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September 29, 2008

UPLB Tri Recap

Filed under: Races — levyang @ 3:07 am

I always make it a point to join as many triathlon races as possible.  In fact, I only forego the ones held in the Visayas and Mindanao, aside from the ones that conflict with family schedules.  But if the calendar is free and race is held somewhere in Luzon, count on me being there 🙂  Which is why I was at UPLB last Saturday for the 5th NAGT series.    

One thing I like about the races at UPLB is the fact that it starts in the afternoon.  That way you get a good night’s sleep the night before.  Another good thing is the fact that it is hosted by the Trantados team which is the most fun-loving sports team/group that I’ve come across 🙂  They are the ones responsible for hosting a lot of fun and wacky races in the past like triathlon races in costume or races that end at midnight 🙂  Trantados make triathlon FUN.  Last Saturday’s race was no exception.  

Philip (Foreign Runner) and I got to UPLB at around 12noon.  According to the latest notice, the race was supposed to start at 2pm.  But with the horrendous traffic at SLEX, I kind of expected that the race will start at around 3pm.  No worries though as the sky was overcast and I was just excited to race in a different environment this time and see if I can improve on my time from last year.  Saw Marga (Changeling Child) and Jeremy who’s doing his first Tri – and made a good account of himself as he did a sub-2 with a mountain bike! Galing!  Also it was great seeing my schoolmate, Jake, who introduced me to Drew, Paolo and Suzi. (feeling showbiz na, haha)  Now on the actual race and the times I posted based on my watch:

Swim: 16:33     

Those in the 30’s and 40’s were sent out as part of the last wave.  The swimming pool at UPLB is only 25 meters short, so the organizers divided the pool into 4 lanes to make 100 meters.  The participants were then required to do 8 loops around the pool to make the 800 meter distance.  While the Trantados did try to demonstrate how to make a perfect dive into the pool, I knew this was going to be a problem for me because I just can never do a decent Nestea Ice Tea plunge 🙂  It was always feet first for me when it comes to diving.  In this pool however, that strategy will not work as one end of the pool is about eight to ten feet deep and precious seconds will be lost while waiting to resurface.  I just thought, what the heck, I’ll just do my own version of what a dive should look like and just finish the course.  It was a real challenge trying to swim in a short pool.  There are always swimmers around you, kicking you, pulling you down, etc.  It was also tiring getting out the pool and diving again for 8 times.  It was a good thing my wife, Ellet, was with me as she counted the loops for me.  After the swim, I was a bit exhausted from all the jostling and was quite surprised that I was sub-17min coming out of the pool 🙂  Last year, I did a 20min something and almost threw up after the swim because I was just so tired swimming through the crowd.

Transition 1:  1:15

Smoother transition this time with the clipped-on shoes.

Bike:  56:04

It was a different bike course this time from last year.  From what I remember, last year’s course measured only 27 kms but had a bigger loop.  This time, the participants were required to do 4 loops of an 8km course.  It was a fast but dangerous course.  The roads were not closed off so we had to share our route with taxis, jeepneys and other cars.  But even without these other vehicles, I found the course a bit cramped because the lane that the participants occupied was too narrow for comfort.  But the race marshalls did a very good job managing the traffic at the turns so accidents were avoided.  One good thing about racing in multiple loops is that you can see where the other participants were with respect to your particular position in the race.  Also, it was great that the turnaround was placed right before the transition area, it really felt good to hear the cheers and encouragement from Ellet and Vina (Philip’s wife) each time I passed the turnaround.  I averaged around 32.9 km/hr for the entire course 🙂  Only because it was basically a flat course with a very-gradual-hardly-noticeable incline.  Couldn’t compare it though with last year’s time because the course was different.  My odometer showed that the course measured 31 kms.

Transition 2:  1:33

Took a swig of gatorade and put on the running shoes.  I’m thinking of getting those laces where you don’t have to tie your shoes. I think they call them boa laces?

Run:  27:21

Philip has been giving me a lot of grief with running.  Because he can run so damn fast 🙂  I always felt embarrassed when he asks what my time was in certain distances because he’ll have this smirk on his face 🙂  Also, we have this friendly (at least, I still think it’s friendly) competition between us to see who gets to finish first.  Philip is still struggling with his swimming, we cancel each other off on the bike and it is in the run where he’ll try to make up for whatever lead I had on him in swimming.  Should make for an exciting finish 🙂  From what I saw in the bike course, I thought I was maybe half-a-loop ahead of him going into transition 2.  Knowing how fast Philip runs, I just had to make a go for it and suffer along the way 😦  Ran the same course as last year where there was just this short climb at the beginning of the loop, but it’s all downhill and flat afterwards.  Participants were required to do 4 loops, each loop measuring 1.5k (but was shorter according to Philip’s Garmin).  After my first loop, I saw Philip coming out of transition and I finally saw firsthand how the man can really fly while running.  Oh man, I thought, I still have to do 3 loops with this maniac running after me.  Tried my best to push myself, short and fast turnovers in the small climb and longer strides during the downhill.  Also was thinking of saving some energy in the event that Philip catches up and I would have to sprint.  I remember thinking that for the first time, I was in a race :-0.  Triathlons used to be fun where the goal was simply to finish 🙂  Now, because of Philip, I was suffering.  Finally crossed the finish line and no Philip in sight.  Whew!  Nothing like Ellet’s embrace to take away all the suffering I was feeling at the end 🙂  Glanced at my watch and was so happy to see that I finished with a time of 1:42:48.  Met my goal of improving on last year’s time 🙂  Swimming improved by 4 minutes and the run by 8 minutes thereabouts.   

