Blog FYI

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.

Blog Race Info

Men’s Health Urbanathlon on November 16

New obstacles, new venue, same great racing experience… The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is happening on November 16 at Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna!

Mens Health Urbanathlon November 16, Nuvali

The Urbanathlon is the signature event of Men’s Health worldwide, combining running in the city with obstacles. Download the info packet here.

They expect over 3,000 participants over the 5K, 10K, and 21K distances. If you’re looking for a short quick obstacle race, choose the 5K. If you want a longer run to challenge your cardiovascular system as well as your climbing and crawling muscles, the 10K and 21K are for you.

This year’s barriers include a tire field, the scaffold maze, a container van, the low crawl, monkey bars, the military up-and-under, the network, rope shimmy, and an 8-foot wall. Whew!

Registration began on September 12 and will continue until November 9 at Planet Sports (BGC, Trinoma) and Gold’s Gym (Galleria, Glorietta 3, Katipunan). You can also register online until October 31 at Race fees are: P850 for 5K, P900 for 10K, and P950 for the 21K.

21K finishers will also get a labeled race shirt and a special prize for their category.

These obstacles need to be trained for! Grab a copy of the September 2014 Men’s Health for a 60-day routine to get you race ready. For further updates, log on to the Men’s Health Philippines Facebook page.

The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2014 is co-presented by Gatorade and Avida with major sponsors Asics, Bridgestone, Gold’s Gym, Shick, Emperador light and minor sponsor, Planet Sports. Nuvali is the official venue and is the official media partner.

Race: Men’s Health Urbanathlon
Date: November 16, 2014
Venue: Nuvali
Reg Fee: P850 (5K); P900 (10K); P950 (21K)
Registration Sites: Planet Sports (BGC, Trinoma); Gold’s Gym (Galleria, Glorietta 3, Katipunan); online registration
More Info: Men’s Health Philippines

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 / Brotherโ€™s hand me down bike is also allowed ;)

Duaman Duathlon X2

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

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