Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Everest Calling

As of today, Feb2, it is 179 days until July 31, 2016.

July 31 is the announced date for the 40th edition of the Milo Marathon Manila Eliminations.

I am now 42 years old.

42 at 42.

Has a nice ring to it.

Shall we climb the mountain again?


Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 is ON!

2016 training has been good so far as I have managed to get back to the 40 TSS level. It's still a far cry from my 'kundisyon' days when I peaked at 70 TSS. Things that have aided me since the start of the year:

1. Boxing. I signed up with the nearby Penalosa Boxing gym at a good rate. A 1 hour session costs 200.00 for members and 300.00 for non members. The workout gives a good burn and fun too as I try my dorkiest best to imitate Pacquiao. It's a good cross training from my usual runs and rides.

2. Nuvali. Although not often (yet), Saturday mornings are reserved for brief rides at Nuvali. A good 2 hour ride there at moderate to tempo intensities gives me around 150 to 180 TSS.

3. Myfitnesspal. Yup, back to calorie counting to aid me in getting back in racing shape. Losing weight is tough, especially with the extra 10lbs I gained last year. So I hope to religiously log my calorie intake and burn daily to make me conscious of what I eat.

That's all for now. Just trying out this Blogaway Android app which should help me blog more often.

Now go train!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Race Review: BGC Cycle Philippines 2015 (40km Challenge)

THE GOOD:

  1. Accurate race distance (40km)
  2. Sufficient marshals
  3. Great race org c/o Sunrise

FOR IMPROVEMENT:

  1. None that I could think of at the moment.

MY RACE:

I wasn't expecting a good time on this one as I was 10lbs heavier than last year. Training has been so-so as well but I had more hill trainings this year compared to 2014.

At the end of numerous pushes on the flats at 100% FTP and keeping it in control on the Buendia flyover (twice), I finished at 1:20 (Garmin time) which was only about a minute or so slower than the Alaska race in MOA last May.

The cycling gods were generous.

Still, lots of improvement as I close my cycling season this 2015. Hoping for better race results next year as my 1:13 PR on 40km cycling races still stands.

Happy with my race time!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Training Update....or the lack thereof


Well, it's official: I'm in a training slump. As of last week, my TrainingPeaks CTL has gone below 40 ---lowest value ever since I started training using the TP tool.

Disappointing!
Will need to get my fitness back up. I bought a Garmin Vector 2S power meter late last month as a birthday gift to myself. It has opened my training on the bike immensely as it clearly showed that I SUCK at cycling in terms of watts. I hope it'll help me motivate myself to train more.

As for the run part, I may register for one more road race probably in early December.

Let's see if we see a positive green line back on that chart again, shall we?




Thursday, October 1, 2015

Race Review: Bike King Duathlon


GOOD:


  1. Challenging race course
  2. Sufficient hydration stations
  3. Sufficient marshals
  4. SCTEX babyyyy!

BAD:
  1. Bike leg measured 57km only against the published 60km (bitin!)

MY RACE:

I met my objective for this race which was simply to finish. I was not in PR-beating shape as I lacked the physical and mental conditioning leading up to this race which I only find myself to blame. Garmin time as below:

Run1 - 0:40:28 for 6km
Bike - 2:18:56 for 57km
Run2 - 0:29:12 for 4km

Finish time (chip time) - 3:35:54 (my PR is at 3:29 from last year)

What's disappointing was that I was even hoping, minutes before gun start, that I could surprise the racing gods by digging deep for a PR. This was obviously not the case as I found myself run-walking the last 2km of Run2 again. Further, the whole race distance was shorter this year than 2014 so my finish time could've been worse.

Before I move on I have to pick up the (hard) lessons from this one:

  1. Lack of long rides at proper training zones. I bonked after about 75% of the bike leg. I had my gel eating schedule on time but my conditioning for the 60km length and at race pace was lacking.
  2. Be more disciplined in doing my workouts. Although family and work needs to be prioritized, I have to stop being lazy and do my workouts when I have the time. 
  3. More hill sprints/intervals. I lacked the conditioning to run the whole of Run2, knowing that I will suffer in the last 2km hard uphill based on last year's performance. I should've done more. 
  4. Bring my weight down. A lighter bike this year vs 2014 obviously didn't work as I am heavier this year. Tsk, I need to lose 10 or 15lbs....starting now.

All in all, I'm happy to finish this one but I'm just disappointed at myself for not preparing, i.e. babying my training for this race. Tsk tsk....

59th out of 82 in my age group. Ugh!!!