Endurance Weekend 2018

Kaya ba?

That question is usually asked by people before signing up for a challenge. This year, Filinvest City is once again providing MTB cyclists an opportunity to challenge themselves in the 6th Endurance Weekend. Happening 7-8 July, the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend challenges bikers to complete as many loops as they can in 6, 12, or 24 hours. The route is a 5 kilometer loop, a mix of trail and road that is familiar with mountain bikers who are regular in the area.

Around 500 cyclists are expected to participate in the event. There is a Solo (Male/Female/Elite) and a Team (All Male/Mixed) category. The team category is only for the 12 and 24 hours.

Registration will be online at https://reg.goorahna.com/#/event/endurance-weekend-2018. Payments can be done through credit card, bank transfer, or in the following payment centers:

  • Cycling Zone, Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
  • Storck Store Manila, The Portal, Greenfield District, United St., Mandaluyong
  • Paulina’s Bluebay, Bluebay Walk, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City
  • Celeste Cycles, 188 Congressional Ave., Project 8, QC
  • South Cycles, Greenworld Plaza, President Ave., Parañaque

The race kit includes a race jersey and a race bib.

Prizes await the winners while finishers will get a medal. All participants will also get a chance to win a brand new MOB bike!

Kaya ba?

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Vision Express Sports Lenses

Vision Express Philippines is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the #1 leading optical retailer in Europe. Vision Express Philippines has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert Optometrists and the global brands the carry. To cater to the growing number of runners in the country, Vision Express now carries brands like Julbo, Maui Jim, Revo and are the only distributors of Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

julbo                                                         Julbo, best known for their Photocromic Technology is now available in the Philippines through Vision Express. The Reactiv Photochromic lenses get darker or lighter to match the changing light conditions making them suitable for all your outdoor sports. Their new models like AERO, tagged “Light As Air” are endurance sport men’s sunglasses with suspended lenses. Designed for runners looking for intense efforts, these glasses are uncompromising when it comes to performance and comfort and feature the AF 3D Fit Nose for a snuggly fit especially for Asian faces which tend to be smaller.

breeze                  Lady runners also can look forward to their Breeze design which is 100% feminine and 100% performance. These too are fitted with Reactiv Photochromic lenses and the AF 3D Fit Nose feature that perfectly adapt to the shape of women’s faces. Breeze ofer excellent coverage, fantastic field of vision and perfect ventilation.

breeze                       If you are looking for Clarity, Color and Detail, Vision Express offers Maui Jim known worldwide for their patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology. Maui Jim changes the way you see with its vivid colors, improved clarity and crisp details while blocking the harmful UV. Their PolarizedPlus2® lenses eliminate 99.9% of glare that washes out colors, obscures details, and fatigues your eyes. They have several models you can try in-store, so slip on a pair and see the brillance.

revo1.png                                   If you need total performace check out Revo. The extensive Revo lens color palette includes 9 lenses designed to manage and selectively filter the full spectrum of light to optimize customers’ vision in a variety of light environments. What makes the Revo Eyewear unique is that they manage the full spectrum of light, including harmful ultraviolet light, Blue Light, and high-energy visible (HEV) light in all their collections.

Revo also has a campaign with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and musician Bono called Buy Vision, Give Sight committed to preventing vision impairment and blindness in children.

revo                                   Vision Express also brings something very new to the Philippines market – Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses, progressive sunwear lenses. Designed for sports that suit any frame size or shape, with the most advanced technological lens solution. These lenses focus on vision zones like far vision, intermediate vison, near vision, and peripheral vision making it perfect for dynamic sports and an active lifestyle

So if you are looking for an eyewear for running, cycling, or triathlons, Vision Express now carries Sports Brands – Maui Jim, Revo, Julbo and Shamir Attitude III Sport Lenses.

Drop by Vision Express at UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center*, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Cloverleaf, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3*, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF, SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall*, SM North Edsa, SM Southmall, SM Dasmarinas, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Fora Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz or Trinoma.

Visit their website http://www.visionexpress.ph for more details.

*Carry Julbo, Maui Jim & Revo


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Tin is relatively rare, making up only about 2 parts per million of the Earth’s crust, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. Iron on the other hand is the fourth most common element in Earth’s crust by weight and much of Earth’s core is thought to be composed of iron. This is according to http://www.livescience.com.

So what?

