Holy Shiv!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

HolyShiv copy

HOLY SHIV! That’s all I could say—well, okay, something that sounded like that—when I saw the new tri bike that Specialized was going to loan me.

My new bike is a Specialized Shiv Comp Rival.  It’s a tri specific model. 10 speed. Fully adjustable cockpit.  And, as if it was made for me, it has an internal hydration bladder!

The Shiv is the same model that Craig Alexander, seen in the ad above, used to win the Ironman World Championship last year.

There’s only around 10 of these in the Philippines.  When I saw it, I was overwhelmed.  I thought: I’m just a newbie. I’m not worthy.

BUT, man, whenever I take a look at this handsome bike, I just drool.  And smile.  And I wanna train all day and ride fast in it (heehee!)  It’s love at first sight, really.

– Me and my new baby…or boyfriend…whatever label is fine with me –

– with Joey Ramirez of Dan’s Bikeshop, distributor of Specialized –

So, here’s the deal with Specialized. The Shiv will be on loan as I train for Ironman 70.3 Cebu. Specialized will set a target time for me. If I reach it, the bike is mine. If I don’t, they will offer it to me at a discount.

It’s not like I needed an incentive to do my best at Ironman 70.3 Cebu. But, ya know, this sure makes the journey a whole lot sweeter!

– Hey shiv, you’re gonna be mine! –

For inquiries on Specialized bikes, please contact:
Dan’s Bike Shop
Phone: 894-5110
Email: maris_delamerced@yahoo.com
Facebook: search for dan’s bike shop or specialized philippines
Website: www.specialized.com

Running Videos: adidas We All Run and Nike Free I Would Run to You

Tuesday, 10 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

Two cool videos on running! Which one do you like more?

adidas WE ALL RUN with David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Derrick Rose and Katy Perry

Nike Free – I Would Run to You

Secondwind Running Store Opens Its 3rd Branch in Greenhills

Wednesday, 4 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

Secondwind Running Store opened its third branch in Greenhills!

Address: Unit 107, G-Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

I just love Secondwind’s new campaign: IT’S ALL YOU. In running (and in life), there’s really no one responsible for your triumph or failure, but yourself. Your coach, teammates, friends and family will be there to support you, but, at the end of the day, it’s all you. That medal around your neck was borne out of your hardwork and perseverance. Conversely, struggling to make it to the finish of a race is also because of your lack of training and preparation. It’s all you!

Or, could they also mean that the store lives and breathes for its customers. It’s all us?! Hey, that works for me too!




Here’s the location map:


Secondwind has two other branches:
Ortigas: 914-0283
QC: 238-4005

Click HERE to visit Secondwind’s website.

R.O.X. and Outdoor Kinetix Now Open in Baguio

Tuesday, 3 April 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

If you’re going up to Baguio this Holy Week, drop by these two brand new stores in the summer capital!


Outdoor Kinetix is a new outdoor lifestyle store which offers products for various sports: running, cycling, swimming, hiking apparel and footwear as well as nutrition (Gu, Hammer Nutrition and soon, PowerBar gels and chews).  For runners, triathletes, cyclists and other outdoor aficionados looking for a store in Baguio where they can get their gear, nutrition and even tips on where to ride, run or workout.




The people behind the store: JT Gonzales – a triathlete, mountain biker, motocross rider and adventure racer.  He lives and breathes the outdoors.  David de Leon – an avid mountain biker and knows the trails of Baguio by heart. Raoul Floresca – marketing executive for a large distribution and retail company by day, sports entrepreneur by night, and triathlete on the weekends. Oh, he’s a TBR Dream alumni too!

Address: Abad Santos Drive, Burnham Park, 2600 Baguio City. Beside the City Library, very close to Kisad Road, where a lot of hotels are located.
Mobile: 09175855350


The biggest outdoor sports and recreation hub in Southeast Asia is now open in Baguio!




Address: Cluster C, Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio!
Phone: (074) 2447593

Nike Footies

Saturday, 24 March 2012  |  Gear + Gadgets

I’m a sucker for running shoes.  And, I’m a sucker for comfy socks.  Who knew that you could have both a shoe and sock in one?

Check out my new Nike Footies that Nike sent over: (thanks guys!)



This clever idea just had the kids and I laughing when I put them on. Nope, I wouldn’t recommend them for running because they’ve got non-slip soles. Use them instead for other activities such as barre3, redcord, pilates, TRX, and more. I’d love to return to my redcord class just to show these off proudly! Hah!