Thursday, August 27, 2009

Urban Night Ride training... and urge to write once more

Just a few hours ago I had an itch to ride around the village... thanks to Dailymile, I made a route that mixes some cardiac climbs, winding roads, and straights for short distance sprints.

Bunny's Village Exercise Route 9.04 km 00:3216.9km/h pace

1st lap - warm-up pace
2nd lap - sprint on cardiacs and straights, freewheeling on downhill streets
3rd lap - relaxed pace
4th lap - sprint on cardiacs and straights; freewheeling on downhill.

All completed in 32mins... I'm still raw for the Sumulong ride with the pmtb babes. I'll try again tomorrow @ UP on an urban night ride.

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Still raw, very raw... So I'm in a slump with the decision of joining the pmtb babes with their Sumulong Climb. Or I could always try a cardiac hill practice with the famed, "The Wall" and Timberland's "Mini-Wall" and the muddy Maarat trail.

Seems like I won't be joining the Licao ride on Monday, with the decision made by my dad to join his group to La Mesa Eco Park. I'll have to bear with the rigidity of my ride.

Also somehow, I suddenly wanted to build a Fixie, preferrably on a track bike frame. But I'll go with that wanting later after I get to build another MTB for me to use on group rides. I'll be rebuilding DIA with her older parts, and this time probably with a dropbar around early November.

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Recently though I've been having urges on recreating the novel that I created way back highschool.

"Eternal Epic"

Some may remember this especially: Patrick Hizon, Krissy Verzosa, Tinna Mauricio and possibly some of my college friends. The urge might be from the request made by my boss at the office. He wanted us to create a concept art of a scene.

Then it came to me of recreating a scene from my old story. Krissy thought of the same thing. Ressurection from its eternal slumber.

I might try putting up a blog with the re-written version of Eternal Epic, and probably start on the prologue. And definitely will take a lot of time to piece it up together.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Taking my revenge at Sumulong Climb? or Riding the relatively new trails of Hamilo Coast?

Undecided

Seriously undecided...

I'm torn up between to rides this coming Saturday.

Its between the long planned trail ride of Hamilo Coast's new trails, in which I'll be joining Eric Yambao on this one; and the other ride which is an invitiational by the PMTBabes to their Dream Loop practice at Sumulong Climb... this might also serve as my revenge on Sumulong Climb, since my last one was an epic fail in which I almost passed out.

Currently the status of the Hamilo Coast trip is on 50/50, since I still need to confirm if Eric's going. Confirming with the PMTBabes will be easier even on the last minute.

Its literally decisions decisions and more decisions...

If all else fails... I'm going solo and tackle The Wall once again, then straight to Maarat and to Giant then back again.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Returning Back to the Present Time; Now with Less Clutter

Hullo,

I'm a little sleepy right now, even though my eyes are wide open here at the office with my OJTs.

As you can see and read, I've already backtracked to the previous weekends and holidays I rode on and experienced, also the times when I had
some time bonding with my father as well as with my bike friends.

"Less clutter, is good."

"And with less clutter, there's more space to fill."


More memories and experiences to come and write about. Especially the coming rides this week such as:

August 29 - Saturday - Dream Loop: Sumulong Cardio ride with the PMTBabes (its my revenge ride)

August 30 - Sunday - Bike Blessing at UP Diliman

August 31 - Monday - Licao-Licao newbie ride with Bike Friends and UP Mountaineers

Also to add are my coming product reviews, especially on the Ergon GC3-S, Continental Edge 1.9 and the Continental Speed King 2.1


--
Anton Daniel "Bunny" T. de la Cruz
The Rabbit on Two Wheels

Re-Wind Blogging: August 23, 2009 - PAATIBAYAN, Endurance Training and Dovan's 35th Birthday

Lets Rewind back to Last Sunday... just a couple of days ago...

My Dailymile post covers almost everything except the photos... so including Dad's participation during the PAATIBAYAN 10mile marathon, to my Endurance Training and down to Dovan's 35th Bday.

