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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!

 

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Full day tomorrow April 9, 2011

Posted by escapingalcatraztri in Bike, Fundraising, Job, Off topic, Run, Swim, Triathlon.
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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!

OT: Shamcey Supsup for Bb. Pilipinas + Hope for Job Booth in Gateway Suites April 7, 2011

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Going slightly off-topic tonight. Please support Shamcey Supsup as she competes for the title of Binibining Pilipinas Universe this Sunday, April 10. Shamcey is a friend from college, all-around over achiever. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UP College of Architecture and topped the June 2010 Architecture Board Exam. When I say top, I mean number 1. Beauty, brains and…abs! HaHaHa! Coronation night is on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. If you’re trooping over there, why don’t you drop by the Sapphire Ballroom, Gateway MallĀ at around 6pm. There will be a Hope for Job booth at the Rachell Allen Image Model Search. Job’s parents will be there to sell their shirts and baller ID’s. See you there!