Thursday, October 23, 2008

The La Mesa Ride for Pride Race Results

Finally the results are out, and I must say I didn't do too bad at all. Overall I was 119th place, and in my age category I took 50th place.

Congratulations to Dandan for bagging the top place! That guy's a monster!

Looking for the race results, too? Go to the Bantay Kalikasan's Ride for Pride page now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ride with Pride Race Photos

The Ride with Pride mountain bike race photos are out and they are scattered all over the net! From Multiply sites to the online fora, last weekend's race was the talk of the local mountain bike community.

If you're looking for where your pictures might be, check out these sites:

PhilMoFo's Ride with Pride Race Gallery
PinoyMTBiker's Ride with Pride Gallery
Team MTBTrails Multiply Photo Gallery
Be Anything But Ordinary Multiply Photo Gallery
Buhay's Multiply Photos
NEW!Bantay Kalikasan's Multiply Site

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The La Mesa Ride with Pride Pre-Race Food and Drink Plan

My pre-race food intake plan was spot on. As I sit here and blog about what happened this morning, I really don't feel that wasted at all compared to the previous times I biked the La Mesa trails.

With a few meters to go, my legs were starting to cramp, but I wasn't feeling dehydrated nor was I near empty. If it weren't for that, I think I could've pushed my pace some more. My cadence was still smooth and I could've shifter to a higher gear. I guess I'll do that next time. But right now, I'm really happy with how I performed.

So what was my intake to prepare for the race? Below's the list. Let me know what you think.

  • A week before the race, I started taking in lots of fluid, mainly water. No sodas or any junk drink.
  • The night before the race, I ate a plateful of pasta. I also put my Camelbak bladder that's 1/4 full of water in the freezer so I'll have cold drinking water during the race.
  • I woke up early on race day and ate another plateful of pasta and drank a glass of water.
  • While waiting for the race to start, I was already hydrating. I got to finish a 1.5-liter bottle of Gatorade. The consequence? I was peeing a lot.
  • Thirty minutes before the race I ate one sachet of Powerbar Gel with 2x caffeine.
  • During the race, I drank lots of cold water from my hydration pack and ate three sachets of Powerbar Gels.
  • After finishing, I ate a Powerbar together with another 1.5 liters of Gatorade.
  • Saturday, October 18, 2008

    Pre-Race Check-up

    It's the day before the race, and although I'm not really 100% OK I went to Shopwise to do some shopping for the big event tomorrow.

    Below's my pre-race list for tomorrow's Ride with Pride in La Mesa. If you've got yours, feel free to share it.

  • Buy enough bottles of Gatorade to make sure your body's properly hydrated before, during and after the race.
  • Buy a bunch a bananas for after-ride food (in case you're too tired to drive to the nearest decent food place -- Chowking).
  • Buy cooking spray that you can apply on your bike to prevent mud from sticking tomorrow.
  • Order pasta from Sicilian Pasta for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's breakfast.
  • Lubricate your bike's chain and make sure the gears are shifting properly.
  • Check the brakes and tire pressure.
  • Remove items from the bike that are unnecessary for tomorrow's race (i.e., rear blinkers).
  • Edit the contents of the hydration pack to make sure you only bring the things that you need.
  • Prepare the stuff that you need for tomorrow today (i.e., gear, after-ride clothes, sunscreen, food and drinks).
  • Pray for good weather.
  • Set the damn alarm clock properly.
  • Sleep early.
  • Take EPO and beat Dandan!!! Bwahahahaha!
  • Friday, October 17, 2008

    Aaargh! Brushscript!

    It's only now that I noticed PinoyMTBiker's masthead font, and it honestly looked so last century. Brushscript?! C'mon! You guys can do better than that! :)

    Race Preparation: Time to think positive!

    I'm not feeling 100%. I think I'm coming down with something. That's why I went to Mercury Drug from the office to get myself some meds to fight off whatever I'm having. I bought a bottle of Diflam and a banig of Biogesic tablets, just to be sure.

    I can't afford to get sick. Not If I have this big race that I'm looking forward to this weekend. I already bought four packs of Powerbar Gel from the new health stand at the ground floor of our office. Tomorrow, aside from buying some food for recovery and bottles of Gatorade, I'm planning to just stay in bed and rest the whole day if I can.

    No, I don't have any plans of winning the event. I just want a nice, fun race.

    Now it's time to think positive!

    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    The Vision Drink System: Nice but...

