SouqPinoy Achiever: Meet Kiko Pisuena, One of the Youngest Asian Triathletes in the region
At such a young age, Enrico “Kiko” Pisuena has taken on challenges most people his age group will not even try.At such a young age, Enrico “Kiko” Pisuena has taken on challenges most people his age group will not even try.
A famous quote from world-class boxing champion Muhammad Ali says, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” At such a young age, Enrico “Kiko” Pisuena has taken on challenges most people his age group will not even try.
He has tested his mettle in triathlon competitions and has come out victorious. He has endured long hours of training, juggling his studies along the way. Fruits of his labor lie in the races he has finished such as bagging the 11th place at the Ironman Dubai 2017 race, 18-24 age group; 2nd place at the Ironman Subic 2017, 18-24 age group and most recently he is a finisher at the Ironman World Championship 2017 held in Tennessee, USA.
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
Let’s get to know him more.
- Name: Enrico H. “Kiko” Pisuena
- Age: 18 years old
- Birthplace: Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
- Team Name: FRU – Filipino Runners United
- Training Timings: Everyday – Morning & Evening
- Training grounds: Swimming at Jumeirah Beach/ Bike at NAS District One/ Run – All over Dubai
- Work in Dubai: Student – Interior Design
Tell us a bit about yourself. From where in the Philippines did you come from? Where was home when you were growing up?
I am from Bulacan, but I grew up here in Dubai. I finished an Interior Design degree also here in Dubai.
I read that you were named one of the youngest Asian triathletes in the region ranking 11th in your age group with a clock time of 4:58 in the recent Ironman 70.3 Dubai.
Yes I am the youngest Asian and that was my first Ironman held in Dubai 2017. The second edition of Ironman 70.3 Dubai, was where the world’s best triathletes competed for the prestigious title. It was the ultimate test of endurance as we had to go through 90 kilometers of biking, 1.9 kilometers of swimming, and a 21.1-kilometer run.
There were 2,000 competitors from 101 countries.
I was also the Youngest Triathlete who competed in IM (Ironman) World Triathlon Championship 2017 held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA last September 2017.
What inspired you to get involved in triathlons at such a young age?
My family and my groupmates at FRU (Filipino Runners United) inspire me a lot. Our volunteer coaches also support us and are the ones who taught me how to run and swim in long distance and to ride a bike properly. My father is also an inspiration as he is the one who encourages me to give my best. He is always beside me during my early days of training in running.
What have you learned in doing triathlons? Were you always a lover of sports?
Discipline and patience. And yes, I think I will be a sports lover forever. Hahahaha.
Any training tips for beginners interested in participating in triathlons?
Start your training in running. Be strong in long distance running. Then also train in swimming and biking. Follow your training schedule religiously. Or better yet join us in FRU group. We will help you get fitter and stronger, until you are confident and ready to run your first race.
Is there a triathlon that sticks out to you the most? Do you have a favorite race or moment?
All the Ironman Triathlon races.
As a triathlete, what is an important focus when you train? Is variety in exercise important?
Do not skip your training schedule. Focus on endurance exercises routine.
Share with us your training regimen/how do you train for triathlons?
I schedule my training ahead of time. I mean, if I will compete for a particular race, I will sit down first and do my training and diet schedule at least 120 days before my major race. Then I commit myself to doing what I have planned.
Do you think our Filipino athletes are showing more promise in competing on an international level than in previous years? And can we do anything to support Filipino athletes?
Yes, it looks promising. In the last Ironman world championship in Tennessee, USA, there are Filipino participants from all over the world. Surprisingly the numbers have increased. I think we should drum up more awareness to encourage Filipino athletes (on other sports disciplines) that there is an opportunity for them to join Triathlon sports. They can also excel in Triathlons and one way of doing that is if we create local or community triathlon events for them to show off their skills.
What future/upcoming triathlons are you aspiring to join next?
I will be joining Ironman Vietnam & New York Triathlon events in July 2018 as well as some local events here in the UAE.