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Transition One (T1) Apparel Review

It was during a blogging event where I had the chance to inform someone (well, he was our coach in a running clinic sponsored by Mizuno in 2007) that I was interested to use Transition One (T1) multisport apparel for an aquathlon event. To my delight and surprise, Coach “Ige” thru his better half, Maui, offered the product for free and asked me to wear them in return for a product review that I could post on my site.  Awesome!

From HP Recovery Run in BGC, Taguig City to Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon in Marikina City

The very reasons why I wanted to wear T1 are: first, for comfort.  It wasn’t much of an issue during transition time—from swimming to running—as the apparel was meant for those.  Second reason is, in terms of quality, it’s more than OK since it’s locally made.  I saw some ultra distance friends using those apparels in a race.  Third reason is, availability.  Since it’s made locally, getting one of those is easy as  it’s readily available in select stores.  Last reason is, in terms of price, it’s affordable or, not as expensive as the leading brands.  I think it’s important to know what multisport apparel to wear based on the distance of the race in which you are competing.  In my case, since I don’t do swim race often, shorts with minimal padding and a tank top or jersey with tighter fitting top, which are technically, what I wanted in a multisport apparel. Having tried the not-so-expensive-T1-suit, without sacrificing comfort and quality, I think, was a smart move.

Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon – 3rd Leg, La Stanza, Marikina City (Photo by Photo-Ops)

December of last year, I used the apparel not only in an aquathlon race but also in a running event that happened one after the other on the same day.  I was given two jerseys.  One I wore the day before race day to try and other one I wore on race day itself.  For product specifications, you may access this Transition One website for full description.   Even though the two races, Unilab’s Enervon HP Recovery 10K running event at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and the Splash ‘N Dash Aquathlon in Marikina City, were totally different racing events, wearing the same apparel was alright as it was meant for a two-stage race involving swimming and running anyway.

I liked the snug fitting jersey.  Simply pulling the front zipper a few inches down can provide much ventilation and off you go with your best run ever.  Overall, l didn’t encounter any problem wearing the T1 suit. ln fact, l would wear them again for another testing once I get myself  a bike. 

That said, though this is a late post, I would like to thank two people who were instrumental for me to try the suit.  Thank you, Coach Ige and Maui Lopez for the opportunity.  I was aiming for the win on that day, but for some reason the body did not cooperate.  Stress related to work among other things got the better of me that I was not feeling up to par during the aquathlon race.  Will make it up next time.

(Disclaimer: I was given this multisport apparel for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Transition One thru fellow Happy Feet Maui Lopez and good friend Coach Ige Lopez.   I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, nor agree to give a positive review. Aside from information obtained from the T1 website, the opinions are my own.)

Podium Finish : Splash ‘n Dash Aquathlon 2014 (Leg 2)

It has been five years since my last aquathlon.  My first attempt was in an open sea competition in Corregidor.  It was not really to test how fast l was in swimming,  but it was to get over my fear of swimming in an open sea water.  I learned to swim late (in my early 20s) because of fear of drowning in deep water.  In fact, as my graduation rite back then, my swimming instructor made me jump in the deepest part of the pool, around 11 feet deep.  

By the way, the deepest pool we have in my home city is 13 feet deep, good enough for diving lessons since it is equipped with a springboard.  After l successfully swam towards the shallow end of the pool, l realized that the actual depth of the water makes no difference.  If l didn’t overcome my fear of drowning, l could have said “sayonara” to sport competition such as an aquathlon.  

I may have stopped joining aquathlon competitions, but swimming has been part of my workouts.  Running is best for cardio.  Swimming is best for the muscle. I do both. Yes, when legs are sore and aching from pounding the roads, swimming is my therapy.  Thus, finding myself in another aquathlon competition after five years is in itself exciting.

As competition neared, l got sick.  It was may be caused by stress at work.  l suffered a mild cough and a runny nose, common cold symptoms.  Did try natural remedies by getting a good night’s rest, drinking lots of liquids, and eating congee with herbs. Thanks to the advice of a friend. Prescription was also considered. Of course, l didn’t forget the power of prayer.  So when l woke up early Sunday, though still feeling a bit wobbly, l noticed that my cough has stopped somehow.

