Happy birthday to my brother Christian! (no not the Buddhist) Thank you for always understanding my cryptic attitude and most of all for loving your family more than yourself. I envy your generosity to others and the ability to see the good in people. P.S. Have fun in life always! YOLO! 😉
So the ITC crew went to Taipei for some action! We got a food trip! Ximendeng became the favorite spot. I have never encountered so many variety of street food in my entire life! The capital is also know for themed cafes and restaurants and we hit five of them in three days row.
P.S. All clips are taken using Go Pro Hero3 Black and Jennifer Lawrence’s confidence.
Our group went on a relief operation to Bantayan Island today. One of the Philippine Islands favorably ravaged by the super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) two weeks ago. And as I look around the tragic remains I end up looking to the sky and thought that it’s beautiful out here. The strength of the people to stand up on the rubbish of their homes is called hope. Something that can never be taken away.
My first official mountain climbing experience and it was great! She never stops to amuse me.
A storm happened when we start ascending to the ‘beak’. So I thought it’s nature’s way of telling us that mountain climbing is not a cheesecake.
Although the path is mostly covered with lush trees to shade you from the sun it didn’t come handy since it was raining and instead it just made everything around us dark slash creepy.
Plus the already rocky terrain became slippery wet that we must stride cautiously or slide and die.
Before taking the final 5-10 minutes assault up to the summit we passed by the campsite for all hikers surrounded by pretty nice bamboos. There is also a part of the campsite that is part of a ridge that overlooks the summit.
Upon reaching the summit at approximately 800m above sea level, twas already raining really hard and the wind is blowing crazy!
We had to drop ourselves to the ground and crawl most of the time so we wont get blown and roll down and die.
It was almost zero visibility due to the heavy fog and it’s freezing cold up there! Dang we forgot to bring beer would have been ahhhsome!!!
Nonetheless, for short times we also get to see the famous parrot’s beak from the summit and a little of the view when the clouds errr fog clears then it’s gone again.
It was really amazing up there and I enjoyed it more because of the storm. Everything that kills me makes me feel alive! haha
On our way down to civilization we took a detour to a somewhere-out-there waterfalls. Forget about the brown after-rain water it was still a refreshing dip from that hours of hiking. ^_^ There are at least two waterfalls located near the trails leading to Pico de Loro. One is past the Basecamp 1 (above photo is the more popular one) whereas the other is before it, near the Maragondon trail.
PICO DE LORO Ternate, Cavite Major jump-off: Magnetic Hill, Ternate LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 2-5 hours Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 Features: Distinctive spire at the summit, forests, scenic views of Cavite
I wasn’t really sure if I’d watch them but so glad I did! The band was awesome with Ryan Tedder ruling all over the place with his voice and moves. Production was upscale and the songs, mostly from their new album Native, blew me to the moon and back again and again and again! hahaha In the end as the confetti finally dropped with them singing the last lines of If I Lose Myself Tonight and all the lights blowing harmoniously, I thought to myself the concert was rather short or maybe, It was too good I didn’t get enough! ^_^
Just a week after my first try I got hooked on another again. This time its DEFY 123 Triathlon held at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao. It is 1km swim, 110 km bike (oozing), and 10km run. The race is unique in it’s kind as it went over board on some of the basic rules in triathlons. Speedsuits in all kinds was allowed even the non legal ones! That made the swim easier. The run trail is mixed terrain, road - rough road - beach, that kind of mixed! And here’s for the eyebrows to finally rise - Bike is draft legal but only road bikes will be allowed while Tri bikes with drop bars, handlebars for road bike, is okay. Nonetheless, for the aerobars, it has to be the shortie ones, the one with a bridge. Plus unlike any other, transition area is air-conditioned!
We had to check-in a day before the race. Confirm our attendance, claim our race kits, and set our bikes in the transition area. First surprise was they don’t have the traditional cargo-loading night before the the race day. Next is the loot bag race kit. There was nothing much worth mentioning from the race kit aside from the Speedo branded swimming cap with the DEFY triathlon’s logo printed on it of course. Worst and I have to say, they don’t even have an event shirt to-go for the participants. I mean how can they defy the protocol on souvenir shirt must have!? I can let go the carbo-loadind but this!? Nay!
