Kim Chiu is now a certified duathlete!
On March 5, 2017, the Kapamilya star successfully finished her first duathlon race—4-kilometer run, 25-kilometer bike, and another 4-kilometer run—at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cavite.
The proud finisher wrote on Instagram, "Never in my life have I imagined that I'll be joining a race like this...
"I never thought that one morning I'll wake up and prepare myself to go to a race...but life gives you surprises!"
The 26-years-old actress began training early this year, and "challenged" herself to "change my lifestyle just to give life a little spice."
It was her fellow Kapamilya star Jake Cuenca who invited Kim to join the race.
In a series of posts, the former Pinoy Big Brother winner revealed her adjustments.
First, "Waking up early is really hard for a non-morning person like myself!"
Second, "I don't have enough time to train within a month but since I want adventure and thrills, here I am!!!"
In between taping and shooting, she would wake up at "4am or 5am" and train "extra hard."
While gearing up for the race, Kim learned the importance of discipline and time management.
She added, "I've learned more about myself.
"How strong I can be, how far I can go in overcoming the pains, body pain, cramps, etc.
"Pain makes you stronger, pain gives you the opportunity to become better!"
During the race, Kim revealed she almost quit.
She wrote, "As a first timer during the race, there will always be obstacles that sometimes you want to give up, akala mo di mo na kaya.
"But you just have to believe in yourself, trust yourself, and everything else will follow."
One of her bladder bags didn't work, so, "I wasn't able to hydrate during my bike leg."
Kim also had side cramps and, worse, an asthma attack during the last two-kilometer run.
The chinita princess recalled, "I was so scared and nervous I didn't stop praying (glory be hundred times) coz i didn't want to quit.
"Sabi ko na lang, it's all in the mind! its all in the mind!"
According to Guardian.com, running is actually "one of the worst exercises for triggering asthma with high dust levels and pollen counts." But this does not discourage runners from joining marathons. The key is to be able to control the symptoms.
For a person who is not athletic, Kim considered her first duathlon race a great feat, thanks to her "faith, determination and drive to achieve this one goal... to get that finisher medal!!!"
She also thanked the spectators whose cheers had kept her going.
Part of her caption was, "a lot of people are cheering "GO KIM!
"Racers, spectators, watchers mga thousand times sinasabi 'Go kim!!!' pag dumadaan sila or ako.
"Thank you sa inyo!!!
"Nakaka-boost ng energy!
"My #FirstDuathlon experience was all worth it!!!!"
Way to go, Kim!