Century Tuna Underpants Run Subic 2018

Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center
3K Fun Run

Once upon a time in Hawaii, three triathletes had a jog as a sort of lighthearted protest to decrease the number of triathletes who unknowingly offend the sensibilities of the islanders by wearing Speedos - skimpy old style Speedo trunks yey hahaha.
For the inaugural 2018 Ironman Philippines we had 3K Underpants Run presented by Century Tuna.
Aside from running in only my red underpants, I got to meet my long lost cousin based in the USA. A few participants wore costumes, some wore underpants and many wore shorts.
We gathered just outside the convention center for a few minutes before they signaled us to run. There was a prize for the first finisher and everybody owned a nice black finisher shirt after the short and fast jog. It was no surprise that every runner looked very fit and fast unlike any other fun runs I joined.
I was glad I did this, it was both fun and liberating. The experience and the freebies were good enough reasons to try this race a day before the Big Race.


Ironman Philippines
Fools or Bold ;)

For lack of photos pardon my selfie

My long lost cousin from US - he's legit fast
As much as I would like to share my leg's tan lines... I'm shy

Subic Bay International Triathlon 2018

Subic Bay International Triathlon 2018
April 22, 2018 Sunday Morning
1.5K - 40K - 10K

This race was part of my road to Ironman Philippines 2018. I got to swim in open water and had a look at my progress in cycling and running. By this time the color of my skin was pretty dark, a sign of training perhaps? I couldn't remember a time when I was more prepared than this race, I just didn't know if I can execute properly on race day.

I had a horrible swim but I didn't know how I had a poor swim, I thought with my effort in the sea I'd be somewhere in front. Maybe because of poor sighting.
The bike leg was awesome. I was flying by my own standard. Not super fast but definitely well above my past experiences on a course like that. Stickman was all smiles with the way the cycling went.
The run course was flat and I think it really helped with the time result. 
Total time was 2:39. My legs felt fine even after I pushed it on the bike. Suddenly after years of joining races, it seemed I was learning how to bike ;) .
There was one thing I observed during the event; participants seemed fewer than the last few times I joined this. Maybe I was wrong but it just felt that way to me.

Race packet pick up at Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center


Mini Expo


Transition 1 bike check in around 3pm Saturday 


View of swim starting line from the hotel walkway





Race map

With Puro Tri Ironcouple Nino and Nero

You can't win on the swim but you can lose a race at the swim leg


2 hours 39 minutes
Orbea aluminum bike with box type wheels, New Balance Vazee

My Training For Ironman Philippines 2018



The first thing I knew about Ironman training is that TIME is most essential. Time to train, time to recover, time for family and friends, time to work. For the 2018 Ironman Philippines I knew that I can schedule my workouts, particularly the long ones, and still be able to handle everything else comfortably. I simply had the luxury of time.

Brompton time at Mall Of Asia

The PLAN

IMPH was slated on June 3, 2018 and starting on January 2018 I had on my hands some 4 plus months to get myself ready to swim 3.8K, bike 180K and run 42K in Subic Bay Freeport Zone come race day.

I divided my training into 4 main phases.

My usual swim venue

1.  General Conditioning
My last swim was some 6 months ago during a 5150 Event hence swimming is the first order of business in preparation for my upcoming National Age Group Triathlon on the last Sunday of January 2018. For 2 weeks I swam and swam and swam, biked a little, and ran a little. When NAGT 2018 arrived, surprisingly I did well on the swim leg but suffered on the bike and run. I was more than 20 minutes off of my usual finish time. It was a revelation of my current fitness form and a good barometer in planning my succeeding training going forward to IMPH.
After NAGT I had to rest my aching body. My Achilles tendon was so sore and calves were aching. I had to rest, and rest for 10 days I did. I resumed my general body conditioning with light workouts on the swim and run, and some short but serious hammering on the bike. I thought speed workouts on my bike would give me better speed early and worry with my endurance later on.

Happy feet at Subic Waterfront Road

2.  Run Phase
In the middle of February 2018 I committed to improve my running endurance. For someone who never runs long during training this was probably the hardest part for me. I ran 3 times a week and all of them LONG. I discovered myself running long and not breaking apart. I was determined to have my running legs as early as Subic Bay International Triathlon 2018 which was about 6 weeks before IMPH. My bike training was also gathering serious weekly mileage going into SuBIT 2018 but never reached a hundred kilometers in a single ride. By the time SuBIT 2018 came on April 22, with still 6 weeks to go before IMPH, my running legs felt ready for a marathon. No aches were felt after the race but the thing that really pleased me was my speed on the bike. I was and still am a slow biker but a slight bump up on my average speed was an unexpected outcome of my training. I averaged 33 kilometers per hour. This may not be fast to a lot of triathletes but it surely was above my past records.

