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02 March 2009

My 2009 Ateneo Aquathlon Experience, Photos by Evan Uy

My Aquathlon Experience 2009, Photos by Evan Uy

I've been running a lot. 
I run an average of 200 Kilometers per month. 
This is my training routine. I am training for a full marathon. I want to join one or two this year. I already tried a half-marathon with a good effort (1 hour 40 minutes)--still gruelling!!!! I got armpit burns, shin splints, and semi-dehydration... but I think I could have done better and ran faster... 
maybe next time :D

So About the Aquathlon...
Why did i join???

I have never joined an Aquathlon for more than 7 years now, my last one was in UP when I was still in College and swimming for the UPVST. I won 2nd or 3rd place that time behind a my former teammate (a younger and faster swimmer). I really can't remember the details. 

I could have joined last year's Aquathlon but Coach Archie Lim just asked me to take pictures (click here for the 2008 Ateneo Aquathlon Photos).

Since I've been training very hard for my Goal to Finish with a good time in a Full Marathon, I thought I'd join an Aquathlon for PHYSICAL CHALLENGE, TRAINING, and FUN. Luckily, there aren't a lot of fast swimmers in my age group (22-29 yrs. old) So I Told my self to out-swim everyone so that I can keep a good pace on the Run leg of the race. I kept an eye on my race times with my watch, I did a good job with the Swim Leg, Finishing first with about 3-5 minutes lead from the rest of the pack. The Run Leg was just like any other 5-10K road race... I kept my old pace and kept my heart rate in good pace. 25 Minutes in the 5K, kind of slowed down towards the finish line to get some pictures taken... hahaha :)) got to have that photo!

Ateneo Race Route I think is an easy to mild race route (difficulty 5 out 10), with about 30-40% uphill in the 5K and about 5-10% gradient (uphill and downhill).

Anyway, I had a great experience and I will definitely join the next year's aquathlon.
Oh and I almost forgot... Thank You Ateneo Swimming Team for the Awesome goodies!!!

Photos By: Evan Uy