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Run Anyway Marathon NY 2012

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We all know by now the NY Marathon 2012 was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. The race cancellation was announced only 36hours before the starting time and it was a huge letdown for people like me, who traveled halfway around the world. My husband, baby and I were even stranded in Korea for 4 days as all the flights to JFK airport were put on hold when we were already enroute to the US.

Needless to say, I, along with thousands of other individuals had given a lot of physical, emotional, mental, and financial investment into this event. We were fully aware that the city was still trying to recover but we knew that the marathon offered a huge boost to New York’s economy, and I personally thought that we were doing our part to help out. We all still did, as the expo staged by the organization directed the proceeds towards the victims of the hurricane.

The most amazing thing for me though, was that the runners of New York organized an impromptu marathon on the original race date and dubbed it the “Run Anyway NY Marathon 2012.” Maricel Pangilinan and I and the other Filipinos, including my cousins Asa, Kris, Edel and my uncle Dr. Glen Mendoza, Melodee Arevalo Mendoza, Carlos de Guzman, Raeanna Cranbourne, Geraldine Santiago, Gem Padilla Thomas, Paul Loyz joined and showed solidarity. Pledges were made once again to help the relief efforts.

Big big crowds of marathoners participated. Supporters came out in droves at Central Park. I felt like tearing up when we passed the finish arch, which had already been set up. Maricel and I ran together and marveled at the collective spirit of the running community–it just cannot be broken, and this is what non-runners will never understand.

I would like to thank Timex Multisport Team and Timex Philippines, with special mention to Keith Meyer, Tristan Brown, Avi Uttamchadani, Gemma Pagsibigan and Jose Sarmenta. This trip has been very special, official race or not. You can never tell how things will turn out, and this is a perfect example. We were all given lemons, and we combined forces to make a giant lemonade.

My friends and I have vowed to return next year with a vengeance, and celebrate again with our fellow runners. We’re pretty sure they will all have a New York state of mind too.

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November 7, 2012 · 9:16 am

Race Report: Ironman Australia 2012

I was always going to do Ironman Australia. My sister Sinag did it twice in the early 2000s, and during one of her races I was able to watch the first Ironman of Chris Mc Cormack in Forster. This place was special to me, its athletes always inspired me to work harder, and I gained a lot of my triathlon knowledge under the tutelage of Australian coaches (what do you know, I ended up marrying one, funnily enough ūüôā )

So when I was around two months pregnant last year, I coerced my friends to register for the 2012 staging of the Ironman in Port Macquarie. ¬†It would be David, Tyrone and Belle’s first ever attempt at the distance and I knew they were more than ready. As for Dan and I, we made a quick computation, and our baby would be 5months and 1week old (which he was, as I gave birth exactly on my due date!) and would be due for a visit with Dan’s family in Sydney anyway.

Fast forward to May 6, 2012. Everything I had visualized the year before was about to take place! We had just spent a lovely week in Sydney and Nelson Bay and now we were up at 4am for the race start.

Was I seriously going to do this? I asked myself once again as I breastfed my baby one last time before the gun went off at 6:45am. ¬†I was wearing my wetsuit halfway and was holding Dash who looked so cuddly wrapped in a warm cover. I was amazingly relaxed too…since I had such a small window to start training properly for an event of this magnitude, I had decided long ago to treat it as a very long training day. No time pressure, no worries. My bike computer had even conked out a few days before and it didn’t even worry me one bit!

Fifteen minutes before the start I kissed my baby goodbye and handed him to Dan’s parents and sister Anna. The only reason I was able to race at all in Australia was because I trusted them to take care of Dash during race day. We were so lucky to have their full support!

My swim training leading up to the race was virtually nil so I was happy enough with my swim time 0f 1:11. I had organized for my electronic breast pump to be at T1 and T2, and also bought two small portable ones for carrying in my pocket throughout the bike and run. I decided to skip pumping at T1 and do so later. I was still on a high from having a decent enough swim!

My bike was very ordinary as expected with my combined lack of fitness and the hilly terrain of Port Mac, Bonny Hills, and Laurieton. Yes, I confess to dismounting and walking my bike on Matthew Flinders Drive. But I had to preserve my legs for the 42k!

I got into T2 and I DEFINITELY needed to express my milk then. I used up about 20min doing that. The volunteers in the Female Changing Tent told me, “wow, you are really an Ironwoman!” and did their best to accommodate my strange request.

Australian spectators are the best in the world. The marathon was a big unknown for me as my longest run during training had only been 22km! But the cheerers on the road were amazing–I never heard so many different variations of “Keep Going” in my life! Some examples: You’re a legend mate! Good on ya! You’re doing so well!

