Endure-Blackberry Aquathlon – A FUN EVENT

“Fun is better than winning.” – Oaqui


The Ad

After our grisly quest to Km 160 and 102, Earl (The Running Gramps) and Allan AKA j3j3RNR thought of joining a fun event; the Blackberry-Endure Aquathlon. The three of us settled on the CURVE Category (400m swim, 3K run) than doing BOLD (600m swim, 5K run) so as not to jive with the more serious Multi-sport athletes (I dreamt of going podium as well – dream on!) not realizing there are some competitive athletes as well on our category.



I honestly believe that something is wrong with my foot work.


Although this will be just a fun event, it doesn’t mean that there will be no competition going on among us. Earl kept on bullying me telling me to prepare on my alibis if I lost on our mini-match, Allan remain silent though and laughing on our trash-talks, he claimed that he didn’t really prepare for it (or maybe he was just trying to be the black horse).



The race began with me leading of course, haha, yet I noticed that kids who were parts of our wave were the ones who are outswimming us! What the h***! These kids were throwing us waters right into our mouth! What a shame!

As what my shirt says, Di masyadong mabilis...

After a couple of minutes I moved to transition and ran!  I keep on grasping for air; oh maybe I need more practice.  One young runner overtook me and I never managed to overtake any runners, I was even tempted to walk on some hilly part of the race but I tried not to just to save my ass from humiliation.  The only bragging rights I  can tell is maybe the fact that Earl didn’t out swim or outrun me and so did Allan, good think it was just 3K, haha! (COWARD!)

Don't you think they support me all the way? Thanks Rico for the "Bragging Rights Mug"

Anyway, I know I can’t have best of both worlds, I need to train more on this aspect as this was definitely not my cup of tea yet but I might be willing to try it over again.  We had fun!  Thanks Team Endure for giving us stuff like this.

All the way support from Cherry, Yan and Marky

Keep on coming!



Photos courtesy of Raisa Tan, Glo Arbatin, KB Runner and Cherry Bautista


On Being a Triathlete



The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. – Confucius    

See that baggy shorts and cross training shoes... Oh no!!!

When I was starting in running back in 2009, I have already dreamt of becoming a tri-athlete. I trained as much as I can to at least improve myself and tried to enhance my knowledge and skills as a runner. I know that I have still a lot of room for improvement but I am glad of my achievements.

Flashback! A number of takbo.ph members decided to join the fun in multisport. That undeniably is a good idea… Unfortunately, I don’t know how to swim and I am scared of going into the deeper side of the pool.

Hope the stroke was right that time... 600m took me more than 19 min to get through it.

One day… I tried it, pushed myself, trained for weeks to move a meter… then another meter… I was sick every other session for I felt that I have made the pool shallower by 1 centimetre every swimming session. I sometimes feel frustrated about it, but my friends’ kind words of encouragement shove me to exert more effort. Twice, thrice, of even four times a week just to master it, until eventually, I swam one lap and another, until I can do 20 laps or 40 laps per session. I maybe swimming slowly, but I am again proud from where I’ve been. My next project would be swimming in open water.

53 minutes to bike? There's pretty much room for improvement though...

Biking… Another fear… I am afraid to get hurt or bruised brutally for I know you can get that with biking if you were not careful enough. My first ride wasn’t that easy… I fell twice during our practice. I had some bruises but good thing my skin was too thick to be wounded! LOL! Thanks again to the people who believed in me, for once again pushing and always reminding me what I can really do.

Yes, I joined my first tri after a week of training in biking. I was anxious and jittery before the event making myself to arrive late at the swim leg. I don’t even know what to do at first. That is making me look stupid. Eventually, I finished the swim leg composed and good enough to gear up for the bike leg.

18 minutes for 3.2K? Hmmm.. I must be tired...

Since this is the portioned that I least trained for, I am very slow. I guess, I really haven’t mastered it… Lack of experience can even position you in trouble… And it did! I fell a few minutes after I started. That was a downhill that pressed me to the ground. Adrenaline rush hit me, I stood up and pedal once again until I went through the course. That’s 17 kilometres…

Lastly, the run leg, which is the easiest for me; this is the time where at least I can overtake a few runners. The 3.2K distance still challenged me for my legs were already sore after saddling with the bike.

1:31... Been there done that...

I eventually managed to cross to finish line after 1hour and 31 minutes… And after that, I became a triathlete.


I have done it!  I have conquered it; yet, I am giving half of the credit to my friends who supported me all the way and cuddle my desire. I couldn’t have thank them enough for it.. Their chants were my booster and made my soul strong all the way.  Thank GOD for sending his intruments.


Thank you again everyone! Another humbling moment...

Acknowledgments during the race:

Doc Art for the bike leg.

Lucky for pacing me on the run leg.

Maridol, Weslee, Mavin and Bilz for gathering the moments.

For the Team CB who supported us all the way down south!