Blog FYI Triathlon

My Ceepo Bike is Getting Upgraded

I’ve been on quite a rampage of traveling and racing ever since I got Mako, my Ceepo Mamba, this month last year. She was a wonderful carbon upgrade from the aluminum GTS bike I’d been using since 2010 and took me places: the challenging hills of Bataan, the unfamiliar roads of Phuket, the highways of Cebu, and the rolling roads of Roth. Although she was light, she always felt solid and reassuring under me even on the technical and frightening descents, and her weight made climbing endless ascents bearable. She was a great bike to train and race my first full ironman on. I could have comfortably kept riding my Mamba for many years to come…

Bye Mamba, hello Ceepo upgrade!
But this is the last time… :’)

The Mamba is better suited to Olympic-distance racing as the specs on the Ceepo website state. (Just recently though, Shiao-Yu Li defended her Ironman Japan title on a Ceepo Mamba, working off the fastest bike split!) I have been looking at other Ceepo models for a more aggressive fit and position and have been told that running off a tri bike feels so much better versus running off an aero road bike. When the Philippine distributor for Ceepo, Jerry Santos, offered me a bike upgrade, I had to decide between being sentimental and keeping Mako, or going for something new and see where it can take me next year.

On Sunday, Jerry picked Mako up.

Bye Mamba, hello Ceepo upgrade!
Couldn’t think of a better ride for her.

It’s only been a day but I already miss having Mako in my living room waiting for me to wheel her out for a ride. Can’t help being sentimental… *sniffle* *sob*

I will be changing my frameset but keeping most everything else: saddle, wheelset, groupset, pedals. I’m probably shifting to a tri-specific cockpit with bar-end shifters.

Which frame will I end up with? The Katana, which is the preferred frame of my fave triathlon couple Belinda and Justin Granger? The Viper, the top-of-the-line from Ceepo? What about the Venom, another tri frame? Check out the 2015 models on the Ceepo website and guess which frame I’ve picked. ;)

If you’re interested in purchasing my Mamba frameset, you may contact Jerry Santos at J Santos Waterscapes Inc., 401 F Westgate Commercial Center, Alabang Muntinlupa City (Phone: +63-917-887-7557).

Blog Seen & Noticed

The Obligatory Fashion Post

Fashion-related stories have been popping up on my social media feed lately. It must be because it’s New York Fashion Week. Runner’s World came out with an article about athletic trends showing up in collections.

Gap Atletica show (photo from Getty Images)
Gap’s Atletica brand stormed the runway (photo from Getty Images)

Active apparel brand Oiselle also used elite runners like Lauren Fleshman to strut their latest designs on the catwalk.

Not all was roses fashion-wise; the Colombian women’s cycling team turned heads for all the wrong reasons when they debuted their latest cycling kit at the Giro Toscana in Italy. Here, take a quick look, then look again:

Colombian Womens Cycling Team at Giro Toscana
No words. (photo found on Twitter via Ultimo_km1)

That’s not see-through nor a cut-out. It’s just flesh-colored print in the wrong place. Not sure if intentional (OMG!) or accidental (even bigger OMG!).

My favorite fashion story of last week was about Maggie Vessey, a middle-distance track runner. After she lost an apparel sponsorship she started collaborating with a designer to produce more stylish things to wear. I loved loved LOVED this eveningwear-inspired onesie with cutout and bow, which she wore to the USATF Championships 800-meter semifinal held in the evening.

Maggie Vessey fashion (photo Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Maggie Vessey turns track into runway (photo Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

When I shared this story on my Facebook wall, someone asked me if I had any intention of doing a race in similar gear.

I’ve already run in a sports bra top and shorts in a few races (mostly those held on a beach), and the thought of doing a triathlon in old-school gear of Speedos instead of tri shorts has crossed my mind. But running on a track for 800-meters is far less exposure than running on open roads for kilometers! I don’t think I want the kind of exposure that this woman got when she did Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines last month wearing this:

the Iron Butterfly in Cebu (photo by Running Photographers)
Gentlemen, look where you’re going please. ;P (photo by Running Photographers)

I only know her as the Iron Butterfly (the name written on her bib). I saw her roaming the transition area before the race, but thought she was just doing the swim relay. Then I saw her on the run course and realized she was actually doing the whole race in that swimsuit — which I hear isn’t even an activewear swimsuit, but a leisurewear one from Victoria’s Secret. I just remember thinking how much chafing was involved from riding the bike without seat chamois or padding, and how bad the sunburn would be from those peek-a-boo cutouts. Not to mention, no real support or coverage for “The Girls” or for much else, for that matter.