By a twist of fate and good fortune, I ended up running 2 and a quarter of my four laps with David, and our shared energy helped us run better. We walked all the aid stations but I made sure we were disciplined enough to start running again every time we did. It was getting harder and harder every lap but I just stayed positive. When he went into the finish chute I still had 1 lap to go. I missed him immediately but I took advantage of my alone time and expressed some milk again for a few short minutes this time. I was good to go and as I started my last lap I knew I was home free.  Not even tripping and falling flat on my knees dampened my spirits. I would see my baby soon! I missed him so much from not being with him the whole day.

It was a painful day but as I ran on the red carpet and looked up at the finish time, I saw that I went under the arch at 13:36:22. Not bad. I had another teary-eyed finish line photo, even though I was trying really hard not to cry. Every race is very special to me in a different way. This one was hard, because it was my first Ironman so soon after giving birth. But I made it and I am so thankful for that.

My husband, his family, my friends, and baby Dash were all waiting for me at the finish line. There were hugs all around.

It had been more than two years since my last Ironman and I had almost forgotten how great it feels. ¬†I love this sport and am glad that it loves me back ūüôā

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Special thanks to family, friends, and sponsors. The Sarabias, de Leons, the Rules, and the Browns. Jenny and Ian from Lake Cathie. My athletes and training partners Belle, David and Tyrone- you are all Ironmen!!! My husband Dan and baby Dash, who keep me going every single day.

Unilab Active Health, Pico de Loro, Hamilo Coast, Timex, Adidas, Quintana Roo, Shimano, Rudy Project, Challenge Tires, Fitness First, Pinay In Action, Gatorade.

Thank you to my fellow mom athletes who taught me how to manage nursing and training at the same time, and who always inspire me! Pia Cayetano, Maricel Pangilinan, and my sister Sinag.

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Running Dead is Alive and Kicking!!!

What a great idea- chasing people to run faster via scare tactics. Seeing how well this worked in the recently held RUNNING DEAD race at Palms Country Club, I now wonder whether I should apply this method to people I coach…hmm.

Seriously though, the race organizers, Army Navy South Tri, performed way above expectations and went all out with painstaking detail on the make-up, buffet, and overall atmosphere of the event.

For those of you still confused about the concept of the race, the general idea is this: ¬†Racers have a belt with 5 “life flags” attached. ¬†Zombies are lined up all over the course to try and get their life flags. Those who can finish with the fastest time plus the most number of flags left wins.

The best part about the whole thing is, the proceeds of the run race go towards helping junior triathletes.  A race after my own heart!

Let me just end this piece by giving a big round of applause to Betsy and the rest of the Army Navy South Tri Team for a job well done… It was a thrill being part of RUNNING DEAD!

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PICO TRI INVITATIONAL 2012 Results

