CEBUANA junior female cyclist Ana Patricia “Ica” Maximo, racing for TRIbu Lapu-Lapu posted the best time in the 90-kilometer bike with 2:56:22 hours in the All-Female Relay Division in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
The former Batang Pinoy national champion was also the fastest among the female cyclists in the Mixed Relay category, making the Cebuana the top rider among the female cyclists in the relay divisions.
And she did this in her first attempt to complete the grueling Ironman 90 kilometer Individual Time Trial race. Her team, the TRIbu Lapu-Lapu, a grassroots sports project of Mayor Paz Radaza of the Lapu-Lapu City, also made it to the top five in the All-Female Relay.
The 2-time SAC awardee, who turned 17 last Aug. 10, attributes her performance to the choice of her cycling equipment.
“Some people asked me how I did it, what was the secret,” said Icamax. “Training is important of course, but I think what made me a little faster was the cycling equipment.”
“A 90-kilometer ITT bike course is very long for a solo rider to complete. It usually takes around 2-3 hours to finish it. To sustain the distance, you have to be comfortable riding your bike. The bike should fit you and not the other way around. When your back and neck starts to hurt and you cannot sit properly in the saddle, it will slow you down. Get a good bike fit from an expert to make you more efficient in your ride,” said the 3-time medalist of Phil National Games. PR