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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Hey well LOTS has been going on in the past 2 months.
Since the launch of our new team Alaska Team TBB Philippines
Life has been hectic.

Right after the launch.
3 of my athletes stayed with me for 2 weeks!
It was just like having kids ;)
And tiring!

But it did allow me to know them better.
As well to connect on a deeper level.
And truly be an “on deck” coach.
Before they headed back home!

Right after they left.
My best friends from Victoria B-C Canada came to visit.
It was their first time in Asia!
And where doing a small tour with Hong Kong and Thailand.

Us with the magnificent view of Taal Lake and its volcano!

Here we are in my yard.
Enjoy the cheap Philippines alcohol!

Basically, I did not get much training done for whole month!
As I had to take care of other people and be a host!
It was fun, but now im happy its over.

Most of the training I could do was on the trainer!
As its the easiest and quickest way to get a sweat going!

When the kids where here.
I would get up @ 5am, smash a 60 min session.
Since they swam @ 7am – I use the same clock for both!

I have to admit, I never really gave my past coach much credit.
As I did not think it was that “hard” of a job.
Your the boss, write some programs and stand there while they train.

Even coaching age groupers online.
Its all about the approach, feel and service.
I know certain things I wont be able to change in them.
Often, they are more experienced athletes than me.
Most of the time old enuff to be my parents!

Its pretty basic maintenance.
A big aspect is diplomaticy, professionalism and suggest proven ideas.
As well to keeping them on a strait line.
Sometimes hard in triathlon ;)
And of course, being punctual with training programs/email/Skype.

Now my attitude has changed drastically.

With with my young athletes.
Its MUCH more than that.
As I have to advise for so many things.
They are very young people – some come from the province.
And dont speak very good english.
Others have never even done a triathlon.
As well to deal with their parents!

They have their ENTIRE life and athletic career in front of them.
And I play a major role in their development as young people.

These kids, have much better support than I ever did.
And I was MUCH faster than them at their age.

The big picture.
Make them better.
Not only better athletes – better humans as well.

Some may disagree.
But I might play a bigger role than their school teacher.
Our relationships is emotional – not professional.
The various things they will learn as triathletes:
Perseverance/discipline/commitment/preparation/work underpressure.
Will benefit them for years down the road.
As those are REAL WORLD skills.
That will help them be better people/spouses/parents/employees.

The mountain in front of us is enormous.
And the surest way to the top, is to start at the very bottom.
Climb a strait line towards the peak and never stop.

I am their Sherpa.
And I chose athletes who have never been up any mountain.
Why? Because they have no prior “bad” experiences.
No information to “wash out” or re-program.
They are fresh, new and what Brett says a “blank canvas”.

Simple to do? No.
Doable? Of course.
As it been done in the Philippines? Tried but failed.

In my experience living here.
Producing a descent athlete is not all about “the body” training.

But it will have to be done against circumstance.
And cultural weaknesses that led to ZERO Olympic Gold medal.
Not even 1 since 1896.
A developing country with 90+ Million people?
Trust me, this place aint that poor.
And athletes have fantastic bodies for endurance sports.
Small, strong, agile, quick footed and good in the heat.

One thing is for sure, to win an Olympic Gold Medal.
You first need to get to the start-line.

And to anybody who has “chased” the Olympic dream.
Knows that its not only a physical journey.
But a psychological battle against un-predictable circumstances.
Circumstances will happen – guarantee.
And how any athlete reacts to it, will sum up their careers.
Or lack of…


Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Hey! Many of you know I AM A COFFEE ADDICT!

Well a lot of people are.
I figure if coffee would have never been discovered.
Society would be ATLEAST 10 years back wards.

What few people know is how good the coffee is in the Philippines!
In fact, its one of few countries that grows all 4 beans!

-Liberia aka Barako

Believe it or not.
The Philippines was 4th largest producer in the 1800′s!
But now it has greatly fallen behind…
Due to various circumstance…
Coffee is 1 more area which this country cannot fulfill its potential…

As you see – its in the “coffee regions” of the world

I strongly suggest to avoid 3 in 1 coffee instant coffee.
No matter how cool Arnel Pineda is.

Considering he's 45 - looks like hes using his money from advertising lazy coffee for some plastic surgery. His big advertisement in the off ramp in NAIA 1 is actually a bit frightening when you see if at night! Hes like an Asian Micheal Jackson!

In my “coffee connaisseurs” opinion.
Pilippino coffee should be sold in Starbucks around the globe!

I was lucky enuff to go do a coffee roasting in Kenya.
Its was a day long experience and at times boring…
But to see how they pick/roast/press the various beans.
It was genuinely memorizing!
And of course like a lot of things in life, when you taste it FRESH!
It just tastes BETTER!
With a very smooth after taste unlike certain packaged coffee.

Anyway, bellow is how I make my own Ice Coffee!
Because well its HOT right now and well I still need coffee!


-Alaska Milk
-Alaska Créma
-Cocoa powder
-Maple Flavored Syrup (sorry mommy…)

An important piece of gear is my beloved Magic Bullet!

Put all the ingredients inside before putting the mild temperature coffee!




Its easy and quick as that!
One tip, NOT too much cocoa powder as it can make it bitter.

I personally boil up a large pot of coffee each morning.
My first cup is a warm traditional cup.
But then after that its when I go for the ice coffee.
As the mercury rises!

Enjoy your coffee – I am every day several times per day ;)


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Hey blog readers!

@ Alaska TeamTBB Philippines we are very lucky to be sponsored by On Cloud Running Shoes which is designed by Swiss Ironman and Zofigen Champion Olivier Bernhard!

Its a pretty radical running shoe.
It reminds me of the old Nike Air More UpTempo’s.
But with an optimized design.
And of course suited for runners – not jumpers ;)

The lugs are designed to ABSORB the impact better.
Which also allows to modulate a runners gait.

I see it like this.
A bike tire pumped up @ high PSI is not very comprehensive.
Especially when dealing with consistent impact or awkward landing.

Versus a low PSI tire that will be more supple.
And responsive to a runner with lease than perfect foot strike.

Then tracks between the lugs promote forward traction!
Particularly during the “push off” phase.

For me, who runs mainly on concrete roads here in the Philippines.
This extra cushioning is VERY important!

The heel-toe-drop on the Cloud Racer is only 5mm.
Which is pretty low and just about right.
To reduce strain on the achilles, calf and plantar!

Another fantastic aspect of this shoe.
As I have wide feet and sweat heavily.
Which means I lose toe nails regularly…
So for me, these I REALLY like!
Versus many Japaneses shoes that tend to be narrow…

As well to a thin mesh material thats clear-ish on the Cloud Racer.
Of which promote air circulation!

One aspect I see that could be evolved.
Is the addition of drain holes for sweaters like myself!
And would like to give a heads up to any interested buyers.
That these fit a bit “large”, like 0.5 to 1 size bigger than normal!

At first, the shoes may feel awkward.
And I definetly suggest to do a weeks worth of regular running.
Before making an opinion of them!

As for my fairly LARGE Filipino reader base.
If interested in these shoes!
Check out The Brick Multisport Store in Taguig or Cebu!