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Camsur Ironman 70.3 Race Report 2009

camsur im 70.3 race report
woooohoo i just finished an ironman race.
My flight to Naga was Saturday 6:15 am. My bike was brought by car by my brother, so no bike check-in hassles.
We arrived Naga after a short flight, greeted by a brass band, and local girls putting leis on us.
We were going to stay in Naga city, outside the CWC venue. After breakfast, we proceeded to CWC to get our race kit, and check in our bikes and gears.
Made a test swim in the lake, and biked around the CWC area to test the bike as well. Orientation was done in the afternoon. One last check on the bike and
transition bags, and went back to Naga for dinner and rest.
Race start was at 7 am. We woke up at 3:30 am, had a quick breakfast and proceeded to CWC for body marking and final prep.
The Swim
It was a mass start for age grouper and the pros. THe pros were already positioned in the waters, treading in the deep part already, while the age groupers
were on shore. When the horn start sounded, It was total mayhem, as can be expected when you’re surrounded by 400 swimmers.
Water visibility was absolutely zero; it was like swimming blind.
I was getting kicked and elbowed on all sides. Imagine being on the receiving end of a 2-beat kick, it’s the equivalent to getting kicked every second. At
some point my goggles were kicked loose I had to stop to reposition it.
In other words, this wasn’t only swimming, it was defensive karate as well. I was swimming in a zig zag manner going from side to side instead of straight
out.
The second loop was a bit easier as there were already fewer swimmers, and the buoys were more visible. I checked my watch as I got off the lake: 56min.  I
was expecting my time to be a bit faster, but with all the chaos the chaos out there, I had to settle for it.
The Bike
Transition to bike was quite fast. Helmet on, race belt on, shades on, gloves on, bike shoes on, gulp of gatorade, and I was off. The plan was simple. Try to
average 32kph, finish one bottle of gatorade every 15km (or every aid station), and one Gu gel every 45 minutes.
The amazing thing about the bike part was all the school children who lined up practically the entire stretch of the bike route. They were waving little
yellow ironman flags, and cheering the bikers. I must say that it really does pump you up, and brings out a little more speed in you.
I could hear the kids chanting over and over, “Go Ironman, Ironman, Go Go Go”. The girls would be shrieking as if celebrities were passing.
The bike route was relatively flat, although there were some rolling parts. I think I averaged more than 32 kph fo the first hour, probably because of the
cheering and the still fresh legs.
At the second hour, I was exactly at the 60 km mark, which meant I was down to 30kph average. At this point my legs were threatening  to cramp. That’s when I
remembered to eat my anchovy sandwich, my salt source. Compared to last year when I was fumbling to get my sandwich, this time it was neatly placed on my
Bento boxes, already cut down to bite size. The saltiness was a nice contrast to the sharp taste of Gatorade and the sweetness of the Gu.Somehow the cramps
disappeared.
As I got to an aid station, I would come to a full stop, re-fill my aero-bottle and speed off. Mental note: practice getting the Gatorade bottle on the fly,
and refilling on the move. Hmm maybe next year.
I tried to double up on the last hour, my target was to finish in less than 3 hours. I managed to arrive back to CWC in 2:56.(average 31kph)
The Run
Transition to run took me a bit longer. Bike shoes/ socks off, helmet/shades/gloves off. Run shoes/socks on, running cap on, swig of gatorade, and off to the
run. All in all it took me more than 4 minutes.
As I started the run, my total time was at 3:57. Still on course for my target. My run plan was to do the first 10K in 1:10, second 10K in 1:15, and the last
1K in 0:07, for a total of 2:32.
The run route took us to the farm part of the town, going through narrow barangay roads. There were aid stations every 1.5 km.
School children were also cheering all over. I reached the 5k turnaround in 32 minutes. It was the most refreshing aid station, under a cool shade, with a
lady doing a one-person cheering squad. The bananas were great, I should have eaten more.
As I went back towards CWC, the sun was at its peak, and at this point I had to slow down to a walk. The heat was just too much, my body shutting down almost
automatically. I reached the 10k mark at 1:15.
The second loop became more business-like. The school children had gone already (after all it was past lunchtime). The sun was still bearing on us.
Everything was still. Just the sound of tired feet shuffling. This is where I saw the running wounded. One guy with a bandage on his eye, must have been
kicked in the swim. Another one with an elbow wound, still fresh, from a nasty bike spill.
By this time, the aid stations were already serving Coke. Nothing like sugar to keep us going.
According to my most optimistic calculations, I could finish to finish in 6:22. By the time I reached the 20K run mark, it was already 6:32. i adjusted my
target to finish below 6:40. I had one kilometer and about 8 min to go. Normally this shlould be easy to do, but after swimming, biking and running 118 km,
the last km is always the hardest. In fact I had to walk again at some point here. It was a nice gesture that there were 2 foreign pros at the last 200
meters encouraging us on to finish strong. I crossed the finish line at 6:39:37.

