Jake Cuenca is set to race again after training accident
MANILA, Philippines – Jake Cuenca is looking forward to race once again, following his bike accident in March.
Jake suffered two broken bones on his hand and stitches on his chin in March, after he ran into a truck while training for the Ironman triathlon.
In an interview with the press on Monday, April 24 for the show Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin, where he stars with Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu, Jake said that he is just waiting for his doctor's go signal before taking part in a race.
"[I'm] better, a lot better...so bibigyan niya ako ng go signal kung pwede na ako mag-race. Kasi plano ko na mag-race by next Sunday. Tapos may duathlon din kami nila Kim at Gerald," he said. (The doctor will give me a go signal when I'm okay to race. I plan to race by next Sunday. And then Kim, Gerald, and I will participate in a duathlon.)
After the press conference, Jake said that once he returns to racing, he plans on winning: "My main goal is to reach the podium. Gusto ko mag-podium finish, that's my biggest goal. And I'm getting closer. Yung first race ko, 20th place, then the next race, 7th place. And sa Ironman, kung hindi ako na flattan, my team could have reached the podium nung relay.
(My main goal is to reach the podium. I want to have a podium-finish, that's my biggest goal. And I'm getting closer. My first race, I was was in 20th place, then the next race, 7th place. And in Ironman, if I did not have a flat tire, my team could have reached the podium during the relay.)
"So for me, nararamdaman ko na 'yon. Nalalasahan ko na. Kaya kahit nung nabali yung kamay ko, training pa rin. Sabi ko hindi ako papayag humina."
(So for me, I'm feeling it already. I can already taste it. That's why even when I broke my hand, I still trained. I said I'm not going to allow myself to slow down.)
On Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin, Jake, Kim, and Gerald's characters are all triathletes. On how his real-life training adds to his acting, Jake said: "Iba rin yung confidence na nangyari na nag-training ako, then bigla ka pumunta sa set, nararamdaman ko yung character ko. That's how I get ready," Jake said
(There's also a different kind of confidence when I train, then go on set, I can feel my character. That's how I get ready.)
It's clear that the accident hasn't deterred Jake from training and participating in races. Instead, its fueled his desire to race even further.
"After the incident talaga, mas nagutom ako lalo. Itong injury, yung downtime just motivated me more to be better and be stronger when I come back. (After the incident, I really got hungrier. This injury, the downtime just motivated me more to be better and be stronger when I come back.)
“No fear, 'di ka puwedeng matakot when you do this, kasi ikaw ang magbabagal kapag nag-iingat ka masyado. Yun naman ang exciting sa triathlon eh, kaunting element ng danger, yun ang thrill ride na sinasabi,” he said.
(No fear, you cannot be afraid when you do this, because you'll slow down if you're too careful. That's what's exciting about triathlons, the small element of danger, that thrill ride that they talk about.)
And what else has he learned from the incident? "Always keep your eyes on the road," said Jake. "Kahit pagod na pagod ka na, huwag na huwag kang titingin sa baba kasi ganun ang nangyari sa akin." (Even if you're very tired, never look down, because that's what happened to me.) – Rappler.com