I arrived at the venue with enough time to claim my race kit, and for the arm and leg number markings.  l just stayed at the audience area to prepare my stuff while waiting for my Wave to be announced.  At the same time looking forward to the arrival of my choirmates, a first time for them to see me compete. 

l had the feeling of déja vu when our Wave was finally called.  There was supposed to be 13 of us in our wave, but two or three didn’t make it. A quick race briefing followed. Then the dreaded countdown.   I had a good head start when almost halfway in the lane l suddenly stopped. I thought l heard someone calling me to stop and go back. As l was about to turn around that was when l saw my fellow competitors coming towards me. 

Since not feeling well, l had to take a quick rest in each lane before proceeding.   Honestly, that wasn’t a good performance.  I knew l was slower.  And breathing (because of my cough) was kind much of an effort.  It was not for the win, but to just finish.  Besides, l didn’t want to disappoint my friends who came all the way to Marikina just to watch me (and take note … on a Sunday morning). Adult aquathletes were expected to complete the 600-meter distance by swimming the eight lanes thrice. 

Transition time happened quickly.  Running a 5-kilometer distance came next.  Again, just like in the swim leg, l was slower.  I just maintained a comfortable pace since my thighs were still sore from the speed workouts with my running coach two nights before the race. In the run leg, where each loop measures 2.5 kilometers, all of us had to complete the loop twice.  With just a few meters to go … at the last road bend/corner, a runner whizzed past me. I thought, “Oh well.”  “Why do l have to be sick on race day?” “… Of all days!” Then FINISH LINE. 

Since l didn’t plan to stay longer,  l looked for Bave to thank and bid her goodbye.  To my surprise she asked me not to go yet.  She quickly checked the time record in the computer and came back smiling. It turned out, l won third place in my Wave. “Wow!” Didn’t expect it. A second podium in aquathlon.  “Really?” What a comeback. Couldn’t be more happier! 

Thank you F.O.M. choirmates, RJ, April, and Doinks for the support and cheers; Ivy M. aka Running Contessa for facilitating access to the swimming pool for my swim training; to my other friends who wished me well, thank you; and, Bave for patiently answering my queries. Congratulations to all participants and finishers of the 2nd Leg of the Splash ‘n Dash Aquathlon 2014!  Kudos to the organizers, volunteers,  marshals, aid station personnel, and sponsors for a job well done! 

Until next time!

Related Blog Posts:

Ateneo Aquathlon 2010 

SNN Report

Camaya Coast Aquathlon (4th : 2012)

This is the off-road version of the fast-growing sport of aquathlon run-swim-run, and the ever popular sport of running. No paved roads, no air pollution, single track trail, fine beach sand, waterfalls, streams, close to nature, and great panoramic views.

Categories and Race Distances

Aquathlon – individual: 3.5km trail run / 1.5km ocean swim / 3.5km trail run
Aquathlon – 2-member team relay: runner and swimmer, same distance as  Aquathlon

Mini aquathlon: 500m ocean swim / 3.5km trail run
Adventure trail run: 5km 
Extreme trail run: 10km 
Registration Fees
Aquathlon – individual: P2000/multisport athlete
Aquathlon – relay: P3900/team
Mini aquathlon: P2000/multisport athlete
Adventure trail run: P2000/ trail runner
Extreme trail run: P2000/trail runner
How to Register

1.  Deposit entry fee at Banco De Oro Savings Account: 
    147-004-7754 – Ramon Marchan

2.  Email scanned or photographed deposit slip to with the following information:

–      Race name: CAMAYA COAST
–      Race category (Aqua Ind, Aqua Relay, Mini Aqua, Adv Trail or X-Trail)
–      Full name(s)
–      Gender
–      Birth date
–      Mobile number
–      Singlet size
Friends and family members of participants may join the ferry ride and lunch for a fee of P1800/person, on a first come, first served basis. Participants may email names and ages on pre-registration. Only paid participants are confirmed.  Just like in previews editions of this event, entries will quickly fill up the limited slots.
Register now!
Participants are entitled to:

–    Round trip ferry service (only 1.5 hours travel) 
–    Running singlet
–    Sumptuous post-race lunch
–    Use of pool, ocean facilities, etc.
–    Entertainment while on the ferry
–    After-race party
Categories and Awards
Medals and valuable prizes from Salomon and other sponsors will be awarded to top finishers of the various categories.

