I raced this event as my first triathlon (tri) back in June 2016; and by complete surprise, landed third place in age group! The inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 was a 750m open water swim + 20km bike + 5-km run, a side event of Regent 5150 Triathlon sponsored by Regent Foods Corporation and was hosted in Subic Bay, Zambales.
I had been eyeing the Cobra 70.3 IRONMAN in Cebu 2016 so this sprint tri was never part of my preparation and repertoire prior to the big day in August. But two of my Endure teammates, Raffy and Clark, including Jerome, a Tri Taft member and good friend, encouraged me to register for a sprint tri so I could experience triathlon firsthand and familiarize myself, especially, at transition points considered crucial links in the outcome of a tri race. Their efforts were not put in vain.
Made a few new friends as well and saw old ones during race kit claiming. After I checked in my equipment and had myself body numbered, I walked around at the expo and immersed myself in the excitement and nerves before race day. Later in the afternoon, it was a total cool experience seeing a sea of nice bikes during the mandatory check-in at the transition area. The group decided to forgo attending race briefing and opted to go back to the hotel and get an early night instead in preparation for next day’s event.
Before the race started, as I was heading towards the beach area, I chanced to walk and chat with professional IRONMAN triathlete Dimity Lee-Duke of Australia who raced the standard distance. I asked her if she ever get nervous before every race. She was kind enough to answer the question by sharing her own experience as a beginner triathlete, and gave me these encouraging words, “Give your best. Fear is natural but you have to conquer it. Just have fun!”
While waiting for our wave start (all women), I’ve never been more nervous in my life than seeing the 750-meter rectangular course. The sprint swim course started at the ACEA beach following a counter clockwise flow. It was far too nerve-wracking for someone who transitioned from training in a pool to racing in open water after such long years and swim in a “washing machine” or in a pack of a more experienced triathletes. Well, the distance looked longer than in the pool and the buoys were too far! I had no choice but to meet the challenge head on. The countdown began with ten seconds to go and then we were off. Trust your training was my last thought before plunging into the water.
Swimming in a pack can get a little rough when you could be hit by swinging arms and kicking feet or climbed over by faster swimmers, which made it difficult to race at your best sometimes. At the start of the swim, it was like we were one large school of fish trapped in fishing net, swimming about, seemingly trying to escape. By the time I reached the first buoy, that moment felt like I had been overtaken by everyone and so I felt the need to strategize. I stopped for a few seconds to tread water and sight. I even managed to shout jokingly, “Ang lapad-lapad ng dagat nagsisikipan tayo!” Of course, no one was paying attention to what I said because most were swimming frantically in an endeavor to reach the shoreline and finish ahead of the cut-off time. Towards the end of the lap, I had settled into a rhythm and swimming like it was one typical Sunday morning. I tried as much to slash seconds off my race time by doing a quick change gear at transition 1.
The bike course was relatively flat with slight ups and downs but no major climbs to worry about. A major section of the race took place at the airport runway. It was a bit too windy that day. Bike leg ended in Remy Field where transition 2 was located. All I could recall during the bike leg was I was trying to move at a speedy and steady pace, pedaling to catch up and overtake other cyclists to compensate for time consumed during the swim. Just wanted cycling done and over with so I could finally do the run. It was a glorious day for a triathlon with the sun shining bright. A number of standard and sprint distance participants were already running by the time I reached transition 2. Running off the bike can be uncomfortable. It was for me, initially. My legs so heavy and I felt a little discomfort. It took ten to fifteen minutes before things started to feel right. The sides of the street were lined with spectators who cheered and shouted to say the names of their friends or family. I only made a quick stop at the aid station near the turnaround point and kept going for the last few kilometers to the finish. A foreigner guy was clapping his hands and cheering for me as I neared the finish line. Saw the finish line arch, crossed it, and then it was over. I completed my first tri!
