So last October 4 I did my second 70.3 distance in Putrajaya, Malaysia. I love racing in Malaysia, make me feel at home hihi… Monica, and me my Filipino Teammate share accommodation in the beautiful Pullman Hotel. It was a funny story when I was going to our Hotel. The taxi driver said that’s Pullman, pointing to a massive castle like buildings…I was like are you sure…Maybe there’s another Pullman hotel in this area..But no..it was the hotel..haha..When we open the door in the hotel were like whooooo!!..Not bad for the price…
Race day, on swim I tried to get a good start, which I did. I found myself behind Jan, Cam and the other dude…But little by little they get away. I found myself swimming alone most of the way. Then after a few miscalculation or I got confused of the millions buoys floating lost couple of seconds, I was surprised that I saw by my side another pro- women. We got out of the lake at the same time but on the start of the bike I pulled away easily. Then a little before the first loop on the bike the eventual winner of the race passed me on the bike. I just push the pedal as hard as I can. Then I finish the bike leg second of the transition area, not far behind the two trailing pro women. I was suffering on the run, the two women eventually passed me, by then I told myself just keep running. Towards the last 5 km I was starting to feel better. Then I started running but it was too late to get third place. I eventually finished 4th overall. It was a good day for training because following week I’m heading to Indonesia.
Palembang, Indonesia (Asia Cup ITU)
So after the weekend of Putrajaya I went to Indonesia for a Aquathlon Asian Championship and Asia Cup Triathlon standard distance race.
The Aquathlon was held Saturday. The 1km swim I went out of the water with the two Russian. Then on the 2.5 km run I tried to hang on but on the last 1km they pull a head. I fisnished 3rd over all but First Asian to cross the line so I got the title.
The following day was the Triathlon. Out of the swim I was ahead of the two Russians and the Australian. They caught me on the bike and worked together until the end. On the middle of the bike leg my stomach wasn’t feeling right, it was the effect of the Saturday race. After the Aquathlon raced I was not feeling good, felt like puking and my head was messed up. They said it was probably the lake water that taste like sulfur….then On the run they pulled away…I was struggling with my body then I finally puke some fluids. Told my self, just keep going and don’t quit. Then I started feel better on the last 2.5km I was running fourth. The Australian girl was suffering also. For a kilometer of good running I eventually caught her and pulled away finishing 3rd. It was an overwhelming experienced for me going to Palembang, Indonesia. The whole weekend showed how lucky and blessed I am.
Now I’m back in Subic training for my upcoming raced the Asian Duathlon Championship on Nov. 15. I want to finished fast…Yes of course I want to have I good race but also… People’s Champ is fight that day also. Manny Pacquiao will fight Cotto in Las Vegas to be the first boxer to get 7 titles in different weight division.
I arrived in Manila last saturday a few hours after the typhoon hit my country…. i was waiting and being patient for just a few hours, but I did arrived in our house safely…
Just to Summarized how Manila is badly devastated. The first six hours of the storm, which measured 341 millimeters, broke the record for the highest 24-hour rainfall of 334 millimeters in metropolitan Manila.. My family and everybody else said it was unexpected… Many people lost their lives and still as i watch the news some places are still not been reach by rescue teams..
This afternoon after I did my workout I went to my Alma mater, De La Salle and donate some clothes and food… I’ll probably give more in a few days…Pls.. If you want to help in any way pls don’t hesitate. I saw that donation was still flowing as fast as possible this afternoon… but I hope it won’t stop…You can go to http://www.redcross.org.ph/ or other organization regarding “Ondoy Typhoon”…
2 notes Before you watch this AVP….
1.) For my teammates: I hope you don’t mind I got some pictures from your Blogs.. I gathered resources as much as i can..
2.) Sorry for my…hmmmm dancing..if you want to call it dancing.. wongstahhh killed me in dance off! haha
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Paumanhin sa aking Tagalo..hihi
Mahigit 2 weeks na ako dito sa Jeju Korea. Ang ganda ganda!
Unang na pansin ko ay ang Kalye….Sobrang ganda ang pag ka gawa, lahat asphalt…wala masyadong kotse,kaya maganda mag bike palibut ng Isla. Madaming mga nag mamountain bike dito na mga Hapon at Koreano “Weekend Warriors”. Ang Jeju Island main income ay Tourismo kaya madami hotel, resort at madami din golf course, actually yung pinaka sikat na Golf Player na nanalo ng major tournament sa PGA si Yang Yong-Eun ay taga dito sa Jeju.
