Kickstarted the month with the Durianman Triathlon in Davao over the May Pac fight weekend. LC, Michael and Mitch (our friendly, neighborhood, over-staying Aussie pros), and I had a superstar welcome! It was an absolute blast getting to know the local tri community, and sampling all the local fare! Could not get enough of Davao seafood - so fresh and so cheap. Big thank you's to JJ Sarona, George Cang, and everybody at Tri Davao and The Podium Multisport for showing us a great time!
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Now comes the really hectic part! I was all pumped and set to do Defy 123 Triathlon in Bohol May 24, my absolute favorite triathlon in the Philippines, hoping to defend my title for the third straight time. But just a week before the race, a friend told me about a new standard distance tri up north in Bolinao, Pangasinan, the Tigasin Triathlon.
The race promised P50,000, P35,000, and P20,000 for the top 3 male and female. Definitely a big purse for a new local short, hence definitely worth traveling to! ;) The kicker was that it was on May 23! But instead of deciding which of the two races I would do, I started planning on how I could do both! :)
Heinrich Gasacao, I LOVE YOU and I OWE YOU big time!
The 6-hr drive back to Manila right after the awards ceremony was, as you can imagine, no fun at all. At 5:30pm, I stepped in Junie and Rayzon's door (my friends whose home I intermittently squat at whenever I am in Manila), and immediately went to work setting up my road bike for Defy 123 Triathlon. MARAMING SALAMAT SA TUNAY KONG KAIBIGAN, RAYZON "KAP" GALDONEZ, who is an absolute bike god/guru/whisperer, and set up my road bike so sweet that even though it was my first time riding it at the race, it felt like I had been riding it forever!
Luckily I had Skipper Pineda, Andy Leuterio, and a few other guys in a pretty organized group, and we caught up to little fish LC, who was riding with Javy Olives. I still felt horrid in the first hour of the bike, but after getting some rest at the back of the group, I started feeling better and took turns at pulling up front. The 12km run was a crazy 44C, with parts of it on the blinding white sand beach.
It was definitely not an easy day, and I don't know if I'll ever do such a crazy weekend of racing again! But I am happy and proud to have finished what I set out to do, and even managed to surprise myself by not succumbing to the overwhelming feeling of wanting to DNF. I was very close to pulling out of the race right out of that swim. Defy 123 Tri may not be easy, but the after party is definitely worth all the hard work. Bellevue Bohol is the perfect race and party venue, and the Defy team certainly know how to throw a good one!
See you all in 5150 Subic and Challenge Camsur!