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SuBIT 2014 Reminders and Tips

Only a few more days until SuBIT 2014! Will you be there?

Subic Bay International Triathlon on April 26-27, 2014
Subic Bay International Triathlon

Two weeks ago I bumped into someone who told me she was doing her first triathlon in SuBIT, the age group sprint distance happening on Saturday. I’m racing the standard distance on Sunday but I will be watching and cheering on the Saturday sprint racers, too. It’s a great way to get into triathlon, particularly because SuBIT is an international race so you share the same course as the elites from different countries.

Because the sprint races start and finish at the New Container Terminal, it’ll be easy to watch the swim, the bike out and in, and the finish. If you’re in Subic early on Saturday morning or if you’ll be there from Friday night onwards, I highly encourage catching the Saturday races. The teen mini-sprint and elite junior sprint are hotly contested and truly inspiring because these are the future of triathlon in the Philippines and Asia. (Plus, these kids are so fast they make me feel like a snail!) Also don’t miss the paratriathlon if you really want to see grit, determination, and guts. :)

Here are a few reminders to make your SuBIT 2014 race experience smoother and more enjoyable.
SuBIT 2014 Start List
SuBIT 2014 Event Schedule

Race Maps
Swimminisprint, sprint, standard
Bikeminisprint, sprint, standard
Runminisprint, sprint, standard

Swim start and T1 are at New Container Terminal. To get there, go on Argonaut Highway and head toward Dungaree Beach. You will go up and left onto San Bernardo Road, which goes past airport hangars. Turn right at the junction and keep driving past Dungaree and All Hands Beach. (It’s a roundabout way to get to NCT, but the more direct route from the intersection of Argonaut and Tarlac Road will be closed on April 26 and 27.)

Standard distance T2 will be at Harbor Point Mall. You may deposit T2 bags at the race expo on Saturday, but the better way to do it would be to get up a little earlier on Sunday morning to put your T2 stuff (running shoes, visor, nutrition) into your transition box yourself. Rack your bike and put your bike stuff (helmet, shoes, race belt with bib number) at T1 at NCT.

For participants, there will be a complimentary pasta/carboloading dinner the night before your race, and a complimentary brunch after your race. Additional meal tickets for companions may be purchased.

Race admin central and expo will be at the Travelers Hotel. Please attend your designated race briefing so that if you have any questions about the routes and the conduct of the race itself, you can bring it up. It’s really important especially if you haven’t had time to recon the course. You don’t want your finish time to be invalidated because you missed a loop on the bike or the run. :)

Best spots to observe the standard distance race are the swim finish/T1 area in NCT, the junction from NCT to Argonaut (participants on the bike will pass 5 times), and the corner of Labitan Street and Dewey Avenue (participants running will pass 6 times). Traffic on the bike course will be controlled but can’t be closed.

It’s going to be a hot weekend, so if you’re observing and supporting, keep a bottle of water close by and stay in the shade as much as possible.

If you’re racing, I’ll see you at the starting line and at the finish. Have a good one!

Blog Training Triathlon

The Long Ride

I thought training for a half-ironman was tough… But going for the full iron distance takes it to a different level altogether. Considering I confirmed my slot at Challenge Roth quite late, I’ve been playing catch-up scrambling for all the extra mileage I can.

A full ironman is a 3.8-kilometer swim followed by a 180-kilometer bike ride and ends with a marathon. I’ve done a marathon, so I know what one feels like physically and mentally — but to do one after a long, long day swimming and biking is something else! The other distances are foreign to me as well, so during Holy Week I set out to increase my swim and bike mileage just to see what it feels like.

On Wednesday I didn’t quite hit 3.8 kilometers, but 3.2 kilometers was plenty especially in a 25-meter pool! (That’s 128 lengths. I was an aquatic hamster!)

On Maundy Thursday I hit Nuvali for a planned 100 kilometers, but cut out after 80 because I wasn’t feeling it. No, this would not do at all. After consulting with Joel on what he did to prepare for his planned ironman at Bohol 226 last year, I made a decision: Saturday would be the day I would complete 180 kilometers on the bike. I didn’t care how long it would take me, but I would finish it.

180-kilometer Bike Ride
my Mako, trusty companion on my long solo rides

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Blog Contests

Challenge Philippines Contest Winners

The day is here when we all find out who’s coming with me to Challenge Philippines 2015! Thank you all for participating in the contest. I used RandomPicker to choose the winners (one male, one female) to ensure impartiality of results.


As part of the mechanics I asked participants to post on my Facebook Page wall answering the question, “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines?” There’s actually no right or wrong answer, but they were all nonetheless entertaining and inspiring. Here are some of my favorite responses:
Enrique Lorenzo San Agustin wrote: “I want to join the best half ironman race to date… I race all year and Challenge Philippines is indeed the toughest and most fulfilling accomplishment yet.”

Miko Sabado wrote: “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines 2015?” “To serve as a model for others, show what is truly possible in life and to rak en rol.”

Matthew Velmonte wrote: “Why do I want to join Challenge Philippines? To embrace the suck! Macca style.”

Tim Ford wrote: “I want to race Challenge Phillipines because I love Challenge events. I love riding and the challenging course sounds incredible. And I want to crush Noelle De Guzman.”

Oh, Tim. You know you can crush me in all three disciplines. ;)

Drum roll, please! Announcing the winners of complimentary entry to Challenge Philippines 2015: Read more »

Blog FYI

Can Running Make Your Life Shorter?

Yesterday someone gave me a heads-up on a News 5 story that aired on Saturday. In this clip, reporter (and head of TV5′s news and public affairs) Luchi Cruz-Valdes reveals the shocker that couch potatoes and high-mileage runners had shorter life expectancies than those who ran moderately. OK guys, time to throw away my running shoes!

…Of course I’m kidding. The problem with television is that airtime is expensive, and so unless the show is really meant to delve into all sides of a story, coverage will be shallow just like in the clip. Read more »

Blog Contests Race Info Triathlon

CONTEST: Join Me at Challenge Philippines 2015!

The moment I crossed the finish line at Challenge Philippines, I asked myself whether I wanted to do it all again: that swim against two currents, the hilly bike course that left even the pros cussing, the unexpectedly gruelling run. At the finish line, the answer was “Ask me in a week.”

Challenge Philippines on 21 February 2015
Challenge Philippines on 21 February 2015

Triathletes have a short memory, it seems — yes we remember that we had a tough time, but we quickly forget how physically demanding races are and the depth of the pain. Well we forget it just in time to register, which is what I did this morning.

registration complete
Here we go again!

One of the things I was very thankful for at Challenge Philippines was the massive support not just from the event and the cities involved and my Team Endure and my parents, but also from my fellow participants. Shared suffering (hahaha!) bonds people together, and the encouragement we got from and gave to each other pushed many of us across that finish line.

Come do Challenge Philippines with me! The early bird fee is $225 for individual and $275 for relay until April 23, 2014. (If you’re a participant from this year’s edition, you get a discount.) There’s also a Buy 10, Get 1 Free group registration: when you register as individual participants in groups of 11, the 11th person is free of charge or you can simply share the savings among the group. Register now by clicking here.

Challenge Philippines 2015

As part of my plan to get as many people to join me at Challenge Philippines 2015 as possible, I have COMPLIMENTARY ENTRIES to the race which I am raffling away to lucky contestants (one male, one female)! Check out the mechanics: Read more »

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