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Triathlon Association of the Philippines Updated 2010 Calendar


Jan 17SPEEDO NAGT Series LaunchSTK distancesSubic Bay Freeport

 1st Leg Standard Distance

TBAPSC AquathlonAge Appropriate DistancesPhilsports Pool & Track


Mar 14SPEEDO NAGT Series – 2nd Leg1k-30k-7.5kDavao City


Mar 28Sprint Duathlon- 1st Leg8k-30k-4kMacapagal Ave./MOA

   Thumbie & Popo Remigio

Apr 11STK Multi-Sport FestivalSTK Tri & Aqua distancesAyala Alabang

  Adult’s Aquathlon & Mini Sprint

Apr 25Sunkist Executive 10k- Female (35 & over); Male Ayala Alabang Healthy Heart Run(40  & over); Executives; Celebrities/ Sunkist/Chili Grass

Apr 25SPEEDO NAGT Series – 3rd Leg1k-30k-7.5kPlantation Bay, Mactan, Cebu Sports

May 1-2ITU Subic Bay International TriathlonStandard/750m-20k-5k Mini-Sprint Subic Bay     Freeport 

Jun 6Off-Road Duathlon5k-30k-5kSacobia River, Clark

   Thumbie & Popo Remigio

Jun 12-13ANIMO Sprint Triathlon950m-30k-7kAyala Alabang

  350m-11k-3.4k/ LSGH ’81

Jun 27Sprint Duathlon- 2nd Leg8k-30k-4kMacapagal Ave./MOA

   Thumbie & Popo Remigio

Jul 11Subic STK & Team Relay TriathlonSTK distancesSubic Bay Freeport

  Team Relay: 4 x 250m-10k-2.5k

Jul 25Matabungkay TriathlonStandard DistanceMatabungkay, Batangas

   Bike King

Aug 22Ironman 70.3 PhilippinesHalf IronmanCam Sur

   WTC & Sunshine Events

Aug 29SPEEDO NAGT Series – 4th Leg1k-30k-7.5kCagayan de Oro STK/


Sep 5SPEEDO NAGT Series – 5th Leg800m-30k-5kLos Baños, Laguna

   UPLB Trantados

Sep 18Gabriel’s SymphonySTKAyala Alabang

  Triathlon Relay/ Sen. Pia Cayetano

Sep 26Sprint Duathlon- 3rd Leg7.5k-30k-5kMacapagal Ave./MOA

   Thumbie & Popo Remigio

Oct 10Sunkist Run for a 10k & 10mile road raceQuirino Grandstand or Ft. Boni

 Healthy Heart, Team Competition- 10 mile run/ Sunkist/Chili Grass

Oct 17SPEEDO NAGT Series – 6th Leg950m-30k-7kAyala Alabang


Nov 6-7Anvaya Cove Invitational Triathlon1k-30k-6kAnvaya Cove, Bataan

 STK Races & Relay, Age Appropriate Distances

Nov 21 Subic Bay Standard/5k-20k-2.5kSubic Bay Freeport

  Duathlon Open, STK

Nov 21Davao Mayor’s Cup1k-30k-7.5kDavao City


Dec 12Duathlon Series- 4th LegStandard DistanceMacapagal Ave./MOA

   Thumbie & Popo Remigio

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IronKids Squad Sessions will be held in Manila Polo Club initially. This is what we’ve all been waiting for! Parents, go and register your kids for the events now!


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My longest swim so far… Hamilo 8k Open Water Swim Race

Last Saturday, me and my friends Betsy, Nikki, Noel, Tyrone, and David decided to get (more than) our feet wet by joining the Hamilo 358 Open Water Swim Competition. 358, by the way, stands for: 3k, 5k, and 8k…. which were the swim distance options.  Except for Noel, who had already done an 8k swim in Guimaras, Iloilo, a couple of years back, this was definitely unknown territory for us… swimmer or not. 

It was daunting to say the least, but even though we were terrified, the mere thought of venturing so far out–unprotected at that–in the ocean was also very alluring somehow.  How were we going to know we weren’t going to cramp?–we didn’t know how to answer that for sure.  How were going to eat?–various hiding places for gels.  How were we going to drink?–okay, we would be surrounded by water, no need to tell me that…but drinking water it isn’t!

It was another lesson in self-discovery for sure.  Everyone was apprehensive as we lined up on the beach, and the energy was more subdued than my normal triathlon starts…no use in sprinting in the initial stages here. It was going to be a loooooong swim.  The view was breathtaking, and Hamilo Cove is worth the drive, but I could hardly appreciate it just then. Without much ado, off we went, and I struggled to find somebody to swim with.  Lucky, lucky me–Tony seemed to be swimming the exact pace that I wanted!  I cannot thank Tony enough for being such a gentleman and my surprise saviour that day! I just didn’t want to be alone and I followed his lead half the time. 

Thousands of high elbows, dozens of small sea creature bites,  and gulps of saltwater later, we finally returned to shore.  We smiled at each other, and strangely enough I felt fresh and highly energetic.  We did it! We were now certified bad a@@, long distance, open water swimmers. 

I want to thank Guy Concepcion and his group for organizing this event.  The very reason I started doing triathlons is because I could not find anything to join as an older swimmer.  Now that problem is solved.  I cannot wait for the next one!!!

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7th Gabriel’s Symphony 12-Hour Multi-Sport Celebration in Memory of Gabriel

We couldn’t be more grateful with the success of this year’s Gabriel’s Symphony.  Our tagline has always been “Making Children’s Lives Better.”  And we definitely achieved that with this event in more ways than one–even the adults were happy!

