Video by Argyl Leones and Bea Tan | Drone footage by Toby Intal

Whether an injury or a lack of physical foundation, overcoming whatever limitation you have is a recurring narrative in triathlon. Ines Santiago, the once self-proclaimed couch potato, started out with no background in sports, but her toughness and commitment were crucial on her way to becoming the fastest Filipina age-grouper at Ironman 70.3 Philippines. For Manny Mondero, who only started triathlon at 42 years old, surpassed one of his greatest challenges when he suffered a torn rotator cuff injury at Ironman Barcelona last year. This year, he’s bidding to break his record of finishing 12 Ironman races. Stories like these are underpinned by commitment, unwavering motivation, and a clear sense of determination that send a message to anyone that they, too, can overcome any odds

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