ULTRAMAN FLORIDA 2019
Thank you message and race report about my first Ultras (My 28 months in Triathlon.)
Despite flipping over in a bike crash and facing road mishaps from stage 1. Wounds & Pain cannot stop me to conquer and finish the race that tested my physical and mental limits - Ultraman Florida (10km Swim/423km Bike/84.4km Run)
In 10K Swim: I am in my best pace until 6.5km (2:00min/100m), stopped every 30mins to hydrate, but got really tired and pace started to slow down after 7km and encountered current in the lake, garmin recorded 11km)
In the Bike Leg: I got a bicycle crash, bleeding, wounds and pain all over my body in stage 1 and felt the pain till stage 2, got little disappointment, but still able to give my best shot (35-37kph) in the last 2hrs in Stage 2 to avoid the cut off.
In Stage 3 Double Marathon: It was just nice and easy pace 7-8min/km alot of walk and jog but was able to run 6-6:30min/km in the last 10K in controllable breathing. It was really hot at noon and I hate the clay road which is like more than 30km 😂
33rd Overall out of 45 participants.
6th in Age Group
I may not be able to cross the finish line without the help of my these Amazing People, My Ultraman Coach Jeremy Howard of Way2Champ Endurance Coaching, crew members Koos Du Plessis and Rich Reed, thank you for all the lessons you taught me and for not giving up, you three made my race so special and memorable
SPECIAL THANKS to my racing partners, my Vitargophilippines Family for fuelling my body, Boss Jb Serrano Roshena sa pag aalaga at panalangin. Twin Cycle Gear Custom Apparel Boss Maya D. Nunag for the Uniform. Glai Ramirez Emirates for the flight ticket and beautiful service. Mr.Lucas and Mr.Andy for the Accomodation. And Pastor Nathan for the prayers and phone calls while I am in Orlando, Florida.
My MEDIA PARTNERS who covered and shared our journey in different media platforms Ms.Janice, Mr.Manuel of Gulf News, Ms.Enelra of GMA News TV, Mr.Edjun of The Filipino Times, Mr.Marvin of AsiaTRI, Ms.Khay of PTV Sports, Ms.Ynkieh of Kabayan Weekly, Mr.Carlos of SWIMBIKERUN.ph, Ms.Rachel & Mr.Randy of ABS-CBN Sports ABS-CBN Middle East, also Abu Dhabi World and Oasis Living Magazine.
SPECIAL MENTION, ConGen Paul Raymund Cortes of Philippine Consulate General of Dubai and Northern Emirates for your trust and blessing. Sisong's SisigChon, ONEndurance Triathlon Team Abu Dhabi, Triathlon Abu Dhabi ترايثلون أبو ظبي Jay, Eric, Jana, Jen, Ultraman Florida Family, Danat Al Ain Resort, Mikhail, Alejandrio, Carly, Jillian, Den, Jb, Abdul, Alaa, Ricky, Analie, and Triatletes and Filipinos around the globe.
And MY FAMILY, MY HEART - My Baby Elijah and Ria, and also Mama Emma, Mae Puncia, Patrick, Penpen, and Aliyah.
This is for YOU - Katribo Charities, Indigenous Community Ministries of the Philippines Inc, My Tribal Communities & Family in Palawan, Philippines.
Thank You JESUS for providing a supernatural strength to an average athlete like me, you proved that all things are possible. Glory to God. Philippians 4:13, Psalms 121:1-2.
See You in our upcoming Races..
God Bless You All.