Aquathlon:Top 3 Overall, Male and Female
       Top 3 Male Age Groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60and over
       Top 3 Female Age Groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40 and over
       Top 3 Relay Team
Mini Aquathlon:          Top 3 Overall, Male and Female
Adventure Trail Run:   Top 3 Overall, Male and Female
Extreme Trail Run:      Top 3 Overall, Male and Female
Note: All finishers will receive an event running singlet
Event Schedule

4 AM:      Assembly at PICC, Manila ferry station
5 AM:      Departure time
6:30 AM: Arrival at Camaya Coast
8 AM:      Start of races (mass start)
11 AM:    Lunch courtesy of Camaya Coast Developers
12-4 PM: FREE time – sun bathing, massage, banana boat, kayak, swimming, volleyball, etc.

4-7:30 PM: Awarding and Party
8 PM:   Leave Camaya Coast
9:30 PM: Arrival of ferry at PICC, Manila

Event Sponsor


Event Hosts

Earth and Shore Leisure Communities Corporation
Earthfield Development Corporation

Event Organizers 

This is a GREEN and NON-SMOKING event. 

Ateneo 2012 Aquathlon, March 4

I was a noncompetitive swimmer long before I became a runner.  But it was only during a run-swim race that I discovered I could do fairly well in a swimming event.  I made my aquathlon (swim-run) debut in Corregidor Island and placed 3rd and earned bronze for age group at Ateneo Aquathlon two years ago.  It was an unexpected win knowing that there were also fast swimmers who participated in that event.  Full recap of my previous aquathlon experience can be read from here
Some of my aquathlete friends became competitive triathletes and ultimately earned the respect of the triathlon community while me, on the other hand, concentrated more on joining ultramarathon and other running events and made swimming as my cross training instead.    Thanks to some of my friends in the running community (Rico a.k.a By Sheer Will and Ziggy) for egging me on to embrace multisport and eventually try it out.  By the way, both of them have finished the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Triathlon Race before. 
I believe my Corregidor and Ateneo aquathlon experiences … hmm … may be, may be to some extent, challenged some of my friends in the running community to try swimming even if they were not swimmers at the time.  They didn’t look like they were in that great shape as far as swimming is concerned yet they committed themselves to learn something new, train, and become one of the best triathletes now.  Far better than I am!  And I’m happy for them.  I wish them well in their upcoming big races this year and in the years to come.
As for me, I still swim for the love, joy and fun of doing it.  
The inspiration to write this post came only after I received an e-mail from F.A.S.T. Ateneo Swimming Team informing me of their upcoming aquathlon event happening next month, March 4.  So if you have conquered the world of running and want to look into the world of multisport but don’t know where to start, then try Ateneo aquathlon. 
If you can’t swim yet but is doing well in running then ask your friends to partner with you in a relay category. Your support in this multisport event will help Ateneo’s feeding program for public school children. For more details and registration procedures check out Ateneo Aquathlon.  You may also like them on facebook 

Camaya Coast Aquathlon & Trail Run Challenge

Camaya Coast Aquathlon and Trail Run Challenge
29 May 2010, Saturday
Camaya Coast, Mariveles, Bataan

Off-road Aquathlon. Challenging scenic trail run, passing through water falls areas, includes stream crossings, run on floating pathway on ocean and on very fine beach sand. Swim in crystal-clear ocean water of Camaya Coast. The closest you can get to nature this year. Well organized for the convenience and comfort of the athletes, allowing them to race well. Visit Camaya Coast pictures and get a preview on how thrilling this race is.

FREE aircon bus transport for early registrants. FREE sumptuous post-race lunch. Event T-shirt for finishers. Valuable giveaways from participating sponsors. Valuable prizes for top overall and age-group finishers.

Limited to 100 entries. Pre-register NOW by emailing (1) Name, (2) Birthdate, (4) Race category, (5) Mobile number to and Pre-registered athletes will be sent entry form and more information.

