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Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,107 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits.
Davao, on the southeastern seaboard of Mindanao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo, (the tallest mountain in the country). Davao City limits sprawl over 224,000 hectares, among the largest in the world, leaving ample space for environmentally friendly expansion and development.
After Luzon and Visayas, IRONMAN sets foot in Mindanao with this addition to extend its presence across all three island groups of the Philippines.Davao City has continuously grown and developed infrastructure over the years to become one of the most popular touristic destinations in the Philippines. Athletes will have an easy journey to the start line through Davao international airport with direct flights from Manila, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and will have a wide selection of world-class hotels to enjoy their stay in Davao, located on the East coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines.
“It is always exciting for us to announce the addition of a new event – especially in the Philippines where the enthusiasm of the IRONMAN community is exceptional. We launched IRONMAN Philippines on August 1st and sold out all entries in one day. We hope for such a tremendous response as we open registrations of IRONMAN 70.3 Davao on October 1st.” IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer said.
The participants will enjoy racing through Davao’s fusion of nature and urban infrastructure. The race begins with a one-loop swim at the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove where they will go back for their first transition. They will then exit onto the main highway to start the 90km bike course. The fast, single loop bike course heads all the way to the turnaround point at Tagum City. Participants will then head back to Azuela Cove for the second transition. They exit out to the flat roads of J.P. Laurel Avenue towards the commercial district of Davao to complete the two-loop 21.1km run. Participants will be cheered by a crowd of spectators lining up along the streets until the finish line at the Azuela Soccer Field.
“We at Sunrise Events are excited to be offering a brand-new race in another part of the country next year.Davao will be our next destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race and we believe this will be well received by local and foreign triathletes alike. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm Davao has expressed in hosting us there and I expect we will see this race steadily grow.We look forward to seeing you all at a new destination.” said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Qualifying Race
There are 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The 1.9km swim starts in the beautiful property development of Azuela Cove. Participants will swim the Pakiputanstraight, following a single loop clockwise swim heading north. The swim leg begins with a 925meter stretch followed by a 50 meter turn then a final 925 meter stretch back to Azuela Cove.
Participants exit the swim and enter transition in the Azuela property to start the bike leg of the course.
Participants exit the Azuela property and onto the main highway to begin the 90km bike course.Traversing through several cities, the course is straightforward and easy to navigate with wide and scenic roads. The course will lead participants north to the turn-around point in Tagum City. After making the turn-around, participants will head back to Azuela for transition 2 and enter the run leg of the course.
After racking their bikes, participants will head back out of Azuelaand turn right heading to J.P.Laurel Ave for the 21km run course. The run course is a two-loop clockwise 10km out-and-back race course. It will pass through the commercial district of Davao where the roads are flat and lined up with people cheering on the participants. The race ends at the finish line in Azuela Soccer Field
On behalf of Triathlonphilippines we just want to congratulate all Filipino compete in 29th sea games in Malaysia. Thanks for bringing gold and silver to our country.
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Everyone knows Millennials and Boomers are different. Times, they are changing. And the way Millennials approach things are different. Millennials try to keep up with the trend, at all expense. So, here are 5 things for the Millennial generation to know about running to excel at running.
A Half Marathon presents a challenge in itself. You don’t need to sign up for the marathon for a challenge. Some have said if you can’t run a sub 2 half marathon, you should not even be attempting the marathon distance. The rationale behind this is due to the risk on injury. If you’re legs are just no used to the consistency pounding for 4 hours, you are risking injury. An injury will set back your running progress. Is it really worth it to take a 6 months break from running just to run a marathon distance. Unless you have put in sufficient training – don’t!
Take things one step at a time. Start small. if you are a beginner, take on the 10km distance. Target to improve the timing of your 10km distance before moving up the distance ladder. Slowly, but surely. This is also an injury risk management strategy. You will reap for benefits this way than moving up to fast.
Starting at a slower pace and finishing strong is known as negative splits. It is always good to run a race this way. Firstly, this way you avoid going out too fast and taking out too much from you. If you go out too fast you risk burning out before you cross the finish line. Starting out conservatively also gives you a mental boost when you start passing people in the 2nd half of your run. Most people tend to slow down in the 2nd half. This mental boost can give you the adrenaline to bring you back to the finishing line with a personal best.
Let’s face it! You’re probably going to be spending so much dough on a fancy GPS watch that you don’t even utilise all its functions. Especially if you’re just starting out, you just beed a basic GPS watch. Do you really need the fancy Suunto Spartan Ultra or the Fenix 5X? You probably could do with the basic forerunner 235. You just need a watch to tell you your pace to allow you to pace well. Unless you would fully utilise all the functions and statistics your watch tells you, there is no point forking out so much dough!