What you choose to wear is an extension of how you express yourself and how you want the world to see you. I like not worrying about wardrobe malfunctions when I’m trying to beat my personal best times or gunning for a podium spot.

That said, I wish I had the abs to race wearing sports tops, like Coach Ani. AND I also can’t wait to see the photos from the Kona Underpants Run in the lead-up to the Ironman World Championships.

I’ll leave you with this visual:

Kona Underpants Run (photo by John David Becker)
I see London, I see France (photo by John David Becker/

Blog Race Info Triathlon

Duaman Duathlon X2 on September 21

You only have three more days to register for the Duaman Duathlon X2!

This is the last event on the Tri Series calendar. All I can say is wow, what a distance…

Duaman Duathlon X2 on September 21
Duaman Duathlon X2 on September 21, Nuvali

The Duaman Duathlon X2 on September 21 at Nuvali is two times the distance of the Duaman Duathlon (hence the “X2″). Thanks to the clamor of the multisport community, this duathlon is comprised of a 12-kilometer first run, a 40-kilometer bike course, and a 6-kilometer second run. (Ouch!)

Race Schedule
3:30 am : Race packet claiming / Body marking
Note : All race packets will be available on race day.
5:45 am : Race briefing
6:00 am : Gun Start
9:30 am : Awarding
10:00 am : Race End

Registration Fees
Individual : P1,500
Relay 2-man : P2,500
Relay 3-man : P3,500
Entry is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-applicable to future races. Race numbers are non-transferable.


Top 3 Overall : Male and Female
Male Age Group : 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50 & Above
Female Age Group : 16~19 yrs, 20~29, 30~39, 40 & Above
All finishers will receive a custom Duaman X2 shirt and medal!

Registration Procedure

1. Official registration centers:

B:1 Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Tel: 856-3362
Store Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

Shell Gas Station, Zapote Road, Alabang

45 Malingap St. Teachers Viillage QC
Tel: 238-4005
Store Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm

Unit 3A, Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas, Pasig City
Tel: 914-0283
Store Hours:
Monday to Friday 11am to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm

Unit 107, G-Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
Phone: 945-7856
11am-8pm EVERYDAY

Unit 1, Woodridge Apartments, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
(across Venice Piazza, just at the bottom of that deadly hill we all dread at races!)
Phone : 9854890

2. Online via

Online Registration Steps
2. Deposit payment to :
Carlos de Guzman
Bank of the Philippine Islands
3. Email the completed registration form along with the deposit slip (with your name) to
4. Write on the subject “Duaman Duathlon X2 Registration” to make sure it’s filtered properly.
5. Wait for a confirmation email. If you don’t receive an email, kindly resend your email registration or contact the organizer via Facebook and Twitter page (@SWIMBIKERUNph)
6. Keep a copy of the completed registration form and the deposit slip for safekeeping.

Important Reminders:
– Entry fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-applicable to future races.
– Race numbers are non-transferable.
– Your Dad / Brother’s hand me down bike is also allowed ;)

Duaman Duathlon X2

What are you waiting for? Challenge yourself and do the Du!

Ask Kikay Runner Blog

Ask Kikay Runner: How to Find Time for Training

This is a section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, email me, tweet me, or leave me a message on the Kikay Runner Facebook page.

Last month I asked my Facebook Page followers: “Anything in particular you’d like me to write about? Training tips, troubleshooting, reviews?” Here are some of the requests they made.

Pao Moreto asks: How to get back after a long time of hiatus. Or more importantly, how can anybody who works in the graveyard shift find time to run. BPO and running.

Shelley Jo Rojas Saracin asks: How to get back after a long hiatus din!

Rj Bumanglag asks: Following Mr. Moreto’s idea, you could also write training schedules of an 8-5 office employee.

Macky De Leon asks: Time management. How to squeeze in training for us with 9-5 work.

Sheila Llorin asks: Same with Macky De Leon’s comment.

Running Up Mt. Faber, SG
Many times, training in the wee hours is the only option.

Finding the time to train, whether you’re a very busy person or someone coming back from hiatus, is about creating good habits and celebrating each step forward so you become more motivated to continue. Here are a few tips to help you get started training again. Read more »

Blog Race Info Triathlon

Bataan International Triathlon on November 29-30

Endurance training is cyclical: you peak at your major event, then have to scale down training to recover both physically and mentally. And then you begin your build again for the next peak. My first major race next year will be Challenge Philippines in February, but my build for it will start with the Bataan International Triathlon on November 29 to 30, 2014.

