Monthly Archives: October 2009

Gotta Love Racing: Tour of Matabungkay and Adidas King of the Road back to back weekend

Tour Of Matabungkay Team Time Trial – Batangas, Oct 24 2009

There are some races which are fun, some which are painful, some which are tough and lonely, and then there is the Team Time Trial.  Which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE.  Maybe because I love time trialing per se. Or because I love when we all look so professional and slick in our matching cycling kits. And then there are my female teammates. Who Absolutely, Positively, ROCK. I just love being part of this relatively new all girls cycling team and am really proud of what we have done in so little time. We were the first women’s team to cross the line!

Special thanks to Doray for putting it all together the past few weeks, my work as captain was much easier on race day (all I had to do was keep shouting at them, and trust me after coaching for years this comes quite naturally to me by now).  Thanks to Rizzo Tangan, Bea Locsin, Tonichi Balaguer, and Mimi Lucas. Love you girls!

P.S. Fitness First Cycling Ladies Team is actually a combination of Fitness First, Polo Tri, and Sabak Tri ladies 🙂

P.P.S. Thanks Anthony Balaguer for letting me use your wonderful photos!!!

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ADIDAS King Of The Road- Taguig and Makati, Oct 25 2009

Today was a great 21k training race, one that I did not expect to have the day after riding hard with my teammates in the Tour of Matabungkay… I was just glad to make it to the race venue before 5am. I drove home late from the race in Batangas the night before to make sure my sponsor would be happy! Sleep I need! I saw Lea Caringal organizing all of her Adidas athletes and after her trusty photog Nesty took some snapshots we hurried to the start line.  Soon enough we were surrounded by uber bright yellow singlets and then it was quite easy to stay alert. When the gun went off something inside me woke up as well and even though I had agreed to just run with Joey and Paolo (oops sorry guys) I mindlessly dashed madly with the crowd… something that surprised even myself as I am always scolding my students not to do this exact thing! Hahaha….

Anyhow it turned out to be a good race, I was happily dancing to the music at the aid stations and thanked the cheerleaders for holding up encouraging placards for the runners.  I also kept cheering for all the students I ran into. The food and drink were plentiful, which is always important.  I was running in 5th place for most of the race and was actually content to stay there til I noticed at the last turnaround that the two girls in front of me were not doing so well. I decided then that I could still afford to pick up my pace a little bit and that was enough to get me into 3rd place. Cool!  After the awarding I looked into my goodie bag and found out that I got a Globe Tattoo– way cool! 

That afternoon after a well-deserved nap I coached the SuperTriKids for their Bike and Run session.  What a great weekend!

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Thanks Patricia and Paolo for the pics!!!

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Coaching, lately…

Here are more random shots of some of my athletes in training (apologies in advance if you don’t find your photo here guys)…. am always proud of each and every one of them and get rewarded 100x more because of their own race experiences as opposed to just my own!  The whole year round, somebody needs to prepare for one competition or another so I am always watching out for them 🙂 Thankfully I also have Coaches Noel Salvador, Patrick Joson, and Paolo Defensor to thank for always helping me out when I am away!

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Putrajaya Ironman 70.3 2009

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Well it’s been about 10 days now and I have been slow to blog about this race. I was kind of wishy-washy in joining it because:

1. The organization was also slow to update us on the status of the race. I was already on the plane and brief thoughts of “what if I wasn’t properly registered cause my name isn’t even on the site?” popped into my head. 

2. My heart was not into it because of the recent devastation in the Philippines brought about by Typhoon Ondoy.

3. My training had really been only good enough for a sprint, not a half  ironman (my friend Paolo even pointed out to me when I told him this– “heck, more like a mini-sprint!” as he knew of my crazy schedule).

4. My fellow Ironfools Pia and Joey cancelled, for understandable reasons. Our kababayans needed help.

Oh well, you get the picture.  Naturally it is not recommended to go into a race with this mindset, and I highly discourage it, but there I was.  My only bright spot was that Patrice was going to be there, and I thought to myself well that’s more than enough reason to make the trip! 

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It turned out to be the right decision.  It was a beautiful place, a wonderful hotel, and a well-organized race.  Being the budget airline kind of gal that I am, I flew in at the God-forsaken hour of 3am, and was lucky enough to be woken up by the hotel cleaning staff just before I missed the free buffet breakfast.  It was a yummy spread of Asian food that I loved, and I started to feel good about coming. I went down to register, saw Emma Bishop of  TBB among others and we had a nice chat.  Later in the afternoon, Monica and LC from our National Team also arrived, followed by Peter the next day.  So all in all we were four Filipinos. Although lean and mean, I knew we could still REPRESENT!

