My Team Marquez Story

It’s a relationship bound by Chlorine. That is how I would describe my team. Why? Because the team started in the Philippine Army pool.

Mccoy was training for the Iron Man, Elaine wanted to do triathlons, others want another sport so they asked Coach Romy to teach them. I was busy stuffing my mouth then and had some free time Tuesdays and Thursdays so I jumped in the pool hoping I’d swim like a fish.

Wad joined in as he was also training for the Iron Man. Then there was Henry and Franco, best buddies who joined their 1st triathlon together and wanted to swim better. There were also others who got envious of the photos we post every time we swim who eventually joined us. There were also others who were training with us in the pool and noticed how happy we are while training and joined us.

Of course at the back of our minds is that goal to do the Iron Man. Yeah we may initially say other things like me just wanting to wear skimy swimwear but bottomline is that We all wanted to be strong triathletes and that finishing the Iron Man is an ultimate goal.

Then we started talking online reminding people of the upcoming races, tips, and training. Until the conversation went to forming a team, and having a trisuit made for the Tri United 2.

It was in Tri United 2 in 2014 when we officially became a team. We planned logistics together and it was also the first time the team’s colors were seen by the public. Six competed and I was part of the two-person support crew for the team. When everyone finished, we partied and went back to regular programming (translated as meeting Tuesday and Thursdays in the pool).

I stopped swimming for a while (as I got self conscious of my growing belly) but was still very active in on-line conversations. I was also very present every time there is a celebration. Then we started long runs and group breakfasts. Now we are planning for next year’s events and supporting each other on our own individual goals.

This is how we became Team Marquez.


About Kit Atienza

A researcher/runner/triathlete/cancer survivor who found himself in the world of development work. He enjoys, reflects, and rants about things while doing his job, improving his personal record in running distances, and training for the IronMan in 2016.
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