Tandang Sora - UP oval 15 laps - UP Mild Trailing 3 laps - Tumana - Barangka - Jollibee Marikina - John Wilkie - Tumana - Balara - UP - Tandang Sora
56.41 km 04:2712.7km/h pace

Tandang Sora - UP oval 15 laps - UP Mild Trailing 3 laps - Tumana - Barangka - Jollibee Marikina - John Wilkie - Tumana - Balara - UP - Tandang Sora

Was at UP yesterday to support my Dad's participation at the PAA-TIBAYAN 10mile marathon. We were there at around 5am...



Dad with Tito Ching Lota (they used to Bike together during early 2000)


Dia having a rest beside Mang Manny's store


While waiting for the race to start I've been doing some exercise laps around the UP Oval mixing it with some sprints. I still forgot how fast I was going since I didn't have a cyclocomp, instead was basing my kilometers through oval laps. At around 6am the marathon started, waiting for my Dad to pass-by the first lap at the Cyclists' Tambayan.


Zorro participated in 5mile run~ wow, but why is he walking?



Dad passing by the first lap of the 10mile marathon

When he passed-by I decided to go for a little mild trailing around UP, getting some dirt on my tires.


Happen to spot Tita Ching, near the UP PAUW

When he finished the marathon, I decided to stay behind since I was supposed to go to John Wilkie's at 10am (he opens at 10) to replace my cut truvativ handlebar I bought from the bazaar to a lighter and longer turbolite handlebar and oversized stem.

Met up with Mike Donadilla, Jeff Romero and Abet Umali at the tambayan. Decided that they would join me to John Wilkie's. Before going there we stopped by Eloi Hernandez and Grace Gregorio's place so they can join us.

Sadly Eloi's still fast asleep, but Vice-chan joined us after a week of no biking.

So we went down to John Wilkie's from UP to Balara, then down to Tumana... but during the downhill portion from Balara to Tumana, I experienced a solid wipe-out, falling off my bike and my butt skidding along the wet pavement. Good thing I was wearing tights.

Anyways, from Tumana we took a detour along the Riverbanks path to Barangka. And from there over the Marikina bridge, back to JPRizal. But when we arrived at Wilkie's. he was closed. So Mike decided to treat us to Brunch @ Jollibee. Happy Birthday Mike~


DIA bonding with her Bike Friends @ Jollibee


The Birthday Boy, Mike Donadilla (wearing his helmet),

with Abet Umali, Grace Gregorio and Jeff Romano


When we were done we headed back to Wilkie's to have my truvativ bar and borla stem replaced with silver turbolites. Sweet, Dia just lost 180g.

After a few we headed back to UP... and had a little chat at Vice-chan's place.

The conclusion... this has been one of the best rides I've set my tires on. A total training ride... with uhmm a little snacks on the side.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Re-Wind Blogging: August 21, 2009 - Cardio Climb with Dad and his friends~


Our rigs resting @ Aling Tina's

Lets rewind back to August 17, 2009 - It's a holiday that Friday... Ninoy Aquino day... also the time Dad was expecting a Camp Aguinaldo ride, but instead the majority decided for The Wall, a steep mountain climb.

This post is majorly from my Dailymile post, I'll be adding photos to back the words...


His 2nd dismount, but its ok... The Wall is known for making you dismount, wanting you to quit.


Tandang Sora - UP - Tumana - San Mateo - The Wall and back... Revenge against The Wall, Timberland
37.12 km 03:10 10.1km/h pace

It's Dad's second time around to bike around... sadly he was expecting Camp Aguinaldo's trails... not until we arrived at UP when his colleagues decided to take on, The Wall. One of the best cardiac trainings within San Mateo, Rizal's compounds. From UP we took Balara-Tumana bridge... and from there to Aling Tina's... We took a quick break waiting for another group member. After a couple of minutes it was back to the road. climbing The Wall, unlike my last tackle, I was able to cut my previous 9 dismounts to 3 dismounts this time. Dad wasn't expecting it to be that steep, he was able to dismount 5 to 6 times to grab some air. Of course it was a sudden charge to a steep hill for him after 9 years of hiatus from cycling. Upon reaching Timberland gate, we grabbed some grub and rested for a few minutes. A lot of them were tired, that we weren't able to tackle Maarat and Giant as well, instead we went back to UP.