Come the race day - aside from the fact that it started at 10am because it was the scheduled high tide we still have to walk about 100m further to the sea amidst the fields of sea urchins which is unluckily on the bloom that day. Defy - it keeps on coming! But the water was great, no big waves and visibility is great!
Ok the white caps did make a good picture of the swimmers.
How it went. Got my 1km swim time goal at less than 30mins despite of my goggles breaking up with me, NICE JOB TYR! And landing my right leg on a beautifully groomed sea urchin when I am about to stand from the swim. So I thought I was on the safe!
110km will sure bring out the knock in you! hahaha The bike route was amazing! Well it’s in Panglao Bohol what else can you expect. And as always the most viewed by people screaming cheering to the racers they don’t even know. WOW Isn’t that nice!? Ok moving on.
As you can see on my face, I am not enjoying it. The run was a so tiring especially if you had a hot scorching sun on your roof! I thought 10km was easy but not on mixed terrain, 20% road - 60% rough terrain - 20% beach, Yes you read it right! They made us run like in Baywatch on to the finish line. Bravo bravo! My goal was easily overran by a lengthy 1 hour and 20 mins.
I’m so glad at the finish line!!! I had to shower a pitcher of ice cold water thrice during the race.
My bitterness on the absence of the pre-race cargo loading buffet was easily lifted by the after-race buffet party by the beach with live drum beaters from Grupo Tribale and a DJ I not know of.
My favorite thirst-quenching below zero beer was also overflowing that night! I’m blushing.
And it just got a lot better when we won 3rd place on the Team Relay category with my dad! hahaha It was really unexpected and that’s what made it more juicy! Despite the fact the organizers defied yet another must-have by not giving out finishers’ medals, the trophy paid for it. But had we not won, we would never have something to remember it. Yes it’s just a medal but in the future when you look at it, it remind’s you of what you have conquered that day. So that is why it is substantial people! That one goes to the organizers. I’m smiling.
P.S. I would like to credit Trisport Images for some of the photos I am using. Check them out at Facebook!
It was after Ironman 70.3 Philippines last August that I decided for myself that I can also do it. Seeing these people in all shapes and some are even ‘older’, fueled me up. So I registered on the nearest upcoming triathlon league, Hunat Sugbo triathlon under sprint category 750m swim, 20km bike, and 5 km run. I commenced training starting with the basics on free-style swimming. I didn’t have to train much on running and biking since I’m occasionally doing it. Good thing we have friends in the triathlon sports who are professionals and are willing to lend an experience that made the training a little less hard.
Race day - Oct.6 - I parked my bike at the transition area and started stretching to calm me. I cant help it. Im nervous and ecstatic at the same time seeing all the participants geared up and ready to roll while talking about the swimming part. I even forgot to put my sunblock! Being a neophyte I really don’t know what will happen so I just listened. The waves that day were treacherous!
S. Kienle (a famed athlete) was right when he said that the body drives you to the line but your mind makes you cross it! With that raging water, drowning surrendering became an option but I thought otherwise. While walking on the seawall with my heart still panting abnormally I actually told myself what just happened was to survive! Took me almost an hour to swim 750m freestyle because of the raging waves and the scary almost zero visibility water.
I was quite confident with my biking skills and after surviving that swim I thought it was a cheesecake. I slipped on my cycling shoes, geared up and went rolling. The sun was scorching already by that time plus the blow of the wind when running on seaside makes it harder to push. Looking at me it didn’t seem like much until you rode it. Seriously.
But as I’ve said - cheesecake. ^_^ Occasionally, I break over a group of cyclists and doing it on an uphill is like feasting on bread crumbs of my cake waiting at the finish line. My average speed was 32km/hr that lead me to finish the leg in 46mins. Must be the power gel!
So I thought, but it wasn’t another cheesecake! hahaha I was never really able to practice biking then go straight to running after. Dang the transition was so painful. My legs were so weak that I had to walk about 5mins first before I can ascend speed to running. 30 minutes for a 5km run is puny. yeah!
Overall I ranked 28th from 101 participants. My dad ranked 14th! hahaha he forgot to do one last lap on the running leg though. So technically he is disqualified but since that triathlon was so high-tech they were not able to notice it. I’m still so proud of you dad. Not all 55ish people can do what you are doing! :)