Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2016

This year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay was the first time I have not been on the starting list of a half-ironman race in the Philippines since 2011 when I joined a relay team for Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Camarines Sur. With radically different goals for this year, I’ve decided to sit out the two Ironman 70.3 races in the country.

Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2016
It was still off to Subic for me!

That doesn’t mean I want to be completely absent; I love triathlon and I love following the sport. In particular I think the Philippine triathlon scene is as warm as our weather. *wink*

At the same time, I have been whining about the poor worldwide official media coverage for professional women. I met Stef Hanson, the editor-in-chief of Witsup.com, at Challenge Roth last year. Witsup stands for “Women In Triathlon. ‘Sup?” It’s a portal covering all things women in triathlon, aiming to boost the profiles of women in the sport and introduce triathlon to more women. We have been following each other on Twitter for some time now, and I offered to do a write-up of the Ironman 70.3 Philippines for them last year.

After the dismal coverage Ironman did for the professional women at Ironman 70.3 Dubai, I shot Stef an email proposing I do some supplemental reporting on the women at Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. With many thanks to Century Tuna, Ogilvy, and Sunrise Events, we secured a media pass so I could be at the race on “official business.” I drove up to Subic with Roselle of Runningdiva.PH to cover the race.

But the first stop that weekend was the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run. Continue reading “Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2016”

What You Need to Know before Your First Ironman

If you had asked me when I started on this triathlon lark whether I would attempt an ironman, I would have said, “I’m not that crazy.” Then I got addicted to the feeling of pushing my limits, and started wanting to challenge myself over longer distances.

Others go into triathlon with the goal of doing an ironman from the very start. Whatever spurred your decision to do your first ironman, it is a months-long journey into the unknown. Make sure you go into it with both eyes open.

Here’s what you need to know before your first ironman.

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Get Your Training Plan for Challenge Camsur

I’m getting back to proper training this week (finally!) after being unwell. While it’s probably too late to be fit for the Asian Triathlon Cup which is in two weeks, it’s the perfect time to start an eight-week training plan for Challenge Camsur.

I got my training plan for only $39 from MaccaX. Unlike most training plans which are generic unless you get a coach to customize them, the eight-week MaccaX Challenge Camsur plan is custom-designed for the specific challenges of the Camsur course — it’s hot, flat, and fast!

I’ll let Macca explain further in this video he posted two weeks ago:

The plan was designed by Justin Granger, Belinda Granger’s husband and coach, with input from Belinda and Macca. It assumes you have some level of fitness, but the sessions are simple and doable.

What I like about this is I don’t even have to think about what I need to do. I just look at my plan (which is exportable to Training Peaks), do the session, and check it off my daily to-do list. And I know if I do these sessions I can be fit enough to race my fastest half in eight weeks!

This is what you get when you sign up:

get your Challenge Camsur training plan now!

  • race-specific training plan written by Justin Granger with input from Belinda Granger and Macca
  • 1 month free membership on MaccaX (with access to Macca and his team of experts and coaches)
  • exclusive member content
  • 30+ of Macca’s favorite training sessions in HD video
  • local ambassador support (that’s me!)
  • race strategy meeting with Belinda Granger

If you’re racing Challenge Camsur, this plan is a must-have! Sign up here.

By the way, if you sign up for this training plan and still haven’t signed up for the race, you will also get a nice discount on the race entry fee. Just let me know if you’ve bought the race plan so I can give you the discount code.

See you on the starting line!

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic (Part 2)

Part 2: Work Hard

Unlike my previous races in Subic where I stayed in a hotel, this time I had taken a spare room in the Team Red Cross Triathlon house in Subic Homes, where pros Michael Murphy and Mitch Robins had taken up residence. On race morning I hitched a ride in a van with them to Transition 1. This small change in routine was sufficient enough to throw me off, and in the pre-dawn drive I realized I’d forgotten my drink bottles and flat tire repair kit at the house. It was too late to go back for it, so I decided I would be able to grab some bottles at the first hydration station on the bike course. As for a flat tire, well I was about to gamble that on the smooth roads of SCTEX I wouldn’t pick up a stray nail or glass shard…

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic
Notice the empty bottle cages.

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Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic (Part 1)

Part 1: Play Hard

When I got the opportunity to race the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay with two of my teammates from Team Endure, I couldn’t say no. Being part of a relay at a triathlon has always been fun and pressure-free for me. It’s an opportunity to work together as a team in this often very individual and lonesome sport, you can go as hard as you want in your chosen leg without being afraid of blowing the other two legs, and it’s just a great excuse to be away for an active weekend without overtiring yourself.

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay
I am obviously taking things very seriously. Continue reading “Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic (Part 1)”

Triathlon According to Belinda Granger

Yesterday I was chatting with a photographer friend, who asked me if I was thinking about moving on from triathlon. I’d already done an iconic full ironman race (Challenge Roth), so what else is left?

It got me thinking. While some people get into the sport just to tick things off their bucket list (“Do a triathlon? Check. Do Ironman? Check. OK I’m done!”), for others it’s about continually challenging ourselves in training and racing. It’s also a (relatively) healthy lifestyle, hobby, addiction, whatever you want to call it, for people who like setting tough goals and achieving them.

I’ve been privileged to get to know some truly world-class triathletes especially through my involvement with MaccaX. One of them is the legendary Belinda Granger who has had a long and successful professional career — over 20 years! She is not only a fierce competitor, but also a wonderful ambassador for the sport. While she announced her retirement early this year, she still has some races to do next year with Sunrise Events, and will always be involved in triathlon particularly since she’s taken on a bigger role as co-head of MaccaX with its founder Chris McCormack.

Challenge Laguna Tri Fest
I *heart* Belinda Granger!

I have to admit, the reason I wanted to work with Ceepo is that Belinda’s Ceepo bike always looked so flash at the races, and boy can she ride it! I had the chance to pick her brain earlier this year about what it takes to enjoy this sport in the long term. Continue reading “Triathlon According to Belinda Granger”