Dad, me and Deng, dad's friend from CFC


Dad with Glen Acosta


His 4th dismount, and rest... regenerating more energy to tackle The Wall



Winking with shades is definitenly a no-no, it makes me look fugly




He's almost tired... but almost near!



The Wall Accomplished! Way to go Dad!




A souvenir of his success~ Let's take on Licao-Licao next

It was also a good experience having this father and son bonding time. Probably now he knows how hard my trainings could be.


I also got to meet Arvin Magbasco and Arnold Sanchez during our group's descent, although they were just about to arrive Timberland's gates... maybe next time I'll join them.

Re-Wind Blogging: August 16, 2009 - When Dad rode his new Bike for the 1st time~

Lets rewind back to August 16, 2009 - that was a Sunday... and right on time he was excited, damned excited to take it out for a spin.

Unlikely, most of this post came from my Dailymile entry, as for photos I don't have any...

Get back Ride with Dad and Tumana / Oval Secret Training Endurance Ride
37.3 km 03:0212.3km/h pace

Getting my Dad to ride a bike again and was superb. From the house we got to go around UP and brought him to the paved trails within. So there was no mud in each route we took. At around 7am we took our separate ways. Since I had promised Jeff to join him to Boyetworks... so we both rode down Balara - Tumana and down to Marikina. He said it was near, but yet it was damned far. But the mix of up and downhill was fantastic. We got back to UP after an hour of installation. He headed to Quirino to get his gruppo replaced... while I had another take on Balara - Tumana balikan x2 and back to UP for a 5 lap sprint, and 10 lap relaxed pedaling around the oval and UP's mild paved trails before I went home.

Re-Wind Blogging: August 15, 2009 - When Dad bought his Bike~

August 15, 2009 was the Saturday, Dad bought himself a bike…

Some of you might already know this… DIA (1991 Diamond Back Ascent EX), used to be owned and ridden by my dad, Tony de la Cruz, Jr.

He rode it from 1991 to 1996 and during the year 2000. He was even more hardcore than me. Imagine him taking on Batasan downhill way back then… I know you might think it was easy since its paved… but you’re wrong, back then it wasn’t paved. Its was a steep downhill in rough terrain.

After the year 2000, I rode his bike and took it around UP… it became my personal training machine to improve my endurance and stamina, I wasn’t introduced yet to trail riding and rode it on the road. Then when college came I stopped riding and recently just came back.






Now wait, this shouldn’t be the time reminiscing about the past, the title says “Dad bought his bike…”

Well he did, he had a bike assembled @ Cartimar… he consulted me for the best parts on budget below 60k… of course I won’t suggest a Giant frame and those Shimano XT’s to XTR’s.

Anyhow I suggested those bang-to-the-buck parts, and of course the best place is the shop where I had DIA restored, DS Bike Lander Cyclery @ Cartimar

So here’s the list:

- Kinesis KM310 Medium Frame (in Black and Red, his preferred color)
- SF9 Suntour Epicon 100mm Travel w/ Remote Lockout
- Shimano Deore 2009 STI groupset series w/ Deore 2010 Crankset with Outboard BB
- Shimano Deore 2009 Mechanical Disc Brakes with Centerlock Hubs and Rotors
- a pair of Mavic X223 Rims with Stainless Spokes and Nipples
- a pair of folding Kenda Nevegals 2.3 DTC
- Thomson 25.4 Elite Stem
- ABR 6061 XC Riser Bar
- ABR 6061 Short Bar Ends
- Specialized Black Lock-On grips
- DaBomb standard seat post
- Zoom QR seat clamp
- Wellgo PC90 Plastic Platform Pedals
- Schwinn Comfort Cruiser Saddle (he wanted a soft-gelled saddle that was big)
- a pair of Toxic Inner Tubes and an extra reserve tube

