“It’s never been better…the Kuya Kim now is better than the Kuya Kim before.
“And that’s not because of me. I’m totally powerless.
“That’s because of the Lord. I found the Lord, and the Lord has blessed me.
“And that’s the reason why I’m alive, I am healthy.”
As a triathlete, host and family man how does he manage all his activities in a day?
His day, he said, starts at 5:00 a.m.
“Kung me karera o walang karera, I always wake up at five in the morning.
“The wife and the kids, I have breakfast with them…
“Training starts at 6:30 in the morning. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I bike. Tuesday, Thursday, I run. I swim four times a week.”
He finishes his training “around 11 or 11:30 a.m.,” then
Afterwards, he has TV Patrol, where he’s the weather anchor.
He’s home before 8 p.m.
“At 7:45 p.m., I have dinner with the wife and kids.
“The whole household is asleep by 9:45 p.m.
“By 10 p.m. it’s lights off.”
That has been his routine “every single day,” he said.
This early, his kids follow his active lifestyle, his 12-year-old son Jose wants to join a triathlon, second child Eliana is into swimming and tennis and his youngest, Emmanuelle, is a gymnast.
Kim Atienza relays his experience on being a triathlete. He says there are no shortcuts and it will hurt.
“The essence naman of training is to make your body hurt, e.
“You hurt it so it can heal, and when you heal, you’re able to recover, you are stronger.
“When you’re stronger, you hurt it again.
“Then it heals again.
“When it heals, you recover again.
“You get stronger, stronger, stronger with the hurt pero dapat tama lang yung hurt.”
He also reminds triathletes to remain competitive.
“I compete against myself. Triathlon is like that naman, e. I can’t say that I’ll be beating the pros. Mga pros yun, e.
“Ang goal ko sa triathlon is to beat my time every year…
“The three years that I’ve joined a triathlon, every year, I get better and better and better, faster and faster and faster.”
For the 51:50 kms or Olympic distance, his target is three hours at the most.
For the 113.1 kms or half-Ironman, he wants to finish in less than six hours.
“People like me because I’m Kuya Kim [who’s] not interested in politics.”
So even if there’s clamor for Kim Atienza to run for public office, he is firm with his stance.