Podcast #2: Supercamp, Interview w/ Xena & Macca

This is Kikay Runner On the Go’s second podcast episode featuring T*** Supercamp and some massive interviews I scored with Caroline Steffen and Chris McCormack.

T*** Supercamp
Macca coaching Caroline through a track set


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:

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

Thank you so much to the sports resort 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 Phuket?
  • 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 the sports resort about? What are his duties as Chief Executive Chairman?
  • How big is the Philippine market for triathlon and how important is it to introduce T***’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 T***?
  • What are his future racing plans?
  • A short message to Filipino triathletes.

Opening and closing music by http://www.purple-planet.com

I’m always looking to improve. Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!

This is part of a series of posts about the Triathlon Supercamp. Check out Supercamp Day 1 & 2, Supercamp Day 3 & 4, and Supercamp Day 5 to 8.

Triathlon Supercamp, Day 3 & 4

This is part of a series of posts about the Triathlon Supercamp. Check out Supercamp Day 1 & 2, Supercamp Day 5 to 8, and the Supercamp podcast with Caroline Steffen and Macca.

Hello everyone! It’s been four days of our eight-day “Supercamp” triathlon training here at T*** 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.

T*** Supercamp

Continue reading “Triathlon Supercamp, Day 3 & 4”

Triathlon Supercamp, Day 1 & 2

This is part of a series of posts about the Triathlon Supercamp. Check out Supercamp Day 3 & 4, Supercamp Day 5 to 8, and the Supercamp podcast with Caroline Steffen and Macca.

This blog entry is coming to you from Thailand! I am in Phuket participating in the first-ever 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?

T*** 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… Continue reading “Triathlon Supercamp, Day 1 & 2”

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 www.colormanilanite.com. 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

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 Continue reading “Challenge Philippines Launches Challenge Camsur”

Seen & Noticed: Deuter, Myra VitaGlow, Vitress

Seen and Noticed is a monthly wrap-up of events and products around the metro.

Deuter Grand Opening

Outdoor equipment manufacturer and innovator Deuter has opened its flagship store in Metro Manila at the 2nd level Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia. The Deuter store offers a wide range of packs for all sorts of activities: from carrying children’s books and necessities for school all the way up to several days’ worth of equipment for camping and trekking. It also offers accessories for all types of outdoor adventure: hiking, biking, trekking, mountain climbing, even skiing.

What impressed me was the backpack strap and AirComfort system, which redistributes the weight of a backpack from the shoulders down to the hips (which are more stable and can bear more weight) and reduces sweating by up to 25% because it keeps the pack off the contours of your back and allows air to circulate.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream

As someone who is outdoors a lot I rely on proper skincare to minimize sun damage and to keep my skin tone even. (I am Kikay Runner, after all.) Thanks to Myra for the sample so I could try out their new VitaGlow BB Cream.

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream
testing, testing, one two three

Myra VitaGlow BB cream (“BB” stands for “Blemish Balm”) moisturizes and nourishes skin, conceals and encourages healing of blemishes, and doubles as makeup and sunscreen. I first tried this out before the Century Tuna 5150 presscon and I felt more polished and presentable than if I’d shown up with a bare face. I also have very sensitive skin, so because VitaGlow BB didn’t cause me to break out (it’s hypoallergenic) it gets a thumbs-up from me.

Check out this step-by-step guide by beauty blogger Ana Victorino to applying Myra VitaGlow BB Cream:

Myra VitaGlow BB Cream is available at leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Vitress Endorser Launch

My hair has been showing all the signs of stress from being out under the sun and in chlorinated pool water. Just when I’d resigned myself to having “beach hair” or “bed head” forever, Vitress launched its new Solenn Cuticle Coat alongside its new endorsers actress and model Solenn Heussaff, TV host and cover girl Kim Jones, and pro volleyball player Gretchen Ho.

Vitress is the country’s leading hair cuticle coat and hair polish (it’s what my hairdresser uses to pat down the stray baby hairs after styling and blowdrying my hair). A bunch of beauty, fashion, and sports bloggers including yours truly attended the launch and brought home samples of the entire Vitress line in a pretty makeup clutch designed by Solenn, as well as Hairagami hair styling clips and aids.

So far I’ve used the sun protect polish and the repair cuticle coat, and my hair has been feeling softer lately. Maybe these tresses can be tamed after all.

Created with flickr slideshow.

For more hair tips and exclusive updates, follow Vitress on social media: Twitter (@OfficialVitress), Instagram (@OfficialVitress), and Facebook (facebook.com/vitress)

Podcast #1: 70.3 PH, Roth, Budget Half-Ironman

Welcome to Kikay Runner on the Go, my monthly podcast rounding up the latest posts on my blog: race reports, product reviews, how-to’s, and the state of affairs for running and triathlon in the Philippines. If you’re too lazy to read and don’t mind listening to my voice, this is for you!

Kikay Runner on the Go: Podcast


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:
Ironman 70.3 PhilippinesΒ — With my heavy legs from having done Challenge Roth two weeks prior, could I still have a satisfying race?

Challenge Roth — I had many ups and downs at my maiden ironman. What drove me on to finish?

Ask Kikay Runner — How to do a Half-ironman on a Budget. What are the things you need to consider and plan for?

Gear Review — How using Zensah compression wear helped me get through my back-to-back races.

Cordillera Great Traverse —Β an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Check it out at cordilleragreattraverse.com

Opening and closing music by http://www.purple-planet.com

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