- Got to the venue around 5am and while it was still dark, TRAP was already on hand to welcome the early birds in the transition area.
- Noticed subtle changes like the numbers on the bike racks were laminated instead of the usual masking tapes.
- It appeared that Coach Rick was dead serious in making amends from the unfortunate experience at ANIMO Tri where half of the participants got disqualified because of the confusion re: bike course. He did the race briefing right in the middle of the transition area at exactly 5:45am as announced.
- Saw fellow bloggers like Javy (Tri’in Hard) in his brand-new Cervelo, Joma (Groundhog Dude) and of course Philip (Foreign Runner).
- Was glad to see Suzi as well who did her first triathlon. As it turned out, she finished first in her age group 🙂 What a debut!! Also saw Gelo Arellano who did his 2nd tri. Congrats!!
- I observed though that there were not as many participants in last weekend’s race. Must be because WRT was held just the week before and there’s the Dua on the 19th. Not to mention the Adidas KOTR the day before. But that didn’t stop true Ironmen like Joma and Fiona Ottiger from participating 🙂
Swim: 950m (21:13)
- Started out at lane 2 in order to avoid getting kicked around at the start 🙂
- Around 3/4 of the way, I went back to lane 1 because the strong swimmers were already coming my way 🙂
- For a good part of the swim, I drafted off a participant just to see if it really makes it easier. I don’t know if I drafted properly because I didn’t notice any difference.
- Before our wave started, I told Alfred Racho that I’ve come to accept the fact my swim is what it is. Going for a sub-20 while ideal is just going to take a lot out of me.
Transition One (1:52)
Bike 30K (55:53)
- Finally, did the correct sequence of the Ocho-Ocho route 🙂
- Averaged 32.3 km/hr
- Don’t believe Leo Oracion’s bike split. He did an extra Cuenca Loop. Too bad, he could have given Hiro Takei a great race to the finish.
- I just want to share this tidbit. The day before the race I had my bike washed at Bike Town Cyclery. Also got my back tire replaced. Since budget is always a consideration I thought of getting a Michelin Dynamic (P500). While talking with Kuya Jun, he tried to convince me to give Continental Grand Prix a shot. I tend to tune out when bike talk gets too technical because all of the terms really sound greek to me. Besides, I want to keep things simple and I tend to doubt how some bike parts/accessories can help one improve on his/her time. Well, sa totoo lang, hindi ko lang afford kaya sourgraping ako 🙂 At any rate, I was hoodwinked into shelling out one grand for the Grand Prix tire. Well, that one tire DID make a difference in my ride last weekend. I noticed that it was less bumpy and I did have a smoother ride. I really couldn’t believe one tire could make that big a difference. Am I a convert? Nah, still can’t afford to keep up with the Joneses 🙂
Transition Two (1:41)
- Have to work on letting my cleats remain on the bike when I remove my feet. Maybe I’ll try this on the Dua this Sunday.
Run 7K (36:05)
- Familiarity with the course helped me preserve energy in order to attack the hills and go for a semi-sprint once the last hill was conquered and I was in the Country Club straightaway to the finish.
- Brought my HRM this time for the race because Philip told me to race at 88-90% capacity.
- But then, it was useless because my HRM was at my stomach at this point measuring how hungry I am 🙂
- I am sure I left it all out there though because Ellet remarked that I was no longer smiling at the finish and it took me quite a while to recover and breathe normally.
- Achieved pre-race goals of trying to do a sub-2 and improving on my times in the run.
- Guess it was a redemption of sorts for both TRAP and myself. No more DQ’s 🙂 (Based on the results, there were only 3 or 4 participants who didn’t follow the proper sequence)
- Happy 2nd Anniversary to my fellow TRIplets: Joma and Butch. This is where it all started for us in this wonderful world of triathlon 🙂
Cheers! Season will be winding up soon. Next Race: Clark Dua on the 19th.