Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This is how to train to be stronger?

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August 25, 2015

After last Sunday's Bugarin ride, I rested yesterday.  But today, it was a little bit rough.  I biked to Sto Rosario past Lafarge and did 5x hill climb, first was over geared, then under geared. then under geared standing, over geared and then easy climb (32 x 32)

And then I went up the Mahabang Parang hill and I had to use 32 x32.   I did not have to stand and hurry up the pedalling, I was tired and breathless.

Then, not happy with that, I did a messengerial work.  I biked to BK at Frontera Tiendesitas.  It was a good choice because there was a lot of traffic even at Angono.  The intersection going to Baytown has now become a bottle neck.  And so with the Elem School at floodway before the Highway 2000 (fishport).  Traffic too at Puregold and C5.  But I made it on time 9 am.  I was trying to fast pedal at 90 rpm as taught by Ed Valdez.   High cadence pedalling means you have to learn to breath faster and higher heart rate.  It leaves you breathless and tired after the ride.  I had to sleep after eating and weashing up

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My bike ride today with Vhen to Antipolo from Teresa

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Angono Rizal
August 18, 2015

I rode today to Antipolo and Teresa today and back to Antipolo.  I used the fast cadence technique being endorsed by Ed Valdez.   I had the gear at 44 x 15 on level road and 44 x 17 going up.  I had up to 44 x 26 at Beverly. On the way up I encountered Peter Francisco whom I overtook near Alta Vista and wondered who I was.  (Peter is a 68 yo Taytay rider but very fit and strong for his age all due to biking)

I overtook another MTB near Robinson using 44 x 17.   But as I rode down, I shifted to 44 x 13 and banked well, rode the apex and the sides exiting the apex.   I had my Lugaw at the Teresa curve and as soon as I finished my lugaw, Vhen, whom I talked to yesterday at Wawa arrived.

Going back he said he would follow me and try to see how I do with the low gearing of the Deore.  I had my gears at 44 x26 and 44 x 30 max.   And also stood at the Solid cement, where I left him.  We were totally drenched in sweat.  He arrived some 3 minutes later at Robinson where I waited for him.  Then we went to Antipolo church.   We met Eric Feliciano, who looks like he is a priest, who bikes, and enjoined us to "ingat"

We were home by 10 am.

Fast cadence riding and use of cadence counter

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Angono, Rizal Philippines
August 18, 2015

When we were riding to Luisiana, Ed "Ido" told me as we were going up Kalayaan that he favors fast cadence riding. ie that the most economical ride pedalling rate is between 90 and 100 rpm. It is possible to know that if you have cyclometer with cadence counter.

For him, with a 12 to 34 cogs, this means having his gears at 53 x 26.  (For about 51 gear inches).  Will he be left behind by guys using say 53 x 14.  He said that the pedaling rate will eventually catch up with speed. This is the training for champs

I tried using this technique and  by the time we were at Luisiana, it was game over for me.  I have to get used to this technique

Ed texted me further that his training rides are either to Bugarin or Sierra Madre  6 to 10.  No rests in between.  He usually rides up with 53 x 26 and stands up for say up to 10 km.  With his lean body, and strong leg muscles, he can do that.  And that he is a Valdez, the family of great riders/bikers

Monday, August 17, 2015

Other photo shoots of our bike ride yesterday to Luisiana, August 16 2015

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Angono, Rizal
August 17, 2015

Here are some more pictures of sights seen along the route at bike ride yesterday to Luisiana:

                                       Lambanog for sale in Famy

                      Kind of dangerous to have lambanog in a PET bottle

Yellow colored barangay

                        It is all yellow in this barangay in Cavinti

                                           Yellow fence

                                    Yellow waiting shed

                                     Carless tree filled highways, smooth as glass


                                    Welcome to Lumban signage (seen from wrong side?)

Fruits in season

                                It is mostly santol, but there are rambutan,, marang and durian too

Our bike ride yesterday to Luisiana 182 km August 16, 2015

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Angono, Rizal Philippines
August 17, 2015

                                           The tropa who rode yesterday to Luisiana

We rode to Luisiana yesterday, August 16, 2015.  There were 6 of us:

Gerry K
Pres Luis
Edgar Idol Valdez
Jorgeus biker

The original goal was to go Lucban  Quezon to see Kamay ni Jesus but then at Luisian, JB and Nolite say no more, no mas.  Besides it looked like rain going to Lucban.  So after taking lunch, (JB dropped the camera in the resto and realized it was missing and had to bike back after they were about 3 km out.

The 6 brave souls started out at about 6 am, and was at Pisong Kape by 7:00 and soon Edgar Valdez arrived by 7:10 all the way from Cubao. Master E joined us until Morong. As I was biking up to Bugarin, I was interviewed by an MTB rider, whom I learned was Dr. Rene Salvador, a professor of Electrical Engineering at TIP.  He lives in Morong, and used to be the Dean of Engineering at Feati. U. We resumed biking and we were in Famy by 9:10 and 10:00 am at Pagsanjan.  We were in Luisiana by 11:30.  We had lunch soon, and were back on the road by 12.  We were at Pagsanjan again by 1:30 and resumed biking.  Rain caught up with us and we were in Famy by 3:00 pm.  We were in  Tita Carmen n Jalajala by 4:30 and we arrived at 6:30.  We spent 12 hours on the road.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Our bike ride today, August 2, 2015

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Angono, Rizal Philippines
August 2, 2015

We had earlier planned to do a Jala jala ride this morning.  We met at Sacred Heart but only very few arrived:   Joel, Master E, Meong, Pres Luis, Jess and myself.  We left at 6:30 so that we could escape the warm temp.  

And so we rode out and I tried my new hill climber project.  I rode at 44 x 11 or  44 x13 spinning only.   I noticed though that I left most of them.  And Jess caught up with me at convention center and all I did was to keep on spinning.  But I noticed that going up to Montevideo he was standing;  I was only using the gears at 44 x 15 which were rather light. Then I continued doing that until Callahan and until Morong. He said "kargado kayo"  - I was not.  I had only two days bike ride:   Antipolo and Teresa Thursday, and Medalva Friday am.  And I was tired from the teaching stint and bus travel from Clark Air Base in Angeles City.

Joel and Master arrived later because it rained when they were in Cardona.

We had our Lugaw at Simples in Maybancal.  Other riders arrived:  Ven and VM.  We could not continue to Pisong Kape because the riders were coming back:    it was raining in Tanay and Pililla..  We had no choice except to go home.  The rains ruined our ride.

                                 Pres Luis, Master E, Joel, and Meong wait for other fellow Recyclists

                                     Pres Luis and Jess having breakfast at Simples