Of course he also ended up buying other stuff

- MET Helmet (I was supposed to opt him into buying an MOB Helmet that has been proven tough by most cyclists)

- Giant Saddle Bag (there was no Topeak)

- Turbolite Half-finger Gel gloves (he dislikes full-fingered gloves that offer more protection)

- Zefal Tire Levers

- MOB Tire Pump (Giyo’s actually cheaper by a 100)

- Zefal water bottle with cap (believe me, not worth the buy, still smells like rubber)

And how much was the total for everything? It’s 44,310 pesos. More than 15,000 pesos of savings. Than what he was expecting.

So here's how the bike looks like currently (photo taken last August 23, 2009):


Dad's new rig... and DIA's new cousin~



SF9 Suntour Epicon 100mm with Remote Lockout
(my dream fork, sadly no v-brake bosses)




Thomson 25.4 stem with ABR 6016 Handlebar standard size




Deore 2010 Crankset with Outboard BB


So what did I end up buying? I just had my rims re-aligned, as well as my front tire changed to a Continental Speed King 2.1 to match my old Continental Edge 1.9 rear… I’ll post a review regarding this XC Marathon combo as soon as I have taken these to the trails.


So what’s the conclusion on Dad’s new bike? We’ll know once he takes it out for a spin on the next day.

You might also notice: Ergon GC3 grips are installed... why? Dad's now a new victim of the Upgraditis virus... he replaced his Specialized Lock-on Grips and ABR Bar Ends with an Ergon GC3... the influence? Is actually me... he was fascinated with its comfort. But mind you these pictures were taken a week after he bought his bike... and also the replacement took place after taking his rig out for two rides.

He's selling the Specialized Lock-On Grips and ABR Bar Ends bundled @ 600 pesos... I'll be posting it tomorrow @ PMTB and Philmofo, and see if someone wants it. But if you need it... feel free to text me @ 0918-9244277 (Philippines only)

Re-Wind Blogging: August 14, 2009 - Urban Night Ride secret training with Vice-chan~

Let’s rewind to last August 14, 2009; it was Friday early Evening that time around...



August 14 Urban "Secret Training" Night Ride > UP - Balara Swimming Pool Balikan x 3 - UP mild trails - UP Oval - Tandang Sora
27 km 02:1112.4km/h pace

August 14, 2009 - marks my third night ride... and the location was UP - Eloi and Grace's House - Mild UP Trails - UP Oval 1 lap - Balara Swimming Pool Balikan x 3 - Mild UP Trails - UP Oval 5 laps - Eloi and Grace's House - UP Oval Sprint 3 laps (while carrying spare Rims) - Tandang Sora

I was joined by Ma'am Grace Gregorio (Vice-chan/Lavender)with this Urban Secret Training Ride

Although majority of this post came from my Dailymile Cyclocomp... And I still could remember that I just came from the office that time. Supposed to be Eloi would be joining us that day, sadly she had her tri-root molar taken out (reminds me of that time when my quad-root molar was taken out, it was a painful memory).

But to be exact, that was also when I noticed that Vice-chan was a newbie no-more. She was now a newbieMAW (newbie + monster), a term used for those feeling-newbie who eventually are monster-pedal-masters.


Re-Wind Blogging: August 9, 2009 - Grace's Birthday Ride to Pestano Farm

Let’s rewind to last August 9, 2009; it was a Sunday.

I woke up early that day to meet up with Grace, Eloi, Revin, Sheila, Jojo, Ging, Jeff, Mike, Roschach, Enteng and Eric @ Shell UP Diliman. Of course that was a special day. It was Grace’s birthday ride to Pestano Farm.

(for those not familiar with Pestano farm, Its located before you reach Giant if you’re coming from Maarat… or check this map. The farm is eventually a retreat facility for those teambuilding activities, as well as a good place to stay to experience the wilderness, also a place for your air soft activities as well as trail riding.)

