Well, it’s going to be an Ateneo-La Salle showdown for the UAAP Men’s Basketball championship. Let me tell you this, Ateneo WILL WIN this year’s championship. No question about it. But, in the stuff that really matter in life (at least for me), La Salle will always be close to my heart. For one, La Salle was among the first or, if not, the only educational institution in this country which made an unequivocal statement against GMA. Ateneo? Oh please…. (Do pardon me if I have offended your political sensibilities)
More importantly, La Salle trumps Ateneo in my book because it sponsored the Animo Tri that was held in Alabang yesterday 🙂 Ateneo? It did tri to hold a sprint triathlon last year, but it was cancelled at the last minute. Now, on to my recap of yesterday’s race. I’ll just do bullet points for this one:
- Quite a festive atmosphere yesterday. I’m guessing there were more than 200 participants who raced in the Animo Tri.
- I was glad Philip (Foreign Runner) joined his first Tri despite his apprehensions about swimming. Don’t worry Philip, you blew us away during the bike and run legs. The tri-community better watch out for you in future races.
- A lot of first timers joined like Jaymie (Bullrunner), Marga (Changeling Child) and Harry (Mukhang Guilty). Like Philip, Jaymie was also worried about swimming. But with the form she displayed, one would have suspected she was the author of the book on Total Immersion 🙂 Marga, well, she did 36 kms on the bike leg. Even then, she still won in her age group 🙂 How’s that for a first time.
- Swim: Did 21:33. LOTS of participants in my age group and it was difficult to negotiate my way around. It’s times like these that I would much rather swim in open water. But then, I kept thinking this will soon pass as I was getting kicked around in the pool. Ouch.
- Transition 1: 1:57. I’m slowly getting the hang of it. That part about having the shoes already clipped-on the bike as I begin the bike leg 🙂
- Bike: Ahhh, this is where it gets interesting. I’ve always liked to race in Alabang because the course never changes and you could use it as a benchmark for future races. But then, the day before the race, I received an email from Coach Rick informing the firstwave tri egroup that the bike course was going to be a bit different at certain times during the race in light of the concerns raised by AAV residents. However, during the actual race day itself, my wife told me that they changed the race course yet again. Instead of doing the usual 5 loops around Country Club, the participants were required to do 3 loops of the ‘ocho-ocho’ route. This caused a lot of confusion among the racers because there was this intersection in the bike leg where there was an arrow pointing to the left and to the right as well. Under the ‘right’ arrow, however, was the term ‘finish line’. So, what I did was I kept on turning left each time I reached the intersection until I reached about 26.5kms in my odometer and it was only then that I turned right. I knew I did not follow the correct route. No worries though as I thought most of the participants treated the Animo Tri more like a ‘fun run’ instead of an actual race. Did 56:15 for 28km. One good thing I can take with me from yesterday’s race was that I used the big ring throughout the bike leg 🙂
- Transition 2: Did 2:16. I was asking my fellow participants in the transition area what was their odometer reading for the bike leg and I got various responses.
- Run: 39:04. Same route as before.
- Unofficial time: 2:01:07. Take it with a grain of salt though because I did a totally different bike leg than the rest of the participants. All things considered though, I had fun 🙂 Twas great to see Ricky Laguda, a batchmate of mine at the Ateneo who is now a La Salle brother. Fellow Tri-blogger, Joma, raced as well. Hopefully, Butch can also join next time so that Team Triplets will be complete.
- Heartfelt Cheers!! and congratulations are in order for Sunkist TriHard Team who organized the Animo Tri. Judging from the number of participants, La Salle should have a lot of scholars for next school year 🙂 Thank you also to TRAP, Coach Rick, etc. for doing their best under the circumstances.