Sunday, May 27, 2018

Lanzarote, just done

It's done, my main goal was getting a slot but honestly I'm a bit disappointed on how everything unfolded.
Swim was a bit caothic with me having to navigate the AWA athletes and my lack of sprint capabilities got things even worst, going through the results it's clear that the 1st lap time was terrible in comparison to the 2nd and the effort was incredibly higher on the 1st. But like I said to many I wasn't to psiched about the swim time anyway.
The bike started slow by choice, first climb was easy, I made the choice to not dispute any position like I did (when I could) with the pros, the fact is that glimpsing my watch I was feeling the effort / watts a bit to high with particular emphasis on anything that was flat, I just didn't have the ability to sustain decent watts on the flat parts but still managed to stay in a decent spot till 100km right before the climb to mirador del Riu where I hit a pothole going downhill that immediately destroyed my tire, glad I had de ability to stop the bike without crashing, I think I lost roughly 8 min with the tubular change (Watch says 5:30 of stop time) and get going again with several cuts in my hand due to poor handling of the razor, made sure the tubular was well in place given that a mistake would ruin the race and there where a ton of downhill yet to go. 
The climb to Mirador del Riu was somewhat terrible with my legs having a hard time to get going again. I did the rest of ride in no man's land, trying to limit losses, the overall feeling of the ride is an average power number a lot bellow my goal, 10 to15 w, and the goal was really conservative for the race.
Run was essencialy an extend of the bike, just bellow a decent and conservative pace soon I realised that I didn't had running legs, and was forced to squeeze as much I could from a not so good day, 3:03 isn't like really bad but I can do better ;)
Happy to go through and accomplish the main goal, already looking forward to the next!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The rides

Lanzarote is quite close and ill write something about that when o have time to think, for now ill stick with bikes ;)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Knowing who is behind the brand...

...this post is brilliant especially the last paragraphs:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More on sponsorship

We live in a “like, share, tag” era. For some reasons, it is great; for others, not so great. In sports, this is quite evident and in particular with “sponsorship". I’ve been around for some time, and honestly I enjoyed knowing about The “who” and the “why” of some products and sponsorships. Back then, there was less information, and I believe most people were interested on what the fast guys were using and why, what was new, and why it was better. Companies were also more interested in this association, IMO.
Today, an Average Joe (not wanting to offend anyone) builds his ego by stating that he (or she) is sponsored by this or that company. There are some quite influential people that aren't competitive that indeed have a real sponsorship but most just like to appear superior to their peers by "being sponsored" when they probably only have a 5% discount. Truthfully, I would pay to not be sponsored; I have seen and received some ridiculous offers where I really though that, for the amount of work involved, I would pay to not be sponsored. Apparently others will do anything have the sponsored status — good for them.
Companies take advantage of this free marketing tool — tag, like, share, and you're good to go. What do you get? We will give you a 10% discount that can save you 50€ in a year (but don't go to a online store where they actually offer a 15% discount to anyone...) (You get the point.)
It's funny that this started with me stating that I enjoyed knowing why and what some guys used, but for most "sponsored" folks, you just don't know why or what are the benefits or technical advantages for using a product. They just post a photo, tag a comment, or like a photo and, that's it. I have several interactions with sponsored people that just couldn't state a valid argument for the “like, share, tag”. I find it lame for the ego-motivated sponsored and for the company using this cheap way of marketing. (I won't go right now into how some companies just don't have valid arguments of marketing — maybe later.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Seems like new year was last week but it's already February!

This was january!
Not bad, especially the run where i feel big improvements in both injury and Fitness. I can now run 2h without pain so i Will now introduce some speed work and see what happens. Still not happy with the swim so ill switch focus in february reducing swimming by a lot.
Another focus for February is loosing  some weight, I'm not far off where I should so it will be an easy task ;)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Charity BS

With all the controversy around "rarissimas" a charity institution in portugal that has been serving personal interests IN BIG FASHION, im led to believe that there isnt a single instituition where, anyone who digs a litle deeper something will pop up from the dirt, we call it "cada escavadela cada minhoca". But lets moove on... i guess its just normal to steal public money aroud here, its curious to see all the indignation in our soccer league referees when everyone gets away with stealing.....uuuh moving on.

