The Tour Of Hope Prologue

3 05 2011

If God’s willing, I’m going to join this, please read:

100km fun ride from Fernbrook in Daang Hari to Naic, Cavite and back.

This is a simulation ride for the upcoming The Tour of Hope 2011, a 5-day 500km ride set for May 28 – June 1, 2011 from Quezon City to Laoag City to spread the word on the fight against cervical cancer.

There will be support vehicles and motorcycle escorts for our safety. There will also be hydration stops every 30km.

After the ride please join us at the Union Jack Tavern in Festival Mall, Filinvest, Alabang for lunch and so we can share with you more details about the ride on May 28 as well as the cervical cancer advocacy.

Open to all cyclists. Registration starts at 530am in Fernbrook parking lot (Daang Reyna). Registration fee is Php350 only, inclusive of buffet lunch at Union Jack Tavern.

Kita kits. God bless.



13 10 2010

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”  -Muhammad Ali

Place: Makati City

Time: 1 hour and 54 minutes

Distance: 16.5 kms

Date: 10/10/10

What is 3:16? Is it my  time target for a marathon?

It means “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 3:16 of John

Let me share with you this story. I can relate, for me too is a biker. Enjoy reading.

A Bike Ride With God

When I first met Christ
It seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
But it was a tandem bike,
And I noticed that Christ
Was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that
He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.

When I had control, I knew the way,
It was rather boring, but predictable…
It was the shortest distance between two points.

But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
Up mountains, and through rocky places,
At breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang on!
Even though it looked like madness,
He said, “Pedal”

I worried and was anxious and asked,
“Where are you taking me?”
He laughed and didn’t answer,
And I started to learn to trust.

I forgot my boring life
And entered into the adventure.
And when I’d say, “I’m scared,”
He’d lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
He said, “Give the gifts away;
They’re extra baggage, too much weight.”

So I did, I gave them to the people we met,
And I found that in giving I received,
And still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, In control of my life.
I thought He’d wreck it;
But He knows bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
Knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

And I am learning to shut up
and pedal in the strangest places,
And I’m beginning to enjoy the view
And the cool breeze on my face
With my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore,
He just smiles and says…

See  you at the road my friend.

God loves you.


11 09 2010

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese Proverb

With John and Dan as we biked an almost 223 kms last April 2010 from San Pedro Laguna to Lucban Quezon back and forth.

Next month, I’ll be celebrating my 2nd year in the blogging world (I started blogging last October 2008), and today’s topic is my 654th post. Whew! Too many and let me be very honest in saying that I almost come to the point that I don’t have any more ideas  to share. Running, biking, triathlon, ultra-running and sometimes, practical living and christian virtues – those were the topics that normally occurred on this blog.

While it is obvious that I’m a devoted believer who loves running very much, it is also clear that I struggled a lot specially this year, 2010. After finishing my second ‘2nd BDM 102K’ last March 2010, I don’t have any races since then. More personal problems came and I’m not prepared for it. April 2010 when I experienced the lowest point of my life and last June 2010 was the saddest which almost  devastated my entire career.

I have to admit that majority of my problems were the result of my own foolishness which I committed long ago. Sometimes, we became wiser by learning the hard way. That’s why I’m very careful now not to commit the same mistakes again.

Most  Men of God  failed too several times before becoming more useful to Him. David who killed a giant became a dwarf when he was overcame by his desire to sleep with a married woman; King Solomon, the wisest king of all times became so fool when he was subdued by his intense lust, gaining 700 wives and 300 concubines; Peter the brave became so coward when he denied his allegiance with Jesus  three times…and many more! My point here is this: No one is righteous, no, not even one.

All of us have ‘Waterloos’ in life or skeletons in our closet. This is a part of being human, but we must not linger or live with it. Our God who sees us even in our deepest hiding place wants us to overcome those weaknesses or sins. He loves the sinner but hates the sin.

