Wednesday, March 28, 2018

TRI-Factor Asian Championship 2018

Local triathlon gets further boost as top Asian multisport brand TRI-Factor holds the third leg of its Asian Championship Series in Camarines Sur in May with a slew of rising and leading triathletes in the region expected to see action.

Put up to provide multi-sport beginners, enthusiasts and veteran triathletes – even kids – a venue to hone their talent and skills in swimming, biking and running, the TRI-Factor have grown from organizing multi-sport events in Singapore to creating the premier short-course championship series across the Asian region.

It features kids triathlon (100, swim-5km bike-1km run), freshmen triathlon (200m swim-10km bike-2km run), sprint triathlon (750m swim-20km bike-5km run), standard triathlon (1.5km-40km bike-10km run) and long triathlon (1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run).

“We’re pleased to announce the TRI-Factor Asian Championship series with new races in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Our purpose is to provide our athletes diverse race options throughout the year, catering to the specific needs of the athletes across Asia,” said Elvin Ting, managing director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd. and founder of the Tri-Factor series.

The Asian Championship 2018 series will kick off in Singapore on April 22 then to China on May 13 before action shifts to the Phl on May 25-27 at Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur.

The TRI-Factor is also staged to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, particularly among the youth, and its Asian Championship leg will be held here for two years - 2018 and 2019, where hosting of more events including new race formats like CYCLE-RUN-CYCLE are being looked into. Its staging in the country comes at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch events held regularly across the country the last few years.

"Tri-Factor's coming to the Philippines would be a great opportunity and new challenge for the newbies to engage in triathlon and pioneer triathletes to take the opportunity of racing in other parts of Asia especially in China under a different triathlon format. I'm looking forward to be in both the Philippine and China legs of Tri-Factor and I am really excited to go back to CWC, which is a great venue for a triathlon," shared Taguig Congresswoman and triathlete Pia Cayetano, upon learning about Tri-Factor's arrival in the Philippines.

Founded in 2009, TRI-Factor is aimed at building a community and culture of Asian athletes racing with the region with its short distances and secured courses allowing beginners to master swimming, cycling and running and prepare them for the regular triathlon events.

Each TRI-Factor race finish gives athletes points counting toward a year-end ranking. For the Asian Championship series, each race will be assigned a Race Course index depending on the degree of difficulty where points awarded will be multiplied with the index, allowing athletes to rack up bigger points at the tougher races.

Titles to be dispute are the Series Asian, Best Country Athlete of the Year, Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year, Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year, Top First-Timer Athlete and Top First-Timer Junior Athlete.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Garmin Fenix Sux!

I bought my Fenix 3 HR in Novena Square about three years ago for more than S$1000. The reason I got myself a multi-sport GPS watch was to jump-start my love for running and what better way to do this is by throwing wads of cash for a Fenix 3. I would've wanted the sapphire version but the price difference with the regular one was way too much for me and I couldn't get myself to open my wallet and throw away a few more bucks for aesthetic reasons. Another reason why I chose Fenix 3 over the competition is because of the good review the watch received from Ray of DC Rainmaker. I am now regretting making that decision and using his review as one of my source of truth.

Since I purchased it, I have been using it sporadically because of the inconsistencies that I've been getting from its GPS readout. If I have to compare, my Soleus GPS watch performs better in this area. It may take a good 4-5 minutes before it can get those satellites but once you have them the results is just accurate or near accurate. This was my only gripe with Soleus. Other than that, it is a pretty solid watch and it served me well on multiple occasions. I was under the impression that moving to a fancier watch will fill the gap that my Soleus was lacking. An expensive mistake!

I have been on situations where I had to stay still for five minutes (even more) before my Fenix 3 picks up a satellite - on a clear weather! To make things worse, the accuracy is unacceptable. I have my MilestonePod affixed on my running shoe as my backup in case I forgot my GPS watch or it runs out of battery. Just last week, my Fenix is saying that I ran 4.7 miles but my foot pod recorded 2.8 miles. I used RunMyRoute as my 'other' source of truth and the results coincided with my MilestonePod. I went out for another run and Fenix came back with 5.6 miles but reality says it was only 3.2 miles. I hope by now you can already sense my frustration with this expensive piece of junk.

