Caroline Steffen, back to her winning ways at Sunrise Events races, will be the favorite at the Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships Presented by PhilAm Vitality on August 11, 2019 in Mactan, Cebu.
The racing mom showed that motherhood need not be a hindrance to success in triathlon. She not only had to work hard but she also had to plan that work carefully to regain her form.
First order of business was losing all the weight she gained after being pregnant and not doing much. She also had to regain her fitness which she lost from the inactivity during pregnancy.
There was also the new demand on her time with son Xander around. She had to get organized and plan her training now that she had to feed and take care of her son.
What her kept her going was the joy of motherhood and the confidence in her ability to regain her winning form.
Steffen ruled IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast on August 26, 2018 shortly after she gave birth to Xander at the start of that year. She won the 2019 Century Tuna IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines in Subic last June 2 and the first thing she sought after crossing the finish line was baby Xander.
Steffen competes regularly in IRONMAN races staged in the Philippines by Sunrise Events and she will try to win a second consecutive IRONMAN 70.3 when she competes in Cebu.
She headlines a cast of 20 professional athletes who will lead 2,190 entries from a record 57 countries competing in the biggest assembly of elite triathletes in Cebu’s eighth hosting of IRONMAN 70.3.
The international cast of participating athletes will come from Canada, Ireland, Austria, Macao, Russia, Syria, Vietnam, Chile, China, Bermuda, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Guam, Pitcairn, Morocco, Kenya, Brazil, Brunei, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Cambodia, France, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Kuwait, New Caledonia, Romania, the US, United Kingdom, South Korea, UAE, Spain, Qatar, South Africa, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Poland.
Steffen will be given a run for her money by other female professionals led by Aussie Dimity Lee Duke who is fresh from her win at the Penong’s 5150 in Davao last July 7.
Others in the race are Aussies Amanda Wilson and Lauren Wood; Hungarian Anna Eberhardt; as well as Great Britain’s Francesca Sanjana and Courtney Gilfillan.
The male professionals include Mexican Mauricio Mendez; and Aussies Tim Reed, Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, Luke McKenzie, Mitch Robins, Lindsey Lawry and Blake Kappler. Others are Bahrain’s Eric Watson, Czech Jakub Langhammer, New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone and American Justin Ghosh.
The Regent Aguila IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships Presented by PhilAm Vitality includes a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21 km run.
Companion events are the Herbalife IronGirl 5k run on August 9 and the Alaska Fortified IRONKIDS on August 10.
Other backers of the event are the Province of Cebu, City of Lapu Lapu and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Lungsod ng Mandaue, Department of Tourism, David’s Salon, Alaska Milk, AlcoPlus, Borromeo Motoring Group, Cetaphil, DeVant, Timex, Sanicare, Regent, Motor Ace, Ever Bilena, Active Network, One Sports, Cignal, The Philippine Star, TriLife, AsiaTri and Finisher Pix.
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