Daily Archives: August 4, 2010

Cleans (3 August 2010)

Last night’s weight training session was fun! Since it’s unloading week, I did only 2 sets instead of the usual three.

I warmed up on the stationary bike, just to break the monotony of running on the treadmill. After the mandatory core work, I primed myself for cleans. I added 10 more kilos. For the first time in three months, I’m lifting 60kg in the cleans – quite humble, mind you, but it’s a personal milestone nonetheless!

Instead of doing a measly 5 reps back in April, prior to my hamstring injury. I was able to do 9 reps of 2 sets each. I felt so pump up after the lift! How I love doing Olympic lifts. I must stay on target and keep focused, in order to beat my best lifts two years ago.

To make my Han Solo workouts more interesting, I dabbled in complex workouts, where resisted lifts are paired with plyometric (or sports-specific) exercises.

Gym workout:


Cleans (2×9)

Bench press + tuck jumps (2×8)

Split squats + pull-ups + leg lifts (2×10)

Lateral raises + bicep curl + triceps curl + scissors jump (3×10) – vanity workout yeah!

Ab circuit (2×15)

Summer Getaway: Nagsasa Cove (June 2010)

Last summer, the D-boys went to Zambales for a much needed beach getaway. We met up at the McDonald’s in front of Trinoma by around 6am and left thirty minutes later. The three-car convoy traversed the entire length of the North Luzon Expressway, the newly-constructed Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex) and the Subic-Tipo Expressway – a total of three tollways for a single trip up north!

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New Balance SDS606

Ever since I started track, I’ve owned only three brands of spikes – Adidas, Asics and Mizuno. Of those pairs, I enjoyed using the Adidas Demolishers and the Asics Japan Lite-ning the most. About a month into my comeback, I felt the need to replace the Demolishers (the Lite-ning is still for competition since I kept it spiffy clean during my 2-year lay-off)

The events that led to my newest pair, a New Balance SDS606, was fortuitous at best . At that time, I was thinking of asking my friends on vacation in the U.S. to sneak in a pair on their way home. But then again, I would have had to shell out a hefty amount (around Php 4,000 to Php 6,000) for a decent, rigid spikes shoes. In light of my precarious finances, I can hardly afford that amount.

On one foray to the shoe stores in Glorietta, I stumbled upon the SDS 606.  I almost laughed out loud at my luck. In this basketball-mad country, one is hard-pressed to find track & field spikes – much less those of the high-end, rigid spikes I prefer. I got the pair for Php 2,700 – a good bargain.

I have no complaints about New Balance track spikes. The design is suitably sleek; the monochromatic color scheme perfect in matching with the Adidas Techfit tights, Nike tights and black socks I normally use. At 6.6 oz. the SDS 606 is quite lighter than the Demolishers (but not as lightweight as the 4.5 oz. Lite-ning 1!). It provides comparable foot support as the Lite-nings, but lacks in comparison to the aggressive outlines of the Demolishers.

Aside from some negligible brand-name issues, I’m a satisfied New Balance customer.

Although I still prefer my Asics Lite-nings to the SDS 606, I couldn’t afford to wear out the former until I acquire a classier pair from abroad (if I decide to continue competing).

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10-for-10: Leryn Franco talks about London 2012, competing and Yoann Gourcoff!

Leryn Franco answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

The two-time Olympian, professional model and beauty queen takes time off her busy schedule to answer the 10-for-10 feature!

1. How did you get started with track?

I’ve always loved sports, so I started at school with my friends!!just for fun!!

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

This sport had given me so many memorable moments. When I set the record of Paraguay, the Olympic Games, even when I get hurt, you always remember the good and bad things… it’s the life we choose and I love it!!

3. What’s your life-long dream?

Now, LONDON!!! of course! but as a person and as a woman, I’m like everybody else, I want a happy family, I think right now I can not complain of what I have, I’m just living the moment, that’s a good advice!! =)

Be a fan of Leryn Franco

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Difficult question for a woman!! what was you thinking about?? Hahaha it depends!!

hurdler49: I was thinking more from a performance perspective!

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Hmmm.. Sorry Joboy, I don’t [watch]  Glee!! =(

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Hmmm difficult one!!! Hey you watch too much TV!!! Hahaha

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

You are killing me Joboy!!!

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?


9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

REALLY??? HAHAH things, no persons!!!

  • My cellphone
  • My car
  • Internet

10. Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

Yoann Gourcoff!! hahahaha =)

Now I’m smitten since she said my name quite a few times! Yoann Gourcoff, you’re one lucky guy.

Thank you for answering, Leryn!

Article by Joboy Quintos

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