Off Tangent Tuesday

All in a Day This Tuesday - no workout day

SM Aura Shopping Mall

Don't know why they like yogurt


Registered for Duaman X2 Duathlon Event - at High Street

Tiendesitas Shopping Mall

She likes to have a new pup


Meow clothes

Inquired at a hotel in Nuvali for the September Duathlon

Enjoying the Sunset at Solenad 2

Went inside a condominium model unit

Dinner at David's Hot Pot Chinese Resto before heading back home

Bohol 226 2014 Race Course

Enervon Activ BOHOL 226 Triathlon 2014
December 6, 2014
Bellevue Hotel, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

Bohol 226 Triathlon Swim Map
7:00 A.M. gun-start - click the image to enlarge

Bohol 226 Bike Route
5:30 P.M. cut-off time

Bohol 226 Bike Course Profile
elevation profile

Bohol 226 Run Course
12:00 midnight cut-off time - images from the organizer: Bike King

First Fun Run of The Year 2014

Run for The Laity 10K

Been egging myself for a standalone run to check where I am right now in terms of speed (how slow) and stamina (how quick to feel tired - yeah I get this a lot). I, along with my family and relatives registered for a local fun run. I saw a lot of familiar runners scattered on the venue. One local club called Striders were the organizers. We took some pics before it all started so we'd look fresh :) The pre run rituals started - national anthem, opening prayer, sportsmanship oath, warm-up, and segregation of runners by category.

Waiting For Gun-start

When the 10K runners were called, I lined up on the second row just behind the girl I thought I could pace with - hint: she's faster than me. When the gun went off I found myself running side by side with the 2 girls I used to meet on the track. The boys were gone in a matter of seconds and it was pointless to chase them 'coz I was sure they'll clock in under 40 minutes, something I couldn't do. I was waiting for a side stitch to kick in, it's been happening a lot lately, but a miracle happened and I never felt it after pushing for some minutes. The first 5 k was great, no blisters yet and the pace was good enough to get close to 20 minutes for the first half. Yesss! I even saw and talked for a bit with my biker buddies on the route - albeit with a contorted face due to my lungs bursting out. But then o-oh, my lungs were really bursting at the halfway point so I had to slow down. I settled on a new pace and finished the 10K run in 46:06. 6th overall and one female 'chicked' me.

Dance Number in Between Raffle Draws

My stretch goal for the run was 42 minutes, but actually that was unrealistic as I was nowhere near my last year's pace even on shorter speed workouts. Hmm.. I'll probably run a 5K on my next fun run.

My 5K Runners

So was it fun? Did it answer the speed and stamina question? Yes and yes. It was fun seeing familiar runners I always see on the road as I drive to work and on the track. Knowing my current speed or lack thereof and the time it took for the air to vanish gave me a better guess of my running fitness.

Anyone here up for a 5K? :)

Typhoon Glenda's Wrath on My Training Route

We all have our fair share of natural disasters like storm, earthquake, flooding and tornado. You're all too familiar with the damage it brought to your training ground. And if Glenda visited your place then maybe we've seen the same aftermath scenery.

Some UGLY pics of what I saw right after the storm passed. 

training route
Electrical posts on the bike route and my first marathon venue

Fallen trees on the highway - I run and bike here regularly

My swimming pool filled with leaves and branches

Up the hill on our vacation house - used to do some hill workout here

After clearing a fallen tree on my old jogging route - looks like a jungle eh

Coffee at 1,500 Feet with The Foldies

Tradition number 99: Sunday Ride with Da Classics

We were supposed to meet 5:00 A.M. at '7-11 Bayan' but my folding bike got a flat tire going to the place so I headed back home to get my MTB. The venue was changed and I found myself pedaling 8 kilometers to our new assembly place at my friend's house. I switched to his Dahon folding bike and off we went to climb Lucban, Quezon, some 1,500 feet above sea level.

Stopped at a Plant Shop on the Ascent to the Town of Lucban

Folding Bikers in Action

Someone Loves Chito - we didn't eat here though - Photo by Zaldy Manalo

At Kamay ni Hesus Shrine to Have Our Bikes Blessed by a Priest - Photo by Byron Labay
Having Coffee at Patio Rizal Before We Head Back Home
So how do you spend your buddy rides? I'm sure it's always exciting, playing catch up and all with your mates. :)

Bohol 226 - 2014

December 6, 2014, Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

One doesn't simply sign up for an IM distance event. But if you have 5 months left to train then this becomes a real possibility don't you think. ;)

Bohol 226 - 2014 triathlon philippines

So here's the simple plan:
1. Get my marathon legs back to where it was a year ago. It may be slow but I think I can finish with those legs.
2. When I get confident with my jogging legs, hopefully by September, I'll focus more on my swim and bike the rest of the way. 
3. Play it conservatively on race day (without getting cut off) and nail my nutrition.

