CEBUANO John Philip Dueñas is raring to go in the Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 in Subic Bay, Zambales this Sunday.
Dueñas has focused in his training in the past weeks after his prized ward, the country’s Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal, went to Japan to prepare for the Boston Marathon.
The triathlete/trainer Dueñas of the MotorAce Racing Team will compete in the male Filipino elite division.
He said he still has trouble in the bike segment of the race after getting into an accident last November, 2015 in the Safeguard 5150 in Bohol. In that race, Dueñas was injured after crashing in the bike leg when a child crossed the street.
Dueñas is thankful that the injury he sustained was not that serious but admits he still thinks about it.
“I still have a little bit of phobia when I ride my bike. I just recently got back training with my bike and focused more on the two disciplines for the race on Sunday,” Dueñas said.
Dueñas finished second in last year’s Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines. He will be going up against the same rivals he faced last year.
“I don’t have a target time for Sunday. I’ll just go out there and race,” Dueñas added.
Dueñas will be joined by Motorace Racing Team’s relay team composed of Jonel, Chipi and Andre Borromeo.