I decided to make a turn in my life. I moved to Penang from Kuala Lumpur in 2005. I got fitter from then onward by making time to exercise.
Why I did it? I just want to live a healthier life. It was that simple goal. And you can do it too by planting a seed of thought, and just do it (take action), little by little. Eventually, you will be happy with the harvest and you will feel AWESOME!
Once I've gotten the hang of the exercise habit (it took about 2 continuous years as the foundation to start, warm and work the engine into a habit), basically, I feel more positive, determined and stronger. Okay, the muscles are still 'tikus', but what I really mean is, gaining better immune system. The next thing is, what's next?
So after 2 years spending in the gym, in the next 5 years, I did a couple more exercises ranging from belly dancing to Zumba, gym, yoga and running. The motto was, learn to do more if it is not new.
On the 8th year, I trained for Asia's first biggest obstacle challenge, Viper Challenge--run 21k with 20 obstacles in between. I felt sweat and chills all over me, regret for signing up. The thing I learnt is, once you throw yourself into a challenge, it forces you to do it. So, kind of good thing. Just sign up, but by knowing you have ample time for some training. Slap yourself if you buta-buta sign up for some killer challenge without proper training. That would be like sending yourself to the hospital. Okay, don't!
This challenge got me more serious into running (I hate running in the first place because I hate the jiggling! You know what I mean). I participated more marathons thereafter, internationally and locally. The ulterior motivator? There has to be something you love about to get you going - I've got to love the brand, the cool design dry-fit shirt giveaway, free goodies, and/or the company of great friends (or, just meet new friends who have the same passion!)
After 2 years being actively running, hmm... what else to kick my adrenalin and challenge my body to stay fit? The time I need to get out of my comfort zone seems to punch in faster than before!
Last year, I started doing HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training...P90X and Insanity. Yup, insane! Sweat like shit!
This year is my 10th year now--regular exercise is important and it makes a big difference to my daily life (it is especially true as your age increases). Not a freak, but just trying to keep it different and fun. Running 42k is not something I yearn to complete yet because I don't feel there is a need to compromise my sleep when I should be sleeping at 12am.
This year, I hesitated about registering for an event at first, but I did it--Penang Urban Thriathlon 2015. Wooo ... the word TRIATHLON attracted me. It's tough but super cool to be associated with that.
If you can't be a full triathlete, go for a mini one. So, I signed up for an Aquathlon category. What the heck is that?
Swim 800m and then run 5k. It is for people like me who do not own a bicycle. Gawd, I haven't swim in ... many years! I think 8-9 years or so.
First swimming training. My friend said I have muscles?
I suppose that's my deltoid muscles from planking, weights and yoga.
A compliment that I would never get 10 years back.
That's the thing about signing up for a challenge. Training! It keeps me motivated and I persevere for it. It doesn't matter if you beat the world's record or not (me...obviously not). It is the challenge that keeps me goal oriented, focused and when I finished the line, I feel super duper good because I did it. And that is all that matters, "I did it". Another milestone recorded in our history timeline and when we look back, indeed these are valuable good memories. Heck, we should be doing this and hey, do it as much and as long when we can! Everyone can! Ganbateh (in Japanese) and Hoi Thi (in Korean)!
800m-swim training record from the first training on April 2, 2015.
Still have lots of improvements to do before May 10, 2015!