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  • Let me take you back to an unforgettable scene one afternoon in 2003 and I was a high school junior.

  • There was I standing in front of a 25 meter long fool.

  • Just imagine me wearing Speedos, trance and goggles, and I was trembling in fear, now spreading so hard for help because it was my practical desk pursuits swimming class.

  • The goal was to swim, freestyle across the pool and then back with four students of the time swimming.

  • Asked the rest of the class watches.

  • We all started out with the baseline grade of 100 and for every time stop points will be deducted.

  • And so, with the sound of the instructors whistle, I plunged into the pool and I wa ce on absolute mess.

  • I couldn't count the number of times I stopped.

  • My muscles were all tense, and the pressure just overwhelmed me.

  • I wasn't doing the strokes correctly.

  • All three of my classmates who signed with Brogan and I was left there all alone in the middle of the pool and all I could hear her classmates laughing and jeering and thought thing that my score so they're already reached negative I swear, if searching that insert had her walk of shame, that was my swim of shame.

  • E.

  • I have never felt more defeated in my life.

  • I grew up introverted and reserved.

  • I was not interested or good at sports and the inescapable truth.

  • Waas I wasthe the wimp chicken.

  • But that afternoon I swore to myself, Mark my words, I shall have my grand come back one day, then years later from that fateful day.

  • Sally, no major block twist yet for that wimpy kid.

  • But I got busier with my corporate job back in the Philippines.

  • That's where I came from, and through the years, I guess I stuck to that wind picking brand image given to me.

  • So I shied away from getting into an active Zeit style or getting out of my comfort zone.

  • I shied away from trying out sports, and everything changed when my Siri godmother, right and she was in the form of a friend from Bert, was very persistent in inviting me to join her for a Sunday morning run.

  • I refused several times but finally gave in, and that one Sunday morning began my long term relationship with running.

  • I actually enjoyed them, and I thought to myself, I could actually be good at it.

  • It was a love at first run story.

  • I'm not usually a morning person, but in the succeeding weekends I learned to get up very early in the morning, just a train.

  • And in three months time I got there on my 1st 6 mile race, running the game on addiction from six miles.

  • I progress 30 miles.

  • I invested in running shoes running years, attended trainings and seminars.

  • Just tow, help me improve my form and avoid injuries.

  • And when I thought I was ready for it, I signed up for 26 mile marathon run, and I think I was really crazy at that point.

  • But there I waas, unbelievably crossing the finish line.

  • I was so pumped as if all the adrenaline just came out of my body that time and I thought to myself, I could actually do more, and I'm capable of doing more so, thinking of what could be next.

  • After that marathon feet, I came across a newspaper ad talking about on Iron Man 70.3 race that will be held in the Philippines.

  • I had no idea with an Iron Man Moss, except for that marvel superhero that probably all you would also know.

  • And I looked it up and found out that it was a triumph long consisting of three events swimming, biking and running.

  • And 70.3 represents the cumulative number of miles you'd have to swim, bike and drunk in order to complete this race.

  • And my new This is just 1/2 iron, man.

  • So double that would be the full iron man.

  • And you have to complete this in the cut within the cutoff time off eight hours and 30 minutes so I can run long distances now.

  • But how the heck will I be able to do that?

  • Swim?

  • And I heard, if you have to swim in the open sea, you know that episode from 10 years back still continued to haunt me.

  • But there was that lingering desire still conquer that pool of humiliation.

  • So I decided to brave up and face my fear.

  • I signed up for a beginner's class for adults and swimming, and on the very first day, the smell of chlorine instantly transported me back to that scene of my classmates, jeering and laughing.

  • I jumped into the pool and realized that the years that fast didn't magically give me fence.

  • I can still barely reach the middle of the pool.

  • But I told myself I won't be that same high school kid back then, but follow for months of training and along with them were several days of frustration because I wasn't progressing the way that I wanted to.

  • I was becoming impatient, but they learned to trust the process and trust my swim coach.

  • I did the drills daily that he recommended, and without really knowing it, I was improving bit by bit.

  • Then one day I just surprised myself.

  • I was able to cross Ah, 50 meter pool without stopping.

  • So make a confidence improved and I got to improve my endurance further.

  • I swam longer and I couldn't imagine that by the end of the course I got to sign up for an open water swim event.

  • But I got to swim the open sea without any support.

  • So running chick seeming check.

  • I was one bike away from doing a triathlon.

  • Okay, so now how do I get a bike?

  • Not in itself.

  • The first part was a daunting challenge.

  • But the universe hadn't sweet again, providing help, but the most needed it and a couple of high school friends.

  • Hopefully they were not part of the Hector's back then volunteered to help me out since they were very technically well versed in bikes and they had experience in doing triathlons and through their help.

