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My Taiwan race on Yahoonews Philippines!

Since I took so long to blog about this anyway, here is the article by Babeth Lolarga:

http://ph.yfittopostblog.com/2010/12/02/pinay-interior-designer-wins-int’l-triathlon-event/

Pinay interior designer wins int’l triathlon event

By Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – December 2nd, 2010

 

By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
For Yahoo! Southeast Asia

While the nation whooped it up over Manny Pacquiao’s latest victory, a Filipino woman quietly flew home, lugging an international medal and trophy for the more physically taxing and rigorous sport of triathlon.

Her feat has received scant media attention, overshadowed by Pacquiao’s latest triumph.

Ani de Leon, 35, topped the Ironman 70.3 Race Series in Kenting, Taiwan, for the overall amateur category three weeks ago. Only one slot was given away to qualify for the world championships, and it went to her. She also finished ahead of other amateur women categories.

The first time her mother, feminist Anna Leah Sarabia, saw her compete, she described the sport as “masochistic” because Ani swims, bikes and runs longer distances than what’s required in the Olympics.

De Leon, an interior design graduate of the University of the Philippines and a visual artist on the side, looks back on how she got into sports.

“I was inspired by the commercial of gymnast Bea Lucero, but swimming with my sister Sinag throughout high school and college got me hooked into sports for the long haul,” she recalled. “After college, it was triathlon all the way. It seemed the most logical because Sinag and my UP friends were into it. I developed a lifelong love for it.”

While others may consider triathlon an extreme sport, she does not because she has taught her body to adapt.

“It is normal for my body to function that way,” she noted. “A lot of athletes, who are discovering multi-sport, will see this for themselves.”

She continued: “Humans are built to go long distances as evidenced in prehistoric times when man hunted for food. We have powerful engines; our frames can support that. So I am exploring how far my body-mind can go.”

She trains all-year-round since triathletes always join different kinds of competition. She said she plans to join six major international races in the Ironman and 70.3 calendar next year. That is roughly one every two months, not counting local races she participates in.

She maintains a disciplined schedule, but has taken time to pioneer the training of future Filipino triathletes. She is the coach of two squads: SuperTriKids and IronKids. The first group is under the Triathlon Association of the Philippines while the second is under the Ironman brand, which Fred Uytengsu of Alaska Milk acquired recently.

Together with Senator Pia Cayetano’s Pinay in Action, she visits public high schools, teaching kids, mostly girls, how to run. De Leon said all three organizations work for the same goal, that is, to get kids outdoors, get them active and embark them on a lifetime commitment to fitness and well-being. I

“It’s a great self-esteem and character builder, better than playing video games the whole weekend,” she observed.

Asked if a person can make a living out of being a professional sports woman, she answered: “If you decide to be a fulltime triathlete in the Philippines, it is not that easy. I am lucky because I’ve embraced the sport fully. I earn from coaching and holding training camps, conducting run clinics and organizing races. It is not work for me because I enjoy it.”

Since 2001, she has represented the country as national short-course athlete, then long-course athlete towards late 2007 to the present.

The first triathlon event she participated in was also in 2001 in Dumaguete City at the National Triathlon Trials.

Short course is one km swim,30 km bike, and 10 km run.Long course is two km swim,80 km bike and 10 km run.

Explaining her leap from short to long-distance events, she said: “Triathlon as a sport has a lot of race distances. Generally, if you are below 30, you excel in short-distance events. Once you hit 30 and above, you excel in long-distance endurance events.”

When competing, she feels tremendous happiness. It is her chance to experience nature closely. She explained: “I get to know different places really well. There is nothing like swimming, biking, and running from point to point which forces you to commune with all the elements.”

Racing has taken her all over Asia, parts of Australia and the United States to represent the Philippines. Her most memorable competition was the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

“Crossing the finish line there with the Philippine flag brought me to tears,” she recalled.

She continues to be inspired and driven by the performances of other athletes like Chrissie Wellington and Michellie Jones. She described them as “amazing women for whom I have so much respect.”

“Knowing that they are pushing the boundaries on behalf of all women makes me want to be like them, but I’m doing it in my own way,” she pointed out.

The bronze-bodied de Leon is aware that she is five years shy of 40 and her body may feel differently once she crosses that age. She is undaunted, having met female professionals still competing at the top of the field at 40.

As for her budding interior design career that was nipped in the bud, she shrugged and said: “I have shelved it and embraced the world of multi-sport full time.”

“Having said that, I am still going to be involved with triathlon through coaching,” she vowed. “I love helping kids achieve their potential in sports and in life.”

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Kona Underpants Run 2010

One of my favorite Kona 2010 moments… what fun!!!

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Around the Big Island of Hawaii

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Love My New Adidas Fluid Trainers!!!

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quick picture posting…

as i am in the middle of organizing/ race directing another big event tomorrow (yes guys, please visit www.gabrielsymphony.com) but feel the need to fill up the gaping hole in my blog, here is a quick photo from cam sur…. more (lots!) to follow later on of course…

Timex Ironman 70.3 Philippines Official Photo

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Short Video Clip on 24Oras Pre Cam Sur 70.3

   On 24Oras: http://www.gmanews.tv/video/65147/24oras-top-pinay-triathlete-ani-de-leon-to-compete-in-ironman-703-tomorrow

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Sennheiser/ Adidas Sports Earphones Launch

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Team Woman Run

Girl Power Time!

This morning was a special one dedicated to women runners, I had such an excellent time bonding with girlfriends!  My Fitness First-South Tri teammates Belle, Mimi, and Rizzo signed up for the Team Relay and clinched the third spot, and that really made our day as we were up against an amazing bunch of women.  Adding to the fun was the fact that a lot of my fellow female triathletes joined as well, including Marichu, Mica, Trina, Nina, Tessa, Leana, Fiona, Monica, Kim, Amanda, Bea, Leica, Chesca, and many more! Some of the participants wore costumes (my teammates and I were dressed as beach bombshells) and special prizes were given to the best ones. 

Congrats Lactacyd, Princess Galura and Coach Rio for another great event!!!

Thanks Mica for the pics and of course P.R. for being our pacer and support crew!!! 🙂

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Men’s Health Trail Ride and Run

This was one of those spur-of-the-moment races which turned out to be a blast, thanks to my friends from SABAK… most especially to Ginny and Tyrone for lending me their mountain bike, again (used it in Ex-Tri ’09)!!!  I ended up doing a 16k run instead of 10k though because of poor navigation haha… all good 🙂

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SUBIT 2010 Subic International Triathlon

I love Subic, I have so many memories here, both good and painful… it is a place special to Filipino triathletes, it has seen the sport grow so much throughout the years. Subic International Triathlon is part of the ITU Asia Cup Series and hosts the Age Group Team Championships.  Am super happy to report that my age group team, Fitness First has won the coveted crown again!  It was really fun to see all the team colors on the race course though, and at the end of the day you do end up cheering for each and everyone of your friends regardless of affiliation. What a weekend!!!

Photo Credits go to JC Manas, Doray Ellis, Redg Plopinio, Timmy de los Reyes… and if for some reason I grabbed your pic from Facebook and forgot to acknowledge it my apologies!!!

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