My Daily Collagen Triathlon 2019

My Daily Collagen Triathlon
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
1.5K - 40K - 10K

Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM
Bike test before bike check in

Triathlon hotel
Resting my feet before setting up my gears

Preparing race stuff

Transition area early in the morning before swim start

Swim to bike

At the turnaround point with my Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM

Transition area 

Fin 🏊🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️😊  2:42

Finish line area

Photo op 😊

Swim: 30 minutes
Considering the condition at the time, I had an average swim

Bike: 1 hour 17 minutes
The course wasn’t that hard and I was expecting a time of at least 1:15 but... more practice I guess 🚴🏻‍♀️

Run: 47 minutes
It was really flat and identical to last month’s National Age Group route
I was lucky, someone was just seconds behind me.

GoPro Hero 8 Road Bike Training

I am starting a YouTube Channel - Please subscribe for more videos. 
This is a road bike test of my new GoPro Hero 8. I mounted it on the left aero bar. I was originally planning to use a chest harness for mounting the GoPro but the nature of riding in an aero position prevented me from using it. Before I stopped running on June 2019, cycling was my weakest part in triathlon. If you are new to triathlon or cycling be patient enough to wait for the time when you'll get fast. You will get stronger as the years of training pile up. It is quite difficult to become a strong cyclist because it really takes time to train, something that most of us do not have but if you enjoy cycling activity enough you are giving yourself a tremendous chance to improve and enjoy triathlon.

5150 Subic Bay Triathlon 2019

I am starting a Youtube Channel - Please subscribe for more videos. This is what I experienced on October 26-27, 2019. I haven’t been run training for the past 5 months but really glad to finish in 2 hours 44 minutes. This could well be my last standard distance race as I feel I wouldn’t be able to train for the run with my current condition. I may try sprint distances in the future though.

National Age Group Triathlon 2019 - Subic Leg

NAGT - Subic
Standard Distance Triathlon
1.5K - 40K - 10K 
January 27, 2019

Registration at the ballroom hall of ACEA where the swim start will happen

Testing my Giant TCR before bike check in

Transition 1... the bikes look fewer than the last time I joined NAGT

Race briefing, everyone is eager to listen to how the bike drafting rules
and a slight change in the bike course will be applied
The packed ballroom hall contradicts the number of bikes in T1 

Dinner by the seaside

With teammates who finished strong
I’m really glad I joined this event, seeing old and new faces

It’s an honor to be sandwiched by these two gentlemen
It’s always a blessing to be part of an event like this

I have a slow swim time of 33 minutes which is totally expected because of my lack of proper training prior to NAGT

Considering my conditioning, I’m really lucky to clock 1:10 on the bike

My legs aren’t up for a PR obviously; there is a bit of pain on my legs
and my usual side stitch is present. I’ve been given the opportunity to run side by side 
with Miss Kim Kilgroe at one point but she’s just way faster.
52 minutes on a course where a think I can get close to 45 minutes ;)
Total time: 2:42

Niyogyugan Triathlon 2018

August 12, 2018
Sprint Distance Triathlon
600m - 20K - 5K = 1 Hour 10 minutes
Lucena City

First wave

After the first turnaround point at the run leg

Jamming with the young guns

1 hour 10 minutes

With Wil the organizer and Trimac Team

First race of my Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM

Bike checkout at the transition area

With No Tri Bike I Bought A....... Road Bike Again

Why did I buy a road bike and not a tri bike?

In all of my racing events I've never used a time trial bike or a tri bike. I knew that tri bikes were more aero and the rider position was best for triathlon especially the non UCI compliant bikes. Tri bikes were simply FAST, period. Contemplating on buying a new bike as a reward to myself for finishing an Ironman event, it was never a hard choice between a road bike and a tri bike. I knew that I could go faster on a tri bike in non drafting races and for that reason alone I considered it but still I wanted to have a new road bike instead of a tri bike and here's the reason: STI levers. I always ride out with my bike and the safety and comfort of having both the brakes and shifters right at my fingertips was a pure joy. 

Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM - snappy

I bought a Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM a week after IMPH. I replaced the wheels with Vision Metron 55, the tires with Continental GP4000s II 25c and the KOM cogs with 11-28. This bike handles really well, it looks cool, it feels fast but it actually isn't faster than my old aluminum bike. It corners predictably and brakes smoothly surprisingly better than my alloy rim Shimano Dura Ace wheelset. Giant TCR Advanced 1 KOM is a highly recommended bike in my opinion.

Shipped thru cargo

This bike is a lucky one for me; in it's first four events I finished first place twice (National Age Group and Subic Bay International), second place once (Niyogyugan Tri), and third place once (My Daily Collagen Tri). I am a slow biker but sometimes my bike split is enough to have a decent finish.

inspires me to ride

I thought I would smash the peloton at MOA... my tiny quads wouldn't allow me

bike to work

The Vision Metron 55 wheelset has a compression cap that needs to be tightened,
if you happen to own one and feels like you have a bearing problem you 
might just have to adjust the compression cap with an allen wrench

Ironman Philippines 2018

Ironman Philippines 2018
3.8K - 180K - 42.195K

This was the race I had been preparing for since January 2018. This was the reason why I was doing long runs, long swims and a couple of long rides. This race made me run long like I really needed to run, made me enjoy long hours on the saddle like a young cyclist and made me swim longish until my hands got wrinkly. As far as I can remember there were only two races where I trained with long runs and those were marathons. I like biking but was never really one to put crazy miles in a week’s ride. I can swim but I just did it for the sake of joining events. So my training for an Ironman, born out of necessity, was a bit off my comfort zone but I had the time to prepare and prepare I did.

