“At the core of all human behavior, our needs are more or less similar. Positive experience is easy to handle. It’s negative experience that we all, by definition, struggle with. Therefore, what we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire but by what bad feelings we’re willing and able to sustain to get us to those good feelings.
Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. Our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.”
— Mark Manson
Progress for Week 12 was more on mental strengthening, mental clarity and making a few life important decisions than physical training as last week was a mentally-draining week for some reasons. And it feels like I still have a mild but stubborn cold especially over the weekend. Perhaps not being able to sleep till past 1am for some days delayed the full recovery. Nose’s been a bit runny 😦 On the bright side, I’m doing so much better than last year when I had flu and cold together. 🙂
Been listening to the inspirational people at work and outside work (in the neighborhood and an event that I attended) and listening to some uplifting songs (a.k.a much needed music therapy) for the whole week, I realized there’s so much more to life then feeling life in a certain way. Just like the song, I gotta keep on movin’, keep on tryin’ and keep on livin’, right? Taking a look around, it really is not that bad. It really is ok as I’m surrounded by beautiful people with beautiful and kind hearts. As everything is temporary, feelings and emotions come and go. Everyday is a new day indeed.
Read a blog post “What it takes to become a professional triathlete“, written by Angela Naeth – a world-ranked Professional Triathlete and current North American Ironman Champion. Although my goal is not to become a pro triathlete, I like the mindset she’s encouraging one to develop – “Am I willing to find fear, and run toward it?” Right now, biking with clipped-on bike shoes is my fear and I need to drive right into it. Also I’d need to attend bike mechanics workshop of some sort to understand how bikes (tri-bike, road bike) work.
Another important aspect Angela points out as what it ultimately takes to succeed is sacrifice. Speaking of which, I happened to read another article last week, called “The most important question of your life” by Mark Manson – a NY time best-selling author of the book named The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. And apparently, the article is an excerpt from that book.
What pain do you want in your life?
What are you willing to struggle for?
What pain do you want to sustain?
How do you choose to suffer?
Deep stuff. Right now, training for IM is a struggle in itself – physical, mental, time-constraint and budget-constraint. In terms of suffering, most recent is swimming. For example, last week as I was turning at a deep end, I kicked the wall but the direction was downward, so it took a while to get back to the surface. By the time I opened my mouth, it’s still all water. And yes, I did take in a mouthful of clorine water and drank all in. Yikes! Felt like puking but kept on swimming cos I didn’t know what else to do. Brain wasn’t thinking about turning back to the deep end wall – no return and just charged towards the shallow end. Uncomfortable struggle indeed. 😦
Week 13 goals – Sleep/Rest well. Check out and swim at a 50m pool. Get back into doing a weekly 14km outdoor run. Bike 80km minimum in total.
May I conquer my fears.
May all beings conquer their fears.
May I excel and thrive.
May all beings excel and thrive.