Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Second Ride of 2012 - A Long Way To Go

Yesterday's ride in Maarat was another ride to regain form and fitness. Although I was riding better than the weekend before, it is still a far cry from where I need to be if I want to do more epic rides this year.

I am having some problems sleeping early. This started a few weeks ago. The eve of yesterday's ride, I was able to sleep at around two in the morning before being awoken by a call from a tipsy wife, asking if I could pick her up at the Fort. I'm not making excuses for my performance, but I think this is a possible reason.

For our leisurely ride on the main roads of Maarat, I was joined by King Bernas, Winston Chua, Deon James, and my ex-Urban Jungle teammate Gabby Severino. Although I was laboring up the climbs, it was generally a nice ride going to the Giant Store via Roxas Boulevard. Actually, we backtracked a bit and went to the Pestaño farm to get something to eat. I ordered Gatorade to go along my Sausage McMuffin with Egg, while the boys enjoyed their brewed coffee while munching on some trail bars.

Since Winston and Gab needed to go home early , we headed back to the parking area at the Timberland clubhouse.

Here's a map of our route:

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sole searching. More fun in the Philippines.

Sole searching. More fun in the Philippines

This was taken from our ride last Saturday afternoon at the blue trail in Timberland Heights. We stopped to rest and appreciate the view when King found the sole of a shoe at the side of the trail. When I was editing the pictures, I figured this would be a nice addition to the #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines meme. And so here you go!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My First Ride of 2012

My first ride of ride of 2012 almost didn't push through. We were supposed to ride Saturday morning, but I wasn't feeling up to it when I woke up at quarter to six. It was bed versus bike, and sadly the bed won. I texted everyone and said that I'm still too sleepy to pedal, and went back to sleep.

I woke up at 10 a.m. I received a text messaged, it seemed. I wasn't entirely sure. Maybe it was still part of a dream, I thought.

The text was from King. Apparently, they didn't push through with the morning's ride and he's asking if I'm interested in joining them in the afternoon instead. Perfect! I get to sleep in and ride, too. "Sure," I replied.

I picked up King at around 12:45 in the afternoon and drove to the Timberland clubhouse to meet up with Winston.

King had a hidden agenda. He's organizing an event in February so we're here to scout for the right trail for the race course.

The weather was wonderful. It was overcast and it rained for some time while we were in the blue trail, but when that was over, it was just perfect. Sadly I couldn't say the same for the trail. The main road was just OK, but the single track was slippery. It didn't help that there were several motocross riders in the trail, making the ruts even deeper.

After doing some plotting, we biked to the Giant Store for some refreshments before heading back home.

Check out our route:

Want to see the other pictures? You can view them here.
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