We stayed a few hours to wait for the others to join us, went for food, claimed our bikes and walked back to our hotel to pack and rest. I was taking a shower when Endure teammates Clark and Raffy excitedly shouted from outside that I won. Inside the bathroom, I was wondering how they could know about it so quickly. They even knocked on the door asking me to finish real fast and go back to the venue ASAP. Another teammate Dido also won in his age group. Fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner of Sunrise Events also sent me a message that I won. By the time we reached the venue, my name was already called and I was not able to go up on the podium to accept my award. Never really expected that I would win (finishing 3rd in age group) that day!
Race results showed I was second-to-last to exit the water or 9th out of 10 competitors in my age group. I finished the 20-km bike in a little over an hour (1:06:47) and finished my run in 33:10 minutes. I placed 29th out of 69 female participants and 137th overall out 236 sprint participants. For a first-time “triathlete” … not bad at all! I owed this win to my Endure teammates and “Team Ninja” for their support and encouragement. Most importantly, to Him who made this possible. This race will be forever etched in my memories as one of my best tri races! Congratulations to all finishers and winners of this race. Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and community for such a top notch race! Till next time!
Century Tuna’s Superbods: The Underpants Run returns for the third time! Happening on March 11 at 9:30 AM, the fun run kicks off at Subic Bay Yacht Club to take runners through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the renowned Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna continues its own local fun tradition with the Superbods Underpants Run. Started as a pre-race activity for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 back in 2015, it has since then made headlines when it brought some of the world’s super athletes racing alongside superbods finalists and raised funds for a cause.
This year, Century Tuna invites everyone to come to Subic Bay as it opens the race to anyone who wishes to showcase their superbod fitness. Individual runners get a chance to win P 15,000 while groups of four can vie for the P 20,000 prize. Century Tuna will also be giving away P 15,000 to the individual and P 20,000 to the group with the most inspired costume. Loot bags with tons of exciting freebies, and finisher shirts are up for grabs for the first 150 finishers.
Interested to join Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run? Register for free at the Century Tuna Booth at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center on March 10 and at the Subic Bay Yacht Club on March 11.
7 September 2016—Today marks one month since Cobra IRONMAN (IM) 70.3 in Cebu, and the event is still fresh in my mind. I tried to write about it these last few weeks and even promised myself to finish it ASAP, but being creative can also be difficult and challenging at times.
My recent stint in triathlon (tri), to other tri friends, came as a bit of a surprise. I was surprised myself. My initiation to open-water racing happened in 2009 during an aquathlon 400m swim-7K run-400m swim event in Corregidor. Fast forward seven years in June 2016, and I just completed my first sprint tri—the inaugural S2 Sprint Triathlon 750m open water swim-20K bike-5K run, a side event of Regent 5150 Triathlon in Subic Bay, Zambales. It was to just experience transition, open water swimming again, and have a good time. Never expected it would end up as a podium finish ranking third in my age group. Big thanks to my Endure Multisport teammates Raffy, Clark, and Dido including TriTaft member and good friend Jerome for encouraging me to register for a sprint tri. Their valiant efforts egged me to go out and try it to familiarize myself especially at transition points where change from one discipline to another is crucial for tri success.
What Triggered My Getting Into Tri?
Here are my reasons. First, I only wished for a simple folding bike to use around town for errands, city touring or perhaps commuting or appointments. However, my friend Maui offered her road bike for sale. It was delivered at my doorstep on a Chinese New Year so my friend Maui named “my” bike Lucky, nicknamed Luke. My first road racing happened during the Alaska Cycling Philippines. Having my own road bike, finally, made me want to try a tri race. Second, this tri was long overdue. Obviously, the love for running took precedence over biking or tri these past years. I just picked up where I left off then. I have joined multisport events from 2009 until 2014, mostly aquathlon or SwimRun events where, luckily, I also had some podium finishes. Third, the advert about the upcoming Asia Pacific Championship really sparked my interest. IM 70.3 posed a new challenge for the serious recreational athlete in me.