Finish: 1:42:48 (unofficial) 1:43:03 (official, according to TRAP) 🙂  

Philip came in after a few minutes and I congratulated him for finishing his first official triathlon race.  He improved a lot on his swim as he did a 20min something split!!!  I know it’s just a matter of time before this cheetah will find other prey to devour.  I’m just happy to say that, at least, for this one time, I did beat Philippus Le Roux in a triathlon race 🙂      

Would have wanted to celebrate with the Trantados in IC’s but the kids were waiting back home.  Couldn’t leave without having pictures taken with Drew, Iya, Paolo, Suzi and Leo Oracion though 🙂  I’d like to congratulate the Trantados for hosting another fun triathlon race at UPLB.  Biggest Cheers to Leo Oracion for being the overall winner and to Drew as well for topping his age group even though he swam an extra 100 meters.  Marga placed second in her age group.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t around anymore to claim her medal.  No worries though as I’m sure there are a lot of medals in store for her in the future.

Next race:  Alabang on Oct. 12

Cheers!

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September 26, 2008

We Wuz Robbed

Filed under: Ramblings — levyang @ 1:55 am

They’ll probably gonna take back my Ateneo diploma after this.  But hear me out first.  I’ll go straight to the point:  WE WUZ ROBBED LAST NIGHT.  I’m talking about Game 2 of the Ateneo-La Salle basketball game.  All of you saw it last night.  In the middle of the third quarter when La Salle decided to show up and make it a game, one referee slapped a technical foul on Rico Maierhofer for allegedly giving the dirty finger to an Ateneo player.  Now, there’s an age-old adage in basketball.  You know it, I know it, the whole basketball world knows it.  So, let’s say it together now:  You don’t let the referees decide the outcome of a basketball game, let the players play it out.

Granted, this was not the last 2 minutes.  Still, you cannot take the fact that with that dumb call, La Salle lost the game right then and there.  Since this was the second technical foul that was slapped on Maierhofer, he was ejected from the game and thereby taking away the only inside presence of LaSalle against Ateneo’s behemoths.  Now, let me tell you why the call made on Maierhofer was dumb.

First of all, we have to understand the context when the call was made.  In basketball, one has to accept the fact that ‘stars’ do get special treatment from the refs.  For example, if Michael Jordan already has 5 fouls in the third quarter of a championship game, do you think a ref would call his sixth for slapping the wrist of an opposing player?  Hell no!! Outside a clear and blatant foul probably bordering on flagrant, you just don’t take a star player out of the ballgame like that.  JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer are the ‘star’ players for LaSalle.  At the time, Maierhofer already has a technical foul assessed to him earlier for taunting.  No argument there.  But the refs should have understood this when they called a 2nd technical foul on Rico.  Bottom line: As a ref, you don’t call a technical foul on Rico KNOWING that he already was slapped a technical earlier ESPECIALLY when you’re not even sure that he even made the objectionable act in the first place.  As I recalled it last night, the ref who made the call was at the bottom of the TV screen and was opposite from where Rico was standing and made the allegedly obscene gesture.  This already makes the call suspect because I doubt it if the ref really saw what he thought he saw.  In fact, succeeding replays were inconclusive if Rico did give the dirty finger.  And this is my point, as a star player, Rico should have been given the benefit of the doubt on that play.  Absent a CLEAR and INDISPUTABLE act showing that a foul has been committed, the ref should have just swallowed his whistle.  

As a result, WE WUZ ROBBED a championship game last night.  La Salle wuz robbed.  Even Ateneo wuz robbed given the hollow feeling I have right now even though a championship trophy now resides at the Loyola campus.  Don’t get me wrong.  Ateneo is the better team and totally deserves the championship.  I’m not in the habit of giving out predictions.  But in an earlier post, I did say that Ateneo WILL WIN the championship.  All season long Ateneo has shown that it’s the best team in the UAAP, bar none.  In fact, it seemed that Ateneo was in a league of their own at times.  In fact, I would even say that they could play a best of 10 what-have-you and Ateneo will sweep it.  I kid you not, this year’s Ateneo team is THAT good. BUT, with that call last night, it somehow took a lot of the satisfaction from what should have been TOTAL DOMINATION of our arch-rivals.  That’s what we get because the refs chose to play their game at center stage and not on the sidelines where they should be.  

In the aftermath, I should say though that in boycotting the awarding ceremonies that followed, La Salle displayed poor sportsmanship.  At the time, I suspected La Salle was thinking of placing the game under protest and their position may be compromised should they accept the runner-up trophy.  But then again, we’re thinking of the bigger picture here.  Millions were glued to their TV sets where the protagonists are educational institutions which supposedly produced the creme de la creme of Philippine society.  What kind of example did it show our students and the public?  I don’t know maybe age has a way of diluting my passions because for me, at the end of the day, it is just basketball.

I guess this is the reason why I just do triathlons nowadays.  

Cheers!

