Last Feb. 18 in Subic, I ran into Kim Chiu who was so focused on her duathlon training.
Kim has always been a consistent gym goer starting one year after her PBB Teen Edition. But these past few months, I started noticing her cycling and running activities. She still trains at the gym with fitness couple Boyet and Susan Trinidad and also runs with them outside the gym.
This week, her new ABS-CBN teleserye Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin started to unfold the story of two triathletes who will strive to reach for their dreams and fight for their true love.
This is the most-awaited television reunion of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson. Kim and Gerald will play Bianca and Gabriel, childhood friends determined to give their families a better future. The sport triathlon became their chosen means to uplift their plight, and also brought them together as a couple.
Jake Cuenca, who plays Carlos, the top triathlete in the country, will also fall in love with Bianca. The stellar cast includes Coleen Garcia, Bing Loyzaga, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Gina Pareño, Michael de Mesa, among many others.
Kim Chiu had to prepare well to play the role of an elite athlete. Thankfully, she enjoyed the process. “Kim really enjoys training and she is very committed,” says her fitness coach Susan Trinidad.
Susan adds, “She is disciplined to train even by herself. For example, for a recent 21k run, though she was abroad for work, we constantly messaged each other regarding how to continue her training. In short, her program, designed by Boyet, was remotely supervised.”
She joined her first duathlon at the Pilipinas Duathlon Series last March 5. She was invited to join by her good friend Jake Cuenca. She only had one month to prepare for the competition, but she pulled through and finished strong. Just recently she finished her first 21k in the NatGeo 2017 run.
Kim holding her first 21k medal with fitness couple and coaches Boyet and Susan Trinidad
Kim’s personal trainers share some interesting facts. Coach Susan says, “Kim’s interest in duathlon began when she started shooting for her teleserye as a triathlete. Before the actual shoot, they trained her to swim and ride a bike. She already runs fast because of her previous training with coach Boyet. She enjoys collecting medals from all the runs.”
Susan continues, “When she has free time, she makes it a point to work out or train. Because of her training, she tries to sleep early unlike before. Her gym training is now more sport-specific. If she has races, Boyet makes a program for her, then I just incorporate it with our training in the gym.”
Boyet adds, “She has not yet joined a full marathon, but she aims to run a full 42k next year. She finished 16k, 21k, a couple of 10k, and a duathlon. In the gym, we simulate outdoor runs with an incline trainer, focusing on split intervals and tempo runs using treadmills. We also do cross training sometimes with spinning class. Indoor training is effective for those who don’t have time to run outside.”
“Strength training is also very important in her sport since duathlon involves multiple movements. We do lots of functional and core training to improve her cardio and muscular strength and endurance while doing her sport,” Boyet concludes.
Like Kim Chiu, you, too, can enjoy the benefits of duathlon training. “Participating in sports and recreational activities, such as triathlons or duathlons, validates hard work inside the gym,” enthuses running coach Edsel Vengco. “Duathlon focuses a lot on the lower body, from cycling to running, then back to cycling. A duathlete needs to have good lower body strength and endurance to fulfill this event,” he explains.
Coach Edsel has three tips for starters. “Tip 1: Run the first half with your head and the last half with your heart. Runners tend to get carried over at the start of the run, which could potentially deplete their energy stores faster. So, run the first half just sticking to your pace and watch yourself overtake other runners during the latter half.
“Tip 2: Know your pace. There are free apps available that can track your run and calculate your average pace in minutes per kilometer. This would allow you to train better by allowing your body to get used to that pace and eventually beat it.
“Tip 3: Arrive early. Arriving early would allow you to have enough time to warm up and adjust your bladder. Being late in a run would mean that you would have to snake through so many people. So, being relatively somewhere in the front would translate to a better, more enjoyable run experience.”
(The Philippine Star)