Active Health Sports Gel

I wanted to try out the new ACTIVE HEALTH SPORTS GEL but I wanted to try it in a brick training session as Im joining ULAH Tri United this month. I was planning on doing a 750m Swim, 20Km Bike, and 5Km run. but bad weather suddenly set in and I had to cut short the bike to 12km and the run 3km as it was already starting flood in our area. 

Trying out the new Active Health Sports Gel, Just before the 750m Swim, 12Km Bike, and 3Km Run Brick Training.

Trying out the new Active Health Sports Gel, Just before the 750m Swim, 12Km Bike, and 3Km Run Brick Training.

I wanted to try out the Active Health Sports Gel that if taken around 30 minutes before the run, I would like to observe if it was “hiyang” to it, so as that i wouldnt experience upset stomach or sudden increase in palpatations..etc.. as I am with other sports gel. For the record i use GU, Clif Gel and Clif Sports block,

Id have to take my hat off to Unilab for starting from scratch regarding the development of the Active Heatlh Sports Gel. If it was some other company, they would have just imported a formula, or had reversed engineering an existing product and tweak on it., but not Unilab.. they started from scratch and really developed it which according to Ms. Bianca (Brand Manager) , took 2 years to develop. Now that they have the finished product after numerous testing. It is now BFAD approved which is one of the highest quality standards in testing fit for commercial use.

Compared to other sports gel, the most evident difference from other sports gels which I totally like is its CONSISTENCY.. it is more syrupy than most. Taking other sports gels, I would have to drink water along with the gel so It wouldnt slime all over my throat. With the Active Sports Gel, it is more syrupy and it was easy to swallow.

The taste is good. It had just the right richness. I didnt have that sudden sugar overload that would shock my tastebuds.   For now the current flavor available is BERRY MIX.

Active Health Sports Gel contains more complex carbs as there is a 9:1 ratio of complex to simple carbs. It also contains the highest amount of maltodextrin(26g/43g sachet) as compared to other gels, which provides endurance athletes more of the longer-sustaining energy fuels. Complex carbohydrate maltodextrin is easy to digest in the stomach and easily absorbed in the intestine as quickly as glucose.

So now you have your Enervon Active vitamins to provide serious stamina for serious sports, Your Active Health Sports Gel during training or race, and your Enervon HP drink which is great for recovery.

The new Active Health Sports Gel

The new Active Health Sports Gel

So Im off to my 750m swim in moderate pace.  Of all the three events my favorite is swimming. Clearly check out my pics that im not built for speed in land!

Selfie under the water during my swim Photo courtesy of my training bud Mike Nera and Camera by Jimmy Ong

Selfie under the water during my swim Photo courtesy of my training bud Mike Nera and Camera by Jimmy Ong

I made the swimming pool by the clubhouse our transition area. So after the swim, I was off to bike. Before biking I was bent on doing 20km but bad weather and due to safety and flooding I was just down to 12km. But still I had my Active Health Sports Gel in my bike cockpit just in case it turned out to a long ride.

Active Health Sports Gel, cockpit ready and easy to tear away and chug away!

Active Health Sports Gel, cockpit ready and easy to tear away and chug away!

So the short bike ride didnt leave me tired as I would expect but I wanted to try the Active Health Sports Gel during the brick training session so I tried one, back to transition just before going off to do the run…

Trying out another Active Health Sports Gel in transition to Run. Still able to smile!

Trying out another Active Health Sports Gel in transition to Run. Still able to smile!

What was supposed to be a 5km run ended up in 3km as bad weather persisted and it was starting to flood in some streets. It was a good workout still and I was happy I was able to try out the Active Health Sports Gel in training.

The verdict.. a good product! I like the way it is syrupy in consistency and it has more carbs to fuel my training or race! I was able to sustain my stamina during my training and had my 2nd wind during the run!

The Active Health Sports Gel will debut at the Run United Philippine Marathon on Oct 6. I see myself still using the Active Health Sports Gel, not for the run, but to fuel my hosting which i expect to run from 12mn to 11am in the morning straight duty.. Ill see you at the finishline!

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There are No Longer Excuses: MySuunto Ambit 2 Review

Suunto Ambit2s

Suunto Ambit2s

Are you in a training rut? Have you ever wondered how to effectively improved your workouts? One of the training mantras I shall never forget was told to me by Coach Michelle Estuar and I quote “Make every workout count. You should have a goal, each time you train”. That stuck to my head ever since. Even in leisurely runs I make it a point to work on my form, my leg turn over, my posture, my arm swing. Even more on training days in prepping for races.

Then another Coach Jedi master moment for me as I imagine Coach Ben Alacar say “Get out for your comfort zone, you need to push! push! push!” on the value of INTENSITY in your training.

Have you seen me personally? I actually look like the guy in charge of the buffet and far from a runner, but somehow over the years being with runners, running multisport and fitness coaches.. I am just immersed in the world of running,  people, specially those new to running ask me questions. One of the questions Im often asked is “How does one train to improve on running?”

Ill be discussing this in detail in another blog, but for now the general outline would be something like this.

I. Goal Setting – what are you short, medium, long term goals, speed? endurance? weight loss? find my soulmate in running?all of the above? what do you prioritize?

