Regent 5150 Sprint- My 1st Triathlon

Since I started engaging in multi-sports events (March 2016), I developed a habit of “stalking” co-athletes based from the released race start list. Not until this race- It was all me. My own pace. My own kind of focus. My own game. (taray!!!! gume-game!)

The organizers sent a message 10-days prior to the event that I was confirmed for registration and that in my Age Group (20-24 years old), there were 7 of us.

I wasn’t in full condition yet as the accident & sickness that caught me for the past 2 weeks have hindered me to devote time for “peak” training. When my teammates were already in “peak”, I was just lying in my bed, trying to cover lost mileage on swim, bike and run through online swiping. HUHU. I was all nuts! The sports-hiatus was crazy! I even left all my team group chats just to shake off envy of their trainings. Haha! I told myself that if this isn’t for me, then so be it.

Lo and behold, Papa G really loves me (and ‘coz my bullishness strike again), off we go to Subic! Whooooo!

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Sunrise Events only hosts 5150 distance (1.5km open water swim, 40km bike ride and 10k run race) for several years now. This year, the inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 was also staged. It is a 750m open water swim, 20km bike ride, 5km run race.

Sprint distance triathlon is fit for beginners wanting to immerse themselves into the triathlon, for enthusiasts who wants to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or for the tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is raring to make a comeback.” 
(regent.5150philippines.com)

The event was held in the Triathlon capital of Northern Luzon- the beautiful Subic Bay.

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Conquering Jitters

I come to all kinds of events jittery, whether it be (high school and college) debate tournaments in the past or my recent addiction- multi-sport events, but always going home inspired, energized and ready for the next challenge.

Everything I do felt as if it’s the first time. This prolly is due to my lack of self-confidence and my constant need for reassurance, which I am combating though series of self-talks (fudge- complemented by overthinking!), pep talks from my coach, over-training, oversleeping and… panic eating! Ooops.

JITTER  ~ noun jit·ter \ˈji-tər\ – a sense of panic or extreme nervousness <had a bad case of the jitters before his performance>

synonyms: anxiety, fidgets, tense, heebie-jeebies, pagpapapampam, pagiinarte

 

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Coach Nur assisting me on my bike fixes coupled with pep talks here & there + unli pambubully (c) Nikki

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Flops on the race day whenever I get jitters on my head. Atleta Ako! Aquathlon 2016- panic over race bib loss- caught on official cam! Aaak! (c) Bike King

Taking my game into the next level, I know I shouldn’t let this whole tense-thing eat me alive. After all, I’m technically not “new” anymore having done 2 Aquathlon events. We all get nervous, but the skill of translating anxiousness to motivation and positive energy is also part of our training. What experts say is true- apart from physical training, mental fortitude (See: Mental Toughness) should also be sharpened.

More often than not, it is not the strong/smart/most-equipped (resources/gears-wise) who tops high-pressured games, but those with grit– the ones who can endure pain & block negativity on the spot, who sees long-term goals over just winning a particular event- that made all the difference.

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For athletes, how do we say one is mentally tough? Few notes based on my experience & seeing my idols’ attitude (hehe):

  1. They show up on training. More than showing up, they ensure quality set deliveries.
    • Ever seen a teammate who shows up the earliest on training day, but also is the same person who will leave the pool or the run/bike course last?
    • Ever encountered that teammate who is not quite content with several drills & time trials and still asks for more even if all other teammates are already in the shower or preparing to leave?
    • Ever had that teammate who never loses motivation even when training alone?
  2. Even if they don’t show up, they never missed assignments.
  3. They lift teammates up.
    • They share tips and power strategies they’ve read/seen/heard.
    • They let teammates borrow equipment & share food/drinks (THANKS, #TeamGuttom! :*)
    • Pep talks & sched sharing is never ending! Waking up with 100+ messages in your team’s chat box isn’t crazy & foreign anymore.
  4. They make it a habit to get to know people in their circle (and invite them over training with them too).
  5. They accept defeat & say “there will always be a next time”. 
    • Huhuhu, iyak mga 10 seconds then move on. Hanap next jowa. Charot. Hanap next event to beat PR or….finally place in a podium! #Hopia
  6. They never forget to say “Thank you” every after training sessions/races to the coach/es, teammates, family and friends who supported.
    • Even if that’s a long FB/IG post, pagbigyan! #ProudMomentHere #AngGalingKoPoShet #LookMomIdidntDie
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(c) google images

 

Tips on getting over pre-race/pre-everything jitters:

