Destination: Races

I’ve been stamping my passport quite a bit the past year or so, but for this girl addicted to beaches and travel, the purpose of my trips hasn’t been to bum on a beach somewhere! Instead, my foray into triathlon has taken me to some pretty unexpected places to race.

I’ve been flipping through my photos and realized I’ve missed out on a whole lot because I was focused on competing in those triathlons. I never made enough time to go about exploring, and so when I enter a conversation with someone who isn’t into triathlon and we start talking about a place I’ve been, I’m at a loss for words on what else you can do there aside from the races. 

Most people think of Phuket as a beach holiday destination, but I’ve gotten to know it more as a sports destination due to racing the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and training at Thanyapura.

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setting off on a bike ride towards Phang Nga

Bintan was the first time I set foot in Indonesia (via Singapore) but we stayed in that part of Bintan (the resorts area) which was involved in a triathlon, only venturing out for some seafood at a native restaurant.

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with the monkeys 🙂

The farthest I’ve ever gone has been Germany for an ironman-distance triathlon in a small town in Bavaria. My transit into Europe was through Amsterdam but I stayed inside Schiphol airport the whole time.

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running through the streets of Roth

I do have some really great memories, some not captured in photos, like my run through some forest trails in Roth, which were magnificent yet eerie. Or my long 3-hour walk along Bang Tao Beach in Phuket which made me realize how big that island really is (and that’s just one of its many beaches!).

Some memories, I managed to capture while I was busy doing something else.

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carelessly taken while walking around Roth on my first night

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colorful Alkaff Bridge (ArtBridge) captured on a morning run in Singapore, post-Bintan

The one time I managed to do something touristy on the same trip as a race was after the Bintan Triathlon. I had so many others around me who wanted to do the tourist thing, which was head to Universal Studios.

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We are far, far away

And I also had some friends in Singapore who made me slow down and took me to some good places to shop and eat.

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the hipster yet fashionable Haji Lane

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this is where I finally learned the right way to eat nasi lemak

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cider and chill nightlife on the East Coast

Some weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit Phuket when not training or racing, and just did what I have always done best: bum on the beach. I’ve had such a busy season and it was nice not to think about having to perform at a physical peak.

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Noelle

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the beach

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Noelle on the beach

While it’s been nice to travel thanks to my sport of choice, I do miss the downtime, especially when I recall how time seemed to pass so slowly whenever I was in Boracay many years ago. But I’ll take the opportunity to travel whenever I can, for whatever reason, so I can add to my photos and memories while I still can.

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