Sunday was the 3rd leg of the Powerade Duathlon series organized by Thumbie and Popo Remigio. I was there for the first two legs, so I just had to be there to complete the threesome 🙂 Got my race pack the day before at Bike King so I didn’t have to be at the race venue before the sun rises. My wife and I got to the race venue at around 6am and I noticed that the number of participants were not as big as before 😦 The course for the 3rd leg is pretty much the same as the one that was used for the 2nd leg. First Run consisted of 2 loops of 3.5km each making a total of 7K. The bike leg was 6 loops with each loop measuring around 5 kilometers and change. 2nd Run is just one loop measuring 3.5K. The course was flat, race is going to be fast and furious 🙂
The usual suspects were there: Robeno Javier, August Benedicto for the men while Monica Torres and Mirasol Abad for the women. Was glad to see Makoy DU-ing his first DU along with Mrs. Olives 🙂 (In the multisport world, Hannah the erstwhile rock star and vocalist of the band Session Road will always be known as Javy’s wife) 🙂
I thought I should mention that when I did the 2nd leg of the Powerade Duathlon, I did an extra loop of the bike leg. Although I’m Chinese and am supposed to be good at math, I never liked counting loops. Thus, when my cyclometer read 26kms after doing 5 loops then, I did another loop to reach the mandated 30kms. It’s all good in any case because at least now I have a benchmark for this race when we’re really doing 6 loops of the bike leg 🙂
Before the race, I saw ULTRA training buddies, Norman and Julian, and we agreed to pace each other for the first run 🙂 It was really kind of them to accommodate me considering that I’m racing without a watch again. Kinda like taking the bar exams without a pen 🙂 The starting gun was fired before 7am and we were off. Norman and Julian set a pretty good pace. These guys kill me at the track so I was quite ecstatic just to be able to keep up with them off the bat 🙂 As for Javy (my supposed pacer for the 2nd leg), while I missed him this race, he’s in another league altogether 🙂 I was just drafting behind Norman and Julian the whole way and they didn’t miss a beat even while partaking of liquid refreshments at the aid stations. As for me, I did not bother to drink anymore after the first aid station lest I lose any more ground to these greyhounds 🙂 Pretty soon, we were at T1. I asked Julian what our time was for the first run and he blurted out 33-something. Nice 🙂
After the Camsur debacle, I’ve taken Coach Jomak’s advice to heart. No more of those mashing the smallest rear cog, except during trainings 🙂 I was worried though that I might go slower using the 3rd from the smallest cog but as it turned out, power output was pretty much the same 🙂 No, I don’t have a power meter on my bike. Just describing how I felt 🙂 Faster spin with less effort. Was hanging with teammate, Ernan, during the first 2 loops of the bike. One good thing about biking multiple loops is that you’re bound to see them pros/elite athletes up close once they lap you. Right about the 3rd or 4th loop, it was such a thrill to see the likes of Jeff Valdez and George Vilog up close as they passed me 🙂 Got to T2 with my timer at the bike showing 55 minutes and change. I was really happy to maintain close to 35km/hr. for the duration of the bike leg 🙂
This is the part that spells either success or failure for me during races – the run off the bike. At sprint distances such as this one, the book says that it should be threshold effort throughout from the get go. But, I still have a loving wife and 4 kids who are in elementary school. Bottom line, I still want to live a bit longer 🙂 Yeah, I know, I’m making excuses 🙂 I have to work on this a bit. A good effort would be to maintain a pace below 5min/km. Watch or no watch, I know I didn’t meet the standard by the time I crossed the finish. The effort was similar to the run at the UP Law Triathlon which was a little over 5min/km pace.
Ellet informed me that she timed my whole race at 1:49:06. As it turned out, it was a second off the official results which had me finishing at 1:49:07. My official splits were: 33:53 for the first run; 56:51 for the bike; and 18:22 for the run. I’m happy that my second run was an improvement from the 2nd leg where I posted a time of 19:11. Still, a work in progress nonetheless. But I take consolation in that it appears I’m moving in the right direction 🙂
Didn’t stay long for the awarding. But I would like to send my biggest to cheers to the following: Solid performances for the first timers like Makoy and Julian and even a podium finish for Mrs. Olives, Javy’s wife 🙂 Hats Off to August for placing 2nd overall (Men) and Monica for bagging first overall (Women). High Fives to Kap for placing 2nd in his age group and Ernan for placing 3rd in his and also to Junie for topping her age group while Tina Reyes placed 2nd in her age group. GO TEAM PMI!!!
Cheers!!! On to New Balance.