The final leg of the Powerade Duathlon series was a standard distance race held at the Quirino Grandstand. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a multisport race at Roxas Boulevard. In fact, in a previous post and in an ideal world, I thought it would be perfect to hold an Ironman event at Manila Bay. But I guess the duathlon yesterday would be the closest thing to such a reality taking place.
The race started late at around 7am because the officials had a hard time closing the south-bound lane of Roxas Boulevard. I pretty much expected this problem considering it was a Sunday and there’d be a lot of strollers at Baywalk and Luneta. But I didn’t know the magnitude of the problem until much later during the bike portion.
First Run – 44:41
Javy and I tried to agree on a pace for the first run. I said, “4:45?” to which Javy countered with, “Bahala na…” And right then, I knew I was gonna run alone once again 🙂 True enough, once we started, I was only able to keep up with Javy for a good 10 meters – and only because we had to negotiate our way past some runners during the initial stages of the race. Soon, I spotted Belle once again and I knew I’m running with the right amount of effort. Maybe, I should talk to Belle instead of Javy 🙂 Anyway, the first run consisted of 2 loops from Quirino Grandstand to Quirino Avenue and back. Just maintained a steady rhythm until I reached transition 1 after 44 minutes.
Transition 1 – 1:22
I ran past my bike but not much. Scampered back and put on the cycling stuff while a cameraman was taking a video of the proceedings. Wonder where they’re gonna show this, if at all – I must have looked silly 🙂
Bike – 1:10:48
Ah, this was the highlight of the race by far. I guess a flat and fast course would be quite boring so dodging the pedestrians along the way proved to be quite a challenge. Had to be mentally alert throughout and spot potential risk-takers who’d dare cross the street and shout “Bike! Bike!” early on to avoid accidents. It was really dangerous especially when the vehicles along Kalaw Street took matters into their own hands and began crossing the intersection. If not for the spectators who yelled for me to stop, I would have surely crashed for sure 😦 In a flat course such as this one, I can usually spin at an optimum cadence using the 3rd or 2nd to the smallest cog. But I noticed that I used the middle cogs for pretty much the entire 40K distance in this race. Wonder where the drag came from because it wasn’t windy yesterday. Hmmmmm…
Transition 2 – 0:52
Fastest transition time for me 🙂 In my rush, I didn’t tighten the laces properly. Had to get by with “loose” shoes for the second run 😮
Second Run – 23:35
Spent the first few minutes getting my bearings and then settled into a good rhythm. Of course, it certainly helped that I know whatever suffering I felt at that point would soon be over in half an hour. At this point of the race, I usually try to mark whoever is in front of me as targets – that is, if I can gauge from their pace that they can be caught. However, for this race, whoever was ahead of me is too far along for me to even contemplate picking up the pace. I know, what a loser right? Whatever happened to mustering your best effort in every race regardless of the circumstances? Crossed the finish at 2:21:18 by my watch.
I was glad to be able to improve on my time at Subic by about 4 minutes 🙂 Finally able to manage sub 5 min/km pace for a run off the bike as well 🙂 The key now would be to see if I can hold that pace for a longer distance such as 10k.
I don’t know if I should mention this but I’m thinking of a signature pose at the finish 🙂 Javy’s got his headstand going. For this race, I did a genuflect as I put my head to the ground. (originally wanted to kiss the ground, but body was hurting and only managed to put my head down) I know, OA to the max 🙂 Any better suggestions?
Last race for the year: UPLB NAGT