Last year, I have asked myself many times, “When are you going to do it?” And my answer was, “It’s now or never.” The NOW was signing up for Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Philippines Presented by Ford tri event in October 2015.
How Did I Prepare for IM 70.3?
The first thing I did was unlearning what I have learned years before, and relearn a new stroke to improve my swimming technique. It was a struggle at first, but over time it made the swim seemed effortless, while at the same time enjoyable. Meanwhile, a teammate shared the training program he used during his IM 70.3 preparations. Another experienced athlete shared her expertise and proposed another training plan to compliment what I had. After comparing both, I decided to tweak the two programs based on my current level of fitness.
I have also included extra activities and workouts—more swimming time, completing essential bike accessories, joining races tailored fit to endurance training such as The North Face 100K Trail Run, Salomon X-Trail Pilipinas, some half marathon races, attending a cycling class, and learning the ropes of biking from identifying parts, bike handling, road safety, gear shifting, using bike shoes and cleats to having a bike fit prior to start of an Eighteen-week Plan for my IM 70.3 training. I had to be more careful during my workouts after suffering bike crash related injury during the initial stage of my training. The program commenced in March 2016, peaked in weeks 13-16, and tapered during weeks 17-18 before the big day.
I have maintained a journal to daily record my progress and track my workouts. Training would start as early as 5:30 AM for my swim and as late as 11 PM for my bike and run on weekdays while on an eight-hour day job. I joined ride outs as well, more for endurance and to get comfortable conquering hills and practice gear shifting. Venues for these workouts vary.
Weekends were used to do either a three to four-hour cycling or long slow distance (LSD) even if it was raining. Early this year, together with teammates Clark, Noelle and Marga, we practiced sighting drills and swim start-exit techniques in one of the resorts in Subic Bay. And, exactly two weeks prior to Race Day, I joined a two-kilometer swim at the Open Water Challenge event in Punta Fuego, Nasugbu, Batangas. With much thanks for the support and compliments from former teammate Hanna Sanchez of SwimFit. Not all days though were spent to do workouts. I made sure that some of the activities did not overshadow my weekly exercises by including cross-training and rest days to balance the demand of my workouts.
How was the Competition?
Overall, it was a remarkable experience being it my first IM 70.3 distance and one for the books I would say. It was not easy since Cobra IM 70.3 Cebu is considered as the toughest tri event in the country. The remaining weeks leading up to race day brought stress and anxiety. I think I have cried a couple of times while thinking of the magnitude of this race. My only solace was looking at everything through the eyes of faith and grateful to persons who showed support and encouragement.
With almost 3,000 registered participants, it made the race more challenging especially in the swim part. Each athlete was given only 70 minutes or one hour and ten minutes to complete the 1.9-kilometer swim. This is a standard rule. Otherwise, race marshals would not allow the athlete to continue with the BikeRun part and be declared as either disqualified or did not finish. I seeded myself in the back or in the wave of my predicted finish time and waited for the race to begin. I was feeling a bit scared when the pros were started. I believe I battled the same nerves as everyone else at the starting line.
While the sea showcased spectacular scenery, the swim was a bit rough with waves pushing swimmers into each other. I was hit in the face and felt as if my goggles were going to push my eyeballs out of its sockets. Sea lice stung my upper lip. I saw an orange starfish floating. I was kicked a number of times, and at one point, pushed by someone under the water. Thankfully, I didn’t panic when it happened. It did not even deter me to keep on moving. Plus seeing a couple of divers in the deep end was a huge comfort. As it turned out, I had an excellent and breakthrough swim—just within the goal I set for myself.
