The minute we arrived in Shangri La Mactan Resort & Spa Hotel we can already feel the rhythm and the beat of this International Event. The ambience and the energy is just simply amazing.
Since we arrived late (our flight got delayed) I went straight up to our room after checking in. I didn’t have energy anymore to socialize with the “Iron Men.” They were everywhere in the hotel.
Ibang klase. Batak na batak ang mga katawan nila. These people are hard core. Especially the Elites (pros).
We got Claudia her own room (connecting to our room) so she can rest well and won’t get stress. The race was on sunday.
On the day of the race Claudia woke us up at 5:30am and she went ahead of us. The first leg, swimming was to start at 6:00am.
I had only a few hours sleep. I woke up very groggy and hurriedly change cause I didn’t want to miss the starting point of the event.
There were a lot of people already when we got there. The participants, the media (local and international) were in full force, the spectators, and of course the family of the participants.
There was a rail that separated the spectators from the participants. Only the media was allowed inside in that area. When I tried to go in, the guard stopped me. “Hindi pwede dito mam. Media lang ang pwede.” You know me. No one can stop me.
I told him: “media ako! Ito tingnan mo (I showed him the wrist band I was wearing). I guess the guard didn’t know what the wrist band was for also cause he let me in. I pulled Vito to go inside with me but he got scared we might get caught that we were not media. He said: I’ll just stay here Mom.” I went inside and I got this close:
I went in and took pictures and I went out right away cause Vito was alone. The participants are just waiting for their wave to be called. When they were called they have to go to the other side of the shore behind that big rock on the right side. That was where the start line was. This area was just the waiting area.
Vito and I were already on that side cause we knew it was going to start any minute. The Elites (pros) were the first to go.
Before Claudia’s wave was called we went to her and said good luck. She told me: “Mom, I am so nervous.” I told her don’t be nervous! Just go slowly. The most important thing is you will finish.
Her and Jean Stefano Marcelo. Look at their faces. I know they’re both nervous.
I wished them good luck and I started to tear up.
The last to go were the women. When they were called the emcee said: “And here’s our favorite wave the women! And good luck to our youngest participant #2500, 20 years old Claudia Tay-gle from the Philippines! (the emcee was a foreigner and foreigners normally pronounce it that way) Good luck Claudia!” I did not expect that.
I didn’t know that Claudia was the youngest participant and I didn’t expect that they would mention her name. Everyone cheered. And I started to cry.
Then, it was time for her to swim to the start line.
I’ve never felt so proud in my life. Claudia really worked so hard training for this event. She trained everyday for a year without fail. She trains in the morning, so she wakes up at 5am everyday cause she still has school.
In between training and going to school she would still bake cookies for her Claudias Cookies.
And then I realized why she was the youngest. Girls her age are not into this yet. Most girls in her age range are busy meeting boys, going out at night, having fun, etc. Claudia doesn’t even know how to put make up!
And so after they took off Vito and I went back to our room. It’s going to take at least 6 hours to finish everything. After swim next is bike and the last is run. We both ordered room service for breakfast and we both fell asleep.
When we woke up we started to prepare to go to the finish line and we ordered room service again for lunch. We expected Claudia to be finish around 12 noon. So, we need to be there around that time.
And now the problem begins. What will I wear? It was soooo hot outside and I was with someone who is my #1 critic when it comes to my outfits. I have to wear something that is cool and breezy but not slutty.
This is what I wore and Vito approved it.
When we got to the bleachers it was full already and it was so crowded. I made my way to where the media was. I told the marshal that was watching the gate that I was media and he asked me from what channel. The only channel I could think of was CNN. So, I said I’m from CNN.
He let me in!
I was among these guys and I felt so professional! But I was only using my Iphone camera and a small Canon S100 and look at their cameras!
By this time the Elites has started to come in and people where cheering.
I still pretended to be a CNN reporter until one of the organizers noticed me. He asked me from what media outfit I was and I stuck to my story that I was from CNN. He then asked me for a media ID. I said: “well, I don’t have an ID but I am live streaming right now to the U.S.” and he insisted that I should have an accredited media ID. I pretended not to hear him and he followed me for awhile. But he gave up and in fairness even if he knew I was just bluffing he did not let me leave.
After a few minutes I couldn’t take the heat anymore. It was just so hot. I approached that organizer guy and told him: “lalabas lang ako ha kasi sobrang init. Hindi ko kaya. I’ll come back later.” And he told me: “uhm, No.” And I said: “babalik talaga ako. Kung hindi mo ako papasokin sumbong kita kay Richard Quest.”
I stayed under the bleachers and sat down for awhile. Vito was just walking around the area and kept on laughing at me sitting down under the bleachers. He started to tease me and we both laughed so hard.
Around 12:30pm I went to the rail just beside the finish line among the crowd. I had a feeling Claudia might be coming in soon. From being a CNN reporter I was downgraded. Pang masa na lang ang beauty ko. But wait a minute I saw someone across me!
Si Papa P!!!!
I told Vito: “OMG Vito, nag eyes to eyes kami ni papa P. I saw him staring at me!” And Vito said: “how can that be Mom, you’re both wearing shades. Stop dreaming. I think you’re suffering from heat stroke.”
He is really so yummy. This papa P.
So, Vito and I waited and waited. Finally, I heard the emcee saying: “look who’s coming? Our youngest participant Claudia Tay-gle is coming. Way to go Claudia! Congratulations! You made it!”
Bigla akong na taranta. Ito naman si Claudia lumampas sa finish line. She didn’t stop and just kept on running! I was able to get a back shot.
I kept on screaming her name but she couldn’t hear me.
She made it!
Vito and I were so happy. We tried to look for her but she was in the restricted area. We just went back to our room and waited for her there.
After a few minutes I could hear her outside our room with some of her friends screaming and laughing. When she entered our room she showed me right away her medal.
Iron man 2014 medals was designed by Kenneth Cobonpue.
She was so happy. I’ve never seen her this happy before. The first thing she did when she got to our room was called Zubachon and ordered 3 kilos of lechon.
I guess she deserves it.
Both her and Jean (her friend) were so happy they made it. They both trained together.
Look at their faces after the race:
IRONMAN 70.3 FINISHERS!
I am so proud of these two. They’re God’s gift to me.
By the way, Claudia came in 4th place in her division.
Congratulations to all that joined IronMan70.3!