Sunday, August 21, 2011

1st Mayor Moonyeen Durano Triathlon Cup, Sogod, Cebu

The challenges of training

In June, I structured my training to do at least two sports on the same week.  With a full-time job, travel necessities, health, house chores, it was more of a challenge.  Whenever I have to choose, I was just marking priority days, for example, Tuesday is a priority day for running at the track as my running group meets at this day (we call ourselves the Tuesday Group) and a Saturday bike-run brick.

It also helps to have an incoming race to aim at, thus, I was amazed to hear that an Olympic Distance Triathlon is scheduled in a month.  The distance encompasses a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride & a 10K run.

The plan

The plan was simple: take it easy.  I want to run when the run leg comes.  I am capable of running a 6min/km 10K.  A 7min/km run would still be an improvement over my previous triathlon.

The race

The race was graced by no other than the town CEO, Mayor Moonyeen Durano.  Unlike other politicians who only stays at a sporting event as long as their speeches, Mayor Moonyeen was there up to the awarding (some 5-6 hours later).

Except that the transition area is so cramped, the race was very well organized.  We had fun at the area before the race officially started.
 This was Bazinga's 4th triathlon and her first Olympic Distance. :-)

The swim leg was a one-way trip to the buoy and back at the white sandy beaches of Sogod.  I will never ever join a race that does not feature a good beach. :-) (Maybe, I'll make an exception later but for now, that statement will stand)
I was taking it very easy on the swim and I was one of the late swim finishers of the leg. :-)

The bike leg was nice but tiresome as there were four downhills followed by uphills (of course).  At the through were bridges, thus we have to slow down.  This takes the momentum out and thus, the leg (pun intended) was indeed painful.  The rain did not help also as I was using dry lubes and when it poured, I can almost feel my chain almost giving up, thus I have to slow down at the last loop.  (Lesson learned: always watch the forecast, even if you're not windsurfing).

The run leg was a one-way trip, from sea level to a higher level.  I was feeling great, and the iPod was really of great help.  As expected, I was doing around 7min/km but I was happy that indeed I could still jog at the end of a 1.5K swim and a 40K bike ride.


Of course, this race wouldn't end without Adz' signature flying finish.  My photographer, yaya, driver, fiance marvelously captured this moment again.

I love triathlons!

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