    Compared to using the century-old water bottle, this is more aero. The question now is will the UCI allow it? Based from their past stupid rules (e.g., only traditional diamond frames, minimum bike weight, how high an aerobar's position can be), I doubt it.

    Thanks to VeloNews for the Interbike feature.

    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    My Lance Armstrong Conspiracy Theory

    I'm a big Lance Armstrong fan but I still have mixed feelings on his comeback. On one hand it would really be great to see him ride and dominate the races. On the other, I feel that it's time to just stay in the sidelines and cheer as a new batch of champions emerge.

    We all know the official reason why he wants to go back - to bring a much-needed awareness in the fight against cancer. But if you look at him, at how he answers at the questions raised during his press conferences, you can't help but think that there's something more - all that rage is inside him waiting to come out. It's as if he wants to go back to prove something more.

    Below are just my conspiracy theories, and in no way are these true. In the comic world, this would belong to the Elseworlds realm:

    Before the start of the 2005 season, members of the UCI were able to prove that Lance really did use performance enhancing drugs in his first Tour de France win in 1999. These were unofficial results since the respective athlete didn't give any consent prior to the testing.

    A news that would definitely destroy the very fabric of the sport and the hopes of millions of people with cancer, a very select few were called in a meeting to discuss what the next steps should be - Armstrong, the head of the UCI and the race director of ASO.

    An announcement of a doping positive would cause a tremendous shockwave to the business part of the Tour. Nike, a major sponsor, would have its image damaged and would definitely pull out from the Tour. Other sponsors will definitely follow suit. The damage would be too great that the Tour might go to a halt.

    People who have looked up to Armstrong as a symbol of hope would be devastated. The miracle of 1999 - when a cancer survivor won the Tour de France, wasn't a miracle after all. This is a big blow that would demoralize them. Without the attitude Armstrong has inspired in them, thousands will die.

    On the other hand, Armstrong will file charges if they do decide to come out with the announcement. There were no go signal given from his end, which is a clear violation on the part of the UCI. He would put all his money on making sure he wins. And he will.

    With a lot of things at stake, all the parties involved came up with a compromise - 2005 will be Lance's last year. For the business, ASO would let him ride the Tour de France for one last time. In the end, everybody wins - Armstrong bows out gracefully, the UCI gets rid of him, and the ASO saves its business.

    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    Ride with Pride: the first eco-bike challenge to protect the La Mesa watershed

    I caved in. I was initially thinking of just dropping by to take pictures and socialize with the marshals, but after giving it much thought (three minutes to be exact), I decided - what the heck - I'm joining the Ride with Pride mountain bike race on October 19, 2008 at the La Mesa Nature Reserve.

    How can I go wrong? The P400 entry fee is shouldered by ABS-CBN's HR department. The venue is my favorite trail network of all time with a healthy mix of single and doubletracks. All I have to do is train a bit and enjoy the race.

    No, I don't have any plans of winning the event. I'll be happy if I get to overtake a couple of riders on the course. In the Men's Health Race a few years back, I managed to be in the top 20 in my category, but I guess this would be a pretty difficult feat this time as there are only two categories: 18+ and 36+.

    Thinking of joining the race? You better head to the following on or before October 11, 2008:
  • Bantay Kalikasan Office (ABS-CBN Foundation, Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City)

  • Life Cycle Bike Shop (G-Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center)

  • All Terra Bike Shop (Club 650, Libis, Quezon City)

  • ROX (Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City)

  • For more info, check out the poster

    Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Back to La Mesa Nature Reserve

    Today was a great mountain bike ride in the La Mesa Nature Reserve. At first it was supposed to be with Marose and the rest of the Kapamilya bikers but we eventually ended joining the merry band of Globe bikers instead.

    Yes, that's a we - me and Jun Punzal, our admin officer in the office. It was his first time to go on a real trail riding so he was excited with the whole thing. Well, it didn't last that long. In a slippery downhill stretch, he lost control and crashed. He's OK but his bike wasn't. His rear brake levers got damaged. It was too risky for him to carry on so he was forced to abort at Tower 5. Too bad for him. But I think he somehow got his money's worth. There's always a next time.

    Our ride ended at exactly twelve noon and it was so much fun. I'm laspag but still OK. Maybe next time we'll ride the longer stretch of singletrack heading to the parking area.

    I haven't uploaded the whole map of the ride on MotionBased.com. I'll probably post it as soon as I have it.
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