Nothing significant really. Its just that I signed up for Tin Man and not Iron Man this year. Why? Nothing to do with how abundant they are in the earth’s crust really. No, I didn’t even consider atomic number and atomic weight. I did check the melting point though and found out that Iron requires really high temperature to melt.

So yeah this post is not about metals. This is about the Tin Man triathlon that I did around two weeks ago in Ilocos Norte. So this year, I wanted to be HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER (I got the power – Daft Punk) hence the decision to use Iron Man registration money to getting my numbers and improving them. But since team mates are talking about joining Tin Man and it is cheap anyway, I signed up for it.

Yeah I am cheap. Here’s an equation to illustrate: x = 3.6y (where x=Iron Man 70.3; y=Tin Man 70.3). The dates also worked well with my work as I was anticipating having leave credits by February hence I can go on leave. So there I was registered, transportation covered, hotel booked and paid. I did train but I did not really train as hard because the target for the year in terms of races is really more on the standard distance races, so training was not that hard.

I asked for a training program from our team captain who was also registered but I just tried to do them. I did not feel the need to strictly follow the program. It was really hard so, I skipped some days. Then I got lower back pains so I had to stop and even considered downgrading to the standard distance instead. I emailed organizers and did not get a positive response so yeah, will just do the thing, enjoy the route, but at the back of my mind, I made a note to try downgrading during race kit claiming.

Leave filed, I was ready to go. We drove to Ilocos, ate Empanadas, enjoyed the Miki, and had fun with team mates. I forgot to downgrade! We even had a chance to do a short swim bike and run the day before the race where I realized that the placement of the water bottles (behind my saddle) isn’t really good so I had to summon my inner mechanic to transfer the bottle cages.

We were in the transition area early in the morning. Strangely, I felt confident that I will be able to finish the race. No currents reported on the swim, relatively flat bike route, then the run was expected to be real hot.

Swim was great! I think it was low tide so you need to walk for a bit before swimming. No current as expected, no strings from sea creatures experienced. Finished the swim in 48 minutes, 58 seconds. Not bad, my best time was 47:12 in Cebu (Cobra Iron Man 2016).

Bike was promised to be “relatively flat” well yeah, it was that. but the course was challenging as well. There was this really scary downhill curve followed by a climb then right turn. I was still recovering from the downhill curve and was surprised to see that I needed to turn right. I panicked. I fell. Scraped my knees. Why did I put my knees out? Couldn’t unclip my shoes for a bit. Marshall helped. Stood up, washed the wound. Then I rode again.

Traffic was expected and it was difficult to race with jeepneys, cars, tricycles, and motorcycles sharing the road with you. I managed. I was happily cycling back to the transition then we had to pass by a cobble stone street. I panicked a bit but was able to do it.

Quitting thoughts… yes I did consider quitting during the bike as I felt like I was the last one and didn’t want team mates to wait for me. But I can’t. I travelled far. I used 2 days leave and will see a result saying DNF? Hell no! I will finish this! I did finish after 3:31:41 my slowest bike for the distance.

Expecting a hot run route, I applied sun block in the transition area. Walked ran a bit, walked, saw the team’s support crew and asked for the time of day. “10:37 Kap,” they said and I was positive that I will be able to finish between 13:00-13:30. A team mate apologized as he did not finish the race (had a bike accident) and I started running.

It was difficult to run. Way too hot! so I did my usual run-walk intervals counting lamp posts. 20 posts running, 5 posts walking. Overtook people. Felt great, ran longer where possible but the cramps were really terrible. Stopped in every water station to drink and pour water on my body. Tried running longer and just forget the cramps. I was surprised there was a trail part in the run course!

I was on my last stretch. Cramps were getting even worse! Bless the soul of that team who decided to give away salty chips! Chippy tasted like lechon! Water was getting low. Kids offering water to cool you down either got tired, had their lunch, or are already having siesta. Saw a team mate sitting in a shed being fanned by locals. Checked if he was okay and if he wanted to walk with me. He was okay but wanted more time to rest so I went on. After 2:41:44, I crossed the finish line. Another slowest run for the distance.

And that was how I spent 18 March 2018. Seven Hours, two minutes, twenty-two seconds of the day was spent racing, getting a Tin Man medal and finisher’s shirt!

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Don’t You Want to TRI?

Oh cool another triathlon option!