PICO TRI INVITATIONAL
1.2KM SWIM – 35KM BIKE -8KM RUN
PICO DE LORO, HAMILO COAST, NASUGBU, BATANGAS
Saturday, March 31, 2012
RANK BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM GENDER AGE GROUP SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 1 OHALLORAN MAT CANADA M PRO 15:59 0:57:33 0:31:53 1:45:25
2 2 CRONEBORG FREDRIK SWITZERLAND M PRO 17:07 0:58:45 0:30:15 1:46:07
3 8 BROWN DAN AUSTRALIA M PRO 19:37 1:02:16 0:34:18 1:56:12
4 6 WONG MELVIN SINGAPORE M PRO 21:30 1:08:20 0:32:27 2:02:18
5 7 PEDRIGOSA CARLO PHILIPPINES M PRO 27:08 1:06:05 0:34:17 2:07:30
6 3 BENEDICTO AUGUST PHILIPPINES M PRO 24:53 1:06:27 0:36:48 2:08:08
1 5 FITCH ALI AUSTRALIA F PRO 18:06 1:02:45 0:33:24 1:54:15
2 4 RABE KATJA GERMANY F PRO 18:32 1:07:05 0:34:28 2:00:05
1 12 NAVARRO JAIME MIGUEL UPLB TRANTADOS M 24-BELOW 25:26 1:09:22 0:41:50 2:16:37
2 11 MARANON ZACH ARRION SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 24-BELOW 21:20 1:23:11 0:57:15 2:41:45
9 ALTURA MARC POLO TRI M 24-BELOW DNS
1 28 VELASCO RAYMUND GERARD SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 25-29 23:56 1:10:50 0:35:59 2:10:45
2 17 CARANDANG MARTIN UNILAB M 25-29 19:08 1:13:52 0:41:15 2:14:15
3 153 MALLILLIN MIGUEL M 25-29 24:18 1:10:59 0:42:15 2:17:32
4 14 AMISTOSO MICHAEL ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M 25-29 32:18 1:09:52 0:42:26 2:24:35
5 18 CENDANA, JR. PERCIVAL TOTAL FITNESS M 25-29 29:35 1:11:38 0:46:13 2:27:27
6 26 LAMAN MIGS THE STARTING LINE M 25-29 30:30 1:15:57 0:43:02 2:29:29
7 15 ANGELES BARNETT UPLB TRANTADOS M 25-29 27:41 1:08:44 0:53:24 2:29:50
8 24 GO JEREMY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 25-29 26:07 1:20:59 0:43:35 2:30:41
9 23 FRANCISCO ALLAN GERARD GLORIA JEANS COFFEE TRI M 25-29 24:08 1:20:19 0:49:56 2:34:23
10 16 ANTONIO MACKY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 25-29 31:13 1:18:02 0:47:51 2:37:06
11 21 DE JESUS GERARO TOTAL FITNESS M 25-29 30:11 1:20:13 0:48:53 2:39:17
12 27 SESE RAFFGER ENDURE M 25-29 27:51 1:29:37 0:43:28 2:40:56
13 25 GUZMAN PETER CLEAR SABAK M 25-29 33:09 1:27:32 0:55:21 2:56:02
14 22 DUMRENDEZ RAFAEL THE STARTING LINE M 25-29 39:32 1:35:32 0:54:02 3:09:06
15 19 DABAO RALPH EMERSON M 25-29 31:49 1:41:45 1:01:37 3:15:10
20 DADIA TIMMY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 25-29 39:37 DNF
1 45 LEUTERIO ANDY FITNESS FIRST M 30-34 23:41 1:02:42 0:36:24 2:02:47
2 42 GUIEB ERICK QUEST 825 M 30-34 23:19 1:07:04 0:35:39 2:06:01
3 53 RIVERA MARK PLDT M 30-34 23:23 1:06:27 0:39:31 2:09:21
4 29 ABANTE KIKO GLORIA JEANS COFFEE TRI M 30-34 25:57 1:09:50 0:39:25 2:15:12
5 33 CADUNGOG TJ PLDT M 30-34 24:28 1:08:34 0:42:17 2:15:18
6 54 RONDERA ROCKY JOHN TRITAX M 30-34 28:43 1:06:56 0:41:48 2:17:27
7 39 DE LEON RONALD REY M 30-34 28:19 1:11:11 0:39:43 2:19:13
8 46 LORENZO ANTON CLEAR SABAK M 30-34 25:09 1:12:44 0:42:18 2:20:10
9 47 MANUEL PAOLO SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 30-34 29:34 1:08:21 0:43:17 2:21:12
10 36 CAPCO FERDINAND TOTAL FITNESS M 30-34 25:01 1:13:54 0:42:42 2:21:37
11 44 HERNANDEZ MARK M 30-34 32:40 1:12:12 0:39:30 2:24:23
12 34 CAJUCOM ARISTOTLE ALVEO M 30-34 28:46 1:10:38 0:45:56 2:25:20
13 48 CATCATAN MELVIN M 30-34 26:18 1:17:59 0:41:21 2:25:39
14 30 APOLINARIO SID AARON ENDURE M 30-34 26:40 1:17:11 0:43:08 2:26:58
15 57 TAN ERIC M 30-34 28:10 1:12:32 0:46:19 2:27:01
16 55 SEBASTIAN JR M 30-34 30:04 1:16:30 0:42:32 2:29:05
17 35 CARBALLO LUIS M 30-34 25:58 1:18:46 0:46:57 2:31:40
18 51 PORTUGAL ARIS BERNARD QUEST 825 M 30-34 32:49 1:14:18 0:48:01 2:35:08
