“Blessed are the balanced; they shall outlast everyone.” -selected
In my own point of view, an athlete should not be afraid to try other kinds of Sports. This will make him more durable and tougher than the rest, with exception of course to some. So, if you’re already a runner, then try biking and then later, swimming. This will allow your body parts to recover, already torn and damaged during training and competition. The muscles being developed during running is different from biking, the same is true in swimming.
Just to share, when I finished my first ever Triathlon (swimming, biking and running), I’m so happy with what I achieved because before joining that event, I’m not a good swimmer or a versatile biker. Yes, I can run 102 kms, but I don’t know how to swim or bike properly and so with proper training, I’m so elated when I reached the finishline.Those bystanders who watched us during that event admired us and it felt so good that time. Someone yelled, “Ang gagaling naman nila!” Yes, triathletes (specially those who finished Camsur’s IronMan last month are worthy of our admiration. In our finite minds, they will always be special kind of people -a symbol of greatness and toughness.
But did you know that there is this race which is tougher than Triathlon?
Have you heard the event “PENTATHLON? It is composed of 5 events: pistol shooting, fencing, horseback riding, running and swimming. And yes, it is one of the events in the Summer Olympics. The pentathlete’s goal is to succeed in all five areas, not just two or three. I say it is tougher than Triathlon because while we we can do running and swimming, it’s difficult to do shooting, fencing and horseback riding -and I think, horseback riding is tougher than riding a bicycle. (not unless we’ll train for it).
So what is the point of it all? We must live a balanced life. Your life is a pentathlon of purposes which you must keep in balance. We should not only improve our physical strength (by exercising) but our mental, financial and spiritual life as well. I have known a runner who is good in running but neglects his duty to his family by providing them what they need. That is not right. The Bible says, ” Live life with a due sense of responsibility.”
When not running, biking or swimming -I also compete in Chess tournament, read good books, attend Church, and most of the times, I work in the office.
And to summarize my sharing for today… there will always be an event which is tougher than all of those I’ve mentioned, yes tougher than PENTATHLON, and that is -Living a peaceful, honest and righteous life.
“Don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance.” -2 Peter 3:17
To God be the Glory!