Photo Run: Boracay

Despite my three years of absence, the island of Boracay still holds a certain charm just because of that long stretch of sand known simply as White Beach. This is where I spend all of the daylight hours whenever I’m in Boracay whether I’m just sunbathing and lazing on my beach towel, walking to get my fix of the famous Jonah’s milkshake or Real Coffee calamansi cake, or my latest love — stand-up paddleboarding.

Boracay White Beach run
This view is my therapy.

Every time I’m there, I have always attempted to run up and down Boracay’s western shoreline. I’m of the belief that you can discover more about a place when you explore it on foot.

I usually run in the early morning when the tide is low so I have more space to run. Slightly damp sand is also packed firm so it’s easier to run on. The whole stretch is approximately 4.5 kilometers combining White Beach (the main tourist beach) with Diniwid Beach on the north end of the island, which gives me a nice 9 kilometers round-trip.  (more…)



Kikay Reviews: ROKA Viper Elite swimskin

There are things that are essential gear for a triathlete: goggles and swim cap, helmet and bike, running shoes.

Then there are things that are nice to have: aero helmets and disc wheels for the bike, compression calf sleeves for the run, and speedsuits (also called swimskins) for non-wetsuit swims.

As a member of Team MaccaX I benefit from a nice little discount on ROKA items off their website (rokasports.com), so I decided to get myself something special for Christmas last year: a ROKA Viper Elite swimskin.

Roka Viper Elite swimskin
Swimming with the ROKA Viper Elite swimskin

The main function of a swimskin is to eliminate drag that would be caused by a tri suit. (more…)



Training Venues: Subic Bay

This is part of a new series about training venues for running, cycling, and swimming near Metro Manila.

With only a two-and-a-half hour drive separating it from Metro Manila, Subic Bay is the preferred location for a bunch of races on the multisport calendar. It’s hard not to see why: this former U.S. base has open water, safe and well-paved roads whether flat or hilly, and plenty of good accommodation options. In fact, you’ll also often see local tri teams organize training weekends in Subic, especially before major races. Now, it’s also a training base for elite and pro athletes both local and foreign.

Next Step Tri Challenger Camp
During one training camp in Subic

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Atleta Ako Women’s Aquathlon

How can you not show up to a race when all the women athletes you know will be there? That question I had no easy answer to, so I had to turn up!

The Atleta Ako Women’s Aquathlon yesterday drew people from across the running and multisport community to the PhilSports Arena. And it wasn’t just us women; despite this being a women-only race, the gents were around, volunteering and supporting.

My Endure teammate Hanna Sanchez was doing the Petite category (300m swim-3.2km run), our K-Endure Chelo Neri was participating in her first aquathlon in the 11-12 kids category (200m swim-1.6km run), and I was signed up for the Standard distance (500m swim-6km run).

Atleta Ako Aquathlon
The Atleta Ako Aquathlon was for every woman. (photo by proud daddy Al Neri)

There were about 250 women registered for this race, which is quite a lot considering multisport (and to a lesser extent running) is still male-dominated. I can’t tell you how many races I’ve done where the women’s race seems to play second-fiddle to the men’s race, how because we’re usually the last wave to be let loose, there are so few spectators left out on the course when we women are finishing up. (more…)




Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on November 14-15

Hot on the heels of last weekend’s Pilipinas Duathlon Series race came the announcement that an international long-course duathlon brand was coming to the Philippines. I had been privy to some of the preparations behind this launch, so I’m happy the news about the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is finally out!

The Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is set to take place on 14-15 November 2015 in the city of Balanga, Bataan.

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on 14-15 November 2015
Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas in Balanga, Bataan on 14-15 November 2015

For living in a country made of 7,107 islands and surrounded by water, most Filipinos don’t know how to swim very well. However, the bicycle is a form of transportation most are familiar with, and it’s juch easier to learn to ride a bike than to learn to swim. Thus, the path to entering multisport is more commonly trodden through duathlons, seen in the perennially popular Pilipinas Duathlon Series, Duaman (which even had an X2 race distance last year), and UL Active Health Duathlon.

Now, it’s time to take duathlon in the Philippines to the next level. Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas aims to raise the level of competition in the Philippine Duathlon scene. (more…)