Categories and Race Distance:

Aquathlon Individual: 3.5km trail & beach run, 1.5km ocean swim, 3.5km trail & beach run
Aquathlon Relay: two-member team, a runner and a swimmer, same distance
Trail Run: 10km trail and beach run

Getting to Camaya Coast: If not taking the free bus ride, visit Camaya Coast directions for travel directions.

Participants’ Categories and Awards:

Medals and valuable prizes will be awarded to top finishers.
Aquathlon: Top 3 Overall, Male & Female
Top 3 Male Age Groups: 18-29 years old, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60&over
Top 3 Female Age Groups: 18-29 years old, 30-39, 40 &over
Top 3 Relay Teams
Trail Run: Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

All finishers will receive an event t-shirt or singlet, and will be qualified for raffle prizes.

Event Schedule:

4~4:30am Assembly at Camaya Coast Main Showroom,EDSA, Mandaluyong
430am Departure of buses from EDSA
730~8am Arrival at a port in Mariveles Bataan, Boat ride to Camaya Coast
745~815am Arrival at Camaya Coast
10am Start of Aquathlon and Trail Run
11:30am~1pm Lunch courtesy of Camaya Coast developers
1pm~3pm Free time, enjoy the beach or do a hike
3pm~3:30pm Awarding ceremonies
4:30pm Leave Camaya Coast
7:30~8pm Arrival of buses at EDSA

Registration Fee:

Aquathlon – Individual: P900 /athlete
Aquathlon – Relay: P1600 /team
Trail Run: P800 /runner

Non-competing friends and family members of participants may join the bus ride and lunch for a fee of P1200 per person. Participants may email names and ages on pre-registration. Only paid participants are confirmed.

Registration Centers:

Camaya Coast Main Showroom, Prudential Life Building Annex , 31 EDSA corner Apo Street, Mandaluyong City (across Robinson’s Pioneer)

TRAP Secretariat at Subic Bay during the May 1 and 2 SuBIT event.

Other registration centers will be announced soon.

Event Host: Earth & Shore Leisure Communities Corp. and Earthfield Development Corp., developers of the Camaya Coast

Event supported by: Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) and the Philippine Skyrunning Association (PSA)

Super thanks to Mon Marchan for the info.


See you at the starting line!


‘Surprised’ By Podium Finish at Ateneo Aquathlon 2010

I was eating fruit and macaroni salads when I saw Carina walking towards me with a big smile plastered on her face. She excitedly shouted at me, “Selle, third ka second ako!” (Selle, you’re third and I’m second!) Wow, a podium finish for both of us! A surprise indeed! Then I heard my name being called by the emcees for placing third in my age group. I went up on stage to accept my prizes—a Phiten necklace, a can of sun protection spray, and a bronze medal.

L~R: Podium finishers Kelcy33 (3rd, in her age group), Flyingboar (2nd, in her age group), proud and beaming Commissioner Sheer Will, and Running Diva (3rd, same age group as that of Flyingboar)

My first win for aquathlon! How did it happen? Here’s my story …

The last swim I had was during the 4th Sheerwill Aquathlon Cup (SWAC) held at Camp Aguinaldo just a month ago. SWAC, is a simulation of aquathlon races for neophyte aquathletes initiated by Rico a.k.a. Sheer Will, owner of By Sheer Will blog, and fondly called by his friends and fellow aquathletes as “Commissioner Rico“.

I never got the chance to swim again after that date. I suffered tamaditis (tama-dī’tĭs). Tamaditis is a term I coined from the Tagalog word tamad which means lazy and I just added itis to make it sound more like a disease. Tamaditis, according to my personal dictionary, means being too lazy to do something.

As the Ateneo Aquathlon 2010 race date was getting nearer, I couldn’t help feeling panicky for not being able to swim. To cure this tamaditis syndrome, I forced myself to join some friends during their regular swim training at the Army pool, the week before race date. My bad. This shouldn’t be.

