Davao’s loss is Danao’s gain
Olmilla to skip Davao triathlon for Danao Xterra
Despite an abrupt change in his schedules, Cebuano duathlete Joland Olmilla is taking this as an opportunity to improve his skills as he enlists in the in the 20-24 age group category of the XTERRA Off Road Triathlon Series which blasts off this Sunday in Danao City, northern Cebu.
The 24-year old Cabancalan, Mandaue native who was supposed to take part in the Davao Durian Duathlon also slated this Sunday, said that his team, the OMEGA Pro Triathlon squad changed his schedules earlier this month and decided to let him compete i n the XTERRA triathlon instead.
“I won’t be participating in the Davao Durian Duathlon because OMEGA changed my schedule. They want me to join XTERRA,” Olmilla told CEBU DAILY NEWS.
Olmilla who started doing triathlons just this year, admitted that it will be tough to score a podium finish because the swimming part of the competition might slow him down. But he vows to put up a good performance in just his second triathlon race.
The duathlon veteran competed in his first triathlon race in Subic last February where he secured a runner-up finish in the team event to help the Omega Pro Tri Team claim the overall trophy in the Team Challenge of the 2017 Tri United Series.
“Right now, I can’t say if I can win the title because my confidence level in duathlon is just different compared to triathlon. I’m more confident in duathlon but in triathlon, I’m not that fast in the swim leg but I will try to make up for it on the bike and run,” Olmilla added.
An added concern for Olmilla is the fact that the Danao triathlon is unlike regular triathlons since it features a trail run and trail bike legs.