09 June 2014

CGT 2015

 
 
An epic expedition is coming your way soon ...
 
 



 

 


 
The 6 provinces of cordillera administrative region (car) will be traversed by the CGT 2015 team STARTING FROM SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE ENDING IN BAGUIO CITY, BENGUET. 




 
The first meeting of CGT 2015 Team in June 2014


CGT 2015 FAQs


Q.        What is this Cordillera Great Traverse (CGT)?

A.        It is the epic and longest expedition in the Philippines starting from Sagada (Mountain Province), connecting and passing through Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao and finally to Baguio City, Benguet (collectively the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region [CAR]), around 400 kilometers in distance with several thousands meters of elevation gain and loss through mountain passes, forests, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, rice terraces, villages and ancient trails. We call it the “Expedition” for brevity. It is not a race.

Q.        What is the purpose of CGT, if any?

A.        The goal is to pave the way to establish the epic, longest, most scenic and sustainable trekking/hiking destination in the Philippines rivalling some of the best trekking destinations in the world like the Appalachian Trail (3,500km, USA), the Great North Walk (250km, Australia), Drakensberg (220km, South Africa) and GR20 (180km Europe).

Q.        When will this CGT 2015 be?

A.        It will be held in April 2015. We will announce the exact date.

Q.        Why in the month of April?

A.        We chose the month of April because it has the most favourable weather condition in the Philippines as it is in summer.

Q.        What is “Journey starts: July 2014”?

A.        Journey or preparation starts from July 2014 and will end sometime in March 2015 before the Expedition in April 2015.  Basically, the journey covers the marketing, promotion, coordination, plotting, per province or piecemeal traverse to connect the 6 provinces, GPS reading, marking, immersion, fact-finding and all other essential pre-Expedition preparations.

Q.        What is “Expedition starts: April 2015”?

A.        On the other hand, the Expedition is the Great Traverse itself which will connect the 6 provinces of CAR in one push or go which will start from Sagada (Mountain Province), Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao and finally Benguet (Baguio City).    

Q.        How do you plan to accomplish this?

A.        We have assembled the CGT 2015 Team and partnered with sponsors, appropriate agencies and the Cordillera Administrative Trust as the environmental organization of CGT.

Q.        What is this CGT 2015 Team?

A.        The CGT 2015 Team consists of National Geographic explorers, adventurers, nature lovers, ultrarunners, environmentalists, mountaineers, and fitness enthusiasts. As of today, we are a strong team of 43 members contributing not just their strong athletic background but also their talent and skills as professionals in order to move the Expedition forward.

           CGT 2015 Team will also establish the Fastest Recorded Time (FRT) to cover the 6 CAR provinces in one continuous push which can be challenged by subsequent attempts at that distance.

Q.        What is this subsequent challenge?

A.        Internationally, this is common in other countries where strong athletes try to break the fastest recorded time on an established trail set by previous challenges. For this one, the subsequent challenge is to beat or oust the Fastest Recorded Time (FRT) of CGT 2015 Team as it attempts the Expedition in 2015. In 2016, the challenge is open to local and international participants. Subsequent challenges will be per year called CGT 2016, CGT 2017, etc., based on the same month (April) and other standards to be set by CGT 2015 Team during their successful Expedition. Subsequent teams can be called CGT 2016 Team Philippines, CGT 2016 Team USA, CGT 2016 Team Brazil, etc. Whether this will become a formal race will still be discussed and decided upon later on.

Q.        What is this “CONNECT, EXPLORE and PROTECT”?

A.        It is simply a slogan to summarize the goal of CGT 2015.

CONNECT - The CGT 2015 will establish the longest, most scenic and sustainable trekking/hiking trail destination in the Philippines by connecting the 6 CAR provinces.  This shall be done through research, mapping, immersion with the locals, and actual reconciliation of the trails of each province.

EXPLORE – In conjunction with the CONNECT, the Expedition shall allow the CGT 2015 Team to learn the culture of each of the ethnic groups who’ve held the mountains as their home for centuries.  The locals shall act as our guide to establish the trails and lead us to discover more about each province.

PROTECT - The Expedition shall be our means to mutually exchange knowledge with the locals on how to protect the mountains.  As we map the trails during the Journey, we shall aim to be the advocates of protection of the Cordillera Mountains and its beauty.

Q.        Any timeline for this Cordillera Great Traverse?

A.        The CGT 2015 Team will follow the schedules below subject to adjustment as the case may be.

 

JULY – OCTOBER 2014 will be for marketing, promotion, coordination, etc.