19 32 ARCANGEL LUIS QUEST 825 M 30-34 27:36 1:17:29 0:50:29 2:35:35
20 38 CO SAY VINSON PLDT M 30-34 26:47 1:16:30 0:52:21 2:35:38
21 49 ONA DOODOO CLEAR SABAK M 30-34 28:03 1:19:36 0:53:37 2:41:16
22 41 FUENTES JOSEPH EDWARD SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 30-34 35:45 1:24:59 0:51:00 2:51:44
23 52 QUICHO MICHAEL CONRAD M 30-34 35:49 1:26:08 0:50:00 2:51:56
24 37 CASTILLO LESTER UNILAB M 30-34 34:12 1:28:24 0:49:55 2:52:30
25 31 AQUINO, JR JOSE FRANCISCO T12 CAMELBAK TRI TEAM M 30-34 31:18 1:35:21 0:49:01 2:55:40
26 56 TALASTAS EDWARD 24.7 M 30-34 45:12 1:23:02 0:57:19 3:05:33
27 40 ENRIQUEZ JOHN PAUL M 30-34 42:05 1:34:57 0:55:06 3:12:08
50 PENA KARLO QUEST 825 M 30-34 30:47 1:15:52 DNF
43 HEO SIMON POLO TRI M 30-34 DNS
1 76 ROQUE JUNROX SANTE BARLEY M 35-39 31:41 1:07:46 0:38:54 2:18:21
2 59 CALLEJA OLIVER M 35-39 25:45 1:11:31 0:42:56 2:20:12
3 61 CHUA KENNETH TSL M 35-39 28:17 1:13:59 0:42:45 2:25:01
4 80 TINIO NESTOR PLDT M 35-39 29:30 1:11:54 0:44:19 2:25:43
5 58 ABENIS ARNALDO TRITAX M 35-39 28:21 1:14:32 0:43:24 2:26:17
6 70 MERCADO MARK QUEST 825 M 35-39 30:48 1:13:57 0:42:57 2:27:41
7 64 DELA RAMA JASON QUEST 825 M 35-39 31:12 1:12:28 0:46:25 2:30:05
8 71 OLEDAN MICHAEL THE STARTING LINE M 35-39 35:06 1:13:30 0:43:26 2:32:03
9 82 VILLARTA PAULO 24.7 M 35-39 30:52 1:13:53 0:49:00 2:33:45
10 63 DE OCAMPO LEON POLO TRI M 35-39 27:25 1:20:45 0:46:43 2:34:52
11 160 YU STEPHEN GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 35-39 26:03 1:20:13 0:49:22 2:35:37
12 81 VELOSO JOEY M 35-39 31:50 1:18:50 0:46:24 2:37:03
13 73 REYES JUAN PAOLO THE STARTING LINE M 35-39 29:52 1:19:30 0:51:48 2:41:09
14 83 YAO SHERWIN GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 35-39 32:03 1:17:14 0:52:01 2:41:18
15 69 MENDOZA ALOYS QUEST 825 M 35-39 33:59 1:19:46 0:49:57 2:43:42
16 77 SALANDANAN ROBIN POLO TRI M 35-39 27:43 1:25:49 0:54:24 2:47:56
17 62 CHUA PHILIP M 35-39 31:29 1:22:09 0:54:24 2:48:01
18 78 SANTIAGO ELMER M 35-39 32:08 1:24:14 0:52:01 2:48:22
19 79 SERRANO LEMUEL 24.7 M 35-39 31:47 1:21:51 0:55:57 2:49:35
20 195 REYNOSO RICARDO ISIDRO THE STARTING LINE M 35-39 35:03 1:24:19 0:53:10 2:52:32
21 75 RIVERA ROBERT JONAH SANTE BARLEY M 35-39 31:28 1:26:51 0:55:57 2:54:16
22 60 CERVANTES MIGUEL PLDT M 35-39 38:17 1:23:30 0:56:44 2:58:30
23 65 DELA ROSA JULIUS QUEST 825 M 35-39 35:51 1:22:27 1:00:32 2:58:49
24 66 DULALIA JAMES QUEST 825 M 35-39 29:56 1:28:23 1:06:06 3:04:24
155 MORENO RAJ POLO TRI M 35-39 22:05 DNF
67 DY JOHN PAUL PLDT M 35-39 DNS
68 EDROSALAM ALVIN FITNESS FIRST M 35-39 DNS
72 PANGAN MELVIN M 35-39 DNS
1 85 ANG LEVY POLO TRI M 40-44 23:47 1:07:36 0:39:40 2:11:03
2 88 BONZ STEPHEN ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M 40-44 23:55 1:10:22 0:39:21 2:13:39
3 148 CANIZA JOEL M 40-44 23:32 1:12:08 0:41:50 2:17:31
4 156 REGALIZA TYRONE POLO TRI M 40-44 25:04 1:12:06 0:40:26 2:17:36
5 104 ISIP ALEXANDER T12 CAMELBAK TRI TEAM M 40-44 21:52 1:11:14 0:44:43 2:17:48
6 84 ALMENDRAL DAVID POLO TRI M 40-44 23:59 1:12:31 0:41:57 2:18:27
7 89 BUHAIN ERIC BEACON FIVEFINGERS M 40-44 18:49 1:08:00 0:54:16 2:21:05
8 114 SANTIAGO RICHARD T12 CAMELBAK TRI TEAM M 40-44 28:22 1:11:18 0:41:49 2:21:30
9 90 CELESTIAL RONNIE PLDT M 40-44 27:28 1:13:03 0:43:20 2:23:51
10 107 MARANON GREGORY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 40-44 25:40 1:12:14 0:47:42 2:25:36
11 111 PALMA JR PLDT M 40-44 31:01 1:09:53 0:44:46 2:25:40
12 93 CUEVAS RAFFY PLDT M 40-44 28:13 1:15:44 0:41:50 2:25:47
13 118 VACA MIKE UNILAB M 40-44 26:52 1:14:06 0:48:26 2:29:24
14 99 GATCHALIAN ERNESTO TNCC M 40-44 29:41 1:15:04 0:46:15 2:31:00
