“In my own experience, undertraining is slightly better than overtraining!” -Ronnie Oliver de Lara
Me at the Skyway Hill during the race.
Ultra-runner and one of my team mates Enrico Tocol…
At the finish line.
With Sunday Warrior, Ralph the 3.26 guy (yahoo!) and my buddies from Laguna.
Bert, Vic, Mon, Conrad, Me and Ferdie. (mga Adik ng Laguna :D)
Mga pilit na ngiti matapos ang madugong 42K 🙂
More pictures to follow.
I finished my 8th 42K and my 75th races yesterday, February 7, 2010 with a miserable time of 5 hours and 17 minutes based on the Official Result. Pardon me to say the word ‘miserable’ for I can do better than that time, but carelessness and over training led to my downfall. No, I’m not making any alibis or excuses as I’ve said in my shutout in facebook but there are reasons attributed to this poor performance, which served as again lesson (how many times we will ever learn from our mistakes?) and a good reference for future races to come.
1. Over training – Prior to this race, look at my activities:
Feb. 1 -biked 4 hours + in Cardiac Arrest Hill in Westgrove Sta. Rosa Laguna, the toughest in terms of elevation.
Feb. 2 -ran a 22 kms.
Feb. 3 -biked at the Daang Hari in 3 hours.
Feb. 4 -ran a 30 kms.
Feb. 5 -biked to ATC and SM Molino in more than 3 hours.
Feb. 6 -walked 1 hour and minutes.
Feb. 7 -Skyway 42K
2. Poor Preparation -the day before the race, I searched and purchased my new hydration belt from 10am up to 5pm. It took me several hours because I can’t find one. I went first to ATC Alabang, then to SM Southmall- Festival Mall but ended up in SM Sta. Rosa Laguna where I was able to buy one.
I should have rested and sleep the whole day of Saturday, instead of loitering around. And only slept just 2 hours. Sometimes, I can give good advise but I’m the one who deviated from this. Tsk Tsk…
3. Had a hard time with my new hydration belt. Since this was very new, I have no time anymore to test this stuff while running. During race day, it gave me discomfort particularly in my groin area. DEUTER NORDIC II is the brand and it can contain upto 2 liters of liquid. I will discuss it separately.
4. Although I took 2 immodiums 2 hours before the race, I was not spared for that shameful ‘call of nature’ predicament. Before me and my group traveled from Laguna to the Fort, I tried to ‘unload’ at 1 am but nothing happened. We took off at 1:30 am and there at the C.R at the Fort, I tried with all my might to ‘unload’ again but no success. And my worst nightmare happened there at the Skyway, good thing there was a portalet. But it took me 16 minutes to get it done and some time more to keep my pace going.
5. Although my heart and my brain were prepared, my legs were not! Early at the race, there was this numbness and heaviness due to over training. Only my iron will allowed me to finish that event.
6. Side stitches, cuts and minor blisters also played negative roles that sealed my doom.
Well, we can learn from our mistakes. But regret and remorse are heavy to bear. I must forgive myself. Instead of licking up my wounds, I’ll look up again at the brighter side of life.
Thank you SPYDER and to all who have prayed for me, my heart is with you.
This is a 2 part series. My next topic deals with the race itself and my rating for this race.
But I’ll give you a hint now: Condura race really impresses me.
That’s it for now.
To all who have joined, finished or DNF the said race, Congratulations! Your time is not that important, but the way you have played the game matters most.
God be Praised!