12985544_469838073210563_1550771287244590085_nI came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive
I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise
To fly
To fly – Nicki Minaj

I heard that song earlier while I was doing my morning run. I didn’t really understand what the other bits of the song was saying but the chorus was what really caught my attention. It has been an LSS for a while now as it somehow reminds me of our trip to Cebu next week. To win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive, to survive, to prosper, to rise, to fly.


It some how sums up why we’re going to Cebu. For us first timers, we’re there to conquer that 70.3 distance and prove to ourselves that yes we can. Some of us are going there to survive that distance again, to be reminded that yes you can do it again. For some of us, it is to thrive, to finish something that was not finished in 2015. For some, the goal is to prosper – to do better than last year’s performance. To beat that personal best set last year.

As a team, we worked on this together. We have pushed each other, reminded each other to continue training. We recommended upgrades to each other. We have competed with one another and more importantly, we have supported each other in order to do this.

I can still remember that 1st day of October when all of us were on line waiting for the registration to open. It was a mad race to get in. For me it was a happy $300 spent. Then we started planning our life around our training. There was not a week that I did not see at least three of you or a day when I don’t get a message on Viber from you. Weekends won’t be complete without a team activity.

Though I know that we won’t stop here, this trip to Cebu is an important milestone for us. This when we proudly wear our team colors and make our coach proud. This is when we show everyone that Marquez training that made us stronger athletes. This is when we show them how hard we worked for this. This is when we make them understand why we wake up so early every day. This is the time we will reap the hard work we put into this sport.

Team Marquez will be in Cebu for the Iron Man 70.3 Asia Pacific finals to represent. To FLY! Go for it team, see you at the finish line!



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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