Whenever we talk about cycling, terms like aero, lightweight, stiff, or low friction come to mind. Athletes often purchase such upgrades because of “free speed.” This means maximizing your current fitness level by increasing efficiency and minimizing energy loss. As such, things like aero wheels, aero helmets, ceramic bearings, and high modulus carbon fiber are mainstays in the peloton or transition area.
When I joined the latest iteration of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 held in Cebu, I noticed there were lots of new faces in this event. While there were still a heapload of veterans who signed up, I would say that a considerable amount of first-timers/newbies joined this time around.
Since its debut four years ago, the Ironman 70.3 in Cebu has been my “A race”, it is the event that has the utmost priority and value. All my workouts, tune up races, and extraneous activities revolve around it. In fact, “all roads lead to Cebu” is a common phrase that’s thrown around through the course of my season.
What does it mean to have an A race?