Sta. Rosa City
7K – 35K – 3.5K
Powerade tarp near the pool (free use of pool)
It was raining hard an hour before the start of the race and I got lost in the town of Sta. Rosa. After some help from tricycle drivers I made it to Sta. Elena City and proceeded to the clubhouse to get my race pack. When I told the verifier my name someone said ‘sino si Neil Ong?’ and saw a lady dressed in Team Beacon trisuit. It was Karen my teammate, glad to actually see a teammate for the first time.
This is easily the biggest duathlon event I have been part of. With more than 500 participants the starting line was packed and I couldn’t squeeze myself into the front unlike the previous races where I would sneak in and start near the front.
Because of the rain before the race we were gifted with a perfect racing weather condition. The run course was slippery. The bike course was wide, flat and fast with some big road humps. This was probably the first time I rode in a race without feeling exhausted on the bike due mainly to the lovely weather. It was such a joy riding with my cycling shoes for the first time. With an average speed of 30.8 kph I was faster than my previous races but I attribute it to the race course being flat and straight. Upon entry to the transition area for the second run I noticed some men already taking a rest and asked them ‘tapos na kayo?’, they all nodded and wow they’re really fast or I was just too slow.
Aling Ineng's free meal
Celebrity sighting: my wife saw Matteo Guidicelli and told me that he was way ahead of me. I also saw a gorgeous model wearing Gotta Tri racing suit, I think it’s Isabelle Daza.
yurbuds Booth inside the clubhouse
After the race I got my high quality Powerade shirt made by 8a apparel, checked out some booths, grabbed free Aling Ineng’s breakfast and took a shower.
The multisport scene is looking pretty good and I’m just glad to be part of it.
In Front of the Clubhouse (14th in my AG :-)