Day 2: Marinduque Extreme – Duathlon

While having breakfast around 0730, I saw few barefooted runners passed by the hotel. Sorry, I was not able to take them a shot, they were too fast. Those runner were locals from Marinduque.

Few minutes, I heard from a runner marshal, “ok, Duathlon na ang dadaan dito”.  I went back to my room and get my camera. And here they arrived.

Marisol Abad follwed by Nilo Estacio

Whreachelle Cordova

Carla Dane Jacaba at the Transition Area said in her exact words, “tatapusin ko ito. Siguradong 3rd place na ako, tatlo lang kami”

I went to Mogpog Plaza where Transition Area is located and same place where organizer’s desk is stationed. I was one of the participants in the Marinduque Extreme – Cross Country for Women’s which is scheduled at 1700. I looked for Dr. Ed Ancheta, overall race organizer but he’s not seemed to be found and some of the staffs told me that he is not coming for the race. I requested the staff to revisit the schedule of the cross country for women’s because as for my fitness skills, it would be difficult for me to finish the extreme cross country for an hour as Marinduque Extreme Trail is known for its difficult single track, extreme downhill and with most difficult level trails that aggressive mountain bikers are looking for. The staff told me, the race mechanics are final.

Robeno Javier, the Asia’s First Duathlete pedaled harder after 10km trail run. He placed 1st in the Marinduque Extreme Series 3 – Duathlon.

even Ryan “Bad Boy” Mendoza who place second and quote “walang sinabi talaga ito sa Xterra, ang hirap”

Here goes the exact number of kilometers for 5 laps as registered to Whreachelle’s bike computer.

Duathletes made it at the finish line together with the good news that the schedule of cross country has been moved from 1700 to 1430.

I was intimidated with the result of Whreachelle’s cyclo as it registered to 32.79Km because the longest cross country I did so far was 20Km. The question is, will I make it to Marinduque Extreme – Cross Country?

Day 1: Marinduque Trip

At 0700, I received SMS from Whreachelle Cordova, “Alaminos, na kami. Saan na kayo? Hurry up guys! Grab the first trip. 1030 is the first scheduled RORO trip to Marinduque. I replied, “we are still in Manila, we’ll try our best”.  Luckily, traffic was manageable  and all went well as we drove the stretch of Maharlika Highway.

Caught the glimpse of the beautiful green scenery as passed by Quezon Province.

Glad, we’re just in time and made it to Talao-Talao, Dalahican Port, Lucena at exactly 1030. I first went to the Captain of Seahorse Shipping, and asked for few minutes to have parked the car at the pay parking inside the port. He said, “no problem”. Porters arrived and helped us to load our bikes and baggage. The Captain started to blow his horn as we depart.

I went to Whreachelle’s seat and go on to picture taking as we approached Marinduque Islands

Me and Whreachelle watching our bikes

We arrived at 1345 and pedaled the stretched from Balanacan Port in Mogpog, Marinduque to Hilltop Hotel. We checked in and finally had my first meal at 1430.

After my late lunch, we went to organizer’s desk to register for Marinduque Extreme Series 3.

Tour of Hope Prologue

I am torn between two rides this coming Saturday on May 7, the Diwata ng Maynila Ride at Bonifacio Bike Trail and Tour of Hope Prologue.

Diwata ng Maynila Ride will be participated by common Manila mountain bikers who live in Manila, and Manila born and raised. Bonifacio Bike Trail is located inside Bonifacio Camp in Taguig City, a 5 kms loop with an entry fee of Php 50 that serve as maintenance fee of the trail. Bonifacio Bike Trail is one of the closest playground of mountain bikers from Manila because it took 15 minutes bike all the way from our home. Facebook Invitation here.

Tour of Hope Prologue is a 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 that is set from May 28 – June 1, 2011. Starting from Quezon City to Laoag City to spread the word on the fight against cervical cancer. A fun ride 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. Invitation is posted here in Facebook Event.

On Saturday, its Tour of Hope Prologue, part my preparation for Marinduque Extreme Series 3 on May 14 and The Globe Cordillera Challenge on May 21.

I would love to meet these new biker friends from Manila but I need enough bike mileage for these upcoming event. Hope to see you soon  *tears*