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Pico De Loro Race Report. « Mathieu O'Halloran's Blog


Pico De Loro Race Report.


Pre race entertainment - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Hey last Saturday was my first road tri since August 2011.

The first half of the swim I paced off a relay athlete and then took the lead on the half way mark at the beach turn around.

Some sweet under-water shoots!

None of me…I guess I was to quick ;)

On the 2nd loop I increased my lead over everybody and anybody all the while feeling good with a higher stroke rate. The final stretch was a bit crowded with athletes finish their first loop.

Now onto my bike in the rain!

The bike course was quite technical with 6 X 180 degree turns and several round-a-bouts and sharp turns. The weather made it more challenging as well to lapping athletes on the 2 lap bike course!

There was 2 very steep hills out/into transition as well that needed to be taken very diligently! I was very happy to be one of those who rides a TT bike with 3T Zefiro drop bars and decided to lower my PSI pressure 5 min before the race start! As well to haming my Eurus Campagnolo training wheels that have trusty aluminum braking surface!

Once on the run I had about 2 min lead over 2nd place which was Frederik Croneberg who is very experienced in racing in Asia with several 70.3 podiums and has a pretty quick flat out marathon PB. But he in fact had just came back from his first IM in Melbourne, never-the-less I knew better to under-estimate my competitors (done that in the past and its not a good idea) as I knew of a few athletes who had done back to back racing extremely successfully check –>here<–

I did not run very “fast” but I did run through a whole lot of pain!

First place prize was my biggest pay check in years!

On another note, I was asked a special request to blog about female triathletes! As well to have been womens month last March I will do a belated post about it!

Triathlon has a tendency to attract strong and mature females! Our sport is not so popular with women in their 20′s. BUT if you look at the results of the 35 to 45 and even up the list its getting bigger and longer!

More often than not, female “weekend warriors” are faster than the majority younger age group females and often give a hard time to the men in their age groups.

Why is that?

This “mature girl power” is often personified by already established females, they have a career, settled down and stable with a family and have lived a more often than not, “cliche” life!

Now its their time to show their stuff. Its known that women who have had a child come back with a higher pain threshold! Are happy still able to wear tight spandex as they will go fit-in the crowed of triathletes!

Females are often more suited for longer distances. They have a great power to weight ratio, no testosterone spikes and seem to me to have a more controlled ego drive. Which can be key in events that go over very hard/hot terrain!

Triathlon is great in that manner, every triathlon I attend I see “yummy mumy’s” all over the place! Which reminds me of when I was a kid, we use to say “my dad is stronger than your dad” but now seems like the ways things are moving foward, it maybe “my mom is stronger than your dad!” LOL.

Having been able to travel the world and see different countries. Its sad to see far to often women in 3rd world countries belittled. But the fact is that more often than not females make more rational and sensitive leaders that will help to nurture the next generation versus stick driven men that are drawn to power/career/status which often compels them to recklessness and omnipotence!

In ancient Egypt women where treated very differently in an almost modern way! Nearly considered to be equal to men and occasionally where in control like Cleopatra and Nefertiti

Anyway this blog is getting long.

I will finish with this, that I have been racing in the Philippines since 2007, and the triathlon scene as prospered at an incredible rate! The events are more and more!

This year I figure about 50+ multisport event domestically! As well to one few countries in to have an ITU race, an X-Terra, a 5i50 race, a 70.3 race and a full 226k race!

The Pico De Loro tri raised the bar for local events. Apart from the rain everything was world class with only a few things to tweak for next year and I hope they keep to limit the number of entries in order to make it a more PRESTIGIOUS event thats eagerly awaited for! This years it sold out in 5 days!

In my experience in Asia, the Philippines has the largest local triathlon contingency! I know Singapore/Hong Kong has lots of triathletes, but the big bulk are expat driven unlike here where its a very local affair where some of the richest/famous people in the country line up on the same start and does the same course as Juan Dela Cruz ;)

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©Tim Ramos
©Mark Cristino
@Joyette Jopson

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