TV hosts Kara David and Drew Arellano are among the contenders for Challenge Philippines 2015, a triathlon held in Subic, Bataan.
Last February 21, Kara and Drew were among the participants for the competition, with the Kapuso news reporter joining the swimming leg of the triathlon, and Drew conquering all three parts of the race (swimming, biking, running).
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) Kara and Drew shared their triathlon experiences, challenges, and ew a ftips.
Triathlon newbie Kara, though somewhat intimidated, bravely competed with the pros.
She related, “First time kong sumali ever sa maski anong swim competition.
"Mahilig ba akong mag-swim? Yung the usual lang. Hindi talaga competitive, I just started training last month for swimming.
“Nakakapanibago kasi sa pool lang ako nagsi-swimming 'tapos ayun, kakaiba siyang experience.
"Ang gagaling nung mga kasabay ko sobra, nakaka-intimidate.”
She recounted the toughest part in the swimming course.
"Yung start. Mahirap yung start kasi marami sabay sabay kayo nagkakasipaan, merong sumasampa sa 'yo, may humahawak sa paa mo, mga ganun.
"Pero kailangan mo lang lakasan loob mo para hindi ka lumubog, hindi ka malunod.
"Kapag nalampasan mo naman na yung parang rambulan ng mga tao, mas relaxed na yung swim.
"Kaso lang, kasi first time ko nga, hindi ko masyado kabisado yung pace ko.
"Wala pa akong tamang pace so ginawa ko lang talagang very relaxed lang yung swim.
"Kasi ang mission ko lang naman is just to finish it, hindi naman talagang yung maging mabilis.
"Kasi alam ko beginner lang ako and this is a tough race na competitive yung mga tao.
"So I just wanna finish I don’t wanna place, wala akong ilusyon na mag-place, kung magpi-place man ako siguro sa last," she said humorously.
Although very active, triathlete Drew Arellano still found new obstacles in this year’s Challenge Philippines.
He said, "Well the course kasi was very hilly and it’s funny, sometimes you’re leaning towards a hillier course.
"Meaning to say, you prefer a hillier course because it’s not boring.
“Of course, yung trade-off talaga, you have a slower time but the thing is you really enjoy the total experience.
"One of the reasons why a lot of races are held here in Subic, because it’s so versatile.
"There are flats, there are rolling hills, definitely there are mountains to climb.
"So this course was... siguro this was probably the hardest or half the 'Ironman' distance I’ve joined, but I totally enjoyed it.”
Can he say that Challenge Philippines was harder than triathlon Ironman Cebu?
He replied, “Kasi it really depends on the course, definitely, this was harder than Ironman Cebu because of the course.
"It really depends on the course lang. This was just a hilly course but I really, really enjoyed it.”
What preparations did he do for the triathlon?
“Wala, just the usual... it was just really hard to prepare properly coming from a Christmas vacation.
"And this was still early in the season so people were still making kapa, people were just starting have better fitness levels.”
“It was challenging but the trade-off was it was [Challenge Philippines] very enjoyable and not boring.”
Likewise, Kara shared what she learned from her first swimming competition.
"Basta ang tip ko lang is nakaka-intimidate yung word na 'triathlon.'
"Yung swimming ng two kilometers, 1.9 kilometers, is really intimidating, but if you don’t start it, you’ll never make it, 'di ba?"
"There’s always a first time, so I’m always glad that I survived my first time."
Will there be a second triathlon in her future?
"I hope so, oo, kasi 'di naman ako nalunod, natapos ko naman siya, there might be second time, sayang naman, 'di ba?"
See more of Challenge Philippines 2015 in photos: Challenge accepted as 729 triathletes take on daunting Subic test.