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Podcast Ep. 2: Thanyapura Supercamp, Interview w/ Xena & Macca

This is Kikay Runner On the Go’s second podcast episode featuring Thanyapura Supercamp and some massive interviews I scored with Caroline Steffen and Chris McCormack. We have a few shocking revelations…

Thanyapura Supercamp


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:

What was my biggest take-away from triathlon supercamp at Thanyapura? How hard did we work? Did we break, or break through?

Thank you so much to Thanyapura and MaccaX for making this trip possible, and thanks to Macca and Caroline for being so accommodating. Definitely watch out for Xena in Kona. She’s looking super strong and fit!

As for Macca racing, I’ll let him tell you the news…

Caroline Steffen “Xena” Interview

  • How long has she been training in Thanyapura?
  • How conducive are the facilities to a solid training block?
  • How is she able to back up and become stronger after doing successive races?
  • What is the dynamic like between her and her coach, Macca?
  • Plus a short message to her boyfriend David Dellow.

Chris McCormack “Macca” Interview

  • What is Thanyapura about? What are his duties as Chief Executive Chairman?
  • How big is the Philippine market for triathlon and how important is it to introduce Thanyapura’s facilities to them?
  • What are his thoughts about Supercamp so far? How engaged is he in the activities?
  • How does he manage (or not manage) training as a professional athlete and holding down an important job at Thanyapura?
  • What are his future racing plans?
  • A short message to Filipino triathletes.

Opening and closing music by

Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!

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Thanyapura Triathlon Supercamp, Day 3 & 4

Hello everyone! It’s been four days of our eight-day “Supercamp” triathlon training here at Thanyapura in Phuket, Thailand. It’s been a blast! We’ve had some tough sessions, but also lots of downtime where our bodies are able to recover and absorb the work. Yesterday was quite tough, but today was softer. Check out what’s happened so far.

Thanyapura Supercamp

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Thanyapura Triathlon Supercamp, Day 1 & 2

This blog entry is coming to you from Thailand! I am in Phuket participating in the first-ever Thanyapura Supercamp. It’s eight days of intensive triathlon training meant to make us stronger, faster triathletes. Most of the people at this camp are here preparing for big races, but I’m here to learn what it is to train hard so that when I start building for my next race, I know how to go about it. Where else should I go, but to the experts and professionals?

Thanyapura Supercamp
note: that’s not me getting a helping hand from Macca. I wish it were!

I’ve decided to blog about the training camp as it happens, in part so I won’t forget what I’m learning and also because I want to take you readers with me on this amazing (so far) experience.

So here goes… Read more »

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Color Manila Nite Run on August 30

I’ve always supported Color Manila events because they capture people who wouldn’t normally find themselves on the starting line of a run. As the runners I know have matured into hardcore marathoners, ultrarunners, and triathletes, it’s important to remember the simple magic of running when we were newbies: arriving with friends, snapping photos while running at the so-called “picture pace”, with nobody constantly asking how fast you went or if you won, just that you were out there doing something healthy for yourself for a change.

Color Manila Nite Run

With the success of Color Manila Run and Color Manila Nite Run in Manila and provincial legs, of course the organizers Proactive wanted to take it up a notch. The Color Manila Nite Run on August 30 at Filinvest City, Alabang will feature glow paint and black light on the course, which will add a new dimension to the experience.

Check out some video from the first Color Manila Nite Run last year:

Even during the first Color Manila Nite Run, people were already looking for glow paint, but the organizers were hesitant due to safety concerns. Would it be OK to put on skin or splashed into people’s eyes or mouths? Proactive has partnered with Raveolution, which imports the glow paint from the UK and has already used the product in a major dance party with much success. Raveolution will also provide the post-race music and entertainment, so it’s going to be a night to remember and enjoy with your friends.

Registration is ongoing at For a flate rate of P850, run 3K, 5K, or 10K and receive a Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition singlet, glow sticks and glow glasses, race bib, and guaranteed finisher’s medal. (This is a non-timed event, so take your time on the course and really party!) Race kit claiming and expo is on August 28, 29, and 30 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

Who wants to win entry to Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition? I have one prepaid card you can use to pay for your race entry. How do you get it? Here are the mechanics:

Color Manila Nite Run Glow Paint Edition Contest Mechanics

  1. Comment below to answer the question: What is the most fun experience you’ve had with your friends?
  2. One entry per person.
  3. The most entertaining entry wins the prepaid card!
  4. Contest starts today, August 20, until August 24. The winner will be announced over Facebook, Twitter, and notified through email.

Color Manila Nite Run glow sticks

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Challenge Philippines Launches Challenge Camsur

The week after I got back from Challenge Roth, I received an invitation to a press launch for Challenge Philippines. It confirmed what I had been told in Roth (but couldn’t announce) — that a new Challenge race would be held in Camsur on June 14, 2015.

This expands Challenge Family’s footprint in the country after its initial foray with Challenge Philippines on February 22 this year. That race saw over 729 athletes toe the start line, including two princes of Bahrain (their positive experience birthed Challenge Bahrain, BTW) and 25 professional triathletes including world champions and Olympians.

Challenge Philippines medals (credit: Nicky Loh/Getty Images)
Challenge Philippines medals (credit: Nicky Loh/Getty Images)

Many Filipino triathletes still remember Camsur as the first Read more »

Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX
Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX

Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX

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