In the cycle leg, I did say to my bike, “This is your time to shine. No flat tyre, please. Let’s do this!” Crazy as it may sound, I talk to to my bike as if it’s a living entity everytime we go for a ride. The scenery towards Talisay City was quite nice and the headwinds certainly slowed me down. A headwind would significantly increase your pedaling effort and affect your cycling time. Think of it as a form of hill climbing at slower speed. In my case, I had to get down and used my drop bar to get into an aero riding position since I didn’t train using aero bars. At times, I could feel my bike rattled by crosswinds. The tailwinds, however, made up for a fast and strong ride back. Climbing the MarceloFernan Bridge highlighted my biking experience in Cebu. Looking ahead, I saw some bikers walked their bikes up the steep bridge. As I was about to ascend, I told my bike, “No way would I walk that bridge. We trained for this. We can do this, Luke!” I experienced headwinds again as I slowly pedaled my way up Fernan Bridge past another biker who was massaging his leg cramp by the side of the bridge road . Cruising down the bridge, I almost forgot about the sharp downward turn at the end of it. Thankfully, I managed the bike break well and completed the 90-kilometer bike course without any mishaps—no flat tyre or crash.
The whole time I was biking on my way back to the transition area, having no idea how fast or slow I was going or what distance I was travelling since my odometer did not function plus I didn’t wear my GPS watch, it was a bike by feel motion. Also, not seeing any of the fast bikers along the route, I was entertaining these thoughts, “I would probably be stopped by race marshals at the transition area and they would tell me not to proceed with the run.” But to my surprise, as I reached the transition area, the marshals were shouting, “Go, go, go Ma’am, you have enough time to run!” It was, to my estimate, almost noon by the time I was dismounting from my bike to park and to quickly change into my running gear, I could not just start running because leg muscles were still in bike mode.
The sun was high in the sky and it was a humid and a hot twenty one-kilometer run made up of two loops on a flat terrain of mixed asphalt and concrete roads before finishing. I did a power walk in the next two or three kilometers. I had to slow down as I felt the cramp coming on. At the hydration station, I asked for ice to treat my quads. After this was done, I knew I could now run slowly. Seeing Team Boring Jet (thanks Jet for the words of encouragement) and Endure teammates Ziggy and Noelle at the race course cheering and encouraging the runners, I had no choice but to run. Besides my bib’s name was telling me “silently” to run no matter what! Then it rained suddenly. After a few minutes, the sun shone bright again.
I pushed myself to run steadily the last final kilometers and managed to pass a few runners heading towards the finish line. Teammate Noelle was telling me that emcees have just announced cut-off time. Organizing team member, a foreigner, was clapping his hands, “Don’t stop. Just keep on running. You’re almost there!” A few kilometers to go then I heard my chip beeped as I crossed the timing mat. I looked ahead while running towards the finish arch and was almost overwhelmed with emotion again by the excitement of spectators and some friends watching who cheered. I saw some of them running towards the side of the finish arch shouting my moniker and name. Super thanks Mike Miras aka Mananakbo Ako, newfound friend Martin, and Endure teammate Tracy for the cheers! Big thanks to my good friend and former classmate Meggy who couldn’t be there yet still tracked my race log and progress online.
Incredible experience upon hearing my name announced by event host Chiqui, and finally passing under the IRONMAN finish arch in 8 hours 5 minutes 17 seconds! I raised my arms in victory, looked to the sky to give thanks, dropped to my knees, and kissed the ground for finishing the race unscathed before accepting the iron heart finisher’s medal.
Congratulations to all finishers and winners and the organizing team of this year’s Cobra Energy Drink IM 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Philippines Presented by Ford!
Believe in yourself. Take on challenges. Dig deep to conquer your fears. Nothing is impossible if you keep a positive mindset and put your heart into it. That being said, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks to all wonderful people who supported me so I can successfully complete my first IM 70.3 tri race.
