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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The Final Countdown to Ironman 70.3 PH

In just a few short days, I’ll be toeing the starting line at Ironman 70.3 Philippines once again. I’ve been a regular at this race for four years: my first year I was a relay cyclist, and this will be my third year as an individual starter.

Despite all the races I’ve done since I started doing half distance triathlons, my personal best was still set on my maiden one in 2013 in Cebu. It was a combination of great weather, good training, and not being exhausted from doing so many long races earlier in the year. :P

2013 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines

This year I haven’t had the razor-sharp focus on training that defined my first 70.3 or last year’s Challenge Roth race, but anything can happen on race day so I’m just going to give it a go. It will be my last half for the year unless something comes up work-related, so I need to make sure I enjoy it!

Cebu-based triathletes and some early birds did a bike course recon last weekend and I’m glad it’s back to the original route with only one pass through the “M” section on the SRP Highway. I’m less enthused by the fact that some sections of the road remain full of craters — the same sections that were already bad back in 2012. I wonder how the residents of Cebu province can put up with it…

Ironman 70.3 Cebu
on the bike course during last year’s race

This year my whole immediate family is coming to the race: my mom and dad as well as my sister, her husband, and my adorable baby nephew. I know they won’t be bored in Cebu because there’s so many other things to do aside from watching the race, and it will be wonderful to cross the finish line with them all there.

To make my race hassle-free I’m availing Primo Cycles‘ bike services again. They will pack and unpack my bike both ways in Manila and Cebu and will give it a nice pre-race tune-up. This is vital since I really don’t want mechanical issues to put a stop to me crossing the finish line. (Incidentally, Primo Cycles just celebrated their fourth anniversary.)

win Pete\'s gear!While I’m there, I can’t miss out on the yurbuds Meet and Greet with Pete Jacobs on Friday, July 31 at 5pm at the yurbuds booth in the Marquee of Shangri-La Mactan. While Pete struggled with back-to-back ironmans last year and competed only in the relay division, this year he’s fresh and ready to go with the pros and is still one of the most insanely talented endurance athletes on the planet.

Get a chance to win a prize pack of Pete’s favorite training gear at the Meet and Greet: this contains a pair of Asics shoes, an ISM seat, a signed replica of Pete’s 2012 World Champion race singlet, and an exclusive pair of Pete Jacobs signature yurbuds. To win, visit the yurbuds booth from July 30-31 to register your name, and be present at the Meet and Greet to claim your prize. The winner will be drawn at random after the Meet and Greet event.

Pete will be up against two-time Ironman and Ironman 70.3 world champion Craig Alexander, who even at the advanced age of 42 is still no slouch at the 70.3 distance. He will also have to go through last year’s winner Brent McMahon, who forms part of the Bahrain Endurance 13 assault on the race with his teammate Caroline Steffen. Caroline is going for an unprecedented fourth consecutive win in the women’s pro division.

This will also be Belinda Granger’s last half distance triathlon as a professional, so it will be nice to catch up with her again. I’m sure she’ll hit the podium one last time too. :)

If you’ll be in Cebu this weekend, hit me up in the comments. Let’s make this race one to remember.

Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay Preview

It’s only a few days to go, and then I drive up again to what the legend Frank Lacson refers to as “Triathlon Country” for the Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay!

Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon
From a 5150 to a 70.3… Century Tuna has stepped it up!

These last few weeks have been busy for triathlon in this part of the world, with Challenge Philippines and Tri United 1 just concluded. And no, I did not sign up for all three races, but I know some crazies who have…

It’s going to be a fun weekend and the pressure is off for me because I’m just doing the bike leg on a relay team with my Endure teammates John Doctor (swim) and Sugz Lopez (run). This is going to be a great opportunity to experience what it’s like to cycle on the SCTEX coming from the Subic side. I’ve heard and seen how challenging the terrain can be — long climbs, some steep sections, and fierce headwinds and crosswinds — but due to tollway regulations no one can ride on those roads on any normal day.

But really my main motivation in joining this race is I just love watching the pros do their thing, and boy do we have some stellar ones coming! Continue reading “Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay Preview”

Podcast #2: Supercamp, Interview w/ Xena & Macca

This is Kikay Runner On the Go’s second podcast episode featuring T*** Supercamp and some massive interviews I scored with Caroline Steffen and Chris McCormack.

T*** Supercamp
Macca coaching Caroline through a track set


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:

What was my biggest take-away from triathlon supercamp? How hard did we work? Did we break, or break through?

Thank you so much to the sports resort and MaccaX for making this trip possible, and thanks to Macca and Caroline for being so accommodating. Definitely watch out for Xena in Kona. She’s looking super strong and fit!

As for Macca racing, I’ll let him tell you the news…

Caroline Steffen “Xena” Interview

  • How long has she been training in Phuket?
  • How conducive are the facilities to a solid training block?
  • How is she able to back up and become stronger after doing successive races?
  • What is the dynamic like between her and her coach, Macca?
  • Plus a short message to her boyfriend David Dellow.

Chris McCormack “Macca” Interview

  • What is the sports resort about? What are his duties as Chief Executive Chairman?
  • How big is the Philippine market for triathlon and how important is it to introduce T***’s facilities to them?
  • What are his thoughts about Supercamp so far? How engaged is he in the activities?
  • How does he manage (or not manage) training as a professional athlete and holding down an important job at T***?
  • What are his future racing plans?
  • A short message to Filipino triathletes.

Opening and closing music by http://www.purple-planet.com

I’m always looking to improve. Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!

This is part of a series of posts about the Triathlon Supercamp. Check out Supercamp Day 1 & 2, Supercamp Day 3 & 4, and Supercamp Day 5 to 8.