Two Time Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange to Stay and Train at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Phuket



[Phuket, Thailand, 10th April 2019] Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, Phuket is proud to announce that Patrick Lange, two-time Ironman Hawaii World Champion, will stay and train at the resort starting mid-April to prepare for his first race of the season — Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship in Danang, Vietnam on May 12, 2019.

Lange chose to move his training camp to Thanyapura because it is recognised by triathletes as a world-class training destination with outstanding sport facilities, including an Olympic 50m pool, a 25m training pool, a 500m running track and a 900sqm fitness centre. The resort is fifteen minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport and sits on 23 hectares at the foot of a national forest with quiet, well maintained roads that are perfect for cycling and running.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is using Lange’s visit to enhance Thailand’s position as an active holiday destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Endurance athletes, in particular, are choosing Thanyapura, because no other facility in Asia offers the combination of sports, health and wellness, healthy dining and accommodation all in one place.

“Many thanks to Thanyapura and Thai Airways for allowing me to travel and train in Phuket,” said the Ironman double world champion who is looking forward to train in the tropics. With the approach of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thanyapura is becoming a sought after destination for elite athletes to train in the heat and humidity they expect to find in Tokyo. The resort offers everything athletes want in a sports training facility so they can train without distraction.

Is fatigue a necessary evil when triathlon training?

In an effort to become better endurance athletes, we dedicate a great deal of time to training and racing at a level which continually stresses and fatigue our bodies.

Let’s take a look at what causes fatigue, how to recognize it and most importantly, how to deal with it.

Fatigue – is it a necessary evil?

In general, most endurance athletes believe they need to train hard and feel either tired or “wasted” from most workouts (i.e. more is better). It is now well into the triathlon season and a lot of athletes continue or are beginning to have feelings of fatigue characterized by a general decrease in performance.

We are so motivated at the beginning of the year; we forget the season can last up to 10 months. The long season, combined with family, work and other daily activities can take its toll rather quickly.

How we get there

Fatigue can come about through a combination of many factors, making it very difficult to pinpoint at times. Beyond off training issues, the common ingredient is too much training intensity. Intensity itself can be difficult to quantify, as it is a dynamic combination of volume (frequency, duration) of training along with actual effort level.

In addition, the level of training recovery also affects overall “intensity” of training. This is why paying attention to proper intensity (Easy means Easy!!), along with training diaries, becomes crucial.

When aiming for peak fitness, where you lead your training stimulus beyond your current capacity, followed by a period of the body adapting to and super-compensating to the workload, there are three important points to understand about athletic fatigue:

Acute overload is a good thing. It’s the means by which we make improvements, in which limited physical stress allows us to improve our physiological performance. View acute overload as doing some type of lactate tolerance or lactate power workout on a given day, followed by recovery the next day.

Over-reaching is also a good thing where we over-stress the body longer than we do with acute overload. An example of overreaching may be how you feel during a few successive days of intense training. It is usually characterized as having lower heart rates while at the same time still being able to produce just as much power as when you are fresh.

Overtraining, however, is not a good thing. We’ve gone far past overreaching and our performance has declined significantly. We can’t get our heart rates to rise up to normal levels; we don’t have the same power or motivation to train or race. Our legs usually feel heavy.

An interesting and far too common occurrence that usually results in overtraining (and eventually fatigue) is when the athlete’s performance starts to decrease; their first thought is that they are not fit enough. They then decide they need to train harder. The hole has already begun and by going back and training with more intensity and volume, the hole grows deeper and deeper.

If you begin to go through a period of persistent tiredness, back off and get some rest. Trying to identify what type of fatigue you have

I think it is very important to understand that there are many forms and causes of fatigue. The first step is to identify specific characteristics of fatigue:

Subjective factors include appetite and weight loss (or gain), sleeplessness, irritability, lack of motivation and possible depression.

Nervous system factors — Younger athletes can experience fatigue that affects the sympathetic nervous system, including higher resting heart rates and blood pressure, sleeping disturbances and elevated basal metabolic rate. Older athletes can experience the symptoms that affect the parasympathetic nervous system. Some examples are: lower resting heart rate and decreased blood pressure as well as early fatigue in your workouts.