That was my initial reaction when I first saw posters of the TRI-Factor Asian Championship. It was great that I got an invite to their launch which made me understand what TRI-Factor really was all about – it is more than a race. It is developing an environment that encourages more people to get into triathlons!

So friends who has doing a triathlon in their bucket list, this is the race for you. Below are more details about TRI-Factor:

TRI-Factor Asian Championship series now in PH



TRI-Factor’s Elvin Ting with Bloggers

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.


Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run), standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run) and long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years – 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

“Tri-Factor’s coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I’m looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon,” shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor’s arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.

Also on tap are the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for companies and triathlon clubs. For details, visit www.trifactor.asia.

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2018 Goals


“Will this kill me? Will I be crippled?” – questions I asked the spine specialist.                  “No. I could, but it will take a very, very long time” – his answers.                                             “I registered for the Cobra Iron Man 70.3 this August, do I get a refund?” – me.                 “No. You need to do it. You need to set a goal for you to have something to work on” – him. This was my conversation with an orthopedic surgeon early 2017 when I had back issues.

HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER – I wrote this on the 1st page of my 2018 planner. The plan is to invest on getting better finish times for my swim and my bike. The plan was to get my numbers through a swim analysis, improve flexibility (yoga) and those tests done while cycling and running (the terms are too geeky for me to remember). I did not sign up for Iron Man races this year as I wanted to work on my swim and bike while building a stronger core and a leaner me.

Its almost the end of the 1st quarter of the year and what have I done so far? I talked to a friend who offered to help me with my swim and bike. We looked at my posture and did a ride out. I signed up for a gym membership so that I can access yoga classes (attended once), cycling class (still to happen), and pool (swam 3 times already.) I also did race planning for the year and will be focusing on standard distance races this year.

No Iron Man races this year even if there is a full Iron Man in the Philippines this June. I was tempted and was so close to registering but I stopped myself. I still have to schedule the numbers thing for my swim, bike and run though.

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7-Eleven Run 2018

26169482_10156174765163487_8272247546981093522_nImagine runners coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao running simultaneously in 3 major cities all together in one day. That is happening on February 4, 2018 in the 7-Eleven Run 2018. Whether your fitness goal for 2018 is to start running or to run faster, Run 2018 gives you the opportunity to get baseline data for 2018 to get you started.

After the successful Run 800 in 2013, Run 1000 in 2014, Run 1500 in 2015, Run 2016 and Run 2017, 7-Eleven will be holding Run 2018 this coming February 4, 2018 simultaneously in Manila, Cebu and Davao.

This year’s Run promises to be bigger and more exciting, featuring 42KM, 21KM, 10KM, 16KM, 10KM, 10KM Buddy, 5KM, 5KM Buddy (Cebu and Manila only), 3KM and 500 Meter Kids run (only in Manila). Happening simultaneously in Manila, Cebu, and Davao. For this year, the registration allows you to choose your wave start giving you the option to run with runners with the same skill or speed or enjoy the route with friends.

7-Eleven runs are known for the post race loot bags. You’ll go home with a heavy bag if you just take time to line up for free stuff from the sponsor’s booths!

To join, register online at http://www.run711.com/ and pay the fees at any 7-Eleven store within 48 hours. Race Kits can be claimed on the date indicated on the receipt, and from the same store where payment has been made.

There is also an option to use your CLiQQ rewards to register. To know more about this option, download the app or buy the CLiQQ card. For those who already have CLiQQ, check how it works here: https://news.cliqq.net/post/117/ .

DATE: 04 February 2018
MANILA – Filinvest City Alabang (Bridgeway Avenue and Spectrum Midway)
CEBU – Cebu Business Park
DAVAO – SM City Davao

See you at the starting line!

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Kitty Kitty Kitty

“I ran in a sea of Pink” that was how I described the run. It has been a while since I had a FUN run. I join runs to race but the Hello Kitty Run Manila is one of those runs you join for the fun.

I was on wave 4 so I came to MOA around 6AM. On my way to the starting line, I saw people wearing pink, on the route. It was nice seeing kids running with their parents. It was totally good vibes. I started earlier than my wave and I just did a steady run as the route was full of people having fun.

There were a lot of fun stuff along the route. Places for selfies and water stations almost every kilometer. I saw familiar faces on the route. There was one participant in a wheel chair having fun as well. It was a great run. You feel the good happy vibes from start to finish.

I wish there’ll be another one.

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