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SUBIT + 12 days to go! May 3, 2011

Posted by escapingalcatraztri in Bike, Countdown, Fundraising, Job, Run, Running for Job, Swim, Triathlon.
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It is finished! SUBIT is officially over and I’m proud to say that I finished the Olympic distance in one piece! My splits were horrible, but the experience was just WOW. And now that it’s over, I can finally concentrate on Running for Job. I can’t believe there are only 12 days left till we run for Job! I’ll try to upload more details in the coming days, including a map of the 5k route that we will be running.

In the meantime, here are a few photos of last Saturday’s race taken by my favorite stalker/paparazzi. ;P

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STK Alabang + Job Health Update + Bb. Pilipinas 2011 April 14, 2011

Posted by escapingalcatraztri in Bb. Pilipinas, Bike, Fundraising, Job, Liver transplant, Pledge, Run, Running for Job, Shamcey Supsup, Swim, Training, Triathlon.
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I apologize for the late post. I’ve been so busy this week that I haven’t had the chance to update. Sunday was such a successful day for a lot of people.

I joined my first sprint triathlon in Alabang. It was such a great experience! It actually made me think that I may have found my niche while still building on the bike and run. My times weren’t that great. I was targetting a sub-1:20, which I got, but was secretly hoping for a sub-1:15. I wasn’t able to train much that week as I was recovering from the duathlon, but I’m glad that I didn’t get any cramps or side stitches. Had a so-so swim. I’d forgotten what it was like to swim on a 50 meter pool, so that was a bit of a struggle for me. And with only one short swim workout on my belt for the week, well, it shows in my swim split. The transition area was a bit far from the pool. It was a good thing I put my slippers near the gate so I could jog to the transition area hassle free.

I hopped on my bike and was surprised that there was a guard in motorcycle leading the way. The marshals were a bit confused if I was part of the mini sprint or the super mini sprint because I was the first out of the pool for the super mini sprint. Took it easy on the first loop so I could get familiar with it. During the flats and downhills, I tried to go down to my drop bars to test my speed. A few minutes later, some guys from the super mini sprint were already passing me. Some of them were friends of mine so we were cheering each other on. I reached the transition area again and prepared for the run leg. I left my race belt at home so I had to resort to pinning my race bib on my suit. I figured I had enough time because I didn’t see any women getting into the transition area yet. The run leg was a bit of a struggle for me, as it always is. It was only 3.2k, but when I started running, I had to stop to walk in the beginning. Mark ran the leg with me, as usual. He had my dslr in tow for full coverage! HaHaHa. Bumped into Nino at the water station who was already running back to the finish line. We cheered each other on and poured water on each other. We were just really enjoying the race as it was the first for the both of us. At around the u-turn in Pagaspas, Mark and I spotted a girl who was running in our direction. Uh-oh! I was planning on walking a bit more before jogging, but we had to pick up the pace. At the back of my head, I just kept thinking, “this is yours to lose. Sayang lang effort mo. Keep pushing!” The last few meters to finish line were probably the hardest I ran in the race. She was slowly gaining ground and I had to sprint to secure my finish. She was one helluva runner! I finished with a time of 1:18:09. Not bad for my first triathlon…but I know I can do better. The snacks after the race was fun. I was able to chat with a lot of friends from SBR and Team Secondwind as well. All in all, a really enjoyable race.

After the race, Mark and I dropped by the Days with the Lord – Agape batch. Had a quick chat with our friends who we had hardly seen and of course, said our thanks to Kuya Jess for a successful race. We went home to eat, rest and take a shower and at 5:30pm, we were on our way to Gateway. A lot of our friends from UP Arki were already there. We got our tickets for the show then made our way to the Rachel Allen Finals Night at the Sapphire Ballroom of the Gateway Suites. We got there just in time as Sweet and Thristian (Job’s parents) were just setting up. This was the first time we met. I bought some shirts and baller ID’s from them and they told us all about Job.