NOVEMBER 2014 – MARCH 2015 to take care of route recon, mapping, GPS plotting, immersion, marking, etc.

APRIL 2015 is the Expedition itself to traverse the 6 CAR Provinces in one push.

Q.        We want to be part of CGT 2015 Team. How do we go about it?

A.        It is essentially by invitation only. To be part of the CGT 2015 Team, one must signify his intention to join via email and must have been endorsed by other existing members because we believe in and place a premium on chemistry or being able to blend in well with the rest of the Team. Also, she or he must have strong athletic background, related experiences in exploration, navigation, mountaineering, medicine, environment, etc., and work or profession. Right now, we are still finalizing the criteria.

 
Q.        How can we support the Expedition itself?

A.        Thank you in advance if you have decided to do so. You can support the Expedition either financially or in kind. Please email us at marketing@cordilleragreattraverse.com.

Q.        I have some questions that are not covered by this FAQs? Where can I direct my questions?

A.        You may send in your questions to info@cordilleragreattraverse.com and we will try our best to answer them.

 

06 May 2014

2014 TNF100 RACE REPORT (with bonus pictures from 2008 TNF100)





This is one of those races when you've earned the favor of mountain gods. Last weekend, I finally managed my 6th TNF100 out of 7 races which goes all the way back from 2008. The only edition I missed was the 2011 when it was held in CamSur. What sort of madness has possessed me to keep having the same dish (race) every year? I don't know. All I know is I am an ultrarunner. It is what I do and love. It is what it is and thus, I don't owe anyone an explanation since no one can fathom what I do unless he is my kindred in the sport.
 
What is significant about this race is that I managed to PR (18:49) on the same course for its 3rd consecutive run since 2012. In 2012, it's 21 ++ and then last year with almost no training, 23 ++. To what do I attribute this PR? Read on ...
 
 
Nice medal!
 
The ALTRA boys - from left: Yob, Blue, moi, Raffy, CJ, Brian, Bong and Ronnel
during the pre-race briefing
 
Outside the pre-race briefing. Thanks to ALTRA for the shirt courtesy of Blue!
 
TRAINING
 
My training started after 2013 CM50 with Hardcore 100 miles as training run (just wanted to finish my now annual "pilgrimage" race) last February with PSA Skyrace and Salomon X-Trail as well. Holding Arayat Mountain Race last April also helped a lot to get in that much-needed elevation for TNF100. As in we were almost up there every weekend marking, sweeping, clearing the course.
 
Joining training races prior to a goal race is now a common trick among competitive runners. It helps one to gauge his strength as well as weaknesses before doing the goal race which for me was TNF100K (the last few years have been a pathetic effort on my part which translates to the local parlance "Bahala na si Batman"). 
 
So to answer the question above -  to what do I attribute the PR 18:49? - SPEED sessions. Getting old in ultrarunning has its positive sides. The negative is time makes one slow. Much I dislike joining too many road races , I have strategically incorporated them in my training from 10K to full mary. I did also "unscheduled" tempo runs when my body was unusually energetic. Unscheduled in the sense that I followed what my body was telling me. While I did 2 speed sessions almost every week, I did not follow specific days to do it. So if during my easy session when my body wanted to crank it up, I followed what it told me to do so. Oh well, there were slow days too when my body felt like sleeping on the side of the trail or road! It happens. I did also 200mx4 at all-out effort. Gym twice a week and boxing too. After the incident during 2014 Hardcore 100-mile race, I religiously followed my core training. That was it. I am sure some of you know this training already. It ain't a secret. Oh another thing to spice up my training is I ran from work-house-work for several days in a week. The convenient arrangement was to leave my car (containing all my stuff) at the office and then ran home in the evening. The next morning I woke up early to run again, pick up my clothes from the car, gym (if there is time),  shower and then work. Rinse and repeat. One way was 13k (26k total for the whole day). It was the easiest way for me to rack up some mileage for a week and kept my ass on the go. I tapered for 1 week and the total weekly mileage before taper reached around 105kms with quality workouts and elevation. With that load or the beauty of training properly and specifically for a race like this is that one recovers faster because the body is used to the amount of stress and thus properly adapted.
 
from left: Robert, moi, Nick, Jonel and Ronnel before 3AM
 
with Robert Watson

With Ronnel aka General Go :)

FIRST 53K
 
This covers from the Start up to Aid Station 5 at Kennon Road. At 3AM start, we were off. I think it was colder last year. Took it easy for the first few kilometers and hit the gas, so to speak, before entering the trail path where it was a bottle neck. I was just taking it easy and felt good overall. I made a mental note to be careful because of wet trail from the rain yesterday. All the stuff I needed was in my bag and just like last year, I did not bother to leave a drop bag at AS5 this time.  
 
