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Marc Altura – teamTBB Philippines scholarship athlete

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Marc is the next of the Philippines scholarship athletes that we are talking with.  When I caught up with Marc he was the quiet “listener” in the group – certainly not shy, but he chooses when he speaks, and is thoughtful and articulate in his responses.

His academic studies play an important part in Marc’s life, and he is keen to do well at his studies as well as perform as an athlete.

Here is a bit about Marc

Name – Marc Altura

Age – 17

Lives – Makati City, Metro Manila

Family

Albert Altura – Father

Monica Altura- Mother

Annika Altura – Sister

Armand Altura – Brother

Maxine Altura – Sister

Time in triathlon – 4 years

OUR CHAT …

1       Its nearing the end of 2012; how has this new experience been going for you?

Being part of Alaska Team TBB Philippines has been a great experience,  I’ve been able to learn from the best athletes and coaches, aside from this, I have also been exposed to the business side of triathlon.

2       What is your favorite of the 3 sports in triathlon?

My favorite sport has to be swimming, there’s something about the water that makes training more enjoyable.

3       Is your favorite sport your strength too?

I’d say swimming’s a weakness, I only started when I got in to triathlon.

4       We had a great camp in Pico de Loro earlier this year where you got to meet and spend quality time with Coach Brett and Coach Matt.  Have you had a chance since to have some training sessions/camp with Coach Matt?  What did you do?  How was it?

I’ve had around 2 camps at Coach Matt’s place, and maybe 6-7 training sessions with him.  Training with him is pretty cool; teamTBB teammate Dhill Anderson is usually there when I train with Coach Matt, and we probably do 3-4 training sessions within a day.

5       I know Coach Matt shares some good recipes and nutritional information on the teamTBB website.  Does he have some favorite training sessions with you too?

Whenever I train with him at Nuvali (Santa Rosa City, just south of Metro Manila), I always do hill repeats!

6       How have your races gone this year?

I’ve raced 16 times this year, and have two more races coming up, the Asian Duathlon Championships, and a local off-road triathlon called eXtri.

7       What is your current favorite race distance?

Current favorite race distance is the draft-legal sprint (750m swim, 20km bike, and 5k run).

8       Where was your last race at this distance, and how did it go?

My last race at the distance was at Subic Bay ITU Asian Cup 2012.  My race didn’t go as planned, but I had fun nonetheless!

9       What do you do when you are not swimming/riding/running/eating or sleeping?

I love going to the movies!  I remember watching Argo, Looper, and Skyfall all in one weekend.  Those were all great movies by the way!

10       What is a key lesson you have learnt as a triathlete that maybe you weren’t anticipating?

Biggest lesson I’ve learnt from joining teamTBB is that you can’t have a perfectionist mindset because “magical” sessions rarely happen, and waiting around for them won’t get you anywhere.

11       What other sports do you enjoy following/doing?

I used to play competitive high school football in my previous school, and I gave it up for triathlon.  I sometimes play pick-upbasketball games.

12       What is it like training where you live?

I don’t really have to travel to train; I have a 25m pool close by – around a 2-minute walk.  There’s also a small gym where I live, so treadmill is pretty accessible.  I have a nice 1.2km loop that’s close by where I can run, and a steep 300m hill to run up too!

That being said, I can manage my time efficiently, and fit in my studies as well.

13       What are your goals for the rest of this year?

I hope to finish the year strong, train hard, and get ready for next season!

14       What is your favorite food?

Favorite food has to be a medium rare prime rib steak!

15       What music do you currently listen too?

I’m very fond of Indie music – Bon Iver, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant.  The top song on my playlist right now is RAC’s Remix of Theophilius London – Why Even Try.

Annabelle (Nena) Dominique Y. Torres – teamTBB Philippines scholarship athlete

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Nena at teamTBB camp, Pico de Loro, Batangas, Philippines

Nena is the youngest recruit to teamTBB at only 15 years of age.  Of the three triathlon disciplines, Nena is most familiar with swimming, but her first triathlon with teamTBB was completing the 10 km run leg at the Subic Bay 5150 in June.  She had never run that far before!

At team camp in Pico de Loro (4 hr drive SW of Manila) in April Nena was always eager to learn and listen when we spoke.  She has a lovely, quiet, friendly disposition, and loves a good laugh just as much as training hard for her dreams.

Nena also raced in the Manila “Zombie” run in April, a community-participation race where participants get dressed up as Zombies, and have a lot of fun.

Here is a bit about what Nena’s been up to this year …

Age – 15

Lives - Cagayan de Oro City (“City of Golden Friendship” – around 1400km/870miles SE of Manila on the northern part of Mindanao Island)

Family

Mother                            Anna Lynn Y. Torres

Older brother                Jose Alberto Y. Torres (also with teamTBB)

Younger brother           Juan Antonio Y. Torres

Time in triathlon 4 years.

OUR CHAT …

1       Its nearing the end of 2012; how has this new experience been going for you?

Since the offer of being an athlete of Alaska teamTBB Philippines, I’ve always felt blessed because this is such an amazing opportunity, to be a part of the world’s number 1 triathlon team.  And I always have fun training, competing, and hanging out with my teammates.

2       What is your favorite of the 3 sports in triathlon?

My favorite sport of the three sports is the swim because I have been doing it longer than the other two.  Ridding and running are great too but I am still in the process of getting comfortable with them.

3       Is your favorite sport your strength too?

Yes, my favorite sport is my strength too.

4       We had a great camp in Pico de Loro earlier this year where you got to meet and spend quality time with Coach Brett and Coach Matt.  Have you had a chance since to have some training sessions/camp with Coach Matt?  What did you do?  How was it?

Yes, after the camp and the launch, Coach Matt invited back to his house for a small training camp that lasted for more than a week.  We learned so many things about triathlon and the do’s and don’ts of the sport.

5       I know Coach Matt shares some good recipes and nutritional information on the teamTBB website.  Does he have some favorite training sessions with you too?

Coach Matt always makes his own healthy snacks & meals, and he also lets us watch him make them.  Well, there was this one time that he made us pizza and it was delicious.

6       How have your races gone this year?

So far this year I have joined 3 races already.

The first was the 5i50 in Subic Bay in June.  I was part of the relay team along with my teamTBB team members Marc and Loren; I did the run leg.  It was great new experience because it was my first time doing a 10k run.

The second was the Century Tuna National Age Group Triathlon (NAGT) in July at Chali Beach, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, where I won 2nd place overall in the women.

For my third race I joined a sprint triathlon in Davao City in the southern part of Mindanao, in late September.  Fortunately I won overall champion for the women’s category.  It was a lot of fun seeing all those smiling faces cheering for you until the finish line.

7       What is your current favorite race distance?

My current race distance is the “sprint” distance.  Which is 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.

8       Where was your last race at this distance, and how did it go?

I joined a sprint triathlon in Davao as noted in #6 above.  I was leading from the swim ‘til the end of the race.  I did my best to maintain my lead in the bike for there were some fast bikers out there.

9       What do you do when you are not swimming, riding, running, eating or sleeping?

Usually when I am not doing those things I read books and sometimes I listen to music.

10       What is a key lesson you have learnt as a triathlete that maybe you weren’t anticipating?

That you will never reach your goal if you never work hard for it.

11       What other sports do you enjoy following/doing?

I also enjoy playing badminton.

12       What is it like training where you live?

In Cagayan de Oro, the pool is fine, it’s a bit shallow but I am used to it now.  There are a lot of hills here so my bike workouts are challenging and fun at the same time.  We also have smooth roads and a track to run on. so all in all, training here is okay.

13       What are your goals for the rest of this year?

My goal is to end this year with a very good performance in my competitions and to do the best I can do.

14       What is your favorite food?

I really like pasta, any kind of pasta.

15        What music do you currently listen too?

I listen to pop and some rock music.

Nena made up as a Zombie, at the Manila Zombie Run in April