Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 PSE Bull Run 10k: Heading Back

The good: started on time, great route, niiiice loot bag, finisher shirt (RunRio, of course!)

The bad: just one part wherein the marshals prioritized cars over runners in that last critical part of the 10k route (I may have lost 15-20secs there)


The purpose of this race was to see where I was in terms of my running fitness and make the necessary adjustments in time for my major races coming up this season.

I was able to finish in 1:02:45 (Garmin time) which was well below my target of being within 1:05  based on a 30min time trial I did two weeks ago. The extra 2:15 improvement may have been from the adrenalin that normally comes on race day.

Took only 1 gel which was before the race and diligently went through the hydration stations except for 1 or 2. Pace was controlled to be just below 6:30/km throughout the race until I let go of the reigns by km8. Strategy was well kept as I reeeeaaaally kept myself from forcing the issue early on which is something that I need to always remember come future races.

This was a well prepared race for me as I was able to commit to the speed/interval workouts weeks coming into the race. This also included that "cram" 12k long run that I did Sunday prior to boost my confidence in completing the required 10k distance.

Probably, with continued commitment to the hard workouts (AND losing weight!), I may be able to claw myself back again in the sub60 10k finish times. That's something that I hope to see within the year.

All in all, it was nice to be back racing again, especially that of RunRio's. The raceorg did very well (as usual) to give my money's worth for that brief 1hour+ of racing. The running community is still alive as evidenced by the numerous participants in the race which I hope to continue in the years to come.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Philippine Duathlon Sked

Just came up with this based on what's been announced in recent FB posts that I'm following:

Still a lot of details that needs to be filled out, but the dates are mostly been pegged.

I'll post updates from time to time as more details come in.

It's gonna be a good year for duathlon, I think. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Be Kind 2017

December 2016 ended and I wasn't able to race that month. This was somehow replaced by continuous Christmas parties and feasting, resulting in a small weight gain (thank goodness!) during the Holiday season which I need to find a way to lose (and keep it down).

Similar to most out there griping events that unfolded in 2016, this was the same for me race wise. The last two in particular (BikeKing Dua and BGC Cycle) didn't even give me a chance to prove my worth as I wasn't able to start due to unfortunate incidents.

This should not happen this year. I hope to have a better count of races in 2017 vs last year (only 6 races last year!).

Right now, for January, I'm looking at either the Jan22 PSE Bull Run (10 or 21k) or the Enduro(?) Duathlon in Clark. Either way, I hope to race on the 22nd.

That's on the short term.

My other target races for this year are:

  1. BikeKing Duathlon
  2. Powerman MOA
  3. Completing the PhilDua series
  4. Milo Metro Manila 21k 
  5. A RunRio 21k
  6. An international race perhaps?
  7. Powerman Clark (the full distance?)
So I hope 2017 will be kind to me by getting better race performances (which can only be achieved thru better training). Having another DNS race would be disastrous at this point.

CTL is back down on the upper 40s so I need to plan (and execute!) my training sked better. I signed up for Anytime Fitness gym near our office so I hope I can do more strength training there to supplement my runs and my rides.

Happy New Year btw!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Down But Not Out

As (dumb) luck would have it, I wasn't able to race the annual BGC Cycle event. I got sick since Friday evening and wasn't able to recover in time for Sunday morning.

I suspect that Wed ride wherein I tested the new bike chain by riding outdoors. It got cut short when it suddenly rained so probably sweat and rain made for a good/bad combo to get sick.

Second DNS in a row and along with it my TrainingPeaks CTL crumbling back to the 40s level. 

Damn it.

I am still not fully despaired by this so nothing else to do but to learn from this and move forward.

There could be one more race left in me for 2016. Be it a 10k or duathlon, I hope to race one more time to end my 2016 season in a bright note.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Finding Motivation

A quick update on my training. As in the TrainingPeaks PmC charts below for bike and run, my training needs motivation.

The bike decrease was due mainly to lack of long rides during the weekend brought about my preference to use my carbon wheelset (where the rear got damaged last month) versus my RS11 training wheels. Good thing that the replacement I bought came in time last Friday so I immediately tested it out on last Sunday's Camp Aguinaldo ride with the Titos.

The run chart shows I'm holding it somewhat with a very slight decrease. The long run commitment is also lacking, unfortunately, so I need to get myself motivated to run (long) more. Probably registering for a run race (possibly the NB Run on December?) could help me up the volume.

Except for next month's BGC cycle event (and possibly the December NB Run), I've no planned races left for the year. Another duathlon would've been nice but I think I need to go back to the drawing board, build my base better, and work on my speed (on both bike and run). Registering blindly for another dua might just frustrate me again once I struggle on my race pace so I really need to work on that first.

Yup, and loose the excess pounds too. :-)