15 98 DELA PAZ TOMMY T12 CAMELBAK TRI TEAM M 40-44 27:36 1:17:29 0:50:29 2:35:35
16 112 PANGILINAN JOHN RAYMOND M 40-44 28:25 1:16:34 0:51:11 2:36:09
17 91 CHUA CHARLIE PLDT M 40-44 27:46 1:19:15 0:49:49 2:36:50
18 109 MORENO JOSE LUIS POLO TRI M 40-44 26:37 1:21:19 0:49:51 2:37:46
19 113 PO CHRIS POLO TRI M 40-44 28:58 1:26:02 0:43:38 2:38:38
20 152 MAGSANOC NIKKO M 40-44 30:19 1:19:15 0:52:40 2:42:14
21 96 DE GUZMAN JAKE UNILAB M 40-44 27:13 1:20:02 0:55:35 2:42:50
22 94 DAVIS CHAD FITNESS FIRST M 40-44 28:21 1:33:30 0:41:38 2:43:29
23 119 VILLAREAL MARVILITO M 40-44 33:51 1:26:08 0:44:08 2:44:07
24 87 LIBERIA BERNARD PLDT M 40-44 36:46 1:16:25 0:51:17 2:44:28
25 115 SANTOS JERRY XYCOS M 40-44 24:42 1:23:23 0:58:11 2:46:16
26 100 GATMAITAN ANTONO M 40-44 27:38 1:25:37 0:53:45 2:47:00
27 110 NGO ABEL M 40-44 32:15 1:25:16 0:50:22 2:47:53
28 95 DE GUZMAN JENG GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 40-44 32:43 1:20:32 0:55:00 2:48:15
29 108 MARCELO JOEY SANTE BARLEY M 40-44 36:12 1:23:49 0:50:05 2:50:06
30 116 SEBASTIAN JERIC M 40-44 41:16 1:22:56 0:51:00 2:55:12
31 101 GENEROSO CHITO SANTE BARLEY M 40-44 34:24 1:24:14 0:58:43 2:57:21
32 106 LOSTE BAYANI FNSLAW M 40-44 40:09 1:32:36 0:53:52 3:06:37
33 97 DE JESUS ARNEL ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M 40-44 32:27 1:31:47 1:07:42 3:11:56
34 157 ROSCA JAMES GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 40-44 37:54 1:32:36 1:04:36 3:15:06
35 86 BAUTISTA RESS SANTE BARLEY M 40-44 44:08 1:34:09 0:59:17 3:17:34
105 LIMJOCO ANDREW T12 CAMELBAK TRI TEAM M 40-44 24:14 1:15:19 DNF
92 CRESPO ROBERT CENTURY TRI HARD M 40-44 DNS
117 SIANGHIO DENNIS MANUEL M 40-44 34:02 0:50:19 0:45:02 DQ
102 GONZALEZ PETER PLDT M 40-44 DNS
103 IMPERIAL MARK ANTHONY ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M 40-44 DNS
1 137 TORRES ITONG POLO TRI M 45-49 24:14 1:11:51 0:41:27 2:17:32
2 123 BANZON GREGORY CENTURY TRI HARD M 45-49 28:49 1:11:00 0:39:44 2:19:33
3 151 LOPEZ ERNIE POLO TRI M 45-49 25:08 1:13:53 0:41:01 2:20:02
4 126 GO BOBBY PLDT M 45-49 27:23 1:11:53 0:43:07 2:22:23
5 150 JARIN PETER GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 45-49 23:57 1:14:53 0:44:12 2:23:02
6 121 AGUILA ANDY POLO TRI M 45-49 21:53 1:12:03 0:50:11 2:24:08
7 122 ALTURA ALBERT POLO TRI M 45-49 24:54 1:16:03 0:44:30 2:25:27
8 132 RICHMOND DAVID M 45-49 29:13 1:15:33 0:40:51 2:25:37
9 127 JABANES BENNY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND M 45-49 33:35 1:16:45 0:43:15 2:33:35
10 129 MONDERO EMMANUEL M 45-49 31:53 1:13:08 0:49:33 2:34:34
11 138 YABUT PETER POLO TRI M 45-49 25:19 1:22:00 0:47:59 2:35:18
12 136 TORRES JOEY POLO TRI M 45-49 30:28 1:22:42 0:46:22 2:39:32
13 120 ABAD MAXIE POLO TRI M 45-49 26:59 1:12:10 1:00:26 2:39:34
14 134 SAMSON ADEL UNILAB M 45-49 28:35 1:20:27 0:51:32 2:40:33
15 133 ROMANO MONCHING SANTE BARLEY M 45-49 30:49 1:24:00 0:48:24 2:43:13
16 124 DELA SERNA MANUEL TIMEX M 45-49 34:29 1:20:47 0:48:18 2:43:34
17 130 PISON MARTIN ISRAEL M 45-49 28:01 1:24:26 0:52:11 2:44:38
18 125 EVARISTO GERARD GREENFIELDS TRI M 45-49 17:29 1:29:06 1:02:57 2:49:31
19 128 MESINA CARLO 24.7 M 45-49 35:24 1:26:27 0:51:39 2:53:30
20 135 SIGGAOAT NOEL SANTE BARLEY M 45-49 40:54 1:31:35 1:06:16 3:18:46
131 REYES ALEX POLO TRI M 45-49 26:43 DNF
1 140 CAGUIAT EDWIN GLORIA JEANS COFFEE TRI M 50-54 23:56 1:15:10 0:42:15 2:21:20
2 144 WELSH ANTHONY POLO TRI M 50-54 21:27 1:13:34 0:47:37 2:22:38
3 142 KUHNE THOMAS ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M 50-54 25:34 1:15:33 0:44:33 2:25:39
