Under Armour (UA), the global leader in innovative performance footwear, apparel, and equipment took footwear innovation to the next level. In March, the brand introduced its first-ever 3D printed performance trainer, the UA Architech.
The UA Architech, a 360-degree performance training shoe, featured a functional 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper design resulted to a “super-hybrid” trainer. This performance trainer provided athletes with the ultimate stability and cushioning to take on the most intense workouts, and it travelled all the way to Rio on the feet of elite swimmer, Michael Phelps.
In addition to the state-of-the-art technology and custom color design, Michael’s footwear featured a personal touch to provide an additional source of motivation into the Olympics competition. His three-month old son’s footprint was printed on the insole of the shoe as a personal reminder that Boomer was with him every step and stroke of the way.
The innovative 3D printed midsole of the UA Architech combined with a flow-molded 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper provided athletes not only with a locked-in supportive feel but also a zero distractions experience when it flexed and moved with the foot.
Also, the brand’s unparalleled Charged Cushioning underfoot for responsiveness and comfort, and a thin rubber outsole for traction, and you have UA’s most elite performance trainer.
A new color of the UA Architech will be available as a limited edition offering to consumers this August on UA.com. The shoe, which retails for $299.99, was the first 3D printed performance trainer available to consumers. The first color was available in March and sold out in under 20 minutes.
Under Armour also geared Michael up with a custom pair of the UA Speedform Slingshot Running shoes in a limited edition red, white, and blue colorway that also featured Boomer’s footprint. This innovative running shoe delivers zero distractions with a seamless, zonal compression, 3D knit upper and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. The limited edition color way is available on UA.com.
About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and equipment, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. The Under Armour Connected Fitness™ platform powers the world’s largest digital health and fitness community through a suite of applications: UA Record, MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.
For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.uabiz.com.
About Triple Pte Ltd
Established in 2013, Triple Pte Ltd is a sports and lifestyle retailer which holds the exclusive distribution rights for the Under Armour brand across Southeast Asia. Triple launched the Under Armour operations in Singapore and Philippines in May 2014. It has to date expanded the Under Armour distribution network to cover seven Southeast Asian markets through a combination of 25 brand houses as well as shop in shop and multi-brand wholesale executions.
Whether you’re an athlete, a pregnant mom, or someone who just wants to start a regular exercise, swimming is a great workout to stay in shape and enhance cardiovascular fitness. It’s not too late to start if you don’t know how to yet.
Established in 2014, Streamline Sports Instruction (SSI) envisions providing students quality swim instruction to enhance their skills and eventually achieve desired fitness levels or athletic goals. It caters to people of all ages and skill levels. SSI has expanded its swim instruction to include triathlon coaching and multisport events.
SSI is a synergy of experienced swimmers—Philippine record holders, triathletes, and national water polo players—who only want to share their passion for teaching and the joy of swimming. It adopts swim methodologies from world-renowned swimming institutions such as Austswim, Total Immersion, and World Aquatic Baby Convention integrated in the curriculum of the swimming program.
First swim for infants and toddlers ages one to four years old
Using learning through play, a non-traumatic approach where singing songs, playing games, and using toys is adopted so that it can be fun and enjoyable experience for children. The 30-minute class aims to teach water safety and familiarization skills on buoyancy or treading, dipping their head in the water and holding their breath when submerged, going in and out of the pool safely, and diving and floating on their backs.
Aquanauts: advanced swim program for children
Breath control, buoyancy, and propulsion are what the kids will learn first. Safety and familiarization skills are covered including learning the different swim strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly. The Aquanauts program has the following levels:
Starfish: Water Safety Skills
• relaxed breathing
• proper posture in the water
• dipping head in the water
• floating on the back
Beaver: Propulsion in the Water
• flutter kicks
• floating on back while kicking
• rotation, gliding, and propulsion
Guppy: Introduction to the Long Axis Strokes (Basic freestyle and backstroke)
• catch-up straight-arm freestyle drills with flutter kicks for freestyle
• rotation on the back with arm drills for backstroke
Shark: Long Axis Stroke Refinement
• advanced freestyle drills, with high elbow, proper arm timing and rotation
• advanced back stroke drills, with proper arm timing and rotation
Dolphin: Introduction to the Short Axis Strokes (Breast stroke and butterfly)
• undulation drills (body dolphins) for breaststroke and butterfly
• froggy kicks and pull drills for breaststroke
• arm drills with undulation for butterfly
Race Ready: Swim Squad
It’s all about speed and power through the water without compromising form and efficiency. The children will gain the confidence to perform in a competitive aquatic environment.
