Philippine Sports: Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines At Camarines Sur

Eleven-Time Ironman Champ Lisa Bentley

Eleven-Time Ironman Champ Lisa Bentley

Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines! What else can be said?

It’s the most trying kind of race that will cover 70.3 miles (113 kilometers), and includes the disciplines of swimming, biking and running. Triathletes will be covering a 1.9 km swim, a 90km bike ride, and finished off with a 21km run. Wow!

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines to be held at Camarines Sur this August 23, 2009, is the first of its kind in the Philippines. There have been triathlon competitions, but none with the scale and scope of an Ironman. The promotions for this have been so well done that several professional triathletes from around the world have committed their participation. Among the big names in the sport of triathlon who will be here in the Philippines include: Gina Kehr, Tim Marr, Pete Jacobs, Bree Wee, Chris McCormack, Terenzo Bozzone, Lisa Bentley, Cameron Brown and Charlotte Paul.

Representing the Philippines, we have our very own Arland Macasieb, August Benedicto, Kim Mangrobang and Monica Torres. Arland Macasieb is hoping to finish among the top 10 despite the tough field of international pros competing here.

“It’s the satisfaction of competing in such a challenging sport and against the best athletes in the world that will push us to the limit,” Macasieb said.

On a personal note – long-time acquaintances Amanda Carpo, Leica Carpo, Jon-Jon Rufino and fellow Upsilonian Anthony Pangilinan will be competing, and I wish them well.

Other friends, such as Nonoy Basa and fellow Upsilonian Leo de Guzman and Raoul Floresca will be participating in the relay under Team Sabak-Supersonic (Woot woot!); Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan will be swimming as part of the relay team Tri-Umph; and Lara Parpan will be running for Women’s Health Timex. Go for it!

Me – I’m envious. I wish I could’ve been a part of this. But unfortunately I hadn’t prepared enough. The only time I ever ran 21km was in Subic last year, and I had to walk the last 6km due to threatening cramps in both legs. But at least I crossed the finish line. I would’ve loved to just cross the finish line at Cam Sur, maybe not as a full-pledged triathlete or Ironman, but even just a part of a team that gave it their all and surpassed their personal best in effort and determination. After all, that’s what really this is about. It sounds unfathomable and crazy for anybody to want to go through such torment, but to be able to push your mental toughness and physical endurance to accomplish such a feat is a reward on its own.

Anyway – to all the athletes participating in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines at Cam Sur – my sincerest wishes on the achievement of your goals. And to the organizers, especially to Ironman 70.3 Philippines Chairman Wilfred Steven Uytengsu – galing!

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