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Tri party weekend

Ani and Doray on-stage during the program

Triathletes had a full weekend starting with Friday’s send off for Ani de Leon in mag.net in Bonifacio High Street, and yesterday’s Animo Sprint Tri in Ayala Alabang.

Ani’s send off was a nice gathering of triathletes. Highlights of the event were the raffle prizes (grand prize was a free trip to Hawaii, one-year membership at Fitness First, gift certificates from David’s Salon and Rudy Project) and rock numbers from triathletes, starting off with Jon-jon Rufino, punctuated by Edward Ifurong, and reaching decibel proportions with Ige Lopez. The program was hosted by Rey Agapay and Ria Vallesteros.

The Animo Tri turned out to be another tri-party as triathletes showed up in droves to join the events. It was a full morning starting with the Super Tri Kids, the Mini-Sprint and the Sprint Event.


Waiting for our wave to start, Jerome and myself

Waiting for our wave to start, Jerome and myself

I was in the very last wave of the Sprint event, which was flagged off close to 8am already. I was feeling hunger pangs already having eaten my pre-race meal several hours ago. There was the usual chaotic start at the pool with a lot of kicking. Several laps into the swim, there was still a lot of bumping. This only meant that I was still in the main pack! However I sort of ran out of gas towards the end as the main pack went ahead. Time out of the water: 26min.


A familiar outcome for me: last wave, last swimmer out, all the bikes gone! Anyway I spent about 4 minutes in transition, before pedaling into the bike route. I had a vague idea about the bike route being an figure-of-8-loop circuit. I decided I would just follow the marshalls’ directions. 

It turns out that everyone else had the same idea, except that the marshalls weren’t prepared for this. In the end, each one had their own interpretation of the ocho-ocho loop. I did 3 small loops before doing  3 big loops. Some did 4 small and 2-and-a-half big. Another did 8 small, one big. In the end, everyone had different kilometer readings. Mine was 29.7, I know Marga did 36, still others had 26 or so. No wonder the organizers had to defer the awarding as they figure out this problem.

The run was pretty straight-forward: one 6.5 km loop around the Country Club. I still found it rather difficult as I struggled to a 45 minute finish. Overall time was about 2:20, just a little bit faster than J.Lo 🙂

The bike confusion notwithstanding, it was a fun event seeing all the triathletes, both beginners and veterans. I met several doing their first triathlon: Marga of course, Jamie “The Bullrunner”, and Mel Guerrero. Congrats to all of you!

Lots of photos here from Kingdelrosario



9 thoughts on “Tri party weekend

  1. Hey Joms, fun race all around 🙂 Did you get to try out TI during the swim? How was it?

    Posted by levyang | September 15, 2008, 4:23 pm
  2. Hi Levy, unfortunately, TI became Totally Impossible because of all the bumping in the pool and the excitement of the race. I still have to work on the drills to fully incorporate it into my swim (sigh) 🙂

    Posted by groundhogdude | September 15, 2008, 7:00 pm
  3. hey it was really great doing the animo tri with you guys. 🙂 and also hanging out with you at ani’s send off. 🙂 next time uli ha?!

    Posted by marga | September 15, 2008, 10:15 pm
  4. and i thought i (and one other guy i ran alongside) was the only one who got the bike route mixed up…! this is proof positive that things can only get better. it was my first triathlon too and i enjoyed it immensely. glad to know i wasn’t alone in being a newbie though i can claim to be the only one who skidded/crashed 50 meters from the transition point as i turned into the curve. how did this happen? stupid me waved to a friend i saw as i headed into the turn. before i knew it, i was trying to keep my bike in straight line. 😛

    Posted by bobby | September 15, 2008, 11:59 pm
  5. Marga, see you in UPLB or AAV?

    Bobby, glad you enjoyed your first tri. There are a couple more lined up for the rest of the year, so keep on training. Especially Alabang, that needs to be raced one more time 🙂

    Posted by groundhogdude | September 16, 2008, 12:38 pm
  6. UPLB. Jeremy will be joining us too. Another triathlete in the making!:)

    Posted by marga | September 17, 2008, 1:35 pm
  7. who’s doing the making? 😀


    Posted by kiks | September 29, 2008, 3:42 pm
  8. Hi Joms, I did not see you at Los Banos? Anyway, hope to see you at Ayala next month? All the best.

    Posted by Philip | September 30, 2008, 8:33 pm
  9. Hi Philip, nope wasn’t at UPLB, but see you at Alabang 🙂

    Posted by groundhogdude | October 1, 2008, 9:02 am

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