Special shout-out to swimmate and choirmate Jez Derramas for facilitating the registration process; swim coaches Bernard San Juan and Brian for the swimming lessons and drills; coach John Lozada for my running drills and workouts; Mabelle Lozada for accompanying me during my oval or park running workouts; fellow Happy Feet and now Greenhills Tri Team member James Rosca who helped me with my bike needs; teammates Ziggy and Noelle for tri tips, and for the cheer during the race; TriTaft friend Jerome and swimmate Ilyfish for facilitating the airfare booking; Team Gotta Mark Hernandez for the bike bag; my fellow participants/former classmates Manny Hermoso and Jerome Salvador who finished strong in this race; Primo Cycles Bike Shop owner Glenn Colendrino for my bike fit and bike maintenance; Share the Road advocate Pat Joson for conducting a Cycling 101 session; Mike Miras for sharing his tri experience as well as recommending bike accessories to keep; Ziggy, Raffy, Jerome, and Clark for accompanying me in my tri journey; Jemai for designing the Endure participants send-off poster; coach Andy Leuterio of Maximus Cycling Cafe for additional tri tips and cake treat; Cristy’s Bike Shop for my other bike needs/accessories; bike mechanic Ricky, JR, and Jeff of Primo Cycles for the assistance with a smile; fellow running bloggers Franc, Jared, Banjo, Vimz, and Bee for the support; my colleagues and bosses for supporting this endeavor; F.O.M. Choir; Endure team; and, my family (nieces Kating and Janiel), and friends.
About IM 70.3 Cebu
Hailed as the Hollywood of Triathlon, the province of Cebu hosted the Cobra Energy Drink IM 70.3 Philippines for the past four years. Race venue was at Shangri- La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
Cobra Energy Drink IM 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Philippines Presented by Ford was held in the country outside New Zealand and Australia, a first time for the Philippines. Almost 3,000 or 2,978 slots to be exact for 2016 were sold out in just 28 minutes when online registration opened in 2015, and still with 400 hundred people in the waitlist. Almost 3,000 athletes from 43 countries represented all over the world, pro and elite triathletes competed for the $75,000 grand prize plus 50 age group qualifying slots for the 2017 IM 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
IM 70.3 triathlon is a continuous endurance challenge which involved three disciplines in one event—1.9K swim, 90Km bike, 21K run with cut-off time of 8 hours and 30 minutes. IM 70.3 (70.3 miles = 113.1369K) is only half of the distance of a full IRONMAN.
If you are a beginner wanting to immerse into triathlon (tri) racing for the first time, a tri enthusiast who wants to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or a tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is raring to make a comeback, the Sunrise Sprint (S2) is a short distance tri race series featuring a 750-meter open water swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, and 5-kilometer run.
Launching on June 5 as side event for Regent 5150 Triathlon in Subic Bay, S2 is the short distance race that will give that fun and friendly racing experience, which can be found in every Sunrise brand of tri racing, but with lesser challenges than its longer distance race predecessors.
Limited slots available. Athlete must be at least 15 years old by December 31 of the race year to be eligible for this race. There has never been a better time to TRI but NOW!
The second edition of the Superbods: the Underpants Run kicks off Century Tuna’s Ironman 70.3 next weekend in one of the region’s desired triathlon destinations, Subic Bay. Running among the world’s top athletes will be the country’s superbods finalists–all for a cause.
Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna is continuing the Superbods Underpants Run which started last year to cultivate a fun local tradition that also gives back to the community.
This pre-race activity, which made last year’s headlines, is open to all participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3. The fun run will raise over US$ 2,000 to support the National Greening Program of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Ecology Center. Two pairs of winners (foreign and local) are selected to bring home the coveted prizes: Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Superbods Award and US$ 500 each.
The Underpants Run will start at 9:30 AM from Subic Bay Yacht Club and will take participants through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. “We are all excited about the return of this year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon as it further strengthens our vision to help Filipinos live healthy. We also hope to cement new traditions like the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run that people will anticipate for years to come,” said Greg Banzon, Century Canning Corp. general manager.
