Day 2 starts at 5am. I had a hard time getting sleep and woke up every hour, finally, my alarm snoozed at 3:15am. I rode the second car, bought gatorade and and reached the starting line ten minutes before gunstart.
We left the transition area before the take-off but the lead pack were going all-out, we had a hard time overtaking the convoy. It was a good thing though, we were able to cheer on the runners who will be running 27.8k for the first leg (later on turned out to be 28.8).
I wonder if the running shorts have something to do on their speed.
Note to team for next relay, hahaha…it could be the shorts?!? =)
We had enough time to buy ice along the road. Our coolers are ready for the heat of the sun. At 6am, heat was already unbearable. We reached the Mabitac Town Plaza with enough time to spare. The transition area is right in front of the Mabitac Church which has a hundred or more step to climb. Tere thought of going to the church to try the steps as warm up. I was still half asleep then and I could have snapped and said “Duh, not the time for training!”. We prepared our runners Jucell and Nam, lent them my Bib belt so they can bring GU gels. We kept on reminding Laya that it was okay to DNF if it would really hurt. The two guys agreed to pace each other and keep each one in sight. Still half asleep then, the Team BR support arrived and said the team is leading. A few minutes after, the convoy started to arrive at the transition area. We waited and cheered on…
Rene Desuyo arrived first. It took another four minutes before Team Antipolo arrived and Team BR2 was next. The Team Brooks was fourth place.
We left immediately and went to Transition 2. We got a message that oOur own Loo arrived after 2 hours and 55 minutes for a 28.8kilometer leg together with Macky. The leg consist of some uphills and a nice view but the distance in itself is already tiring considering you are running back to back. Later on we learned from Loo that he wasn’t able to sleep just thinking how he can finish the leg under 3-hours. We received this news when we were already in Jalajala Municipal Hall, the second transition point.
The second transition point always makes me nervous. This means I am nearing my leg. The second support vehicle arrived with Macky and Loo. Inspired already with the strong finish of the two, I started prepping myself. From our estimate and our target, the second runners should finish in 3 hours for us to meet the cutoff time. I actually have about five hours at a minimum to wait. Ughh, I so hate this feeling…While waiting, we helped attend to Runner 1 of Team Brooks, (Vertek’s team). He was so dehydrated and was already throwing up even the hydrite, he was taken to the hospital and was back in 30 minutes. We also enjoyed some photo ops with Vertek. (yes, again!)
Second Leg – the Elites
Team Antipolo arrived first (for the second time). The guy is really strong, we were in awe seeing him stride on the uphills. (If those legs can be borrowed, I would bid for one for the PAU 50K run in Sierra Madre on May 9.). Team Brooks got an edge by finishing second. Vertek is off after getting the baton (He won this leg again, finishing the 19.9k distance in 1:04). Jujit De Asis (a team BR elite) came in third. We were worried for Jack (the third runner of Team Bald Runner). He started first with a four-minute edge. We heard he was already run-walking the last 3-kilometers. Much as I was cheering for each team, I was saddened by the situation. When Jack showed up, we all jumped and cheered on for him to hold on till the transition point. He started to speed up…
We left the transition point no. 2 to make it on time to Transition 3 in Tanay (where my leg will start). Mark and Carlo are so ready….
My friends Rhea, Anne and Donna were there to bring our lunch. Finally! A decent meal. Thanks bestees! We ate on the sidewalk sitting down. The sun was so punishing, all the ice in our coolers are now water (which is not even that cold anymore). We had it refilled. At that time, Laya and Nam has not arrived at Transition 2.
Second Leg – Hours after the Ordinary People
Our runner 2, Jucell, is injured. Nam and Laya plans to run together. Nam would ensure that Laya will not push too hard (Our worry is he might try and worsen his condition.). Laya pacing Nam would pull him to hang on considering the distance. And that is exactly what happened.
(Picture grabbed from Ysmael Ilagan)
The two finished at 11:37…We are seven minutes behind. This means we have to finish our remaining legs in less than two hours. We know the possibility is already remote. Even if we PR less than 2 hours for 21K road races, that is a totally different game.
The waiting in Tanay was the longest waiting time ever. I would go to transition area and chat with the organizers hoping that they would lengthen cutoff time. No effect though! Chat with the PNPs, the other teams, my teams, etc.
While waiting, my cousin passed by and saw me. Another guy in motorcycle passed by and asked if I was running (didn’t recognize him. apparently, he was a batchmate from high school). Glad that we are not taking the town proper route, not really up to seeing old friends while I’m on race mode.
COMING UP:THE BLOOPERS, THE DRAMA, THE ACTION, THE RACE IN REVIEW…
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