For such a momentous race for myself it was almost unbelievable and hilarious that I almost got late to the venue. The moment I arrived at ACEA there was I think just 10 minutes before the organizers would close the transition area. Everything was a blur, running back and forth inside the transition area preparing gears and street bag.

Speedo Mariner goggles and Casio stopwatch 

The swim was a rolling start. I started in Zone 3 group with the orange colored swim cap. It was uneventful, thankfully it was over in 1:17. Everything was turning out as planned so far. After the swim I changed clothes inside a tent before going inside transition 1.

Orbea aluminum road bike, Specialized cycling shoes

After just a few kilometers on the bike, I felt I had to poop so the first portalet at around 15 kilometers was a jackpot. I spent some time there and what I remembered was it was too hot inside and looking at my watch I thought I still had a lot of time to get inside transition 2 at around 3:10 P.M. as planned. I had a multipurpose tape around my drop bar with the expected time splits for the turnaround and some aid stations. I was happily hitting the target times at almost every time check. At around 70 kilometers I saw in front of me the rain we were about to hit so I grabbed my rain jacket from my belt bag and wore it. I looked like a clown but cold is the enemy and I was prepared for it. With a flappy jacket my speed dropped by almost 5 kilometers per hour, it was a bummer but I was still hitting my time checks with ease. I did eat twice on different pit stops, sausage and Hopia never tasted that good. When you’re hungry it doubles the pleasure of eating I guess. Because I wasn’t feeling particularly warm enough after the rain I was still wearing the jacket long after the rain stopped. With almost 160 kilometers done I changed clothes again, this time it was a very loose red sleeveless running shirt. The last 20 kilometers saw me making the sign of the cross praying not to have mechanical problems. At 2:59 P.M. I arrived at transition 2 eleven minutes earlier than planned.

New Balance Vazee Rush with thick insole and black mall shorts :)

Inside transition 2 I took the time to pour water unto myself as if taking a shower. As refreshing as it may sound it was still 3 P.M., with the sun up on a clear sky. I changed attire once again, this time I wore walking shorts and an orange sleeveless shirt, I didn’t look like someone doing an Ironman but believe me this was how I dressed during training so this was nothing new to me. I love pockets on my pants and walking shorts were comfortable to me so I ran and rode with my casual walking shorts when I went out to train.

Fin :)

The run leg started with my usual routine, a trip to the nearest portalet for a second poop of the day. Looking at a very dirty portalet I would find myself venturing to a gas station. It was a success but it really took too long. I was surprised that my legs were holding up just fine throughout the run. I changed clothes again on Special Needs station wearing a red New Balance T shirt and again for the Nth time on my last trip to the Special Needs station wearing a red Nike T shirt. I still have a fresh shirt inside my rear pocket just in case I would change shirt again. The provided nutrition on aid stations EVERY ONE KILOMETER saved my day... and night. I drank cola, Gatorade and ate bananas. The last four kilometers were the longest 4 kilometers of my running life. At 40K everyone would pass by the finishing venue with still 2K to go. I had 2K left to run, some 12 minutes to cherish what I am about to accomplish and a lot of time to change clothes again for my finishing photo but all sorts of things kept coming inside my head that I forgot to wear my fitted muscle shirt. It was 8:21 PM when I crossed the finish line, 13 hours and 46 minutes to glory. If you’ve read this far, thank you so much for dropping by.


Ironman Philippines was a huge success for the organizers. They brought in the full distance triathlon with so much care for the participants. The aid stations for the run leg alone were eleven on a 2 loop course which gave us approximately one station for every kilometer. And to top that off, every aid station was manned by triathlon teams who volunteered to help and cheer us. Amazing.

Still fresh at this point... red belt bag contains rain jacket and extra shirt

I think this was my 6th shirt of the day

At transition 1 with my rain jacket

Transition 2 inside Remy Field running oval

 2 loop swim course because they added a 70.3 event coinciding with IMPH

The bike course mostly inside the tollway

A very safe run course even at night... look at all those aid stations

Century Tuna Underpants Run Subic 2018

Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center
3K Fun Run

Once upon a time in Hawaii, three triathletes had a jog as a sort of lighthearted protest to decrease the number of triathletes who unknowingly offend the sensibilities of the islanders by wearing Speedos - skimpy old style Speedo trunks yey hahaha.
For the inaugural 2018 Ironman Philippines we had 3K Underpants Run presented by Century Tuna.
Aside from running in only my red underpants, I got to meet my long lost cousin based in the USA. A few participants wore costumes, some wore underpants and many wore shorts.
We gathered just outside the convention center for a few minutes before they signaled us to run. There was a prize for the first finisher and everybody owned a nice black finisher shirt after the short and fast jog. It was no surprise that every runner looked very fit and fast unlike any other fun runs I joined.
I was glad I did this, it was both fun and liberating. The experience and the freebies were good enough reasons to try this race a day before the Big Race.

Ironman Philippines
Fools or Bold ;)

For lack of photos pardon my selfie

My long lost cousin from US - he's legit fast
As much as I would like to share my leg's tan lines... I'm shy
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