Defending champion Bradley Weiss seeks to dish out another explosive performance around majestic Mayon Volcano as he banners a stellar field in the XTERRA Albay 2016 on February 7 in Albay.
Weiss won gold last year when the prestigious off-road triathlon race had its maiden run in Albay with the South African ace determined to set another podium for himself with the world’s most perfect cone as backdrop.
Out to foil Weiss’ bid are 2015 male pro third-placer Ben Allen of Australia, 2015 fourth placer Brodie Gardner also of Australia, Charlie Epperson of Guam, Joseph Miller of the Philippines and Michal Bucek of Slovakia who are all returning to Albay.
The women’s pro crown is up for grabs with 2015 winner and world titlist Flora Duffy from Bermuda has opted to skip this year’s event to concentrate on her campaign at the Rio Olympics.
Runner-up Australian Jacqui Slack and third placer Australian Dimity Lee Duke head the contenders in the distaff side along with Mieko Carey of Guam, who placed fourth last time.
Pros Lizzie Orchard, Taylor Charlton, Cameron O’Neal, and Hsieh Chung Sing are making their debut in the 2016 edition of XTERRA Albay.
The 1.5-kilometer swim starts in the shores of Lidong in Mayon Rivera where the water is calm and deep and the sands are black.
The 35-kilometer bike course features wide and open trails and provides breathtaking view of Mayon. It is a single loop point to point race passing through fire roads, grass roads, sands and rocky trails.
The 10-kilometer run follows the ATV route in Mayon passing through rocky and sandy areas, river bed, and grasslands with the finish line set at the famous Cagsawa Ruins.
XTERRA Albay 2016 is organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by official venue partners Province of Albay, City of Legaspi, Municipality of Daraga, Bayan ng Sto. Domingo; official courier and logistics partner 2Go Express; Cetaphil; Columbia; Finisher Pix; Shotz Sports Nutrition; Timex; David’s Salon; Department of Tourism + Tourism and Promotions Board; and, media partner The Philippine Star.
Leading manufacturing company Regent Foods joins the triathlon community as it stages the inaugural Regent 5150 Triathlon on June 7 at Subic Bay with top Aussie pros Casey Munro, Justin Granger, Clayton Fettell, Belinda Granger, Dimity Lee-Duke and Thai Carol Fuchs lead the foreign entries in the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run events which serve as Regent’s response to multisport enthusiasts who like to do a short distance yet challenging race in a world-class stage.
“In our aim to supportchanging lifestyles and needs, Regent Foods focuses in promoting a balanced routine through our participation in fun run events. Over the past years, we have seen triathlon evolved into a fast-growing sport. We are truly proud to be part in supporting the community with the Regent 5150 event,” said Ricky See. Joining this challenge are local elite triathletes Banjo Norte, Jenny Rose Guerrero, LC Langit and celebrity triathletes Kim Atienza, Matteo Guidicelli, Victor Basa and Onemig Bondoc.
The Regent 5150 Triathlon is a tune-up event for Cobra Ironman 70.3 in Cebu in August featuring a 1.5K one loop, rectangular, clockwise swim at Subic Bay Boardwalk, 40K point-to-point bike ride to the Subic International Airport heading to IDESS up to Tarlac Road and back to Transition 2 at Remy Field.
The 10K run starts from Transition 2, Remy Field towards the first turnaround at Dewey Avenue and heads back to Remy Field then to Rizal Highway entering Argonaut Highway for the second turnaround then back to Remy Field.
“We commend Regent Foods for joining the growing list of backers of this popular three-sport athletic competition. With a talent-laden international feed, we expect a world-class competition since it serves as a fitting tune-up for those competing in the upcoming Ironman,” according to president of Sunrise Events, Wilfred Uytengsu. Sunrise Events also handles the Ironman, Ironkids, and the Safeguard 5150 Triathlon.
