Now Open: Specialized Concept Store

Wednesday, 30 January 2013  |  Gear + Gadgets

The premier bicycle brand in the world officially opened its doors in the Philippines with the new Specialized Concept Store. Located at La Fuerza Plaza 1 along Pasong Tamo Avenue, it is the first of its kind in the country and was built to provide the full scope of products and services for Specialized customers.

The Specialized Concept Store features a comprehensive lineup of Road, Triathlon, Cyclocross, Mountain Bike, and Hybrid bicycles as well as all of the latest accessories and components.



– Two floors of Specialized bikes and accessories! –

– How can you not fall in love with bikes when you’ve got set ups like this? –

– At the Specialized store opening with my Unilab Active Health teammates Drew Arellano and Javy Olives and Team Fitness First’s Ton Gaitmaitan –

The new store also features a dedicated Service Area, and an exclusive studio for its Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology (FIT). Lead by Dr. Andy Pruitt, the Director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, Body Geometry FIT is the state-of-the-art and scientifically proven method of fitting the bicycle to the rider based on his personal strengths and limiters such as Range of Motion, possible Leg Length Discrepancies (LLD), and riding style, among others.

Body Geometry FIT has been used with great success to help professional athletes like Alberto Contador, Sylvain Chavanel, the Specialized-Lululemon women’s cycling team, and countless amateur athletes and recreational riders who have wanted to enjoy their bikes to the utmost. I’m going for my Body Geometry FIT this coming Thursday and you’ll read more about it here!

– my coach, Andy Leuterio, does the Body Geometry FIT for Specialized –

“We hope that with the opening of this store, all our customers will better appreciate what it means to ride the premier bike brand in the world.”, says ATHLEEMA president Joey Ramirez.

– with triathlete and Specialized distributor, Joey Ramirez –

– with friends Anthony and Maricel Pangilinan and Maiqui Dayrit –

– Fantastic and friendly service team –

Customers who wish to avail of the Body Geometry FIT method can call 0919-8603241 for a reservation.

Units 14 and 15 La Fuerza Plaza 1
2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati

Bull’s Eye: Proform Le Tour De France and Nordic Track T25.0

Monday, 12 November 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

This Bull’s Eye spotted these two machines at Fitness & Athletics in Bonifacio High Street (beside Riovana) and pretty much left the store praying I’d win the lotto so I could take the two home.


It’s no wonder that these flew off the shelves at Ironman 70.3 Cebu Expo. For the serious, competitive cyclist, this is a dream come true.

– On the Proform Le Tour de France with Arleen Lindo of Chris Sports –



The Proform Le Tour de France is named such because it allows you to train through the exact route of the Tour de France right in your own home. Choose among the 24 pre-mapped programs (or any route in the world using Google maps), hop on the bike, and the bike will essentially take you through the undulating ascents and descents (yes, it can go on a decline) of the course. All you have to think about is surviving the workout.

It can also connect to Google Maps allowing you to bike through any street all over the globe. It has a power meter and gears, too.

Regular Price: P87,495
Sale Price: P69,995

– Your gears –

– Choose what Stage of Tour de France you want to ride… –

– Or choose a route anywhere in the world on Google Maps –



This treadmill just blew me away. I’m not a big fan of treaders because I really prefer to run on the road, but, I must admit, this machine can easily change that for me.

– I want! –

The NordicTrack T25.0 has full internet connectivity so it can connect to Google Maps. Do you want to run through the New York City Marathon route? Or Kona? Or Paris?  Just choose a route from anywhere in the world on the 10-inch touchscreen and the NordicTrack will climb or descend (yes, it can go downhill too!) as if you were running on the road itself.


– That’s a sample run through Hawaii roads on the 10-inch screen –

– Left buttons actually allow you to put the treader on a decline too! –

With full web-browsing capabilities on an Android system, you can connect to Facebook or Twitter while running. (Hey, that’s a good thing for all you social media runners out there.)