  • I got the racing bike and I started off with my training in cycling.

  • Then, after months of training, I think I was ready to sign up for my first sprint triathlon.

  • Short but sweet.

  • I got to finish a triathlon.

  • There's a short distance race, but Booth to be very challenging.

  • But I know that the Ironman race would be much, much harder.

  • So what followed for two more years?

  • I gave myself two more years to join longer races, more challenging Racists help.

  • You better prepare for that big iron man race.

  • But if I'm giving you an impressive, it's just that simple.

  • Well, definitely wrong, because along those races I endured a lot of body injuries crabs, bye crashes, bike malfunctions and even an upset stomach while doing the run.

  • But every incident and every race helped me to become stronger with them, Weisser and maybe more prepared for that big day.

  • And on the 25th of March 2018 I found myself at the starting line of the Ironman 75 3 Rays.

  • It was held in a southern city in the Philippines and it was one hell of a day, literally.

  • I got through choppy waters during the swim part.

  • The current is very strong that time that it almost consumed most of my energy.

  • And after that I had to encounter very strong headwinds during the buy crap.

  • So I was swimming and biking already for almost five hours at a time, and I was the last biker out of the course.

  • There was a time pressure because I know that there's a big possibility that I will miss the cut off time.

  • Then, when I was able to start my run, I had to endure the extreme noontime heat in the Philippines.

  • Now, if you haven't been to a tropical country now, better prepare yourselves.

  • I was cramping throughout my body and I was just flipping my way already thinking of the worst thoughts that I would go home without the meadow.

  • This I won't me the cut off time.

  • As you can see in the photo, the struggle is really real.

  • As I was a few meters away from the finish line, I was just surprised.

  • As I saw from afar.

  • My mother was shouting and jumping for joy, and when he saw the clock, I made it with 10 minutes left before cut off.

  • When I arrived at the finish line, I just dropped on the floor and I was literally ugly crying.

  • Huh?

  • Who would have thought that this would begin would eventually finish in Iron Man 70 Point Reyes.

  • I am a late bloomer.

  • It took me 20 years, more than 20 years before I realized that I couldn't finish a child or I could.

  • We have an active lifestyle and I realize, and I've come to believe that it's never too late to fulfill your dream and that he could really be or do anything that you aspired to be.

  • So it is hence pointless to compare yourself with others who may be ahead of you because you're on your own unique race in life.

  • We all start and end different times, but they get to run uniquely our own race.

  • My coach would always advice me toe always respect the distance, and this distance is not just refer to the distance of the Reese, but the distance of your actual journey in life.

  • So take your time, it takes preparation, and it would entail sacrifice most especially of time to achieve your goals.

  • Your big monumental goals start from small steps.

  • Just a sigh, that one discipline at the time from running, swimming, biking.

  • And it also takes some kind of humidity talk knowledge if you're really ready for something.

  • So when you select your battles or Racists in life, you must really gauge yourself if you have trained for it or if you're capable for it.

  • I've also come to realize the value of having a community help and support you.

  • I wouldn't have gotten into running without the help of my friends.

  • I wouldn't have gotten that bike without my friends who helped me get that bike.

  • And I won't have corrected my swimming strokes without the help of my coaches.

  • And all the reasons that I've joined my fellow triathletes have been very supportive.

  • They've been providing aid and moral support, especially when the Times of encountered flat tires or I felt that I was dehydrated.

  • There is just there, and I have not realized any better the value of having good relations in the value of networking.

  • Looking back, you know what?

  • I am proud to be a wind begin.

  • I embrace it because it was an anti girl, an essential part in my transformation to become an Ironman finisher.

  • Because these moments these experiences where we feel that we have failed, where we feel that we that something or we feel that the world looks down on us and laughs at us, these are the moments that actually fuel us.

  • These are the moments fuel us to strive harder, toe, push further and just be the people that we didn't.

  • We didn't expect to be and prove the world otherwise.

  • I always seek inspiration from this Iron Man journey.

  • For all the other endeavors of my life, I learned to dream bigger and bolder.

  • Last year, I got to finish on engineering master's degree without having any underground drip background in engineering.

  • I quit my job in the Philippines to come to the U.

  • S.

  • Out of a bigger dream to help my country which still suffers from poverty, corruption and other social issues.

  • And I know it's such a big dream monumental dream that I asked myself a lot of times.

  • Could I really do it?

  • Could they really make a change for my country and then for you, all of you, each one of you will have your own big dream in moments of self doubt, Marry other people may say you can't do it or it's too late for him to try it out.

  • But always just remember the story of that.

  • When begin, who once stood in there in front of a swimming pool, he eventually finished on Iron Man Res and we can do anything, thank you.

Let me take you back to an unforgettable scene one afternoon in 2003 and I was a high school junior.

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