Jan 22, 2010



Let me give you a little bit of background about my first half marathon last Sunday January 17th:

Before the race:
1. Landed on Saturday morning from Philadelphia...18hours flight.
2. No sleep due to jet lag, I saw 2.00 am, 3.00 am, 4.00 am and 5.30 am I "woke up" to go to my first half marathon
3. Week before quite busy during my week stay in Philadelphia...and just 2 days training!
4. Toe nail right foot very is totally black!!

During the race:
5. First 2 Kms 5 to 10% uphill,
6. Late start...then zigzag during 1.5 Kms to get some space to run free
7. Too fast first 10K: 47', destroyed after Km-13 and survived next Kms...walk-run a lot!

After the race:
8. Exhausted, but, "quite happy overall" but unsure about my heart average beat ...very high!! I don't really know, if my max. is correct, 182 week, I will do a VO2 max and acid lactate test.

Learnt lesson:
9. Focus on %Max run for next one,
10. Rest better and keep training hard...specially my running for my second challenge in 57 days: HIM Singapore 2010!

I attach my garmin connect for you to follow my race:

and the results...overall 351, 72 HM35...

Btw, have a look at this video about that interesting challenge about new and old bike technologies:

Talk to you next post (which will be just about my next event/race, as I am very busy training, work, family and following 5 rules on my old post)!

"XTB" Xavi.

Jan 13, 2010



Sorry, for so few update on my blog during this week, I have been working in Philadelphia, btw, I attach picture taken just after landing and taking the cab (-9 Celsius degrees).
Time flies...yes, just 64 days pending for my second first HIM...and 2 or 3 weeks work travel planned before that date, which will make my training quite more tough...but, will keep trying my best to finally achieve a good result
During my flight from Hong Kong to New York, I have seen "Into the wild" (as per Manuel, comments on his website it looked an interesting story ( this is a book to read, I just did on the other sense....first the movie, then, will do the book!)!!

Very good movie...and of course, great story about another guy looking for Nature and Social Freedom: Chris Mc Candless. Have a look at the story:

That fact made me immediately think about another fiction character: Lisbeth Salander an asocial punk who has been victimized by authorities throughout her life who looks for social freedom on her own way...( and I suggest the reading fo all three books called Millenium the Trilogy!

And finally, don't ask me why, but, I thought about Forrest Gump story! Great movie about love-life story...btw, Do you know why Forrest started running? and why he stopped? (please, answer using comments tool below! ...I am interested to check your answers.Thanks!)
( suggestion, let's enjoy life without limits: "Where is the limit?" and "Carpe Diem!"

"XTB" Xavi.

Jan 6, 2010



I got that interesting article from one Spanish Ironman-blogger called Talín (with more than 41 Ironman already finished!!)...just amazing!

Spanish version:

English version:

Everyone has heard horrifying stories of triathletes who have a triathlon-training program that includes swimming, cycling, running and gym visits during the week with a full-time demanding job and rigorous routine of everyday life.

Everyone has heard of these same triathletes who will one day wake up and find that the same triathlon training program have been left them without family, with very few friends and a disaster job, but with a lot of muscles and well good looking.

Are you afraid that this could happen to you?

Whether you are an Ironman triathlete or a total beginner, you may find yourself absorbed in a vicious vortex of triathlon training program, which result in very serious implications towards social and family.

But NO FEAR - you can trust and follow these 5 rules of “Rock Star Triathlete Academy“ to conduct a successful triathlon training program without actually having to divorce. ¨

Rule No. 1: The biomechanical superiority and efficiency is more important than family. If you go jogging with your spouse meaning that you are going slower, so overforce in every stride running technique and increase your vertical distance from the ground. You will experience a greater cardiovascular stimulation, you will have a greater mechanical efficiency - allowing you to work hard during the slower execution. Yes, you're running more slowly - but you're running with your spouse. The same goes for baby strollers, if you're pushing it or you take it in tow behind the bike. There is no rule stating that all training sessions must be perfect or distractions.

Rule No. 2: You can get fit in the living room while you are supervising the children . Even if you can not do in the pool, the training program may include a warming up in the form of playing with children: the hideandseek, the runs that got caught, some abs in between, fighting / dancing squatting ... all this can give some of that impact cardio and strength.

Rule # 3: There is no magical difference between 50 minutes and 60 minutes. That is this: if you get home from running 10 minutes earlier than preview, and therefore it allows you to be showered and sitting at the dinner table, you will not destroy the training program you put that you should run 1 hour. Aerobic adaptations begin to set after just 20 minutes, and really not going to get significant physical adaptations by putting 10 'over race. You just have to mentally overcome your fear by not having run a "perfect time". Calm is good. After a few repetitions, the new range of time would feel normal.

Rule No. 4: Communicating with your partner before going for longer training sessions. Especially when you make a long journey. If your training weekend includes a long run of 2 hours walk or bike 5 hours or half a morning swim followed by meetings of weights, warn your partner in advance. And NOT when you tour of bed and get up in the morning. Give them five to six days in advance, so they know they will have part time weekend long training dedicated to. Trust me - your spouse will thank you for your honesty and sincerity in alert, but may then you owe a quiet night of cuddles on the couch or a dinner by candlelight.

Rule No. 5: Do not think like a professional triathlete, unless you are. If sport is your profession, then your training program is the one who will bring home the bread and chickpeas, and you can justify a training week, 25-35 hours. But do not kid yourself. If you are in the world of triathlon by passion, to keep fit, or to prove to yourself that you can complete the challenge, then everything is triathlon ... a hobby. And no matter how good or successful you are in your hobby, in the final scheme of things, when you're on your deathbed, or even when you're seventy years old with knees to dust, are you really going to matter be an Ironman in 11 hours or 11 hours and forty-five minutes?

Especially if your best friends and lover are on your side, holding you hand? Close your eyes and see if you can imagine that.

Need help? If you have a husband or wife, and you're trying to maintain a triathlon training program, the five rules above ensure that you succeed in your sport and your life a little easier to achieve.

That's all folks for now - stop reading now and go give a big wet kiss to that special person!


Jan 4, 2010



January first of 12 months quotes...please, feel free to comment as much as you wish!



"XTB" Xavi.

Jan 1, 2010



Instead of training, I have showed Hong Kong to my father for more than 4 hours walking!! hahaha good endurance training, but, much more for him (he´s 79 years old) and together with Elaine, Mar and surprise has been, when, walking by The Peak, I saw 2 road bikes...and look familiar to me...and just opening, ¨Pacific Coffee¨...surprise! Julian, Richard, my 2 Dragons mates, with their families, already training hard for Dubai and Singapore 2010 HIM, respectively!

I have felt quite bad afterwards thinking about my lack of training and commitment during Xmas and Happy New Year season...but, full of energy to restart asap!

Talk to you next post and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!