I had a pretty good race in Subic despite encountering some rough patches on the day. I had a bit of bad luck on the bike after a few rough sections past the u-turn point - my front bottle cage came loose and I dropped my bottle! I had actually just skipped grabbing a bottle at an aid station, as I thought I still had a full one left, and didn't want to carry any more 'extra weight.' You can trust that I was mentally kicking myself for riding at km 50 with zero bottles and no idea where the next aid station would be.
After about 25 minutes of riding without hydration, I was starting to panic. Filipino elites Joseph Miller and John Philip Duenas passed me at that point, and out of desperation I accelerated and rode up to John and begged a bottle off him (he had three). He handed me a bottle filled about a quarter full with water. I was disappointed, but beggars can't be choosers. Towards the end of the course there were two more aid stations, but both handed small water bottles (no squeezy type bike bottles). I was already feeling hungry and my eyelids were starting to droop at this point, but I just told myself to try and keep Joseph in sight, and I'd get to T2 where there would be gels and sports drinks. Normally I eat four GU gels for 90-km, but on some days, in some conditions, I guess you just need to eat more.
Note to self: Carrying an extra gel won't hurt, and skipping hydration stations on hot days is a big NO-NO.