This global sports sensation has raced to Philippine soil with a Cebu Gems Innovation and Career Development Center cash grant to PMMA MultiSports to develop Ironman races.
The physical grind is patterned after Ironman Triathlon, a series of long-distance races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in a day without a break.
Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete, starting 7:00 a.m.; 9:20 a.m. cut off for the swim (2 hours 20 minutes); 5:30 pm cut off for bike (8 hours 10 minutes); midnight cut off for the marathon (6 hours 30 minutes).
One who completes the triathlon in these timings is an Ironman.
The sports is now the Ironman World Championship held annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, since 1978, preceded by qualifying events. Known for the gruelling length and harsh conditions, Ironman has earned an Emmy Award-winning television coverage.
Our Capt. Gilbert Garcia is a rare two-time Ironman finisher, 2015 in Malaysia and 2017 in Korea. He is GM of Senator Crewing-Manila with a 1,500 Filipino crew pool. The captain is married, with two kids, and spends time training in between family and work.
Garcia believes in business, synergy is expressed as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In triathlon, this translates to smart training: series of workout blocks rather than a single exercise. Gilbert does not worry if he misses workout for the day; it can be compensated the following day.
Gilbert observes some feel they do not have enough time to train while keeping a balanced life. But those passionate for the sport have great flexibility, they train around meetings or work.
One may lose motivation juggling family life, career and triathlon. But Gilbert smartly “change gear when workouts become more like work than play.” He gets others into the picture, even office staff to participate into local fun runs.
Once, he managed to convince his wife to join an Ironman 70.3 relay. She did the 21km run and Gilbert the rest.
Capt. Garcia confesses racing Ironman year after year does not get easier but “you just become tougher and smarter. At the end, the sport brings perspective in life that a balanced & healthy lifestyle can bring success both in the tough race course and in a demanding career in crewing.”