II. Training plan – Ensure that you have a written training plan and a LOG, logging is a great way of tracking your workouts and seeing your development.

III. Nutrition plan – Nagsalita na ang payat. So mamatay na ang nagtanong. Ok so im not the sexiest looking dude with authority to say this. But its not rocket science to figure out that that nutrition plays a big but neglected role in training. Im guilty of this (Clearly!), but I have to watch what I eat. It doesnt mean that if you can burn 3,000kcal a workout, you can binge on downing 5,000kcal of food. It does help to

III. Training & Race Day

A. Form

B. Base fitness training

C. Build

D. Taper

E. Race Day

F. Recovery

Id stop there.

So how does the Suunto Ambit 2S come in all of these? Pretty much everything! With the Suunto Ambit 2S I can now monitor my training and workout in detail. Monitoring your workouts, logging and tracking them, helps you achieve your race and fitness goals. You get to check if are able to stick to your training plan, if youre speed, stamina, strength is improving.

The new Ambit2 S is a light and sleek GPS watch for multisport athletes that packs all the features needed for cycling, running, swimming and multisport training. The GPS provides accurate pace, route navigation and tracking, while the heart rate monitor lets you train within your ideal zone.

Cycling: The new Suunto Ambit2 S will support power meters (ANT+) and offers various power measurement values and numerous options for in-depth analysis.

Swimming: The Ambit2 S also offers comprehensive swimming functionality, including pace and distance, automatic intervals, stroke rate and swimming time related to different pool lengths. The Ambit2 S will also learn to recognize your swimming style, which makes performance analysis easier.

Running: Runners benefit from highly accurate pace and distance thanks to FusedSpeed™, the Ambit’s accelerometer integrated GPS, as well as interval timer and autolaps for training.

Multisport Training: Users can switch between sports, making the Suunto Ambit2 S ideal for recording your multisport training or race.

Granted you have already set your Goal, be it a run, climb, swim, bike or for multi-sport.  First off is to set your current fitness benchmark. Say if your goal is to run a full marathon, you need a current benchmark. You dont need to test yourself by running 42km. You can run a simulated test to guage your expected 42km run.

Yasso 800s

The Yasso 800s is one of the known fitness guages in runs and help predict your race performance. Run 800 meters at your comfortable pace (lsd pace, 10km beyond pace) and do a 400 meter recovery jog. Repeat 9 times. So the Yasso 800s is a 10x 800 meters with 400meters (distance based, not timed based) jog, recovery run/walk in between. Take the average of the 800Meter runs and that would be the guage of how fast you will be able to run your 42km but in hours and minutes instead of minutes abd seconds.

In using the Suunto Ambit 2S, wear your heart rate monitor chest strap and watch, you just click on the menu, CHOOSE SPORT, which is RUNNING, its going to search for your heartrate, then search for GPS signal. Press start and you are good to go! Make sure that you press on LAP per every 800m and recovery interval to identify your pace later.

Below is a video I made on how easy it is to use this.

MULTI-SPORT / TRIATHLON

Personally for me, my goal will be to Race White Rock Triathlon on October 12 which is a roughly a 2km swim, 90km bike, and 21km run. I was so excited to use Suunto Ambit 2, so I did a sprint distance of 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.

Stupid me, I wasnt able to depress the LAP button long enough to CHANGE SPORT. I should have watched this video first.

DONE WITH YOUR WORKOUT? UPLOAD IT IN YOUR COMPUTER AND TRACK YOUR WORKOUT

Tracking your workouts and training are important to gauge your development, and it all gets exciting once you plug-in your Suunto Ambit 2 to your computer.  Connecting the Ambit2 is simple as you clamp the data cable provided to watch, and connect it to your computer via any USB port.

Attaching the data cable to your Suunto Ambit2

Attaching the data cable to your Suunto Ambit2

Its best to have online connection, your system will then automatically search and install the Moveslink2 software via the internet. It will update the Moveslink software, and ask you to open a Movescount account. Fill in your personal bio data. If you have any recorded workouts saved in your watch it will automatically transfer the data and upload it to Movescount.

Moveslink interface when you connect the Suunto Ambit 2 to your computer

Moveslink interface when you connect the Suunto Ambit 2 to your computer

Lets go check out my workouts via Movescount. With the screenshot of the Movescount below. The interface is simply. With the initial menu flashed on screen as pictured. You have your summary of workouts. In some training plans, like in multi sport training, training plans in sprint, olympic, half, of full ironman distances are specified in number of hours duration and distance covered per week; which is what the movescount interface immediately shows. You have your DURATION, DISTANCE and CALORIES. Thats why its best to always don on your HEART RATE strap to monitor your HEART RATE to determine and level of intensity in your workouts.

For the DISTANCE and DURATION summaries. Each sport that you engage in is recorded.

MovesCount interface

MovesCount interface

So checking each sport in detail. Lets check out a sample run. Below is the MOVESCOUNT SCOREBOARD for a specific workout, in this case a RUN. One thing I like about the Suunto Ambit 2 during my run is that while running I look into my watch and the biggest display set is my pace per KM. As you know in running, in race plan strategies you get to monitor your run splits in units of pace or in this case, minutes per Km. So in terms of training and fitness you can guage that, at your current fitness level, this is how it feels to run a 5minute per km or a 10minute per km pace where in your intensity in via heart rate BPM is also recorded.

