An inspiration to aspiring athletes
When she was diagnosed with lumbar stenosis in 2013, Dixie was disheartened. As a long-time marathoner, this means taking a step back from what she loves to do. Her condition prevents her from running distances beyond 10 kilometers. Instead of receding to a sedentary lifestyle, she underwent physical therapy and continued to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Her sheer determination and indomitable spirit fueled to break her limits by pursuing a wider range of sports activities. Aside from scuba diving and target shooting, she began doing other outdoor activities like swimming and cycling. Who knew these would be her stepping stones to becoming a full-fledged triathlete? In May of this year, she joined her first triathlon race, the Tigasin Triathlon in Bolinao, Pangasinan where she finished third in her category.
“It was really a challenge and I asked myself why did I want to do this again? You feel your lungs bursting and your legs wobbling after the sprint. But at the finish line, you get energized and you start planning for your next race,” Dixie said in between laughter.
For Dixie, she feels lucky to get that much-needed support system from fellow athletes, Manny Rubio and the members of the AboitizPower Tri Team who initiated her to the discipline, and fun, of training as a triathlete. Every weekend, she joins them for practice at their training grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Clark City in Pampanga and Subic, Zambales. The group is also training under triathlon coach Mathieu O’Halloran.
“Yes, I have a regular workout schedule, where I do cardio exercises like swimming, running and biking. I have a personal trainer, who manages my conditioning and core trainings. I also have a triathlon coach,” she said.
In her second triathlon event at the 5150 Triathlon held recently in Subic, Dixie placed second in the women’s sprint category. All she wanted to do was finish the race for the sheer joy of just being active outdoors. She even had to squeeze the race before her business trip to Norway. She only received the good news when she landed in Oslo the day after.
Dixie together with the members of the AboitizPower Tri Team registered for the upcoming Aboitiz Tri2016 event. She encourages fellow team members to pursue an active and sustainable lifestyle.
“It’s never too late to take on a new adventure. Being a Triathlete requires a lot of hardwork, focus and discipline. You become addicted to the adrenaline rush.,” she said.
Go to www.bikekingphilippines.com to register for the Aboitiz Tri2016. Deadline is July 31, 2016 or until slots last.
Eco warriors run for a cause
“Joining a run that advocates for sustainability gives our runners a natural high as it makes them feel like they’re environmental ambassadors outside of the plant.”
– Marichu Ferguson, Community Relations Manager, Republic Cement Norzagaray Plant
Together with over 20,000 other runners, 30 team members from Republic Cement’s Norzagaray Plant joined the National Geographic Channel’s Earth Day Run held on April 17, 2016 along a race course that spanned Bonifacio Global City and McKinley West.
NatGeo Channel celebrated seven years of promoting fitness and sustainability by expanding the run’s coverage and bringing the race to five cities across the region: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tai Chung, and Manila, with the registration fees collected from the race going to World Wide Fund for Nature to support its many projects.
For the runners from Republic Cement Norzagaray who have regularly participated in the NatGeo Run as their way of expressing support for the environment, this year is particularly meaningful as race proceeds will be helping fund the reforestation efforts at the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, which is right around their neighborhood.
Proudly wearing the company logo on the right breast of their singlet, the Republic Cement runners pounded the pavement together with other fitness enthusiasts, forming the largest collection of running Eco Warriors in the history of the race. Three of the runners from the plant, Jo Capistrano, Ralph Garcia and Donald Santos received medals for finishing the half marathon of 21K.