Milo 21K

Milo 21K

This 21K category is a qualifying event for the Milo Marathon Finals in Iloilo on December, 2016. My first 21K run was on this same route 2 years ago, I clocked in at 1 hour 38 minutes back then.

Milo 21K

The route was not a favorite among runners who would like to qualify all expenses paid to the Finals because of 2 uphill portions of the course. I know of certain local runners who would run the Bicol qualifier just to clock in under 1:15.

A Sea Of Green

I don't remember the gun start time but I know I was really lucky to arrive 23 seconds before it started. It was surprising to see just how few the 21K runners this year. It was really dark at the start up until 6K where the street lamps were lit. Coming from the rear I was passing some runners early on and I thought my pace was just enough to cover the distance at a time near my personal record but I slowed down considerably during the mid part so it's goodbye to PR.

Cheerleading Competion At The Finish Line

At the 13th kilometer I knew I wouldn't be breaking PR anytime soon but I thought I could still qualify for the Finals since I have a good 6K of downhill fun ahead of me. I proceeded with caution because I didn't have a long run coming in. Near the finish line with only 1.5K left I felt my Achilles tendon tightening up much like what I've been experiencing for the Nth time this year. My grand ambition went from breaking the PR to tying the PR to just plain qualifying to just finishing the race, thank God for allowing me to finish.

21K in 1:46

Now I have exactly 1 week to rest my legs before the upcoming Niyogyugan Triathlon.

Beginners Guide To Running Faster

There are different ways to train, and having a coach is probably the best way to get where you want to be in a safe and sure way. For beginners who don't have a coach here are some tips I have learned through my own experience.

pinoy triathlon guide to running
Obviously I am not the king of the road it's just the name of the event ;)

1. Structure your training - to get the proper recovery and consistency to avoid injuries -  if you are training for less than 5 days a week it's better to spread your workouts than bunch them in consecutive days
2. Run at an easy pace - develop aerobic system and avoid injury by not putting too much stress on your body - 60 to 75 percent of your 5K max
3. Get a hard and fast workout every 10 days to strengthen the muscles you needed to run fast - examples: 4K max workout, or a 10 x 400 meter run
4. Swim - to develop your cardio without putting added stress on your lower body
5. Mind your weight - to avoid injuries from running at a heavy weight -  avoid soda and junk foods
6. Gear and apparel - training shoes should be comfortable and with enough cushion to protect your feet and knees, hydration gear is a must for instant access whenever needed

If you don't have injuries you can also have one like this

Running Back To My Roots

July 17, 2016
10K Fun Run

There are races that no matter how many years have passed still stayed true to its original route. I can recall two, the NAGT Subic and almost every local fun run just like this where I joined so many times when I was just starting. This is a 10K run course where many local organizers used as their default route for practical reasons, it starts at a mall, the traffic can easily be controlled on Sundays, and it is easily accessible to participants.

The run route is an up and down, out and back course. It is a little bit over 10 kilometers and my usual total time here was 46 minutes. This latest run is no different, I finished in......... TADAA! 46 minutes.

Tri United 2 2016

July 3, 2016
Subic Bay and SCTEX Tollway
2K - 60K - 15K
Swim Bike Walk :)

Printed with the finisher's name

Saturday, July 2, 2016 claimed race packet at SBECC

Booths at the registration area

 Photo wall near the entrance

 Bike check in outside ACEA Resort

Dinner with Puro Tri Team

 For breakfast and bike nutrition 

South view from my bike

North view

A big relief from the topless guy on the left :)

It's nice to be on the first wave, the rack is still full

The girl on my back and me were overtaking each other for the most part of the bike course

Walkers all during the run leg

The moment I saw this my legs came alive

Nope that wasn't me

Medals booth

This is where we claimed our medals because we have our names in those

Bang the gong if you have exceeded yourself

For race course map and race results - CLICK HERE

Pinagbanderahan Hike

Pinagbanderahan, Zig Zag Road along the towns of Pagbilao and Atimonan, Quezon

Coming from Lucena City this is the most accessible mountain for me to climb. Combined, the ascent and descent usually takes two hours, but since I insisted on going inside two of the caves, and it rained during the middle of our trek, I was on that mountain for almost three hours.

The trail was mostly stairs, so it was a workout for my thighs and legs. The floor was also damp, so we had to navigate carefully or else risk tumbling down. Since it was the rainy season, the trees and the leaves scattered on the floor were peppered with water. So the effect of it looked like everything was glistening under the weak sunlight.

