Metafit Tri Team 2017-2018
"Goal is to complete not compete but if we get a podium finish then it's a bonus"
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A leaner but stronger team promises to make the 2017and 2018 season started with on the right track as the team got a additional team members that has the forsight of living a healthy and fitter lifestyle. Supporting our advocacy towards promoting "the importance of healthy lifestyle"
New members are Danny Loquias, Catherine "Kintoy" Acuña and the teams newest spiritual inspiration Fr. Freire Clemente. who just recently finished first during 8080 San Remegio Triathlon 45-49 age category.
Co-Captain husband and wife tandem of Fritz Co and Zusette Co leads the team charge in garnering the Best Performance as a team during the Bohol Triathlon. It was a surprise for all us, as the team was just there, to have fun but it turned out to be the last girl standing in the name of "kintoy" who finished fastest among the team in the swim!
here are some related article with the team Accomplishment.
Strength comes in all shapes and sizes
At age 9, Kintoy learned swimming because she almost drowned. Instead of being afraid after that near-death experience, she made a promise to herself to be good at swimming by enrolling in a swim class every summer until she joined the University of San Carlos varsity team in high school.
It was that time that triathlon blossomed in Cebu and mostly all her varsity mates were already doing the sport. She wanted to join but suffered a knee injury in a soccer game. Sadly, she wasn’t able to continue her swimming career in college as she focused her time on her studies as she took pharmacy course.
Kintoy had the chance to go back to her favorite sport last year with the help and guidance of Lem Co.She joined her first relay triathlon even during the 8080 San Remigio Triathlon in November.
During her campaign in Bohol, Kintoy suffered a bad case of diarrhea and vomited during the wee hours of Saturday but the team gave her support and made sure she had a proper hydration. Kintoy was determined to not make her months of preparations come to waste.
As a safety precaution, Kintoy took loperamide on race day. The swim leg was the easiest for Kintoy as she sets a time of 24 minutes which is the fastest time for our time. She struggled in the bike leg, but pushed hard in the 5K run.
When she arrived at the finish line, the thought, sunk in “I survived! After 15 years of dreaming to be a triathlete, finally I am already living that dream.”
Kintoy further expressed that “It takes lots of sacrifice, motivation, hard work and support from your family especially from my husband Jan Fid Acuña.” She also thanked her teammates especially Don Dublin, Ryan Galo and Jeff Codino.
For her, juggling three jobs and at the same time being hands on mom is no easy task. Triathlon really takes dedication, time management and commitment.
Kintoy added “Thank you to my Metafit family who were there every step of my Journey. Coach Lem Co, Fritz Co, Zusette Co, Pimco Pimentel, Marc Demoral and my Capt Danny Loquias.”
Metafit Tri Team 2016-2017
Takes a breather after successful Ironman journey
CEBU, Philippines - All finishers of last week's ground-breaking Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City have their own stories to tell.
Some are unique, the others inspiring.
The members of Metafit Tri Team under the wings of celebrated fitness coach Alan G. Choachuy share a tale that is a combination of both as they take pride for a successful journey in a grueling race of physical endurance and mental toughness.
For Lemuel Co who was never an athletic person during his younger days, completing a lung-busting battle consisting of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21k run was an accomplishment he would cherish in his lifetime.
"I was never an athletic person when I was younger. I was always the smallest in school, a frail and sickly boy," said Co. "But I started working out 10 years ago for the sole purpose of gaining a few pounds which I did and later lead me to be more concious of my health and fitness.
Co said joining the Metafit boot camp was a life-challenging experience that eventually led him to accomplish things he never imagined he would have done.
"I joined metafit almost three years ago and was introduced to the sport of triathlon. It took me some time to actually decide to try it out. I was never a good swimmer. I quit biking during college years after I had an accident and I really hated running," he said.
But with fortitude, Co went on to savor a moment he would never regret. "The past year has been very challenging, the physical and mental discipline needed for the sport was overwhelming and I almost quit due to frustrations," said Co.
"But I just kept going. Fast forward, I finished my first Ironman 70.3 last week. "I want to thank my wife Emelyn all for the love, patience and ever lasting support. The same goes to my Metafit team especially for the fun during traning. I couldn't have done this without you."
Metafit's motivational coaches Philip John Canedo, Fritz Co and his wife Zussete also relish the moment of having made an impact during the ground-breaking Ironman As-Pac in their own little way.
"I am so happy that I finished the race under the time of 7:50 compared to last year wherein I almost did not make it to the finish line. I train smartly for this year's race, thanks to the Metafit training," said Canedo.
"My second Ironman 70.3 was more challenging than last year as my goal was to perform better. The result, I was 19 minutes faster during my swim and 26 mins faster on the bike. I ignored all the pain, the cramps, the fatigue, the heat on the way to finish at 7:12, 48 mins faster than last year," said Fritz Co.
