42-year-old Sir Gregg of USJ-R goes for first Ironman

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


THE saying “life begins at 40” is especially apt for a 42-year-old dad who found his passion for triathlon two years ago.

Gregg Victor Gabison opted for a physical activity after he suffered from a severe health condition.

Following his doctor’s advice, Gregg began running with his wife at his side.

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“I have to enjoy life, I have to do something with my health,” he said.

From running, he got into triathlon, which he considers as a “total body activity.”

The shift was easy for Gabison, who used to be a swimmer during his high school and elementary days.

And late last year, he finally decided to join the biggest triathlon event in the country—the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

“It’s everybody’s dream to take part in the Ironman,” said Gabison.

Although he had plans of joining the previous Ironman events, it was only for this year’s event that he felt confident that he could finish the race.

As a father of three young boys, he manages his time among his family, training and work.

He makes sure that he sends off his sons to school every day before taking time to run nine to 12 kilometers a day as part of his preparations for the race.

Starting last year, Gregg spent his weekend biking and swimming. If he has the time, he does a simulation of the three— biking, swimming and running, together with the other triathletes.

Aside from being head of the family, Gregg sits as a father to over 500 students of University of San Jose-Recoletos. “Sir Gregg,” as he is called by many, is the dean of the College of Information and Communications and Computer Technology (CICCT) of the university.

“It’s very challenging because there are times during weekends that we have early meetings,” said Gregg.

Before joining the Ironman, Gregg has also joined local triathlon events. Just recently he joined the Tabuelan 111 Triathlon held last June 8.

Gregg was able to set his personal time record when he finished the race in under seven hours.

Triathlon events also became a venue for their family to bond and spend quality time together.

People are starting to notice. Local running website ruuroo.com listed Gregg among the top seven headturners who can still look good while suffering for their sport.

“Victor Gabison. This ultramarathoner and triathlete is a father of three. This daddy can make you wish you are his water bottle,” the website reads.

“I just feel happy that someone took notice of the things that I did” said Greg who was listed along with known Filipino triathlete Noy Jopson.

In this Sunday’s race, Gregg aims to break his personal record and wants to finish the race in six hours and forty minutes.

Gregg also shared that his biggest challenge in the race would be on biking. “Just like the other guys, I am quite worried about the roads in Cebu and it’s no joke to be biking and the roads are not quite good”

But Gregg said that he will just be extra cautious and that he is expecting the words of the government that they would be fixing the roads.

Gregg hopes to enjoy his time during the race with his family’s support at the side. (Nheru Veraflor, USJR Mass Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 31, 2014.

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