September 21, 2014 - Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna Are you familiar with our local duathlon events? Well, they come in a variety of distances from newbie friendly 6K-30K-3K to a standard distance 10K-40K-5K distance in the format of run-bike-run. Active Health Duathlon is a 6K-60K-4K bike heavy event and this one, the Duaman X2 with its 12K-40K-6K distance is biased towards a strong runner than a biker.
I parked the car a little bit far from the transition area, I biked towards the registration tent and got my race packet and went back to the car to prep the stickers, race belt and my transition basket. It was still dark but the dawn was breaking and the transition area was about to get filled with an assortment of bikes from folding bikes to triathlon bikes.
Race briefing followed, Carlos the organizer explained it well then repeated the instructions sensing that a lot of participants were beginners. I went to the portalet for a last minute break then went back and glad to be starting at the front as the porta-potties were just in front of the starting line. As the gun went off I immediately pushed the button on my stop watch and ran as soon as I saw it ticking. The first 300 meters was a blur, a race towards the rotunda which served as the landmark for our turnaround point. We had to do 4 loops and it was the end point. First loop went fast as I finished it in under 11 minutes. I got to the transition area in less than 45 minutes and quickly toweled and changed clothes.
Lapping Some Runners On My Way To Transition Area
I never saw someone from my age group overtook me so I guessed I was leading at that point. I started the bike in excellent condition, no back pain or heavy legs. The route was wide and rolling where in some parts I felt the might of the wind. I was praying for a trouble free ride and it was really fuss free but as usual I lost steam at some point and this time it was at kilometer 25 of the bike leg, I felt some weakness from my legs and the numbers on my cyclocomputer just dropped. I was just cruising from that point on when suddenly I saw someone with a race number close to mine pass me with still a few kilometers to transition 2. I pedaled hard to get closer to him as much as possible but he still got away, oh well.
Looking for my Bike Rack
I came to T2 a few seconds later than the man who overtook me and run with my cycling shoes then I just took it off and went looking for my transition area with only my socks. I went a few meters off my bike rack and went back and still missed my bike rack 'what the ...haha'. My rack number was covered by my shirt - toinks.
Off to Chase some Runners after T2
As soon as I started running for the last 2 loops, I saw familiar faces from the first run. They were the ones I ran shoulder to shoulder with earlier in the race but now at a slower pace. I overtook them easily and ran hard until I was about to pass a participant who was 1 lap ahead of me told me "you have no opponent". To my delight I eased and enjoyed the rest of the race.
We can only get our bikes after the last bikers arrive - here are the 3 of them
I finished in 2:30 and for the first time I won a multisport race... with 85 percent of the participants were newbies hehe - as told by the organizer. My teammate Nerozel placed 2nd in her age group despite starting the race 8 minutes late whoa!
With Puro Tri Team - photo by Nino Bretana
The event was fun in a painful way :P , the bike course was nice, the weather was perfect, the souvenir shirt was bright and comfy and... I won. It might not happen again but I was sure glad that I joined Duaman X2.
I found this app after updating my iPad. This is a digital diary that could be useful to bloggers or someone recording their workouts. I haven't had the time to learn all the features but basically it has a timeline feature, search capabilities and iCloud or Drop Box back up. I'm having some senior moments recently :) and this could be a savior as I don't put everything on FB or my blog site.
draft - pics to follow Milo Marathon Eliminations - 21K Run August 31, 2014 I initially had interest to run this race with the intent to qualify for the Milo Marathon Finals on December 7, 2014. But things changed since I registered for Bohol 226 Triathlon to be held on the same weekend. I had several goals for the race - blister-free run, don't get injured, don't get a side stitch and finish in 1:38 or faster. I woke up a bit late but still had enough time to catch the gun start at a local mall but had no time for my pre-race rituals and had to start at the back. When the gun went off I was busy setting up my stop watch, I couldn't see the digits so I had to stop and look if it's working or not then I saw the seconds tick from 37 to 38, I was glad it's working but lost some dear seconds out there, fortunately there were less than 300 runners so the road was wide enough to pass and be passed. It was dark at the first 6 kilometers of the route with lights few and far between. I didn't settle into a particular pace because I couldn't see the numbers on my watch - I guess my eyes were failing me that time or some senior moments creeping in. By kilometer 8 I felt blisters on my feet and decided to change my foot strike to ease it a bit by avoiding that part of my sole. I thought that could be the end of my run but I just went on and after 12 kilometers I felt really cold due to wearing the official singlet soaked in my own sweat. Yaiks! I never thought this could be a problem but it was nasty, I am thin so I should have expected this where others fear the heat I fall to low temp issues. I envy those who had the courage to not use the official singlet, I really really thought it was stated that we should wear the official singlets, oh well.. don't even know if it's gonna work though. At kilometer 15 I thought my time was due for a 1:34 finish, at kilometer 18 I was determined to up the pace a bit more so I run harder then 1.5 kilometers to the finish line I relaxed and met a steep uphill portion and lost some time then woke up when some runners were catching me. By this time all I wanted to see was the shopping mall. I finished in 1:38 and standing! Don't know if it was fast but for some jogger like me it's a miracle :).
So what were the goals again - except for the blisters particularly on my right foot I reached my lofty goals haha. The first and second finishers clocked in at 1:12 and I think it's unbelievable in this part of the globe ;P. By the way the hydration stations were enough, the loot bag contained more Milo products, and everywhere I looked, I saw green.
The race pack arrived at my doorstep yesterday. It contained vitamins, singlet, cap, race number with detachable timing tag. The marathon will be on October 5, 2014 at 3 a.m.. After my experience on my last 21K run I don't think I will be wearing the singlet on race day. I'll probably be bringing a second shirt in case the one I'll be wearing becomes too soaked in my own sweat. I'll tell you why when I recap my Milo 21K run. By the way I registered and paid for this marathon online.
Hmmm.. maybe the number will show up when I remove that D-tag