Regular Price: P176,995
Sale Price: 145,795

Both items are on sale at Fitness & Atheltics in Bonifacio High Street. 0% installment is available for some credit cards.

For inquiries, call Fitness & Athletics 519-1750 or visit their website.

Fitness & Athletics address:

  • Active Fun Bdg. (beside Riovana), corner 9th and 28th Sts, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 519-175
  • Active Zone, 2/L Ayala Cebu, (032) 520-3644

[BULL’S EYE is a section of TBR where I share products or services I spot and instantly want to share with all of you]

Garmin, You Know my PRs?!

Saturday, 10 November 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

I don’t exactly know when Garmin made additions to their Dashboard (so forgive me if I’m a little late to the party), but may I say I’m loving it!

I rarely ever visit the Garmin Connect Center to upload all my data from my watches.  I use a Garmin Forerunner 910XT for running and triathlon, while I’ve got a Garmin Forerunner 310XT attached to my Specialized Shiv.  Um, yes, I’m a gadget freak, but I’m not very technical nor analytical when it comes to my running data.  Sure I monitor my pace, time, and distance during each workout, but I don’t like poring over the numbers, determining how I can improve next race, or noting my PRs (this blog keeps track of it for me.)  I have this inane fear that if I did, I’d suddenly get freakishly obsessed with numbers more than the pleasure of running itself.

Anyway, back to the Garmin Connect Center.  I was bored to death today, so I decided to finally upload the ton of data on my Garmin Forerunner 910XT.  I visited the new Dashboard to find this: a window of your Personal Records!  (Now we don’t have to even track it ourselves anymore!  How cool is this?)


First I was ecstatic to see my times.  Then, upon seeing the dates, I realized I slowed down immensely this year.  (What?! No PR for 2012?!)  Well, it wasn’t a year where I focused on speed as I got my feet wet with triathlon and managed my Morton’s Neuroma.  But, I tell you, this motivated me to rediscover that speed again.  Thanks for the help, Garmin!

Exclusive Sale for TBR Dream Team Runners

Friday, 9 November 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets, News + Promos

We are happy to announce an exclusive sale from Chris Sports for registered participants of TBR Dream Team Run!




  • Buy 1 pair, take 40% Off the price
  • Buy 2 pairs or more, take 50% Off the price


  • 20% Discount on all collections


  • 20% Discount
  • This special sale may be redeemed only by registered participants of TBR Dream Team Run.
  • Runners may redeem the sale by presenting the following to store staff:
  1. The flyer above
  2. Race bib for TBR Dream Team Run
  • Chris Sports staff will stamp the back of the race bib upon availment of the sale items.
  • Sale can only be availed of once per runner.
  • Sale is non-transferable.
SALE PERIOD: Valid From November 9 to 17, 2012.
On race day, November 17, 2011 at NUVALI, Chris Sports will have a booth for this exclusive sale.  The sale will be open to TBR Dream Marathon Alumni, TBR Dream Team Run Participants, and their guests.


The Great Phiten Sale

Tuesday, 6 November 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

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The Great PHITEN Sale is on with guaranteed minimum of 50% OFF on ALL items in ALL PHITEN SHOPS.
This promo is valid until November 30, 2012. For more information, like or visit

· Shangri-La Plaza Mall
· SM Mall of Asia
· SM Center Pasig
· Robinsons Manila
· The Podium
· SM Masinag
· Robinsons Magnolia
· Phiten Shop Kalayaan Ave.
· Robinsons Galleria
· Ayala Center Cebu
· SM Megamall
· SM The Block
· TriNoma Mall
· SM Taytay

Phiten is a Japanese brand that aims to help maintain the body’s natural state on balance. Its benefits are:
1. Improves blood circulation
2. Prevents fatigue and injury by relaxing the muscles
3. Enhance physical abilities like muscle strength and flexibility

I’m a huge fan of the Phiten discs!  I hope they’re on sale too!