In Gretchen Fullido’s report on TV Patrol, actors Gerald Anderson and Jake Cuenca shared their enthusiasm about joining the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Subic, Zambales.
“It’s an honor to join Ironman. Siyempre, kahit relay lang. Ito pa lang yung pinakamahabang ride na gagawin ko. Itong 90k,” Gerald said about his and Jake’s first Ironman race. Jake also expressed his excitement saying, “everyone is really excited. Siyempre ako rin, excited. We’re going to get to ride in SCTEX today and that’s something you don’t get to normally do.”
Gerald was the first to arrive in the transition area. Although he ranked first, his team was disqualified because he wasn’t able to serve his penalty for his drafting offense, with the marshal saying, “I can’t serve you your penalty anymore. Tumakbo na ang rider niyo.”
According to the rules of the event, athletes must remain outside the draft zone (6 bike lengths between bikes) except when passing. Failure to do so will result in a drafting violation; (5:00 Minute Time Penalty).
Gerald wasn’t able to hide his disappointment. If it weren’t for his mistake, his team would’ve won the All Men’s Relay category. “Hindi ko talaga alam. Hindi ko alam yung rules. Pero sayang lang, nahihiya ako sa mga teammates ko.”
Jake was also displeased as he suffered a flat at the 70km mark although he still managed to finish his bike leg. “Bad trip, sobra. I’d rather finish it than regret not finishing it. Parang sayang naman lahat ng ensayo ko kung hindi ko tatapusin.”
Despite the setbacks, they still enjoyed the experience. As Gerald said, “it’s a great sport. Wala akong ibang pwedeng sisihin kung hindi sarili ko. It’s a very challenging sport.”
While for Jake, “iniisip ko na lang kanina kahit na-flatan, I’m going to do this naman for the rest of my life so okay lang yan, babawi ako. There’s always a next race.”
Gerald is now on his way to the USA to compete in the LA Marathon while Jake will continue his training for his next Ironman race in Cebu.