TriUnited 1, Playa Laiya, Batangas, Philippines. April 14, 15 2012
Tri United 1 is the first race of a three race series including a long distance race at the beginning of April. The series is staged by the people behind Unilab Active Health, who really are supporting the running and triathlon scene here in the Philippines and helping to raise the bar of these sports to professional standards. The races contained about 250 people including around 10 teams and was set over the friendly distance of 10-30-7.
I raced in the mens race on the Sunday and it was a very fun day out. The weather cooperated well with a clear, warm morning and little wind. My goal for the race was to get a hard bike in and have a good lead so I could have an easier run so I could spend time encouraging others and have a relaxed day out. Things went well to plan. I tried to swim with super Olympian swimmer Guy Concepcion and it worked for about 200 metres! Before I worked my way into 3rd position swimming by myself keeping a steady tempo focusing on keeping my core engaged and keeping my body position nice and high in the water.
I came out feeling good and after a long t-run I had a good transition and got set for the 30k bike leg. The Playa Laiya bike leg was 2 loops out and back and pretty fast and I reeled in the 2 guys in front within the first few k’s and put the hammer down for the remainder of leg. The goal here was to push a big gear and keep the power consistent and rpm @ around 75 or so. I have had more chances to put in some big k’s on the new Vellum TT bike and it is turning out to be a real advantage for me which is awesome. On the second lap I noticed I had a 4 minute lead so was set to enjoy the rest of the race. Only problem was that I ate lots of toxic fumes from the lead bike and police escort! The course was pretty fast as my average speed was around 40kph.
The run leg was fun with plenty of shade and time to say hi and some encouragement to other friends out there on the course. The Quicky blades as usual were feeling light and dependable throughout. I kept my position well and finished 1st overall in 1.36.
All in all it was a great weekend and if you are a lover of an organised professional race with lots of added touches including roaming Enervon HP recovery drinks and hydration, a stretching tent, great sponsor products like Times Watches etc., then this is for you.
Congrats to Next Step Athletes out there on course also: Clinton Hess, Mike Vaca, Marge Buot, August Benedicto, Carlo Pedregoza, Team Greentennial Relay and Ani De Leon Brown. Fantastic job guys and great start to the year also!
Thanks and see you at the races soon.
Sponsors and Partners:
Unilab Active Health, Vellum, K Swiss, Rudy Project, Detec, Timex, Hed, Hammer Nutrition, Pico De Loro Beach Club and Resort.