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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!”

Bikes! More bikes!
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

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!

Weiss Targets Xterra Albay Repeat

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.

Inaugural Regent 5150 Triathlon, 7 June 2015

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.

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Presscon of the inaugural #regent5150ph #regent5150triathlon happening on 7 June 2015 at Subic Bay. SBMA director Raul Marcelo, Regent marketing head Jen See, and chairman and CEO of Sunrise Events Fred Uytengsu answer questions from media people during the Q & A portion at Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City.

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.

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Sunrise Events CEO Fred Uytengsu announces the #regent5150triathlon

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. 

For more details, please visit Regent 5150 Philippines.