Ang klima dito ngayon ay sobrang ganda…tamang tama lang.. Hindi malamig para sa mga Asiano hindi din sobrang init. Hindi lang pang Triathlon or Golf ang puwede mag training dito. Kung tutuusin lahat ng sport puwede mag karoon ng camp dito. Malaki ang popularity ng baseball, football and swimming dito. Magaganda ang facilities nila. Yung track oval na pinag tatakbohan namin, meron main track at sa likod nito meron din 400m training track or warm up track..GRABE. Sa parehas na lugar meron dorm, kung tawagin, Marathon Center para sa mga atheletes. May magandang gym, classroom din duon. Meron din katabing velodrome at puwede din mag off road running. Para saaki ito ang pinaka magandang training ground na nakita ko..Enjoy the pictures. Thanks to Lucie for some pictures
I got a place all to myself..kinda cool…when i entered I was like wow…Kinda big for a little person..I can do some cartwheels in my place.hihi
There are two main city here in Jeju, Jeju City and Seogwipo. Seogwipo is where we staying and training most of the time.
This place is awesome for athletes, not only for us, triathletes but other sport also. They have nice and well maintained pools around the island, track ovals, weather is just fantastic at this season(not too hot or cold). Football and baseball players are also all around in this place. Korea hosted the last World Cup and one of the stadium is here in Jeju.
The well paved road is just fantastic… I was amazed on their roads, endless good road. You can go around the island by bike just 180km.
With 2,000 military and police personnel on the tarmac, China Airlines Flight 811 touched down at what was then the Manila International Airport, A man stepped out of the plane with an entourage of several foreign journalists for “protection” in case “something” happened, plus a heavy security escort following inches behind. In a matter of minutes, a gunshot was heard and the man dropped to the ground face down.
He was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., the man whom most Filipino called “the greatest president we never had”.
Yes, I’m being patriotic this week. I rather right this than my Homecoming from Switzerland…My homecoming from swiss, well I can right a few line regarding that before my patriotic Blog. So when I arrived from the airport I was greeted by a big big entourage of cars….MANILA TRAFFIC entourage… I almost got out of the car because of frustration and start running from the airport to my house, it will only take an easy 45mins run than an hour and 30mins on the car…I should do that next time…good training, right boss to loosen my legs after the long flight.
Back to the real Blog:
When I arrived here in my Motherland last week from Switzerland everything around me was yellow. I forgot that there will be an upcoming major holiday in the country, the Ninoy Aquino day. Last August 21,2009 was the 26th death anniversary of one of the most remarkable man in Filipino history. This year his wife, the former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino died, she lost her battle to cancer, made it more special.
Ninoy Aquino was one of the many opposition leader against President Ferdinad Marcos administration. He was one of the first people who was imprisoned right after Marcos announced Martial Law in the Philippines. Until now there are many conspiracy and still his assassination is unsolved.
1983, While he was in United States, he was determined to return especially after having heard of the declining political situation in the Philippines, as well as Marcos’ growing health risk due to lupus. His original intention in coming home was to talk to Marcos and convince him to restore democracy through peaceful means.
Despite set backs with his passport; threatening airlines that they will be denied landing rights if they fly him in; and threats of imprisonment and even death, Aquino persevered insisting that “If it’s my fate to die by an assassin’s bullet, so be it… the Filipino is worth dying for.”
Because of one man who voiced out, one man who had courage to fight the unstoppable and one man who died for his beloved country. Millions of Filipino unite and turn the history around.
So this upcoming Saturday near the tarmac of Incheon International Airport, Korea. I’ll try to do my best for the country. I’ll race, I’ll fight to the end, because I know that Filipino is worth dying for.
Wait a minute….. I don’t want to die…… I’ll revise it “ Filipino is Worth Fighting for”..it’s the same thing…. no comment Pls.
Thanks Ninoy… Tuloy parin ang Laban at Laban kung Laban!!! In English… The Fight Continues….Fight “kung” Fight!
This case study was taken by Department of Wangkers (DFW) with the help of one undisclosed athlete.
He or She spent a rigorous training for months and after one hard session a wall just smacked her or him in the face, figuratively speaking. DFW was monitoring his or her condition after this event occurred.
This following list of Don’ts might be useful for other athlete in the future. This is accredited by the DFW.
1.) Don’t talk to your roommate right after you step into your apartment
Why: no sense will come out in your sentence, you’ll be mumbling words..
- Processing your native language to English will take a while, so your patient will be tested
- You have to repeat your self again and again, still your roommate can’t understand what are you trying to say to her.
2.) Don’t speak to a Korean consulate and fix your visa at the same time, while your still recovering.
Why: The two phrases that will come out in both of your mouth will be “Can you repeat that Please and Sorry I don’t understand you again”.
- Understanding Korean English needs patient, if you don’t have one. GOOD LUCK (No offense to the Koreans)
- It will take a while for both of you to understand each other. Just to make this clear it will taaaake TIME and time is essential
- Will coast you money (the undisclosed athlete called from a mobile phone)
- With the 10mins conversation you had, you can put your whole conversation in just a sentence
- Miss communication can happen, meaning you have to call back .You don’t want the whole processes to happened again!
