IAN How was impressed with PBA players Jio Jalalon and Aldrech Ramos when the two joined them in a long ride, which was featured in How’s cycling vlog.
Jalalon and Ramos were recently part of a ride with How and his group to Dona Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan, one of the toughest rides for recreational cyclists because of its climbs.
During their ride, How, Jalalon, Ramos and their group endured conditions such as rough roads, difficult terrains, and even the weather, but the two former Magnolia teammates appeared to have enjoyed their trip outdoors.
While Ramos has already taken up cycling since last year, Jalalon only entered the hobby three weeks before their ride to the Bulacan town that is also called as DRT.
“Actually, nagulat ako sa kanilang dalawa lalo kay Jio,” said How during a recent SPIN Sidelines episode. “Tinanong ko kay Jio, three weeks pa lang siya nagsa-cycling. Nagulat ako.”
“Kapag atleta talaga, iba ang training eh. Nung sinabi ni Jio na three weeks pa lang siya nagbike tapos nakasabay ko siya umahon, nagulat ako ang bilis at ang lakas,” How said.
Even Ramos made the climbs look easy.
“Si Aldrech, pareho silang malakas umahon. Kumbaga sa mga newbie, dati hindi ako naniniwala na may newbie na mamaw. Sila ‘yung mga newbie na malalakas na talaga,” he added.
How said Jalalon is a proof that athletes are far better compared to seasoned cyclists like How, regardless of what sport they take like cycling.
“Habang nagpapalakas ako sa cycling, marami akong nakasamang mga atleta talaga. Nakita ko kung gaano sila kalakas, ‘yung power nila. Iba ‘yung strength nila. Kaya ang taas ng tingin ko sa mga atletang cyclist.
Even though he has been into long rides, How said he never thought about entering into races precisely because athletes have a different kind of training.
“Hindi ko kaya ‘yung ganung klaseng cycling. Okay na ako sa sight-seeing, nature-seeing, kuwento-kuwento,” said How.
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