Romain Guillaume and the Road to Kona

Here at Sands Beach Resort in Lanzarote we take sport, especially Triathlon very seriously which is why we offer sponsorship to some of the best triathletes in the world. One of these is Frenchman Romain Guillaume, a young triathlete with a big heart, and winning mentality. He is part of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team which Sands Beach Active are proud to partner.  With triathlete parents it almost seems like taking part in this sport was his destiny. His dream of competing at the top level in the biggest triathlon events in the world has now become a hugely successful reality!

For the last couple of weeks Romain has been staying at Sands Beach Resort, and using it as his training base in preparation for the most prestigious Triathlon event in the world in Kona, Hawaii. Last weekend he was able to achieve a hugely respectable second place at the 2015 Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. At several stages he was leading the race, and was able to improve on his third place position from last year’s event. This bodes extremely well for the upcoming Ironman event in Hawaii.

It is not all hardcore triathlon training for Romain though, as this week he had some fun at the Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise! Sands Beach Resort arranged for a photographic shoot with our onsite professional underwater photographer Petra Van Borm. This was a unique experience for Romain as he was swimming in the aquarium with sharks and stingrays! There was even a mermaid involved in the action, as one of the Sands Beach Resort team dressed up and swam with Romain. Quite a crowd formed to watch, and some of the photos are really spectacular!

#RoadToKona:

After the fun and games at the aquarium it is now back to business for Romain, as he is set to embark on a trip to Hawaii on Monday, via Frankfurt and San Francisco. Everyday Romain has been hard at work getting ready for the toughest Triathlon event in the world in Kona, Hawaii which takes place on 10th October. He has been able to make full use of the excellent training facilities at the hotel including 25 meter heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym, and local cycle and running routes.

In some ways the event is similar to that of the Lanzarote Ironman as it takes place along the Kona Coast with a panorama dominated by black lava rock. The athletes have to deal with extreme conditions though, with crosswinds of 70kph, 35℃ temperatures and a scorching sun!

There will be over 2000 competitors in the event, including the best professional triathletes in the world. Last year Romain achieved an amazing 10th place, and this year has high hopes of a top eight finish. At Sands Beach Resort we are all rooting for him and wish him the best of luck. He is a great athlete to work for, and also an all-round good guy with a great sense of humor. Not every professional athlete would be willing to swim with sharks two weeks before such a big event!