Try vary your training and incorporate different kind of runs. It’s not necessary that you just run for an hour everyday at the same speed. You can include tempo runs, intervals, fartlek training into your workouts! Training will never be boring this way. And you are bound to see and improvement in your races.
by Laura Siddall
Swim training can quite literally be uncharted waters for the beginner triathlete, and sometimes even the experienced triathlete. I consulted my coach—IRONMAN Master Coach Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness—to bring you four endurance intensive swim workouts that will get you swim ready this season. Especially for those of you targeting a late-season IRONMAN race, now is a good time of year to focus on swim endurance and technical development.
For many Northern hemisphere triathletes, late winter and early spring is considered pre-season. Dixon’s focus during this period of time is endurance swimming—both cardiovascular and muscular. In conjunction with the large fitness gains from the endurance work, Dixon includes high-end speed and maximal steady state work to promote technical development. “Since many athletes are not yet accumulating massive hours of miles riding, swimming takes up the largest relative percentage of total training than any other part of the season,” Dixon says. He uses this time of year to get his athletes “swim-fit” by developing the resilience that they will rely on throughout the race season.
Dixon expects his San Francisco-based swim squad to be familiar with reading the pace clock during swim workouts and frequently sets demanding but fun workouts to keep his athletes mentally alert throughout the entire session.
Related Article: Master the Pace Clock
Below are four of Dixon’s favorite swim workouts. They include endurance-based work and speed play, which not only help build a good swim base but also test an athlete’s pace clock intelligence. Each workout starts with an easy warm up, and a more focused pre-set to warm up the body thoroughly before the main set.
The best part—all of these drills can be scaled up or down to suit your level and distance, as well as adapting the time interval to match your ability.
-10 min easy swimming, with every fourth lap non-freestyle, if possible.
-200 / 100 / 2×150 / 2×75 / 3×100 / 3 x 50 / 4 x 50 / 4 x 25 with pull buoy, using a swimmer’s snorkel, focusing on a long body and catching the water. Build speed as you progress through the set to 95 percent of maximal effort for the 25s.
→ Helpful hint: Try to remember the above set as follows:
– Odd reps decrease by 50 each time but the number of repeats increases: 1×200, then 2×150, 3×100, 4×50
– The even reps are half the distance of the previous odd set. For example, if the odd is 200, the following even is half that at 100. If the odd is 150, the following even is half 150, at 75, and so on.
-Take 5-10 sec, rest between each repetition
-33 x 100 using three separate intervals.
-The aim is to maintain a strong sustainable pace on the shorter intervals. The pace and stroke rate can and should slow on the easier ‘recovery’ intervals.
-100-100-100 on 1:50 / 1:45 / 1:40 **
-100-100-2×100 on 1:50 / 1:45 / 2 x 1:40
Total: 3300m (main set)
**Select a time interval appropriate for your swimming ability, ensuring the first swim of each set is ‘recovery’ based, as noted above, and targeting about 5 to 7 seconds rest on the tightest interval. To shorten the set, you could complete the workout after 4 or 5 rounds.
-10 min easy swimming
-200 / 2×150 / 4×100 / 6×50 – increase speed as the distance decreases. Pull buoy and swimmer’s snorkel.
-200 on 3 min, straight into…
-8 x 100 on 1:22.5 – this is a good one for reading the clock, as you have to ‘go’ when the clock isn’t on a whole number.
→ Helpful hint: It’s useful to remember that each ‘odd’ rep will always be on a 0 or 5. (e.g. first rep (odd) start on the 0, second rep (even) on the 22.5, third rep (odd) on the 45, fourth rep (even) on the 7.5 etc.)
-Take an extra 30-60 sec rest, often called a “swimmer’s minute.”
-200 on 2:55 mins
-6 x 100 on 1:20
-Take an extra 30-60 sec
-200 on 2:50
-4 x 100 on 1:17.5
-Take an extra 30-60 sec
-200 on 2:45
-2 x 100 on 1:15
Total: 2800m (main set)
-10mins – with every fourth lap non-freestyle.
-2×200 / 2×175 / 2×150 / 2×125 / 2×100 / 2×75 / 2×50 / 2×25
→ Helpful hint: odds easy / evens building pace through set, take 5-10 seconds rest
-2×100 on 1:20 fast (The interval should be tight so that you only get 3-5 seconds of rest. Adjust the interval for your swimming ability.)
-3×100 on 1:20 fast
-4×100 on 1:20 fast
-5×100 on 1.20 fast
Total: 2800m (main set)
-10 minutes easy
-16 x 50 – build pace in sets of 4 (4×50 easy, 4×50 moderate, 4×50 moderate/strong, 4×50 strong) with 10 sec rest between
-800 pull – moderate pace
-8×100 – decreasing intervals, 1:40, 1:35, 1:30, 1:25, 1:40, 1:35, 1:30, 1:25
-4×200 – build pace from easy on #1 up to race pace on #4, on 3:10 (30 sec rest when swimming easy)
-8×50 – odds fast on 45secs / evens smooth 60
-16×25 – easy / build / fast / fast x 2 all on 25 sec
Total: 4000m (main set)
Laura Siddall is a British professional triathlete based out of San Francisco. Visit her online at laurasiddall.com.