4 154 MAQUERA PETER SANTE BARLEY M 50-54 37:59 1:26:19 0:55:52 3:00:11
5 139 AYALA ALFREDO POLO TRI M 50-54 40:21 1:29:59 0:56:22 3:06:42
6 143 MES JOOST M 50-54 30:20 1:36:11 1:04:34 3:11:05
141 FRANCISCO ED PLDT M 50-54 27:15 DNF
145 ZOBEL FERNANDO POLO TRI M 50-54 28:02 DNF
1 147 FITCH STUART TIMEX M 55-ABOVE 20:10 1:10:01 0:36:48 2:06:58
2 159 YAO WELLINGTON GREENHILLS TRI TEAM M 55-ABOVE 37:58 1:26:45 0:54:38 2:59:20
146 FERRER JOEL POLO TRI M 55-ABOVE DNS
149 GONZALEZ MANUEL ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI M DNS
158 TIAOQUI MIKE M DNS
1 167 BROWN ANI NEXT STEP TRI F PICO CONSULTANT 21:28 1:13:31 0:42:59 2:17:58
1 10 KILGROE KIM SANTE BARLEY F 29-below 20:58 1:23:47 0:37:44 2:22:29
2 162 FRANCISCO BERNICE GLORIA JEANS COFFEE TRI F 29-below 27:58 1:28:20 0:59:28 2:55:45
3 165 VILLARIN ZINNIA ENDURE F 29-below 35:23 1:32:29 0:51:47 2:59:39
4 161 ALIX MARICARL F 29-below 35:17 1:40:37 1:06:42 3:22:36
163 MOLINA FIONA ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI F 29-below 28:39 1:17:29 DNF
164 SUENO IZAH JANE ENDURE F 29-below DNS
1 178 VILLANUEVA MICHELLE PLDT F 30-39 25:47 1:15:32 0:44:32 2:25:51
2 171 DIONISIO FRANCHESCA POLO TRI F 30-39 31:30 1:18:51 0:42:54 2:33:15
3 172 FERRERIA BIC UNILAB F 30-39 29:06 1:16:43 0:48:40 2:34:29
4 173 FRONDOSO STEPHANIE PLDT F 30-39 28:11 1:19:12 0:51:52 2:39:15
5 169 CHUA CHIN SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND F 30-39 32:02 1:23:39 0:52:12 2:47:53
6 174 LORENZO CAROL F 30-39 28:26 1:29:48 0:54:50 2:53:04
7 176 RIVERA MAYI PLDT F 30-39 30:26 1:33:18 0:54:47 2:58:30
8 170 CRANBOURNE RAEANNA CLEAR SABAK F 30-39 33:44 1:34:30 0:57:45 3:05:59
9 179 YAPSON MELODY SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND F 30-39 30:27 1:38:20 0:58:41 3:07:28
10 175 MACLANG KAREENA PLDT F 30-39 44:44 1:35:32 0:57:27 3:17:43
177 ROJAS MARICHU FITNESS FIRST F 30-39 24:17 1:30:54 DNF
166 BAUTISTA JENNIE PLDT F 30-39 DNS
168 CADUNGOG KATRINA PLDT F 30-39 DNS
1 188 MARTINEZ POWELL MARIELA CLEAR SABAK F 40-ABOVE 26:27 1:20:51 0:44:52 2:32:10
2 193 TORRES NONA POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE 26:38 1:24:17 0:48:37 2:39:32
3 189 MEDALLA BETSY ARMY NAVY SOUTH TRI F 40-ABOVE 21:59 1:27:13 0:54:12 2:43:24
4 180 ALTURA MONICA POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE 25:24 1:26:08 0:54:16 2:45:49
5 182 DAVIS NATASHA FITNESS FIRST F 40-ABOVE 37:38 1:25:48 0:43:56 2:47:22
6 186 JOSON ROSALINA PLDT F 40-ABOVE 26:35 1:30:58 0:51:06 2:48:39
7 191 PARPAN LARA POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE 32:50 1:32:51 0:48:02 2:53:43
8 194 YABUT DEBBIE POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE 29:32 1:28:34 0:56:56 2:55:02
9 184 FLAVIER AGGIE 24.7 F 40-ABOVE 37:41 1:27:59 0:51:57 2:57:37
10 185 GO JILL 24.7 F 40-ABOVE 35:47 1:41:43 1:01:02 3:18:32
11 187 MARANON EDLAINE SECONDWIND SUN BROADBAND F 40-ABOVE 43:18 1:39:32 1:01:57 3:24:46
190 PANTALEON ROCIO PLDT F 40-ABOVE 31:06 DNF
192 SANTIAGO GERALDINE POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE 28:15 1:15:38 DNF
183 ELLIS RHODORA FITNESS FIRST F 40-ABOVE 25:36 DNF
181 CARMONA LEANA POLO TRI F 40-ABOVE DNS
1 R1 INTEGRATED MONTESSORI CENTER RELAY 0:18:58 0:59:12 0:31:05 1:49:15
2 R8 AQUA SPHERE RELAY 0:16:18 1:01:01 0:40:09 1:57:28
3 R7 POLO TRI STUDS RELAY 0:19:06 1:09:04 0:35:59 2:04:09
4 R5 YOGA TRI TEAM RELAY 0:26:58 1:17:15 0:45:30 2:29:44
5 R3 24/7 RELAY 0:33:11 1:19:36 0:42:44 2:35:31
6 R4 CENTURY TRI HARD RELAY 0:36:10 1:18:02 0:46:13 2:40:25
7 R6 PICO TRI TEAM RELAY 0:27:33 1:54:48 1:02:31 3:24:51
R2 BIGG’S TRI 300 RELAY DNF

