Hi! My name is Luigi Rodriguez and I am a 24 year old aspiring triathlete from Bacoor, Philippines. Before I pursue triathlon, I focus on cross country MTB unfortunately September 2018 during my training I had a bike crash that caused me to stop and undergo treatment on my left shoulder for about 3 months. But instead of quiting sport I decided to explore running (while recovering my shoulder since I cannot reach handle bar of the bike) and I join Half Marathon in October 2018 and became finisher, nothing is impossible I made it.
As human beings, we all tend to go through both good and bad times. Throughout various moments in my life, I have found myself in low places and sometimes asked myself, “What can I do to improve my mental state and be the person I am?”, then I saw video about On presents Tim Don – The Man with the Halo this is the starting point. I became curious and with that my perspective on endurance sports began to change.
After being encouraged by a fellow triathlete by the name of Ian and cyclist Miggie to do a triathlon, I competed my first Triathlon Sprint Distance race in August 2019. At that moment in time I didn't expect a podium, but what a 'surreal' weekend with surprise podium (I got 1st Place in my Category) and the satisfaction of completing the race was something I had never felt before.
After the race, I began training seriously at the end of August 2019, unfortunately before my 2nd race I suffered from pneumonia and withdrew my slot. January 2020 I'm grateful I have been able to go back gradually and 3rd week of January 2020 I decided to join fund raising "A Run for Taal Volcano Evauees" (1KM is equivalent to 1 Meal; I ran 21KM = 21 Meal!). However during my last KM both my knees suffer from Iliotibial Band Syndrome or ITBS, and up to now I need to attend my physical therapy sessions (3-4 sessions a week). Praying and hoping to race this coming 2 week of March 2020 and attempt to become part of podiun again.
I am confident that my potential is limitless. Although training can be painful at times, I enjoy it because I receive a huge thrill from watching as my times improve continuously. Throughout 2019, I plan to compete locally and continuing to gain the necessary experience in order to be successful in this sport. However, the sport of triathlon is not an affordable one, and approximately 98% of the costs I have incurred to date have been entirely out of pocket from a full-time job. Some of these costs include race registration, coaching fees, gym/pool memberships, nutrition, travel, gear and rehab+medication (for my therapy up to now). With having sponsors (or any donation will do) behind me, I believe that I can achieve great things in this sport and represent my country (soon) at the highest level.