September 24, 2008

PMI 10K Results and PMI Feedback

Filed under: Uncategorized — levyang @ 1:38 am

Just got back from ULTRA where Coach Jojo Macalintal told me about the negative feedback about the PMI run (i.e. bad sound system, crowded reg. booth, etc.).  Personally, I don’t have many expectations in a race (which is the reason why I hardly get disappointed in any of them) 🙂  But I know this is no reason to deny the public a well-organized race.  Therefore, I would like to appeal to those who joined the PMI run to please use this blog to post your feedback about the PMI Proudly 60 Run at UP.  Any feedback, especially the negative ones, are most welcome and appreciated.  I would promptly relay your comments to the organizers so we can do a much better PMI run in the future.   Cheers! 

Here are the results of the 10K run:

10km Overall Results

 

 

 

1

Eduardo Buenavista

29

0:30:02

2

Alley Quisay

27

0:31:09

3

Crissencio Sabal

29

0:31:14

4

Bernardo Desamito Jr.

34

0:31:17

5

Elmer Sabal

26

0:31:54

6

Marjohn Salanawon

25

0:31:26

7

Ben Alenandrino

25

0:31:30

8

Allan Ballester

34

0:31:32

9

Christopher Ulboc Jr.

17

0:31:35

10

Jujet de Asis

36

0:31:41

11

Gerald Sabal

23

0:31:47

12

Reynaldo Delos Reyes

37

0:31:51

13

Nelbert Ducusin

22

0:31:55

14

Johnny Espana

22

0:31:56

15

Alquin Bolivar

22

0:31:58

16

Darwin Lim

20

0:31:59

17

Rodolfo Talandino

45

0:32:13

18

Bowen Montecilio

24

0:32:38

19

Ramie Lacson

32

0:32:43

20

Pacino Andaya

20

0:33:03

21

Adonis Lobaton

36

0:33:06

22

Esmeraldo Ondoy

40

0:33:08

23

Rolando Piamonte

36

0:33:31

24

Pepito Deapera

37

0:33:39

25

Jack Espana

25

0:33:51

26

Robeno Javier

23

0:33:57

27

Giovanni Andaya

19

0:33:58

28

Derek Amarante

16

0:33:59

29

Leomar Mirasol

26

0:34:06

30

Alexander Arabit

19

0:34:08

31

Ronald Salgado

26

0:34:15

32

Billi Joe Ignacio

20

0:34:32

33

 

 

0:36:47

34

Aliboy Solomon

14

0:36:53

35

Michael Mendoza

28

0:36:56

36

Msg. Rey Antoque

55

0:36:58

37

Marecil Maquilan

20

0:37:14

38

Aileen Tolentino

22

0:37:31

39

Raymond Sabordo

15

0:37:37

40

Conrad Conde

23

0:37:42

41

Timmy Santos

25

0:38:01

42

Roberto Ramiro

46

0:38:07

43

Jean Palencia

18

0:38:15

44

Junjie Maranalla

27

0:38:16

45

Duncan Amarante

12

0:38:18

46

Rizaldy Mabag

19

0:38:36

47

Mark Mallanta

19

0:38:45

48

Ariel Marce

42

0:38:52

49

Neljohn Sonio

15

0:38:55

50

Miles Embuedo

21

0:39:07

51

Gregorio Hiray

46

0:39:18

52

Ronaldo Pelayo

20

0:39:25

53

Edwin Gajol

30

0:39:31

54

Eduardo Villanueva

49

0:39:33

55

Danny Veras

51

0:39:42

56

Jun Bacus

40

0:39:44

57

Allen Mendoza

31

0:39:48

58

Norlito Nicolas

28

0:39:58

59

Perfecto Talondon

33

0:40:03

60

Alex Ballester

10

0:40:08

61

Liza Yambao

26

0:40:11

62

Macrose Dichoso

14

0:40:25

63

Joanne Manangat

20

0:40:36

64

Genaro Carranea

32

0:40:39

65

Ricardo Pauig

47

0:40:39

66

Rodel Gajol

31

0:40:53

67

Danilo Burdeos

53

0:41:09

68

Gerry Austria

25

0:41:40

69

Jovie Leqnis

28

0:41:41

70

Jessie Sacalye

53

0:42:08

71

Michael Meneses

 

0:42:12

72

Anna Vargas

28

0:42:13

73

Francisco Vinarao

40

0:42:24

74

 

 

