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Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Race Week!

Unlike when I left for Roth three weeks ago with little to no competition for attention at the bike shops I frequent, this time it’s madness with dozens of other athletes getting their bikes tuned and boxed and their gear sorted. Yes, it’s that time of the year again: Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines race week.

"Boxing" Day?
My bike is somewhere in there. I think.

This race is what most Pinoy triathletes have been training for the last year and a half (except for those of us crazy enough to target a full distance this year). Individual and relay entries sold out last October in a matter of hours after registration had opened and I was one of the over-eager ones who snatched up a slot. After my Roth adventure there is no way I can be 100% for this race, but since I’ve already paid for everything in advance, I’m heading over to Cebu tomorrow with my bike box, hoping my body will be right for Sunday.

The official website is kind of slow in updating information for race week, so do check out the Facebook Page for Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines for latest news. Read more »

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Challenge Roth (3 of 3)

This is part of a series of posts in my special coverage of Challenge Roth. Check out Thoughts and Thanks Before Challenge Roth, Challenge Roth (1 of 3), and Challenge Roth (2 of 3).

What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle. — Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach

I hobbled out of the stadium into the athletes’ tent to retrieve my after-race bag, and changed immediately into a dry Mizuno sports top, my Endure shirt, and Zensah compression tights. I had another pair of Wave Sayonara shoes to change into, but my feet were so waterlogged I needed to dry them out in flipflops. The pain I’d experienced throughout the race had been a dull one in the background, drowned out by the flow of adrenaline through my veins. But now I could feel every little bit of soreness not just from my gaping wounds, but also from my beaten-up muscles. I could barely lift my arms to slip into my top, and nearly fell over trying to get into the compression tights. I also knew I needed to eat something, but just a small bowl of the vegetable quinoa porridge they were serving and I was done.

After my wonderful welcome to the finish line and seeing familiar and friendly faces, the stark reality in the athletes’ tent was I was by myself, couldn’t find anyone I knew to sit and have a chat about the race with, and couldn’t move around to look for anyone. It was then I missed the close-knit Philippine triathlon community. I also didn’t have a data connection so I couldn’t get any word out about how I was, even though I knew my friends and family had been following the race over the live results site.

I hate to admit it but I felt alone and empty. Is this all there is? I wondered. Fourteen hours of pain for one magical moment at the finish line? It just didn’t seem worth it. 

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Challenge Roth (2 of 3)

This is part of a series of posts in my special coverage of Challenge Roth. Check out Thoughts and Thanks Before Challenge Roth, Challenge Roth (1 of 3), and Challenge Roth (3 of 3).

I knew I wasn’t going to be particularly fast; I would be racing alongside Ani and Arland, two giants of Philippine triathlon. But I also knew I had it in me to finish and to fly the Philippine flag proudly across the finish line.

#ChallengeRothTeamPHI 2014

I just didn’t know how much it would require of me.

If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. – Murphy’s Law 
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Challenge Roth (1 of 3)

This is part of a series of posts in my special coverage of Challenge Roth. Check out Thoughts and Thanks Before Challenge Roth, Challenge Roth (2 of 3), and Challenge Roth (3 of 3).

I remember when I did my first marathon. It was exactly on my birthday and was a great way to give myself an achievement that no one could take away. I had no doubts I wanted to finish it.

Challenge Roth was supposed to be the same thing. It would be my first foray into full distance triathlon racing, happening on my birth month, marking another milestone in my life.

But as I lay there belly up in the Main-Donau-Canal gasping for breath, barely 10 minutes into what would be almost 14 hours of racing, I was faced with the choice: do I continue, or do I quit?

#ChallengeRothTeamPHI 2014
the calm before the storm

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Kikay Reviews: Lily of the Valley Period Panty

I’e reviewed sanitary products before, like tampons. I’ve also reviewed underwear, like sports bras. But this is the first time on this blog I’m taking a look at underwear designed for a woman’s red days.

First, the problem this product is supposed to solve:

Lily of the Valley

Women experience discomfort when using sanitary napkins with wings. It’s even more of a hassle when you try to run while using sanitary napkins. This is actually one of the reasons I’ve shifted to using tampons on active days. However, sanitary napkins are cheaper than tampons, so I still use them on days I don’t need to move as much. So when I was sent a Lily of the Valley period panty to review, I was intrigued. Of course, I had to wait until my next period to try it out. Hehe. Read more »

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