That same week, I received an e-mail notice from the race organizer that the race for our age group category would start at noontime. The first thing that I thought was, “goodness, I couldn’t watch the Pacman vs. Clottey fight!” I’m no boxing fan but one thing that I love watching the most is the artist or singer who would be singing the Philippine National Anthem. As we all know, the proper way of singing the national anthem during a Pacman fight has been a controversial issue for quite sometime. The bonus part is watching how Pacman fights his opponent.

Our age group schedule has its pros and cons. The ultimate pro is I don’t have to wake up early. And the con is … yikes! I have to run under scorching heat of the sun! A first. Well, I have run up to 10AM but not at noontime. Running at noontime might be too easy for our recent BDM102 finishers. But as for me … no way! Well, “black is beautiful, but too much black is charcoal!” Hahaha!

Back to the aquathlon race

Arrived at the venue a few minutes before 11AM. Plenty of time to register, get my race packet, and for body number marking. Guess what? The number I got is my lucky number, five. Not just one but with two more fives added. That makes it 555. But it reminds me more of that famous brand of sardines, 555. Sounds fishy! Olala!

Mind you I was a bit nervous while watching the other age groups. Their flutter kicks sounded like washing machines. I wonder of the outcome of my swim since I didn’t have enough time to train. I just told myself, “to God be the glory!” I psyched myself to swim the race like it’s only a practice swim and aimed not to be the last swimmer in the group.

While waiting at the holding area, I told a fellow aquathlete, Carina a.k.a. Flying Boar of, that this would be a healthy competition for both of us. Then we were asked to go down to a flight of stairs leading to the pool area for race orientation. One of the marshals quickly briefed us with the rules of the aquathlon race. (Source: Ateneo aquathlon site)

Swim leg, aquathlon Classic, 3 rounds (24 laps) for a total of 600m

Run leg, aquathlon Classic, 2 rounds (6 kilometers)

Time to swim

There were more or less ten of us in our age group in the women’s division. We were told to place our running gear first in the transition area before we were asked to proceed at the starting line.

As soon as we heard the go signal off we went swimming. Swimming can be very difficult. Sometimes a swimmer ahead of you kicked you. Sometimes the straps of your goggles might slip off from your head. Or, you end up gasping for breath.

During the swim I remain focused of the task at hand. Winning was really far from my mind. Just wanted to get it done and over with.

Transition time, a quick change from swimsuit to running gear, can be awkward. After the swim, I felt dizzy, a bit disoriented, and my throat has gone dry that I made a choking or coughing sound. I couldn’t find where I put my running gear! May be I spent a few minutes looking for my stuff. When I finally saw it, I just donned my shoes, tied its laces, wore the singlet, and ran slowly, allowing my body to adjust.

Coming from a swim and then running uphill can be intimidating. I couldn’t understand the beating of my heart plus the sun’s heat was biting my skin. I was thirsty. When I saw one runner struggling with her pace, it gave me hope that I might be able to overtake her if I continue my pace. Eventually, I overtook not only one but more than three runners. I might not be in the lead pack but at least I was not the last one running. I was happy with that.

The water aid station marshals (and cheerers at the same time), a welcome respite from the heat and tiring run. What a relief it was to finally reach the finish line. Doc Marvin a.k.a. Nuttybunny was a bit surprised to see me saying, “Nge, andyan ka na pala!” (oh, you’re here!). They were telling me that Ellen a.k.a. Kelcy33 placed third in her age group. Good news!

I approached the timekeeper and asked for my time. I was told I finished the race in forty-three minutes. Wow! I was surprised! Me? 43 minutes? It was unofficial. (Note: But in the unofficial results that came out at a later date, my time was 0:58.00 minutes and not 0:43.00 minutes as previously told.)

Post race thoughts

I didn’t know what to write after this overwhelming experience. But I didn’t want to end this post without thanking some people who were instrumental why I became an aquathlete.

Firstly, I would like to thank Sheer Will for encouraging me to join the 1st Corregidor Aquathlon last year. If not for that experience, I wouldn’t have been that confident of my swimming prowess.

Secondly, thank you all fellow runners and aquathletes (you know who you are) for your warm congrats on my podium finish. I am very grateful to Dhenz, Athan, and Timmy for watching our stuff while we were out there racing. Thanks again to Sheer will for the fruit salad and Ellen for the macaroni salad. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without our lensman, Doc Marvin.