0:42:25

75

Manuel Lopez

37

0:42:27

76

Ian Esquilona

20

0:42:29

77

Edgar Joseph Sta. Rosa

35

0:42:43

78

Jessica Marce

17

0:42:48

79

Felipe Dumpit

52

0:42:54

80

Chris Gimenez

36

0:42:56

81

Charlie Aquino

13

0:42:58

82

Honesto Mallanta

17

0:43:05

83

Maica Mae Tacsiat

11

0:43:08

84

Hermogenes Valdez

53

0:43:29

85

Reynaldo Ruda

41

0:43:30

86

Maryam Mangorangca

38

0:43:40

87

Eddie Radaza/Federico Amban

40/31

0:43:54

89

Lester Jerome Chuayap

30

0:44:03

90

Enate Sayrol

36

0:44:14

91

Jof Babaran

43

0:44:27

92

Roberto Manzano

46

0:44:32

93

Graciano Santos

42

0:44:33

94

Mirasol Abad

23

0:45:01

95

Olive Cortez

33

0:45:02

96

Leo Yambao

39

0:45:03

97

Maricel Yambao

18

0:45:15

98

Silverio Saligbon

53

0:45:18

99

Dominador Magleo

25

0:45:24

100

Nolan Llanora

32

0:45:29

101

Rodrigo Bagtilay

29

0:45:34

102

Antonio Saligao

23

0:45:50

103

Renz Ranez

13

0:45:51

104

Joel Korea

19

0:45:52

105

Roy Caluya Martin

42

0:45:53

106

Rudy George Ilustre

46

0:45:54

107

Roel Olimba

37

0:45:55

108

Nicanor Reyes

48

0:46:14

109

Eduardo Monog

56

0:46:31

110

Alan Giba

37

0:46:34

111

Tommy Tan

57

0:46:38

112

Raul Abuan

45

0:46:40

113

Genevieve dela Pena

34

0:46:41

114

Gil Pajares

61

0:46:47

115

Alfredo Fototona

72

0:47:10

116

Eduardo Martinez

41

0:47:13

117

Jennelyn Randa

12

0:47:17

118

Ricky Dizon

51

0:47:22

119

Jose Dela Cruz Cando

35

0:47:30

120

Ryan de Nosta

 

0:47:32

121

Renilo Mateo

44

0:47:40

122

Roderick Sucgag

43

0:47:41

123

Rodel Dela Cruz

51

0:47:46

124

Joash Dela Cruz

28

0:47:53

125

Francis Jay Nacino

36

0:48:01

126

Glen Lee

47

0:48:02

127

Wilfredo Quitos

52

0:48:03

128

Gabriela Calma

23

0:48:04

129

Vince Mendoza

30

0:48:15

130

Rodolph Capuchino

40

0:48:16

131

Vergelio Leona

44

0:48:18

132

Norman Dayap

34

0:48:19

133

Dionisio Espiritu

46

0:48:31

134

Mila Paje

43

0:49:07

135

Noel Miano

49

0:49:18

136

Abundio Corral Jr.

29

0:49:19

137

Chona May Cunanan

26

0:49:27

138

Nicky Ty

 

0:49:29

139

Oscar Lopez

19

0:49:30

140

Duncan Starnes

34

0:49:50

141

Gregorio Ocampo

40

0:49:51

142

Enrico Ibana

48

0:50:01

143

Saturnino Camangonan

49

0:50:02

144

Bernadro Eligio

35

0:50:11

145

Ireneo Hernandez

53

0:50:12

146

Daisy Castillon

43

0:50:13

147

Dominador Agot

49

0:50:16

148

Jody Jacinto

36

0:50:17

149

Dennis Chung

24

0:50:43

150

Anthony Olinares

46

0:50:47

151

Ronald Astronomo

44

0:51:10

152

Jan Imperio

40

0:51:13

153

Jun Del Rosario

69

0:51:35

154

Monique Nimo

35

0:51:38

155

Chito Vegim

38

0:51:40

156

Cherry Gotamco

46

0:51:43

157

Marvin Romero

31

0:51:47

158

Robhel Valera

34

0:51:51

159

Raul Noel

17

0:52:13

160

Eduardo Franciso

47

0:52:14

161

Rommel Mangabal

43

0:52:26

162

Ferdinand Amion

46

0:52:31

           163

Christopher Santiago

29

0:52:35

164

Dominador Orvida

49

0:52:36

165

Nicanor Quieta

45

0:52:38

166

Ruben Garcia

46

0:52:39

167

Felipe Dictado

31

0:52:40

168

Jonathan Bayocot

37

0:52:41

169

Jan Michael Cruz

28

0:52:42

170

Hazel Ena Orivida

14

0:52:44

171

Leonardo Capacete

36

0:52:45

172

Henry dela Cruz

44

0:52:46

173

Julia Abiera

10

0:52:47

174

Giovanni Hernandez

 

0:52:48

175

Noe Bello

44

0:53:08

         176

 

 

0:53:13

177

Michael Villanueva

33

0:53:24

178

Gil Ocampo

59

0:53:28

179

Mary Anne Kathleen Olayte

29

0:53:29

180

Zaldy Juan

37

0:53:31

`181

Glendell Tanag

31

0:53:42

182

Dominic Pascasio

27

0:53:44

183

Mariano Cruz

48

0:53:46

184

Rosario Ferco

46

0:53:48

185

Rafael Tomacruz

44

0:53:59

186

Andy Tan

31

0:54:03

187

 

 

0:54:05

188

Roderick  

 

0:54:10

189

Jolly Villamor

42

0:54:17

190

Samson Ocampo

48

0:54:28

191

Carlo Francisco

32

0:54:38

192

Nico Nolasco

 

