“The tragedy of human life consists in our vain attempts to stretch the limits of things which can never become unlimited, to reach the infinite by absurdly adding to the rungs of the ladder of the finite.”-Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861–1941)
I received an sms coming from a dear friend last night that there was a casualty in the Ironman 70.3 in Camarines Sur held yesterday. I verified it further in the news and realized that it’s true.
A relay team bet, Miguel Vasquez, a 53 year old triathlete died in the swim leg of that event.
I’m so saddened by the news, and it’s a big blow for that sports. We, athletes can understand and accept it. However, the unbelieving world, those who are not into any sports- living a stagnant and monotonous lives, have now alibis and reasons not to be involved in running, biking or swimming or in any one of those.
While it’s true that triathlone is a dangerous sports, we cannot deny the fact that there’s only one fatality in this event. The rest of the 581 participants finished it with flying colors. In fact, our very own Noy Jopson made it to the top 10 with a time of 4:38:32 and the winner was from New Zealand, Terenzo Bozzone with a magnificent time of 3:51:25, slightly behind him was an Australian, Chris McCormack with a time differential of only 53 seconds.
Bozzone and McCormack run toe to toe. Photo courtesy of Philippine Star.com
Filipino’s top favorite Allan Macasieb only landed 16th over-all. He wavered in the stifling heat.
Now going back to the casualty, I don’t know Mr. Miguel Vasquez. Maybe, he just joined so that he can earn a title as an ‘Ironman’ or he maybe a seasoned triathlete already. But one thing is sure… he trained for it I believe. He spent many hours training in swimming, broke a leg in biking and ate his heart out in running, and yet…
I emphatized now with his family, friends and co-athletes who knew him so much. It’s painful and galore still cannot accept it.
How can an Ironman died like this? Not in our territory please, but it happened. Sometimes, there’s a danger even in our comfort zone.
It only proves one thing- that when it’s your time to meet your Creator- whether you’re swimming, eating, working, running or sleeping- it will happen. But no one knows when it will be!
So, don’t be discouraged- It’s only 1:500 ratio. Proclaim to those skeptics and doubting Thomases that it’s better to die moving than in doing nothing!
God be Praised!
I biked 2 hours and 5 minutes today in Southpeak-Southwoods-Splash Island.
ONLY ONE LIFE, IT SOON WILL PASS…
ONLY WHAT’S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST!