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Coach Ani de Leon
  • Coach Ani de Leon is a Certified Level 2 Triathlon Coach by the International Triathlon Union and has completed coaching, camp requirements and attended coaching courses such as Endurance Performance Systems Camp in Melbourne, Australia under Tony Benson, Noosa Triathlon Camp in Sunshine Coast, Australia under Nick Croft, High Performance Training Camp in Goldcoast, Australia under Col Stewart, and the Timex Multisport Team Camp,
  • Coach Ani’s other significant highlights include : The first Filipina Ironman World Championships Qualifier and First Female Multisport Coach in the Philippines, Founder/Coach SuperTriKids Triathlon Youth Dev’t Program, Founder/ Coach of First All Womens Running Clinics (Pinay in Action) in the Philippines, Founding Member of First All Womens Cycling Team in the Philippines (Team Davids Salon), and lastly, perhaps the most important of all (for us at least!), she’s our first In[FOCUS] Athlete too!
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We got a letter from Tommy de la Cruz, an aquathlete who’s planning to do triathlons in the future. He already has a mountain bike but is thinking if he should level up to a road bike or a tri bike. Should he make the investment? Or is his MTB good enough for the meantime? Read on and see what our Online Coach, Coach Ani de Leon-Brown has to say.

From Tommy:

Coach, I wanted to try triathlon, actually I swim, I bike and I run, but no experience yet in triathlon. I did aquathlon my first was the Ateneo Aquathlon. I had a bike, MTB setup. Do I need to buy a tri-bike/road bike, or can I use my MTB for the meantime, I will just change to slick tires and rigit fork. Is there any rule in the triathlon that the athlete can only use road/tri-bike?

Thank you

From Coach Ani:

Dear Tommy,
There are no rules against using mountain bikes in triathlons. You can use any type of bike as an amateur athlete, as long as there are no hidden engines attached! The only triathletes who have to follow certain bike restrictions are those racing in the professional category. It is good for you to get a feel for triathlon racing first with a currently owned/ borrowed bike then if you feel like stepping it up you can start considering investing in a triathlon-specific or road bike.
Coach Ani



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