As Levy pointed out in his blog, after a race, triathletes don’t really go on break, but continue training for the next one. There are still several races to go in the triathlon season, and I made a list here.
Each race venue is unique, and as you do a repeat of those races, you sort of prepare yourself for it. In this regard, triathlon is like golf, each course with it’s unique challenges. Punta Fuego has become legendary for it’s killer hills, and I’m not sure if I’m going to do a repeat of that (well maybe if I bring a mountain bike). Just like Subic and White Rock, it’s also open water swim, something to prepare as well for first-timers. White Rock has a predominantly flat course, 90 kms of it, and that’s the time to snap on those aerobars.
Of course, even the sprint triathlons have challenging courses. Ayala Alabang’s hills can be quite a challenge. UPLB is unique in that the swim is done in a 5-lane 20 meter pool. The 800m distance has to be covered by doing 8 circuits in the pool, the challenge here being how to count your loops.
I wonder how the courses are in Cebu and Davao. I’m sure they’re beautiful. It would be even great to join the races abroad like Singapore’s Aviva 70.3 (registration still open, pwede pa!) or the Hongkong Triathlon. Hmmm, well maybe next year.
After all these races, then maybe it’s the time to go on break, the so-called off-season. But then I’m sure triathletes, addicted as they are, will continue to look for and join fun runs and long rides. It simply becomes part of the system, and they will go on training, if not to prepare for next year’s races, at least to shake off the holiday pounds.