Sounds like fun? Or pain? Definitely sounds like a plan to me. :)

Here's wishing for my own 17 hours to glory.

And hoping for some of you to be doing this with the rest of the Batch 2014.

Audax 300km Brevet Ride (Subic to Dasol and Back)

EPIC. The whole experience was just beyond those rides that I did in the past (duh.. never even done a double century). 

We were up early and waited at the parking lot of Mango Valley Hotel. There were about 60 riders and 1 guy had a flat tire already. The bikes were so diverse. I've seen Strida foldies, touring bikes, roadies, 29ers, 26ers, tri bike, 16 inchers, 20 inchers, and holy smoke... a fat bike!

Audax 300

Near Sta. Cruz Town Proper on My Way to The Turnaround Point

At exactly 3 a.m., the organizer on her road bike shouted out 'Let's roll' and we did roll with our fancy headlights and rear blinkers. Our group is called United Folding Bikers led by my high school classmate Byron of I got separated from the group pretty fast but found myself riding with fellow UFB Larry for some stretches of the never ending road.

My Bike, a Bridge, a River and a Mountain... somewhere :)

The first few kilometers were ridden in the darkness of a familiar route where the White Rock Triathlon was held. The weather was fine and pedaling was easy. I had my cue card stamped at exactly 5:01 a.m. in the first control point at kilometer 51.7. It was at a gas station and some riders were resting for a bit.

... and a Bridge

After a brief stop - maybe 10 minutes - Larry and I went off but when the rain fell hard at around 5:40 a.m. I went for my jacket and we got separated. Then came the rising sun with its mighty heat spread on every road and bridge that lied ahead. I arrived at Kilometer 105 control point, it was a gas station and this time there was no stamping just a time-of-arrival note on the cue card. 7:18 a.m.

Told You There were Bridges

I was about to leave the gas station when I noticed that my front tire was flat and was lucky enough to get it at the control point with our Support And Gear vehicle nearby.

Beach at 150 Kilometers Out

I got to the turnaround point at 9:24 a.m. - Banana Beach Resort Kilometer 150. A lot of riders were resting and chatting  in the cottages. I just refilled my water bottle, took some pics and headed back.  The ride back was uneventful just lots and lots of roads and bridges with the second David's Salon Women's Team in sight for some time. Because of the headwind I was still pedaling conservatively at this point and got to the next control point - kilometer 195 - at 12:18 p.m.

Audax 300 Dasol Pangasinan

Banana Boat Beach Resort in Dasol, Pangasinan

With only a hundred kilometers left, I was beginning to think that I could really survive this epic shit :P intact and in time. Next stamping was done at the same gas station as the first stop which was at kilometer 248 of the ride. 'Heure de passage': 3:19 p.m.

Audax 300 Masinloc Control Point
Control Point at Kilometer 195

I caught some riders on folding bikes at approximately 260 kilometers and talked for a bit before I stopped to ready myself for the final push with only 30 kilometers left. With the threat of another rainfall I rode hard clinging to the aero bar whenever possible and finished the Brevet Ride at 5:51 p.m. still far from the cut off time of 11 p.m. Woohoo!

I got my medal and they took the cue card so they can send it to France for official verification. 

Audax Cue Card and Medal

Cue Card and Medal at Mango Valley Hotel

It was a challenging ride to say the least and here's how I did it: I rode conservatively for 270 kilometers and stopped often to take pics and relax, I ate a pack of Milky Way choco mini bars, drank lots of water and Gatorade, and ate 3 Spam and cheese sandwich sparingly for the whole duration of the ride. And I knew my fellow UFB teammates were with me and could back me up.

United Folding Bikers

United Folding Bikers at ACME Inn Subic (Photo: Byron Villegas)

After reading this and you're asking yourself 'Can I do this?' the answer is a big 'Yes you can'. I trained, but the longest ride I've had during training was 57 kilometers so if you've been riding for quite some time and do your homework, you'll be fine.
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