Fritz's amiable wife Zusette was prouder after completing her first Ironman. "The road to my 1st Ironman 70.3 wasn't easy. I wasn't able to sleep properly the night before. I prayed so hard to please Lord give me the strength and endurance I need to survive this. I have to battle through the swim leg, struggled on the bike with the wind blowing so hard and the excruciating heat of the sun on the run," said Zusette.
"But it was one memorable experienced I will remember for the rest of my life. The overwhelming feeling of finally crossing that finish line was very satisfying.
Aside from Zusette, the other first timer finishers from the Metafit Tri Team were Pimco Pimentel, Jeff Corro, Bernard Palermo and Mario Alcantara. Coach Romulo Rosel finished 10th in the 40-44 category. Their relay entries were Golda Cotanda, who did the swim and bike for team DOA, and Team 2GAGA Bwahaha's Jidan Jackosalem, Terence Fernandez and Rey Dauz.
For Metafit's main man Alan Choachuy, what's more important is that they were able to deliver the foremost vision of their Ironman journey that is to encourage others to have a clean living and nurture a healthy well-being.
"On top of completing our Ironman journey, what matters most is that we were able to highlight our advocacy that is to promote the importance of fitness and in the process encourage others to lead a healthy lifestyle," said Choachuy, himself an Ironman contender for the third consecutive time.(FREEMAN)
CEBU, Philippines – Complete and not compete.
This will be the battlecry of the Metafit Tri Team when they take part in the highly-anticipated Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines on August 2 at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.
Led by no less Cebuano fitness ambassador Alan 'Coach A' G. Choachuy, Metafit will be sending in a 21-man contingent composed of professionals from various fields including architects, engineers, doctors, bank executives, a fashion designer and even a CEO of a shipping company.
Aside from Choachuy, Metafit's individual contenders are Guian Capacite, Fritz Co, PJ Cañedo, Janet Remedio Solis, and Leslie Peson.
Seeing action in the relay category are Randy Guilles, Joy Padilla Bascug and Jinggoy Bascug of Team Pro H, Alex Sy, Jeffrey Cataag and Joseph Noel of Team Q, Alyssa Sy, Donafel Tacandong and Yves Fernandez of Team BBQ, Joy Ortaliz, Golda Grace and Maui Recla of Team Trio and Janise Alcantara, Mario Alcantara, and Zusette Co of Team A-CO.
Choachuy, now on his fourth straight Cobra Ironman appearance, said what makes Metafit different from the other teams is that most of their members have a common background - individuals who once lead sedentary lives but now nurture a healthy lifestyle through the sport of triathlon."Our goal is to complete not compete," said Choachuy, who found a new meaning to his being following his life-changing stint in the 'Biggest Loser', a popular reality television show, four years ago. "We still give our best effort in every race, but winning is only a bonus. What matters most for us is that we are able to make a difference and inspire others."
Choachuy and his Metafit disciples are part of a record-number 2,814 participants from 52 countries who are set to participate in this much sought-after race where slots got sold-out within 40 minutes from registration opening.
Spearheaded by Sunrise Events, Inc. in partnership with title sponsor Cobra Energy Drink, the event has also attracted the deepest field of PROs to ever compete in the history Philippine triathlon.
World champions Craig “Crowie” Alexander and Pete “PJ” Jacobs, both from Australia, and defending Cobra Ironman champions Brent McMahon of Canada and Caroline Steffen of Switzerland banner the formidable list of PRO lineup.
The other Ironman big shots include Luke McKenzie, Clayton Fettell, Michael Murphy, Justin Granger, Stef Puszka, Michelle Wu, Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, Dimity Lee-Duke, Tim Reed, Derek Cross and Belinda Granger of Australia, Bree Wee and Beth Gerdes of the US, Cameron Brown of New Zealand, Nick Baldwin of Seychelles, Carole Fuchs of France, and Kathryn Haesner of Germany.
For the fourth straight year, the province of Cebu and the city of Lapu-Lapu plays host to a festive sporting extravaganza. Lapu-Lapu's pristine beach will be the swim venue where participants will get to experience the new “rolling swim start” and the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay form part of the bike course, which features the “M” loop similar to that of the 2013 edition.
In the days leading to the race proper, the participants as well as the guests are set to experience a world-class Triathlon Expo, the biggest in Asia-Pacific with over 36 exhibitors.
The half-Ironman distance triathlon, also known as the Ironman 70.3, is among the world's most exciting races, attracting hundreds of thousands of athletes and supporters year-round.
The event also serves as qualifying race for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Sunshine Coast, Australia where 40 age-group qualifying slots will be at stake. For more details, one may visit www.ironman703phil.com.