0:54:52

193

Raymond Martelino

28

0:54:56

194

Francis Lira

37

0:54:57

195

Jonel Mendoza

44

0:55:00

196

Isa Cruz

25

0:55:04

197

Allan Ordiz

25

0:55:09

198

Arian Ocampo

31

0:55:40

199

Jomini Nazareno

29

0:55:54

200

Jerome Bautista

21

0:56:01

201

BJ Manalo

27

0:56:02

202

Winston Sy

39

0:56:03

203

Geoff Fajardo

31

0:56:04

204

Gilbert Velasco

37

0:56:08

205

Robin Quinto

28

0:56:19

206

Dax Carlo Pascasio

23

0:56:22

207

Joseph Zueglich

44

0:56:32

208

Jojo Dela Cruz

38

0:56:36

209

Eric Dalina

46

0:56:39

210

Rodel Amago

42

0:56:47

211

Francis Gopez

30

0:56:48

212

Margaret Jade Ferriols

33

0:56:50

213

Gerry Geralde

40

0:56:56

214

Manny Maandal

53

0:57:06

215

Victorina Calma

34

0:57:16

216

Edilberto Severino

42

0:57:18

217

Lamberto Amado

57

0:57:21

218

Teddy Temprosa

49

0:57:23

219

Gigi Alcantara

32

0:57:24

220

Gerry Jano

40

0:57:27

221

Christopher Ramirez

39

0:57:28

222

Angelo Amellano

36

0:57:58

223

Michael Ang

42

0:58:27

224

Geronimo Espinosa

53

0:58:37

225

Larry Daliwag

49

0:58:42

226

Rene Mabalot

33

0:58:52

227

Vernier Umali

39

0:58:59

228

Frederick Capinpin

39

0:59:02

229

Wilfredo Gozo

36

0:59:07

230

Mar Quilala

60

0:59:39

231

George Enriquez

46

0:59:40

232

Rolando Maala

41

0:59:42

233

Rosalina Pascual

44

0:59:49

234

Wilbert Lacbay

31

0:59:58

235

William Sing

43

1:00:12

236

Marlon Lagua

39

1:00:14

237

Patrick Pena

43

1:00:18

239

Darwin Caraan

31

1:00:24

240

Arnel Gutierrez

44

1:00:26

241

Stella Que

32

1:00:31

242

Rufino Narciso Villanasco

39

1:00:50

243

Marc Steven Chua

26

1:01:03

244

Homer Noche

49

1:01:09

245

Abe Peralta

55

1:01:10

246

Armando Broncano

40

1:01:11

247

Ben Parayno

61

1:01:17

248

Ceasar Corteza

37

1:01:21

249

Sherry San Pedro

32

1:01:23

250

Genelito Badocdoc

54

1:01:34

251

Jare Polintan

51

1:01:38

252

Carina Dayondon

30

1:01:43

253

Cecilio Nepumuceno

54

1:01:44

254

Tisha Gevieroso

35

1:01:45

255

Mel Habana

50

1:01:47

256

Alexander Silvestre

44

1:01:48

257

John Raspado

27

1:01:59

258

Nestor Almoite

44

1:02:13

259

Rico Yamat

36

1:02:29

260

Ray Anthony Cleofe

26

1:02:31

267

Red Samar

36

1:02:38

268

Orbin Diaz

36

1:02:50

269

Darlyn Abillar

43

1:02:51

270

Emma Alvarez

46

1:03:07

271

Teddy Yao

46

1:03:09

272

Genevieve Ong

25

1:03:18

273

Noelle Wenceslao

28

1:03:22

274

Ceasario Gitano

41

1:03:26

275

Jimmy Arriesgado

21

1:03:27

276

Inocencio Francisco

49

1:03:55

277

Elizer Mendoza

20

1:04:08

278

Helen Castillo

53

1:04:12

279

Benson Yao

48

1:04:17

280

Warner Andrada

43

1:04:19

281

DJ Aristotle Carion

32

1:04:24

282

Christine Litton

39

1:04:43

283

Luis Hans

55

1:04:48

284

Lisa Marie Carandang

36

1:05:25

285

Kelly Potot

18

1:05:27

286

Jun Llantes

43

1:05:29

287

Jun Engracia

55

1:05:53

288

Richard Lim

40

1:06:06

289

Joey Verano

27

1:06:46

290

Carlo dela Pena

20

1:06:53

291

Rsemarie Antolin

24

1:07:04

292

Michelle Curran

34

1:07:11

293

Angelita Yambao

65

1:07:45

294

Rixel Izon

36

1:07:46

295

Noel Amion

40

1:07:47

296

Sherwin Daquigan

31

1:08:42

297

Alfredo Dimzon

57

1:09:11

298

Orlando De Roxas

27

1:09:29

299

Alden Albano

28

1:09:48

300

Joseph Carreon

27

1:10:51

301

Charles Lim

46

1:10:56

302

Edgardo Razon

44

1:10:57

303

Ito Roces

45

1:10:59

304

Mac Raynog

 

1:11:22

305

Arnel Agquiz

23

1:11:39

306

Lemuel Ian Lopera

37

1:12:23

307

Anabel Meroy

30

1:12:38

308

Jesus Canono

53

1:13:27

309

Cecil Dajoyag

32

1:13:45

310

Patrick Joseph Tugade

26

1:14:12

311

Daniel So

48

1:14:26

312

Bill Enage

 

1:14:37

313

Ian Oscar Enage

 

1:14:39

314

Ryan Salonga

27

1:15:01

315

Joseph Mendoza

24

1:15:05

316

Jae Zel Dictado

8

1:15:13

317

Edwin Ylescupidez

55

1:15:14

318

Maricor Go

28

1:15:33

319

Romualdo Balagapo

22

1:16:19

320

David Juanico

22

1:16:20

321

Igo Polido

 