Lets examine my workout. Immediately my average pace is displayed. Not really proud of it, but hey we got to start somewhere. In this case Im currently at 9 minutes 55 seconds per KM for a 3km run. Here is where it gets interesting. Monitoring your training intensity. If you check out training plans provided to you (sourced by your coach or programs in the internet) .. TRAINING INTENSITY is provided via TRAINING ZONE. These are levels in minutes per training zone. You have Easy, Moderate, Hard, Very Hard, Max. So what does this say about my training? I lack in running fitness because it takes so much effort for me to run at a 9’55 min/km pace, 17minutes going hard and 7 minutes very hard at below average speed.  But then again thats my current running fitness. Now I know where to improve on. (someone is shouting weightloss in the backgound)

Another great detail here to consider is VO2 Max. Fitness can be measured by the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity. VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen in millilitres, one can use in one minute per kilogram of body weight. Those who are fit have higher VO2max values and can exercise more intensely than those who are not as well conditioned.  For running, at my age, the average is 40low end to 60hi-end ml/kg/min. My result in this workout gave me a 31ml/kg/min score which again tells me. In a sea of 40plus year old runners, Im at the low end, even below end of the spectrum (bell curve). In tagalog. Chikka pace lang sila, ikaw suka pace na.  Not sure kung patawa ito. But it is recommending that for my 3Km run 10hours daw recovery time ko grrr!

Run Summary

Run Summary

What is the VO2 max of elite athletes? (source: runningforfitness.org)
Here is a sample of measured VO2 max for selected athletes.

Athlete Event VO2 Max
Bjorn Daehlie Cross country skier 90.0
Miguel Indurain Cyclist (winner of Tour de France) 88.0
John Ngugi 5 times world cross country champ 85.0
Dave Bedford 10km World Record holder 85.0
Steve Prefontaine 1 mile in 3:54.6 84.4
Lance Armstrong Cyclist (winner of Tour de France) 84.0
Joan Benoit Marathon runner (2:24:52) 78.6
Bill Rodgers Marathon runner (2:09:27) 78.5

Sebastian Coe Middle distance (1 mile WR) 77.0
Grete Waitz Marathon runner (WR 1980) 73.0
Frank Shorter Marathon runner 71.0
Derek Clayton Marathon runner (WR 1969) 69.7

Shet! ang layo ng 31ml/kg/min ko!

By checking out the MAP below, whats interesting is that there are points in RED in the map, where it shows where your intensity increased in our runs. So kung walang red, hindi ka intense! How I wish though that the ZOOM could be better down to 100meters above earth.  So good news to wives they can now check their husbands training kung talagang nag train or nasa mot mot lang ang training, may GPS na at intensity na. Matakot ka na pa nasa Mariposa naka checkin (tanga na pag nag Foursquare pa) at puro Red intensity ang heart rate.

Map of my run. Route indicated, clearly far from Mariposa or Sogo

Map of my run. Route indicated, clearly far from Mariposa or Sogo. Red Orange indicated shows intensity zones where I ran hardest.

If you wanna get all obsessive compulsive on your runs,  there is a detailed graph there. So even if youre not as fit as me, you can get a feel for what it feels for your training to monitored like an elite Russian or China Athlete whose whole life is dedicated to training. Each point in the graph details your performance.

Get that elite athlete feel and get precise data in each point of your workout.

Get that elite athlete feel and get precise data in each point of your workout.

Now not only can your wives check out where you have been spending time and spending all your energy, but also your coach. This is how Coach Andy Leuterio monitors his students improvement and training in triathlon. I was able to get a brief interview of him during the media launch of Suunto Ambit 2.

SWIMMING

Finally! a watch that I can use in Swimming. The other watches Ive tried like the Polar RCX would need a GPS pod and unfortunately that one is not waterproof, so I couldnt use that in the swim. I tested the Suunto Both in INDOOR SWIMMING mode and OUTDOOR SWIMMING. I wouldnt recommend the outdoor swimming mode if youre just outdoors in a pool, the readings will get quite erratic, if you need to record your workout in an outdoor pool make sure you swim your next lap on the other lane so GPS tracking is better. The OUTDOOR SWIMMING mode is best used in linear if not truly outdoors, by that meaning, in open water beach or lake. The INDOOR SWIMMING is accurate, though Ive only used the freestyle. I havent TAUGHT other SWIM STYLES yet. But will definitely have to soon. I didnt bother to track my heart rate on the swim anymore. The good thing about the moves count data with the swim is that it shows the rate of strokes per minute. Sounds kinky but effective.

Your stroke rate can be measured in your swim along with your 100m pace

Your stroke rate can be measured in your swim along with your 100m pace

You can check more on the Swimming feature of Suunto Ambit 2 in this video.

CYCLING

I tested the cycling feature on my Roadbike and rode just around the village. The watch can actually sync on compatible cycling pod devices that measures cadence/wattage and include that in your stats as well. I just used the GPS function and heart rate. Based on the graphs, I didnt really ride hard, it was difficult to ride hard due to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in our village. Cant wait to ride  Bugarin, Jala Jala with my new Suunto Ambit 2.

Training Statistics and Map is a charm. Check varying degrees of intensity as well at any point in your ride.