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I can honestly say that I had fun during the swim, bike, and run portions… even though it was sometimes lonely–but that is long distance racing for you!  Being part of the last wave on the swim was not very ideal for me as I had to go through a lot of the men’s previous waves… but I didn’t really mind, I felt like I should be taking it easy anyway.  The bike course is beautiful, very nice roads but we had some confusion about the loops, which we gladly sorted out.  As for the run, I liked the idea that we were running on the main road of the CBD but there was nobody, no cars, etc.  Putrajaya is a new city the Malaysians created to relocate all their government buildings, and since it was a weekend, they obviously had no work.  Very Cool. 

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 I thought my time was really slow (okay, it was really slow) but then everyone seemed to be a bit slower that normal too because for some reason it was not a very fast course.  But it didn’t matter, I am always happy to race.  Happier still was the fact that somehow, I finished first in my category (I suspect it was because of my expert nutrition from Hammer, as I really do not know where else to credit it to). My effort earned me another Clearwater 70.3 World Championships slot, and so I took it, just in case.

My equestrian friends from Malaysia, Nazroff and Qabil, dropped by to see me as they were in the area for a show jumping event.  Was glad to see old buddies!

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So there it is…another race in Malaysia, another good memory.  I like our neighboring country’s triathlon events.  I am sure I will be back for a few more next year!

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adidas King of the Road Running Exposition: Schedule

Here’s the latest from adidas King of the Road!  Below is the schedule for the King of the Road Running Exposition scheduled this Saturday and Sunday, October 17 – 18 at the SM Megatrade Hall 2!  
adidas King of the Road Running Exposition: Schedule
 
October 17 and 18
Whole Day:  Registration and distribution of singlet and race packet
 
TIMEACTIVITY AND EVENT
October 17
 
11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.adidas  Fashion Show
Cardio Exercise 101
Hydration 101
Carbo Loading 101
Raffle Draws and Games
 
Hosted by:  Eric Tipan of Jam 88.3
 
3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  
adidas  Fashion Show
Cardio Exercise 101
Hydration 101
Carbo Loading 101
Raffle Draws and Games
 
Hosted by:  Lia Cruz of BTV
October 18
  
11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
 
adidas  Fashion Show
Running 101 by Jojo Macalintal
Cardio Exercise 101
Hydration 101
Carbo Loading 101
Raffle Draws and Games
 
Hosted by Gellie Victor of RX 93.1
 
3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
adidas  Fashion Show
Cardio Exercise 101
Hydration 101
Carbo Loading 101
Running 101 by Ani de Leon
Raffle draws and games
 
Hosted by Rico Robles of RX 93.1

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Adidas King of the Road 2009

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON ADIDAS RUNNING CLINIC SCHEDULE: As of Oct 13, 2009, Due to the closure of ULTRA Track Oval, meeting place will be moved to Fitness First Fort Bonifacio Club, 6pm. COACH ANI.

Perks up for grabs when you register for the Adidas King of the Road:

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Registration on-going Registration for the 2009 adidas King of the Road (KOTR) on October 25 is ongoing in 14 venues in Metro Manila. The event covers three running distances, 5k, 10k and 21k and the fee is P500. It will be held at the Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

Adidas offers free running clinics with Ani De Leon: Renowned tri athlete and coach Ani De Leon will offer free running clinics in preparation for the adidas King of the Road! Ani De Leon believes that running, like any other sports, requires training and preparation to avoid any unnecessary injuries or health risks especially if you are a first-time runner or someone who has health-related risks maybe due to age. You can enjoy running at its fullest if you train and prepare for it and through adidas, Miss De Leon will train you for your run for free!

Free running clinics are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. from October 6 – 22 at the ULTRA Running Oval. Registration is simple, just send an e-mail expressing your interest to avail of the free running clinics to adidas_kingoftheroad_2k9@yahoo.com also include your contact details so we can coordinate with you.

Mi adidas discounts Perks never run out once you register for the KOTR. Just present your registration receipt at the counter to avail 50% off your mi adidas. You can now customize your shoes according to your style using the high-tech software available at the adidas flagship store in Greenbelt 3. Hurry as there are limited coupons available!

Running Expo on October 17-18 For the first time, adidas will conduct a Running Expo on October 17 to 18 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall from 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. for all KOTR participants! Carbo-loading, exhibits, seminars, distribution of singlets, race bibs, presentations and a lot more surprises await all KOTR runners.

Get the latest on King of the Road from Facebook and E-group Get the latest from adidas about the King of the Road. Add us up in your Facebook accounts! Just search for adidas Running Philippines. Exciting prizes await you loyal King of the Road marathoners! Just add our e-group at http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/adidas_kingoftheroad_2k9/ King of the Road for a good cause The King of the Road is for a good cause as this year, the HOPE worldwide Philippines, Inc., an organization which upholds children protection and welfare will be its beneficiary.

Register now and experience the joys of running only with Adidas. Because every runner is different.

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