Tri United 1, a different view from Subic?

A few weeks before Tri United 1 race day in Laiya, Batangas, a change of venue has been announced by Raul Cuevas, the race organizer and owner of Bike King. Some were relieved not to be swimming Laiya’s wavy waters, others have been dismayed especially those who booked hotels earlier and have not refunded the payment until the moment I am writing this post. But, other than the hassles during the preliminary stages, everything has been well organized from the day of race packet pick ups.


Race packet pick up day



Raul was there to assist the early birds. Bea was one of the firsts.



Another shot


Sprint (750m swim – 20k bike – 5k run) and Standard (1.5k swim – 40k bike – 10k run) distances were participated by over 600 participants this year. Thus, the transition area had been such a long sceneryof a bike festival! Since this is my first full triathlon race for the 2013, I joined the sprint category to awaken my body and soul’s post off season jitters. Yes, though I have raced so many times, the jitters, were back for Tri United 1 especially swimming the dark abyss of Dungaree Beach(now Sands of Triboa)!

Since I have swam the previous week for Xterra the fear was quickly diminished once I did about 300 meters of warm up. I positioned myself almost behind the pack during gun start, at the left side farthest from the buoy together with some PLDT Team girls to avoid colliding with the fast swimmers. However, this time, there seemed to be more (wow, naks!) inexperienced swimmer than me who started ahead! I have been kicked on the goggles, hit, crushed, scratched, hit, crushed, scratched once more and at the turn around got sandwiched by two HUGE male swimmers. I really felt like a hotdog that time! It was a struggle to overtake and get overpowered at the same time! It was my worse swim experience ever! Infact, I did not notice the dark part of the water cause I was concentrating on how to maneuver with my not so strong swim skills! Other than the outrageous swim experience, oh and at T1 having realized my Garmin’s multisport status was not properly programmed and had to do everything again (that took some minutes darn!), my race went okay.

Oh my daughter was first place for the Tri United Teens 17 to 18 age category!


Bea at the podium


 The 15-16 age group Tri United Teen Female winners

The 15-16 age group Tri United Teen Female winners


 Other female winners in the Standard Distance Category

Other female winners in the Standard Distance Category


Though the venue has been changed, the triathlon spirit remained high! It was amazing to witness the increase in the number of local and foreign participants who have trusted utmost race festivities in Unilab Health Philippine’s Tri United 1 Triathlon Race!

Majority of us have who crossed the finish line have been elated by another achievement; another finishers medal earned at the end of this race. But as we thank our Creator for another experience, let us include in our prayers, Reymond Cruz, our triathlon brother who have gone ahead to another Transition during Tri United 1’s race day. Enjoy the race Mon!



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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