Yes, I committed sins and failed many, many times but I will continue to rebound and keep moving. There is more to life than increasing its speed, and that is  by honest living, purity of heart  and being worthy to Him. As the saying goes, “Christians are not perfect, only forgiven.”

In summary, Life is still beautiful. Without those turmoils, life can be boring and monotonous. Those failures will make us stronger and better, not weaker and bitter…HOPEFULLY!

Above all, burn those bridges! Forget those past failures and move on. Today is the new beginning of your life, seize it, conquer it!

See you at the road my friend, in good times and in bad times.

God be Praised!

Band Of Brothers, Bond Of Runners!

4 09 2010

“Sympathizers are spectators; empathizers wear game shoes.” -John Eyberg

With some of my allies, at the starting line of BDM102 Mariveles Bataan.

With biking friends in Villa Escudero Laguna.

With bikers again here in Lucban Quezon…

Running in a race will not only give you the ability to conquer distances and places, but you will have  the opportunity also to meet people and some of them will become your friends and close allies even after the race has ended. There’s a lasting bonding among these brethren who enjoy running against all odds and elements, who shared common  passion and love for this sports.

It is also true in any field of endeavors, whether in biking, swimming, chess, basketball, body building etc. As the saying goes, “Birds of same feathers flock together.” There is this attachment that is so real, passionate and unending. We rejoice with them when we hear them finish a race and succeed in life  but we weep with them  upon hearing the opposite. Although running is an individual sports, we are being attached to each other in terms of camaraderie and companionship. We are now as a TEAM, band of brothers.

At the starting line, it is like a reunion. At the finish line, there’s a great jubilation. We hug, handshake, embrace and kiss one another. The competition is always there, trying to outrun each other, but the fact will always remain -our opponent is not our brothers, for in fact, they are our strongest allies on the road. Our greatest challenge will always be in conquering distances and subduing our time, trying to improve it.

However, most runners run faster (which is not bad) as they focused  on the tasks that they need to get accomplished, but often, they neglect to make time for the people they come in contact with. The same goes in life… if you take your time with the people you meet and give them your full attention in a positive way, it will make their day. You will have added value to them. And they in return will add value to you.

And I will end with this: Treat EVERYONE you meet as the most important person on earth.

That’s it for now folks. Keep running in season and out of season.

God be Praised!

The Wanderer!

19 08 2010

“Life is not a sprint…it’s a marathon.” -selected

Conquering Cardiac Arrest Hill via biking…

Just sharing… God bless.

There is nothing in his background to suggest that he might have been extraordinary. He was a bit  less than an average in school, and at times was a problem pupil. An incident occurred when he was 15 years old and in high school. The teacher called Victor a ‘dunce.’ That’s not all – his teacher gave him the advise that it would  be better if he dropped  out of school and learned a trade.

Victor took that advice and acted upon it. He dropped out of school and for the next 17 years went from job to job and became a wanderer. Living life without a purpose and acting out the fact that he was a dunce.

At the age of 32, however, something amazing took place! It was a moment that would change his life forever. Somehow, somewhere, somebody gave him an IQ test. The results? They revealed that he was a genius with an IQ of 161! Most of us are average with an IQ between 90 and 110.

From that moment, Victor began acting like the genius the IQ test indicated he was! Today he is quiet a remarkable fellow. No longer is he a wanderer – he is a very successful businessman. He is the author  of several books and has invented some new discoveries  for which he holds the patents. His name? Victor Seribriarkoff!

His name is not exactly a household word, but those who have heard of Victor know that he was elected to be the chairperson of the International Mensa Society. To belong to Mensa a person must have an IQ of 140 or above.

Once Victor realized who he  really  was, his entire life changed.

The way we see ourselves often determines what we become. Our self image  often develops  from what other important  people say about  us. We listen to what they tell us, and then begin to act upon it. If we believe that we are a failure, then we act like a failure. If someone calls us  a ‘dunce’ and we believe that , we act like a dunce.