Athlete registration, race kit claiming, and race briefing will be held on June 5 and 6. The two-day pre-event is supported by 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), Sante Barley, Newton Running, PLDT, TYR, Coca Cola Femsa, Garmin, David’s Salon, Shotz, Smart, Pioneer Insurance, The Philippine Star, Multisport Magazine, lntercare, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, and Subic Bay.
Inaugural Century Tuna half-ironman triathlon or Ironman 70.3 adds excitement and will soon be part of a triathlete’s calendar
Three years since Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon, Century Tuna once again raises the bar by staging for the first time the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon event on 8 March 2015 in Subic Bay. Over 20 professionals of various nationalities are expected to join the half-ironman distance triathlon aka Ironman 70.3 including three-time Ironman World Champion and two-time Ironman 70.3 World Champion Craig Alexander, superstars Luke McKenzie and Caroline Steffen. Subic Bay is chosen as an ideal avenue for this triathlon event due to its accessibility plus the terrain is perfect for the swim, bike and run stages.
The course includes a 1.9-km swim, which starts and ends at Sands of Triboa via the Subic Bay Airport to Transition 1. A 90-km bike ride, which starts on the runway to Argonaut Highway to Rizal Highway toSubic-Tipo Expressway, and all the way to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expessway or SCTEX. Participants then take a U-turn upon reaching Florida Blanca Interchange and head back to Transition 2 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. The race culminates with a 21-km run to the finish line.
To top it off, the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 in Subic Bay, Philippines will serve as a qualifying race for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. Thirty age-group qualifying slots are at stake including the $ 15,000 prize purse for the event. The event will be staged in four days from 5 March 2015 to 8 May 2015.
On February 18, Wednesday, the upcoming triathlon was launched with a bang at the New World Hotel in Makati attended no less by triathletes, sponsors, and media people. It presented the best runway looks for triathlon clothing and gear, and culminated with a short Q&A session on the Ironman 70.3 event.
The Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon is produced and organized by Sunrise Events, and made possible through the support of sponsors and partners: Vita Coco, Gatorade, 2Go Express, Saucony, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Manila North Tollways Corp., North Luzon Expressway, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Philippines Star, Endurance Magazine, Century Bangus, Sante Barley, Prudential Guarantee, Department of Tourism, Tourism and Promotions Board of the Phlippines, Timex, Communications, PLDT Subictel, Intercare, FinisherPix, Shotz, Devant and Belo Sikin Care.
For more details, please visit www.century pacific.com.ph or www.ironman703subicbay.com.
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
The Philippine Marine Corps, together with the Lakas Pilipinas Team, is organizing an event dubbed as KareraLakas Pilipinas with the theme Tibay ng Marino, Lakas ng Pilipino happening on August 25 this year.Karera Lakas Pilipinas coincides with National Heroes Day. It will be held at the Philippine Marine Corps Camp Gen. Gregorio Lim Marine Base in Ternate, Cavite, and a first time for the Philippine Marine Corps to open their training grounds to the public. Fitness is a great equalizer—both military and civilian need to be fit to have a balanced and productive life.This is what the race is all about.
Astig – 5km run + 20 obstacle courses
Bangis – 200m open water swim + 10km bike + 5km run + obstacle course
Bayani – Special category for uniformed personnel (Coast Guard, PNP, BJMP, Cadets of PMA, MAAP, PNPA, among others
Early bird registration was extended until 31 July 2013. For big groups, “Register 10, Get 1 Free” was offered by the organizer
Magsaysay Stree, University of the Philippines Campus
Diliman, Quezon City
For inquiries and other details, you may contact
Stephen Cabanlet Lt Col PN (M)
Marine Corps Special Service Officer
Proceeds from this event will go to the Strength and Conditioning (also called MARFIT) and the Wounded Warrior’s Recovery and Reintegration Programs of the Marine Corps. The Marines have been the subtle pillars of the country since time immemorial. They silently perform task without reservation and regard of their own lives. A serendipitous and unsung hero of our country is hoping for your support.