A CYCLIST for three years, Jason Dorado only considered triathlon months after he figured in a bike accident a year ago. His upper body injury made him stop biking for months, prompting him to consider other sports.
JD, as he is commonly known, learned only how to swim in November last year and he started from scratch. He only wanted to swim to cross-train, but as he is surrounded with triathlete friends, he was left with no choice but to give TRI a try.
A triathlon involves three sequential endurance sports – swimming, cycling and running.
JD joined in the Summit Leg 1, his first standard distance triathlon, in Bohol last year. He considered it his worst experience.
“I didn’t finish the three-loop swim, I was vomiting while completing the 40-kilometer bike, and I only ran a few kilometers because I suffered leg cramps,” he said.
His experience during his first race made him train harder and race more.
JD joined the second and third legs of the Summit Triathlon, Dakak Triathlon, Century Tuna Plantation Triathlon, Mantalungon-Dalaguete Duathlon, Olango Swim Challenge and some running events.
When JD found out that Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines will be held in Cebu, he didn’t think twice. He registered and prepared for it.
Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu is hosting the country’s top triathlon event on Sunday, August 5.
The Ironman is a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). It consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 kilometer) swim, 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run.
The Cobra Ironman 70.3 on Sunday is also known as Half-Ironman. The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles covered in the middle distance triathlon race – 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim on an open sea in Mactan, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. The Ironman 70.3 is qualifying event for the World Championship competition in Kona, Hawaii.
A triathlon is an expensive event, JD admitted. He said he spent more than P100,000 for his tri-bike alone. He also has to spend quite big for his swim and run gears. Registration in tri events is costly too. The Cobra Ironman 70.3 alone costs P9,950.
But he shared why he wanted to join Ironman, his preparations and expectations for this Sunday’s event with the Sun.Star website. His friends from Caresharing Inc. also gave their support. Watch the following clip: