Thursday, June 14, 2018


On occasion, I would try to measure my progress in run and bike via time trials (for run) and FTP tests (for bike). I have done both very recently and, unfortunately, both have yielded bad results ---no thanks to not following my training programs to the letter be it due to laziness or family/work priorities.


I have this workout that I called "Run TT" or Run Time Trial wherein I warm up for about 10 or so minutes followed by an all out 30 minute run. Whatever the average pace I record for that 30-min period, I will consider as my threshold pace.

My last Run TT was Feb23, a couple of weeks before my 10k race (PF Sub1). In that workout, my threshold pace was at 5:53/km. Needless to say that I was able to meet my sub60 10k goal weeks later.

Fast forward to today, Jun14, I decided to do a time trial again. 

It was miserable.

My supposed 30min lap ended at around 24mins when I couldn't run at a good pace any longer, stopping my Garmin at 4km. My average pace was at 6:06/km ---13 seconds slower vs Feb. This could mean I need to improve my base which I have lost in recent weeks.


I tried out the latest creation of the developers at Trainerroad: the Ramp Test workout wherein it boasts of a shorter and more accurate(?) way to measure one's FTP. It has gone thru rigorous testing according to the creators in the TR podcast, so why not give it a shot, right?

The result: my FTP dropped 20 WATTS. I may have a way out here as I had to repeat the first 10 minutes of the workout. I was tinkering with my Spotify app to select a good playlist for the workout when I accidentally exited the TR app. This *could* be a reason for the 20 watt drop so I will have to try this test again soon, i.e. next Tuesday.

But if I get a similar (drop) result, it will be very demoralizing indeed. 

We'll find out on Tuesday. ;-)


Milo 21k is 6 weeks away while SCTEX Duathlon is 12 weeks away. 

Based on my recent measurements, I am wayyyyy down in terms of race readiness. Fortunately, I still have time to recover and progress back up to a better form. 

Hopefully I'll be alright by the time the gun fires on race day.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Milo 21k - Registered!

Just a quick post to say that, yes, I already signed up online for the 21k Manila Leg of the Milo Marathon on July 29.

A sub-2:30 finish is a must in order to get that much coveted finisher's medal.

Finally, my 2018 season is in full gear! :D

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Itching to Race

As (tough) luck would have it, the PhilDua Leg3 @ Nuvali was moved by the organizer from Jun24 to Aug 26. Venue moved to Clark as well.

So there won't be any duathlon for me until probably Sept 9 which is my much awaited A-Race:

The BikeKing Duathlon. :D

Yup, I already registered for it today so serious training time is a must. No more dilly-dallying on whether to go outside for a run or ride my bike for another Trainerroad session. No more whimpy, lazy excuses, hehe.


Another race that I'm waiting for is the end July Milo 21k. There's not been any announcement yet on whether online registration is already open so I have to wait 'til then. I *think* I'm ready for it distance-wise so the only thing I need to work on is my pace which is severely lacking at this point.


Work has been peppered lately with overnight system activities so precious training time has been decreasing as I need to recover with sleep. Hopefully I can find a way to schedule my run/bike sessions so that I still maintain the weekly volume in order to keep my fitness up.


A big congratulations btw to all the finishers of the recently concluded Ironman Philippines @ Subic. Time to rest, boys and girls!

And yes, you deserve that long deprived pizza and pasta! Enjoy! :D