Training Statistics and Map is a charm. Check varying degrees of intensity as well at any point in your ride.

You can check more on the Cycling feature of Suunto Ambit 2 in this video.

TRAIL RUNNING, CLIMBING and OUTDOORS

I was also able to catch Coach Ige Lopez who was able to test the Suunto Ambit on TNF 100. Trail Running 100 kms has its demands and he said that the Suunto Ambit totally delivered. Even in areas where there are trees and canopies, or if you chance yourself running through tunnels, the GPS can track and assume tracking in blind areas. Suunto Ambit 2’s has  outdoor functions such as route navigation, barometric information, altimeter with FusedAltiTM, 3D compass and other outdoor specific features.  Packed in a glass fiber reinforced casing with a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode, the Ambit2 is the ultimate watch for serious adventurers, explorers and multisport athletes.

Here is Coach Ige Lopez take on the Suunto Ambit 2

Functions aside, and fashion sense in. Wearing the Suunto Ambit 2 is stylish. Its sleek design is classy. If you you opt for a Suunto Ambit 2 S you pictured below you can really radiate your style. You can wear a suit or barong, don your Suunto Ambit 2 and still look fine along with the event and occassion. Thats actually one of my dilemnas. I get to host events.I have no problems with sporting events but its the formal corporate events that Im concerned with, in which for some strange reason I would still need a stop watch or GPS functions at times. The Suunto Ambit 2 is just mighty fine.

Finally a multisport sportswatch thats Sleek Stylish ans Sexy

Finally a multisport sportswatch thats Sleek Stylish ans Sexy..Suunto Ambit 2

 

(L-R) Suunto Brand Ambassador, MultiSport Coach  Coach Andy Leuterio, Time Depot's Mascy Pineda,  Suunto Brand Ambassador and Elite triathlete, ultramarathoner Kesha Fule, Suunto Brand Ambassador Multisport Coach, Adventure multisport / elite trail runner Miguel Lopez

(L-R) Suunto Brand Ambassador, MultiSport Coach Coach Andy Leuterio, Time Depot’s Mascy Pineda, Suunto Brand Ambassador and Elite triathlete, ultramarathoner Kesha Fule, Suunto Brand Ambassador Multisport Coach, Adventure multisport / elite trail runner Miguel Lopez

 

This calls for a definite part2, and I guess in each fitness journey blog of mine, im gonna have to show my workouts for my accountability to ensure that I stick to my training and workout plans. I still havent tapped on my swimming or my role as a swim coach; and my cycling as well.

Do await my fitness journey blog on how a fat guy like me can hopefully make through White Rock Triathlon with my Suunto Ambit 2 in tow! There are definitely No Excuses! Train on! Rock the Road!

You can check out the Suunto Ambit 2 on a Time Depot nearest you:
Time Depot – SM City Masinag
UGF 116 SM City Masinag, Antipolo City
Phone: (02)655-6172
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Shangri-la Plaza
Level 5 Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City
Phone: (02)477-3877
Mall Hours: 11:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Robinsons Place Manila
Level 2, Rob. Place, Manila
Phone: (02)353-8079
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Manila
2/F SM City Manila
Phone: (02)353-8558
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City San Lazaro
UGF 178 SM City San Lazaro, Manila
Phone: (02)554-0452
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Lucky Chinatown Mall
2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo Manila
Phone: (02)621-1328
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Power Plant Mall
3/F Rockwell, Makati City
Phone: (02)659-6723
Mall Hours: 11:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Festival SuperMall
Level 2 Festival SuperMall, Muntinlupa City
Phone: (02)556-3903
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM Mall of Asia
2/F Entertainment Mall, Pasay City
Phone: (02)556-0652
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM

Time Depot – Eastwood Citywalk2
2/F Eastwood Citywalk2, Quezon City
Phone: (02)687-7838
Mall Hours: 12:00PM to 11:00PM

Time Depot – Robinsons Galleria
Level 3, Rob. Galleria, Quezon City
Phone: (02)477-4224
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Fairview
LG/F SM City Fairview, Quezon City
Phone: (02)355-7089
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Novaliches
G/F SM Ciy Novaliches, Quezon City
Phone: (02)442-6263
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – The Block
4/F North Edsa, Quezon City
Phone: (02)442-0069
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Baguio
3/F SM City Baguio
Phone: (074)424-3660
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Marilao
2/F SM City Marilao
Phone: (044) 815-6754
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Pampanga
G/F SM City Pampanga
Phone: (045)455-3318
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – MarqueeMall
2/F MarqueeMall, Angeles City
Phone: (045)304-0731
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Rosales
G/F SM City Rosales, Pangasinan
Phone: (075)653-3193
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Harbor Point Mall
2/F Harbor Point Mall, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Phone: (047) 250-2824
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Tarlac
UG/F SM City Tarlac
Phone: (045)606-0161
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Batangas
2/F SM City Batangas
Phone: (043)702-6393
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Dasmariñas
UG/F SM City Dasmariñas, Cavite
Phone: (046)484-8623
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Calamba
2/F SM City Calamba, Laguna
Phone: (049)530-0115
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Naga
Level 2, SM City Naga
Phone: (054)871-0038
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Robinson Palawan
Level 2, Rob. Place, Palawan
Phone: (0923)746-9707
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Bacolod
2/F East Bridgeway, Bacolod City
Phone: (034)468-0127
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Ayala North Point, Bacolod
Level 2, Ayala North Point, Bacolod City
Phone: (034)707-1022
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Cebu
2/L SM Northwing, Cebu City
Phone: (032)238-9565
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Ayala Center Cebu
Level 3 Active Zone, Cebu City
Phone: (032) 520-6218
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Robinsons Cagayan De Oro
Level 1, Rob Big R, Cagayan De Oro City
Phone: (088)852-1376

