Hey there! It’s been a while.
I guess the last time I updated this blog was a little over a year ago. Too bad, I got caught up with so many things that had me focus on other stuff.
Well, as the old adage says, “It’s never too late to begin again”. If I may tweak that, it’s never too late to get back to the game.
I’m back for good!
As I was transitioning to the next stage of my fitness journey, I got to uncover more lessons.
That brought back the fire in me to continue documenting everything.
It’s as if a wake up call for me to continue doing what I do.
This blog serves as my journal. Whatever is written here documents my life’s journey, fitness in particular.
You see, running has always been one of my passions. Last year, I ran 3 full marathons (42 kilometers). That doesn’t include the other races I signed up in. 2015 was my most active year in terms of running.
Athletes would agree with me that once you reach a certain level of success in your fitness journey, the mindset is always to go one notch higher. I believe it also applies in life.
And so the birth of my TRIATHLON journey.
It was never easy but I had to start somewhere. Similar to how I started when I decided to make running as part of my lifestyle, I had to do the difficult first.
Triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of 3 continuous disciplines. Swim. Bike. Run.
Did I just mention swim??
It was a stretch for me, really. Not to mention that never in my whole life have I learned how to swim. Perhaps I wasn’t just used to testing the waters. Literally.
I still remember when my cousins would tease me every time we would go on outings. That’s because almost all of them know how to swim.
August of 2015 was the start of everything. I had to start to learn the art of swimming from scratch.
God is just so good that He helped me find new friends. They later became my teammates. It’s always an honor being surrounded by like-minded people who are also passionate in bringing their game to the next level. I’m referring to non other than my Team Marquez family.
I was passionate. I was that determined. No matter how hard it would get, I knew I was going to make it. It’s been that way always. I just had to persevere.
True enough, after weeks of hard work it all paid off. Later on, I began to love it.
It was one of the best feelings when I finished my first triathlon. That was November of last year. 600m swim in the Olympic Size Pool. 1-loop, 20k bike . 5km run.
Just 3 weeks ago, I also finished my first open water triathlon. 2-kilometer open water swim. 60-km bike. 15-km run (more on this in my next blog post).
Was it hard? Yes! But it was all worth it.
What Triathlon taught me
I don’t know about you, but as I was pondering about it, I realized that my triathlon journey is somewhat the same with how we live up our lives.
Are there goals in your life you’ve been wanting to accomplish? Have you been thinking of how to get that desired result you’ve been wanting to achieve?
Sometimes things get so overwhelming that we tend to settle for less. We choose to do the comfortable. And we procrastinate. And suddenly we have so many excuses.
Life comes in different stages. As cliche as it may seem, but in order for us to transition to the next stage of our lives, all that it takes is for us to get out of our comfort zone. If we are serious to get to where we want to be, we need to be willing to do the hard work, really.
Along the way we get to encounter challenges. We get to face obstacles.
We all desire success. But at the end of the day, the question will have to be, are you willing to do the extra push? Are you willing to do the difficult?
I’m not in the position to tell you what to do. At the end of the end of the day, it would just be about you and your decision. If I may suggest, you may want to take it one step at a time. There’s no better time than now. You just have to start somewhere.
Yes, it may take longer than expected. It may feel uncomfortable at first. It may require you to do the difficult. You may be pushed to your limit. But you know what? It’s all going to be worth it in the end.
See you at the finish line!