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Slowly But Surely: The Real Life Training Diary of a New Tri Mom

Aviva Singapore 70.3 was my very first half ironman triathlon in September 2007. So I think it is quite special that I had the perfect opportunity to do it again as my first triathlon race post-pregnancy.  I came and went to the race venue like a blur, just like my life has been the past couple of months. That is what happens when you are taking care of a newborn.

Dan was racing too and we had meant to take Dash with us but since his passport could not be processed in time I decided to fly in just before the check-in and leave right after the race. I am very thankful to my sister Sinag for helping take care of Dash overnight. I carried my breast pump with me and used it every 4 hours, and on race day I pumped in the changing tent before transition closed and soon after I crossed the finish line!

We were very lucky to have been hosted by lovely couple Ebbie and Sheri Baghaie, who are fellow triathletes. ¬†They had another guest triathlete, Jogger Joel, who is a real character (¬†http://joggerjoel.blogspot.com/¬†) ! Check out how he sets up his nutrition on the go…

I am very happy to have finished my first triathlon back… I just checked my logbook and my average number of training sessions per week was 4x…sometimes less! I barely swam but since I knew I would finish the swim either way I was not too worried. When I had time I would prioritize biking and running. Sometimes I was only able to run once a week. Not ideal but I am just telling you what is in my logbook. The one thing I got going for me is the fact that I had some stocked knowledge from years of racing and bags of confidence, haha!

So just to have an idea of how I got to do a 70.3 in 3.5months post-delivery, here is a timetable:

TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS FROM Zero to Seventy-Point-Three…

Day 1: Walk 15minutes with Baby Dash.

Day 8:  Run 4minutes.

Day 10: Run 14minutes.

Day14: Swim 1k.

Day 15: Run 23 minutes.

Week 3: Bike 35min

Week 5: Bike 1hour

Week 7: Run 1hour

JAN 22: TIMEX RUN 10k (54minutes)

Week 12: 100km Bike Ride

Week 13: 16km Run

MAR 3: 92KM FONDO MANILA BIKE RIDE

MAR 4: 21KM RUN UNITED1 (2:10hours)

MAR 18: AVIVA SINGAPORE IM 70.3 (6:09hours)

Well that about sums up my road back to fitness so far. I am still progressing day by day but the main priority for me now is for my baby to be healthy and have a good loving environment. Luckily his Dad is very supportive of my work and training and is very hands-on with Dash as well.

Up next this year is a full Ironman and the NYC Marathon. Looking forward already!

P.S. Special thanks to Icon de Jesus and James Tagara for the race day shots!

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Timex 226: Where Iron Men and Women are Forged

In 2002, the first Iron Distance Triathlon (3.8km swim/180km bike/42.2km run) in the Philippines was held in Matabungkay Batangas, called the Phil Irondistance 2002. It was organized by First Wave Tri (Raul Cuevas, Ricky Ledesma, Lito Fugoso). The second one was put up a year after, called the Enduraman, organized by Karlo Magpayo and co, held in Subic Bay Philippines.