3.) Don’t get a Identification Picture in a instant photo booth
Why: NO matter how many time you fix your hair and practice your smile the picture will come out butt ugly!
4.) Don’t go to the post office and buy an envelope
Why: You will be humiliated!
- You can miss interpret the Swiss lady, when your buying a 60-cent enveloped instead you get a 60-franc bill. Imagine, an enveloped coasting 60 francs……….
5.) Don’t hit your head in the ceiling before going to sleep
Why: It will hurt big time and that’s not a good way to end your day
- You will have to lie down in your bed in pain for a very long time holding your head and screaming in pain!
- You will wake up with a lump in your head, not a good day to start your day!
Hope this list can help you.
Every year for my birthday, I’ll make sure I have a birthday present for myself. This year was unforgettable, it was just the perfect present, TRIATHLON RACE IN ALPE D’ HUEZ. Oh, yeah…the LONG RACE not the short race.
So the troop left Leysin Sunday morning. We rode our Cervelo’s, first stop in Albertville, France. Then Monday, July 27th ”The birthday ride” we rode up to Alpe D’ Huez.
The guys surprised me with a birthday cake/ice cream cake ??? (I really don’t know what to call it) in the restaurant where we had our dinner. Thanks guys….
I raced the Long Course Alpe d’ huez Triathlon composed of 2.2km swim, 115km bike and 22km run.
The highlight of my swim was coming out of the water. So, for almost 2km of swim I was trying to connect to the first pack, where i didn’t Succeed Being a hobbit, my Achilles heel is my toe (Please Go to Miss Erica Csomor’s latest blog for more explanation). I was getting out of the swim course, next thing I know both my knees was on the blue mat and I almost land on my face, I also hurt my toe in the process.
After the bike, my first kilometer I felt good, I told my self this is not so bad after all. Then it hit me, so I slowed down. After I finished my first loop, my legs are not working as much as I want it to, I just want to finish at this point, two loops more.
Well it was a long day and I did managed to finished the race and I also finished 9th placed in the women division overall.
It was unforgettable experienced and a perfect birthday treat to myself. Can’t wait for next year!
So Last weekend, me, Tereza and Steve went to Dijon, France for a race. It was a 3k swim, 85km Bike and 20km run.
Saturday, we left Leysin to go to Dijon…Tereza drove the green 10 years old rattling Subaru car for four hours while Steve was navigating…Me…hmmmmm..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…hihihi
So we arrive in Dijon hungry and tired… We loosen up are legs by riding our Bike in the run course for couple of minutes. Went to the two star hotel, clean up then we went out to find dinner in the pouring rain for two hours…we also did a Moneghetti set or a pick up run during our hunt for a restaurant.
Wetsuit swim…around 400 Triathletes. Race is on hit in the face and drowned for couple of seconds….Fight through the crowd, then I finally freed my self from the slow swimmers. By then I’m alone, but there was a pack in front of me… I was trying to catch them but I wasn’t successful.
At the first loop of the bike my legs wasn’t working at all… I was trying and trying to push my pace. The bike course was technical and there were some hills.. At the second loop of the bike I felt better.
Then at the run, for the first couple of kilometer I was listening to my body. Tereza was way ahead of me then there were 3 French girls in front of me. Then after 3 km or so… I was on a mission. I caught my first French girl easily, then just before the first loop I caught another one. Trying to finish second was my mission now…I was digging and digging, I was gaining grounds from the 2nd place women…I know it’s going to be close… So around 150 meters towards the finish line I was sprinting my legs out and my lungs was screaming….. then the crowd was cheering on the French girl telling her a small, tan Filipina is catching up…so She started to sprint….Ahhhh!!!! I was too late…Got 3rd…
I’ll do better next time!!
After the race our journey back to the Wonderful place called Leysin, Switzerland was great.. the three of us was talking about movies almost the whole span of the trip home.. but the highlight of the trip back home was getting fuel for the old rattling car…
First try…we don’t know how to use this machine
Second try: our credit cards are not accepted in the machine( Hmmm maybe French machine don’t like Canadian, Filipino and Aussie credit cards)
3rd try: no luck again…we decide we have to leave France and go to Switzerland where everything is neutral and familiar.
At last SHELL gas station in Switzerland
YAHOO!!!Look at Tereza…. what a big smile !!!!
I finally arrived here in Leysin last Monday night….pretty excited to train here and see all my team mates…
Such a BEautiful place…Here is a photo outside our balcony…Me and Bean share the apartment together
My room….Good thing I’m small….But believe it or not I bump my head a few times now..
It’s Summer now here in Leysin but for me I don’t feel like it