The Road Ahead to Challenge Vietnam

Even though there’s only a one-hour time difference between Manila and Phuket, I always come back home feeling like I need to get back up to speed. And so that’s what I’ve been up to the past week and a half: catching up with work, sleep, and some fun with family and friends before I buckle down for my next race, Challenge Vietnam.

On a Break
very motivated for Challenge Vietnam

But I knew I needed that break physically and mentally. Continue reading “The Road Ahead to Challenge Vietnam”

Ask Kikay Runner: What is your typical training week?

This year’s first Ask Kikay Runner is about the structure of my training week.

Aldrin Galang asks: In a nutshell how does ur week training goes [sic]? Pwede pashare (Can you share it)? Hehe. Ilang araw rest day at what day usually (How many days do you rest and which day usually)?

I think I’ve answered this several different times before, but keep getting variations on the same question. You know what the answer is?

It depends.

typical training week includes track

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Dispatch #1: Slow Start

Hi folks! I’m starting a new series of blog posts that should keep me accountable for how I spent every week and also to keep you abreast of what I’m up to. I know I’ve been putting out a lot of topical and informational blog posts lately, but this blog is also about my journey that I want to take you on as well. So here’s my first Dispatch of 2016…

I was supposed to have raced the PSE Bull Run in BGC this weekend, especially since Kuya Kim Atienza was so nice to offer me a 10K race kit. Instead, I added another DNS (Did Not Start) to my record. I could not get up at all to make that 5:15am gun start!

But it has been quite a heavy training week because the holidays are over, and I’ve settled into quite a nice groove following a MaccaX triathlon training plan. Additionally, MaccaX has started a nice little Battle of the Nations contest, which has grouped its hundreds of members into Team Down Under (Australia & New Zealand), Team USA, and Team World (Europe, Asia, North & South America) to compete against each other for bragging rights and the chance at some awesome prizes. For this week, the focus was on logging as many bike kilometers as possible, which led to me acquiring a Garmin speed sensor on Monday so I could track my indoor ride mileage, as well as joining two long rides this week.

Riding in Clark with TriSixFiv
with TriSixFiv at the Clark parade grounds

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What to Do in the Offseason

Now that we are well and truly in the offseason (with some Christmas parties and family get-togethers thrown into the mix), many athletes see it as a time to indulge in what we have routinely denied themselves during race season: sleeping in, rich food and drink, and socializing with family and friends. But more often than not, the loss of routine and purpose after the big race wreaks havoc on our fitness, physique, and psyche.

Maybe we should change the way we look at the offseason. Instead of thinking of it as a very, very long vacation from training, we should look at the offseason as a bridge between what we’ve accomplished and what our future goals are. What we do in the offseason is determined by the previous season and should lay the groundwork for the next season.

Atleta Ako Aquathlon
What you do in the offseason determines how you perform during the season.

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Get Your Training Plan for Challenge Camsur

I’m getting back to proper training this week (finally!) after being unwell. While it’s probably too late to be fit for the Asian Triathlon Cup which is in two weeks, it’s the perfect time to start an eight-week training plan for Challenge Camsur.

I got my training plan for only $39 from MaccaX. Unlike most training plans which are generic unless you get a coach to customize them, the eight-week MaccaX Challenge Camsur plan is custom-designed for the specific challenges of the Camsur course — it’s hot, flat, and fast!

I’ll let Macca explain further in this video he posted two weeks ago:

The plan was designed by Justin Granger, Belinda Granger’s husband and coach, with input from Belinda and Macca. It assumes you have some level of fitness, but the sessions are simple and doable.

What I like about this is I don’t even have to think about what I need to do. I just look at my plan (which is exportable to Training Peaks), do the session, and check it off my daily to-do list. And I know if I do these sessions I can be fit enough to race my fastest half in eight weeks!

This is what you get when you sign up:

get your Challenge Camsur training plan now!

  • race-specific training plan written by Justin Granger with input from Belinda Granger and Macca
  • 1 month free membership on MaccaX (with access to Macca and his team of experts and coaches)
  • exclusive member content
  • 30+ of Macca’s favorite training sessions in HD video
  • local ambassador support (that’s me!)
  • race strategy meeting with Belinda Granger

If you’re racing Challenge Camsur, this plan is a must-have! Sign up here.

By the way, if you sign up for this training plan and still haven’t signed up for the race, you will also get a nice discount on the race entry fee. Just let me know if you’ve bought the race plan so I can give you the discount code.

See you on the starting line!

MaccaX Camp & Challenge Laguna Phuket with Macca

After the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, the Challenge Philippines people graciously extended my stay in Phuket so I could attend the MaccaX triathlon camp the following week. This was one of two year-end camps (the first one was held in Miami) that would allow members of the MaccaX community to train with and learn from Chris “Macca” McCormack. It was also a lead-in to the Challenge Laguna Phuket that coming weekend, so there were a lot of camp participants who were signed up for that race. I was just happy to be there, prepared to do my best in the training sessions, and ready with two arms and a camera to greet finishers at the race.

Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri Fest
happy MaccaX campers (photo from Aaron Franklin)

Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri Fest
in Russian, “MaccaX” means massage!

While the camp would formally start on the Wednesday evening with a meet-and-greet, campers who had arrived early (like myself) got to hang out with Chris Continue reading “MaccaX Camp & Challenge Laguna Phuket with Macca”

Laguna Phuket Triathlon: Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Even though I race hard, I’ve never been pushed to my breaking point — I’ve always prepared well enough for my races. Heading off to Phuket to do the 20th Laguna Phuket Triathlon took me right out of my comfort zone.

Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri Fest
with Challenge Philippines team (photo from Melvin Fausto)

We arrived in the middle of a storm. All the locals said that in the days before our arrival, the weather had been calm, warm, and perfect. It was like Phuket had it in for us. Continue reading “Laguna Phuket Triathlon: Blood, Sweat, & Tears”