race from the bike stage and over the two-lap run course managed to extend her lead and claim the win in a time of 04:16:49, almost five minutes ahead of eventual second placed finisher Eimear Mullan (04:21:38), and third placed Dimity Lee Duke (04:22:54).
Following her break-out win, Simmonds said, “I’m so happy and and surprised. I’ve had three races in three weeks and this just tops it off.”
For the Thai athletes, it was Phuket’s favourite son Jaray Jearanai who delivered a masterful performance to be the first Thai finisher and overall winner in the male 35-39 age-group and with this win Jearanai claims one of the age group qualifying slots for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2018.
Another stand out performance was from Sam Burns who finished third overall in the Male Asian Elite category.
As for the Thai females, Nichakarn Ruttanaporn was the first Thai finisher in a time of 05:09:20 – a new Thai middle distance record – and third overall in the 25-29 female age-group. With the most full distance IRONMAN finishes of any Thai female, Nampetch Porntharukcharoen crossed the line in a time of 05:31:31 while Thai celebrity Yossavadee “Yo” Hassadeevichit finished in an impressive 06:40:00.
Dr. Olarn Chowiwattana, Corporate Affairs Director of FrieslandCampina (Thailand) PCL., says, “I would like to congratulate all triathletes who have successfully finished the ‘Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand’ competition. Foremost is proud to have been a part of your success. We believe that our Drink.Move.BeStrong campaign will continue to raise public awareness of the health benefits from milk drinking and exercise. To play sports, you need to be physically fit. And good nutrition for physical health is a prerequisite for all kinds of sports”.
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Meanwhile, in addition to the Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, the newly added Sunrise Sprint event got underway at 08:00.
In the men’s race it was Dennis Kruse from Germany who took the top podium place crossing the line in 01:00:23 followed by Saryu Onishi from Japan and Steven Gailliaert from Belgium who finished with times of 01:03:21 and 01:05:36 respectively.
In the female category, Sam McInnes from Great Britain took first place honours completing the course in 01:12:15. On Ki Chan from Hong Kong was second in a time of 01:15:43 while
Becky Bruhwiller from Switzerland finished third in 01:17:53.
TOP 5 RESULTS
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Men)
1) Markus Rolli 03:49:02
2) Timothy Van Berkel 03:52:49.0
3) Fernando Toldi 03:56:47
4) Alberto Casadei 04:01:34
5) Alexander Polizzi 04:04:03.0
Foremost IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand 2017 (Women)
1) Imogen Simmonds 04:16:49
2) Eimear Mullan 04:21:38
3) Dimity Lee Duke 04:22:54
4) Parys Edwards 04:28:52
5) Robin Pomeroy 04:30:03
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Men)
1) Dennis Kruse 01:00:23
2) Saryu Onishi 01:03:21
3) Steven Gailliaert 01:05:36
4) Russell Liew 01:07:29
5) Thanit Kanpai 01:07:48
Sunrise Sprint 2017 (Women)
1) Sam McInnes 01:12:15
2) On Ki Chan 01:15:43
3) Becky Bruhwiller 01:17:53
4) Brenda Haitema 01:19:54
5) Nicole Kiser 01:21:02
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According to Lovato, whether your coach lives next door or in another country, it’s important to consider the following when evaluating a list of potential coaches:
Ask potential coaches exactly how available they’ll be to you. Some will state on their websites how many emails, phone calls, Skype calls or in-person meetings each athlete will receive: Make sure it’s a reasonable amount of contact for your needs. Riell and Lovato both like to hear from their athletes weekly but recognize this will ebb and flow based on the individual. At the very least, your coach should be receiving regular feedback from you, and creating training plans based on that interaction.
For me first ask them for certification:
No matter how smart, experienced or high-profile a coach is, he or she will be ineffective at guiding you if your personalities aren’t compatible. Before you initiate the interview process, write down your goals. Then ask yourself what you need to have the best shot at achieving those goals. Is it a coach who takes a firm hand while pushing you? Or perhaps a bit more nurturing is in order? You might come to the conclusion that it’s a bit of both. Doing this self-analysis will help you to narrow to your final candidates.
To be truly effective, a coach must be flexible in his or her administration of workouts. It’s essential to be bold and ask questions about his/her philosophy on adapting a program to fit your needs. What happens if a workout is missed? Will he or she consider modifications based on what feels better to you as your training continues? Sure, all coaches think they have the best approach to training an athlete, but without the willingness to adapt that method to fit the individual, there will be eventual roadblocks in the progression.
Research your coaching candidates enough to know if he or she is qualified or experienced enough to teach, guide and lead you. If you’re interviewing candidates from a personal referral, still be sure to ask to speak to current and/or previous clients. While it’s not necessary for your coach to be an IRONMAN, some competition-specific experience might go a long way in the empathy department. At the very least, he or she should be a certified personal trainer or hold a Level 1 USAT Coaches Certification.
You’ll need to reconcile your day-to-day life with training. Lovato and Riell stress the need for a good coach to consider your family schedule, working hours and social activities when writing a training plan. He or she should be available and willing to adjust workouts based on what’s happening in your life. Again, being sure to ask any questions not addressed in your initial consultation will go a long way in avoiding feeling frustrated if the athlete/coach relationship doesn’t meet your expectations.
It goes without saying that a positive working relationship is essential. But how much of a buddy should your coach be? Remember that you aren’t hiring an enabler, but a trainer. Here, a few questions to ask a potential coach—and yourself—to make sure you get the most out of the relationship.
Will I trust him/her?
A successful athlete/coach relationship will help you reach your potential if, and only if, you trust his or her judgment and knowledge base. Research fully ahead of time, but once you’ve selected a coach, the trust factor must be maintained so you may confidently follow their guidance.
Am I open to feedback?
Will you be able to accept both positive and negative feedback from this coach? Just as significant, will you feel confident communicating feedback on how you feel your training is progressing?
Will he/she help me mentally?
Successful coaches shape bodies and minds. Helping athletes develop the attitude for optimal training and racing is just as important as assisting them in performing to their physical potential. Does this prospective coach fit that model?
Can I feel the passion?
Does he or she seem truly passionate about coaching? Can you count on help as needed to boost your motivation?
Above all, be true to yourself and your athletic and personal integrity. First impressions count for a lot, but due diligence and thoughtful consideration of your specific needs will land you a long-term coaching match.
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Had a great fun week end race at imphuket 70.3
Water is so calm good course. But some of the racer swim breast stroke. Is it legal? The first 400 meters swim was so intense all the racer is excited. And the 700 meters is a battle. some are strong swimmer to over take. And its nice because it’s not crowded with a marshal with speed boat and kayak. The struggle came up when you see a jellyfish around but over all its good.
First 10km uphill ride upto 16km. after a rolling hills a speed highway course battling in the heavy trucks and cars. the bike course is good because of a lot of hydration checkpoint. Choice of water or gatorade.
Run leg is great and we are blessed that the weather is not hot. There’s a lot of banana and water container to use if you want shower.