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Tri United double race weekend report! « Mathieu O'Halloran's Blog


Tri United double race weekend report!

Hey all, last weekend I raced twice in 24 hours!

It was a race weekend held by Unilab Active Health staged in the beautiful municipality of San Juan Batangas along the South China Sea!

The race venue @ Playa Laia was spectacular and would classify as a DESTINATION race 8)

After doing the inaugural 5i50 Philippines in Subic Bay last weekend, it would have been very easy to be let down after doing an event that encompasses what triathlons should be!

Clearly THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED for races in the Philippines, and this race is definitively following lead from Sun Rise Events Inc!

Inside 'tent city' was several live TV's that showed the action out on the race course to the spectators as well to online!

Saturday was the first race, 1k swim – 30k bike – 7k run which started @ 14h30 in the after noon. While I was racing a bunch of nobody’s in the middle of no-where, I took these races as workouts and to gauge by racing approach as well to equipment and nutrition for the upcoming Cebu 70.3.

Racing in Asia can present some of the hardest conditions for triathlon racing, hard terrain, rough waters, extreme heat/humidity, cultural differences, ect.

Both these races where no exceptions.

Me and Marc discussing tactics to get through heavy waves!

A downhill beach run into the waves always adds spice to any triathlon ;)

Confronting the waves - even as a 'fast' swimmer, I struggled in these waves, I resorted to brute force and slalom =) Actually, one guy did breast-stroke for the wavy parts and actually keep up with me!?!?!?

1 loop done - 1 loop to go!

The waves are chasing me!

Happy to be done – 1000m in about 18 mins !?!?!? Now pulling my 2XU Tri Top out of my 2XU Tri Shorts!

A quick transition and finding my 'bike legs' as soon as possible was my main focus for this first race!

Going around the first turn around aboard my Cervelo P3 and now equipped with my trusty 3T Mistral cockpit as well to Campagnolo R2C (return to center) shifters and finally, for my hydration needs (important for these races) a TorHands Aero 30!

On my way back from the ride with a pretty big lead!

I took the 7k as 'warm down' from my swim/bike efforts in order to save a bit for the next day's race!

Actually not running to fast was my biggest challenge - DISCIPLINE!

Done for today!

A kiss for the panalo!

Short interview – lady: “Sir, you will still race tomorrow as well? Isn’t that bad for your body?” – Me: “Its all in the attitude, as a triathlete, its almost impossible to emulate race day in training, so racing is the best training for the big races!

Awarding in the evening before the beefing for the next day's race as well to meat and rice loading ;)

Results can be found —> HERE <—

Day 2 started @ 6am and was a 2k swim – 60k bike – 15k run. The water was much calmer and the size of the field was about 3 times bigger! Considering it was 3 laps on each leg, I knew I would be overtaking a lot of people…

My tactic was to take it out hard while I had clear water/road. Then cruise it to keep safe and then punch the run the best I could in the searing heat!

The spearhead of the 400+ field of athletes at sunrise!

Me starting my my 2nd loop as some athlete are still half way into their first...

Sweet shot!

First out with a big lead as the heat starts to creep up!

Pushing the pedals as a motorcycle drafts off me =)

Its starting to get sunny out! But I prefer not to ride with shades because of my thick eye-brow's the lenses get full of sweat!

This turn around was pretty tight as well to being in front of transition with 100's of spectators!

The roads where fully closed to vehicular traffic thanx to the support from the local governor!

Time to run - at this point, my body is feeling the effort from yesterday but I got a big lead so I can take a risk on the hot run and see where it takes me!

There was a slight uphill strait out of transition!

At first, part of the run course was shaded by tree's but as the sun moved, the shade did as well!

Gutting it out on the final stretch!

With the sun beating down, I zipped up my top and gave it everything I had going to the finish line!

Sorry no finish picture!

Results can be found —> HERE <—

Anyway, all in all it was a good hit out, especially since I have not raced often this year – so I was able to tweak and finalize certain things before my final block of training into the Cebu 70.3!

I really recommend these TRI united events as they present everything a local race should have!

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