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.


Also available on iTunes.

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.


Also on iTunes.

Xander Angeles
Xander Angeles

It’s funny how running changes people.
Continue reading “Podcast #4: Interview with Xander Angeles”

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.


Also on iTunes.

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! :)

Podcast #2: Supercamp, Interview w/ Xena & Macca

This is Kikay Runner On the Go’s second podcast episode featuring T*** Supercamp and some massive interviews I scored with Caroline Steffen and Chris McCormack.

T*** Supercamp
Macca coaching Caroline through a track set


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:

What was my biggest take-away from triathlon supercamp? How hard did we work? Did we break, or break through?

Thank you so much to the sports resort and MaccaX for making this trip possible, and thanks to Macca and Caroline for being so accommodating. Definitely watch out for Xena in Kona. She’s looking super strong and fit!

As for Macca racing, I’ll let him tell you the news…

Caroline Steffen “Xena” Interview

  • How long has she been training in Phuket?
  • How conducive are the facilities to a solid training block?
  • How is she able to back up and become stronger after doing successive races?
  • What is the dynamic like between her and her coach, Macca?
  • Plus a short message to her boyfriend David Dellow.

Chris McCormack “Macca” Interview

  • What is the sports resort about? What are his duties as Chief Executive Chairman?
  • How big is the Philippine market for triathlon and how important is it to introduce T***’s facilities to them?
  • What are his thoughts about Supercamp so far? How engaged is he in the activities?
  • How does he manage (or not manage) training as a professional athlete and holding down an important job at T***?
  • What are his future racing plans?
  • A short message to Filipino triathletes.

Opening and closing music by http://www.purple-planet.com

I’m always looking to improve. Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!

This is part of a series of posts about the Triathlon Supercamp. Check out Supercamp Day 1 & 2, Supercamp Day 3 & 4, and Supercamp Day 5 to 8.

Podcast #1: 70.3 PH, Roth, Budget Half-Ironman

Welcome to Kikay Runner on the Go, my monthly podcast rounding up the latest posts on my blog: race reports, product reviews, how-to’s, and the state of affairs for running and triathlon in the Philippines. If you’re too lazy to read and don’t mind listening to my voice, this is for you!

Kikay Runner on the Go: Podcast


Also on iTunes.

Show notes:
Ironman 70.3 Philippines — With my heavy legs from having done Challenge Roth two weeks prior, could I still have a satisfying race?

Challenge Roth — I had many ups and downs at my maiden ironman. What drove me on to finish?

Ask Kikay Runner — How to do a Half-ironman on a Budget. What are the things you need to consider and plan for?

Gear Review — How using Zensah compression wear helped me get through my back-to-back races.

Cordillera Great Traverse — an expedition aiming to establish the longest and the most scenic hiking/trekking destination in the Philippines by connecting the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Check it out at cordilleragreattraverse.com

Opening and closing music by http://www.purple-planet.com

Let me know what you think about the podcast in the comments section!