Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2019

Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay 2019
1.9K - 90K - 21K

Attending graduation before heading to Subic Bay 
Olongapo skyline after waking up
Ironman 70.3 tent at Boardwalk Street

Breakfast at Hotel Bahia just across the IM tent
Practice swim at the course after breakfast
Registration inside the tent
Body marking

With triathletes from Lucena City
Photo op after race packet pick up
Mini Expo booths

Bike test
Interview of professional triathletes
My bike inside Hotel Bahia room
Transition area at night

Starting line in the background 
Transition area

Finish line on a narrow street
Announcers waiting for the finishers
Open shower at the finish line

Ice cream truck
Ice bath
Homemade beer
Penalty tent

Scenic transition area before bike checkout
Finisher’s medal
An injured toe

I injured my toe going into the water at around... 2 seconds into the swim 😅. My swim pace was above average, I was feeling great until the time when the timing chip was falling off my ankle. I spent quite some time fixing the chip in the open water but later removed it from my ankle and inserted it inside my trunks. Inside the transition area I went looking for someone to help me fix the strap of the chip but it seemed no one knew where I should go. After about 5 minutes I found the man who could fix my strap, he gave me a new chip 😊 but later found out after the race that it added some 3 minutes in my total time. The incident affected me mentally because I was trying to finish in 5 hours 40 minutes and my margin for error was almost zero. 
The bike leg went uneventful which was fine as I was simply enjoying and admiring the surrounding of the bike course. The bike leg always reminded me of the beauty of triathlon venues and how blessed I am participating in this kind of event. 
The run leg isn’t much hotter than the preceding years but I wasn’t prepared to run in general. I think the event was a huge success simply by moving the swim location to a different place. So what do you think was the biggest take from this event? Tadaa.... it was announced that there would be an Ironman race in 2020! - 226 kilometers of fun 🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️😅

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