Woooohooo I just finished an Ironman race.

Pre-race

My flight to Naga was Saturday 6:15 am. My bike was brought by car by my brother, so no bike check-in hassles.

We arrived Naga after a short flight, greeted by a brass band, and local girls putting leis on us.

We were going to stay in Naga city, outside the CWC venue. After breakfast, we proceeded to CWC to get our race kit, and check in our bikes and gears. It was a festive atmosphere in CWC, with lots of banners, people milling around the booths, triathletes checking their stuff, doing some more practice. I saw Macca and company still doing some running.

I made a test swim in the lake, and biked around the CWC area to test the bike as well. Orientation was held in the afternoon. One last check on the bike and transition bags, and went back to Naga for dinner and rest.

The Race

Race start was at 7 am. We woke up at 3:30 am, had a quick breakfast and proceeded to CWC. We arrived around 5am. I filled my bottles with Gatorade, taped the Gu gels on the bike, made a final check on my Bike and Run transition bags. Proceeded to body marking (no. 256) and went for a quick warm-up swim.

The Swim

ironman18It was a mass start for age grouper and the pros. The pros were positioned in the waters, treading in the deep part already, while the age groupers were on shore. When the horn start sounded, it was total mayhem, as can be expected when  400 swimmers kicking and flailing at the same time.

Water visibility was absolutely zero; it was like swimming blind. I was getting kicked and elbowed on all sides. Imagine being on the receiving end of a 2-beat kick, it’s the equivalent to getting kicked every second.  In other words, this wasn’t only swimming, it was defensive karate as well! At some point my goggles were kicked loose I had to stop to reposition it. My swim cap was also getting loose all the while. I must have dranked a lot of water I was getting bloated already. I was swimming in a zig zag manner going from side to side instead of straight out.

The second loop was a bit easier as there were already fewer swimmers, and the buoys were more visible. I checked my watch as I got off the lake: 54min.  I was expecting my time to be a bit faster, but with all the chaos the chaos out there, I had to settle for it.

The Bike

Transition to bike was quite fast. Helmet on, race belt on, shades on, gloves on, bike shoes on, gulp of gatorade, and I was off. The plan was simple. Try to average 32kph, finish one bottle of gatorade every 15km (or every aid station), and one Gu gel every 45 minutes.

It was an amazing sight looking at all the school children who lined up practically the entire stretch of the bike route. They were waving little yellow ironman flags, and cheering the bikers. I must say that it really does pump you up, and brings out a little more speed in you.

I could hear the kids chanting over and over, “Go Ironman, Ironman, Go Go Go”.  The girls would be shrieking as if celebrities were passing.

The bike route was relatively flat, although there were some rolling parts. I think I averaged more than 32 kph fo the first hour, probably because of the excitement, the cheering and the still fresh legs.

At the second hour, I was exactly at the 60 km mark, which meant I was down to 30kph average. At this point my legs were threatening  to cramp. That’s when I remembered to eat my anchovy sandwich, my salt source. Compared to last year when I was fumbling to get my sandwich, this time it was neatly placed on my Bento boxes, already cut down to bite size. The saltiness was a nice contrast to the sharp taste of Gatorade and the sweetness of the Gu. Somehow the cramps disappeared.

As I got to an aid station, I would come to a full stop, re-fill my aero-bottle and speed off. Mental note: practice getting the Gatorade bottle on the fly, and refilling on the move. Hmm maybe next year.

I tried to double-time on the last hour, my target was to finish in less than 3 hours. I managed to arrive back to CWC in 2:56.(average 31kph)

The Run

IMG_2435Transition to run took me a bit longer. Bike shoes/ socks off, helmet/shades/gloves off. Run shoes/socks on, running cap on, swig of gatorade, and off to the run. All in all it took me more than 4 minutes.