The first few kilometers of the race told me it would be a good day. That unmistakable feeling of being healthy, cognizant, strong and no tummy problem. That good vibe accompanied me throughout the race just like my Four Lakes 100K race (time was 17:25) last year. A rare treat indeed.
 
I reached AS5 (Kennon Road) at exactly 11AM or 8 hours and was surprised by it. The 12k route from AS4 to AS5 is always a killer what with steep downhill road and hot/exposed sections. I thrashed my quads here but gained some position. The legs could actually take some punishment from climbing mountains. I love downhill running and these old knees are still up for the job. When I reached AS5, I showered at the nearby faucet. My body was overheating a bit despite my solid heat training. As usual, this part is exposed to vehicle fumes and sun. After eating and drinking and removing debris from my shoes, I set off towards hell.
 
AS5 TO AS7 (KM73)
 
This is 20kms of "uphell" which one will have to navigate during daytime when it is hot and humid. Saw some runners bathing on a stream to cool off while the rest of us were suffering while ascending ever so slowly. The thing is you're full and bag loaded after passing through AS5 and you have to take all that weight up with you. Go figure. Well, you just have to suck it up. Ran here with Majo shortly and Thumbie (who will be my company almost to the finish line until he decided to abandon me along the way without a byword :)
 
Dinosaurs :)
 
AS7 is misplaced and not properly positioned. Thumbie and I were surprised to stumble upon it so close from AS6. After a few kilometers up, there is another satellite station which had the correct coordinates.
 
THE QUICKENING  - AS8 (KM75) TO FINISH LINE
 
This is where it started to rain. I knew night would come upon us even when I was originally aiming for sub-20 finish time. When I picked up my headlamp, it did not want to turn on! Damn it. Batteries were new so what gives? Then I realized this is not my old reliable waterproof Fenix which I replaced with light Black Diamond and flashlight. Flashlight was working though. My advice is to bring a good flashlight for night running in cold foggy environment. Try it. You'll have more visibility on the ground than sticking a light up on your forehead.
 
Are some of you familiar with the movie Highlander II: The Quickening, a 1991 British-French science fiction action film directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen and Michael Ironside? You know that distinct "quickening" action when the protagonist Christoper Lambert kills an enemy?
 
I always get that feeling deep within me when it starts to rain, becomes foggy, cold and dark during a trail race especially when in isolation.  This happened between AS8 to AS10 when I was mostly running alone. There is some sort of quickening, a desperation of some sort as if your life is on the line. So your body goes on overdrive, your senses heightened and your awareness is even more keen. It pushes you, makes you stronger and faster. It could be adrenaline but I reckoned it goes deeper within the psyche. This feeling lasted until I was trying very hard to come under 19 hours. Told myself, this would never come to pass again. I just love running the last 6KM inside the Camp John Hay. Very runnable trail. Was flying!
 
Noel and Isko
 
OBSERVATION
 
This observation is aimed to provide a constructive post-race feedback given the reputation of North Face as a worldwide corporate brand actively involved in ultrarunning. So this is my personal observation from running the 100k distance. 
 
PROS
 
- Impeccable, superb trail markings for both night and day running. This is A++
- Awesome medal. Heavy, hip and creative!
- Nice original TNF shirt for 100k (I did not get one but it's ok) 
- Improvement on the AS menu. I was glad to see choco milk drink, hot food and bread.
- Cold sports drink
- Very friendly, helpful and smiling race marshals. Somehow, their smiles lighten up our suffering.
- Nice Start/Finish area
-  Availability of ice
- Well-staffed aid stations of medics, et. al.
- Strategically placed race marshals to direct runners
- On-time Start
 
Hmm, what else? I'll just add when I get to remember some more.
 
CONS
 
- Some parts of the course need to be swept and cleared for better footing and safety of runners. I don't mean to sanitize it.
- No finisher shirt as posted in the website (NOTE: I don't expect to have one since ROX provided me a free entry. Thank you again by the way). Organizer should come out with an acceptable explanation. Could it be that the Finisher's shirt is the same shirt that they initially gave away and thus what is written below is an oversight?