1:16:21

322

Migs Noel

22

1:16:59

323

Dennis Quepe

 

1:17:00

324

Jennifer Ang

30

1:18:07

325

Richard Suzara

33

1:18:08

326

Jennifer Suzara

32

1:19:02

327

Cesar Guarin

52

1:19:51

328

George Tan

50

1:20:03

329

Kim Tiew O’Connell

 

1:20:03

330

Felsie Soriano

 

1:20:16

331

James Dolar

34

1:20:17

332

 

 

1:23:23

333

Tirso Josef

37

1:23:31

334

Dominic Andrada

13

1:24:26

335

Eduardo Dimzon

71

1:25:13

336

Francis Acop

36

1:25:26

337

Sean Co

40

1:27:05

338

Leah Caringar

36

1:27:06

339

Abe Abarquel

31

1:27:37

340

Renato Calma

57

1:30:41

341

Ellen Cayanan

32

1:34:13

342

Bong Zandueta

36

1:34:14

 

September 23, 2008

PMI Recap (Through the eyes of an official timer)

Filed under: Races,Running — levyang @ 2:30 am

In a previous post, I wrote that I was looking forward to the PMI run as it will be my first time to run at UP. Well, my first race at UP will have to wait since I was assigned to be an official timer for the PMI Run that was held last Sunday 🙂 

I was already at UP around 4am.  Saw Thumbie and his group setting up the starting line  near the belltower.  A lot of runners were expected that day, mostly PMI students, so instead of racing, members of Team PMI were called upon to act as race marshalls.  Mike and I were assigned to be the official timers of the 3K run.  Knowing how some runners can become so anal about their times, it didn’t take too long for me to realize the seriousness of the task at hand.  Popo instructed me on what buttons to press on the timer, while Mike agreed to take on the task of listing the race numbers as the runners come across the finish line.  It may appear simple on the outside, but I was really worried about possible controversies that may arise should we foul up on our jobs.  Of course, it didn’t help that being assigned to the 3K run means having the most runners on our watch.  

The race started promptly at 6am.  10k runners were sent out first, followed by the 5k runners and 3k runners at 5 minute intervals.  After about 11 minutes, I could already see the first 3k runner coming towards the finish line.  Wow, that’s a less than 4min/km pace!!! For the 3K run, awards will be given to the top 5 male and female finishers.  So, Mike and I just had to make sure those top 5 winners are in order. The first 5 finishers were male and it was a good thing there were no ‘photo finishes’ nor were there runners bunched up in groups as they crossed the finish line.  The top 5 female finishers soon followed and the pressure on us timers pretty much tapered off after that 🙂 Whew…. It was a blast seeing the elite runners come across the finish line.  For instance, Buenavista did a 30min something pace for his 10k run!!! The skies were overcast and it was the perfect weather for setting personal bests 🙂  I’m sure a lot of runners were able to establish personal records during the run.  Big Cheers to all of you 🙂

Now, just a few not-so-good observations through the eyes of a race official, naks:  

  •  After the run, there were some controversies surrounding the age-group winners of our more “senior” runners.  Apparently, some runners lied about their age.  Some were even overheard to have suggested to just divide the prize amongst themselves.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  I was told this always happens in almost all of the races around the Metro 😦  
  • Some runners also had the gall to steal boxes of Powerade drinks after the race 😦 

At any rate, I think it was good race all around 🙂  No frills, free siopao 🙂  Was able to talk a bit with Coach Rio who was all excited about the plans/races he has in store for all of us till the end of the year and early next year.  I’m particularly excited about the UNICEF run he mentioned, but I’d rather Coach Rio be the one to tell you the details in his blog 🙂  I’m just glad there’s someone like him doing all he can to make running accessible and fun for all 🙂  Till the next race then….whether as a participant or a marshall.  

Cheers!

September 22, 2008

Ocho Ocho Redux

Filed under: Training — levyang @ 3:03 am

Last Saturday, I did the ocho-ocho route in Alabang with Marga and Philip.  While this would not erase the fact that we disqualified in the Animo Tri, all of us just wanted to do it right this time 🙂  Started off at around half past 6 in the morning from Narra Street.  Philip and I did four loops while Marga did three.  You know what? It was good that we got to bike that morning for a lot of reasons:

  • It was my first time to train in Alabang.  Ocho-Ocho turned out to be a fun course when done in the correct sequence 🙂  While you may pass certain streets a number of times, the course never gets boring with all the hills and descents along the way. 
  • Philip and I chose to do a brick session that morning as well.  I did the same run course used for triathlon races in Alabang that went around the Country Club and it wasn’t too hot as there were a lot of trees that offered the right amount of shade.  I usually do my trainings early in the morning to avoid the heat and the traffic, but I would suspect those who do their training in Alabang can train at any hour of the day.  Wide roads, lots of shade….what more can you ask?
  • It was great seeing Jaymie, Annie and Patcon doing their morning runs.  
  • After our session, we had breakfast at Narra Park.  The transition area during the Alabang races was converted to a weekend market 🙂  Had 2 cups of rice, 2 fried eggs and beef tapa for 100 bucks.  Sarap 🙂   

Looks like someone is going to be regular fixture at Alabang during the weekends 🙂  

Cheers!

