A monster in your brain

A monster in your brain

I met a girl in December 2018 mid-way on her journey to cycle from Brisbane to Sydney (about 1,000kms). A very tough journey for her and I was pretty sure she had been fighting her monster in her brain along the Pacific Highway to Sydney! Key takeaways: Negative talks to yourself is a default function [...]

Seek support and enjoy a better life

Seek support and enjoy a better life

Lonely Ironmen in a hot and long distance cycle training (I was the one who took the shot). You have my respect, fellow Ironmen! Key takeaways: Humans are not resilient in nature;Most people would choose to stay in the 'comfort' zone; that's nature;When grit is needed, your best chance of success is to seek support;With [...]

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part IV- Grit!)

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part IV- Grit!)

(Pic: A good book or two on a long-haul Sydney-Huston flight was a great idea.) Key takeaways: - Grit is essential to Ironman training and race. - Grit plays an essential role in the success of your life and career. - The best gift from an Ironman race! Dr. Angela Duckworth wrote a NY Times's [...]

How to train yourself to finish an Ironman 70.3 (Part I: Can I do it?)

How to train yourself to finish an Ironman 70.3 (Part I: Can I do it?)

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 [...]

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part III- Creating a strong social bonding)

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part III- Creating a strong social bonding)

(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 [...]

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part II- How do you define your life?)

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part II- How do you define your life?)

(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 [...]

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part I- You are not alone)

What did I learn from an Ironman race? (Part I- You are not alone)

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 [...]

Time to reflect before 2017 finishes

  It's Christmas Eve today while I'm writing this blog. Kids are busy with Mom making biscuts for Santa and his crew to eat when they deliver kids' presents tonight. I'm sitting in the lounge with a beer reflecting what I've achieved in 2017. Life couldn't be any better than this. ^_^ In short, I'm [...]