As I started the run, my total time was at 3:57. Still on course for my target. My run plan was to do the first 10K in 1:10, second 10K in 1:15, and the last 1K in 0:07, for a total of 2:32.

The run route took us to the farm part of the town, going through narrow barangay roads. There were aid stations every 1.5 km. School children were also cheering all over. I reached the 5k turnaround aid station in 32 minutes. It was the most energizing aid station, with a cool shade, and a lady doing a one-person cheering squad. The bananas were great, I should have eaten more.

As I went back towards CWC, the sun was at its peak, and at this point I had to slow down to a walk. The heat was just too much, my body slowing to a walk almost automatically. I reached the first 10k mark at 1:15.

The second loop became more business-like. The school children had gone already (after all it was past lunchtime). The sun was still bearing on us. Everything was still. Just the sound of tired feet shuffling. Looking around, you can see the the running/walking wounded. One guy with a bandage on his eye, must have been kicked in the swim. Another one with a nastly elbow wound, still fresh, from a bike spill.

By this time, the aid stations were already serving Coke. Nothing like sugar to keep us going.

ironman24According to my most optimistic target, I could finish to finish in 6:22. By the time I reached the 20K run mark, it was already 6:32. I adjusted my target to finish below 6:40. I had one kilometer and about 8 min to go. Normally this should be easy to do, but after swimming, biking and running 112 km, the last kilometer is always the hardest. In fact I had to walk again at some point here. It was a nice gesture that there were 2 foreign pros at the last 200 meters encouraging us on to finish strong. I crossed the finish line at 6:39 on the clock.

Race results here.

Discussion

11 thoughts on “Camsur Ironman 70.3 Race Report 2009

  1. Congratulations Joma!!!
    I wish I have the discipline to train for a triathlon.🙂

    Posted by carlo | August 26, 2009, 8:03 pm
  2. Congrats!

    Posted by Jojo | August 27, 2009, 10:11 am
  3. Congrats Joms! Tindi mo!
    And if ever Ill be ready for WRT this Nov, magbabaon din ako ng secret weapon mo:D Anchovie Panini.

    Posted by jla | August 27, 2009, 6:22 pm
  4. Great finish, Joms! 5.30 in next year’s Ironman. You make us all proud.

    Posted by chrisz | August 27, 2009, 6:39 pm
  5. Congrats Mr Joma!

    Posted by Andre | September 4, 2009, 11:36 am
  6. Dear Runner and Blogger,

    Ateneo’s Collegiate Society of Advertising (COSA) will be having its first-ever Fun Run on January 24, 2010 (Sunday) at the Ateneo campus grounds called, “RUN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS: Ateneo COSA Fun Run 2010” (3/5/10K) with our slogan: Stand Up to Climate Change. We have partnered with social entrepreneur, Illac Diaz, who started “Design Against the Elements.” This is an international design competition that responds to the call for social and climate adaptation by building sustainable homes. This was launched to international architects last June 16, 2009 at the Institute of International Education (IIE) at the United Nations Plaza in New York with the support of the IIE, the Philippine Consulate, Gov. Lray Villafuerte, Gawad Kalinga, United Architects of the Philippines and My Shelter Foundation.

    We are going beyond the spirit of volunteerism. By choosing Design Against the Elements as the cause for our fun run, we will also be promoting its anthem, “Stand Up”, a collaboration of 50 of the Philippines’ finest artists like Kjwan, Cookie Chua, Karl Roy, Jett Pangan, Noel Cabangon, Barbie Almalbis, Migs Escueta, etc. We are asking for your help in the simultaneous online release of the video we (Ateneo COSA) are creating for the song. This unreleased single will be launched online via a video which will be sent to you on TUESDAY for posting on your blogs. TUESDAY (OCT 27) is the targeted date, so if you would like to help us promote this global campaign and fun run event, please do post this video on your blogs. Below is a forwarded message from Illac Diaz if you would like to know more details about the campaign.

    We hope you help us in promoting ACTION against and not just mere AWARENESS regarding climate change. Climate change is here and now—we want to be able to properly handle another calamity like Ondoy next time. Don’t we?

