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Rudy Project Challenge Report!

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Hey blog readers – last Sunday,  this race was supposed to be a Triathlon but it was changed into a duathlon last minute as there was some ‘issues’ with the man-made lake at the Republic 1 Wakepark which is in the beautiful area of Nuvali thats only a few minute bike ride from my home!

The race map minus the swim part. The Duathlon distance was a 6k run - 30k bike - 3k run versus the original triathlon that was supposed to be 900m swim - 30k bike - 8k run.

For me the run was the key to this race, as it was quite undulating and would expose any weakness!

The water level of the park was a fraction of what it should have been...

This is however a top notch venue for various sport events!

Admittedly, when I was told it was a duathlon @ 4h45 am I was annoyed, not for myself but for my girl friend Joyette who’s been working on her swim and using this as a tune up event for the X-Terra World Champs in Maui in 3 weeks and one of my scholars, Dhill was ready to do his 2nd ever triathlon!

There was a bit of circumstantial clues that *SOME* of event organizers new of this and simply kept quiet and acted sneaky. The first, was 2 weeks before the race, it was announced that this was a ‘bring your own swim cap’ race! The reason, for recycling and planetary issues? Thats funny, I personally find that a good (silicone) swim cap, is arguably the best ways for triathlon events to get *FREE ADVERTISEMENT* as athlete may use them multiple times per week for months and years of swim training!

The 2nd was, a few national team duathletes appeared on the start list the week of the race – I mean those are athlete who cant swim and would never race a triathlon as well to considering the Asian Duathlon Champs are in Subic Bay at the end of November, training/racing for a triathlon makes no sense at all.

Anyway, at the end of the day, it was the same race course for everybody and the weather god’s where with us as it was a mild, dewy and overcast morning!

Having to adapt with the present circumstance, where my strength (the swim) is taken out and that my weakness (the run) is extended. I could only suck-it-up and look forward to the challenge!

Did I mention this race was draft legal?

I just never understand why some people just start out to freaking FAST only to slow down dramatically?

The run start was fast – I found myself in about 20 place in the first 200m or so as we headed into a downhill before a gradual uphill towards the turn around.

I started out patiently and gradually ran passed a few ‘elrabitos’ and made my way up to the leader who was in fact the top Pinoy duathlete for the past couple years and built like a Kenyan!


It took me about 6k but I made it to the very front by the time I had to jump on my bike!

Once on the bike, another local athlete had manage to bridge the gap – so then there where 3.

It was quite clear from the start of the bike (dont let the pic fool you) that my two ridding colleagues where quite content to let me do the work at the front, why not? I was the strongest of the 3!  One of them would take a few short pulls when I signaled and slow down the pace and the other was just no-were to be seen and he was in fact, in my opinion the best runner out of the 3 of us.

So now I had to strategies with myself.

I saw 3 options:

#1 ride hard, hope they hurt and gut-out the run.
#2 try to break away and gain a gap.
#3 ride slow so we all start the 3k run ‘fresh”.

I had been ridding hard/consistent in races all year long and I new it would be very difficult to shake them both! As well to the lure of seeing how fast I could run over the final 3k – it made feel like I was in an ITU race =)

Sure enuff, everybody wants to lead into transition in a draft legal race especially before a 3k where every second counts!

Once I got my almost new ON Cloudracers in my feet, I bounced my way down the gradually downhill in 2nd place with long strides while taking deep breaths.

I could tell that the leader was in over his head – he had a massive shoulder rock and his head was boobing more-and-more each 100m. I gradually reeled his ~50m lead on the uphill and increased the pressure as I passed him by speeding up my turn over and bumping my arms!

Once I reach the turn around, I saw I had a small gap on both of them which meant 1500m to go thats mainly downhill with a short up near the end?

At this point, I had the race in my grip mentally and looking to beat duathletes at their own game and who are 20-30 pounds lighter than me!

I punched the pace down the hill and promised myself I would NOT look back until I get at the top of the last hill which is about 400m from the finish!

I put myself through a world of pain while getting cheered on by friendly and familiar faces! Coming into the finishing stretch, I heard Brett‘s voice tell me to give it my all to the finishing line, regardless if I am 1st – 2nd – 3rd or 33rd.