  1. Visualize the race day.
    • No matter how much training & preparation you’ve dedicated prior to this, it will never follow through if you cannot/ did not imagine what will happen on the big day.
    • Hope for the best conditions, but always prepare for the worse. We cannot control the nature (the weather, the currents for open water swimming, accidents we might encounter on the bike and run course, athlete’s trots, injuries, etc). We cannot control competition.  We can only control ourselves, especially the inner workings of our minds! Say it with me, “No matter what happens during the race, I will give it everything I’ve got!” #LordThisisForYourGreaterGlory #ForMyFans, ganern.
  2. Relax. Find an outlet to release tension.
    • For me, one is through writing. The other, eating. Mehehe.
  3. Trust in your training.
    • Kudos for working your ass off! As they say, talents don’t work alone. It should be complemented with hard work (and of course, humility.)
    • Your body is so conditioned for this! Unless OA ka mag-carbo load. Running a marathon/ultra, teh? Full Ironman na, teh? Should only carbo-load if the intense activity will happen 2hrs above. (See:Carbo-loading tips)
    • Your time trials during practice is not your final time. Always remember-adrenaline, presence of supporters and event photographers will surely deduct several minutes off your time!
  4. Keep in mind: The end goal is to ENJOY!
    • Even if enjoyment means, “Take your Garmin off!” hihihihi yehesss! I’m finally free from the beeps and seconds-to-beat!

We shall best not only our PRs but our whole racing experience. If before, our only goal was to finish, now an added goal is “for our idols to become our friends!” So, socialize too after the event! I appreciate the multi-sport community as they are more intimate and there’s a less-competitive vibe among peers.

Wag na tayo kabahan, ha? We shall Carpe-the-diem in this feat and make ourselves proud!

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Biggest Aquathlon contingent so far for Team SwimNur (aka TG fishes): Dennis, Nikki, Ivan, Bern, Jas, Arnie and Me (also including our friends training with us under Coach Nur- Ariel, Kei, Eula and Victor). Also, get well soon, Janno! Si Dennis na lang daw mananalo for you. >_<

 

See you in SBR Aquaman 2016 on Sunday @ Ultra (Philsports Arena).

 

 

Sore today but strong tomorrow,

Faye

 

 

 

Wednesdays at Marikina Sports Complex/Center

As I’m working in the graveyard shift (9:30PM-6:30AM), I’ve thought of revamping my training schedule as the previous schedule (training 8am-11am, post-shift) I have was draining too much energy from me and disrupting my holy sleeping moments.

New Sched (a subtle invite, “Come, train with me!”):

  • S- Rest/LSD/Events
  • M- Rest/Gym
  • T- Swim, Triads
  • W- Swim-Run
  • Th- Run
  • F-Swim
  • Sat- Rest/LSD/Events

Luckily, I have few sporty friends who live near and train in Marikina Sports Complex/ Center on a regular basis. I then decided to add ‘Wednesdays @ MSC’ in my weekly routine. MSC is an hour from my home and just 30mins away from my work. It’s as convenient as my usual training place- PhilSports Arena (Ultra) in Pasig.

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Facade of the Complex (Photo credit)

What’s even amazing is that MSC is the only complex (to my knowledge, at least) which offers Night Swimming (6pm-9pm). Swim-Run training gets easier as the track is just outside the pool premises. Plus, entrance fees are cheaper here than that of Ultra.

MSC:

  • Pool– (Opens 8am-11:30am, 1:00pm-4:30pm and 6pm-9pm) Php60
  • TrackPhp10, but free if you already paid entrance to the pool

ULTRA:

  • Pool (Opens 8am-11:30am, 1:00pm-4:30pm)- Php60
  • TrackPhp35

Aside from the pool and track, MSC also houses other sports amenities- a gym, badminton/ table tennis/ basketball and volleyball courts to name a few.

Below is the list of other facilities available for public renting:

 

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The pool! It’s semi-covered. (Photo credit)

 

My new-found friend, Engr. Rosalie Nofies (@nopeimnot) aka MSC ambassador/ Mountain Bike Trail princess (and soon to be podiumer, char! pangarap ko lang for her haha), just bought her DSLR and used (use talaga? 😛) me as one of her practice subjects.

Check out her blog for the latest MSC schedule.

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Post-5k run.

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Better view of the well-lighted track. Standard 400m-sized oval. Fast runners are running @ the left side while joggers @ the right. Zumba sessions are also held just beside the track.

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Our fave shot. Getting ready to dip.

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Even the pool premises is well-lighted and not too crowded. There are also lockers available for the storage of your valuables. Just ensure to bring your own locks.

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Shy. Charot. Pool is cleaner in Ultra (have better water filter system).

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Me, doing my laps homework for a chill night- 100m warm-up, 400m continuous, 100m cool down.

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Yay for flash!

Thank you, Rosa (and Jai) for always warmly welcoming me in your area. 🙂

 

Looking forward to seeing you in MSC,

Faye