Job and his parents are scheduled to leave for Taiwan sometime next week for his operation. They more or less have the funds for his operation already. These were collected from the shirts, baller ID’s, pledges, and various fundraisers they’ve been holding for the past few months. I was a little worried because my run is scheduled for May 15, which is AFTER his operation. But his parents assured me that the money raised from the run will go to his post-op medications. They already have the money for the operation, but the post-op is another thing. Job will need lifetime medication after his transplant, which still costs a lot. They will also need help with their day-to-day expenses in Taiwan. They were hoping to get a little help from PCSO, but were denied because they chose to have the operation done outside the Philippines. There has only been one successful pediatric liver transplant in the Philippines. However, the patient was about three years old. Job is only 10 months, so his parents decided to have it done in Taiwan where the statistics were much better. Let’s all pray for the success of Baby Job’s operation!

We ended the night at the Araneta Coliseum where we watched our batchmate win Bb. Pilipinas Universe. Yup, Shamcey Supsup. If you saw the group of people in red going wild, waving tarps and boards with her name on it, that was us. Our batch has always been very close knit and supportive of one another from the beginning, so to support Shamcey in her quest for the crown was no different. We literally jumped off our seats when they announced her as the winner. Truly the epitome of beauty and brains. We used to joke around in college and call her Bb. Pilipinas. Who knew that it would come true after a few years?! Congratulations, Shamcey! Truly well-deserved. IKAW NA. IKAW NA TALAGA!


Full day tomorrow April 9, 2011

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Quick post before heading to bed at 8:30pm on a Saturday night. I can imagine my friends saying, “whaaaaaat?!”

Tomorrow’s going to be a full day. Will be joining my first triathlon at the Supertrikids Multi-Sport Festival in Alabang, aptly called a super mini sprint. HaHaHa! I get to test out my new K-ona C’s and practice my transitions. Yahoo! After that, will pass by the A-days batch to give my thanks to Kuya Jess before heading to Gateway Mall. Don’t forget to drop by the Rachell Allen Image Model Search at the Sapphire Ballroom at around 5 or 6pm. The Hope for Job booth will be there. I’ll be meeting some of my Arki batchmates there before we make our way to Araneta Coliseum to support our friend, Shamcey Supsup, at the Binibining Pilipinas 2011 grand Coronation Night. If you hear a big group going crazy at the slight mention of her name, that’s probably us. We are a pretty rambunctious group. In fact, a number of them are sleeping over somewhere to make her a banner. What can I say, our batch is very tight knit and supportive of one another. ;P

Goodnight, everyone! Hoping for a safe race and a successful day for everyone tomorrow!

Job Health Update + Powerade Duathlon Series Leg 1 April 5, 2011

Posted by escapingalcatraztri in Bike, Duathlon, Fundraising, Job, Pledge, Run, The Brick, The Starting Line.
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I was supposed to meet up with Job’s dad (Thristian) tonight to get some shirts and baller ID’s, but we had to move it to another day. He and his wife informed me, though, that Baby Job isn’t doing so well. He was confined in the hospital last week and they’re hoping it won’t cause any delays in his operation. I haven’t been able to get details yet as his parents have been busy with work and preparations for the operation. I’ll know more when I meet up with them on Sunday, which leads me to my next plug.

There will be a Hope for Job booth at the 2011 Search for Rachell Allen Image Model Finals Night on Sunday, April 10, 6pm at the Gateway Suites, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center. I’m not quite sure if the booth will be inside or outside the event area. But just in case, tickets are being sold for Php 120. Swt and Thristian (Job’s parents) will be selling their shirts and baller ID’s there.

Last Sunday, I joined my first ever duathlon. It was a sprint duathlon (6k run – 30k bike – 3k run) sponsored by Powerade and was held in Filinvest, Alabang. I’d heard that the course would be very technical, featuring lots of turns and some uphill work which would eventually take its toll after a few loops. I haven’t really been riding much. I only started riding last year when I bought Agnes, my Scott Contessa bike, which I bought from The Brick Multisport Store in Mckinley Hill. The few long rides I had, I would usually rest at the 20km mark and I still wasn’t comfortable getting my water bottle from the bottom tube. To boost my confidence, I decided to buy the Profile Design Aquacell. It’s basically a water bottle that you attach to your aerobars. It makes hydration so much more convenient and it literally saved me on race day.

