Thinking of joining an IRONMAN 70.3? Let these three mothers inspire you. Teamwork amongst these awesome mothers was on full display at the first IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Princesa!
Joining an IRONMAN 70.3 competition is surely intimidating. It requires a high level of endurance, strength, and power that takes a lot of time, effort, and budget to fulfill. On top of all these, it takes away time from the people who matter most. But for these adrenaline junkie moms, the rewards truly outweigh the cost: Not only does it help with physical well-being but it is also a testament of grit, determination, and courage that sets a good example for the people you love.
The Ironman 70.3 is a complex triathlon competition which requires three sport disciplines done in middle distances: 1.9 km swimming, 90 km cycling, and 21 km running. Most triathletes start with one sport which they initially excel in and progress to training for the other two. To get a feel of how IRONMAN races go, a good starting point is joining a relay team with each sport discipline divided to an athlete. For the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 race in Puerto Princesa, these moms formed a relay team to test the course out!
Patty de Belen.
Patty de Belen, a mother of a 5 year old boy, started to swim competitively when she was invited by her team to be the swimmer for a previous IRONMAN competition. While she was a leisure surfer and paddleboarder, she had never considered competing for open water swimming. And so at 37 years old, she requested Coach Patrick Joson of Jumpstart Tri to teach her. Through his guidance, she eventually competed in other open water swimming competitions and even became a regular at the podium. With IRONMAN starting her swim journey, she is now a certified swim instructor.