Podcast #10: Daniela Ryf, Ironman World Champion

While I was in Phuket two weeks ago I got a remarkable opportunity to interview the current Ironman European Champion, Ironman 70.3 World Champion, and Ironman World Champion: the one and only Daniela Ryf.


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She was staying at Thanyapura in the build-up to her last race of the year, which is happening this weekend. The Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain is not only a regional championship, but it also serves as the last of the three races comprising the Nasser Bin Hamad Triple Crown. The person who wins all the races in the series would be awarded a special bonus of $1 MILLION, and only Daniela has been able to win the two previous races at Challenge Dubai and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.

With Daniela Ryf, Ironman World Champion
Fangirl mode, ON!


Bataan International Triathlon: “A tough little race”

What a whirlwind of a week it’s been! After about five days in Phuket it was time to come home to the Philippines to race my last triathlon of the year, the Bataan International Triathlon. I missed out on its inaugural edition last year, but glowing reviews plus the presence of three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae tipped the scales in its favor and I knew I wanted to be on the starting line.

I decided to be gentle to my body in this last quarter of the year, opting to do just the Rapido distance: 750-meter swim, 30-kilometer bike, 5.5-kilometer run. That turned out to be a really good decision as even Rinny described the Bataan International Triathlon as “a tough little race” even if she made it look easy over the Largo distance of 1.5-kilometer swim, 50-kilometer bike, and 12-kilometer run.

Bataan International Triathlon
Mirinda Carfrae tackles the hills at the Bataan International Triathlon (photo by Mary Ann Saquing -IC3)


The Laguna Phuket Triathlon 6K Fun Run

Hello again from Phuket! In two days I fly back to Manila and then drive off for this weekend’s Bataan International Triathlon, but yesterday it was nice to revisit my first international race experience at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. (Read my race report from two years ago.)

Because I’ve only just managed to get healthy again, when I was finalizing my trip plans I decided not to sign up for the whole triathlon. Instead, I joined the 6K fun run option, which was nice because I got to partake in the whole race day experience without totally killing myself. Also, I had a score to settle with that run course because last time, I had been unable to run it the way I wanted to.

On to the race experience!

Laguna Phuket 6K Fun Run


The Tri Temple: Your Integrated Multisport Hub

Last Sunday I was invited to the official launch of The Tri Temple. I’ve been following the developments leading to the opening of this new multisport shop because I’m acquainted with the five triathletes who set it up. (It’s a small tri community, of course. Everyone’s friends.) I knew it would have an endless pool. I knew it would have a cycling studio. I knew which brands would have a presence in the store. But of course I wanted to get all the details straight from them.

While there are now many excellent cycling and running shops in my usual haunts in Metro Manila and Laguna, the five founders wanted something more. They wanted an integrated multisport hub where you could not only shop, but also train and build yourself into a better triathlete.

The Tri Temple launch
The Tri Temple

Raoul Floresca welcomed me to the party and revealed one detail about The Tri Temple I hadn’t managed to suss out through my stalking research. (more…)

Triumph Launches Sports Bra Line

When I was in high school I used to wear my regular bras even during Physical Education. This was a job usually reserved for the rattiest, oldest of them because I couldn’t bear having my nice new ones get all sweaty. But this also meant I didn’t get great support as the bras would ride up whenever I raised my arms and would chafe when I bounced up and down.

I’m so happy that there are now sports bras for most women in most sizes. Now that lingerie companies like Triumph are getting in on the action once the sole domain of sportswear companies, we get more options for the kind of fit and support we want. Triumph has been making lingerie since 1886 and the company prides itself on how every stitch and curve of its undergarments fits a woman’s form.

Last Monday I attended Triumph’s launch of their sports bra line with brand ambassador Amy Ahomiro, UAAP volleyball MVP. Not only were we there to peep at the new line, but also to experience it personally by attending a BODYCOMBAT class at Fitness First Platinum Aura with fellow bloggers and fitness fanatics.

Triumph launches sports bra line with Amy Ahomiro
with former colleague Vanessa Agdon

I haven’t done BODYCOMBAT in a very long time but I know that it entails a lot of punching, kicking, jumping, bouncing, and lateral movement. A regular lingerie bra would definitely not hold up under that kind of stress. (more…)