Homegrown Joseph Miller says he’s proud to represent the Philippines as a professional athlete in the coming swim-bike-run race of XTERRA Danao Asia-Pacific Championship which fires off Sunday, April 22, 2018.
“I am always motivated to race in my own country because I love seeing my fellow Filipino XTERRA warriors participate. The cheer of the locals and crowd in Danao is something that I look forward to during this race,” Miller said.
The Sarangani-born Miller has been preparing hard but will face a daunting challenge especially with his training cut short after he hurt his foot more than a month ago.
He does not harbor illusions of winning but realizes the huge responsibility of being a role model for the younger generation of Filipino triathletes.
“I started training in December but things didn’t go so well when I suffered from an ankle injury five weeks ago which resulted to five weeks of rest also. I have not recovered yet but I am still positive and want to finish strong because I want to keep inspiring all age groupers and fellow Filipino athletes,” Miller said.
The veteran campaigner candidly admits that he never expected to make a living from pursuing a career in swim-bike-run racing which has become his passion.
“I was simply a mechanic back then who had a dream to become a professional XTERRA athlete more so to join the championships in Maui. It is an honor to participate in the championships three times in Maui, to race against the world’s top pro athletes and most importantly to represent my very own country. Unfortunately I was not able to join last year’s world championships due to sponsorship problems. But it did not stop me from preparing for this Danao race,” said Miller.
Defending champions Bradley Weiss and Carina Wasle will be the heavy favorites when the race starts. Wasle won by over 30 minutes last year. Weiss went on to bigger things eventually going to Maui to win it all.
The two are the athletes to beat in the grueling 1.5k swim, 28k bike on rough paths and rocky terrain and 8k trail run presented by the City of Danao for the second year and produced and organized by Sunrise Events, Inc.
“After winning this amazing race last year, it set me up so well for the rest of the season, ultimately winning the XTERRA World Championships. I hope to have similar fortunes this year and cannot wait to be back out on the XTERRA Danao trails,” Weiss said.
Weiss and Wasle have momentum on their side after winning the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship, considered as the world’s biggest, in Elgin-Grabouw last February