After a long wait, on Dec 3 this year, the third race of this distance finally came into fruition, and was organized yet again by Raul Cuevas and Bike King. Known as TIMEX 226 because of the total combined distances of the swim bike and run legs, it is the first title sponsorship and banner event of Timex Philippines for a triathlon race (although Timex has been active in sponsoring runs and triathlons both here in the Phils. and abroad).

Anda Beach in Bohol proved to be a beautiful venue, and Governor Art Yap was an equally welcoming host to the 66 participants. There were 63 males and 3 females, mostly Filipino racers with two Singaporeans in the mix.  A total of 6 local teams supported the event, namely Timex TMM (14), Bike King (4), Polo Tri (3), Quest 825 (7), Tri North (3), and Sport Spray (3).

Here are some more quick facts about the race:

  • Some of the highly respected names in the triathlon community who joined are Arland Macasieb of Filamtri/ Athlete Octane, Alvin Alindogan of Timex TMM, August Benedicto of PMI, and¬†Neil Catiil of Timex TMM,¬†.
  • Aside from Alvin, Rommel Fernandez of 7-eleven Multi Sport Team and Omar Paredes of Herbalife are Timex226 ¬†participants who were also present in the 2002 Phil Iron distance race.
  • The after-party hosted by Congressman Art Yap was a blast. Bottomless beer, crabs, lechon, barbecue, chicken, and more were served. Among the prizes for the party games were Timex watches, free hotel accommodations in Anda, and free entry to next year’s Bohol Triathlon.
  • Second to the last finisher was Jun Cunanan of Timex TMM. He arrived 30 min ahead of Luis Arcangel, the last finisher, but decided to wait for Luis at the finish line. The two of them then crossed the finish line together.
  • Alvin Alindogan, who took 1st place in his age category, slowed down only 19 minutes in his finish time in a span of 9 years since the Matabungkay triathlon.
  • Participant Edgar Villar AKA ‚ÄėBoy Power‚Äô, 61 years of age, biked from Davaoto CDO, CDO to Boholport in Tagbilaran to get to the race venue. He also biked his way to Anda the day before the race! He finished 3rd in his age group.
  • Neil Catiil had to drop out of the race because he collapsed in the 1st loop of the run course. His body was rejecting his nutrition, and he was 2nd to Arland in leading the race when he dropped out.

A respectful salute and hearty congratulations to our newly-forged Timex 226 Iron Men and Women! And a big pat on the back to the organizers, Bike King, Timex Philippines and the Sponsors. See you all next year!

Official Race Results:

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XTerra Putik Pare Race: Fun in the Mud

The Xterra Putik Pare Event held yesterday in Nuvali, Sta Rosa Laguna was something I had been looking forward to watching all year as I joined the race last year and had heaps of fun…dirty fun, as the name connotes, but good fun nonetheless. Participants of Putik Pare basically have to come in pairs- one does a bike+run, while the other does a run+bike, all off-road, after which they run to the finish together.

Pia and Belle, my girlfriends who came fresh from their XTerra World Champs Maui experience were joining the race and I thought it would be cool to cheer for them in the mud pit- a trademark of the Putik Pare race.

My husband Dan whom I found out does not really have a clue about mountain biking (sorry baby, just an observation) decided to join at the last minute too after deplaning from his Taiwan 70.3 just a week before.  Good thing Neil Catiil from the RP Tri Team agreed to be his teammate, and thanks to the loaner Elsworth MTB from Tyrone Regaliza and sponsored entry from TIMEX they were all set!

On race morning I donned one of my remaining stretchy Adidas Climacool shirts which still fit my bulging belly so I was prepared to support/ heckle all the racers. I thought it was very nice to go to an event wherein triathletes are not so pressured about their performance/ PRs…just out to have a good time with buddies!

I was happy to see Polo Tri teens Marc Altura and Javi Ocampo, whom I have seen blossom into the formidable athletes they are now from coaching them in the SuperTriKids and IronKids squads, looking game and raring to get down and dirty for something different than their normal sprint distance races.

I ended up spectating with good friends Alex Bok of ¬†TBB, David Almendral and Ton Gatmaitan of Gatorade. ¬†They had also decided to set up shop by the mud pit and cheer for friends. The mud pit design this year was more watery than that of last year–but longer. ¬†It was a good place to watch as this was the last leg they had to do before heading to the finish line.

One by one the pairs came in, and it was interesting to see how they maneuvered the brown waters–marching, trudging, sloshing–some even swam, using different strokes at that. I conclude that backstroke is most effective as demonstrated by Noel Salvador!

The eventual overall winners for the 3 categories were:

Congratulations to XTerra Phil/ Sunrise Events Inc led by Fred Uytengsu, Guy Concepcion, Princess Galura, and the Technical Crew of Neville Manaois and Jeremy Go for a very well organized race. ¬†Hope I can get my feet dirty again for next year’s event!

http://www.xterraphil.com/

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