Time Depot – Centrio Cagayan de Oro
Level 2, Centrio Cagayan de Oro City
Phone: (088)323-2719
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Centrio Cagayan de Oro
Level 2, Centrio Cagayan de Oro City
Phone: (088)323-2719
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Abreeza Mall
2/F Abreeza Mall, Davao City
Phone: (082)321-9879
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – SM City Davao
G/F SM City Davao
Phone: (082)282-2642
Mall Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM

Time Depot – Robinsons Place Gensan
Level 1, Rob Place, General Santos City
Phone: (083)554-2256
Mall Hours: 9:30AM to 8:00PM

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Habagat Earth Hour Night Ride (Marikina City) March 23 8:30pm

Habagat Earth Hour

Habagat Earth Hour

Millions of people around the world switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm (20:30) in their local times on the last Saturday of March each year. In 2013, Earth Hour occurs one week earlier, on March 23.

Millions of people turn off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm (20:30) in their local times on the last Saturday of March. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas have stood in darkness during previous Earth Hours. Some people enjoy Earth Hour with a candle-lit dinner or a candle-lit bath, while others host large events or parties, either in darkness or with candles, to celebrate Earth Hour.

Businesses and government organizations, as well as community and political leaders also take part in Earth Hour. It’s about giving people a voice on the planet’s future and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for planet earth.

This March 23, you can do your part in earth hour by joining a Night Ride.

This will be the first HABAGAT EARTH HOUR Night Ride to be held in Manila. It will commemorate the worldwide EARTH HOUR event that has become a global phenomenon, focusing people’s attention on Earth’s energy crisis and how we can help by using less electricity and more human power.  Simultaneous bike rides are also being organized in Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

In the spirit of EARTH HOUR, the HABAGAT EARTH HOUR Night Ride will be entirely FREE of charge! Habagat items will also be raffled-off after the ride.

Assembly time is at 6:00pm and Ride out at 7:00pm.  Assembly will be at the Marikina City hall. This will be a leisurely ride with a speed of 8kph to 10kph with frequent stops so cleats are not really advisable. Safety first! NO HELMET NO RIDE. The route will be as follows.

Habagat Night Ride Route

Habagat Night Ride Route

Ride safe and see you there!

My 2012 Tri United Experience Sprint 1Km Swim 30Km Bike 7km Run


Id like to wish all the participants racing this March 10, 2013 Unilab Active Health Tri United the best of luck. Sadly I wont be able to join as I have an event to host at the same date. Looking back, I just want to share my Tri United 1 experiece last 2012 in Laiya. But mind you based on the website at UNILABACTIVE HEALTH the venue for TRI UNITED 1 is at Subic.

arriving near the transition area

arriving near the transition area

Practicing my bike transition as I arrive near the transition area. I still have time to prep up my bike. Coach Cris Supremo de la Cruz was also with me. He did the swim relay a day earlier.

Getting some help from coach tweaking the bike

Getting some help from coach tweaking the bike

BIKE PREP

For TRI UNITED in Laiya, if you are far from race site you may have to bring the car than ride to race site. Make sure you plan ahead giving time for bike prep. Make sure that when you attached the wheels, it is all aligned, brakes, clippers, chains and mechanics functioning well. If you need to disassemble seat post make sure you have markers. By the end of the bike prep your bike should be fit for you.

Posing with my road bike converted for tri

Posing with my road bike converted for tri

I didnt have a tri frame bike during the Tri United1  race so I had to make do with some modifications. Whats the difference between a tri and a road bike? its basically the seat post angle which gives you a more agressive riding position, which lets you activate other muscle groups needed for the run. It activates  the glutes more and rests the quads more on the much needed run to follow. I got an Profile Design forward post to compensate for the straight seatpost giving me an inch to 2inches forward angle. I also placed a Profile Design clip on aero bar.

Kinakabahan na ako

Kinakabahan na ako

The serious Oh shit what did I get myself into look was brought by the fact that Im doing something new at the race which is a big no no. Its common racing sense to just go what you practiced, what your usual nutrition and food intake is and no new gear your are just about to try in the race. It was my first time to ride on an FSA forward sea post. I wasnt able to ride more than 5km on it yet.

Transition area

Transition area

TRANSITION AREA

And Im off to my transition area. I make sure that everything is on the checklist.  Make sure that the stuff is prepared and laid out well in accordance to swim, bike, run leg.

