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On October 2nd 2016, a hot autumn day in Taitung, southeastern Taiwan, I completed my 10th triathlon. It was also my 10-year triathlon anniversary , so it really meant something to me. I trained hard for three months to try to get a better ranking. However, the outcome was not satisfactory because I didn’t make it to the podium for only 8 seconds behind the leading contestant of my age group. Finally I finished in 7th place of M45 but I felt happy that my wife and my sons were all there supporting me as usual. It was an unforgettable memory and I was so proud of myself, just like 10 years ago when I finished my first TRI.
When you see the topic, some of you might think: Oh come on! Everybody knows it. Never give up. It’s a cliché. Yes, it is. But how many people can persist in their goals and dreams? Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve. It really makes you feel discouraged.
From my experience, there are some tips I‘d like to share with you. I hope you will find it before you give up.
1. Stay Alive.
The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. I once thought about committing suicide when I got depression in my early 20s. Fortunately I didn’t do it. As long as you are alive and healthy, you have the choice to keep trying.
2. Be Realistic
The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Michael Jordan is arguably the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his success to all his failure. He just never gave up when he knew he had missed over 300 shots and had missed the winning shot of the game many times.
3. Lower Your Expectations
The secret of happiness may be to not expect too much from life.
For if you start off with low expectations you could end up pleasantly surprised, according to a scientific study into human happiness. British scientists found that day-to-day well-being does that reflect how well things are going, but whether things are going better than expected.
4. Write out goals in detail
The act of simply writing down goals sets the process in motion and provokes emotion, which is an essential key to activating a new belief system—so you need to be very specific. Instead of writing, “A new home,” write, “I am enjoying a 5,000-sq ft home on three acres of lakefront property with vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, three baths and a private boat dock.” The more detailed information you include the more you can associate yourself into the probability of the outcome.
5. A balanced lifestyle
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. To live a balanced life , My suggestion is: Physically, you could get sufficient exercise, get sufficient rest, eat healthier, pick a hobby that you enjoy. Mentally, you could plan out your day and set goals, find out and develop your talents, keep a diary, and read. Spiritually, you could pray, meditate, or seek religious belief.
Never give up is not only a slogan but also an action. When you are stuck in a dip, you have to stay calm and keep moving. Believe in yourself, and think positively that you will survive and succeed. Now let’s stand up and say to yourself as loud as you can, “Never Give Up! Never Give Up!”
Triathlon? All you do is swim, bike and run?
Did you make a bet with a buddy that you could do a triathlon?
Are you looking for personal challenge?
All you ever do is work out, don’t you have a life?
Are you having a mid-life crisis?
When it comes to triathlon, you might hear some of those common questions.
A standard triathlon consists of three disciplines: a swim, bike and run in that order, with quick transitions for equipment changes between each leg. Typically, the swim leg is done in open water such as a lake or protected part of a ocean. The bike and run legs are done on the road, but there can be variations. Maybe I will talk about it in the future speeches.
Back to 10 years ago, when I walked upstairs in MRT station I suddenly felt I could barely breathe. That warned me there is something wrong with my health condition. Afterwards, I started swimming and went to the gym regularly. As to my first triathlon, I really don’t know what specifically sparked the idea. One day I just searched the web for something challenging and a triathlon game popped up. Then I signed up for it on the last day of registration and I didn’t even have a bike yet, not to mention ride 40 kilometers.
As the proverb goes, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”. I registered. There is no way out now. Short of injury or world disaster, it was going to happen. Less than two months later, I would become a triathlete.
One coworker lent me a road bike, so I could start my bike training. But I hate running, especially in the summer. To complete a triathlon, I cannot but start to run. With race day approaching fast, I was convinced that I couldn’t possible complete this event. One day before the race, I drove to Taitung City with my parents, my wife, my son and my coworker’s bike. My son was only 8 months old. I was happy they came with me. Because of their encouragement, my fears dissipated, and I once again became excited over the challenge in front of me. I was so excited that I had a tossing and turning night.
Finally, the race day was coming. I woke up in the early morning before sunrise. When we arrived at the venue under Chunghwa Bridge, it was crowded with people. After setting up my transition area, I did some warm up and stretch. When the start horn sounded, we jumped into the water by age group one after another with 3 minutes gap. It was quite chaotic in the beginning. I got some hit by participants’ strokes and kicks. But a couple of minutes into swim, I started to enjoy the view under the clear water. Then I realized that I swam to the edge of the lake. So I tried breaststroke to back to the course and kept doing it till the end of swim course.