As soon as we arrived in Alabang, we went straight to the transition area to get my things ready. It just so happened that my bike was stationed in front of Leroy’s (part owner of The Brick) bike. We chatted for a bit and he handed me a Bodivance tester bottle. Bodivance is a sort of lotion that you apply thinly to speed up your warm up and recovery time. I applied a little and was skeptic at first. But hey, it was free and who am I to say no to free stuff? ;P A few minutes later, I felt something different. Minutes before a race, I’m usually stiff from nervousness. It was different this time. I felt kind of loose. I was surprised. I guess that stuff really does work!

So anyway, I wasn’t really aiming for a PR considering this was my first duathlon. I computed my run and bike times and gave myself a generous sub-2:30 target. 2:24 at most. The race started and off we went. Carlo (TMM-Timex and SBR creator) was with me at the start, but he left me after a few meters. I just kept thinking that I should focus on racing my own race – that I shouldn’t get distracted. So I kept my pace and soon found a pair of guys that were running at almost the same pace as I was. I made sure not to push too hard on the run so I could conserve my energy for the bike leg. When I entered the transition area, I clocked in at 38 minutes. I think that means that I have a new 5k PR. My last 5k was from the Endure-Blackberry Aquathlon where I hit 34 minutes. Before that, my last 5k was in November 2010. So anyway, off I went to do the bike.

I took it slow on the first loop just to get a feel of the course. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sustain the uphills on the big ring, so on my second loop, I switched to the small ring. The uphills were much easier to get through cos of that. On the third loop, I started to cramp a little bit on my right foot. It went away after the hills, but would come out again once I started going uphill. By the fifth loop, my calves were already cramping. I took it easy on the flats to let my calves rest, only to have them cramp up again when I’d go uphill. I was too scared to get my Endurolytes from my back pocket and didn’t want to stop just to get them. Instead, I took larger sips from my Aquacell, keeping in mind that I needed electrolytes. This helped keep the cramps manageable.

I thought the cramps were gone by the end of the sixth loop, but as soon as I uncleated my right foot, it came back with a vengeance. I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to get off the bike because I couldn’t move my right leg because of the pain. It subsided short enough to let me get off the bike and change back into running shoes, but I couldn’t find the strength to run anymore. I tried shuffling for a while, but I would end up walking after a few seconds. Mark was nice enough to do the last 3k with me. He handed me glasses of water which I kept pouring over my head and encouraged me to run. He distracted me by talking about the race and the people who had already finished. After a while, I was able to run/jog longer and walk less. Carlo joined me on the last few meters. Most of the athletes were already done, so there weren’t many of us left running. Carlo told me to forget sprinting to the end and just maintain my pace, but I picked up the pace towards the end anyway. HeheHe. Crossing the finish line was kinda hazy, but I remember being handed a finisher’s medal. That was awesome. Then all the finishers were also given a shirt which said, “duathlete” at the back. Not bad at all for my first duathlon. 🙂 Afterwards, we headed over to The Starting Line in Westgate where Leo and Raoul (part owners) treated SBR forumers to post-race pizza and softdrinks. Quite a number of us were present at that race, so we took advantage of the opportunity for a photo op.

All in all, I’m pretty ecstatic for having finished the duathlon. Never in a million years did I imagine I would finish a duathlon. Kudos to the organizers for putting up an awesome race. Of course it has its kinks, but for a first timer like me, it was quite the experience.

Quick thank you April 3, 2011

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So exhausted from today’s sprint duathlon. Will post a more coherent entry tomorrow. But I just wanted to take the time to say thank you to our friends from The Starting Line Multisport Store in Westgate, Alabang. They handed over some Gu gels and electrolyte powder for our run. Expect us to hand them over during the early parts of the run.

Congratulations to all the finishers of today’s Powerade Duathlon and Ateneo Aquathlon!