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X-Terra Pang Rave 10k Run.

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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3 weeks to go!

Want MILK?

Panalo sampu lalaki!

Panalo delawa-delawa babae!

Free milk - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Gatorade - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Buffet breakfast for 365 pesos? ~8$ Canadian - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Run race + Buffet breakfast + swim session + before 11am = Galing start to my Sunday!

Hey well the pictures say it most.

My race was good, ran well over the varying terrain!
I was racing an other guy for the first half or so.
And I decided to “shadow” him about 5m behind.

So he had to take the decisions on where to put the proper footing.
I did the same.
Which line he took.
I did the same.
When he slowed down.
I did the same.
When he accelerated.
I did the same.

Then he started that “AAHHH!!!!” thing that local athletes do here.
Not sure what its supposed to do, but its very popular.
I took it as weakness and ATTACKED and never saw the guy until the awards!

Im getting better at trail running.
On how to modulate the length of my stride over different terrain!
And when to grab on trees for a quicker and turn ;)
Sorry trees…

Joyette had a solid “comeback” race.
Cause she hyper-extended her elbow in November.
She took the lead near the end of her race.
And thus gained heaps of confidence going into X-Terra Cebu.

I would also take a short note to thank Sun Rise Events.
They put on one hell of a race.
You definitively got more that the entry fee was worth.

The course, the post race packages, the free drinks afterwards.
The Philippines is definitively a “heaven” for trail runs.
Versus the typical run races at The Fort.
Which are jam pack and all about making profit.
To many runners, pollution, cars, late night/early morning drunks, ect.

It was like I was playing a “healthy” video game out there.
Constantly focusing on the next few seconds and meters in front.
UP – DOWN – LEFT – RIGHT – JUMP – BRIDGE
The word I can use is EXHILARATING.

Im now officially addicted to trail run races =)

Up2date!

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Hey well since last blog things have been pretty rock steady!

Unlike mainstream and popular triathlon opinion.
My year hasn’t started with long/slow volume training…
But rather working towards “raising the roof” of my aerobic capacity.
Before filling it with longer/steadier aerobic training in the summer!

Ridding my bike has been black and white.
Indoor trainer or MTB.
In fact, I havent ridden my Cervelo on the road since November 19th.

When I ride the trainer its ALWAYS intense!
I have 3 key sessions per week: tempo – strength – power.
The sessions rarely last more than 1 hour.
So its a great incentive to close my eye, squezze my bars and giver!

Some people back in Canada might think I am crazy.
To ride the trainer on a warm, blue and sunny day!
Fact is that the roads where I live are dangerous and limited.

Its okay to “ride” but im into “training” and FAST!

My rides on the MTB are usually medium length.
With a long one tossed in every couple weeks.
They serve to accelerate recovery and maintain a so called “base”.
To SUPPORT my intensity sessions on the trainer!

My MTB skills are getting better and better.
I have now stopped “micromanaging” the technical sections.
And now commit to my line – which I found to be safer in the end!

As well to developing a keen sense to shift my gears.
And when to get in/out of the saddle.
Since I ride a hard tail, I get out of the saddle often!

Ridding an MTB is far from optimal.
If I could ride my Cervelo on the road – then I would for sure!

But ridding an MTB definitively have advantages:

-It makes you train with a heavier bike.
-Forces me to commit to my gears the technical/power sections.
-Breaks up rides with different scenery and road surface.
-Doing an out and back feels very different – unlike on the road.
-You only need about 100k to do a 4 hour ride.

Swimming has been okay as well.
I dont swim much but I do swim every day except Monday’s.
Cause my pool is closed for maintenance!
AM swim’s are focused towards maintaining my swim prowess.
PM swims simply to recover from the day’s bike/run sessions!

Running has been along the same lines of my cycling.
Got my 3 key sessions mixed in with “base” runs.