Kudos to fellow aquathletes who finished their first official aquathlon. And, to my friends from who also raced in the Lite and Classic categories. I take my hats off to you guys!

(Photos courtesy of Dhenz a.k.a. Runningpinoy, Aries, and Nuttybunny)

Related links:

Ateneo Aquathlon 2010-A Bit Sweeter the Second Time Around by Sea Biskwit

Ateneo Aquathlon Unofficial Results

Everything Else is Priceless by Sheer Will

A Hot and Wet Weekend by Running Pinoy

My Ateneo Aquathlon 2010 Experience by Hotlegs Runner

The One About Swimming and Running by Dimsum and Siomai

While the Cat Was Away by Kenkoy Runner

Musings of a Neophyte Aquathlete

Do you believe that things do happen for a reason?

I do.

This happened in 1992. I was seated, typical Indian style, along the beach, watching friends swimming in the sea. I didn’t join them for one sole reason. I can’t swim. I can’t float. That was also the day when I said to myself, “you need to learn how to swim.”

Back in my hometown, there are public swimming pools and one can simply choose from four feet to an Olympic-size swimming pool. With its continual flow, the water is continually refreshed.

So, I found myself enrolled in swimming lessons for three months. It was not easy. One hour per week is devoted to learning this new skill. My schedule for swimming then was at 6AM. If you talk of province time, 6AM is way too early for a swim considering the pool water is really cold fresh water. One can even have a cold bottle of Coke or beer after placing it for a few minutes in the pool.

From floating to overcoming the fear of drowning, I finally learned how to swim. It culminated with me jumping into an 11-foot swimming pool and doing the crawl or free style toward the shallow end of the pool. I had to conquer my fear of depth.

Luckily for me, I had a good swimming instructor. He was one of the fast swimmers in our area and has competed in various swimming competitions. From him, I learned how to do the crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and just a little bit of the butterfly stroke. I learned to swim for safety reason and to just enjoy swimming whenever there’s a beach outing with friends. At least, I wouldn’t be sitting down along the beach again while watching them having a good time. I have never joined any swimming competition until last year.

Fast forward.

I recently finished another aquathlon, my third out of four aquathlon simulation races, dubbed as the 4th Sheer Will Aquathlon Cup (SWAC4), which was held two months ago, and a week before the Condura Skyway marathon.

The classic participants. There were only three females who joined in this category.

SWAC is a simulation race in preparation for upcoming aquathlon races. After a grueling marathon training, I almost backed out from joining SWAC4. Finishing a 25-kilometer run at a marathon pace the night before the race didn’t help either. Plus, not having enough sleep, I woke up so tired, sleepy, and with sore leg muscles.

Having fun posing for Photobongbong launch. L-R: Pepsi, Running Diva, Kelcy33, Flying Boar, Chelly, Joyce Morrison, and Digital Dash (Photos Courtesy of Bong Yu of Photobongbong, Argo, Planetrumania, Ace Balasador, and Nuttybunny)

Anyhow, I just couldn’t stop myself from being with a good bunch of friends and fellow aquathletes. So, I raced under the classic category, 600m swim-5km run, and finished 9th overall and 2nd women’s division with a time of 47 minutes and 53 seconds.

