Pilipinas Duathlon 2018



The Pilipinas Duathlon Series Final Leg was held on October 14, 2018 at Subic Bay, Pampanga.  This is the second duathlon I participated in the first one being the first leg of the Pilipinas Duathlon Series last Feb 25 in Clark Pampanga. Unlike Clark, Subic Bay is quite well known for is its killer hills.  I was fully aware that the course would have a great degree of difficulty  based on the feedback I gathered from friends who are familiar with the course. This is basically the reason why I opted for the shorter distance Sprint Category (5km run-20km bike- 5km bike).
At the start of the race, the run event already proved to be quite a challenge with 2.5 km downhill and 2.5 km uphill which we had to do twice! The bike segment was no exception with endless hills after hills after hills.  It didn’t take long before I could feel the burn in my thighs. The bike course alone can be tricky and treacherous if not careful. There were a few major crashes on the race route where ambulance assistance was required.  I am grateful to have been spared any serious mishaps and the dreaded flat tire.  I did, however, have a bit of difficulty treading the down slopes during the run segments due to a nagging left calf muscle. Other than that,  I was surprisingly feeling quite good throughout the race. 
An unexpected perk — a 3rd Place Finish in my Age Group.   
I feel it was a good idea to take on the shorter distance  so as not to burn myself out too much and still live to race another day.  It was hot,  it was challenging but overall, the Pilipinas Duathlon in Subic proved to be a great experience. 
3rd Place Age Category 
 Run 5km x 2
 Bike 20 km
 Bromance with Hector 




 The " Legend " Frank L.
 Hanging out with friends
 My 3rd Place Medal age Group Category
 Chilling after the race
See you soon Subic

29th YAKULT 10-MILER



The Yakult 10-Miler is said to be the longest standing 10-miler race in the Philippines. Now on its 29th year,  I distinctly recall joining several of their earlier races since the early 1990’s when Mr. Rudy Biscocho was the race director.  
Proactive Sports has now taken the reigns in Yakult’s event management and has done a very good job in ensuring a good, safe and fun race this year. 
Congratulations to Proactive Sports.  Looking forward to next years milestone 30th Yakult race and beyond....





Singapore

Took a quick trip to Singapore for medical reasons. Though I had fun in the city, I never lost focus on the reason I was there. One thing I’ve learned is that one can never take ones health for granted especially when you are 55.

OYM 3/4 Race 2018




I was thinking of joining the 28km event but the 3am gun start was just was way way way to early for me.  I love joining races but I really have a difficult time waking up at 1am to get ready and drive to the race venue.  The 5am gun start for the 10 km event fits well with me.

It was a good race with a generally flat course all through out which made it pretty easy to enjoy, relax and indulge in a little chitchat after with friends. Looking forward to more Affineatea races to come.

 Chiqui D.
with classmate Jayson T.

ANAK



Kamusta anak.
Mag papaalam na ako sa iyo dahil kailangan ko nang bumalik sa Pilipinas.  Sa totoo lang, ang lamig dito sa america at sinusumpong na ang aking mga tuhod.  
Pero bago ako umalis,  gusto ko lang  sabihin sa iyo na ako na ata ang pinaka masayang ama sa buong mundo dahil ikaw ay nakahanap ng isang mabait at responsableng  lalake na mag aalaga sa iyo at maging kabalikat sa buhay. 
Si Mitch ay isang mabuting tao at nakikita ko sa kanyang mga mata na mahal na mahal ka niya.  Minsan ay nagtataka lang ako kung anong itsura niya pag inahit niya ang kanyang balbas (hehe), pero hindi na yan importante.  I only wish the best for you both. Magmahalan kayo ng habang buhay.  
Humihingi ako ng paumanhin na ang ating pamilya ay hindi perpekto at kinailangan kong tumayo bilang iyong ama at ina.  Ang buhay may asawa ay nagdudulot ng maraming hamon. Laging manalangin sa diyos na ikaw ay pagpapalain. Ilagay sa iyong puso na ang iyong ama ay laging naririto para sa iyo at maaari mong asahan sa anomang oras.
Ay sya !!! ... bago tayo mag iyakan dito ay magpapaalam na ako sa ngayon.  
See you soon Anak.  Madalas na ako maglalakbay dito sa America para mabisita kayo. Baka sa pag balik ko ay meron na akong apo.
Ingat parati.
#meronforever 
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RUNNINGSHIELD.