Connect with us


World’s toughest Ironman shares his training tips with Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: A great triathlete has to be fast. But there’s much more to the sport than speed. Persistence, perseverance and resistance are also essential qualities.

Andreas Raelert, a German triathlon champion has it all, and as the Ironman World Record holder, he is fast – very fast.

Raelert came to Phuket two weeks ago to train at Thanyapura Phuket. Less than halfway through his visit, he decided to extend his stay. Why?

“Phuket is a paradise for triathletes. It’s a really great place for training, the facilities are amazing and Thai people are very kind. I feel very safe and welcome here,” he says.

When asked about the qualities that make Phuket such a great destination for triathletes, he has a number of things to say.

First there is the weather: “It’s almost perfect, from 6am to 6pm except for maybe the few hours around noon when it’s to hot,” says Raelert.

Then there are the landscapes: “It’s green everywhere, you get exited with the views when you train. There are great places to practice open water swimming, the beaches are beautiful, the water is warm and nice.”

Raelert is also full of praise for Phuket’s roads. “The quality of the roads are really high and there are plenty of routes to take. There are hilly sections that are quite tricky and require more effort and skills, but there is always a choice.”

But what’s even more important than the above is the triathlon culture in Phuket, which is a source of inspiration for Raelert. “When you’re in a new country, in a new environment, its great because you gain new experiences. It’s even more true here in Phuket, where the triathlon community is quite big. Training with local athletes is a great source of inspiration for me,” he says.

In addition to tough physical training, Raelert takes part in mind-coaching sessions at Thanyapura’s Mind Centre – taking care of the most important part of the body for any triathlete: the brain.

“Mental training is the most important part of triathlon training. It’s all about finding your balance – focusing all your strengths on your goal – this helps you to become more powerful,” says Raelert.

“The best way to performing well in a triathlon is to keep it fun and enjoyable,” he continues. “Finding other people who enjoy it too and training in a group, also makes it way more sociable, competitive and gives you the opportunity to learn from others”

“For me, Triathlon is a passion and I’m happy to do it seven days a week,” concludes Raelert.

— Maciek Klimowicz


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 mins ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases and 35 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 mins ago

Third vaccine shot may be necessary to combat Delta variant

South32 mins ago

South hit by 402 cases of Beta variant

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)15 hours ago

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to be donated to Thailand from Japan

Bangkok15 hours ago

Bangkok police warn that protests planned for Thursday break the Emergency Decree

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Hotel occupancy, Phuket beaches hit with tar balls, doctor ‘warning’ | June 21

Thailand16 hours ago

Pattaya residents complain of sinkholes in road, couple sustains injuries

Insurgency16 hours ago

2 suspected insurgents killed in gunfire exchange with police-military team

Best of16 hours ago

Top 8 Things to do in Hua Hin

Thailand17 hours ago

Army raids a house, arrests 53 as part of alleged gambling operation

Best of17 hours ago

Top 5 Insurance Companies for Expats in Thailand

Thailand17 hours ago

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution condemning Myanmar violence

Leisure17 hours ago

Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Bangkok

Best of17 hours ago

Top 5 Shabu-Shabu Restaurants in Bangkok

Indonesia17 hours ago

Indonesia approaches 2 million Covid cases

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8