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Published in Sun Star Newspaper on March 27, 2012 Tuesday issue
by Bea Maximo, Contributor
Mike T. Limpag & Marian C. Baring, Editors
SWIM, bike and run to the finish line! Last March 25, 2012, I witnessed the very first triathlon held in Talisay. This race was one of the highlights of the City’s commemoration of the American troops’ landing in the city. It consisted of a 1,000-meter swim, 30-kilometer bike, 7.5K run and a mixed relay division for the adults, while the kids’ division had a 300-meter swim, 8-kilometer bike and 3-kilometer run.
As a spectator in these events, you get all worked up and root for your favorites, screaming at the sidelines saying, “Dali, dali! Kaya na nimo maapsan na ka!”
As one participant shouted back, “Dili lalim oy!” I then realized the determination and discipline every athlete had to possess for them to be able to surpass the grueling swim, the exhausting bike ride and the draining run to the finish line. It was definitely not a walk in the park.
One does not go out into the battlefield unarmed and expect to emerge victorious, that is why I salute every person who wore a tri suite that day because the mere fact that they had the courage to step up and achieve what the next person simply dreams of doing is just very inspirational.
Some people dream of success while others wake up and achieve it! Hats off to all the finishers of the First Talisay Triathlon, however in a race, winners must be crowned.
ALL IN THE FAMILY. The author (center) with brother Luis Miguel and sister Ana Patricia. Luis won the 19-under division, while Ana topped the 13-14 agegroup.
I would like to quote Orison Swett Marden: “We fail to see that we can control our own destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.” These renowned beings controlled their own destiny and fought hard to garner a place in their division.
(The author is a 20-year old Cebuana taking up Occupation Therapy in UST. A football varsity player and a runner, she came to all the way from Manila to cheer for her siblings on their very first on-road Triathlon race.)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 27, 2012.