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Filinvest City Endurance Weekend MTB Race (5th : 2017 : Alabang, Muntinlupa City)

The exciting two-day mountain bike (MTB) Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is back for its fifth year!

Happening on September 30 to October 1 at the Filinvest City trails in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, both elite and amateur MTB riders can once again expect a challenging race experience either in solo or team category.  First staged in 2013, the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is a test of MTB handling skills and stamina while racing in the 6-hour or 12-hour or 24-hour leg.  Exclusive medal for all finishers and generous cash prizes await winners in different racing category.

Registration is now OPEN so hurry and get your slots NOW!

For more information on the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend and the accompanying registration fees and procedures involved, please click 2017 Endurance Weekend Race Details or visit Filinvest City Facebook page.

Train harder, faster, and smarter with ultimate training tool SUUNTO Spartan Ultra!

In classical history, no other breed of warrior has struck fear into rival civilizations such as the Spartans. Trained to deal with adversity and succeed against seemingly impossible odds, the Spartan warriors continue to inspire modern day feats of heroism among athletes who drive themselves to ever higher peaks of excellence.

Today’s athletes need not fight to the death to excel but then the same ethos that drove the ancient Greeks to heroic feats is what drives today’s competitive warriors. The hunger for excellence and passion for continuous progress drives the modern day Spartans. Whether it is in the pursuit of running, cycling, triathlon, powerlifting, or plain and simple badassery, the Spartan athlete is about pushing the boundaries of human potential—to work harder than the rest, to keep going when others are about to quit, and to be the last one standing. It is the passion to progress.  It is about being part of Team Progress Beyond Logic.


Finnish company SUUNTO, known for its tough-as-nails-line of wrist-top computers, unleashes its first most capable device and training tool made specifically for the unbreakable athlete: the Spartan Ultra (SU). Featuring a space grade titanium bezel, high contrast color touchscreen display, and a multitude of features in its quiver, the SU is what a modern day warrior needs!

Spartan Ultra (all black titanium)
Spartan Ultra (all black titanium)
Key Features

•Titanium bezel and proven durability make SU light and incredibly tough, enough to take the knocks and drops of everyday training without skipping a beat.

•Outdoor grade color screen provides high contrast display, which is easily visible under any light condition. SU’s intuitive menu lets the wearer easily set features according to athlete’s training needs.

•Preset sport modes are designed for the multisport athlete.  Preset modes include cycling, outdoor/indoor running, swimming, weight training, and more. These can be further customized in the Movescount site.

• Multi-info display shows three to eight lines of information depending on the mode, reducing the need to scroll between display modes, and distract one from the workout.

•20-200H battery life, efficient Bluetooth, and GPS technology minimize energy consumption—a must for IRONMAN athletes, ultra distance runners, and multiday trekkers.

•Its Bluetooth connectivity can be paired with SUUNTO cadence/HR pods, third party devices like power meters, and can also be synced to a mobile phone for e-mail alerts.

•Provides smart training insights every time SU is sync at the Movescount site where athletes have access to helpful training metrics such as time in Training Zones, Training Effect, Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption, and training logs.

•Community powered progress is another feature that offers connectivity to the Movescount community, and where athletes can reach out to coaches, discover new routes using the heat maps, and even plan next ride or run by downloading the route to SU.

•Personal best and peer group training insights function informs the wearer when a new Personal Best or Personal Record is hit during a workout as well as compares performance with fellow athletes.

Spartan Ultra (black)
Spartan Ultra (black)
Availability and Pricing

SUUNTO Spartan Ultra is distributed by Time Depot and available at the following stores nationwide:

Metro Manila Time Depot Rockwell, Shangri-La, Festival Mall, SM the Block, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons’ Manila, Maximus Athlete’s Café Shop

North Luzon Time Depot Harborpoint Subic

Visayas and Mindanao Time Depot SM Cebu, SM Davao, Centrio Cagayan de Oro

•Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium – P 45,000

•Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium – P 40,000

•Spartan Ultra Black – P 40,000

•Spartan Ultra White – P 40,000

Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium
Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium

My Jump Start to Cycling and Pose Running

Around  two months have passed since I learned the basics of cycling and the fundamentals of climbing.  On October 30, I had the privilege of attending one of the cycling classes conducted by sports person Patrick Joson*.

Patrick Joson, Hiren Mirchandani and Running Diva
Patrick Joson, Hiren Mirchandani and Running Diva at the parking lot. (photo / Pat Joson)

Prior to this cyling class, I had a problem with the tires of my bike. They were flat and needed air every time I took it out for a ride. To remedy the problem, I brought it to a local bike shop for tube replacement.  It did work for a little while, then the same problem occured.  I was back from where I started.  This posed a dilemma since I didn’t want to miss a scheduled bike session in Alabang. To prevent this from happening again, I readied my bike the night before.  Early morning next day, to my dismay, one of the tires was flat again.  Running late, I had no choice but inform Pat about what happened. Without hesitation, I decided to bring my bike as I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to learn something new, flat tire or not.

The sun was almost up on the horizon when I arrived at the Country Club.  Much to my surprise, Pat brought with him an extra wheel and changed my bike’s tire very quickly.   Wow! Really…

There were only two students in the class.  Myself and a foreign looking guy who can speak Tagalog well.  Shortly after exchanging pleasantries, the discussion on the science of cycling began.  Pat masterfully shared with us the Pose Running technique with demonstrations. The first part of the discussion focused on Science of Cycling, Pose Method, shapes of movements, how the Pose Method is applied in bicycling (road position and tri position) including the quadrants of a cycling stroke or the push vs. pull. There he showed genuine display of enthusiasm or passion for the topic itself.  At one point, he even made us recall theoretical physics such as laws of motion and certain famous equations such as Albert Einstein’s.