600m 5k Classic Results
Name Moniker Swim Transition Run Total

1 Erick G: Rico99 _ 14:41:00 _ 0:47:00 _ 21:23:00 _ 36:51:00
2 Jason DR: Jasondelarama _ 14:54:00 _ 1:18:00 _ 21:29:00 _ 37:41:00
3 Vinci C: Cabcar _14:51:00 _ 0:31:00 _ 23:08:00 _ 38:30:00
4 Ian C: Onemelc _ 14:29:00 _ 1:11:00 _ 25:27:00 _ 41:07:00
5 Deo P: Bluesman _16:39:00 _ 0:25:00 _ 26:15:00 _ 43:19:00
6 Marvin O: Nuttybunny _ 15:02:00 _ 1:42:00 _ 27:58:00 _ 44:42:00
7 James D: Runma777 _ 15:58:00 _ 0:00:00 _ 31:10:00 _ 47:08:00
8 Girly G: Pepsi _ 7:50:00 _ 1:49:00 _ 28:05:00 _ 47:44:00
9 Roselle: Running Diva _ 22:34:00 _ 0:00:00 _ 25:19:00 _ 47:53:00
10 Mark H: Markhernz _ 23:02:00 _ 1:49:00 _ 25:02:00 _ 49:53:00
11 Jan B: Musang _ 20:09:00 _ 2:15:00 _ 28:23:00 _ 50:47:00
12 Rico V: Sheerwill _ 16:50:00 _ 1:07:00 _ 33:09:00 _ 51:06:00
13 Ross C: Ross _ 29:41:00 _ 2:08:00 _ 30:09:00 _ 61:58:00
14 Vic V: Hagibis _ 34:19:00 _ 2:16:00 _ 27:17:00 _ 63:52:00
15 RJ B: X59 _ 18:42:00 _- _ – _ – (He officiated the Lite category)

For a comprehensive race report, visit Sheerwill’s blog.

On hindsight, this [the aquathlon] must be the reason why I had my swimming lessons 18 years ago. Some things happen for a reason. Hhhmm. We sometimes couldn’t fathom it but it’s part of who we are and what we are today. How about you? Have you experienced something similar?

Related links about SWAC

Rock Conquered: Aquathlon Challenge
Sheerwill Aquathlon Cup, 3/e
SNN: Special Report Corregidor Aquathlon
Half-iron Dreams
SWAC 4: All Natural Goodness
Sheerwill Aquathlon: 2nd Leg Level Up Na
We Are Such Losers

Sheer Will Aquathlon Cup, 3/e.

A group photo after the awarding ceremony.

If you try to check the meaning of the word will, you’ll be surprised of the various meanings of this pretty simple yet powerful word. In my readings, one dictionary defined it in 19 ways. This one is my favorite. Will ~ a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; “where there’s a will there’s a way. The nearest Filipino saying I could think of based on its definition is “pag gusto, may paraan; pag ayaw, maraming dahilan.”

Wave 1 swimmers.

The first simulation swim-run-swim held at the Army pool in Fort Bonifacio gave birth to two more aquathlon simulation events where one was recently held two days (Friday the 13th) before the Timex Run. Fresh from my first marathon stint the previous Sunday, I was so glad that Coach John allowed me to join this on a condition not to run fast. I agreed. The event was hosted by James a.k.a. Runma777, one of the participants of the 1st Aquathlon in Corregidor, as it coincided with his birthday celebration.

Wave 1 participants relaxing after the race.

There were two groups, namely, Wave 1 and Wave 2. Wave 1 is composed mainly of participants who have had experience racing in an aquathlon or triathlon or are just considered fast in terms of finishing time. The ladies were also in this group. Wave 2, on the other hand, is composed of newbies in the aquathlon world, with no race experience in an aquathlon or triathlon event. In other words, they wanted to experience what an aquathlon should be. They can do any tactics in swimming as long as they don’t walk in the pool. The event was dubbed as SWAC3, meaning, Sheer Will Aquathlon Cup, 3rd edition.

Before this event, I’ve known quite a number of the participants who, from zero experience in swimming to learning how to eventually swim, trained themselves in preparation for the simulation event. With the finisher’s medal as the motivator, they did prepare well for the occasion. And they had the will to do it inspite the odds. Amazing!

L-R: Birthday celebrant, James, Rico a.k.a. Sheer Will, yours truly, and Que, admin.

I had so much fun watching Wave 2 participants did their best to finish the race. It was also nice to see everybody’s happy faces as each received a finisher’s medal. As for me, I finished it even with zero mileage in swimming. To top it off, I garnered two medals, one for finishing the aquathlon simulation and the especially-made-PIM 42k-medal. I went home so happy with the success of the event. What a night!

Anyway, for a full recap, including race logistics and race results, please read the comprehensive Commissioner’s Race Report at Sheer Will‘s blog.

With that said, I salute runners, swimmers, marshals, cheerers, guests, la la la for a job well done.

Looking forward to SWAC4!

