Year-ender Race Report
2013 was indeed a great year for me and my family. I was back in my fitness routine (thanks to coach m@!) after 4 and a half years of being in a sabbatical and tried the corporate arena as a restaurant manager for YellowCab.
My first triathlon race since 2006 was in February 2013, the Subic National Age Group triathlon. There were around 200 plus athletes and I thought to myself, its quite a lot already but I haven’t seen some familiar faces from other tri teams but I saw old highschool classmates and former swimmers also racing. J I placed 1st in my age-group.
2nd race was the Pico Invitational Triathlon. The race started at 2:30pm, most definitely the hottest race I’ve done so far. It was one of the hardest bike legs because of the steep climb going out of Pico. I place 2nd Filipino Elite Female, next to Kim Mangrobang, one of the top triathletes in the country.
3rd race was the Century Tuna 51.50 in Subic. This was a huge race where it attracted professional and age-group triathletes from across the globe. It was actually the biggest race I’ve done (of course, this was before Cebu 70.3) and I was amazed at how the triathlon community here in the Philippines has grown. It was bigger and much more festive than expected. Although I did not have enough training coming into this race, I still believed in myself and won the top spot for the Filipino Female Elite category. I was very happy for this win because my family and some friends came all the way to Subic to support me. Though I was not able to post impressive times, I was still happy with my win.
4th race was the Cebu 70.3 which is definitely the biggest race of the year. I was stoked to have met my teammates Caroline Steffen and David Delllow, both world-class triathletes. It was not one of the best races but I was still glad I held on and finished 2nd Filipino Female elite, next to Sandra Araullo-Gonzales, former silver medallist in SEA Games triathlon. I enjoyed the festive environment in Cebu, it was as if triathletes were celebrities there. The Cebuanos were very hospitable and friendly to all athletes and they cheered on until the run part of the race. This race is definitely one for the books!
My 5th and last race was the Safeguard 51.50 in Subic. The last minute changes in the venue were worth it. It was a challenging race as well because of the winding bike course and the uphill run. I am happy to come in 2nd place in the Filipino Female elite division, next to Claire Adorna, a very strong swimmer and one of the up and coming triathletes in the country.
Aside from these tri races, I’ve actually competed in 2 run races, one indoor duathlon race, and one road race. I must say I am proud of my comeback year and I do hope to improve my performances and join MORE races in 2014.
Special thanks to Alaska, Sunrise events, and Team TBB for the all out support. I would not have achieved all of these if it weren’t for you guys! Thanks Coach M@ and Coach Brett for believing in me. Thanks also to my family and Coach Angelo and Coach Anthony for letting me tri one more time J
Lastly, I would like to thank our Lord, God for giving me the gift of life. Thank you for your constant guidance.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Merry Christmas everyone! Lamon na!