Today, I just signed up for the Dipolog Centennial Triathlon held on May 18-19 at the Boulevard of Dipolog City (Facebook) to have at least one smaller event with 1,5 km swimming, 40 km biking and 10 km running before the Tabuelan 111 Triathlon will take place on June 16.
That triathlon is close to the Ironman 70.3 distance with 2 km swimming, 88 km biking and 21 km running (a total of 111 km) and I am quite happy about the fact that I found a good substitute for the Ironman 70.3 held here on Mactan Island, starting at the Shangri-La´s Mactan Resort & Spa on August 4, 2013. Anyway, the registration fees for the Ironman-series get more and more expensive, and probably it is time to rather support other events which are really spreading everywhere here in the Philippines.
So, even when they accept me for the Ironman Philippines (I am still on the waiting list), I am not sure anymore if I wanted to join that triathlon – though it was one of my most important goals this year; but there is also another good option to join the Ironman 70.3 series: the event in Taiwan on November 2.
So, as of now, I am really looking forward to the triathlon in Dipolog City; it is already some years ago, when I visited the capital of Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao. I really liked the place which is also known as the “gateway to Western Mindanao” and the fact that the event will take place in “the land of promise” which is also my home-island makes it even more special.
Hence, the next days and weeks will be full of training: tomorrow I will go on a three-day-tour with the Bugoy Bikers in Bohol, where I might stay for a few more days to finally discover Anda which is supposed to be really awesome. The Chocolate Hills, Loboc River, Panglao, Balicasag Island etc. are nothing new to me anymore, and compared to my first visit back in 1997, Bohol and especially Panglao seem to make all efforts to become a second Boracay…and that hyped party-place I still avoid – even on my 11th trip to the Philippines right now.
The preparation for the triathlon in Dipolog during the next days will consist of about 200-300 km biking, about 4 runs with 10-15 km and 2-3 more 60 min swims (probably in Panglao and the Olympic-size pool in Dumaguete City). I just finished my training this morning here in the sea in front of Kamampay with my private guide – a fisherman here in Buagsong, Cordova, who would follow me in his small boat (“sakayan”) and wonder about that crazy guy who just wants to swim in the sea for about 3 kms and be happy about some more Peso bills in his pocket:D