Swim-bike-run 101: triathlon workshop for beginners
Basic information on what it takes to finish your first triathlon
• Training principles for swimming, biking and running, and how to integrate this with your day-to-day responsibilities
• The importance of having an efficient swim technique to cover longer distances
• Key information on cycling gear and maintenance, safety, and ideal bike routes for training
• Having an efficient running form to finish strong
• Training and race nutrition
Triathlon training program: quarterly packages for triathletes-in-training
Personalized training program and workout based on athlete’s skill and fitness level, and the race or races the athlete is training for. Periodic assessment is done to track progress. Since the swim is the most challenging and technical discipline among the three, at least two weekly sessions are recommended. The program includes guidelines on training progression, training on tired days, rest days, and missed sessions, description of varying workout intensity levels, and race tips and tactics.
After briefly working as a securities trader, Alvin went on to pursue his love for coaching and teaching children to swim, football, and ultimate Frisbee. For the past seventeen years, he has taught swimming to infants and adults ranging from eight months to 70 years old. He attended various seminars for Total Immersion, Austswim, Red Cross (life-saving), and World Aquatics Babies Convention. He also worked with Total Immersion Philippines teaching in Manila and Hong Kong.
Alvin, being a passionate sportsman, has competed across swimming, archery, and football up to collegiate level. He has competed in Ultimate Frisbee at international level and became the first president of the Philippine Ultimate Association. He has taught the sport in various schools and cities and founded, managed, and coached the Discdevils, one of the first Ultimate Frisbee teams in the country.
Al received his Teacher’s Certificate from Total Immersion USA after being mentored by its founder Terry Laughlin. He subsequently took part in coaching workshops and triathlon camps in the United States as well as in the Asia Pacific. He also trained under fellow Total Immersion coach Shinji Takeuchi in 2013. His coaching practice is both technical and psychological focusing on how a solid connection between mind and body in the water leads to a better stroke. Al began his journey as an athlete in 2000, when he joined the University of the Philippines Triathlon Club. As an active member of the group, he took part in several events and was the youngest participant in the 2002 First Philippine Long-Distance Triathlon (first full Iron distance race in the Philippines—3.8-km swim, 180-km bike, 42-km run) held in Batangas. He then went on to compete in races under the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon garnering medals in his age group, which inspired him towards a coaching career as a swim instructor. He races with REVV Triathlon Team.
Mike started swimming competitively at the De La Salle University (DLSU) under the guidance of Olympian and DLSU Green Tankers coach Guy Concepcion. He made it to the varsity team and eventually became team captain. He then led the swim team to two UAAP championships and won medals both locally and abroad. He continued to participate in various swim events around the country. Recently, he completed the Caramoan (Bicol) Open Sea/Island Hopping Swim Challenge on July 2015 involving a seven-kilometer stretch where he finished second for his age group. He is currently a Registered Financial Consultant, an art hobbyist, and swim coach training students of all ages.
Noy was a competitive swimmer at the age of 10 up to his sophomore year at the Ateneo de Manila University. He competed in various international age-group swim events. He pursued a career in sales and operations, but his passion to teach children and adults of all ages and skill levels prevailed. He has since coached hundreds of triathletes to overcome their fear of the water and become stronger swimmers to accomplish their performance goals. Noy facilitated a number of Total Immersion adult swim workshops both in the country and in Hong Kong. He is currently a competitive endurance athlete racing with Revv Triathlon Team with numerous podium finishes in aquathlons, open water swims, and triathlons under his belt. Most recently, he was the fastest Filipino finisher in the 2015 Ironman in Melbourne, Australia.
“Swimming is for everyone. You can learn at any age and still be good at it with the right teaching approach,” shares Noy Basa, co-founder and head coach of SSI. “We believe in the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle through sports and learning how to swim is a step towards that direction,” ends Basa.
For more information, you can check out the Streamline Sports Instruction Facebook page. SSI provides quality swim instruction at the following venues: Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, and Taguig area. Its address is located at 426 Chateau Verde Condominium, Valle Verde I, Pasig.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.)
