Yakult 10-Miler Run: Last-Minute Action

Last weekend was a little bit of a debacle. I wasn’t initially signed up to do the Yakult 10-Miler Run. I had just landed from my Phuket trip on Wednesday evening and didn’t feel like traveling on Friday by land to Bolinao, Pangasinan for a triathlon on Saturday I’d signed up for long ago. So, I chose to stay home and get some much-needed training sessions in instead. Then I got word that the triathlon had become a duathlon due to the swim being too dangerous due to wind and water currents. Really, the Lord works in mysterious ways…

Anyway, while I was cycling around in Nuvali on Saturday, I got a text message from Kim Atienza cajoling me to flex my muscles with the organizers at the Yakult 10-Miler Run so I could get in. Since Mizuno is one of the sponsors, I got my request and turned up early on Sunday morning to race.

I did this race last year, but it was two months earlier on the calendar then. Conditions on the day were very different — it was hot and muggy this year, versus only a little last year. Just standing on the starting line, we were already drenched in sweat!

As my longest run since February (!!!) I knew this would have to be done in a conservative manner. No podium dreams for me, just a desire to finish feeling strong and not drained.

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MultiSport Magazine: The Body Issue

Thanks to MultiSport Magazine for immortalizing how I looked for a two-week period following some major racing and training. I was fit as a fiddle, and looked the part! This is their first-ever Body Issue, and I’m honored to have been asked to be a part of it. Read the accompanying article here.

MultiSport Magazine: The Body Issue
MultiSport Magazine: The Body Issue

While full-time fitness models maintain a ripped physique all year round by adhering to strict diet and exercise regimens, endurance athletes like myself need to come down off that peak, recover, and build back up again. Some years ago, before I started running, I was fixated on trying to look a certain way: small waistline, slim thighs, and for the most part I got what I wanted through funky diets and regular exercise. But I could never have run 10 kilometers back then, much less a marathon, or compete in triathlons. (more…)




Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp: Days 7 to 9

The past week has been great for me at Thanyapura at the heat acclimation camp. With new friends made, old friendships strengthened, and a new understanding of where triathlon fits into my life, I can say I’ve come out of this a healthier and happier person.

Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp
I bought a new cycling kit, too!

As a bonus, I shed a kilogram of weight, which I find is surprisingly hard to do with the good food and ample portions at DiVine Restaurant.

Like at the previous camp, the fatigue had really built up over the week. By Friday I was just about ready for it to be over. (more…)




Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp: Days 4 to 6

The key to a good training camp is to follow the plan that’s been set out for you regarding intensities and distances. There’s no use going hard for the first few days only to sputter and fade on the last stretch. While there are a maximum of 3 sessions in a day, there’s supposed to be plenty of down time which I presume should be used taking naps in our comfortable hotel rooms.

Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp
I did not fly down here for a honeymoon, that’s for sure…

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Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp: Days 1 to 3

It’s now Day 3 of a 9-day training camp I’m on here at Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand. I signed up for this camp in the belief that this would help me build up heading into Challenge Camsur on June 14. What I’ve learned in the last three days is that I’ve got a long way to go to be as fit as I was at Challenge Philippines earlier this year. Setbacks or not, I’m determined to make the best of my time here and thankfully Thanyapura caters not just to high performance athletes, but also to age groupers like myself.

Thanyapura Heat Acclimation Camp

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