Huelgas expects tough triathlon races in Pampanga, Phuket

Triathlete Nikko Huelgas is not resting on his laurels after successfully defending his men’s individual title in the just-concluded Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Instead, after his two-week break, the 26-year-old veteran international triathlete intends to return to action on October 8 for the Powerman Philippines World Series 2017 set at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

The well-decorated Filipino triathlete then, travels to Phuket, Thailand for the Ironman 70.3 this November.

Huelgas explained that triathlon being a year-round sport, his goal is to compete, train, evaluate his performance, all for the purpose of improving his time as he shoots for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“For me, trianthlon is like 6 sports— swim, bike, run, relationships, spiritual and you got the diet, which is strength and conditioning,” Huelgas told FOX Sports, shortly after the victory luncheon Chooks-to-Go tendered for him and the Gilas cadets on Thursday at Marco Polo Hotel.

Huelgas said consistency is hard to achieve in a tough, grueling sport like triathlon when one isn’t disciplined. No wonder, he makes sure his schedule is well-planned.

“You have to balance these things to make sure you get to peak perfomance.  And that’s the tough part, and to consistently improve in all these disciplines,” he explained.

“If you can continue on that and plan perfectly your schedules, you’ll be able to deliver and improve your performance.”

Huelgas, the former La Salle swimmer and trackster defended his title in the SEA Games after clocking 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 30 seconds.

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