Other signs of fatigue include more sickness (i.e. colds), aching leg muscles that are sore to the touch and lack of quality sleep.

How to get out of over train state

First and most importantly, you should seek help from a qualified coach and/or medical doctor. Describe the situation in detail and have a blood test done to check for a variety of markers that could be contributing to, or are a result of, fatigue. For example, iron deficiency anemia is a common problem that can be identified with a common blood test.

In addition, have your ferritin levels checked. Ferritin is a protein in the body that binds to iron. Most of the iron stored in the body is attached to ferritin. The amount of ferritin in the blood may help indicate the amount of iron stored in your body.

Consult a sports psychologist to talk with about performance issues and dealing with the daily stresses of life while also trying to be an elite level athlete. Probably even more importantly, talk to your partner and support network!

Rest, rest and more rest and/or a reduction in training volume and intensity is a sure treatment, but not a final solution. You and your team have to determine the cause of the fatigue, how long to reduce training, and then make the necessary adjustments to prevent the problem in the future. Your training logs can also help in this process.

How to prevent fatigue

In closing, prevention is the best cure. The optimal solution is not to get to the point of being fatigued. In terms of a training program, remember that it is better to be over-rested than over-trained. If you begin to go through a period of persistent tiredness, back off and get some rest. A customized training program and good communication with your coach can prevent a chronic problem before it begins.

Having routine checkups from your physician which include blood work can also identify signs before they happen. Consulting with a good sports nutritionist can help give you a diet that meets your athletic needs, a vital component. Think of the long haul and what stresses you are putting onto your body.

Stay healthy and good luck on your training and racing!


PHUKET, THAILAND – The Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club IronKids Phuket 2012 series saw 79 children from kindergarten age to high school seniors give their all to make it to the finish line, as the sport continues to go from strength to strength in Thailand.


Calm before the form: A good stroke is the key to a strong swim leg for Thanyapura’s junior IronKids.

Sakda (Ben) Kammungkan and Annalis Johnson were the Senior winners (13-17 years old), from a relatively small field. The intermediate age group was the largest field with 37 participants, seeing Chris Thomson, a regular IronKids Phuket first place finisher taking a strong lead to win the age group overall, and Maxime and Chloe Schrijnemaekers leading the girls, finishing just a minute apart, in first and second place respectively.

Claire Ratcliffe, Race Director of TSLC IronKids Phuket said the sport was catching on fast and had captured the imagination of children and parents alike. “We had several adults join the Seniors Division,” she said. “This is a great way for beginner adult triathletes to join in the fun of racing and get a taste for it. The kids love it – and what fantastic facilities we have for the races thanks to the help of TSLC.”

Paradorn Mohr was the fastest of the juniors to complete the 50m swim leg of the race, and combined with his 3km bike and 500m run, he crossed the finish line in 12min 51sec. Winning the Juniors female category with a 14min and 25 second finish was Nanako McIntosh in her strongest IronKids Phuket finish since her first race last December.

The Juniors’ course is a 50m swim, 3km bike, followed by a 500m run. The intermediate race distances are a 150m swim, 6km bike, 1.5km run and the seniors race distances are a 300m swim, 12km bike, and a 3km run.


Push the bike out: Maxime Schrijnemaekers, junior triathlete, gets set for the gruelling middle leg of the IronKids race at Thanyapura.

Ms. Ratcliffe said 22 children from Anuban Phuket were sponsored by AIS (Advanced Info Service PLC), with three training sessions prior to the race to help them become familiar with the course, and the skills required for Triathlon racing.

The next race will be another trial race on October 28th, preparing children for the official race on the 1st December 2012, the TSLC Ironkids Phuket Championships race, with the school awards and sponsored team awards along with the prestigious individual TSLC IronKids Phuket trophies to the top three in each age group.

TSLC’s partnership with IronKids will also include professionally led training camps run throughout the year, and will be known as TSLC IronKids Phuket.

To register or find more information on the TSLC IronKids Phuket Series, you can visit the website It is also helpful to “like” the TSLC IronKids Phuket facebook page for regular updates and to see posts of other related events in Phuket that the children can join, such as fun runs and training activities.


