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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


THE Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines is on horizon. With just days away before it unfolds, local and foreign triathletes are feeling the craze and making the essential steps to come out strong on Aug.3 in Lapu-Lapu City.

Yesterday, former F1 world champion Jenson Button, took advantage of the good weather—overcast skies with not that much heat—and headed to a bike out from Lilo-an to Catmon. He was with the local elite triathletes Joseph Miller and Noy Jopson. The pack also had Button’s teammates, Team Ichiban’s James Thurston and Tom Dudden.

The foreign triathletes were not only testing the roads of Cebu, but were also acclimatizing to the weather in a tropical country.

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“Very hot and humid 60K with @tomdudden and @Jenson Button in Cebu, finished off with a coconut stop,” Thurston posted in his twitter account.

Button of United Kingdom arrived in the country last Tuesday for his second time in the Ironman Philippines 70.3 and will join the 30 to 34 age group.

Miller, the top off-road triathlete and the only Filipino pro in Xtterra, has taken some adjustments for this road competition.

“I had long hours of training. I focused on my speed, because in Xterra it is more on the skills in the mountain bike in maneuvering the off-road,” said Miller, who will compete in the Filipino elite category for the second time.

Last year, he finished ninth in that category, and shared that he was not in top shape when he clocked in at 4 hours and 43 minutes. Miller looks to improve on that time and targets 4:20 overall time this year.

“I caught up with my training and felt stronger than last year. I will see the results this Sunday,” continued Miller.

Other Cebuano competing in the men’s Filipino elite is Kristiane Lim of Parklane Tri-Team who started his Ironman preparation last May.

“My preparation was fine. We had our taper down on Wednesday last week. Right now we are doing mostly recovery,” Lim said “Naa gihapon ang work out pero gamay nalang ang intensity.”

Lim clocked in at 4:36 in the age group last year and targets to improve his time in the much stronger category.

“Hopefully I can achieve a great time, If the weather is good I will target the 4:30 time,” added Lim.

The 28-year-old Lim is working as a call center agent at Convergys and took a leave for two-weeks to focus on the challenging if not grueling race.

“I have the same work-out with my team, I share with them the training given by my coach. The team is set to race,” Lim said.

Parklane will have Johnny Ferniz in the men’s Filipino elite, and Cianyl Gonzalez in the women’s Filipino elite.

The 2013 Ironman 70.3 Philippines men’s Filipino elite bronze medalist John Philip Dueñas also is tapering down and is now focusing on his nutrition, while Filipino elite bet Lorhiz Echavez-Lopez had a quick swim practice in Banilad yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mickie Go, an online writer, is also ready for his second Ironman experience.

“I had a 5K run yesterday, and maybe another 5K run today. I just keep the body moving. Akong preparation nalang is grocery and shopping for things like spare interior, etc,” said Go yesterday.

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

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