September 15, 2008

Animo Recap

Filed under: Races — levyang @ 6:59 am

Well, it’s going to be an Ateneo-La Salle showdown for the UAAP Men’s Basketball championship.  Let me tell you this, Ateneo WILL WIN this year’s championship.  No question about it.  But, in the stuff that really matter in life (at least for me), La Salle will always be close to my heart.  For one, La Salle was among the first or, if not, the only educational institution in this country which made an unequivocal statement against GMA. Ateneo?  Oh please…. (Do pardon me if I have offended your political sensibilities)

More importantly, La Salle trumps Ateneo in my book because it sponsored the Animo Tri that was held in Alabang yesterday 🙂  Ateneo?  It did tri to hold a sprint triathlon last year, but it was cancelled at the last minute.  Now, on to my recap of yesterday’s race.  I’ll just do bullet points for this one:

  • Quite a festive atmosphere yesterday.  I’m guessing there were more than 200 participants who raced in the Animo Tri.  
  • I was glad Philip (Foreign Runner) joined his first Tri despite his apprehensions about swimming.  Don’t worry Philip, you blew us away during the bike and run legs.  The tri-community better watch out for you in future races.  
  • A lot of first timers joined like Jaymie (Bullrunner), Marga (Changeling Child) and Harry (Mukhang Guilty).  Like Philip, Jaymie was also worried about swimming.  But with the form she displayed, one would have suspected she was the author of the book on Total Immersion 🙂  Marga, well, she did 36 kms on the bike leg.  Even then, she still won in her age group 🙂  How’s that for a first time.
  • Swim:  Did 21:33.  LOTS of participants in my age group and it was difficult to negotiate my way around.  It’s times like these that I would much rather swim in open water.  But then, I kept thinking this will soon pass as I was getting kicked around in the pool.  Ouch.  
  • Transition 1: 1:57.  I’m slowly getting the hang of it.  That part about having the shoes already clipped-on the bike as I begin the bike leg 🙂  
  • Bike:  Ahhh, this is where it gets interesting.  I’ve always liked to race in Alabang because the course never changes and you could use it as a benchmark for future races.  But then, the day before the race, I received an email from Coach Rick informing the firstwave tri egroup that the bike course was going to be a bit different at certain times during the race in light of the concerns raised by AAV residents.  However, during the actual race day itself, my wife told me that they changed the race course yet again.  Instead of doing the usual 5 loops around Country Club, the participants were required to do 3 loops of the ‘ocho-ocho’ route.  This caused a lot of confusion among the racers because there was this intersection in the bike leg where there was an arrow pointing to the left and to the right as well.  Under the ‘right’ arrow, however, was the term ‘finish line’.  So, what I did was I kept on turning left each time I reached the intersection until I reached about 26.5kms in my odometer and it was only then that I turned right.  I knew I did not follow the correct route.  No worries though as I thought most of the participants treated the Animo Tri more like a ‘fun run’ instead of an actual race.  Did 56:15 for 28km.  One good thing I can take with me from yesterday’s race was that I used the big ring throughout the bike leg 🙂 
  • Transition 2:  Did 2:16.  I was asking my fellow participants in the transition area what was their odometer reading for the bike leg and I got various responses.  
  • Run:  39:04.  Same route as before.  
  • Unofficial time:  2:01:07.  Take it with a grain of salt though because I did a totally different bike leg than the rest of the participants.  All things considered though, I had fun 🙂  Twas great to see Ricky Laguda, a batchmate of mine at the Ateneo who is now a La Salle brother.  Fellow Tri-blogger, Joma, raced as well.  Hopefully, Butch can also join next time so that Team Triplets will be complete.
  • Heartfelt Cheers!! and congratulations are in order for Sunkist TriHard Team who organized the Animo Tri.  Judging from the number of participants, La Salle should have a lot of scholars for next school year 🙂  Thank you also to TRAP, Coach Rick, etc.  for doing their best under the circumstances.   

September 12, 2008

F#@%& Marce…..I’m going out to Bike!!!!

Filed under: Training — levyang @ 3:45 am

The Metro has been inundated with rains the past few days.  Although typhoon “Marce” did not hit land, its presence was enough to enhance the monsoon rains that wrecked havoc in the training plans of us endurance athletes 🙂 naks….. As I mentioned before, my deal with the family was that I only get to do one long bike ride a week.  I usually do the ride on a Thursday but Marce screwed that up, so I just swam yesterday.  Well, there comes a point when enough is enough.  I figured come Friday morning Marce should be on its way to Taiwan already and I was gonna ply my usual 80k route out and back Jalajala.  Got to Morong at 5:15 am.  See, I was really dead-set on riding 🙂  The sky looked ominous but I didn’t care.  Set off at around quarter to six and finished my set in 2:45 🙂  YEEEAAAHHHH!!!!! Just a bit of a shower here and there but I WAS ABLE TO RIIIDDDEEEE.   In fact, I think I was the only one who biked the Rizal countryside this morning.  Didn’t see any other biker 🙂  

Them typhoons better think twice before visiting our country, ha! 

Cheers!

September 10, 2008

Lance and Kobe

Filed under: Lakers,Ramblings,Uncategorized — levyang @ 3:26 am

Thought I dedicate today’s post to two sports icons who made announcements that baffled me this morning.