PHUKET, THAILAND – Hundreds of children from all over Asia, from future world champions to those who just want to have fun, converged on the world’s new Ironman and Triathlon mecca, Phuket, on December 3 to contest the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club IronKids Phuket Triathlon, presented by True Visions.


Pedal to the metal: an IronKid prepares for the bike leg of the race.

IronKids is one of the world’s fastest growing youth sports movements and provides the perfect antidote to the sedentary habits of the Playstation generation. For these kids, their play stations are the pool, the track and the bike.

A total of 228 children registered for the race, including 126 individual racers and 102 children in 34 relay teams. Most were in it for fitness and fun, but some serious future champions put their elders in the sport on notice.

The brightest star and overall winner was Kuala Lumpur-based Australian Zoe Bowden, 12, the defending champion and one of the world’s fastest triathletes in her age group. Not only did she beat all the older girls from the 13-15 year old category, she also beat the older boys as well, shaving three minutes off her previous personal best to finish in 39 minutes and 23 seconds. She has been tipped as a possible future world champion by none other than TSLC’s triathlon director Juergen Zack, himself an eight-time world champion in the sport.

It was Malaysian domination of the podium places, with Edwin Thiang, also from KL, second, finishing in a time of 40 minutes and 36 seconds. Eight corporate teams of 12 to 14 children were sponsored by local businesses. The corporate awards went to 1st Place Team Quest and the children from Ban Manik School, 2nd place to Lee Marine and the children from Ban Bangtao School, and 3rd place to Team Anantara Club from the Anuban Phuket School.


Zoe special: overall race winner and likely champion Ironman of tomorrow, Zoe Bowden.

Speaking after the race and looking like she’d barely broken a sweat, Zoe Bowden revealed her secret. “I train every single day,” she said. “I mostly run and swim. I don’t often cycle, that was something that I later on developed exclusively for the triathlon”. She said this year’s race was much more competitive than her last race in Phuket. As for the future, her vision is clear: “My ambition is to be a professional Ironman.”

IronKids triathlons are raced over various distances depending on age groups:
– Junior (ages 6 to 8): 50m swim, 3km bike and 500m run
– Intermediate (ages 9 to 11): 150m swim, 6km bike and 1km run
– Senior (ages 12 to 15): 300m swim, 12km bike and 3km run

TSLC’s partnership with IronKids includes races and professionally led training camps run throughout the year, under the banner of TSLC IronKids Phuket and presented IronKids Phuket Triathlon

Phuket has become one of the world’s leading locations for serious ironmen and triathletes, and Thanyapura’s world class facilities have captured the interest of leading exponents of the sport. Globally renowned triathlons and training camps are offered on the island every year, such as the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, Phuket Ironman 70.3, Phuket International Marathonand the FIVB Women’s Beach Volleyball World Tour.

TSLC has the ideal facilities and surroundings to host events and training camps for professional or amateur triathletes, as well as young athletes tackling their first ever multi-sport event. Our 50m and 25m pools offer ideal swimming conditions, while the quiet roads are perfect for young cyclists to learn biking skills. Most running is done on the property or on surrounding tracks in the National Park area. This spectacular location is set to become the “home” of triathlon for young, upcoming triathletes.

The next Thanyapura IronKids Phuket races will be held on 22 April, 2012 and 1 December 2012.

1st place finishers in each age group –

6yrs Boys, girls – Denis Parkinson, Katie Thomson
7yrs Boys, girls – Siam Yapp, Sophia Jelfs
8 yrs Boys, Girls – Muhammad Safiy, Isabella Hoskings
Junior relay Team – Matthew Diamond, Jeremy Jacklin, Tom Crowe

9yrs Boys, Girls – Ben Mcmillan, Chloe Schrijnemaekers
10 yrs Boys, Girls – Muhammad Shafriz, Mayumi Shinozuka
11yrs Boys, Girls – Max Luer, Chelsea Smith

12 yrs Boys, Girls – Dorian Gombos, Zoe Bowden
13 yrs Boys, Girls – Ben Kammungkun, Nuraliah Shamsir
14 yrs Boys – Dylan Nyerges (no 14 year old girls took part)
15 years boys, Girls – Edwin Thiang, Sian Wilson