In spite of the heavy rains due to a tropical depression north of the country, I still had my “me time" last weekend in a place I call my second home, Subic. But this time, instead of my usual running adventure, I decided to bike instead and went for 93.58 km ride. Alone time is always good for the soul.
When my daughter Patricia recently posted a "running" picture with the caption "if #runningshield can do it I can do it too #trailrunning", I thought it would be cool if my daughters could pick up the running bug as I did and pass on the torch to them so to speak. It also got me thinking long and hard about my life, my journey thus far and the legacy that I would like to leave behind especially to the two people I love the most. I am not thinking of the financial or material aspect here but more of a personal legacy. How would I like to be remembered? Am I living the life that reflects the legacy I would want to leave behind?
My prayer is that my daughters will remember that I loved and accepted them for who they are, and supported them in all that they can be. I want them to believe that they can accomplish anything they work hard for and never doubt in their ability to do great things not just for themselves but for others. I hope they realize that they and they alone control their own destiny by staying true to their own heart and not let the pressures of those around them squeeze them into their mold. Likewise, they should also never be afraid to make mistakes and more importantly, rise above them.
Never be afraid to have a crazy desire to embrace the moment; to laugh out loud or dance in the rain and never fail to look for the silver lining in life’s darkest clouds. I want them to seek joy for themselves; to discover their passion as I have - be it Running, Biking, Dancing, Teaching or Writing - and find in it a sense of fulfillment and purpose. In other words, I want them to run their own race, to stay focused and not let others control them or put them down; to never hold back on their dreams and find a way to make it happen.
Just believe in yourself and pursue your passion as I did....such is the legacy I hope to leave behind.
Both memorable. I have never joined a long distance bike race so the BIKE FOR A CAUSE recently held in Clark Field, Pampanga last August 14, 2016 was my first and as they say, your first is usually the most memorable. Having to take a temporary leave from the race running scene due to injury, I thought an out-of-town BIKE EVENT would be a great alternative.
Being my first bike event, this experience also brought in its share of anxieties. First off was the weather. I had to check the ROX's website every so often for any status updates. Up until race day the rain was relentless but race was still a go.
The starting line was at the CDC Grounds in Clark and gun start was at 6.30 am sharp. Arriving at the venue 30 minutes early, I already felt like a fish out of water. Since this was all new to me, I did not know where or how to position myself, how to pace, bike courtesy rules, do's and dont's. Cannot deny I was a bit nervous even thinking that I just might do something stupid like slam on my brakes and cause a 10-bike crash pile-up. Not exactly a comforting thought.
So the route took us around Clark and I can't complain about the fantastic view with fog evident on the mountains tops, century old trees along the route plus the fresh air, pouring rain and very little traffic. All these helped minimize my anxieties and got me into the groove of the race. The course was not as tough as what we were told to expect. In fact, when the escort car in front gave the signal to overtake him, we went wild! Well, I went wild attacking the uphills, cruising the downhills but still ever cautious of the slippery road due to continuous rain.
I finished at a time of 1.47.15. I guess that's pretty good for a novice like me. I'm not sure when my next race will be but have to say that overall, this BIKE FOR A CAUSE race proved to be quite memorable for a first time.
Definitely looking forward to more.
Part of the bike route passed one of my Favorite running trail ground