Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Philippine Duathlon Schedule (as of Aug 22, 2014)

Updated table based on website sources as below:

I'm assessing if my fitness would be ready in time for DuamanX2, two weeks after one of my A-races (Unilab Dua). It could also be a good conditioning race for Phil Dua Leg4, which is the same distance as my ultimate A-race: National Dua Championships.

Hmmm, decisions decisions...

I'll be driving to Baguio this weekend with the family so no chance of me racing this Sunday. Anyway, the hilly roads and thin air of Baguio awaits for my Sunday long run. ;-)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Race Review: White Flower Run (10k)


  1. Accurate distance
  2. Adequate water supply
  3. Good marshal work
  4. Nice route that took the 10k runners to the Buendia flyover (pleasant surprise)
  5. Loot bag
  6. P100.00 refund for the reg fee was given
  7. Small crowd which is what I liked since many may have been at MoA for the Sofitel run
  1. 5am gunstart was moved to 5:30am
  2. No energy drink at the aid stations, especially for the 21k runners

My 10k race time was at 1:01+, confirming that I have lots to go in terms of getting back into good running shape. I was focused at most parts of the run but my body was obviously not well tuned to maintain sub-6:00/km pace. There were lots of climbs along the BGC race route which was challenging enough, with my HRM reporting 155-160 on these climbs. Average HR for the race was at 153, showing that I really gave a good effort in this tune-up race. An upside for me here was that I managed not to take in any gel for the race so all that energy was from the chicken inasal last night, hehehe.

Well, no excuses. I lack the training so I didn't deserve to get a sub-60 time. 

Back to training...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Aug 04-10, 2014 Training Log

Last week:
  • Mon - rest
  • Tues - rest
  • Wed - Bike + BodyCombat Class
  • Thu - basketball
  • Fri - 10k run
  • Sat - 97k bike
  • Sun - rest

I overestimated my capabilities last week as I should’ve rested last Friday morning after the Thursday night basketball. The result was over fatigue and I still pursued that long Saturday ride, leading up to getting sick since Sunday.

Btw, I think I did well in that Saturday ride as I rode solo from Home to Pisong Kape via Antipolo, then rode back via Cardona-Ortigas route. It took me almost 5 hours, mostly due to the Saturday traffic that I had to go thru, especially in Ortigas from Tikling. There were lots of hills and I’m quite amazed at myself as how I now prefer to have them rather than mostly flats. Challenging, yes.
927m total elevation gain

It’s already Tuesday and I still feel like crap. Training still can’t be done, moving into great uncertainty if I’ll be in 100% shape by Sunday’s 10k race. Yup, I signed up for the Whiteflower 10k at BGC this Sunday to sort of get me into race-mode again. A warm-up race in preparation for next month’s SCTEX Duathlon (6-60-4).

See you there….or not.