The first transition went smoothly. But the ride was a blast. There were rolling hills and flats. After reaching the turn-around, the wind direction changed, and I needed to ride against the wind. I pedaled so hard that I got cramp in my legs. As I hobbled into the second transition, my legs did feel like bricks. Actually, they felt like bricks throughout the entire run. Here was the true challenge of the race for me. I never got my legs back. I struggled with the whole 10 kilometers. Just when I would feel like I couldn’t take another step, somehow, the scene of my family waiting at the finish line urged me on.
When I crossed the finish line I was almost sobbing. 3 hours 35 minutes and 20 seconds. Hardly an impressive time by any standard, but I finished before the time limit(3 hours and 40 minutes).
In all, the whole experience was excellent, and I couldn’t be happier with how it went. From training to preparation to running the race, it was fun, interesting, challenging and exhausting. And this time I didn’t give up.
Cicadas were chirping on the trees and music sound was echoing around the classroom.
It was a typical day of high school life on Saturday morning when I felt a severe pain in my right chest. It was so painful that I couldn’t stand it anymore. I asked for a leave. When I came home, my mom tried to persuade me that it is a necessary process of growing up. She told me don’t worry just have some sleep. The next morning when I woke up I still feel painful. My mom took me to the nearby clinic to take an X-ray. After doctor checked the photo, he told me that my right lung collapses and need to go to the hospital emergency immediately. As soon as we got in a taxi, I was thinking maybe I am going to die.
In the emergency room, I was diagnosed as Spontaneous Pneumothorax. After chest tube drainage was operated, doctor said I have 80 percent chance to recover by myself. Afterwards, I still stayed in the hospital for almost two months. During hospitalization, sisters and brothers from church came to visit me. They prayed for me and sang hymns to praise the Lord for anything I encountered. At that moment, I was a faithful Christian and leader of the youth fellowship. I thought maybe I would be a priest in the future. Day after days, my condition did not get better, even worse, so the Doctor decided to perform lung surgery. Fortunately, the surgery was successful. When the day I was about to leave hospital, doctor reminded me don’t do any high intensity exercise. Soon after coming home, I cannot help but go swimming.
Everything seemed to get back to normal. I graduated from high school and took the College Entrance Exam. Later I got admission to National Taiwan Ocean University, which is not my ideal school. So I didn’t complete my first school year. After that, I got depressed and stayed depressed for over a year, both physically and mentally. For over a year, every single day was a battle with myself. For over a year, every single day was heavy and pointless. I lived like a zombie. I just completely shut down and slept all day to escape reality. Then, church fellows encouraged me to come back and to study in the church to prepare College Entrance Exam again. Later I got admission to Tamkang University night school and majored in Computer Science and Information Engineering. In the daytime, I worked in the church. However, in similar conditions, I didn’t finish my second school year and dropped out of school. Because of lung surgery, I don’t have to fulfill my military service. This time, I decided to go to work.
Until now, you may see I am a man who is easy to give up. Every day I talked to myself I was not supposed to be this kind of person. I prayed the Load to brace me up. I didn’t want to screw everything up again. I felt nobody loved me. I was alone. This was probably the darkest valley of my life. I don’t understand why God treated me like this. Gradually, I kept away from Him and did not go to church anymore.
Perhaps work could be a way to learn new things and keep me busy. I went on business trips to meet different people and travel different countries. A variety of life experiences made me temporarily forget about unpleasant memories. My life seemed to get back on track. Getting married was definitely a milestone for a miserable single man. Having two healthy sons was blessings from above. That means I need to work harder to support my family. As a software system analyst, sometimes I had to stay up late to meet the due date. One day, when I walked upstairs in MRT station, I felt I can barely breathe. I knew there is something wrong with my health condition. And I knew there is something right needed to be done. Since then, I went to gym and exercised regularly.
10 year ago, I finished my first triathlon with pain and joy. How come can pain and joy coexist? Actually, first comes pain, then comes joy. Triathlons are challenging and soon I realized that the feeling of finishing a race is the best feeling in the world. Somehow I was totally hooked by the painful game. Therefore, I joined cycling clubs and triathlon clubs. In order to participate in races at different locations, I almost traveled around Taiwan. 6 years ago, I started to run marathon, which is another suffering sport. With all the preparation I did is just for the IRONMAN, which includes 3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run with a sum total of 226k. But it really takes a lot of time on training, I think I should better not to do it until my youngest son entering into elementary school.
The bible verses from Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” People tend to care what they lost, but they don’t cherish what they have got. In the midst of my life journey, I think I have to take more action and stop complaining. After all, no pains, no gains!
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