With the start of the pandemic, Manila experienced one of the longest lockdowns. At that time, I had a Wahoo Kickr Snap where I mounted my road bike, a Pinarello Paris on Shimano Ultegra Di2. After 2 months, luckily I was able to finally get my OpenUP.RTP w Shimano GRX and a Magene T300 direct-drive bike trainer. Being cooped up and working from home, I was able to convert my previous travel time to the office to more consistent workout schedules. Whereas before I could only do short outdoor weekend rides even w the indoor trainer, my routine progressed from 1, 2 to 3 weekly rides… from 30 minutes, to an hour to 2 hours each ride. I targeted to do 2000 kilometers by yearend but completed that 3 months in advance. I also now weigh 72 kgs (159 lbs).
I have a bad lower back and my lower right nervous system gone awry due to a second bout w shingles a few years ago. I experience constant numbness on my right leg 24×7 and I could easily get leg cramp due to this. But I won’t hold back riding because of these impairments. Hopefully with my newfound endurance, I will be able to do a metric century by my 54th birthday this December.
Bike metrics for power, heart, cadence, and speed are from sensors and are logged via a Wahoo Element Roam bike computer, paired to Strava and Training Peaks.
I am an architect-land planner by profession and am the Design Director for one of the largest real estate developers in Manila.