PHI men's volleyball team members stay fit through cycling
Mark Escarlote on Jul 06, 2020 04:43 PM
(Photos courtesy of Bryan Bagunas)
National men’s volleyball team members are riding the new craze to stay fit while leagues and activities of the sport are still banned because of the health crisis.
Team captain John Vic De Guzman, Bryan Bagunas and Jau Umandal as well as other members of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medal-winning squad are hitting the road with their newfound love for cycling.
“Ginagawa ko na siyang alternative sa endurance training ko. Cross-training ko na rin siya. Para maiba lang kaysa sa palaging takbo lang,” Bagunas told ABS-CBN Sports.
Last Thursday, the trio in their first time together since the lockdown pedaled for around 40 kilometers from CCP complex to MOA, around Okada and back.
“‘Yung dalawa matagal na rin silang nagba-bike. Tapos na nag-chat ako kay Bry na baka makakuha na ako ng bike. Tapos ayun natauloy din kami,” said De Guzman, who for months stayed in Isabela with his good buddy Ricci Rivero with Luzon put under an enhanced community quarantine because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Iba yung papawis kasi kahit papaano nagi-enjoy ka,” he added. “Kahit papaano nakaka-bonding mo rin sila.”
Learning about each other’s interest in biking through their social media posts, Bagunas and Umandal, who rides a road bike, were actually the ones who planned their meeting.
“Nakita ko siyang nag-post ng picture na nagba-bike tapos nakita rin niya ako na nag-post hanggang sa magkayayaan na,” shared Bagunas, who owns a mountain bike. “Itong si John Vic naman nasa Isabela pa kasi siya nung last week pero nagtsa-chat na siya na sama raw siya pag nakabalik na siya. Nagka-schedule na magkasama-sama.”
Last Saturday, the trio joined other former national team members including coaches Emil Lontoc, Jerry Yee, Kungfu Reyes, Yani Fernandez and Ottie Camangian in a get-together bike run which kicked off in Las Pinas.
Meanwhile, libero Ricky Marcos is hitting two birds with one on his bike.
The Bulldogs standout is not only using his bike to stay fit, it also serves as his delivery ride for his online business. Marcos himself delivers samgyupsal to his customers on his bike.
Marcos is one of the first national athletes to avail of the free bicycles given by the Philippine Olympic Committee through the initiative of its President Cong. Bambol Tolentino. Rhea Dimaculangan of the women’s volleyball team is also a first batch recipient of POC’s free bikes.
Bagunas said that other national team members are actually looking to join them in their cycling runs.
“Pati ‘yung iba may plano nang bumili ng bike. Sigurado sa susunod ‘yung iba mapapasama na,” he said. “‘Yung iba nagsa-cycling na rin sila pero di pa namin nakakasama pa.”
With their usual training activities still prohibited, volleyball athletes are finding ways to stay in shape and remain in tip-top condition.
“Mahirap na rin magpabaya eh,” said Bagunas. “Kasi siyempre baka biglang magkalaro na nga. Siyempre buhay na natin 'yang volleyball.”
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