Our usual events went by quickly, Fun Runs, SuperTrikids Aquathlon and Triathlon, Pinay In Action All Womens Tri, Corporate and Individual Relays….  and this year we had some new additions, including the CareWell Bikes For Hope wherein we raffled off a Giant OCR Bike, an IRONMAN Distance Relay, and Demonstrations in Swimming and Table Tennis by Visually Impaired Children (they were amazing, by the way!).

Maiqui Dayrit, who is always our top individual fundraiser, raised close to P280,000.00 for doing his annual Ironman Distance Triathlon! He is a rockstar. He did it in a time of 11:33 too!!!  Well within 12hours.

Thank you so much to all the participants who supported the cause.  You have really made a huge difference in a child’s life!!!

Thanks to Andie Lagman, Paolo Sauler, and Celda Santos for the pictures.

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Swimming Without Lanes: Braving the Open Water

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Swimming Without Lanes:  Braving the Open Water

By Ani Karina S. de Leon


I blame the Hollywood film Jaws for generations of petrified individuals who don’t even want to venture beyond waist-deep water while swimming in the ocean.  Make a quick survey and people will most likely state sharks as the reason for them not wanting to be more adventurous in the water and in the process enjoy a myriad of water sports and other delightful aquatic activities.  This is such a shame, because of all the open water racing I’ve done locally and internationally, I have yet to hear about a shark attack or even a shark sighting.

Having debunked that myth, I am not here to declare either that open water swimming doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, but armed with the proper tools and know-how, it can be one of the most fun things that you can learn to do.



Saltwater, Fresh-water, Pool water

Some important tips: Saltwater is denser then pool water or fresh-water, so you are actually more buoyant when you are in the ocean.  In other words, your body floats more easily, which is always a good thing!  Swimming in the ocean however, requires you to use a different technique, as the water is denser and thus will give you more resistance when you pull.  It can also be more turbulent, wavy, and sometimes extremely cold or warm, but for me that is all part of the package.  In general, it is a good idea to know a bit more about the environment you are swimming in and to try it out at least once before your event, ideally at around the same time as your race start.

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The Waves Beckon 


Dive right into a systematic plan of action with the following pointers:


  1. Navigation.   Incorporate sighting into your swimming regimen, as you will definitely need to do a lot of it outside the pool.  Sighting doesn’t necessarily men lifting your full head and upper torso out of the water, as long as the waves aren’t strong and the water is calm, you can afford to lift it up only until the level of your eyes, make a quick sight of your destination point, and then bring your head back down again.  Every time you tilt your upper body higher means your lower body will sink, which directly translates to kicking more.  Find a good sighting rhythm, say, every 6 strokes, and practice to be comfortable with it.  As a group you can position turn around points like buoys or small rafts and bunch up together as if in a race.  This can also make your workouts less monotonous.
  2. Equipment. Sunscreen is a must, no if or buts about it.  Find a good swimsuit that will not cause too much drag, and this would mean it fits you snugly, nothing too loose for water to pass through as this will slow you down.  For training it is a good investment to purchase a durable fabric such as Speedo’s Endurance line, as this will last you for years if you take care of it properly.  For racing, a thinner and smoother surfaced suit like the Fastskin line is better as this will ensure better hydrodynamics.  Figuring out the pair of goggles that best suits you is priceless as you cannot afford them to come loose when someone kicks you in the face and you are in the middle of your race.  Different facial types prefer specific shapes and sized goggles, so don’t be afraid to try everything out in the store.  It is best to test them in the water of course, to make certain there are no leaks.  A lot of people also benefit from using lubricants like petroleum jelly to prevent chafing on certain friction points, the armpits for example.
  3. Entering and Exiting the Water.  A lot of races start off from the beach, and this requires running from sand to gradually or rapidly increasing water levels.  How does one determine at which point to stop running and where to start swimming?  The rule of thumb is that if the water is still below your knees it is still better to run, and when it is in between your knees and your waist you can start dolphining, and then when it is at torso level you can already start swimming.  Dolphining is a very very fast and efficient way to go through the water, and mastering little things like this could make or break your goal to stay with the pack initially.  To dolphin means to jump in a forward arch like movement the way real dolphins do it.  To exit the water, just reverse the steps above, so from swimming, you dolphin, then you start running in the water and onto the beach.  I must warn you that the change in body position from swimming (which is horizontal) to running (which is vertical) creates a sudden rush of blood in your system and might throw you off balance if you are not expecting it.
  4. Drafting.  Whether we like it or not, we are going to have to swim around people in a race, and a lot of times it could be frustrating not being able to settle into a pace that we prefer.  Eventually though, after the initial riot of the mass start, you will end up finding a couple of people swimming just a little bit faster than you and it is best to stay on their feet if your goal is to save energy.  The ideal spot is directly behind a person, although a significant advantage could still be gained from staying just bit behind where their arms finish off to the side.  Drafting behind people slower than you would make no sense, so always be aware if you are being smart or just being lazy.
  5. Group Training.  Pool swimmers used to having a nice still lane of their own can be momentarily thrown aback when faced with a mass open water start of, say, maybe five hundred people, and this too, can be prevented.  A couple of simulated workouts with friends will help familiarize you with the intensity of the actual race start.  Even if there are only five of you, for example, just make sure to stay in one lane and try to practice swimming together.  Do a couple of laps at high intensity and a couple of laps at slower paces, just to get the hang of it. 

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