By Kazimira Kira Ang
Introduction by Marga Uy-Baula
The best part about this craziness is the growth of a run-off-the-mill individual to that of an athlete; from a struggling runner, biker, and swimmer to an adequate one… to, if you work hard enough, a podium finisher. Be inspired by Kira’s story of falling down, feeling awkward in the ministrations of a stroke or a pedal but most importantly, getting up, dusting yourself off, laughing at yourself even… and knowing, really knowing that after all the hardwork, you know that you have proven yourself worthy, not to anyone else, but to yourself and to this ballet of a sport called triathlon.
THE POWER OF BELIEVING
I couldn’t swim and was afraid of the water until just two (2) years ago when I finally learned now. I also couldn’t bike until just almost six (6) months ago, when I learned how to bike on my own under the supervision of random security guards and construction workers who would give me tips as I bike.
My journey into transitioning to triathlon was not easy, it was arduous even. I am not the most courageous of athlete, not even a courageous person in general, but no one will ever say I didn’t try. I literally expanded blood, sweat, and tears, getting over the shame of crying out of fear of a 50 meter pool and repeatedly falling off my bike and having to hide my scrapes and bruises from my parents.
I wanted it and I did it! There is truly power in just believing, no matter what anyone say or the number of stares you get from being much an awkward swimmer or biker that YOU CAN.
Believe in yourself.