“A mind that is stretched by new experience will never go back to its old dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Focus for Week 29, 30 & 31
- Open water swim practices
I feel more confident in the water and enjoy the waves and swimming to the motion of the ocean like the swimming coach said.
- Incorporate more hills riding
Work in progress
- Fuel better on the bike
Work in progress
- Triathlon Race – Ironman 70.3 completed 🙂 Really proud of myself to be a finisher! (Cos the struggle was real)
Such a humbling experience swimming, biking and running with a lot of fast and experienced triathletes
Silly mistakes made – Sighting while swimming but not seeing sometime. Not eating enough. Trying to switch bottles in bottle-holders while riding, I ended up falling to the ground clumsily in front of the moving car (Thank Lord it was moving slow, it stopped and the driver kindly asked if I was ok)
So much appreciation for all the volunteers providing support tirelessly, race officials checking on the athletes and the local folks cheering on the course – they really made a difference.
Lots of gratitude to my coaches and other triathletes who have be super supportive encouraging and simply amazing.
So thankful of the seen and unseen energy/beings from the universe for such a perfect race weather – not too hot, not too cold.
1) Seeing lots of super bikes with super wheels and aero bars – never seen so many bike version of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes in one place before. This newbie Triathlete was drooling. haha
2) Racing in an open water wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Yes, people grabbed my legs accidentally and their bodies bumped into mine. So did I. But it happened quick in a non-aggressive way and you just focus on your own breathing and rhythm again and swim away.
3) Seeing lots of 40s and 50s years old as well as a few in their 60 and 70 on the course, I got so much respect for them. Had a short interaction with one 62 years old lady on the run course. She’s my inspiration.
4) Passed a lot of people on the run course including two 26 years old men.
- Enjoy the journey and grow as a person and as a triathlete no matter what the race day is like and what the result is.The journey has its ups and downs. I had a dark moment on the bike course and thought about giving up (body tried, butt hurt and stomach empty). Weirdly, I thought about Winston Churchill (like I literally saw his face staring into my eyes) and his well-known line “never never never give up.” Then I decided I should try my best till the end even if I didn’t make it. So I ended up pushing myself. And I made it :)Now that I think back, one of my all-time favorite quotes has been Winston’s.
“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to continue that counts.”
I must keep on going regardless of the results right? Anything is possible.
Ironman (IM) Boulder took place on Sunday June 10 and watching Jackie Faye complete her final IM of 6 various IMs on 6 different continents in 12 hours and 36 minutes inspires me. Congrats to Jackie Faye and other triathletes who completed IMs. It’s really amazing.
Focus for Week 32, 33 & 34
- (Body) Energy Management
- Training Camp #2
So much Gratitude & Love,