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Are You the Atleta Ako Woman?

At one point or another you may have seen me tweet or post about Atleta Ako, a soon-to-be-launched online store that’s the brainchild of Pinay Ironmom Ces Hufana. They carry the following accessory and apparel brands: Headsweats caps and visors, RunningSkirts shorts, skirts, and compression socks, SOAS premium tri apparel, EZ laces, and Flipbelt.

Atleta Ako online store

With the demise of the store G-Stop where active females like myself used to shop, Atleta Ako will be my go-to online store. Shopping at their booths at TRIpalooza last year and the IM70.3 expo in July I absolutely drooled over the nyort-nyorts from RunningSkirts.

Atleta Ako is where I got this cute Headsweats visor with a unique design for Ironman 70.3 Cebu!

Ironman 70.3 Cebu
with Pinay Ironmom Ces!

Prior to the launch of the Atleta Ako online store, they are now looking for their Atleta Ako ambassador!

The Atleta Ako woman must be:

  • fit. Duh!
  • 18-60 years old. Age doesn’t matter, as long as you feel great and confident :)
  • not the usual “X-factor”. They’re not looking for model types, but rather real people, real athletes. The kind of people who walk into your gym or you see training out on the road.
  • definitely into her sport for the past 2 years. Swimming, biking, running, surfing, Crossfit, Zumba… Do you love it and live it? Then you’re perfect!
  • not a professional athlete/coach. Apparently, I don’t qualify. But I know you do ;)

Atleta Ako ambassador

To apply, please send the following to, or drop it off at the Atleta Ako office (4th Floor Aguirre Bldg. 812 Arnaiz Avenue Makati 1200, phone (02) 7529087):

  • full body photo – arms and legs visible
  • close up shot, smiling necessary
  • a brief “tell me about yourself” with information on how long you have been in your sport
  • birthdate and contact details

You may also recommend an applicant (with her permission, of course!). Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014!

Chosen Atleta Ako ambassadors will receive a token and items from Atleta Ako and be featured on the Atleta Ako website.

For more information about Atleta Ako, check out their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page.

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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).

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Fun at Palarong Nuffies Sportsfest

As I’ve slowly and gently begun my taper towards Challenge Roth, I find this has freed up my schedule for a lot more activity outside triathlon training. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Palarong Nuffies, a sportsfest for Nuffnang’s blogger talents, employees, and executives.

It wasn’t a hardcore workout for sure, but it was a lot of good fun and I got to hang out with my blogger buddies whom I haven’t seen in a while due to the amount of time I’ve spent training.

I was assigned to the purple team, which also included Jinoe Gavan from Takbo.PH, Jeff Lo from Pinoy Fitness, Jane Chua of Between Bites, and musician, activist, and professor Jim Paredes as well as our Nuffie friends MC and Celine.

Palarong Nuffies
photo by Tippy Go of Googly Gooeys

The first game was an impromptu cheering competition, and it was definitely an advantage having a talented lyricist on our side (thanks Jim!). He came up with our chant, and then he and I worked on the choreography. We ended up with this:

Palarong Nuffies
Twerking it!

Palarong Nuffies
Big finish

The next games were anybody’s to take, and all my endurance work didn’t count toward anything because they were about strategy, flexibility, and being nimble.

Palarong Nuffies
calamansi relay

Palarong Nuffies
sack race

Palarong Nuffies
limbo rock

Palarong Nuffies
egg toss

We also had patintero, “The Boat Cannot Sink”, and this game we had to dig through a mountain of flour with our mouths to get at chocolate gold coins. That made for some very interesting photos!

Palarong Nuffies
*cough* *cough* *spit* *sputter*

Palarong Nuffies
I’m ready for my close-up.

Palarong Nuffies
“foundation” day

Even though my team didn’t end up winning overall, I enjoyed myself immensely and it was a good mental break to do something other than swimming, biking, or running on a weekend. Heaven knows I’m going to get my fill of that in a little less than two weeks’ time.

Palarong Nuffies
We won the cheering competition!

This was a welcome break in all the “serious training” I’d been doing, and it was nice to have a social life even for just a day. ;)

Thanks to Nuffnang for organizing this sportsfest and bringing bloggers from different genres together. Despite our varied interests, a common thread runs through us all. We love to have fun, and we love writing about it! Check out the Nuffnang wrap-up post about the Palarong Nuffies and see what the other teams got up to.

