Road to SuBIT Week 12: I’m Not Ready

This is the part I start panicking. I’ve always assumed that SuBIT would keep the flat bike course that age groupers have used for the past two years, but given that the swim has been moved back to the former Dungaree Beach (now ACEA) and given the whole retro theme that’s been going on, they’ve gone back to the classic bike course that puts athletes on the hilly road towards Ocean Adventure before sending them down to the false flats of the commercial district.

I’ve done SuBIT on this course before, and it was painful stuff when I was much fitter. I shudder to think of how slowly I’ll slog up the hills now, not to mention how slowly I’ll ride down the technical descents. I need to get up to Subic to familiarize myself with this course once again, but I’ve really not given myself enough time for this. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT Week 12: I’m Not Ready”

Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox

Goldtoe Powersox

I haven’t written a review in quite a while, but that’s because I have been putting all the products I’ve received for review through their paces!

I lived out of a suitcase for most of the month of March, which meant that I had to use and reuse a lot of clothing (I did laundry while I was away). I packed two sets of running gear which I managed to use several times during my stay in Oz. Doing a lot of walking meant I preferred to use closed-toe shoes most of the time as well.

So for the entire trip, I brought five pairs of socks which meant most of them had to pull double-duty as running socks as well as casual socks. These socks were all from Goldtoe Powersox, which I had been sent by Lloyd Palconan of Manila Bay Hosiery Mills (the licensed manufacturer of Goldtoe socks in the Philippines). I’ve been using them for a few months now.

Powersox by Goldtoe
Powersox by Goldtoe

Goldtoe is the most preferred dress socks in the US, the most-ordered brand of socks on Amazon and eBay, and their athletic socks are rated #1 in the US. I’m pretty sure our dads all own a pair of Goldtoe black dress socks with the gold toe.

Powersox is their sports socks line, and like Goldtoe is available in almost every major department store in the country. The product is quality but the price point is very pocket-friendly. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox”

Road to SuBIT, Week 11: Get Things Done

Last week was a bit of a strange one for me. While I should have started settling back into my daily rhythms and schedules, I had the Coldplay concert in Singapore on the weekend. Anticipating more travel, my brain went on vacation mode.

Having a physical planner to write things down in has helped me immensely in keeping track of not just work, but also training. It’s one thing to upload stuff to Strava and Fitbit; it’s another to have it all on paper and keep checking things off your to-do list. Thanks to Belle de Jour Power Planners, I had a whole boxload of planners and daybooks to ship out to my friends and loved ones to help them organize their lives. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT, Week 11: Get Things Done”

SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22

If you still haven’t planned your summer beach outing, or if you plan to be in Boracay between April 19 to 23, you should definitely put the SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on your schedule. Happening on April 22, 2017 starting from the Station 2 beachfront, this is a fun run with a noble cause.

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Skyathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22

While earlier editions of the annual Boracay Beach Run focused on beachfront cleanup, since last year SKYathon has focused its efforts on helping restore the famous island’s coral reefs by raising funds to purchase reef nurseries in partnership with Boracay Foundation’s Coral REEFurbishment project. This is part of SKY Cable’s corporate social responsibility program. Continue reading “SKYathon 2017 Boracay Beach Run on April 22”

Road to SuBIT, Week 10: Sydney Sidetrip

Hello once again, Philippines! I’m so happy to be back home after two long weeks away, and finally getting back into training. I only have four weeks to go until the Subic Bay International Triathlon and suffice it to say I might be underdone. But I have absolutely no regrets about being away for Super League Hamilton Island and then taking the better part of a week to see Sydney, a city I have often read and heard about but had never been to. Continue reading “Road to SuBIT, Week 10: Sydney Sidetrip”

Super League Hamilton Island Wrap-Up

It’s been a super-intense week of racing action — and I’m not even talking about how hard the athletes went during the three days of Super League Hamilton Island.

As part of the small but agile team running the show, I was tasked with ensuring we had high-quality content going up on the website and timely press releases going out to media. I also got tasked with odd jobs, like manning the VIP reception desk and putting together research about athletes and special guests for use on the television broadcast. It was a huge undertaking for all involved in its many different aspects, so we are super pleased that Super League Hamilton Island was as successful as it was.

A lot of my work was done off-cam because the athletes are the stars of this show, and I hope that the broadcasts really allowed them to shine through. They are all pretty awesome at what they do, and it’s high-time triathlon gave them the status and attention they deserve as the best in our sport. Continue reading “Super League Hamilton Island Wrap-Up”

Super League Triathlon is Here

Super League Hamilton Island

We now interrupt your regular blog programming to bring you Super League Triathlon coverage!

I am on beautiful Hamilton Island for the inaugural Super League Triathlon. Being the first event of a planned series that will span the globe, they needed all hands on deck — so this little content writer flew first to Sydney and then on to the Whitsundays in Queensland. Continue reading “Super League Triathlon is Here”