Podcast #7: Bahrain Endurance 13 Team

Sorry for the lack of podcast episodes! It’s midway through 2015 and this is our first one — hopefully not the last. I’ve been sitting on this interview for almost a month now. I sat down with Chris “Macca” McCormack while I was in Phuket in April to talk about their launch of the Bahrain Endurance Team.

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Granted it was right before dinner so we were interrupted and I didn’t get to ask him more questions. What he says in this interview reveals a lot of the inner workings of starting and managing a team, working with royalty, and the obstacles they had to hurdle to bring this to fruition. I hope you enjoy it!

Show Notes:

  • Who are the athletes in the Bahrain Endurance Team? (note: information may be outdated)
  • How did it all begin? Macca meeting Shaikh Nasser at Challenge Philippines and sharing a vision
  • What were the obstacles to launching the team?
  • What is the main vision of Bahrain Endurance Team?
  • Who is Shaikh Nasser and why would he fund a triathlon team?
  • How were these 13 athletes chosen? What went into the decision to approach them?
  • What is Macca’s role on the team?

Bahrain Endurance Team: Shaikh Nasser and Macca handshake
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Podcast #6: Hot Primary at Beyond Yoga

Many of you know that yoga plays a big part in my athletic conditioning. So when Beyond Yoga partner and ambassador Bianca King invited me to try out their Hot Primary yoga class at the Rockwell branch, of course I said yes!

Beyond Yoga Hot Primary class
with Bianca King and Al Galang

2011 was the last time I took a Bikram hot yoga class (you can read about that experience here). Even further back in 2008, before I started running, I encountered yogi Al Galang when he had just set up a Bikram yoga studio in Greenhills.

Funny how some things come full circle. I dropped out of the hot yoga scene, Al sold his yoga studio, and we both went into different ventures for the next few years. Yet there I was last Friday at Beyond Yoga Rockwell taking a Hot Primary class under his direction.

Conducted in a heated studio, Hot Primary is a non-vinyasa (flow) yoga with a 40-posture set sequence. (Basically this means you get into the pose, then you get out of the pose and then get into another pose.) It comes from the 84-posture sequence taught by Bishnu Ghosh, who then passed them down to his students, namely Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga.

“Hot Primary is something we’ve introduced this year. It’s a culmination of my years of experience in Bikram yoga but also a culmination of years receiving feedback from myself and thousands of students in what they want, what could keep them going and challenge them and still work,” Al told me when I sat down with him in the studio after the class.

You can listen to my interview with him here or on iTunes:

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Podcast #5: Ben Allen & Jacqui Slack

This special edition of Kikay Runner on the Go features an exclusive interview with professional triathletes Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack, who are in town to compete at the inaugural Bataan Triathlon.

As Bi3 looms ever nearer, it’s really time to get your head in the game. If it’s your first time to participate in a triathlon, or your first time on those infamous hills of Bataan, Ben and Jacqui have some great tips for how to stay safe on the technical descents and enjoy this race.

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Pardon the audio quality of the interview proper; I messed up the microphone settings. I tried my best to run it through some filters so you can still hear what Jacqui and Ben have to say.

Podcast interview
Thanks to Sabak for the interview space and the coffee!

Show Notes

  • What they’ve been up to the past few months
  • Why they love to come to the Philippines to race
  • Where they’ve gone and what they’ve done in Manila
  • Why they’ve come to race the Bataan Triathlon
  • Tips for handling the technical bike course in Bataan
  • Tips for first-time triathletes

About Ben Allen

Ben Allen is a world-class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He specialises in the non-drafting format from 70.3 Ironman, Long Distance and the Xterra World Off-Road Triathlon Tour. Ben is based in Wollongong, Australia and from April through to October he joins the World’s Elite Endurance Athletes in Europe, basing himself in France. His official website is benallentriathlete.com

Ben would like to thank: ON Running, Giant Bicycles, XTERRA Wetsuits, Flight Centre Active Travel, Sponser Sports Nutrition, Champion Systems, Lurbel Precision Garments, Ryders Eyewear, Alaska Milk, Greeper Laces, Ekoi, Schnell Carbon Wheels