Leisure stroll at BGC

3.  Bike Phase
With my running legs seemingly ready, I shifted my focus on my time on the saddle. I had 4 rides that went north of 100 kilometers including a 150K ride with just 12 days to go. I heard a lot of advice about getting as much as 6 rides of 150K or more before the race but never listened anyway. It might surprise anyone to know that there was not a single brick workout all throughout my training as in Nada, Zip, Wala. Leg strength workouts such as leg raise supplemented my muscle endurance training. I firmly believed that when the race comes nearer I would eventually concentrate on bike and swim workouts out of panic; this was my underlying reason behind building strong running legs earlier than most training plans would offer.

Ironman Philippines training
#notoswimming lalalalala

4.  Taper
I had 12 days of taper after a test ride of 150 kilometers on a Tuesday morning. Had massages, lots of sleep, short fast runs, long swim, short swims, short rides, and most importantly night runs to condition my body for those hours when I’ll most likely run if ever I’d be lucky enough to still be on the course at night. My final workout was a 1.2K swim at 6pm on a Thursday night before packing my gears for travel.

Solo ride on a remote barangay - rice field view from this place is refreshing

Bits and Pieces – there was a time when I was sidelined for 10 days in the middle of training due to stiff neck, and when I came back I had to use my Brompton folding bike for the rides so I’d be sitting upright. The reason for the stiff neck was my wrong use of dumbbells, talking about dumbbells and being dumb right.

This place is currently the 'Weekly Bente Bente Road Race' starting line for 2019

In hindsight, would I do it again this way? Well, if it would work on race day chances are I'd stick to it. The simplicity of the plan which beckoned to run more early on and bike more as the event nears is probably more comfortable on my fragile body. It may not suit most IM aspirants but I would definitely recommend running endurance to be at the top of the list because on race day we would all be exercising caution on the bike leg anyway no matter how fit we are on the bike.


Orbea Aqua 10 speed aluminum road bike with Dura Ace SL wheelset

On my way to Subic Bay Freeport Zone, the venue of IMPH, I can't help but feel grateful for the journey I traveled and thankful for the the people who supported me. The memories of the hills I climbed, the seas I swam, the wind I sliced, the heat I endured were all etched in my mind. It was a long one but every step taken brought me nearer to my goal. To the many, I suggest you to take up a fitness routine... to the few, I encourage you to sign up for an Ironman. 'PROMISE'... you'll love it every step of the way.

MTB on a hanging bridge near my local bike shop

Race day, June 3, 2018 is a story for another time… thank you for reading ;0

National Age Group Triathlon 2018

National Age Group Triathlon Subic Leg 2018
Subic Bay Freeport
1.5K - 40K - 10K

I considered this race as the start of my training for Ironman Philippines. I haven't been swimming for 6 months and this would be a barometer of sorts to gauge my fitness so I can better plan my training. Surprisingly I wasn't that bad in the swim leg but suffered mightily on the bike and run legs. I have a loooong way to go before becoming IMready.



Race packet pickup at Harbor Point Mall

Registration area with mini Expo and stage for race briefing

Race map

Bike test before transition 1 bike check in

Transition 1 bike check in

ACEA swim venue

Race briefng

Photo opp after race briefing

Transition 1 on race day

With Puro Tri teammates... they did well and looked fresh... I was slow and felt my Achilles tendon was getting injured  

pinoy triathlon
Another finisher medal... I was really happy that I joined this event and learned what a mountain to climb to prep for IMPH 2018

Road To IM Instagram Posts #roadtoIM

These are some of my Instagram posts prior to Ironman Philippines to motivate myself during training.


