Happy Hour

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




  1. I hate, hate, HATE swimming in a short pool with everyone kicking you around. I got kicked by Drew, which just goes to show how fast he was hahaha.

    Leo’s swim is CRAZY. CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY. 14 freaking minutes WILD! I’m surprised na pinatulan pa niya itong race na ito.

    Congratulations on the 3rd place Virgie! O ha, ka-podium mo si Leo at Pao! Superstar ka na rin!

    And did you know that Jeremy was disappointed with his bike pa?!

    Comment by marga — September 29, 2008 @ 3:34 am | Reply

  2. ” Nothing like Ellet’s embrace to take away all the suffering I was feeling at the end”

    SYET!!!! Kinikilig naman ako!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by marga — September 29, 2008 @ 5:52 am | Reply

  3. Marga,
    Partida pa nga si Drew for swimming an extra 100 meters, if not for that, halos pareho lang time nila ni Mt. Everest. I like Leo for being the down-to-earth halimaw that he is. No race is ever too small/big for him to join. And he never forgets his roots even though he’s now a celebrity. Salamat sa bati pero please don’t put me in the same category as those 2. I’m reminded of that song in Sesame Street which goes, “one of these things is not like the other…..” Of course, Jeremy has a right to be disappointed with his bike. It was the wrong bike…Next time bring a road bike 🙂 Gusto mo, ikwento ko dito ang mas nakakakilig? hehehe

    Comment by levyang — September 29, 2008 @ 6:08 am | Reply

  4. Haha yeah Leo is an IM finisher na rin diba?

    ANG LUPIT NI DREW! One time nakasama ko sila magkapatid sa BHS tumakbo. It was so obvious that Drew was just pacing us easily. Nung nagsarili na siya, lumabas ang halimaw-ness.

    Nah Virgie, you’re still a champ in my book. 🙂

    Next year magroroadie na rin yan si Jeremy.

    Ano yung nakakakilig story mo? Bulong mo sa akin sa text. 😀

    Comment by marga — September 29, 2008 @ 6:41 am | Reply

  5. levy bro,

    hanep ng account..hanep din ang finish..podium!!!.

    buy a boa laces..140+ lang yun. less hassle sa transition..i bought mine sa toby’s MOA..

    again, congrats..i am hoping to join you, phillip and marga sa susunod na races..



    Comment by norman — September 29, 2008 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  6. hi levy and marga, looks like you had a lot of fun last Saturday, podium finish pa! Congrats to both of you.
    Astig din yung time ni Jeremy, pang rookie of the year.
    That’s true what you said about Leo, last month I was sharing a pool lane with him in MASA, and he actually gave me a lot of pointers for the swim, as in we had quite a long conversation.
    Hope to join you in Alabang (if I survive WRT :-))

    Comment by groundhogdude — September 29, 2008 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  7. Marga, I was disappointed with the transition from swim to bike, which too forever, hirap pala mag suot ng jersey and pin ng number and nabilang yun time na yun sa time sa bike, not the actually bike running thing itself, ok naman siya, considering what I had.

    Congrats Levy! I replied na to your comment sa blog ni Marga. Daming choices kasi sa road bike, u have to be more specific what you want.


    See you in a future tri.

    Comment by Jeremy — September 29, 2008 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  8. norman,
    salamat sa tip duon sa laces 🙂 yup, sama ka na sa ocho-ocho ha.

    hope you can make it in Alabang, butch too 🙂 let’s go back to where it all started. Good Luck in WRT, looking forward to your report 🙂

    Thank you very much for your comprehensive response to my query. Congrats to you also for doing an awesome time on your first tri 🙂

    Comment by Levy — September 30, 2008 @ 2:47 am | Reply

  9. Hi Levy. Congratulations on the tri. I wasn’t sure what to make of Philip on the friendly rivalry (maybe like your Dodgers and my Giants!). Anyway, I’m happy that everyone did well there. Congratulations to everyone that participated!

    Comment by sfrunner — September 30, 2008 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  10. Congrats bro!!! Wish I was there.

    See you in AAV!!! I’m still here in SFO.

    In fact, I met sfrunner (aka Wayne) 🙂

    Comment by Javy — October 1, 2008 @ 4:21 am | Reply

  11. Wayne,
    Thank you very much. Dodgers all the way 🙂

    Thanks, are you back? Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th. Hope you were able to run with Wayne while in SFO.

    Comment by levyang — October 3, 2008 @ 12:51 am | Reply

  12. Levy,

    Still stuck here. Haven’t been able to train.

    Just met Wayne, was not able to run with him. I wouldn’t be able to keep pace anyway.

    See you in AAV on the 12th then Clark on the 19th. I’m so out of shape na hehehe. Bahala na si batman.

    Comment by Javy — October 3, 2008 @ 6:10 am | Reply

  13. Levy, dont know anything about basketball but I think after erading the above comments, I might just support the dodgers in future or maybe I have it all wrong… 🙂 See you maybe in the week as I dont want to get the speed laces and not you and then you might have an excuse when I beat you on Sunday?!? ha ha ha yeah right, maybe in my dreams. I did save up however for the lunch so I am ready (not to say it will happen allthough on the contrary) should I lose…… Cheers buddy

    Comment by foreignrunner — October 5, 2008 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  14. Javy,
    Good thing that you’ll make it in time for the AAV race though it would have been better we could have done a recon ride together so you won’t get confused about the bike route come race day. Anyway, I’ll see you at AAV and try to explain it to you then.

    Dodgers=baseball, Lakers=basketball 🙂 About those speed laces, Ellet gave me an incredulous look when I told her about you getting those speed laces. She said that we’re becoming too competitive. “What’s ten seconds to tie your shoe laces?” she said. hahaha

    Comment by levyang — October 6, 2008 @ 4:01 am | Reply

  15. ang saya basahin ng blog mo, levs! see you duat. =)

    Comment by junie — October 10, 2008 @ 5:15 am | Reply

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