In insight, I sit here writing this being much more content by winning a duathlon by a few seconds that winning a triathlon by a few minutes! I was challenged until the final moments of this race, where during most local triathlons I do, I basically go-off-the-front and time trial to the finish with a big lead!

Joyette also made it to the top the podium - beating 2 foreigners that are almost the same height as her on the lower steps of the podium!

Later that evening I went and did that elusive swim – but it was slow and easy – just how I like it on Sunday evenings after a solid morning session!

Anyway, I know there was some hard feeling about this race by many participants – I know a few where looking to do their first triathlon, some their first open water triathlon and others, actually flew in from other parts of the country just to do this event!

To me, I believe there where to many heads involved in this event and no actual omnipotent leader who had the last say on everything…

The Rebublic 1 Wakepark has tremendous potential for various outdoor activities that will benefit the park, the organizers and the participants, so I genuinely hope that this experience has not tarnished the possibility of future multi-sport events as it can potentially be a great asset for the local triathlon community where you can get in an open water triathlon without having to sleep over night at the hotel if you live in Manila!

Hopefully, petty politics wont be an issue and ego’s will be put in check as I would really like to see an off-road-triathlon on this venue early in 2013 in preparation for X-Terra Cebu!


See you out on the trails 8)

Tripalooza & Daniale Icecycle Review.

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The US has Interbike, Europe had Eurobike and The Philippines has Tripalooza!

I was invited to give a talk about my journey as a pro triathlete!

Those who listen thought that its worth hearing, interesting and un-orthodox!

Carlos was a top host! I was really happy to see many people find an interested not only in me, put my team as well to our social project here in the Philippines!

With the gang from Light N Up marketing who are the local distributor of many top brands, including Cervelo and 2XU!

My dream bike!

Warming up on the bike - there was not much resistance so it was an RPM contest - kinda like to rides downhill the fastest!

There was several challenges with draw prizes to be won - here I am pushing as many watts as I can for 1 minutes - I got 2nd place behind a local cyclist!

Anyway, would like to give a shout out to The Brick Multisport Store and SwimBikeRun.ph for being the masterminds behind this. It definitely helps the local triathlon community by checking out and comparing equipment options at a discounted rate as well for up and coming distributors to exhibit their product, events and/or service!

Of wait – I have some more =) I got a bunch of freebies while I was there, the most interesting was the Daniale Ice Cycle pack from Jeremy of Triton Endurance Sports!

As a foreigner in a freaking hot and humid country, I sweat a lot and always look for aircon, fan and/or shade during the day! I mean, just going out and about I start to sweat like a mad-man of which forces me to constantly have a change or clothes, drinking water and/or a towel to wipe myself down!

Incidentally, I was looking on Amazon.com just this past week at cooling vest’s to order online as I felt the need to have one!

As Ige told me – THE POWER OF THE MIND!

Its very light weight and fine material - there are 2 pockets, one of each ice pack. Very very easy to set up and put on!

Here it is fully loaded - with a motivational paragraph and care instructions. As you can see, the shoulder straps are very adjustable!

I was so exited with this product, I used it right away today on my morning trainer ride that are always tortuously hot!

Its sleek and light weight design made it incognito but at the same time very vivid in its purpose of keeping my spine which is the 'highway' of my body's Qi!

The 'hurt box' was a bit more pleasant today, which allow me to focus better on the task at hand: PUNCH MY PEDALS!

All in all its a great products that can help an athletes get the most out of themselves in training, or stay cool before racing and even during a race! Or for me, use it to go around regular errands in the middle of the day because thats siesta time here in The Philippines before the evening rush-hour to get things done, or should I say ‘slow hour’ ahahahaha!

The ice pack stayed cool for my entire 80 min trainer ride, but was fading near the end…I would not use it for running, but I would do the bike leg a hot Olympic or Half Ironman with it over my race suite as I know first hand, how much heat can affect performance…

It doesn’t appear to have any aerodynamic penalty and the weight is very negligible over a flat/rolling course where an athlete stay’s in the aero-position! I just have to try it one with an aero helmet to see if there will be some contact!

Anyway thats it for now - hope you enjoy this blog, next Sunday I am doing this race which allow's me to sleep in my own bed, ride to the race course in the morning and race on my regular training grounds!