"Registration fee inclusions: 50 and 100K runners will get:
  • Cash and Product Prizes for winners
  • Finishers medal only
  • Authentic TNF100 Race Jersey, Bib,TNF100 stickers and raffle entry
  • TNF100 Finisher’s shirt for all finishers per category
  • Free TNF Camp Chair and round trip bus ride Manila-Baguio-Manila for the first 5 registrants per store (50k/100k)
  • Free post event “boodle- brunch” courtesy of D.O.T. CAR
  • Finisher’s Certificate"
- Boiled bananas (Saba) that are NOT yet ripe for eating. They were too hard even after boiling or steaming! I mean you could not even eat them.
- Marketing hype for the race should be subservient or equal to condition and conduct of the actual race
- Aid Stations need to feed runners and thus menu needs to improve further.
- Delayed posting of race results
- Exposed drop bags to the sun ... again?!!! My friends' bag's content could not be consumed
- Inaccurate location of AS7
 
Should my memory improve, I'll add more to the list.
 
Cheers,
Jon (recovering pretty well and enjoying his downtime. Next year is on the 17 hour range finish ... hopefully :)  
 
P.S. Thank you R.O.X for the free entry and Noel and Precy for the ride. All photos from FB except the medal :)
    
BONUS PICTURES FROM 2008 TNF100, NASUGBU, BATANGAS. I was looking for my article on this which I posted in our PinoyUltrarunners blog but Multiply.com is already dead; killed by FB :)
 
See my fashion taste before. Damn baduy! Hehe.
 



On our way out for the last 50k loop

With Eric John Luna


Yey, the finish line!


Family

With Eric Socrates


This is in Evercrest

Oh dear, my kids were still young then!

My wife was worried the whole night!





My Team Clark



This medal is made of plastic

 
 

21 April 2014

RUNNING EVERYDAY


Here is a good article from Gary Cantrell, RD of Barkley from Ultrarunning on forming the Habit of Daily Running which I am still trying to form after years of running. It is a struggle for me ... sometimes. 

Habits Or The Trick Of Running Every Day

 
Gary Cantrell
 
Habit: A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
 

08 April 2014

2014 ARAYAT MOUNTAIN RACE RESULTS


 
 
NOTE: Before reading up on the race results below, finishers can claim their AMR medal from me as I will be running the Salomon Xtrail on 12 April 2014 and during TNF100 on 03 May 2014 in Baguio. If you have any concern, please email AMR. Race results will be posted (rightly so) as well on the race website. Cheers!
 


2014 ARAYAT MOUNTAIN RACE RESULT

06 April 2014

Top 3 Male



Rank

Bib No.

Name

Time

1

1064

Vincent, Al

1:37:40

2

1025

Grey, Mark Bryan

1:40:13

3

1088

Manso, Jimmy

1:45:25

 

Top 3 Female



Rank

Bib No.

Name

Time

1

1007

Codilla, Daphne Rose

2:43:55

2

1065

Visperas, Daisy

2:53:20

3

1070

Jervoso, Roanne

3:01:59

 
Overall Ranking



Rank

Bib No.

Name

Time

1

1064

Vincent, Al

1:37:40

2

1025

Grey, Mark Bryan

1:40:13

3

1088

Manso, Jimmy

1:45:25

4

1095

Diserto, Danilo

1:48:08

5

1086

Gutierrez, Jason

1:49:46

6

1033

Macatiag, Rennie

1:55:32

7

1063

Vicera, Yammie

1:58:08

8

1087

Remigio, Thumbie

2:02:24

9

1001

Aquino, Patrick

2:05:07

10

1052

Sagayap, Dante

2:06:39

11

1042

Mortega, Jones

2:07:25

12

1097

Villacentino, Ronnie

2:09:30

13

1047

Poblete, Jeffrey

2:13:03

14

1081

Pineda, Ram Julius

2:19:34

15

1083

Alindada, Rocketbong

2:21:12

16

1076

Lapira, Isko

2:21:12

17

1085

Manlapaz, Jeremy

2:22:14

18

1018

Eming, Arnold

2:32:06

19

1041

Miranda, Simon Pavel T.

2:33:28

20

1050

Yob, Red

2:35:36

21

1098

Canete, Jayson

2:38:13

22

1003

Bauto, Adrian Soliman

2:39:07

23

1023

Garcia, Wilfredo B.

2:43:07

24

1101

Recella, Glairold

2:43:19

25

1007

Codilla, Daphne Rose (F)

2:43:55

26

1009

Corpuz, Jonald 

2:45:15

27

1027

Hernandez, Vladimir A.