For my swim I make sure that I brought the following

1 I am body marked

2) Brought my goggles

3) Brought my issued cap which is mandatory to be worn for safety reasons ( so marshals on kayaks can see you)

4) slippers/shoes on my jog/ run after the swim from the beach to transition 1. Just playing safe I wouldnt want to injure myself on splinters, sharp rocks, etc

5) watch w heart rate monitor

Transition from swim to bike

6) a Gallon of Water, for washing the feet, face/head. If you come from salt water the salt gets to stay on the skin and drizzle to your eyes which can be very uncomfortable when youre on the bike. you wouldnt want sand on your feet ether so the wash water really helps

7) power gel shot

8) race bib on race belt turned and worn at the back so marshals can see your number, it is reverted back to front later at the run

9)  Drinking water left at transition area

10) Gatorade/ pocari sweat on bike water bottle brought on the bike leg

11) HELMET! no helmet no ride

12) shades which serves as protective eyewear too

13) bike shoes, cleats

14) mini toolset

15) extra tire

Transition bike to run

16) Power gel shot

17) socks rolled so its easy to slip on ( I use socks, others dont)

18) running shoes, preferred if you have boa ties, no need to tie shoe laces

19) cap

BEACH

Park your slippers you will use on your run back to t1 where its visible

Around 20 minute prior to gun start  I already go to the water and try to get acclimatized. This is the time to be focused and not be intimidated by other triathletes as everyone starts to position themselves at the starting line. I do some swim strokes good for around 50 meters to acclimatize myself  with the water temperature, bouyancy and get acquanted with water visibility clarity or cloudyness.

Check out my warm up swim video here

STARTING LINE

Its best to position yourself depending on your swim split. If you have a faster than average swim split position yourself at the front. If not just stay at the back. Lessons learned from previous tri races, is that I would be humble and position myself at the back. I would say im an above average swimmer.  The problem there is that its extremely difficult to overtake slow swimmers ahead of you.  IF your comfortable makipag brasuhan sa tubig, stay inner lane, KEEP CALM,  WAG MAPIKON, getting hit on the face, kicked on the goggles, pulled, etc. . is part of it. If it may seem deliberate, its not, or at least think its not. If youre not comfortable with the limb frenzy stay outer lane.

GUNSTART and SWIM
I teach swimming, thats why some people call me coach boy coz im their swim coach. Labo noh… swim coach pero running host. Whatever.

I position myself at the 3nd row, Im confident im able to cope up with the lead pack for at least 400meters.  At gunstart, Run towards the water, when you feel the water near knee deep you actually thrust yourself forward and start swimming. Cant really share some swim secrets but if youre keen on watching the warm up swim video youll be surprised that the technique I use (taught by coach eric imperio tri dogs) gets you from shore to 25meters in less than 20  seconds

Check out the high intensity gun start video here

You will see that even high level triathletes try to wade and run through the water, which I think is better to lounge in and swim.
RELAX RELAX RELAX…keep calm ..this is the craziest part of the race, you will feel racers behind you try to grab your feet. Just do your thing. Focus on your own stroke. DRAFT.  Thats why in my classes, for those tri-ing, we simulate gun starts, feeling comfortable during swim roughing up and balyahan and drafting on the swim.  There are optimum placement on where you should be where you draft and there are worst areas as well. Make sure youre on the right area.

At about 50 meters, you notice the water is deep, and if clarity is good you can see how deep you are and see the bottom sea floor. At the start, that really scared the shit out of me. Visions of sharks and jaws coming out of nowhere begin to fill your head. Here is a comforting thought when that image flashes, just think that the sharks are after the rest of the participants and not you. At about 200 meters, the swimmers have must be in their swim equilibrium. That is, relaxed swim, good pace, good rhythm and you have found your pace place. Pace place is the term i use where youre in your optimum pace an stroke and no longer overtaking or being a nuisance to faster swimmers. You are with your fellow swimmers of the same pace.

I hope you breath on your left and right, as this helps in stroke symmetry and swim stroke path. This is open water, not a pool, waves and bouyancy come into play.  Be sure to SIGHT and Navigate. By SIGHT, meaning you should learn to quickly peep and see where you are going. If you depend on the person you may be drafting with , youll be dependent on his navigation which sometimes is just ofcourse.

TURNS

Bouy turns are exciting as well. Be careful not to be caught in the rope. Most do a breaststroke at this point, mind the effective indiscriminate kicking. Get back to your pace place and swim rhythm soonest.

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After loop 1

After loop 1 in the swim.  This TYR Goggles is a good investment and more than 7 years old. I try to clear the fog out

ASSHOLES

There are no worse assholes in world to me, worse than triathletes who try to overtake you on the swim, realizing that overtaking took toll on the energy used, he is now tired and slows down, worse, does a breastroke with frog kicks, indiscriminate kicking follows. Assholes , you know who you are.
After the 1st loop, take in some water and gargle, then hydrate a shot. Get back  into the water.

Make sure you do your required number of loops, depending on the race distance. Some have 2, 3 or four loops. Make sure you count yours

When youre done make sue youve accomplished the required number of loops. Press lap split on your watch once you step on timing mat. Get on with the parked slip on and run to T1 Transition 1

SWIM SPLIT: 27:10 Im quite happy But I know I can do better

Run from swim to T1. For a biggie like me, its a great feeling your not last.. yet

Run from swim to T1. For a biggie like me, its a great feeling your not last.. yet. I made it a point I had shoes/ slippers after the swim on the way to T1.