Next Sunday im doing my first race of the year.
A 10k trail run organised by Sunrise events.
The same group that brings in the: X-terra – 5150 – 70.3.

http://www.xterraphil.com/

http://5150philippines.com/

http://www.ironman703phil.com/

These are for sure the best organized multisport races in the country!
Take it from me – I done LOTS of races around the Philippines.
And you really get what you paid for!

Joyette is also racing but the 22k distance!
She had a bike accident late last year and took some time off.
This will be a “long run” & actually suites her “littleness” to the teeth!

The beauty of this race.
Is that there’s no best times to beat or to compare to.
You just go out do your best and the “end time” has little meaning.
Due to the circumstances and extra challenges of the course!

Anyway this blog is getting long!
Bellow are a few random pictures with captions under!

Ridding a Jeepney - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

An electricity pole in the middle of the road?

Being a small dog - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Ridding an MTB in a feet deep of water - ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

Anyway heres a quote:

Bike skills are like swim technique – their best learned when young!

10k Ocean swim in the South China Sea!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Hey readers, a while back I had been invited to a 10k beach to beach ocean swim in the beautiful province of Batangas! Just this last Saturday was the swim, heres how it went down!

The swim was organized by the Polo Triathlon Team of Manila, the first tri team in the Philippines and arguably the strongest and most prestigious! Along with a few others “non-members” who joined, I was stoked to be in such a crowd! Where I got to see old faces and meet some new one =)

This is where the swim started, at the beautiful Kawayan Cove.

I was in awe with how well organized and the professionalism everybody had! We signed waivers, where given swim caps, had a briefing and a prayer! There was about 30 people who started to swim, but theres was actually several distances to chose from such as 2k – 4k – 6k – 10k.

On the beach sorting out the different groups, nutrition/hydration, sunscreen, wet suits, ect.

Me and my little Joyette! Woah even with bent over like that im STILL taler than her =)

Every body was separated into 7 groups. With 1 team leader assigned to each group along with a boat for our “special needs” and for overall safety! The teams where name SEAL. Going from #1 to #7. I was in TEAM SEAL 1.

A bunch of happy triathlete in the pristine water at one of their check points!

TEAM SEAL 1 - chowing down on some gels, cloud 9 bars, peanut butter sandwiches and coke! Near the end I heard a request for a big-mac - but that wasn't on the menu ;)

We stopped here for a “moment” to enjoy the natural beauties! One of the most awesome parts was staring at the bottom of the ocean!

Theres is NO other way I would like to spend my Saturday morning!

Here was are in the final stretch, about 1500m from long beach in Punta Fuego, our finish! Since I had never been there, its was a mental game from there one, as I was not sure where to go and how much we had done or left to do!

Me powering near the end as I was allowed by my team captain to go for a “fast final” – actually the last bit was the waviest of the whole day!

TEAM SEAL #1 at the finish - just over 3 hours after we started!

This I think is TEAM SEAL #4 very happy to be finished! - actually there one lady in here who started the swim with the intention of doing 2k or 4k but in the end swam the whole 10k!

The range of emotions at the finish was pretty huge! Some where like “when I we doing this next?” while others “thats enuff swimming for the next week!”.

In fact, there was a couple of 16 year old boys who did the entire 10k as well to a few 50+ year olds! Woah only triathletes ;)

Anyway afterwards we went for lunch! I’d like to thank the Polo Tri Team for this unique experience and will definitively join again next year! Actually it be great to do a bit longer swim all the way to Hamilo Cove and finish in Pico De Loro 8)

NUVALI!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Lots of activities here!

Nice environment here!

Part of my favorite 35k trail to run/MTB on!

This tunel leads into a river!

Some wild life - TABEY TABEY TABEY!

Getting dirty makes me feel like a kid again!

Can you guess the brand of my bike?

Joyette always drafts me! But when I try to draft her, well theres no real advantage!

Our current home!

My pool is about 50m from my door step!

My next serious tri 8)