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Ally Lim
    Project Head
    RUN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS (Ateneo COSA Fun Run 2010)
    0927-5075426
    allymlim@yahoo.co.uk

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Illac Diaz
    Date: Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 2:13 AM
    Subject: Philippine Bloggers Appeal Letter (Tuesday Video Launch)

    Dear Blogger

    These last month has been an incredible trial for the Philippines and its people. As the floodwater begins to receed, a new challenge will need to be met, which is rebuilding many areas that have been affected by the storm. This crisis may have an opportunity by allowing us to work with you and help you rebuild better. Specially since, the incident is not a singular occurence, but is going to be a pattern of challenges for the coming decades due to the changes in climate and a longer view must be implimanted.

    We would like to ask you to help us with a mega-band campaign song to raise awareness on the need to move awareness to climate adaptability in the Philippines over mere carbon reduction as the country is not a significant emitter, but one of the world’s communities most vulnerable; and least able to adapt.
    We have united almost 50 of the top icons of music to sing the campaign song to arouse attention not only of the Philippines, but a global audience that we must move to greater awareness and policies for raising awareness to climate adaptability in the Philippines over mere carbon reduction as the country is not a significant emitter, but that we are also one of the world’s communities most vulnerable; and least able to adapt.

    Like the Blog Action Day we shall be releasing a video simultaneously over the web that we are editing now. Here is a rough sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol2x22rFtBg

    We ask you if you could help us with the simltaneous release.

    …..

    The projected impact of climate change in Philippines is extreme typhoons (top four in the world according to the Global Climate Index). This is due mainly to the high vulnerability of rural areas and very little capacity for adaptation (poverty and lack of awareness of the rising dangers) of the people at risk. These upcoming humanitarian disasters, and climate refugee mass migration, and will lead to a high state of conflict and insecurity for the poor below the poverty line.

    This project, Design Against the Elements will focus on the climate displaced communities in Metro Manila, Philippines. Combined with research recently completed by the Manila Observatory on the future challenges of climate in the Naga region ( which is a sample of similar challenges in other areas of the Philippines), it contribute to design and build a redesigned low income community which will be the new blueprint of how people in the vulnerable coastal areas can successfully cope with impacts of climate variability. The knowledge generated from this study will facilitate the development of policies that address these humanitarian challenges.

    The main objective of this competition is to contribute to rural adaptability to climate change impacts, in the form of architectural resiliency to strong typhoon winds and heavy rains. Capacity building in the present social networks such as community, non-government, and government organizations involved with these areas will allow a shift into post disaster mitigation to preparing ahead of the storm. The main hypothesis of this project is having a safer structures “ahead of time” will lead to less injury, number of climate refugees, and loss of life and property.
    The main partner and benificiary will be Gawad Kalinga who will recieve the winning designs of which the winner of the competition will have 100 houses built with the new design.

    This competition will begin in November 2009. We are setting the land and the global partners.

    The competition brief ( which is how the architects design the village based on the key points of climate change challenges, data on the site and province, ect) is still being done by the United Architects of the Philippines.Last 2008, it was for building safer schools for shelter (http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2008/05.08/31-designs.html)

    It will be from the top marketing using the United Architects of the Philippines writing to all architect associations in the world linked to them BUT the exciting one is the grassroots marketing of the global Gawad Kalinga members asking architects they can reach (inspire) to be involved. We expect 4000 entries.

    The song is composed by Joey Ayala and Boogie Romero and is about to be finished by 50 of the top Filipino bands and personalities who are now finishing the “Stand Up” theme song for the campaign.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Illac Angelo Diaz
    Executive Director
    Global Designer Village Challenge
    0918-9403513

    Posted by Ally Lim | October 26, 2009, 5:16 pm
  7. Hi, I found your site while doing some research into Ironman 70.3 Philippines. I’m interested in training for and competing in the Aug. 2010 race. As evidence from your blog, you know quite a bit about the training required and the experience of the race. Perhaps I could start an email correspondence with you and ask you a few questions? Feel free to email me back.
    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Robert

    Posted by Robert | January 26, 2010, 1:50 pm
  8. Hi Robert thanks for visiting and will certainly answer any question you may have. I will email you privately.

    Posted by groundhogdude | January 27, 2010, 10:56 am
  9. congratulations sir!! galing sobra! will target ironman 2011!

    Posted by sprintingswine | August 23, 2010, 11:25 am

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