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First Time to Tri and Won

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.

With fellow participants Tri Taft Jerome and Endure teammate Clark
So happy to experience this … seeing those nice bikes! Proud of my bike Luke!

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!”

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Almost reaching transition 2

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.

My love … “running” … woohoo!

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!

Post-race Activities

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!

Smiling ear to ear after receiving my award
Proudly wearing our finisher’s shirts
Race Results

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!

Related article: From sprint tri to Ironman 70.3 finish

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend: Mountain Bike Race, 8-9 Oct. 2016

Endurance Weekend 2016 is an annual mountain bike or MTB race with 24-hour, 12-hour, and 6-hour race categories happening on 8-9 Oct. 2016, Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Rim, Filinvest City in Alabang. 

Race Categories, Registration Fees, and Team Composition

Male and Female Elite (Solo) – 24-hour (P 2,500) | 12-hour  (P 2,000) | 6-hour (P 1,500)

All Male Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500)
Mixed Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500)

24-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 3)
12-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 2)

Age Group (Male Solo Category ONLY)

12-hour category – 29 and below | 30-49 | 50 and above
 6-hour category – 29 and below | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50 and above

  • Gun Start Times

24 hours: October 8, Saturday – 12 Noon
12 hours: October 8, Saturday – 5 PM
  6 hours: October 9, Sunday – 6 AM

  • Course Description, Transition Zone, and Control Point

It is a 6.2-kilometer loop course consisting of single track and asphalt roads marked by the use of directional signs such as arrows, buntings, and traffic cones.  There are sections throughout the course where there are no markings and no decision points either–so just keep riding. At the end of each lap, the course passes through Transition Zone (TZ). 

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Race route

TZ is the only area where you can exit the race course. This is also where teams swap riders and hand over the band. Spectators are not permitted at the TZ.  To make the race easier for everyone, here are some simple rules to remember: a) Walk, walk, walk … there is no riding at the TZ; b) Call out your number to the timing crew to record your lap; c) Help your teammate with the transition; and, d) after you have completed the transition, VERY promptly clear the area and move outside the TZ to catch your breath, have a chat or warm down.

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Participants or teams are allowed to setup their own tents at the expo area. Parking is at the Laguna Heights Drive near Palms Pointe.

There will be at least one control point on the course, which will be manned for 24 hours, with radio contact with the Race Head Quarters, and where race numbers will be checked.   Each rider is given an individual race number and said number must be attached to the seatpost of the bike. In order for your lap to be timed and counted, please ensure that your race number is visible. Do not deface or trim the race number.  Call out your race number to the control point team.  Additional spot checkpoints may be positioned at random locations.

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Race kit distribution will be on October 8, Saturday, starting at 8 AM.

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  • Minimum Number of Laps

All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher.

SOLO: 24 hours: 24 laps | 12 hours: 12 laps | 6 hours: 6 laps
TEAM: 24 hours for teams of three: 8 laps/member | 12 hours for teams of two: 6 laps/member

  • Race Bibs

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REGISTRATION CENTERS

•Epic Cycles
Unit 114 Commercenter Building
Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang

•The Brick Multisport Store
Woodridge Apartments
McKinley Hill, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

•Cycling Zone
Shell Gas Station
Alabang Zapote-Road, Muntinlupa

•Paulina’s Cycle Center
Blue Bay Walk, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

•South Cycle
Suite 104, Greenworld Plaza, President Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

•Storck Store Manila
United Street, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

•John Wilkie Bike Shop
J. P. Rizal Street, Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City, Metro Manila

•Velocipede Bike Shop
Building B Royal Place Mall, Beirut Street, Don Antonio, Quezon City, 1100

•Multisport Hub Nuvali
Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

 

Finisher's medal
Finisher’s medal
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Winner’s medal
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Winner’s medal
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Winner’s medal
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Prizes

For more information, visit Filinvest City’s web site or their Official Facebook Page or email racemechanics@gmail.com for inquiries.

It’s Time to TRI!

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.

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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.

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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!

REGISTRATION is ongoing!