Posts Tagged ‘Swimming


Review: Nabaiji Swim Goggles

A few weeks ago, I visited sports retailer Decathlon to stock up on some swimming gears.  One of the items I got is a pair of goggles from their in-house brand, Nabaiji.  Here’s my review.

Nabaiji 100 XBASE swimming goggles.

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Downtime “Training”

It’s inevitable that every once in a while we experience “downtime.”  I’ve been using the pool practically every day lately to help improve my newly acquired swimming skills, and now my body is forcing me to rest.  Anyhow, this downtime gives me a different opportunity to “train.”

A good congee is nice for times like these…

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Conquer your limits with Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series

Vaseline Men, the fastest growing men’s skin care brand in the Philippines with a comprehensive range of products designed for men like facial wash, moisturizer, lotion and body wash and Sunrise Events, Inc., invite you to conquer your limits in the world’s premiere off-road triathlon event with the Vaseline Men XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series.  Consisting of three legs, Pang Rave Run, XTERRA Weekend and Putik Pare, each activity promises to deliver a challenging yet enjoyable experience for all hard core runners, athletes, sports enthusiasts and adventure-seekers.

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Pete Jacobs Wins 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines

This year a new face conquered the 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines held last Sunday in CamSur Watersports Complex.  From the land down under, Pete Jacobs of Sydney finished the 70.3 mile competition with a time of 3:58:41 beating last year’s winner Terenzo Bozzone of Auckland, New Zealand by about seven minutes, who finished at 4:05:54.  Coming into third with a time of 4:14:36 was Fredrik Croneborg of Sundborn, Sweden.  Filipinos joined the top 10 ranks with Neil Catiil (4:37:10) and Arland Macasieb (4:44:08) in eighth and tenth place respectively.

Pete Jacobs, 2010 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines champion (courtesy Ironman 70.3 Philippines)

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A Hot and Wet Weekend

Unrested but not restless—that’s my weekend.  A very hot Saturday matched with a wet Sunday.

Hot Saturday at Nestea Fit Camp Hot

We’ve been aware of Camp Hot since its first week but we’re too preoccupied doing everything else to give it a try until last Saturday.  It started with a casual online chat about Frisbee until before we knew it we all agreed to visit the camp to do just that.  In case you’re wondering Camp Hot is held every Saturday on an empty space just across Bonifacio High Street near Serendra.  Think of it as a clinic for several summer activities such as Beach Volleyball, Beach Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Touch Football, Flag Football, Hip hop, Yoga, etc.  That Saturday we were lucky that for a mere P50 we had all access pass—aside from the standard tumbler, bandana, and bottomless iced tea normally tied with the entrance fee. Had we registered during the first two weeks we would’ve had a goodie bag filled with items and a nice shirt for P150!

We arrived at around 10AM but it was midway of all session schedules so we had to wait for our turn.  For our first Camp Hot activity, Frisbee, we got the 11AM-1PM slot—heat training?!  As much as I had wanted to avoid the sun it eventually got me and prevailed!  Sun 1, runningpinoy 0. I think I got more tan during our Frisbee session than during BDM102, but I don’t mind as I had so much fun!

Serious? Courtesy Marvin Opulencia

Our Camp Hot activity didn’t stop with Frisbee.  After having lunch (right there in the compound) we looked for more fun things to do and we found Poi—the one done usually by fire dancers at the beach at night.  As much as it was also fun, having lack of coordination would make it quite challenging—not to mention painful!

Our very sexy Poi instructor

Last activity for the day, Hip hop (Krump)!  Who else is more qualified to teach us Hip hop than the All Stars?  Not only were they good, they were also nice.  As a person who doesn’t really dance I had so much fun and somehow survived.  What made our dance session more exciting was when we had a “showdown.”  After completing our choreography we were divided into two groups to try to “out-dance” each other.  Surprisingly our group won!  Of course it was all for the spirit of fun so there wasn’t really any prize, and after that we were treated with solos from the All Stars members and some “gutsy” dancers.

Time for a “showdown.”

Wet Sunday at Ateneo

The pools of Ateneo staged another Aquathlon event participated in by many of my friends.  This would be the first time that I’d be watching an event and as a “recreational swimmer” I was amazed by how competitive this sport was.  Interestingly the run leg was also way different than what were accustomed to as it was held in the middle of the day!  Even just as a spectator I really had fun, and of course at the back of my mind I was also thinking when I’d be able to do such (after a barrage of “you’re not joining?” hehe).  The event was made even more special when three of my friends finished on the top three of their respective age categories.  Who says runners are only good on land?

The very competitve male participants during the swim leg

As the events were held during Manny Pacquiao’s fight none of us were able to watch it, but of course at this day and age there’s no escaping news of his win (or lose, no matter how hard you try!  “Push technology” at its finest and most annoying :)).  We were celebrating our friends’ victories when we received this news but surprisingly our reactions were pretty much “boring!”

I wonder what his shoe size is…

I wasn’t able to get a decent rest this weekend but still I enjoyed it a lot!  If there was one thing I wished that I was able to do this weekend it would be my laundry! (Two weeks’ worth and counting!)  Congratulations to Ellen and Roselle for placing third, and Carina second in their respective age categories! Oh, congratulations as well Manny for yet another win!