First:  Kobe

Those of you who follow basketball and the Lakers in particular would surely know that Kobe played through an injured pinkie towards the latter part of the NBA season including the playoffs.  Even then, the doctors were already recommending surgery but being the competitor that he is, Kobe postponed the date with the surgeon until after the Beijing Olympics.  I remember admiring his competitive spirit then and I could understand the reasons why he decided to postpone the surgery.  The doctors stated that recovery would take around 2-3 months and Kobe didn’t want to miss out on what turned out to be a good run to the NBA Finals.  Participating in Beijing was also a no-brainer, Kobe wanted so bad to be part of ‘Redeem Team’ and as it turned out, he also played a big role in the gold medal game against Spain.  

NBA Training Camp opens in 3 weeks and the season itself would start the end of October.  Pretty good time to get that surgery don’t you think?  But I guess this is the reason why Kobe is Kobe and we are who we are….. Kobe just decided that he will not have surgery at all…….He said that the 12-week recovery period was just too much sacrifice and he wanted to use the training camp as a time to bond with his teammates, etc.  I don’t know, but I’m not sure I’m with Kobe on this one.  I mean his shooting hand is one good slap away from a total fracture and what will happen to the Lakers then?  PLEASE KOBE, GO GET THAT FREAKING SURGERY DONE AND LET’S LOOK FORWARD TO A WORRY-FREE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FOR THE LAKERS, MAN!!!!!!!  

Next:  Lance

Lance Armstrong just announced that he’s coming out of retirement to do the Tour de France in 2009.  I guess running marathons just isn’t the same, huh?  7 Tour de France victories are not enough, huh? Hanging out with Kate Hudson is not enough, huh?  I guess this is the reason why Lance is Lance and we are who we are.  I have mixed feelings on this one.  Sure, I’m happy for Lance and want to see him climb the Pyrenees once again but then he was already at the pinnacle of the cycling world when he retired.    Just don’t want to see another Michael Jordan who just didn’t know when to quit.  

So there you go…. 2 bull-headed competitors throwing caution to the wind….This calls for Cheers! I guess?

But, what the heck, the 2008-2009 NBA season and 2009 Tour de France couldn’t start soon enough 🙂

September 7, 2008

Just Call Her Ironperson Ani

Filed under: Uncategorized — levyang @ 8:50 am

This just in….Ani De Leon, our Filipina qualifier for the Kona Ironman in Hawaii this October, just qualified for the Half-Ironman Championships in Florida.  She placed 2nd overall in her age group in the Aviva Ironman 70.3 in Singapore.  Congratulations to Ani and to the rest of Team Philippines.  Cheers!!!!!

Here are Ani’s splits:                                                                

DE LEON, Ani Karina  

9/43/29

 

33/30 to 34

Swim

00:35:36

Bike

02:53:07

Run

01:56:41

Total

05:29:07

September 5, 2008

Ironman Singapore

Filed under: Uncategorized — levyang @ 3:38 am

On the 7th of September, a group of Pinoy triathletes will do the Aviva Ironman 70.3.  It’s a half-ironman distance consisting of 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run.  I would like to send my biggest cheers to TEAM PHILIPPINES this weekend in Singapore, most especially to Francis Tueres (PoloTri) and Jojo Lontok (Sunkist TriHard).  When will the Philippines host its own Ironman race?  Will it ever happen in my lifetime?  

The following are the pinoy competitors in Singapore (thanks Ricky Ledesma):

23 DE LEON Ani Karina Individual – Female – Age 30-34 Philippines Philippines
20 CAYETANO Pilar Juliana Individual – Female – Age 40-44 Philippines Philippines
18 ong jevon Individual – Male – Age 25-29 Philippines filipino
29 Tanchan Bernard Neil Individual – Male – Age 25-29 Philippines Filipino
53 REGIS Anthony Individual – Male – Age 25-29 Philippines Philippines
87 QUIEC Geoffrey Individual – Male – Age 25-29 Philippines Philippines
54 Mendez Paul Brian Individual – Male – Age 30-34 Philippines filipino
39 Tueres Francis Individual – Male – Age 35-39 Philippines Filipino
40 Trasmonte Trino Rey Individual – Male – Age 35-39 Philippines Filipino
189 TRABASAS Manuel Individual – Male – Age 35-39 Philippines Philippines
268 HINOLAN Caloy Individual – Male – Age 35-39 Philippines Philippines
2 Ocampo Lorenzo Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines
4 Arambulo Kirk Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines
15 Altura Albert Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines
64 sarrosa michael Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines filipino
71 Yusay Ricardo Paulo J. Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines Filipino
87 Yabut Peter Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines Filipino
101 GERONIMO Dominador Baterina Jr. Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Singapore Philippines
116 LONTOK Joselito Individual – Male – Age 40-44 Philippines Philippines
1 Uytengsu Wilfred Steven Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Philippines  
2 Stroem Rune Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Philippines  
3 Welsh Anthony Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Philippines
39 Bangayan Michael Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Philippines Canadian
57 PENALOZA Philip Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Hong Kong Philippines
73 BAGHAIE Ebbie Individual – Male – Age 45-49 Philippines United States
1 Charlton David Individual – Male – Age 50-54 Philippines
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