Challenge Taiwan 2019

Challenge Taiwan was my first triathlon race - Olympic distance, comprised of 1.5km swim ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ+ 40km bike ๐Ÿšฒand 10km run๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ. The experience was epic.

Being my first race I was nervous as hell. I overcame such anxiety by reminding myself that this is only a long training session, as my ultimate goal is the Ironman race 4 months away in Copenhagen ๐Ÿ’›. 

Despite adequately preparing for the race by months of training, days of carb loading ๐Ÿš๐Ÿž, testing nutrition supplementation required, reenacting transition procedures in my head before I sleep๐Ÿ’ญ, waking up at 03:00 on the day ๐Ÿ˜ด... there will be unforeseeable obstacles ahead and it is completely in your hands whether to fight or flight. At 06:10 I thought I had 10 minutes to spare. As I approached the starting line I could not see other participants of the same group. The event marshal casually announced that my group has left at 06:00. ๐ŸคฏI scrambled hastily through the crowd, jumped into the lake and swam like a maniac. I did not enjoy such unprepared frantic feeling but life has its funny ways and we just have to keep swimming!

Iโ€™m not the biggest fan of swimming, my sighting skills require improvement. Swimming in a wetsuit aided floatation but strained my shoulders. Perhaps it would help if I invested in the new deBoer wetsuit ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜?   At last the swimming arm is over, I was in utter joy running barefoot for 850 metres towards T1. That part was surprisingly fun.

Okay gel time! The bike part was also enjoyable. I love exploring places on the bike, and Iโ€™m glad that Argon18 and I have lately become acquainted. I think Iโ€™m ready for my own road bike ๐Ÿ™ƒ. The most wonderful thing during the race was that i couldnโ€™t stop smiling during the 10km run. it was T O U G H without any shade under the scorching sun. I thought my feet were bundled up like Chinese ladies back in the day.  I couldnโ€™t feel my legs, but it was euphoric. Am I a masochist? Was I high from all the endorphins firing out of my system? 

Halfway into the run I finally saw my coach and we high-fived. His support means a lot to me @wsw_jimmy. I would also like to take the chance to thank @frankie_s for supporting me during my journey. Iโ€™m grateful to have met a fellow dietitian who also has great passion in triathlon. May we continue to do our best in the upcoming competitions! Many thanks to my brother @henryshek, who joins my training once in a while. Training with you (or life really) is so much more fun. The last person I would like to thank is Him. Oftentimes in life I am distracted with other things, but race time felt precious as I had hours to meditate, sing praises in my and thank Him for such a beautiful world. When I was tired and sought His strength. Thank you for giving my the ability to run, bike, swim, for a healthy body to undergo such intense endurance training. With you I am unafraid! Thank you for keeping me safe. I know I have been heard, for after the race, a hailo appeared before my eyes. I have never experienced such a spectacular moment. I will continue to explore my life with you!

Coming first in my age group, second overall in women was a surprise, a bonus because I am happy wherever Iโ€™m placed, as long as I gave it my all. I will never stop improving and I will continue to find balance in my life through triathlon.

How do you find balance in your life? 

tee xo.