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September 15, 2008

Animo Recap

Filed under: Races — levyang @ 6:59 am

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.   


  1. levy, i don’t think it’s official! hahaha 😀 a marshall just told me that but it’s nothing official unless it comes from rick et. al. my concern is that, i did not bike in the otso pattern. I biked big circle once, twice, then three of small circle, then last one on big circle. how’s that?

    Comment by marga — September 15, 2008 @ 7:25 am | Reply

  2. Hi Levy, yeah that Finish sign pointing to the right seemed to me like it was the last loop, so I was doing the small loops first. (It actually reminded me of the run portion of Subic Tri, where you have to take a different last loop to the finish). But then looking at the km reading, it didn’t seem right, so I figured I had to do the big loops also. In any case, yeah, it was quite a fun race.

    Comment by groundhogdude — September 15, 2008 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  3. Levy, thanks for all the help. I will schedule some swimming lessons as it took me almost 30min to swim 950m. The bike was a disaster though. I downloaded the map on garmin and it does not look like the route on Marga’s site??? Anyway as you said it was more of a fun run and seeing what tri is all about. I am hooked now and will even do the next tri in stead of the adidas race…. Congrats on your race. We however have to work on that running time of yours???

    Comment by foreignrunner — September 15, 2008 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  4. Hey levy, naks author of the TI book? I like that. I want to go for a refresher course with nonoy sometime. Parang kulang sa power and speed. Or I guess that comes in time and with practice.

    Congrats on your finish! I didn’t see you anymore after. Wanted to congratulate virgie in person.

    Hope to see you dancing ocho ocho in alabang on saturday. I’ll be running.

    Comment by thebullrunner — September 15, 2008 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  5. Hi, this is Greg Banzon…from Sunkist Tri Hard….just wanted to thank you for joining the race and for your understanding over the confusion in the bike course….we’ll do a lot better next year…do join us again….and, by the way – you’re right, a lot of the kids at the Saint Jaime Hilario School – La Salle will be happy…we had a total of 260 participants…of which about 250 were paying participants…all proceeds of the registration goes to the school….

    Comment by Greg Banzon — September 15, 2008 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  6. Marga,
    Ano man sabihin nila….you’re still the champ in my book 🙂

    One thing good that came out though was that I think they changed the course for the better 🙂 5 loops around the old route can get a bit boring.

    Glad to be of service my friend 🙂 Wow, did I get it right? You’re eschewing running for TRI. Guess we created a TRI monster here 🙂 Yup, I need to work on…..everything 🙂

    Yup, you had good form so that means you’re swimming efficiently. I think endurance and speed would soon follow once you got the technique down pat 🙂 Don’t worry, it will all come together in due time. Like running, just have to put the time and effort in 🙂

    Thank you for the visit. Wanted to congratulate you in person but it was so hectic that day. I really hope there’ll be more triathlons-for-a-cause in the future. You can count on me to support your group in whatever form and manner. On a side note, thanks to you, a lot of new triathletes were born that day in Alabang 🙂

    Comment by levyang — September 16, 2008 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  7. Virgie, tayo’y mag otso-otso! Hahaha.

    TRIplets, let’s go!

    Comment by marga — September 16, 2008 @ 7:07 am | Reply

  8. Congratulations on the Animo Triathlon.

    I agree with you Levy. As much as I love my school, it really looks like Ateneo will win this season.

    Comment by Taki — September 17, 2008 @ 10:24 am | Reply

  9. Hey Levy,

    2:00 flat is great. Im aiming for that time 🙂

    Ive been reading alot of mail about that confusing bike route. I saw the results and almost half the field DQed..which is real bad.

    Anyhow, almost everyone is out there to sweat, which is always good.

    See you in AAV on October 12!

    Comment by Javy — September 18, 2008 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  10. Marga,
    Yup, same route for the Oct 12 Tri, let’s do the ocho-ocho.

    Sorry a, pero itaga mo na sa bato yan 🙂

    How’s your vacation? Hope you’re sweating out there as well. Why not aim for a sub 2? You can do it!!!

    Comment by levyang — September 19, 2008 @ 3:03 am | Reply

  11. hey bro,

    hope to see you again in future tri races..d ako nakasali AAV kasi nagtitipid.hehe.just bought a bike..
    congrats for finishing the animo tri..i know panis lang sayo yun.

    Comment by norman — September 21, 2008 @ 11:29 am | Reply

  12. Norman,

    Nakakatawa ka talaga….walang panis sa triathlon. Lahat sila nakakasuka. Good Luck sa WRT!!!

    Comment by levyang — September 22, 2008 @ 3:12 am | Reply

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