We all met up @ Shell at around 730am before loading our bikes to our respective vehicles (except mine which was loaded inside Mike’s Toyota Revo). Instead of climbing “The Wall” on saddle, Ma’am Grace decided to stop and unload @ Timberland’s Clubhouse. From there we rode on our all-terrain bikes from Maarat’s entrance down to Pestano Farm… but before reaching the farm, we had some fun @ Maarat and the road going to Giant.

Our group was separated into two: “us” the break-away pack composed of Grace the birthday gal, Revin and Sheila, Jeff, Mike, Eric and of course me. At first we don’t know why the others were left behind… while waiting for them we had some fun on the vacant lot beside the winding road. Trying out some trail techniques on the rough terrain. First Jeff tried it out, then I followed, Sheila was also fascinated in what we were doing that Eric joined in… then CRASH!

Unaware, there he fell into a canal. The bushes were keeping it from being visible to the naked eye. Good thing he wasn’t hurt nor was his bike.

The tail was able to catch up eventually after a few minutes and we regrouped. Upon knowing what happened, Eloi and the other riders with her told us that Ging almost collapsed riding the steep hills on this winding road to Giant and Pestano Farm. Good grief, it was her first time eventually.

So we rode again as a group, and finally reached Pestano Farm. We were greeted by the good hospitality of the farm’s employees. As well as fellow mountain bikers who were frequent the farm. Most of them there because of the place’s cool ambiance.



When we arrived at the Pestano’s residence, it was just about time for lunch, that we all decided to fill our stomachs first before taking on the numerous trails the farm has to offer.


all smiles... daw~ everyone's hungry of course






Even our bikes get to rest

Aside from looking forward to its numerous trails, is the huge servings this farm serves to its customers. An example to that is their Omelette Platter, as well as their delicious Goto with Egg (your choice of hard-boiled, sunny-side-up, and half-cooked egg), I was only supposed to order one, but eventually enjoying it way too much I got myself three orders of their Goto. As for the taste, it was 5 out of 5.

An hour eating our orders, we were satisfied and pleased… that Eloi, Jojo, and Ging decided to doze-off and rest under the trees. And for us adventure frenzy riders, we went on to the farm’s trails.


Those who opted for a nap, had it cool...

To note, its 50 pesos per rider… yes it has an entrance fee, but you don’t have to worry since it’s a ride-all-you-can for 50 pesos. Of course the farm isn’t liable if you get into an accident.

I didn’t get any trail photos since everything was fast paced. Also to note the different trails each have their classifications such as DH, XC, AM… yes it depends on your discipline (since I’m more of a fast-paced XC rider, I’m practically a XC Marathon rider), although even though your riding an XC Bike you can still take the DH trail… and the DH biker can also take the XC trail… so it always depend on your trip and taste.

But unlikely after each trail, you’ll all end up climbing the steep 1km Cardiac Hill, a personal favorite of mine in which I’ve climbed thrice, during that afternoon.

Also make sure to bring tools, you’ll never know when your chain will snap or your brakes jam because of the moist and sticky brown and orange soil.

It was around 2 in the afternoon when we left Pestano Farm.


Dragonfruit, care of the Pestano Family~




trying out a Cardiac Hill detour from Maarat trail



stalled @ Maarat, Jeff's chain snapped, good thing we brought some tools

Experiencing Pestano’s trails as well as the food was a memorable experience… that riding back to the country-club was a breeze for our group. Imagine that I tackled the winding road at top-speed with much adrenaline, riding at close to 60km/h downhill. And also my trail speed back down Maarat was a blooming 40-45km/h on a rigid fork.

That was also the time when I noticed that I had to change my Innova MTB 26x1.95 front tire to a better tire that offer stable grip on hardpack to loose terrain with more speed. Since the Innova was a tire meant for dry surfaces.