Bataan International Triathlon on November 29 to 30
Bataan International Triathlon on November 29 to 30

The brain behind this is my good friend Raymund Magdaluyo, who is an adik triathlete and passionate about elevating the level of local triathlon. He has been to so many destination triathlons around Southeast Asia: Laguna Phuket Triathlon in Thailand, Laguna Lang Co Triathlon in Vietnam, Bintan Triathlon and Metaman in Indonesia… He dreams of creating a destination triathlon experience in the Philippines that not only Filipinos but also international athletes will want to keep coming back for.

The Bataan International Triathlon, or Bi3, will be based out of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a resort in Bataan which gathered together and reconstructed old Filipino architecture that would otherwise have been demolished. I’d been there many years before, when it hadn’t been opened to the public yet, and it was a beautiful place. Imagine running a triathlon through Calle Crisologo in Vigan, or through Intramuros in Manila? With the success of the Mt. Mayon Triathlon last month where athletes swam, biked, and ran against the backdrop of the magnificient Mayon Volcano, a picturesque and unique triathlon experience in a uniquely Filipino locale ranks high on my to-do list.

The race offers a pristine swim off the grey sand beach, a challenging bike course through Bataan’s hills, and a run that leads back onto the cobblestone streets of Las Casas.

 Bataan International Triathlon Swim
Bi3 Swim

Bataan International Triathlon Bike
Bi3 Bike

Bataan International Triathlon Run
Bi3 Run

The race weekend is designed for athletes of all levels. More experienced athletes can choose from the long-distance Largo, which takes them through the full distance of the course: 1.5km swim | 55km bike | 11km run. They can participate in the solo category or they can team up with a family member or a friend and participate in the amigo or buddy category, where both participants have to start and finish at the same time. There is also a relay category.

Less experienced athletes looking at doing a challenging sprint triathlon can participate in the Rapido category, which also has the solo and amigo categories. The Rapido consists of a 750m swim, 30km bike and 5.5km run.

Younger members of the family can participate in the following age-specific Junior Aquathlon events:

6 to 8 years old : 100m swim | 1km run
9 to 12 years old : 200m swim | 1.5 km run
13 to 16 years old : 300m swim | 2km run

Junior Aquathlon participants can choose to participate as solo athletes or as part of a Parent-Child tandem, wherein the parents will swim and run along with their children from start to finish. The parent-child category is open to the 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 age groups only.

You know what’s very important though? FOOD! As a reward for a hard day of racing, Bi3 participants will be welcomed to a post-race fiesta, where a variety of Filipino dishes will be served, including a wide selection of Filipino street food. (“Dirty” ice cream, please!) Overall category winners and the top age-group winners will be awarded at the post-race party along with the special awards for best in costume.

Two international athletes have already signed on for Bi3. Do the names Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack ring a bell?

Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack
Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack

This power couple rule the XTERRA offroad triathlon circuit and have also raced in the Philippines in the past. They are thrilled to be coming for Bi3 and say, “We have experienced first hand the amazing atmosphere, friendly people and beautiful places that the Philippines offers. So with that said we look forward to being involved with everything that’s on offer to provide us with the ultimate triathlon experience.”

Registration is open until November 15, 2014.

SOLO Php 3,300 (Early Bird Php 3,000)
AMIGO ‘Buddy’ Php 6,000 (Early Bird Php 5,700)
RELAY Php 7,800

Rapido Sprint:
SOLO Php 3,000 (Early bird Php 2,800)
AMIGO ‘Buddy’ Php 5,500 (Early bird Php 5,100)

Junior Aquathlon – 6-8 years old
SOLO Php 2,000 (Early bird Php 1,800)
Parent & Child Buddy Php 3,700 (Early bird Php 3,400)

Junior Aquathlon – 9-12 years old
SOLO Php 2,200 (Early bird Php 2,000)
Parent & Child Buddy Php 4,400 (Early bird Php 4,100)

Junior Aquathlon – 13-16 years old
SOLO Php 2,500 (Early bird Php 2,300)

Participants may register online through or through partner registration sites: Blackbeard’s Seafood Island (Luzon Branches), Bert Lozada Swim School (Ace Water Spa Pioneer and Q.C.), Bike King (Bonifacio High Street), Cycling Zone (Alabang), The Brick Multisport Store (McKinley Hill), Unison Bikes (D. Tuazon, Q.C.) and AQUATX (Glorietta 3).

You can also follow the Bi3 Facebook, Instagram @BataanInterTri, and Twitter @BataanInterTri for updates and details.

Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX
Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX

Online Triathlon Coaching - MaccaX

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