9:00 AM, day 26 of the 30-day challenge, Laoag Sand Dunes, La Paz, Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Still in high spirits, the 5 MVP Unleashed challengers have to confront a totally new call — to skim down the dunes on sandboards. Judging was based on start, poise, balance, speed and landing, not a piece of cake for the first time sandboarders. Let’s see.
BlauEarth: Your greatest fear before joining the race?
Anthony: It’s not about a race; it’s all about friendship… for the love of sports. Winning is the second thing.
BE: You’ve been around the country, how do you like Ilocos Norte?
BE: Your greatest fear before joining the race?
TJ: Losing, hahah, no.
BE: What was the challenge that almost made you quit?
TJ: Swim in Bohol, or Guimaras. A 3k swim and 8k run after. ‘Yon yung breakpoint sa entire race.
BE: Nakaya mo?
TJ: Yes, I finished third.
BE: Does being a woman challenger make it more difficult for you?
Monica: ‘Di ako babae [chuckles]. I’m happy to be representing the women, happy that there is a level playing field for men and women.
BE: Happy to meet you. Your husband [Thumbie] slept in our house a few times in 2004 during preparations for Racing the Wind in Bangui.
Popo: Ay, sabihin ko.
BE: What keeps you going sa race?
Popo: That sense of adventure, and discovery.
BE: How do you keep up?
Chock: I just go with the flow. Right now, I have a big blister under a big toe. I just keep my thoughts positive, so my thoughts become my behavior, and my behavior becomes habits.
After several trial runs, here are some of their best shots:
Afterchallenge conference with LEADers Benny Arce, LEAD Movement Executive Director, and Mark Czar “MC” Manangan, Sandboard Challenge Race Director.
BE: Was it difficult to teach them?
MC: The challengers were hesitant at first, but after giving a demo and tips, and letting them try it out, they found it to be manageable, but exciting.
BE: Yeah, I heard Chock say, “Ang sarap!”
BE: How do you rate them compared to the innovators of the sport, like MC?
Benny: They are quite good, but I saw some of them eating sandwich.
BE: Yeah, Chock said masarap, hahah, the “sand”wich!
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