We separated with the others (Ging and Jojo as well as Enteng and Roschach left after the ride), thus the remainder went on to a side trip to Jollibee for some merienda. It was bonding galore, even more when we stopped at Wilkie’s to have our bikes serviced.



It was supposed to be a day ride, that it eventually became a whole day and near night bonding with the birthday girl Grace Gregorio, Eloi Hernandez, Jeff Romano, Mike Donadilla, Revin Santos and Sheila, Eric Yambao, and of course me, Bunny de la Cruz.

Absence from Blogging and the rest of the clutter...

Its been almost 15 days since my last blog entry... and that makes 14 days to be exact.

So how's everyone been?

I've bet traffic around here at my blog ( http://adanieldelacruz.blogspot.com for those reading it via facebook )has been down since there's been not one update of what has been happening for some weeks now.
To those reading me via facebook, I've bet you've seen most of my times riding and updating my dailymile cyclocomp. That majority of my entries can be read from that point of view...

Sadly connection from blogger here at Ortigas (yes I know, we have not yet moved to RCBC. But hopefully by September 7 we'll be there) is a pain. And when I say pain, All I can do is post via email.

But wait... some of you might say if I can post via email... why not post more... the down part would be my reason, in which I'm more of blogging with photographs. Since Unionbank Plaza's IT blocks blogger, posting photographs is a hassle.

Connection at my house is also a hassle, making uploading photographs to my Picasa a painstaking process.

Anyhow, once I get home... I'll surely bring some stories up, because I don't want to end my memories in a clutter.

--
Anton Daniel "Bunny" T. de la Cruz
The Rabbit on Two Wheels

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ride for Tita Cory

Being part of History is what any person would want to be part of.

And for us cyclists, pedaling is the only thing aside from time sacrifice... to be part of history.

Ever since Tita Cory was confined at the hosptial, majority of us Pinoy Mountainbikers have been signing up to join a tribute ride... a ride for her quick recovery from colon cancer. But it was sad that when we were about initiate the ride on August 2, we read the grave news as Tita Cory's death spread the net like pancakes. I confirmed it was true when I woke up early morning at around 525am... I was supposed to leave for a ride that day... but the bad weather stopped me from going out. Instead rode to UP, and started discussing with fellow cyclists about the death of our Icon of Democracy.

It was also during that day that majority of the cyclists at the local web forum initiated a thread... rather it was a tribute ride to say thanks to Tita Cory...and it was set on August 5, a day which was made into a non-working holiday by Malacanang.

A day before the said "padyak" I checked the local web forum (http://pinoymtbiker.org) to find out more than 70++ cyclists have signed up. These numbers weren't normal... my reaction was quite different when I got to read their replies to the said ride. Everyone wanted to sacrifice this holiday just for her. To pedal to our savior... to the woman who stood against a tank-of-dictator during 1986 EDSA revolution, and thus succeeding to the presidential seat and withstood 7 coups.

That day, the rain hasn't stopped showering... the typhoon never left the country's shores yet. But still I left and pedaled to our meeting point @ the University of the Philippine's Oblation monument to meet up the group, but when I arrived... I was alone. I started doubting... but my doubts wore off after a few minutes when one rider came after another... it was until we were 20 that we left for Roxas Blvd.

Our numbers grew as we passed by the Aquino's residence... then Burger King Welcome Rotonda... Burgos, the TM Kalaw... Then Roxas Blvd.... and finally Quirino cor Roxas... our numbers grew from 20 to a whooping 200++ riders... majority from groups such as PinoyMTBiker.org, Firefly Brigade, PhilMoFo, PCN, Padyak Pinoy, and numerous groups from different cities... all came for the same cause... to offer our ride just for her and her family.

My purpose... was to see her for the last time personally, just for a glimpse even if she was inside a coffin... when was my first? It was during the 1986 revolution while riding on top of my father's shoulders; I was 2 then.

Photos from our tribute ride can be found @ http://cadmusg.multiply.com

These photos were taken by fellow PMTBers and Fireflies... credits go to them. I only compiled them.