Bozzone and Bentley: The Rulers of Ironman 70.3 Philippines

The inaugural race that is Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines last August 23, 2009 held in Pili, Camarines Sur (CamSur) saw two world champions competing: the reigning 70.3 champion Terenzo Bozzone (New Zealand) and Ironman Hawaii World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack, with the former ruling from a come-from-behind victory (03:51:25) and the latter settling for second (03:52:18)—a testament to world-class level of competition this race brought on our shores.  Cameron Brown settled for third place (03:52:31).  The women’s category was anything but a walk in the park either as eleven-time Ironman Champion of the Hawaii Ironman Championship Lisa Bentley (Canada) won the competition (04:24:29) followed by Gina Kehr (04:26:11) and Charlotte Paul (04:31:26).

Lisa Bentley and Terenzo Bozzone are the first champions of Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines (Credit: Ironman Philippines)

Lisa Bentley and Terenzo Bozzone are the champions of the first Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines (Credit: Ironman Philippines)

The Champions

Terenzo Bozzone is a professional triathlete from New Zealand.  After finishing school he focused on multisport and won the 2001 & 2002 Junior Men’s Elite Duathlon World Championship and the 2002 & 2003 Junior Men’s Elite Triathlon World Championship.  In 2008 Bozzone won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida setting a new course record of 3:40:10.

Lisa Bentley is one of the most successful Ironman athletes of all time with 11 wins despite never having won an Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  She is known as an excellent runner and often comes from behind off the bike to win.  Diagnosed in her 20’s with Cystic Fibrosis Lisa has become a role model for much broader audience.

Ironman 70.3

An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of middle-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.  70.3 is the total distance in miles.  The whole and each part of the event is half the Ironman distance.  The length of the 70.3 event encourages a meeting of Olympic distance/short course triathletes and Ironman/long course triathletes.  Like the Ironman, the bike section is non-drafting.  Since 2006 an annual Ironman World Championships 70.3 has been held at Clearwater, Florida, USA during the month of November.  Some Ironman 70.3 events also act as qualifiers for the full Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, and it includes the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines.

Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Murphy Reinschreiber, Managing Director Asia Pacific World Triathlon Corporation credits Fred Uytengsu, CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation, with finally bringing the Ironman to the Philippines with the holding of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC).

Reinschreiber said after seeing Uytengsu’s passion, awarding the Ironman brand to the race was an easy decision to make.

“Our group is very selective at where we put our races,” he said.  “But then we meet a guy like Fred.  We see a venue like CamSur and a person like Governor LRay Villafuerte who is really very eager for it to happen…  So the decision to hold the race here becomes a very easy decision.”

The WTC official said the Cobra Ironman 70.3 is easily the biggest event in the WTC calendar in Asia this year.

“Ironman racing is different from other sports,” said Reinschreiber.  “It’s more than just winning.  It’s the experience of competing as athletes.  They are here to experience the local venue.  They are here to meet the other participants.  They are here to experience the whole race.”




Ruined by the Rain, Saved by the Rain: My Wet Weekend

As mentioned in me previous post I was very bored and agitated last Sunday because I wasn’t able to do my early morning long run due to the rain.  It was raining at 4:30AM and until 5:30AM there was no sign of it stopping so I had to cancel it.  It would be very difficult to warm up early in the morning when it’s cool and you’re getting wet.  You also shouldn’t stretch with cold muscles and with those odds reluctant as I was I had to just sleep it off.

The rains ensued intermittently throughout the day.  I still wasn’t giving up on the idea of a long run (with a desperate option of doing it on a treadmill!) until I came up with an idea.  It was a cool afternoon, very cloudy and drizzly, so I had the idea of pursuing my planned long run.  My “running bag” was still packed and with some minor adjustments to what I brought I was out of the house running by 3:30PM—my first time to do an afternoon run!  The rain that ruined my plan actually saves the day!

Running on Sunday afternoons aren’t as easy as mornings since you encounter a lot of people on the streets, especially on markets and churches.  Since you are not in the race and not in a controlled environment you have to be very cautious—and prepared to do a sudden stop!

Missing the Road

It had been a long time since I last ran solo on an open road and I missed it (except for the pollution of course).  Once again I was running on Commonwealth Ave. heading towards Katipunan Ave. where various options arise on where to go to.  For this run I opted to end near Marikina riverbanks—the Santolan Station of the LRT Line-2 to be exact.  10.37K.  But that’s just the start.

Gloomy day at Marikina riverbanks

Gloomy day at Marikina riverbanks

Commonwealth Market - Santolan LRT-2 Station

But Wait!  There’s More!

It was very peculiar for me to end a run on a train station.  It wasn’t actually intentional as I was originally aiming for the Makati Aquatic Sports Arena (MASA) as my end point, but due to time constraints I had to take the train.  It wasn’t exactly the shortest way to get there but it’s definitely the most convenient and arguably the faster way.

Upon arriving at Guadalupe Station of MRT (second train ride) the rain started to pour.  For there I ran towards MASA, a mere 1.62K away, under the pouring rain so by the time I got to MASA I was soaking wet.  I’m going to get wet anyway.  Total run this Sunday afternoon: 11.99K.

Guadalupe Station MRT-3 - MASA

Guadalupe Station MRT-3 - MASA


The Makati Aquatic Sports Arena is one of the nicest public swimming pools in the Metro and it is Olympic-sized.  It’s very clean and the depth is nice.  Swim suit policies are strictly observed.  Entrance fees goes as little as P50 for Makati residents (may require proof of address) and P150 for the rest of us.

The pool of MASA

The pool of MASA

So that was the big picture.  The game plan was to swim in MASA for some cross-training and I just insisted on inserting a run before it.  A desperate runner always finds a way to run.  I may have been derailed off my original plans but if you keep an open mind those sudden changes may be the ones to save the day!  So in the end it was a very nice weekend for me, and I hope for yours as well.

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