The road to triathlon: There’s always a first tri

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The road to triathlon: There’s always a first tri
Two weeks out from their first triathlon, the team meets other first time triathletes

MANILA, Philippines – There are many reasons for wanting to give triathlon a try.  Hannah Romawac-Olives says for her it started with wanting to know how to swim. 

For new mom, Roxy Cipriano it was a natural progression from running and trying out duathlons (i.e. bike-run-bike races).

For Pat Coloma, it was a mix of wanting to lose weight gained from preparing for the bar exam and the itch for a new physical challenge.  

And like Ton, Amanda and Juls, they all signed up for TriUnited 4 to give themselves a concrete goal and a scary deadline.

Through the months of training, they discovered the benefits of the healthy triathlon lifestyle as well as the introspection that endurance sports tends to bring.  For those with kids, it was about being healthy and active so that they could spend quality time with their kids.Chase Lomibao says “What really motivates me is family. My dad is athletic kasi. And it really inspires me when he says ‘When I’m a 100 years old, I want to run with my grandchildren.”

For others it was about the challenge “The people I met in training were extraordinary. And for me, I just want to do what they’re doing.  And I want to do something extraordinary myself,” said Pat Coloma.  

Now a few weeks before their first triathlon, all the first timers are getting pre-race jitters. 

“Im scared and excited at the same time. The upcoming triathlon is the result of months of training. That’s the end goal.” says Pat Coloma.  Alvin Dee is trying to focus on the fun,  “I’m looking forward to just having fun. I”m not thinking of anything anymore. The training is done so I just have to enjoy the ride.” And Hannah it’s all about crossing the finish,  “Getting to the finish line for me is what I”m really looking forward to.”  

For all these first time triathletes, that finish line is just a 600 meter swim, 30k bike, and 5k run away. And that’s the Gameplan! – Rappler.com

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