Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Just.... WOW


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). ;)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A different way to work the last 30km of the Ironman bike

-Wake up at 5:30 and go for a swim. 
-Get out of the water at 7:05 TOPS, dry your body a get dressed to be inside the car at 7:15, thats enough to get to the work place meet at 7:30. 
-Drive 300km from lisbon to lagos for a meeting 
-Drive 120 km in algarve to check work fronts
-Have a Snack
-Drive 300km back to lisbon at 100km/h due to eavy rain
-Arrive home at 8PM and have dinner and at 8:20 go for a trainer workout (currently warming up)

I bet that the feeling of not wanting to pedal anymore is quite similar to the last 30 km of the ironman bike ;)

the good: 
-Had only 10 min of traffic time.
- I will have 10 min to shower before my regular bed time ;)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

60 min Run


Thats the long run at the moment, ive been very careful with this, im doing Phisioteray 4 times per week witch is helping getting rid of this stubborn injury. BUT although i have been running 30-60 min doent mean that im ok, its still there but getting slowly better. I have been using my weekends to log some decent kms on the bike as during the week i cant do more than 1:30 on the trainer and therapy steals a big chunk of avaliable time. To add to my lack of time ive been forcing a bit of Gym work (yuck).

Im back to wheel building, well ate least one, that took me like 2 weeks to build wasting like 10-15 per day to build a wheel that i already tested (liked it). I built it using the F3SCDS Technology witch increased the stiffness by around 89% (i tightened the spokes ;)).

All good and moving in the right direction.