Key takeaways: - Motivation is essential for starting an Ironman training. - How fast you finish an Ironman race is not important; just have fun! - If a 77-year-old grandma can do it, then you can do it. Yes, you can, if I can! Ironman 70.3 is getting more popular due to its challenging distance … Continue reading How to train yourself to finish an Ironman 70.3 (Part I: Can I do it?)
(Pic: heading to the water for a triathlon club race; what a family event!) Key points to take away: - your personal (social) network gives you a strong meaning of life, - social network strengthens your bond to the society and makes you happier as a human, - you are five times more likely to … Continue reading What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part III- Creating a strong social bonding)
(Pic: It took me almost a year to finish the big fat Triathlon Science book over many many many evenings. The triathlon book (in Mandarin) inspired me to do triathlon!) Keys points to take away: - Navigating your life without a clear destination is just 'drifting'; won't get you anywhere good. - Do something in … Continue reading What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part II- How do you define your life?)
I did my first Ironman 70.3 (ironman.com) in my life on 26 November 2017. I swam 1.9km, rode 90km and then ran a half marathon 21km. I finished the race in 6 hrs, 24 mins and 59 seconds. My result was not super great, but I am proud of it; very proud of it! I … Continue reading What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part I- You are not alone)
I was finishing my Bachelor's degree and I was considering to do a Master's degree when I was 22. There were two options to do a Master's degree at my uni at that time: one was a 'free ride', if my undergrad overall academic ranking was within top 5% band of the graduation class; the … Continue reading What’s the difference between 74.9 and 75.1?
(I got my 6km swim badge in February 2017. I just received my winter swim badge last week for swimming at least 20 times during the winter season.) I never thought I could swim 6km in the ocean. Can you? I'm fond of sports and I like swimming, but I never tried long-distance swimming until … Continue reading Challenge yourself- Part II- Can you swim 6km?
(A bike is good only when you use it for a good reason.) A few quick answers: 1. Keep your brain happy: when you face a challenge, then you will use your brain. The more you use it, the ‘happier’ your brain becomes. 2. ‘Doping’ for your brain: after a physical challenge, your brain will … Continue reading Challenge yourself- Part I- Why should I challenge myself?