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My 1st Duathlon Challenge

Being active in sports such cycling and running, San Fernando 2014 Duathlon Challenge played a big part in my life history. I’ve always wanted to get involved in any sports, achieve things that makes me feel proud and to be an inspiration to many. SFLU duathlon race is open to non-local residents under invitational category ONLY; the tour led and sponsored by Dagupan City Cycling Club. A week before, the team has decided to join the race and it was kind of rush to submit our names and paid them through Dra. Cicel’s help.

In the preparation of my 1st duathlon, I focused on running and monitoring pace and heartbeat. On the 1st day of one week of my self-training before the race, a 5k of running to finish in less than an hour every day is a deal. I was entirely focused of my body and mind controlling of how I would finish the 5k-15 k-5 k, run-bike-run. I should survive on the race no matter what. How I wish I can, then I realize it was exhausting and powerless to get into your bike after 5km running.

On the last 2 days training before the race, I hadn’t fully finish the transition practice, instead finished the 5km run 10k bike and went home tired and frustrated. I believe competing and joining races is not a joke and to fake that you are good into something isn’t worth at all. Then, I am afraid encouraging people to experience the passion I have like cycling and running because it only takes a person to see where he/she good at.

The truth is that I am scared to compete and to give all I’ve got because I might faint and get injured. As long my mind is set to enjoyment and finds mountainbiking and running makes me happy, I would wander and use the talent what God has gave to me. It was a day decision to come with the team and join the race; I apologize to the DCCC for being late that morning and thank you for waiting for me. 🙂

and…. Tessa is on track and the aim is to finish the 5k-15k-5k, run-bike-run!

photo credits to Dhing Carulla
photo credits to Dhing Carulla
photo credits to Dhing Carulla
photo credits to Dhing Carulla

As I have said earlier, it wasn’t a joke at all! There are only 8 joined of us under FEMALE CAT, few of us are first timer and 3 are hardcore and been into lots of races and, here they are:

ladies
1st, 2nd, 3rd… my place? ask me!

Screen Captures

As a reward and proof that we finished the run-bike-run transition, a finisher shirt was given after the last 5km run. It was a priceless experience to keep and share to everyone! 🙂

The Post Valentine – Duathlon, Run for the Hearts was held at San Fernando City last february 16, 2014.

For duathlon TIPS check links below:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/439434-tips-first-duathlon/
http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/articles/duathlon
https://infirmaryduathlon.racesonline.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.display&page_id=5482
http://www.swimbikerun.ph/tag/duathlon-first-timer/

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Mountain Bike Blog · Mountain Bike Race

Second Mountain Bike Race

A mountain bike challenge to join before the year ends (2013), this time should be outside my province (Pangasinan) and must try a different mountain bike trail course of Paniqui, Tarlac Philippines. The team went to Tarlac to shave their trail and taste our bitter sweet mountain bikes. Jaguar Team of Dagupan City Cycling Club – Mountain Bike, raced and beat those Tarlackenos.

dagupan cycling team jaguar

5am – December 21, 2013, my team drove two hours and a half excitedly, though I wasn’t sure if I could conquersince I’ve have never visited the tracks. Those mountain bikers near race tracks must be very confident and familiar with the trail. The course is a ride of thirty kilometers (30km) before you get into the finish line. Under female category, I will be competing with the only lady biker in Tarlac.

The plan is not to compete but to enjoy the track and finish it strong however, there are some points and weaknesses I saw on my competitor. She lives nearby the City so I assumed she practiced and visited the trail many times. The course has a 60% rough and “lahar” road and the rest is a vehicle road. On the first five minutes after they release us, I felt I wasn’t strong enough and so I just had to focus on my strength and goal. Along the course, it’s quite tough racing with her as we pass along each other; there are few bikers with her helping her I guess. Then two road bikers let her go and then blocking my way. They were riding racers and along the course a two way out and I was confused because of no signs. The two roadies don’t know the way out and has really intention to get me out of her way to finish line. Luckily, a woman pointed out me the way, and the two roadies followed. What a shameful tactics of those two just to save a lady without competing, a show off!

The confusing race didn’t stopped there, as I’m approaching the 3km to finish line a marshall pointed the wrong way, so I wasted 4km of ride. Well, now I understand some people can’t take the competition the right way. On my way to finish line, I saw the two freakin roadies who blocked my way inside the trail and tried to lost me, they smiled and cheered. Anyway, I was really disappointed on the event and my team has the same feeling, it is what it is and we just have to let go. My speedometer showed a 40km ride, and I wasted 10km. I know what happened inside the trail which insulted my strength, at least I had a fair and clean fight though I’m just a visitor with 10 guys who traveled that far and Dagupan mountain bikers showed how strong and friendly we are.