26K morning ride - photo taken on Heros’ Lane. Felt some tightness at the back of my left knee but generally felt good on my way to #NAGT except for the swimmmm of course #notoswimming #triathlon #roadtoIM #day8


I wouldn’t normally swim in cold waters but #NAGT is fast approaching and ME 😅 scared of the first leg, something’s got to give 🧜‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♂️ #triathlon #notoswimming #roadtoIM #day11


Blessed with a light drizzle, am wearing 3 layers and a bonnet running at a community park. Next week will be the #start of my 20 week training program for #IMsubic but first lezgetiton #NAGT #notoswimming #triathlon #purotri


Getting my feet wet....... again brrrrr #notoswimming #triathlon #roadtoIM #day15 🧜‍♀️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♀️💪🏻


When you only have time for a late night run 🌙 it took me almost 2 hours what most normal runners would finish in 1 hour 😅 at least I’m glad to have a workout... a very slow workout... 😊🏃‍♂️ #notoswimming #triathlon #pinoytriathlon #roadtoIM


As I was doing my usual long ride 10 days before an event something bizarre happened... I got hit by a truck and ended in a hospital 🚴‍♀️😰 the bike isn’t ok but the x rays are negative #triathlon #notoswimming #DNS


National Age Group Triathlon medal #triathlon #finisher


First training ride since the accident. I’m still pedaling, mileage would probably be around 55K. Just admiring the rice field in today’s route. 🚴‍♀️ #notorunning #roadtoim #triathlon


Friday training ride: my supposed 120K ride was cut short to 65K by a sudden lack of interest due to laziness 😅 but still a very fruitful morning ride #hello #triathlon #roadtoim #notorunning #notoswimming


Felt more comfortable in the water than last month. No intervals yet but I’m getting there 🤗 ... hoping for a much better swim in April #triathlon #subit #roadtoim #notoswimming


Today’s turn around point; a church in a remote village. #triathlon #roadtoim #notoswimming #subit


90K ride on a sunny day outside the city. Prepping for an IM makes my skin DRY 😅 happy training! 🚴‍♂️ #triathlon #notoswimming #roadtoim #pinoytriathlon


One sunny morning - view from my swim training venue. My pink bike deserves a ‘color’ post 😅 #triathlon #notoswimming #roadtoim #pinoytriathlon


Having an upset stomach throughout the week meant I have to change my workout goals and alter my bike routes to a shorter distance from home or TOILET 😅 #triathlon #notoswimming #roadtoironman #pinoytriathlon


A short and relaxing ride still within the bounds of my city. Recovering happily from yesterday’s long run 😊 #triathlon #roadtoironman #pinoytriathlon


Red Soil Sauna - having aching muscles on my chest and upper back means 😉 some spa time #triathlon #roadtoironman #recovery #pinoytriathlon


Back on the saddle - just happy to have my neck 🤣 back in its healthy state, I’ve ridden my roadie for just 40K as a precaution #triathlon #roadtoironman #stiffneck #pinoytriathlon #cityride



This happened on Good Friday - visited 7 churches with my roadie as part of an annual tradition 🤗 #roadtoironman #triathlon #pinoytriathlon


Off the beaten path - as I took a rest on my 90K ride I stumbled upon this nice looking pathway 😊 #roadtoironman #triathlon #pinoytriathlon #mtbcourse #hardpack


Biking near the seaport is such a relaxing ride. Fresh air of the sea breeze await. Four days before Subic International Triathlon and I’m just excited to test my gains in training for an IM. #roadtoironman #triathlon #bike #pinoytriathlon


Transition 1 - bike check in at T1, wasn’t expecting it to be a short line but I guess the timing of IM Subic this coming June has to do with it #triathlon #roadtoironman#t1 #enjoytherace #pinoytriathlon


Almost but not quite... 2:39 is all I got after a horrific swim, just seconds off of a podium finish actually but gained some knowledge on the bike leg which I can use in future races. Exceeded my expectations and happy to have raced here 😉 #SuBIT #roadtoironman #triathlon


Short morning stroll with my Brompton - checking the riverside where a new bridge is being built... I just finished most of my training goals with still a month before Ironman Subic Bay #brompton #roadtoironman #triathlon #chillax


Morning run on a really hot day 😅 saw this on kilometer 7, can’t wait for IM day June 3 MOOOO #roadtoironman #triathlon #jogging


2 weeks before Ironman PH 😊 I think I could rest now and wait for race day with less mileage and more foooood... and of course fewer super hot days like this #roadtoIRONMAN #triathlon


Final workout for Ironman PH, a 1.2K swim before packing my gears and stuff. I think IMready 😊 #ironman #raceweek #triathlon

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