There are 52 weekends in a year, but there are certain weekends when events converge… like this coming one. Aside from the NatGeo Earth Day Run on Sunday, fitness enthusiasts can also check out the Milo Nutri-Up FitCon at Globe Circuit Grounds on Saturday, and the Under Armour Test of Will at Bonifacio High Street on Saturday and Sunday.
Facebook has taken to gleefully reminding me that last year around this time, I was also in Phuket for work, and that a few weeks later I was back for a training camp. Well, this time around both work and training were smushed together into a whirlwind week where work came out on top — but I found some time to play.
Tomorrow is my last training day here in Phuket, and a long run is on the schedule. It’s during these run sessions that I can practice my marathon nutrition and test the gear I’ll be running in on race day. One item has held constant over the past month though: my Under Armour Speedform Gemini running shoes.
After sub-par performances in half-ironman triathlons for the past two years, I decided to go back to when I was most successful in training and peaking for that kind of event: when I only had one major race, in the second half of the year so I could build up properly for it. Challenge Vietnam on September 11 is perfectly scheduled, but it wasn’t just the timing that was right.
Let me tell you my personal reasons to join Challenge Vietnam.
Life sometimes brings you the unexpected, and after a few weeks of falling into a routine I was in for an abrupt change. But I like to go with the flow.
Well, what else would you do if you got an opportunity to go someplace and rev up your training? And so I found myself on a plane last Thursday heading for Phuket.
I do some freelance writing work for Thanyapura, and they decided to bring me in for the week to work on the website for their Wellness Centre.
Aside from some really great sports training facilities which I’ve already discussed in great detail numerous times, Thanyapura also has a center devoted to complementary health: nutrition, yoga, physiotherapy, and mind training. So off I went to explore this side of Thanyapura. Continue reading “Dispatch 13: Traveling”
I credit taking yoga and Pilates classes for my flexibility and core strength, so I pounced on the opportunity to try out an Ashtanga yoga class at Life Yoga Center a few weeks ago.
The brainchild of my namesake Noelle Rodriguez, Life Yoga Center (stylized as “L!FE”) offers a different way to experience wellness by integrating good food, music, art, and community into the practice of yoga. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Life Yoga Center”
Back when I was just training for one sport, all that mattered was how fast and how far I could run. Now that I swim and ride a bike as well as run, I don’t want to give up any of the gains I’ve made in those two sports just to focus on running… And that’s the puzzle of triathlon. No one is equally good at all the three disciplines (well, unless you’re Jan Frodeno, but he got a running injury so he’s still human). With a finite amount of energy and time, you can only do so much in one discipline before another begins to suffer.
My swim has held steady and my run is getting better, so cycling took the hit. Last Saturday’s bike ride was only 50 kilometers long, but I was walking funny at the end of it with aching quads.