2:47:09

28

1079

Dela Cerna, Stanley

2:48:37

29

1004

Beltran, Orland Danis F.

2:53:04

30

1065

Visperas, Daisy (F)

2:53:20

31

1059

Termulo, Benj

2:56:57

32

1108

Magnayon, Glenn

2:59:59

33

1070

Jervoso, Roanne (F)

3:01:59

34

1053

San Diego, Joey

3:02:07

35

1031

Lafuente, Michael

3:04:18

36

1002

Baltazar, Jerome

3:06:58

37

1100

Banatlao, Marl

3:07:39

38

1026

Hernandez, Roberto Jr.

3:07:45

39

1055

Siazon, Jeffrey

3:07:45

40

1082

Sunga, Jon

3:10:40

41

1103

Perez, Ritchelle (F)

3:11:19

42

1102

Tuazon, Meljohn

3:11:26

43

1092

Bermudo, Cyril

3:11:26

44

1040

Miranda, Reuben T.

3:11:39

45

1054

Saracho, Marlon

3:11:54

46

1046

Pinpin, Bryan D.

3:11:56

47

1049

Ramos, Jonjons

3:12:28

48

1019

Favila, Chris

3:13:34

49

1022

Galang, Nestor

3:14:06

50

1051

Reyes, Darwin

3:14:13

51

1058

Tapia, Raul

3:14:19

52

1008

Corpuz, Jerald D.

3:14:28

53

1071

Mendoza, Joemel

3:17:38

54

1109

Ronquino, Paula Joyce (F)

3:18:00

55

1090

Enriquez, Bernard

3:21:40

56

1000

Ang, Prince

3:24:50

57

1038

Marisga, Joel

3:24:55

58

1021

Flores, Michael

3:26:12

59

1105

Layug, JJ

3:27:57

60

1084

Nacpil, Jay

3:32:52

61

1091

Suba, Naz

3:32:53

62

1077

Abenina, Jeff

3:32:54

63

1089

De Jesus, Joseph

3:38:18

64

1034

Magdangal, Christopher

3:39:27

65

1064

Lacap, Laurence G.

3:39:28

66

1057

Tanjutco, Nica Lorraine

3:42:25

67

1067

Quizon, Romy

3:43:42

68

1014

Dauz, Michael

3:44:49

69

1013

Dauz, Maristela (F)

3:44:53

70

1017

Dizon, Anthony Jesus

3:48:00

71

1029

Jason, Anthony

3:49:41

72

1024

Go, Ronnel

3:50:19

73

1104

Soriano, Joel

3:50:25

74

1011

Dagasuan, Adriell Matthew

3:56:05

75

1081

Tomas, Marc

3:59:26

76

1062

Vannier, Damien

4:01:50

77

1078

Tan, Jayson King

4:05:28

78

1035

Mallari, Lourdes Therese S. (F)

4:06:05

79

1066

Tanglao, June

4:06:17

80

1096

Sarical, Markrinello

4:09:28

81

1074

Logan, Marineth A. (F)

4:14:15

82

1075

Logan, Gilbert B.

4:14:15

83

1010

Cruz, Ivy B. (F)

4:17:02

84

1015

Lacson, Norman

4:32:06

85

1012

Capati, Denis

4:.32:07

86

1073

Lansangan, General Mc

4:34:13

87

1072

Cayanan, Rose Airene (F)

4:34:14

88

1068

Daguia, Christy

4:38:43

89

1093

Herrera, Rebecca D. (F).

4:41:13

90

1094

Herrera, Ruben D.

4:41:14

91

1037

Maquirang, Marvin

4:42:35

92

1039

Mendoza, Ayn (F)

4:44:00

93

1045

Pelayo, Harvey

4:48:04

94

1028

Hilario, Maria Dela Fe (F)

4:53:17

95

1005

Coates, Jodell T.

5:04:12

96

1094

Calaguas, Boyet

5:05:09

97

1044

Pattaui, Erwin

5:08:40

98

1060

Turla, Elaine Joyce (F)

5:19:37

99

1048

Poblete, Roderick

5:19:37

100

1036

Manlapaz, Joyce (F)

5:20:21

101

1006

Collado, JanIvan Vincent

5:20:22

102

1043

Navao, Sarah (F)

5:28:49

103

1032

Limos, Migo

5:28:50

104

1069

Dedicatoria, Francis

6:10:15