The ride around Alabang Village
The ride around Alabang Village (photo / Pat Joson)

Now the most awaited or anticipated moment, applying concepts. The bike-handling skills and safety techniques took place in a small open parking lot where each took turn to follow what was being demonstrated by Pat.  I appreciated learning the following: how hovering is done, the eight-figure bike riding,  how to properly make left or right turns while on a bike, how to mount and dismount a bike including bike safety tips.

Me and my cycling classmate (photo / Pat Joson)
Early morning test ride with cycling classmate Hiren  (photo / Pat Joson)

Here came the ultimate thing–the ride around the Village.  I haven’t gone for a long bike ride recently and climbing is something I would like to master.  Another important thing I’ve learned is cadence. Cadence is basically pedalling speed or how fast your legs spin in circles, and this is measured in revolutions per minute or RPM. But the problem is, I didn’t have the foggiest notion how to shift the lever without screwing it up. Pat encouraged me to explore or play with it. He was totally a hands-on coach and instructor.  In fact, it was only through this ride that I was able to appreciate the use of proper shifting, and realized climbing hills is not bad at all. A great confidence booster! I never thought I’d reach a day where I’d be able to ride a road bike with so much fun!

As for my bike, well,  it ended up in the bike shop that morning for tube replacement and tune up.  So what’s next? On to the next level, which is the proper way of using cycling shoes (2016).  That said, super thanks Pat for letting me use your extra wheel, and most importantly, for sharing your time and expertise!

An honor to be riding with one of the best coaches "with a heart" (photo / Pat Joson)
An honor to be riding with one of the best coaches “with a heart” (photo / Pat Joson)
About Patrick Joson and his Cycling Class*

Patrick Joson (Pat or coach Pat to many) advocates locally made products and safe cycling.  He is  the Multisport magazine editor in chief and founder of Jumpstart and Fondo Manila. A certified International Triathlon Union level 2 coach who specializes in the biomechanics of movements.  To top it off, he pursued his further studies in the United States and learned the Pose Method from Dr. Nicholas Romanov himself, creator of Pose Method. The Pose Method of Running Technique or POSE Running is an approach to running which was developed in former Soviet Union in 1977. Twenty years later, it was introduced in the United States and eventually to the public.

Level one Cycling Class is highly recommended for those who can ride a bike, but are not very confident about their cycling abilities.

Indoor Cycling at Saddle Row Studio

Saturday mornings I always find time to cycle on the road when I’m not scheduled to swim.  So glad to know that I’m going to do something different even if the sky looks gloomy.  Obviously, it rained a little earlier.  An indoor activity is a good option.  “Perfect,” I said to myself.

In any undertaking sometimes it’s the first step that’s most difficult.  That’s why it is important to learn and master a skill from highly experienced or trained instructors.

Attending a cycling class at Saddle Row is my way of learning the ropes of biking.  No idea of what will happen except it’s a one and a half hour (1:30:00) continuous spinning* using stationary bicycles and some basic cycling moves.  Great thanks to runner-friend-fellow-running-blogger-turned-hardcore-triathlete Mark who patiently answered my queries about the studio.  Checking the class schedules beforehand, there’s no chance I can be in Mark’s class hence it was agreed to try instructor Raymond’s time slot instead.

*Indoor cycling, also known as spinning, is a form of exercise with classes focusing on endurance, intervals, strength, high intensity and recovery, and uses stationary bicycle.  

The bikes

At Saddle Row, there are three types of cycling classes.  These are Exchange, Underground, and Resistance.  Exchange is metrics driven and uses intervals.  Underground involves dance moves while spinning.  In short, you can dance to a fun fast-paced ride.  Resistance is a challenging full body workout with core and upper body strengthening.  I choose the Exchange class. In Exchange, the focus is cadence in cycling or pedal speed, which is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) and the challenge is how much time one can hold every single cycling activity. Nice! ♡ it!

You can hardly see me … good thing I wore the white Transition One  suit.

There are five of us in the 7 AM slot–three men and two women.  Instructor Raymond lends me a bike shoe first since my cleats are not compatible with the studio’s bike pedals.  Please note, Saddle Row provides free use of bike shoes.  Winner, right?!  Also, you don’t have to worry your stuff or valuables getting lost since lockers are available at no extra cost again. Saddle Row is comfortable, clean, and well maintained.  To top it off, there are shower cubicles so you can freshen up and change after. 

Bike shoe at Saddle Row using Shimano cleats
The women’s shower room

After the instructor showed us how to operate or manipulate the bike,  spinning class commences with slow-tempo, picks up the pace in between and ends slow-tempo.  There’s a big screen in front of us where we can see each other’s info and progress in terms of power, rpm, and energy.  Throughout lights are dimmed with background music being played while we are pedaling in the next 1.5 hours.  By the way, the 1.5-hour workout is equivalent to almost three hours outdoors. There are quick and short breaks, too, to either hydrate or go to the bathroom.

Overall, it is a good workout and I’m glad to have tried the Exchange class and finished pedaling a distance of 26.56 KMs. What a challenging interval workout!  It is tiring for someone who’s new to spinning but it will not stop me from trying this thing called Underground. 

If you want to experience a sense of achievement then get into Saddle Row class and give it a try. It is located at 2F Serendra in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Saddle Row is also offering discounts until the end of this month.  



Saddle Row’s plan for next year is to “cook” fitness assessments and programs that will lead up to races. This is something to look forward to!

Thank you saddle Row! Special shout out to Jammy, and triathlete Raymond for being such good spinning instructor. And, to Mark Hernandez of Team Gotta salamat for everything!