DAVAO CITY-For a man described as tense, John Alcala was relaxed when pressed to state his chances in the Alveo Ironman 70.3 that will be launched Sunday.
“The goal is really [to win] team challenge,” he said at the launch on Friday. “It’s not about the money, it’s about the pride that the team can achieve.”
Alcala appears to be one of the favorites in the men’s division after winning in Palawan last November.
He’s eager to help the team, but says that won’t stop him from trying to shoot for another top finish.
“For this race, I focused on the bike leg. I had an advantage in Puerto Princesa because of the climb [rides],” he said. “Cycling course will be [have] head wind I will make most after the turn.
“I hope to beat my time here in 2019,” said Alcala, pointing to his 47th place finish in 4:51:38.
“The best time is four hours, one [minute] and 19 [seconds],” he added. “That’s what I’m going to try to beat. And hopefully (my plan) will work this Sunday. .
The winner gets a total of P550,000 and a trophy made by local artist Kublai Millan.
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