Although I did my first triathlon in a village that’s still in Metro Manila, almost all my other triathlons I’ve had to drive long distances or fly to. While that’s mostly a function of not having any viable open water swims in Manila (who wants to swim in polluted Manila Bay?!), part of the allure of a triathlon is tackling the swim, bike, and run in an exotic destination race.
I think it’s also the same with marathons; once you’ve done some of the big ones in the Philippines, you start to think about going the distance, but elsewhere in the world. It’s an addictive combo: doing the tourist bit while indulging in your sporting passion.
International races are a bit trickier than if you’re racing just somewhere else in this beautiful country of ours. You’re in unfamiliar environs and the people don’t speak your native language, the currency is different, and the food foreign (naturally!). But I’d like to offer some tips from my own experience the past year to help you enjoy the race you’ve traveled so far to do. Read more