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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.

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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

Cycling School: Introduction to Climbing, 19 Mar. 2016

CYCLING SCHOOL

Introduction to Climbing Level 2
19 Mar. 2016, Saturday at Coffee Trail and Cyclery                       Solenad 3, Nuvali  6 AM – 11 AM

COURSE OUTLINE

Bike Safety

Mounting, braking, hovering, cornering U turns

Climbing Skills

Science of the cycling stroke, saddle position, inclines and declines, braking moving from hoods to drops, climbing off the saddle, ride nutrition and tips on vital minerals such as sodium and potassium.  Intermediate must be able to ride 60-80 KMs.

Bike Maintenance

Ride out, racing and transport bike rack or bag.

LESSON PLAN
A. Lecture on the theories and techniques
B. Practical application ride out (60K)
C. Q & A

Class will be limited to 20 participants so reserved a slot now, fee is Php 1500 per person.

PAYMENT SCHEME You may deposit your payment at the following bank details, and send the copy of the deposit slip at fondomanila@gmail.com:Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands Account Name: Trygon Corporation; Account Number: 8291-0101-73. Kindly contact mobile number 0917527.7141 for further details.

About Coach Patrick Joson

He is a certified triathlon coach from the International Triathlon Union with the level of Facilitator with 11 years of coaching experience.

Learn the Basics of Climbing, 23 January 2016

This January, Fondo Manila brings another cycling class on climbing, a skill that every biker must learn.  Interested? Here are the details:

The Basics of Climbing
by Fondo Manila through coach Patrick Joson
23 January 2016, Saturday 6:00 AM
Coffee Trail & Cyclery
Solenad 3 Nuvali

Class is limited to twenty persons only so reserve a slot now. Participation fee is Php 1500 and Php 1000 for paid Fondo Baguio registrants.  Kindly visit Fondo Manila’s Facebook Page for payment scheme or send a message at mobile number +632 917.527.7141 for details.   You may want to study in advance the bike route HERE.

Bike handling season is on!

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*.

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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.

Share the Road Campaign with Avida

A month has passed since I fell on a road bike so the strategy was to be more conservative in terms of speed.  Still recovering confidence from that  accident you see. 

 simple invite from friends a couple of weeks ago was what prompted me to immediately sign up for a FREE non-competitive cycling event which covered 20-km to 60-km distance in Nuvali dubbed as Share The Road with Avida an advocacy to educate not only bike riders but also vehicle drivers; hence, safer roads for everyone.  

A timely and a good tune up to know more about road safety and laws governing bike lanes, and be more familiar with the terrain of Nuvali even though I have run the route (in road and trail races)  before.    

Many thanks to fellow Happy Feet James, a member of Greenhills Triathlon Group, who fetched me from my place.  We both received the free Ride the Philippines Project cap being one of the the first 100 participants to arrive and register early at the venue.

It was also nice to bump into Happy Feeters/running bloggers Rod and Bobby including “master” Mon who just like James,  a member of Greenhills Triathlon Group.   It was sort of an impromptu reunion only this time not in a running event.

Cycling School coaches Patrick Joson of ITU Cycling Efficiency and Chris Allison of the National Cycling Team shared tips on how to be a better and responsible biker out there.

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Photo by Fondo Manila

Environmental advocate Atty. Tony Oposa shared the short and long-term plans on how to further the cause on road safety and having lanes for bikers not only in Metro Manila but also in any part of the country.   A quick photo op followed after the briefing.   

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The riders (Photo by Fondo Manila)

Excited to finally round the terrain, I slowly pedaled just enough to get the feel of it.  Bike handling was put to the test through the rolling terrain of Nuvali.  I did notice some participants were so quick that maneuvering either the uphill or downhill turned out to be easy for them.  Not for me though. Riding downhill at a speed of 45-50km/h  was a new experience.  Then the unfortunate thing happened.  A flat tyre (front wheel)!   Aaargh! At least it happened as I was approaching the Security Gate. No bike crash this time.  Just a tyre problem.

At my request, security staff immediately radioed their Rescue Unit.   So help was on the way.  While waiting, couldn’t help but felt envious every time bikers passed by.

Minutes ticked slowly until I saw the first batch of bikers from our group whizzed by.  One shouted (leadman coach Pat) that my tyre would be replaced anytime soon.  Woohoo! True enough, both Rescue Unit vehicle and that of Team Fondo Manila (FM) arrived at the same time to rescue me and the bike.  Couldn’t be more happy!  In less than a few minutes, the tyre inner tube was replaced by able FM staff Ambet.  Thankful of the help, I informed them that I had to go back and start again to at least complete a loop.

The whole time I was biking, the FM Team never left me. Their car followed me and overtook me  only to give instructions and point directions.   They ( Ambet and Kelvin) made sure I was safe, too.

That said, very grateful to Fondo Manila.  If not for them, I wouldn’t have completed the route.  Super duper thanks to James, Pat, Fondo Manila (Rescue and Registration Teams), Nuvali Rescue Team for the assistance and to master Mon for opening your home to your Happy Feet friends. 

It was organized by Fondo Manila and Ride the Philippines Project in cooperation with Avida at Nuvali Evoliving, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. 

Overall, the cycling event was a huge success! Congratulations to all cyclists who participated and supported the cause!

A Rookie Road Bike Rider at the Alaska Cycle Philippines

 WAY BACK THEN

I learned to bike with the help of some childhood friends using the BMX bike in the 80s.  And never got interested to own one until now.  During a visit at a Saturday flea market, I saw a group of bikers using small-type bikes.  I never knew what it was called. One of the bikers whom I approached told me that the group belongs to a foldies community.  I knew then I wanted to own one.  But the heavens must have other designs for me.  One day a fellow runner and a good friend offered to sell her road bike.  To cut the long story short, I ended up having a road bike delivered at my doorstep by my friend Maui and her family on Chinese New Year hence the bike’s nickname Lucky or Luke.

SERIES OF ROAD TESTS

First attempt, I was shaking.  On my second attempt, while waiting for the stop light to go Green,  tried to get off from the bike, suddenly lost my balance and fell to the ground.  So embarrassed knowing many pairs of eyes saw what happened!  On my third attempt, I went around the block for only about 30 minutes.  That was it.

THE ALASKA BIKE RIDE CHALLENGE

So when an invite came for an entry to a big cycling event, l was caught  a bit off guard.  Finally, a chance to ride in a pack and tackle almost a marathon distance.  Initially registered for the 20-kilometer Community Ride category. However, on the day of the ride pack collection, the attending staff (she was so nice) suggested that I try the Challenge Ride category instead.  In the end, I found myself officially registered for the 40-kilometer ride. What have l gotten myself into this time? No bike mileage.  Not enough serious training.  Relied on pure chutzpa to just do it.

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Nice jersey design with the finisher’s medal

As a new rider, I was nervous and apprehensive of the outcome of this ride.  Arrived early at the venue and bumped into an old-time friend and fellow running blogger Anna, who was with her husband.  Both registered for the 20-kilometer Community Ride.  After the quick chitchat, I decided to go ahead.  Walking, I met another biker who was waiting for his buddy. I asked about the route and the event.  He said it was his third time to join.  And, commented further that the route would include two flyovers.  Apprehensions set in suddenly.  How would I tackle it?  I could only think of one option: walk once at the flyover.  I proceeded to the starting line, looked for the baggage area to deposit my stuff, and went back to my Wave assignment.  As I roamed my eyes at the crowd of bikers gathered at the starting line, I felt the energy and excitement.   To calm my nerves, I initiated a conversation with a fellow female rider on my left.  As late participants passed by our Wave to proceed to earlier Wave assignments, I noticed on their bikes are either one or two water bottle containers.  I looked at the empty water bottle cage on my bike.  Yeah, didn’t bring any hydration with me.   The ultra runner in me was in the works, meaning, used to hydrating every ten kilometers so l didn’t worry.

The lively emcee kept the crowd energized. There was a camera drone flying over us and almost everyone wave their hands in the air.  Then the countdown for each Wave begun. There were six waves for the Challenge Ride and each wave is released every five minutes.  Finally, it was time to move towards the start arch for the countdown and GO signal.

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Good to see familiar faces among the gathering of bikers after the Challenge Ride.  With fellow running bloggers Jet and Bobby.  (Photo by Jared aka Running Suplado)

This is it!  Time to do and finish the 40-km ride!  Goal: it would be a steady ride for me.  While pedaling along Seaside Boulevard, a biker whizzed by and said something which I could hardly hear. But it seemed he said something like I need to hurry and pedal fast.  Approaching Roxas Boulevard, from afar I saw lead bikers riding their way up to Buendia-Roxas Boulevard flyover.  Wait a minute, runners and bikers on Buendia flyover? Whoah!

I didn’t give it much thought though as I pedaled my bike south bound along Roxas Boulevard.  The 40-km bike ride category requires bikers to  do four laps before heading to the finish line.  Went for a steady pace and didn’t hydrate during the first ten kilometers.  Most of the other bikers are in full throttle. After the turnaround, game on for the next challenge: first flyover along EDSA-Roxas Boulevard.   I made it!  Approaching fast now on the second flyover, ahead of me was a biker slowly pedaling up on the left side.  Bikers on the right side ahead of me.  I was already at the incline.  Attempted to avoid the rider, unfortunately l lost my balance, hit the ground and crashed.   Good thing no domino effect happened as more bikers came at the spot where l fell.  That sudden impact really shook up my nerves, bruised my right palm and caused abrasion on my elbow.   I couldn’t just go off without myself checked for any damage.   After the medic treated my wound, I pedaled my bike back to the pack trying to catch up with missed time during the crash.

l was in my element again even if my right palm was painful. Every time l approached each flyover l really prayed hard and pedaled my way cautiously.  There was one moment though when some fast riders going south went out of their lane unmindful of the danger they are causing.  Collisions could happen anytime.  Fresh from my bike crash earlier, l had to make a noise as a warning they go back in their lane.  I was going downhill the flyover when it happened.

Approaching the turnaround near CCP, a biker whizzed by and joyfully said, “Congratulations, Ma’am!”  The greeting caught me by surprise.  Really.  I was not fast.  I didn’t even finish in over an hour.  I think the rider meant well.

The last few kilometers were easy and found myself crossing the finish line … finally!  Staff handed me something to eat and drink, then l was given the finisher’s medal.  Nice!

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My precious, a testament to officially finish the 40-kilometer Bike Ride Challenge

Congratulations to all riders! My salute and respect to those who finished strong and fast even if the Challenge was not meant to be a race.  To me, the bike ride was still a race against myself.

Super duper thanks to Alaska Milk, Alaska Cycle Asia Philippines and Sunrise Events for this unforgettable experience.  You just don’t know how much it made me so happy.  One of the best birthday gifts l could ever have!

Until next time!