Flashing a smile. Happy that Im not the last on the swim

Flashing a smile. Happy that Im not the last on the swim

TRANSITION 1

Some races have shower spray on the way to T1, if there is, try to get the salt and sand of your body, and pass by the shower spray. If there is none. Thats where the gallon wash water gets handy. Wash sand off your feet. I personally do a gel shot, hydrate and off to the bike. You dont ride immediately, There are permissable bike mount areas.

Transition split: 2:48 Im quite happy with my transition time, its not like before that It takes me around 4:00

BIKE

For some, they hit it hard at the start to build  momentum immediately. For me, I dont really expect to place, but I started off with an easy spin and build my way up. True to my prediction, no surprises, never do anything new on the race, the bike fit of the newly installed seat post is okay. The problem is that the angle makes you literally sit and bring your weight down on your balls. I havent gotten an ADAMO seat yet (which has comfy betlog perforations and shutes) so it was really uncomfotable for me during my ride.

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This is near the turnaround loop, every U turn I make it a point to uncleat

This is near the turnaround loop, every U turn I make it a point to uncleat

Be sure to count the loops you have accomplished and check your cyclo comuputer against the mileage.  No one can discount the fact that knowing your bike course ahead of time is an advantage. You can already map out your plan of attack as regard to gearing, etc.  The bike course in laiya is great, straight all the way with rolling hills. There are some false gradation meaning you think its going down but its actually going up. Be careful during turn around points as the momentum you get from the straights may lead you to overshoot or lose control, the turn was just as wide as the street. Careful for those specially on cleats.

BIKE SPLIT: 1:14 for a 30km bike ride. Not too happy with the timeI was gunning for sub 1:00 but the seat was just killing me. Its a good thing I already have 2 kids. I dont mind shooting blanks after this.

TRANSITION 2

Arriving from bike leg.. Oh no! theres so many bikes on the rack! Lagging behind on my run

Arriving from bike leg.. Oh no! theres so many bikes on the rack! Lagging behind on my run

Being a safety freak, I  couldnt careless about time but I do make it a point that during transitions and turns, I slow down and look all around. I witness a horrific accident in one of the tri races and its usually dangerous in intersections, transitions and turnaround points. When I arrive at T2, I realize Im lagging behind to my run and I see so many bikes on the bike racks.. most participants are already on the run. Whatever lead I got from the others on my swim was lost on my slow bike ride.

I make it a point I get a shot of power gel and hydrate again prior to the run

Transition 2 Split: 3:06 dismount area is far from my rack and I took some time changing into my running shoes. Chill Chill pa sa T2.
RUN

This is where push comes to shove. By this time, I could still conjure up some strength on my run, but im really exhausted. Its demotivating to know that you are just about to start your run and people are finishing already.  The bad thing about the Laiya run route for slow guys like me , is that its a straight course, and I get to see everyone about to finish on their second loop while im still starting on my first.  Thanks for those that cheered me on the run, elite tri athlete, Rayzon Galdonez, my swim coach in high school Polo Tri Albert Altura, and several teams.

Thanks to coach Roel Ambao Ano for taking care of me at hydration, the ice really helped me cool off.

Thanks to Team Crystal Clear hydration for a refrshing hydration pit stop

Thanks to Team Crystal Clear hydration for a refrshing hydration pit stop

It does help getting to know the marshals! I enjoy my hydration stops with friends / marshals.

There are local spectators at Laiya, some cheer you, some give cat calls, kids run with you, all in all its a great experience.

I know I could have ran faster, the heat was just getting to me.

RUN SPLIT : 1:00:00 I was targetting at most 50 for a 7km run.

And I run to the finish!!! finally!

My final time 2:47:19 1km swim 30km bike 7km run

My final time 2:47:19 1km swim 30km bike 7km run

What a Rush with Premium Rush

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Premium Rush 2012 Movie Trailer

http://youtu.be/W_s9EvacnVc

I never make movie reviews but this film just screams excitement it made me want to shout out for more!

Its not that im a bike nut, but anyone who have ever ridden on two is surely going to relate. Director David Koepp had the vision of a cyclist all along. What moves me in this movie is that there are scenes where it takes you from a cyclist point of view; specifically the time when you are faced with obstacles in city riding and you are faced with options. The film brings you to the minds eye of Joseph Gordon-Lewitt as to which path to take. Its those split millisecond decisions that we see, that was truly captured. My words are not going to do justice, but this film is definitely a must see.

Cyclists rock on.. to fixies  RESPECT! The bike chase and race scene between a top of the line Carbon Fiber Parlee with Clincher Wheelset and the fixie bike will forever be a biker/cyclist/fixie rider debate in bike hangouts

Everything is two thumbs up in this movie! The main downer for me is the huge expectation on the “flash mob” scene of the real NY bike messenger underground scene. I was expecting more than just mere riding pokes. Other than that, this movie is truly a blast there were scenes that I would literally get up my seat, cringe and shout out.

This movie is for you if

– you ride a bike, any bike. If youre a roadie, mtb, fixie, bmx, trials or even  a free rider theres a bike scene for you that you can relate to

– must see, even buy the dvd/blue ray if youre a bike nut, cyclist or fixie rider

-are into  fast paced “ill pee later on once this finish” action films

-you have a rebellious nature

This movie is not for you

– if you find bike messengers irritating

– if youre a hard core conservative and you abhor any act of mischief

On a last note. Good job from the actors, bloodiest blooper scene ive seen so far. Clap clap.