We are now experiencing the abuse of charity, we call charity to everything even for pure personal enjoyment. I find it ridiculous that someone will race 5 IM in five diferent continents for charity reasons... How much did it raised? wouldnt it be better to just give away the money spent in travel to charity or was this just a "charity" BS masked as a sporting vacations?
What about fund raising to .... fund a hobby? WTF???!!! are you kidding? where will this end? hey i want a Ferrari, its my dream (not really but you get the point) can you all give me money to buy it?
Im not that negative, im sure that there are great causes out there but sometimes i get troubled to see someone that is just trying to not spend money to do something that is no more no less than a hobby. Points added to see that the costs involved are magnified by the addition of Special Travel Arrangment for Friends and Family, STAFF (yeah i made that up). I wonder how Many pros have the opportunity to have 4 staff members to race an ironman.

Charity is giving a hungry man a meal, thats charity (at least the basic its there), charity is giving a homeless person a roof... stay in the basics.

Stay safe

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bye Bye 2017

Glad its over ;)

Lets face it, sporting related, 2017 was pretty much awful if not the worse ever. The good thing is that im far from being stressed about it like ive done in the past. Several reasons result on a piece of mind that i absolutelly love right now.
I won a race early on but after that my stubborn injury and my stubborn attitude resulted in a mid season break/end.

I over that, after intense phisioterapy i believe that its good to go but im still very cautious. December was a fantastic month to ride, 4 extended weekends with the national holidays gave me kms that i have never seen in recent time. Of course Swim and run are virtually none but i had frequency, like 30 min swims and runs and already some good sized runs at the end of the month. I couldnt end the year with a car crash last sunday, nothing to serious but again an old lady just pushed me to the ground, DAMN it.

As for 2018 goals, IM Lanzarote is what i will start focusing tomorrow... I also want get my first tri bike back on the road witch will be a slow process, that wont be to ride in lanzarote, i just want it back on the road, Im a sensitive Bastard ;)

And since there nothing like some year end numbers, here are mine, i dont pay attention to numbers and i wont even bother analazing those ;)


694,79 km
135.895 C

1.905,96 km
132.602 C

Bike(including trainer)
13.710,02 km
417.206 C

ALL activities
16.167,05 km
686.725 C

Happy 2018

Friday, December 15, 2017

Paid Advertizing

This is a "Portuguese post" but since I only write in English (here) ill remain on this selected language and keep exercising my written English (that is far from perfect but lets carry on).

I have been thinking about writing on something that annoys me as a sport lover and citizen. Of course I will be opening a can of worms and some will call me this and that but I have been appreciating the honesty rather than the politically correct approach.

Anyway, after the introduction it might look like there’s not much juice. It gets me absolutely crazy to see """athletes""" at the prime time TV news Show advertising their ego with performances that have nothing to be related to "performance". I mean doing a marathon on the pole its cool, crazy, nonsense, call what you need to call, I even see merit on those guys that do it BUT seeing that on TV makes me sick. I mentioned the north (or south, I don’t care) pole marathon but it has been frequent to see this kind of stunts showing up, people that are mediocre athletes trying to show up by just doing more and more. I don’t blame them, I blame the TV guys or friends/connections that let this go forward. 

For me this would be fine if the real athletes had their space. Everyone cares more about where Cristiano Ronaldo had dinner and we go from this (soccer athlete) to those guys that barely scratch the athlete status, Why? Does the sport really doesn’t care about the best athletes, those that inspire the kids to do sports? I don’t the stunt man/women inspiring kids, this is of course my perception. Why aren’t there more news about our best athletes (except when we have like a world champion). Why we don’t see news about the national champions in each sport? wouldn’t they inspire young people to do better? Why am I "forced" to see mediocre athletes talking about their stupid stunts that serve nothing to the sport? is this paid advertising, that’s what I think it is. 

Don’t get me wrong I always admired the best in the sport be it curling or cliff diving. This of course makes me sick...

Anyway, just a thought that took 3 trainer sessions to write (poorly). ;)