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Mastering the tripple bike!

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Hey me and Joyette celebrated Christmas by making a sarap Lasagna! 

HOMEMADE!

HOMEMADE!

 A part from that, it’s all been training and early nights for me this week. Since the pool has been closed for a few days, I picked up the intensity and have been enjoying doing my favorite day were I do a triple bike.

The day’s starts with hill reps, my favorite hill are about 1 km long and is not all that step but has a very consistent gradient. I like to do this session in the morning because my digestive track is mostly empty, my legs are fresh enuff and ready for the highest power output and intensity of the day.

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The effort time is always much longer than the recovery time because of the short downhill. I ride a lower cadence to get the most out of this power session!

With that done, the next session is an indoor trainer session. The theme of this session is rythum so its race cadence, my intervals are the same length as the recovery because I’m not done for the day yet. I do a short warm up and a long warm down and get off that thing and clean up my mess!

 

Yes the weather is very nice outside!

Yes the weather is very nice outside!

 

 

The final session is the time trial. It’s also done at race cadence, but sometimes a little above and is an all out effort. I always tend to feel pretty crap at the start of this one, but I find my legs quickly and then the pain and strain moves in right after :)

Ryder Hesjedal

Ryder Hesjedal

I also got some tiny mangoes in my christmas stocking!

Heres a tiny mango versus a normal mango!

Heres a tiny mango versus a normal mango!

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Since I’ve been back!

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Hey since if been back to the Philippines, I spent a few days in the metal jungle called Manila! I had some meetings and shopping to get done and also get a haircut and pedicure, with lots of time spend in traffic…

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So not wanting to spend more time than I had to here, I came back to Subic for the weekend and prepare for my next training block over the holidays!

It all started by just re-organizing my living space after a little internal flood…But nothing important got damaged because all the valuable stuff that I own (computer/credit cards/bike/Canadian passport) are always with me when I travel! Yes those encompass all of my valuable life possessions…

Anyway I got back into training, I swam 30 000m in just 4 days because I find that swimming helps me recovery from the race/party/travel/manila and since I did not swim all that much in the past couple weeks, I was feeling pretty chippy in the water J I know this kind of millage is an okay week of running for some of my competitors who are presently in the “off-season” but not for me ;)

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At this time of year in the Philippines, the weather gets “colder” which means about 15 degrees in the mornings and then 20 to 25 degrees during the day with a slight breeze and low humidity! It kinda feels like summer in Victoria B-C :)

The pool water is now “cool” so not many people come and swim, so I tend to have the whole pool to myself ;) actually, kuya Raffy finally persuaded the school to suspend the PE classes at this time of year because for the last 4 years, it always been a battle for him to get the little kids in the water!! Rumor is that the ocean water is warmer than the Brent pool!

I also ran some laps of “the loop” which I will be re-visiting often over the next few weeks!

Cycling is good, since the add congress a few weeks ago, the airport road has been fully opened, seriously I think it took then 15 months to make some holes in the tarmac and then fill then back up over a 1km stretch of road, seriously, next time just hire a bunch of ruffnecks, you don’t even need to pay them, just fly them over, given some free San Miguel beers and they’ll “get her done” in a few days!

Subic is actually pretty quiet at this time of year, most of the crowds will go back to the provinces or just group up and make a whole lot of noise in Manila, so I will have Subic all to myself J

Until new year’s………………………………….

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Frodeno likes it when Canadians get 2nd!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Hey after my race on Borneo Island, I and Joyette quickly put our bikes apart in our boxes, rested, refueled and hugged good bye at the airport…

 I got into Kuala Lumpur late Sunday night and had already reserved a corner at the budget terminal (LCCT) because I’m a budget kind of guy ;)

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Early in the morning I awaken by footsteps and then proceded to board my flight to Phuket and then was picked up by my new friend Thomas!

I got to my villa and it was, well 6 stars!  My home stay Klaus put me in right on the bike course near Naithon beach and had a 25m pool to myself and a breath stealing view!!!

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So over the next week, I would take the time to loosen up from my race in Miri and that over night in KL airport! I touched up my rhythm on the race course and got some very useful tips from Thomas who basically was a tour guide for me since he’s spent a lot of time in Phuket!

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Race day came along and after a short and fast run on the beach I was swimming on the left so that I could see to the right where the others were and then make my move. Somebody stormed off the front and I settled in 3rd spot, on a pair of 2 beat kicking Hungarian feet!

Maturity and experience have taught me that “cruzing it” in the swim is a good investment in the 2nd half of my race! Versus “crushing it”…

Once on the beach, my Hungarian domestic tripped and fell just in front of me, which compelled me to hurdle over him with a smirk on my face ;) I dove in the Lagoon, which is a 600m fresh water swim right after 1200m salt water swim so you can imagine the sinking feeling!!

Now once in the lagoon I got into my long and strong rhythm and from what I was told, cut some time into the leader over the closing meters of the swim.

Once on my Cervelo P3, I spun a lighter gear at first and was quickly joined by my Hungarian accomplice!

We switched off until the bottom of the first hill, where he dropped back leaving me in clear 2nd, where I would remain until the finishing tape.

I rode past my villa at Malaiwana and waived to Bee and Bee Bee as they were standing there cheering J

Like a good TBB boy, I was sporting my training wheels, so I bent my elbows, put my chin low to my stem and dug in my 950 pesos Kenda clinchers into the sharp and fast corners in the hilly and technical section!

Once out of the hills, I looked behind and saw nobody…

I rode steady until I got on highway where the wind was hauling! I then started to grind a bigger gear and crossed path the first place athlete. I feed just before the turn around and grabbed a bottle of Gatorade for a couple gulps and then ditched it…

After the fastest T2 of the day, I started the run 6 minutes and change behind the leader Jan. As I ran out of transition, I hear Whit “the voice” Raymond calling some names out, so I knew I had some chasers…

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I started steady, drank some coke at the aid stations and put the cold sponges on my head! I then started to build my leg speed and stayed very nimble on the technical sections, yes this was a technical run course over a golf course!!!

At half way, I was starting to hurt but was egged on by many supporters screaming my name!!! With 4 km to go, my body was strained and in pain!!! I skipped the aid stations to save some time and ran around some athletes on their first loop.

I crossed the finishing tape sweating joy and relief! I was greeted by a fresh Jan Frodeno who had been “hanging out” with the elephant!!

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So after one heck of a party, I am going back to Subic where I will be having a Jehovas Witness holidays to be ready for next year!!!

I would like to thank Cervelo, for providing me with a P3 that doesn’t need race wheels for a fast bike split!

Thanx to Scoody for the cool bike jersey with open zipper, that was very easy to put on after the swim where speed suites were banned and kept my canadian skin protected from the sun!

Thanx to Blue Seventy for the swim googles that stayed firmly in place for during 2 hard dives during the swim leg!

Thanx to Alex and all the guys at The Bike Boutique for doing an awesome technical job!

Thanx to Klaus to his generosity and hospitality!

Thanx to Brett for his continoued belief in me!

Thanx to Avia for the bolts that got me aross the technical run blister free while “bare footing”

Thanx to my biggest and littlest fan Joyette!!!

And thanx to who ever created the menu for the pasta party and award supper, it was f*cking delicious!

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