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
Here’s another adventure race that offers a unique experience for both endurance and multisport athletes. If you are one of those looking for the NEXT LEVEL kind of a race, then Karera Lakas Pilipinas (KLP) is for you. KLP is an avenue where one can experience various challenges along the race route and get to enjoy the value of fitness at the same time.
Registration and Race Details
Registration has started last June 15. Early bird is until 25 July 2013.
Astig, a 5-km run with 20 obstacle courses. Can be solo 5-km runner and is open to both male/female participants. There’s also a team category called KAPATIRAN under this level.
Bangis, a 15.2km (200-m open water swim, 10-km bike, 5-km run with obstacle course). Solo male/female. The Bayanihan Bangis for team category.
Bayani, for uniformed personnel with two categories: BA – Bayani for Astig and BB – Bayani for Bangis
Top 8 Reasons to be A Lakas Karerista
1. Prior to race day, you can prepare for it by having your training at the Philippine Marine Corps’ fitness park at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
2. You can try riding the marines transportation called M35.
3. A visit to Cavite de Boracay in Ternate, Cavite where the event will be held.
4. You’ll get a finisher’s shirt.
5. And a loot bag, too.
6. Plus, a dog tag!
7. Join the after-race “beach” party.
8. Be part of this epic race.
The Obstacle Courses
1. The Tunnel – runners must climb up and down to get inside the tunnel. Course refusal penalty: NONE
2. 300-m Boulder Maze – runners must walk the natural rock formation course with caution. Penalty: NONE
3. Low Crawl – runners move forward under the wire on their bellies to the end of the obstacle. To reduce the tendency to push the crawling surface, it is filled with sand or sawdust to the far end of the obstacle.
4. Maze – this is a maze of posts set in the ground with irregular and narrow spaces. Participants must pick their way carefully through and around them. Lanes are provided to guide the racers in dodging and changing direction. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
5. Tunnels – these are concrete culverts constructed as part of the obstacle course (900mm in diameter and 10m in length). Four tunnels are provided to accommodate the number of participants. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
6. Wall – participants need to jump and pull themselves up and over the wall. The wall is 1.2m x 2.4m. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
7. Balancing Logs – participants step on a log and either walk or run it while keeping their balance. Penalty: Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
8. Tough Nut – participants would negotiate the course by stepping over each X log in the lane. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
9. Belly Buster – participants vault, jump or climb over the log. The logs are not stationary. They should avoid not rolling or rocking the log while others are negotiating it. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
10. Pendulum Tires – participants will pass through a maze of tires suspended from a structure. Car and truck tires are used alternately. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
11. Weaver – participants have to weave through one bar and over the next. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
12. Reverse Climb – participants have to climb the reverse incline and go down the other side to the ground. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
13. Baby Crawl – participants have to balance themselves on a double rope by pulling themseles vertically using their arms to progress through the course. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
14. Commando Crawl – this time, participants have to balance themselves on a single rope pulling themselves using their arms to progress through the course. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
15. Rope Bridge – participants have to balance themselves in an upright position using the two ropes as a bridge and walking the course as they reach the end part. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
16. Cargo Net – participants climb the net until they reach the very top of the obstacle then go down the other side to the ground. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
17. Gorilla Bars – participants grasp two rungs of te ladder and swing themselves in the air. They need to negotiate the length of the ladder by releasing one hand at a time and swinging forward until they reach the end of the obstacle’s length. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
18. Inclining Wall – participants need to jump and grasp the top of the wal and pull themselves over it. They can either slide or jump down the incline to the ground. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
19. Mud Pit – participants will pass through a mud pit and swim their way out. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
20. River Traverse – participants move forward under a low rail on their bellies to continue on with a run to the coast of the Force Recon Cove and climb a steep uphill towards the road. Penalty: 5 mins. time delay
Safety is of utmost importance! An emergency response team will be on standby. Training for this event is compulsory. All participants must obey traffic rules as there are courses which may pass through the main roads. Participants are enjoined to adhere to the rules and regulations of the challenges to ensure safety.
Funds raised in this event will be used for the Philippine Marines Corps’ various projects such as MARFIT or the Strength and Conditioning Program and for its Wounded Warrior’s Recovery and Reintegration Program.
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
– Race category (AquaInd, Aqua Relay, Mini Aqua, Adv Trail or X-Trail)
– Full name(s)
– 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.
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
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
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.