Some of you could be thinking - "why not bring it to a service center?" Which I did! My watch stayed with them for 3 days and came back the same as it did before I sent it out. The recorded data that I shared earlier was AFTER my watch was supposedly looked into by Garmin's service professionals. Just a shame that for a company who specializes in GPS technology they could not address the issue. I might give Polar M430 ($199.95) or Suunto Spartan HR ($300) a try. I've been hearing good feedback from these products. I do hope that both won't disappoint like what Garmin did.

In the meantime, I will be sticking with my Fenix for my weekly runs until a better (and affordable) watch comes along. I've thought of trading to Fenix 5 but I need to strip myself with $400 which means that my watch (like an old iPhone) is practically worthless. I've seen on forums that the latest Fenix is also plagued with the same GPS issue.

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 5.6mi.  Actual: 3.2mi

GLONASS: Off.  Recording: Smart.  Recorded: 4.7 mi.  Actual: 2.8 mi

Monday, March 19, 2018

42nd National Milo Marathon 2018

Since 1974, the MILO Marathon has truly energized champions and continues to inspire millions more in what is now known as the biggest, grandest and most prestigious running event in the country. Winners, crowned MILO Marathon King and Queen, are granted the privilege to represent the country in top international marathon events.

Participants from all walks of life are able to help inspire underprivileged children to reach for their dreams through the HELP GIVE SHOES advocacy. Children get to have their own running shoes, and a chance to discover their champion journey. Decade after decade, the MILO Marathon will always be proud to journey with the Filipino people in building a nation of champions.

Registration Dates
Online: June 11 - July 08
Onsite: June 18 - July 14


Registration Center
Olympic World Trinoma
Olympic World Alabang
Olympic Village Market Market
Sports House Mall of Asia

Registration Fee
42km - P1,050 (requires medical certificate)
21km - P950 (requires medical certificate)
10km - P850
3km - P160 (adult); P110 (student)


Gun Start / Start Time
42km - 3:00AM
21km - 3:30AM
21km - 4:30AM
10km - 5:00AM
3km - 5:30AM
5km - 5:35AM

Download registration form here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Watch the #UnitedNYCHalf This Sunday

On Sunday, March 18, watch a blockbuster field of professional athletes from 14 different countries lead the way at the new 2018 United Airlines NYC Half. Notable runners include rising star Emily Sisson, fan favorite Noah Droddy, and local hero Roberta Groner.

In New York, live coverage of the United Airlines NYC Half runs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT on WABC-TV, Channel 7. Live streaming will be available on the ABC app (New York area) and on ESPN3 via Watch ESPN app (outside of the New York area) from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT.

International viewers can watch the broadcast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. EDT via a variety of global broadcast partners. Watch your friends cross the finish line with our Find Your Finish camera, live and on demand on abc7.com (NYC) and ESPN3 (nationally) from 8:10 to 11:10 a.m. EDT.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Entry Fee #TCSNYCMarathon

I was reviewing my credit card transactions the other day and almost got floored with a recorded transaction that amounted to $358. It was a huge sum of money and I couldn't remember purchasing anything lately. I came to realize that it was my entry fee for the NYC Marathon. I got to say that one has to be financially ready if you are planning or has been relentless in participating in lotteries. The entry fee, especially for non-US residents is no joke. This sum is already equivalent to a month's worth of wage (even more).

There are several ways to get in and one of them is to join the lottery. It is the easiest method for most recreational runners like me but this requires some luck since there is an (automated?) system that the organizers are using for its selection process. During the application process, you will be asked to fill in your credit card information. Once you get picked, your card will then get charged with the entry fee. You'd want to make sure that you pay your bills on time and you've already stashed some money just in case you get picked. Instead of jumping up and down because of the opportunity to run the streets of New York, you'd find yourself on a financial pinch.


On my succeeding articles, I will be talking more of the expenses that I have already incurred (and will incur). Thanks for dropping by and see you all on the road!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Finally! #TCSNYCMarathon

I was scrolling my news feed last week and a buddy of mine posted on his wall that he will be participating in NYC Marathon. I didn't realize that the results of the lottery went out last Thursday. I quickly checked my mail to see if luck was on my side this year. For the past 4 years, I have been submitting an entry to their lottery system and hoping to be picked one day. That day has finally come!

"You are officially in the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon this November. This is the world's biggest marathon—a life-changing race that draws runners from all over the planet. It will test you, challenge you, and above all move you. All of us at New York Road Runners are thrilled to have you with us!"

I will be chronicling my daily struggles until race day. Expect to see more random thoughts and other quick reads from my blog. See you all on the road!

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