Today, my friend, do you really know who you are?

Act like who you are.

-365 Moments To Cherish by  Robert Strand

God be Praised!

The Mailman Delivered Again!

17 08 2010

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  ~Plato

Conquering Palace In The Sky Tagaytay City…

In his 19 years in the NBA, he averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, he didn’t win any championship, for his team, the Utah Jazz has a tougher opponent then, MJ’s Chicago Bulls. He had a monicker, the Mailman, for every time his team needs a point, the ball will be given to him -and he will deliver! His name -Karl Malone.

Last week, Malone and other NBA greats, including MJ, Bird, Magic etc. were inducted in the NBA Hall of Fame. And this time, Malone delivered again! Not with points, not with stats, but with  generosity and kindness.

Malone gave his Hall of Fame jacket to a boy in a wheelchair whom he didn’t know.

Karl Malone saw the paralyzed young boy who is watching  the induction and as the Mailman received the sports coat with the Hall of Fame logo, the Mailman approached the young boy and gave him his jacket- as a special delivery.

As I quote from  Yahoo Sports, Malone said, “Put it some closet and years from now blow the dust off of it, and look at it?” he said. “This little boy will do something with it. I love that I did it.”

I’m not a Karl Malone fan, in fact, I cheered for the Bulls when they met in the NBA Finals a couple of years ago, but as I read this story, I’m now one of his avid admirers from now on. Imagine, who among those NBA greats can do exactly what the Mailman did? I like his attitude. Not many people have the same  outlook in life.

For you, Karl Malone – the Mailman, this blog salutes you. You will go home without your Hall of Fame jacket, but you will remain an NBA Legend as true  Hall of  Famer.

On and Off the court, you’re indeed the Mailman! Thanks for that ‘Special Delivery.’

God be Praised!

Meaning Out Of Brokenness.

7 08 2010

“The world breaks everyone, and some get strong in the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway

In one of my biking adventures in Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna

Sharing life’s experiences, happiness and most of the times, problems -that’s what we can hear from our running buddies every time we have a group run.

I’m so saddened upon hearing that one of my running friends suffered a  heart attack, and now, he can’t run anymore.

-My biking buddy fell terribly and his spinal column was greatly affected, and now, he’s paralyzed.

-The son of my running mate was stabbed twice when he fought against a snatcher.

Ours is an imperfect world.

For example:

-Your wife tells you that she has a Leukemia.

-Your boss says you are fired.

-Your son is arrested for shoplifting.

Everyone is broken eventually, but only some mend stronger because of it.

A.B Simpson wrote:

“Out of the presses of pain, come the soul’s best wine. The eyes that have shed no rain, can shed but little shine.”

Dr. Harold Sala in his magnificent book ‘Today Counts’ shared these inspiring stories:

When Amy Carmichael became an invalid because of a fall, she spent the next ten years of her life bedridden. Instead of crying out in anger, she ran to the Lord for strength and comfort. Those years , which she spent immobile, were some of her best as she wrote, counseled the unending stream of people who came to her, and prayed for India and the world.

When sickness put him in bed, L.B. Cowman put a map over his bed and prayed around the world. He also wrote about his suffering  and how God met him. His wife’s book, Streams In The Desert, was so loved by Chiang Kai Shek, the Chinese Leader, that both this book and the Bible were placed in his casket at his death.

“Some get strong in the broken places,” said Ernest Hemingway, yet the broken places in his personal life, unmended  by Jesus Christ, resulted in his suicide.

God give strength in the broken place. He alone brings meaning out of brokenness.

Keep looking up my friend – He will never fail you.

God be Praised!

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Athletes should weigh themselves before and after exercise or competition? Every pound of weight loss should be replaced  by drinking 2 glasses of water.

THINK ABOUT THIS: Days filled with new adventures  in Christ are neither endless or boring.

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18