A perfect storm

I haven’t been doing a lot of writing or riding lately.

There’s the nine days of torrential rain, with almost no let-up, dumped by three consecutive tropical storms as they queued up to make the Philippines their toilet bowl. There are the additional demands from my day job (yes, I do have one), as I get out of my comfort zone and try my jittery hand on things I haven’t quite done before. Most damning of all was the lack of online connectivity at home while the rains flooded Metro Manila.

Times like these are a good chance to sit back and think on what lies ahead…as you slave away on the turbo trainer. Hahaha!

Sean Ilaguison, Rowell Lopez, Adam Pontinoza, yours truly, and Nelson Malabanan at the end of the December 2015 Subic-Masinloc-Subic 200 km audax.

I plan on redoing the Subic-Masinloc-Subic 200 km audax before 2018 ends. My 2015 attempt was more of a happy accident (hence the name of this blog), where I basically went into it alone and met friends along the way. I had been planning on a repeat for a while but things have always gotten in the way. This time, I have teammates from VPx who are planning the same thing. Yeah yeah, maybe the Subic-Masinloc-Subic 200 km audax isn’t such a big deal, as the course is relatively flat (compared to the hilly, knee-breaking, lung-busting Audax Rizal 200 km brevet), and many have completed it, but it’s still something I want to do while I can. I have a feeling I won’t fare too well with audax distances longer than 300 km anyway.

With Bino and Hyro getting the lion’s share of my attention the past few years, I’ve neglected other things a little too long. While I can still do product reviews and technical articles on bike parts, my resources won’t be going into them for a while as I get other things fixed. I might be able to sneak in reviews of consumables and wear parts, but nothing else major. That custom 700C wheelset I was eyeing to have built will have to wait a little longer.

Lastly there’s the saddle time. My present circumstances have cut into my total riding time, and I’m spending more and more of it indoors. I still try to get my outdoor riding time when I can, and you can bet I will share more stories from my saddle in the future.

Until then, though, stay safe everyone.

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