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So sad 😦
To think I would jump up and down, raising my fist high up in the air, shouting “YES! YES! GO! GO!” in front of the TV when I saw him make a breakaway in the Alps.
How I would scoff at Ullrich’s and Pantani’s technique because they were nowhere near his.
How my friends and I would emulate the low gear-fast cadence which we saw was what he was doing right and making him win.
How we bought “Livestrong” bands because we believed in him and in what he achieved as an athlete and a human being.
An inspiration, hero, idol….. all of it was a big fat lie 😦
“An ultra-marathon is just an eating and drinking competition with some exercise thrown in.” – Sunny Blende
That’s how it was for me during the 2nd leg of the CUC 100km Ultra Marathon Series.
Ramie Igaña fondly called by his TTB and Ungo teammates as Daddy Rams, had a fatal bike accident during the Ironman 70.3 held last August 5, 2012 here in Cebu, Philippines.
I made it.
Everything went according to plan for the first 50 km. 2km run with 2 minutes walkbreak. Clocked in at 8 hours 7 minutes. 16 hours was doable if I just did the same thing for the next 50.
I sat down at km 50 drinking coffee and ask myself how can I run another 50km? While slowly sipping the coffee, I thought of a change of strategy.
Summary of training for my first 100 kilometer distance Ultra Marathon on June 30, 2012.
It was the first in Cebu, the first in the Philippines, and most probably the first in the World.
A successful event as evidenced by the photos and stories all over the papers and online social networking sites, but little is known about how it was conceptualized, planned, worked on, and implemented.
Here’s what happened behind the scenes (based on my own perspective and without the boring minute details)
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail” – Winston Churchill
During the recently concluded Century Properties Ultramarathon last November 19, 2011, my mentor Edward and I had the privilege of supporting a friend and training partner attempting to finish the 100km + 4.5km cooldown.
Inside our cozy airconditioned support vehicle, we got to observe runners from a different perspective.
What factors can help a runner have a bigger chance of finishing his/her dream?
A tragic incident that shook the running community of Cebu.
Ultrarunner Champion Melinda Ponce, an inspiration to so many runners in Cebu, was killed yesterday (Oct. 16, 2011) at her home in Talisay.
Story by Max Limpag http://www.ceburunning.com/ultra-runner-melinda-ponce-killed/
A run is going to be held this Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 at Ayala Center Cebu in honor of Melinda Ponce and all proceeds will go to the family.