We were the only people to climb that day, so it was kind of scary to think about the fact that the three of us have the mountain to ourselves.

The difficulty level of this mountain is 1/9, but I was heavy breathing in some parts of the mountain despite its unassuming level. There are many undiscovered caves on this mountain, but only one is really safe for climbers to explore.

Kuya Mario, our guide, was nice enough to tell me a bit about the history of Mt. Pinagbanderahan. He could have saved himself from explaining though because I could have just read about it at the top.

Reaching the top was refreshing because it was so bright compared to the shade of the forest we just passed through.

Going down was easier for me even though I slipped and fell on my butt. It was raining but the cover of the trees made it feel like it was only drizzling so we didn't get that wet from our climb. We used a different exit, so we had to walk on the road to return to the park. This climb was short but straightforward. And the caves were a nice addition to the hike. This is a perfect mountain to climb for beginners.

PS - There is a parking lot, bathrooms and eateries beside the tour guide's office at the top of Zig Zag Road.

Regent 5150 Triathlon

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Subic Bay, Olongapo City
1.5K - 40K - 10K

I arrived in Subic Bay at around 11:30 A.M. and went straight to Travelers Hotel to pick up my race packet. The place was full, a bit crowded except at the stage area. I proceeded to pick up my race kit and then lined up to have my race number tattoos sticked to my arms and legs.

In the afternoon I brought my bike to the transition area. The bike check in was the same for Subic Bay IM 70.3, me and my bike was photographed for security reasons.

On the day of the race here's what I remember.

It was a rolling start kind of swim and together with my teammate Lloyd I lined up in front of almost every age grouper. With a very tight goggles hugging my face to avoid leakage I didn't enjoy the swim as much as I would like to. With too many scratches on the goggles I I couldn't see where I was supposed to go, I guess it's my vision and the flare from the sun. Luckily I started in front and avoided the frenzy of swimming in the middle of the pack.

I started slowly and entered the airport tarmac hoping to get faster but still my bike powers continue to fail me hah! I wouldn't bet on myself even on a lucky day. I don't think the day I'll become a stronger biker will ever come... EVER haha. But considering that I wasn't hitting the road anymore I knew I was lucky with my race time so far. The bike course was technical. There was a portion where overtaking was a no no. It was over in 1 hour 23 minutes.

Transition 2 was at the Remy Track and Field oval. It's my first time to go in a transition area inside an oval. The run course was fairly easy. We run through a part of the bike course. I was really lucky to swim early as the sun was pretty much unobstructed the whole day. Just like in my previous runs, I thought i could've gone a little bit faster but I was worried side stitch would just ruin the race. 52 minutes into the run and the race was over for me. It was a also a first for me to finish while running on the asphalt of a track and field oval. It felt like I was an athlete at least for that moment.

The Loot
Having a sponsor like Regent Corp. I knew my hands would be full but I decided to jump in the nearby swimming pool before joining Lloyd for a quick massage. Also a first for me to have a massage after the race. It's awful I've ignored all the massage tents in the past.

The Finish Line
It's kind of surreal to see two finish lines in the same place. Regent 5150 and Sunrise Sprint had one each for their respective finishers. The medal felt solid and heavy. I waited for some time for the bike check out before going back to the hotel. I joined this race as a package with the Subic Bay IM 70.3 and next year I'll probably join both races again. 

pinoy triathlon 5150
A nice addition to my collection of medals, really solid and expertly done

Registration area at Travelers Hotel

Patching the race number tattoos

Tri necessities booths inside the registration area

With my dirty Orbea aluminum road bike

Transition 1 at ACEA Hotel

Attending mass at a chapel inside Subic Bay Freeport

Red One, Rogue Too, Kap, MeltMyFart :)

I would've shown a pic where I was running through here but my eyes didn't look good  

Even in photos I look extraordinarily slow, like going for a chillax ride

Awarding just beside the finish line... no I wasn't at the photo

It could be the race course but going slower is definitely becoming my trend ;P

No Ride, No Power

I've been busy and lazy to workout for a couple of months now due in part to some business matters but mostly due to just being LAZY. Since June I only had two bike rides and those were in the races I joined. I do some indoor trainers though.
I wish the roads a little bit safer, the sky forgiving, the time longer, the work lesser, the bed less seducing and the mind willing. Naahh!

My one ride on the month of June happened at Regent 5150

My last ride so far at Tri United 2

Parked indefinitely and terribly missing the road
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