HCMC Dining Guide

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tri

This past weekend, the Vietnam Triathlon was held at an uber-luxury resort outside of Hoi An. Like I said in my previous post, I had originally booked the trip so that I could support my roommate, who had registered for the race. Unfortunately, she ended up not being able to participate, but I went anyway.

The race consisted of a 1-mile swim, 40K bike ride, and 10K run. Unsurprisingly, this being Vietnam, not everything went as planned. Things got a bit wonky just before the beginning of the race: The roads were supposed to be closed and protected by police, but a former president of Vietnam had died the day before, so there would be no police escort. It was never explained why the death of a politican meant the cops couldn't be bothered to protect a large group of foreigners, many of whom had never been to Vietnam, from the insane traffic and terrible drivers of this lovely country. Would they have shown up if someone was robbing a bank?

Anyway, I've uploaded some pictures below. The winner was from the UK, and he finished in just under 2 hours 30 minutes.
Pre-race briefing



start of the swim



This woman actually won the 'Female 40-49' group

going into the transition

This guy from Singapore absolutely blistered the run, passing a number of athletes to come in 2nd place...or so we thought. Turns out he had only done two laps, instead of the required three.
 Now for a few shots of the area.
Son Tra Peninsula, outside of Da Nang

riverside in Hoi An

lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival

early morning on the East Sea

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