For the undecided – Cobra Ironman 70.3 – to do or not to do


Tri athletes mind: Should I register or should I not?

Me:  Why not?  I did!  Let me tell you why…

Let’s register! Go go go!


Cobra Ironman 70.3 registration date of Dec 1 has been a popular topic among past and would be participants. The emails from the organizer, Sunrise Events reminding about “The Date” is actually in similar tone as convincing the readers to join. Surely, there would be more participants this year as the triathlon fever has infected a bigger group as witnessed by the recent Tri United 3.

At the same time last year, I was in a dilemna if I would register or not for Cobra 70.3. I had to think a million times about the time I would spend with training and the demands of my duties for my family and work. My husband and I were even at the final stage of building our house, and since I am the one knowledgeable of the technicalities of architecture and design, I had to personally supervise every single detail of the construction. Thus, it took me awhile before I decided to give it a go. In fact, registration was said to be closed when I signed up. People got surprised how I was able to click those registration links. So this year, let us all register early!

For the undecided, a million mind boggling issues are mixing up in their minds now. Factors being considered by several I know are as follows:

a. May oras ba ako? (The availability/schedule for time to train)
b. Marami kasi akong kailangan gawin. (Responsibilities at work, family, other duties)
c. Ang haba, kaya ko ba un? (The capability to finish)

True enough, the journey to a 70.3 took numerous hours of training and more than a handful of sacrifices. Yes, sacrifice and discipline – from sleeping early, waking up early and no alcohol especially a week before each practice race. But if one has been in the triathlon scene for some time, these things are nothing new and must have already been part of their system.

Support group is a major consideration one should not neglect. Juggling ones time with training, work, family, responsibilities, etc is time exhausting. So, having a reliable support group in all these aspects will lessen the stress on the goal to cross Cobra’s finish line.

Last night I couldn’t help but listen to the conversation of 3 doctors regarding their views on marathon and triathlon. Let me share this with you as this might help those who have not decided to join…

D1: alam mo pare un sinabi ni _________ pumasok sa akin un (with the matching gesture of pointing to his heart)

D2 and 3: ano un? Anong sinabi ni Coach (referring to a friend)

D1: noong gabi bago ng marathon sabi nya nung tinanong ko sya kung anong game plan namin. Sabi nya “wala, tiis tiis lang pare”. (These doctors didn’t train with a run coach for a marathon) kaya ayun tama naman siya. Tiis tiis lang dapat. Matatapos din.

D2: Oo naisip ko lahat naman tayo nahihirapan, kanya kanyang tiis lang.

D3. Oo pare. Kaya noong Tri United 2 ang goal ko lang unahan un nasa harap ko. Baka ka age group ko eh. Kaya naman pala. Tiis lang ng konti.

So, the key to finishing anything is – TIIS TIIS LANG!? Well yes, one has to train of course, but it is the willingness to sacrifice that will help one cross the finish line. One may have the best bike, the most expensive aero helmet, the best speed suit, but at the end it is the discipline, perseverance and the WILL to finish that will create the Ironman in you!

I was 40 years old during last year’s Cobra; a wife and mom of 3 with a really hectic job, I did it, so can you!

After a few minutes of posting this, a friend texted if I was referring to her on this post.  No M, you are decided even if you say you have retired. This post is for my friends H____ and D___ and the hundreds of undecideds.  The more the merrier, let’s do this!

About pinayironmom

Pinay Ironmom is a typical mom who wakes up before 6 am to prepare my 3 children for school. After this, I make my husband coffee, similar to the Nescafe commercial on TV of a couple's typical morning. Work is normally a tour of Northern or Southern Luzon to inspect projects we are building, checking quality of designs or preparation of presentations to prospective clients. My schedule is flexible luckily, I can squeeze in hearty lunches with my favorite lunchmate and training early in the afternoon or right after business hours. Weekends are bike days on Saturdays at MOA or Daang Reyna and Sunday is my me time - my long run day. Oh warm ups and stretchings are trips to the grocery, cool down is hearing mass and giving thanks to God for a wonderful week. This is ME :)
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