Race Details: UNILAB Run Bike Run

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Here are some of the race details you may want to take note of:
– timing chips: please make sure its securely fastened and returned after the race.
– race numbers: race belt is provided, bib in front when running and turn race belt so as bib is at your back when biking.
– note the proper sticker placement provided for your bike and helmet
– helmets are mandatory

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1st Manila Folding Bike Festival

If youre a folding bike enthusiast, all roads lead to BSide Collective at Malugay St. in Makati.  Bside being the haven of alternative visual, music, and fashion artists now hosts health enthusiasts and quirky collectors of a gem we know as folding bikes.

You can see this cute transport almost anywhere and is even allowed in LRTs for easier commute. From the trusty “tupayb” or “2,500 bike to sky-is-the-limit budget you may have, its a sin not to have one in your household for errands or just uplifting your quality of life.

The photo below are my folding bikes that just give me joy to look at and incredible fun to ride

This is my ixi folding bike. Its a breakable/detachable type of folding bike. It is belt driven, funcitonal, sleek and has a modern twist to a foldie representing my taste for gadgetry , technology and futurism.  I got this from Ariel Arias of Folding Bike Pilipinas and he was encouraging me to place it under exhibit. Unfortunately its so fun to ride, my nephew wouldnt stop and rode it till it got flat and worse.

This is my Peerless GoGo bike. This one is incredible cute and a headturner specially if I walk in a cafe or jollybee holding this when im on commuting public transport. Unfortunately it has no gear to help me out on hills. But if portability is your priority this is your cute weapon of choice. Quirky, classy and functional as well.

Wikipedia defines the folding bike as

folding bicycle is a bicycle designed to fold into a compact form, facilitating transport and storage.  When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into buildings and workplaces or on public transportation (facilitating mixed-mode commuting and bicycle commuting, and more easily stored in compact living quarters or aboard a car, boat or plane.

Folding mechanisms vary, with each offering a distinct combination of folding speed, folding ease, compactness, ride, weight, durability and price. Distinguished by the complexities of their folding mechanism, more demanding structural requirements, greater number of parts, and more specialized market appeal, folding bikes may be more expensive than comparable non-folding models. The choice of model, apart from cost considerations, is a matter of resolving the various practical requirements: a quick easy fold, compact folded size, or a faster but less compact model.[1]

As regard to the types of folding bikes we have :

Folding mechanisms are highly variable.

Half or mid fold Many folding frames follow classic frame pattern of the safety bicycle‘s diamond frame, but feature a hinge point (with single or double hinges) allowing the bicycle to fold approximately in half. Quick-connect clamps enable raising or lowering steering and seat columns. A similar swing hinge may be combined with a folding steering column. Fold designs may use larger wheels, even the same size as in non-folders, for users prioritizing ride over fold compactness.

Triangle hinge A hinge in the frame may allow the rear triangle and wheel to be folded down and flipped forward, under the main frame tube, as in theSwift Folder and Bike Friday. Such a flip hinge may be combined with a folding front fork as in the Birdy. Swing and flip hinges may be combined on the same frame, as in Brompton and Dahon, which use a folding steering column. Folding mechanisms typically involve latches and quick releases, which affect the speed of the fold/unfold. Bike Friday offers a model, the Tikit, featuring a cable-activated folding mechanism requiring no quick releases or latches, for increased folding speed.[8]

Break away and other styles Bikes may partly fold and partly disassemble for packing into a standard or custom sized suitcase for air travel (e.g., Airnimal and Bike Friday). Other variations include the bicycle torque coupling is a proprietary connector system that can be retrofitted to a standard frame. The Giatex folds and retracts, adjusting to the size of the rider. The Gekko folds from the seat tube like an upside down umbrella. The iXi literally breaks into 2 halves. The Strida has a triangular frame and folds to resemble a unicycle.

Folding mechanisms may incur more cost and weight, allow folding smaller, and tend to use smaller wheels. 24 inch wheels are the largest for which flip hinges are generally used, but smaller wheels, typically 16 or 20 inches, are more common. Smaller size does not mean lighter weight, as most of these designs forgo the bracing benefits of the diamond frame, and must compensate as a step-through frame does, with thicker metal. The step-through design is a boon to a wider range of rider size, age and physical ability. Another system found on folders such as Montague Bikes utilizes the seat tube as a pivot point for the frame to fold. This system uses a tube within a tube design to give the bike more torsional stiffness. It allows the user to fold the bike without “breaking” any vital tubes down, preserving the structural integrity of the diamond frame. This system is operated by a single quick release found along the top tube of the bike.

As I said.. this saturday June 23, all roads lead to Bside.  As folding bike groups bike their way to malugay. Get together and everyone  meets up there as early as 10am. Organizers are there as early as 7am. The map to the venue is as follows:

Schedule on the festival is as follows:

10am is registration, fellowship, entering your bike to the contest and theres even bike blessing

1 pm is bike contest, exhibit, bazaar sale, there’s even free souvenir shirt silk screen printing

5pm concert  and partying follows!

Check out what the news has to say about the event

Its only a one day event! be sure to be there!