About Jacqui Slack

Jacqui Slack is a full time professional elite athlete, training and competing against the best triathletes around the world. She has raced the British Triathlon Super Series, French Grand Prix, ITU European & World Cups, ITU World Series events, and is now focused on the Xterra World Tour. Her official website is jacquislack.uk

Jacqui would like to thank: ON Running, Giant Bicycles – Liv, XTERRA Wetsuits, Amanzi Swimwear, Flight Centre Active Travel, Powerbar, Champion Systems, Lurbel Precision Garments, Ryders Eyewear, Alaska Milk, Athlete Matters Sports Physiotherapists, Schwalbe, Scicon Technical Bags

Ben Allen & Jacqui Slack
Ben & Jacqui

Podcast #4: Interview with Xander Angeles

My podcast guest is Xander Angeles, a reknowned fashion photographer, creative director, converted party animal, and recently-minted marathoner. A mountaineer in his university days, he let his personal fitness slide as he rose in the fashion and social scene… until he had a health scare that led him to change his ways — but I’ll let him tell that story.

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Xander Angeles
Xander Angeles

It’s funny how running changes people.
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Podcast #3: Training Tips, Interview w/ Filipino Kona Finisher

This is episode #3 of the Kikay Runner on the Go podcast. So many people now want to get serious with training, whether it’s for the early-season races next year or for a really big bucket-list race (maybe Kona?!).

How do you find time? How do you stay motivated? I have some tips for you, as well as a great interview with one of the Filipinos who finished the 2014 Ironman World Championships as his first ever iron distance! I hope this episode inspires and motivates you in this last quarter of the year.

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Gadric Chusenfu at the Ironman World Championships 2014
interview with Filipino Kona Finisher, Gadric Chusenfu

Show Notes:

How to find time for training: Finding the time to train, whether you’re a very busy person or someone coming back from hiatus, is about creating good habits and celebrating each step forward so you become more motivated to continue. Here are a few tips to help you get started training again.

New training playlist on Spotify: Use music as a motivator to get through some of your tougher training sessions.

I talk a bit about the Mizuno Wave Hitogami and what situations I will be using those shoes in.

Bataan International Triathlon: this is my last triathlon for 2014 and should be a fun way to end the year as well as start my preparation for Challenge Philippines.

Interview with Gadric Chusenfu: How he got his spot in Kona, how he trained, what race week was like. “I think it’s advisable for a triathlete to experience the pain and the joy of the ironman distance.”

And I announce the winner of the Spring Cleaning Swag Contest! View the draw protocol here.

Let me know what you think about the podcast by commenting below.

Kikay Runner’s Fitness Tips, Part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of the fitness tips video series I did with Xpert.PH last year.

Xpert.PH Fitness Questions Answered

This video is more about general health and fitness, so even if you don’t run, you can apply these fitness tips to any exercise, sport, or other physical activity you choose to help you get healthy and fit!

  • How do I know if I’m healthy?
  • 5 quick tips to stay fit and healthy: treat exercise like an important appointment, fuel properly, sleep, find a fitness buddy, focus on feeling good vs. looking good
  • What age should I start going to the gym?
  • I have a hectic schedule. What can I do with a few spare minutes each day?

Watch here:

Let me know if you have any other health and fitness questions (write a comment below). I’ll answer them in my next podcast!

Kikay Runner’s Fitness Tips, Part 1 of 2

Last year I worked with a start-up company called Xpert.PH and produced a few videos designed to answer questions from people who want to get into fitness. Even though I only worked with them for a short time, our videos are on Youtube and I know viewers can still benefit from what we came up with!

Xpert.PH Fitness Questions Answered

In this Part 1 of our two-part fitness tips series, I answer the following questions:

  • What’s a quick way to lose the holiday weight?
  • I want to run a marathon. How do I get started?
  • How do I stay fit without going to the gym?
  • Where can I buy good gym clothes here in the Philippines?
  • Can you lose weight without exercise, and just diet?
  • What should I eat before I workout?

Got any more fitness questions? Ask them in the comments section below! :)