Palarong Nuffies
hooray for blogging and social media!

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Cordillera Great Traverse 2015: Longest Trail Expedition in PH

I’ve got a number of runner friends who are heavily involved in ultramarathons and trail running, so I don’t often see them at road or tri events. It came as a very pleasant surprise to find out they have a huge expedition brewing for 2015!

Cordillera Great Traverse 2015
The Cordillera Great Traverse 2015

It began as one Facebook post inquiring whether there were connecting trails or natural pathways for the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region to make it the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines. The idea, both being novel and challenging, stoked the interest of almost everyone especially those who are nature lovers and have solid athletic background.

The Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT) 2015 is 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), Philippines. read more »

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Just Running Around on Independence Day

(This is a rambling post about just running. FREEDOM!)

The Philippines celebrated its Independence Day last Thursday, June 12.

philippine flag photo: Philippine flag
photo credit: Jasmin Abad

Since it was a holiday I decided to give myself a break from my usual run session of 1-mile fartleks (check out the Accordion from the online triathlon coaching system I use — MaccaX).

Instead, I decided to run as far as I wanted, going only as fast as I wanted. I would have my GPS watch on, but wouldn’t check it for pace. I’d leave my other gadgets, such as my Globe Samsung Galaxy S5, in the car. It would be a run just for the heck of it with no other distractions.

I usually run around the flattish sections of Bonifacio Global City, but that day I decided to take a more scenic route through Lawton Avenue and Bayani Road — the real Fort Bonifacio, where the military grandstand and facilities are located.

I thought I’d see more runners out on the road, but I probably came upon less than 20 on my meandering route — counting the casual joggers as well as the more dedicated ones training for Milo Marathon. It’s probably because most people took the liberty of sleeping in that morning instead! :)

When I’m running like this with no set time or pace or intervals, I have so much more time to observe everything around me and let my brain run as well. I watch the world go past me, notice the race singlets and tech shirts runners are wearing, think about the route they possibly took and will take, wonder about what races or events they’re preparing for… I’ve missed this. At this point in my training, running’s been about trying to get faster or go for longer. I haven’t run in a long time just for the enjoyment of getting my body to move, or to see where my feet can take me.

Independence Day run
Mizuno tank top and shorts, Mizuno Wave Precision 12 shoes, Cobra Ironman 70.3 Camsur visor

I headed down McKinley Hill, eager to run back up the hill again. I ran past the new commercial establishments at Tuscany, taking note of the restaurants there I want to try. I was salivating at the thought when I realized two men were running on the other side of the road. It was almost like they were chasing me down. We were going downhill and they hit the bottom of the hill earlier than I did, because I was coasting and preparing myself for a really hard return slog up that 4% incline. The competitor’s instinct in me clicked on and I charged back up the hill hard. I got on their heels. But I didn’t really want to get into a pissing contest, so I peeled away and turned to go another direction, while they continued onward.

My feet took me to Emperador Stadium in the McKinley Hill complex. I had never been there before, but it’s an artificial turf stadium with a seating capacity of 2,000 (!!!). Who knew futbol would be that big? Emperador stadium is home to the United Football League Philippines and is also used by futbol and Ultimate teams for games and practice sessions. It’s pretty impressive. I would have taken a selfie if I hadn’t left my Samsung Galaxy S5, but this run was a great exercise in just experiencing and remembering. You don’t always need to take a photo to prove you were there. :)

As I ran out of McKinley Hill back onto Lawton Avenue, I saw that soldiers had lined the sidewalks near the grandstand. It was about 7am and I realized that they would probably have a grand flag-raising ceremony and commemorate Independence Day in grand style. I didn’t want to be in the way, so I quickly ran past them and down Bayani Road, where I encountered some more runners including my friend Bong, whose shoe had suddenly given out on him on his run. The sole had nearly come off completely, so he was walking slowly back to where he had left his car. He must really have been putting a solid number of miles into those shoes for them to fall apart that way! After checking to see if he needed any help, I decided to head back as well.

In the end, I ran 12 kilometers at a 6-minute/km average pace, so it was a symmetric 6/12 on 6/12. There’s a beautiful simplicity to running just because you want to, and not because you have to. That’s freedom.

What did you do on Independence Day? :)

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