After that, Mark and I got another bird-brained idea – why not do triathlons. So in March of this year, we signed up for the 2010 Ironman 70.3 Philippines in Camsur. At that time Mark couldn't even swim across a 25m pool while I didn't even have a bike much less any real riding experience. The last time I owned a bike was in Grade 6.
With the help of two great coaches Ian Castilla and Mark Candelaria, we trained for 5 months and in August we completed our first half Ironman - a 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run. I was able to finish it in 6:45. In between I was able to get personal records (PR) for 10k and 21k distances.
A couple of weeks after Camsur, true to form, Mark got another crazy thought – how about an ultra marathon? And so we did. Our first ultra marathon was the PAU (Philippine Association of Ultrarunners) T2N 50k. I was able to finish it in 5:52.
Last week we ran QCIM 2010 to celebrate my full marathon anniversary.
Looking back at what transpired since last year, I was transformed from a happy laid back golfer who was so afraid of getting too tan/dark that I applied sunscreen every two hours while playing, to an endorphin junkie with several 10ks and 21ks, 5 full marathons, 1 ultra marathon and 1 half Ironman logged.
Today I'm starting to train for the next challenge in March - Bataan Death March 102k. Well that's what we did last summer.
Condura Run 2009: Mark, Allan, Noemi, Ronald