(Photos Courtesy of Doc Marvs a.k.a. Nuttybunny and Carlo a.k.a. Drummersushi)

The Rock Conquered: Aquathlon Challenge

It was a feeling of trepidation for the nth time. Being an aquathlon participant was not part of my plan this year. At some point, I did email the organizer that it was a no-go for me. However, the organizer emailed me back to tell me that registration was extended.

The spirit of camaraderie as well as the support from the group of fellow runners is the reason why I said, “Yes,” for this race. Tough decision, as I had to consider my mileage for swimming—which was a real boo for me. The last swim I had before this race was after the QCIM simulation run, just barely a one-kilometer swim. Not enough for this competition. So I just consoled myself to finish the race no matter what or even if I end up as the last swimmer, it doesn’t matter.

The group met at the Cultural Center of the Philippines terminal. Some friends were already there as early as 5:30AM. We boarded Sun Cruises ship at around ten minutes before 7AM. Inside the ship, I saw quite a number of aquathlon participants. At the far end were AMCI mountaineers who would be staying in the island for their orienteering activity. I couldn’t sleep during the whole trip due to moderately choppy waters. I couldn’t even appreciate what the tour guide was saying. For me, it was one of the longest trips I’ve ever had en route to the island.

We arrived exactly one hour and twenty-five minutes. The water was calm, looked very promising, and not too intimidating. But when we went to the other side, we saw big waves. It was the area where everyone will be competing for the swim. “My, my,” I said to myself.

Participants were given enough time to rest and prepare while race marshals were busy setting up the stage, markers, and water stations. All of us were then asked to fall in line for the body marking. My number was F4. I couldn’t help but remember the famous Taiwanese boy band, F4, who attained popularity in the country sometime in 2003 for their Meteor Garden series.

This is our group photo before the race started. (From left to right: Glen, Pepsi, Rico aka Sheer Will, Running Diva, Jonas, Ellen, Ziggy, and Raff)

What happened next was one of the most unforgettable moments of my life. Here is where I competed with some of the best swimmers and runners. Here is where I had to overcome my fear of the sea. Can you see the hands of swimmers moving like flyingfish?

Here is where I finished my first aquathlon competition. I wanted to write more about the experience but no amount of words can explain what I felt during that day except pure bliss.

It wouldn’t have been made possible if not for the constant prodding of some people who I consider instrumental for my being a participant. Super duper thanks to Rico for the encouragement and support. To Carina who believes that I can do it and, ey, for the photos, too, thank you so much. I hope to see you Carina swimming with us soon. To the many faces of friends in the group like Raff, Glenn, Jonas, James, Ian, and Ellen. Kudos to kababayan Ziggy, the lifeguard, who placed second overall in the competition. How can I thank you guys?

That’s us holding our loot bags after finishing the race . (From left to right: James, Ian, Jonas, Ziggy, Ellen, Raff, Running Diva, Glen, Pepsi, and Sheer Will)

The 1st Corregidor Aquathlon Challenge is a 400m swim, 7km run, 400m swim race coursing through the island dubbed as The Rock and which was held last Saturday, Oct. 10, the day before the 33rd Milo Marathon Finals. It was organized by RunPlus. Below is the map showing the race route.

Corregidor or The Rock, is known for its role during WWII-the brave people behind it and its history. It’s a rock island remarkably shaped like a tadpole and measuring three miles long and 1 ½ miles at its widest point, facing the China Sea and flanked by the provinces of Bataan and Cavite. Corregidor came from the Spanish corregir which means to correct since it was a checkpoint for vessels entering Manila Bay during the Spanish and American occupations.

Corregidor became the headquarters of the Allied Forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. It was from Corregidor that Philippine Pres. Manuel Quezon and MacArthur left for Australia in February leaving behind Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright in command.

At present, Corregidor’s rich history continues to draw Filipinos and foreign tourists alike, making the island one of the most visited tourist spots in the country. In fact, I accompanied foreign visitor friends in the past to visit the site. I was their tour guide during their visit.

For those of you who are planning to conquer The Rock next month, don’t forget to do hill training as the course is more or less a three-kilometer steep uphill run.