Running at our own pace

"Don't rush it. I know you want to finish the length of the swimming pool but I want you to focus on your stroke and follow the *beep* of your timer. Now you need to do it right and constant pace. Not doing it fast." that was my coach said to us during our lesson this week.
She also said that it's easy to just go faster but we will feel exhausted before the entire distance we supposed to cover.
This Saturday I went jogging with my friend and after 2km mark, I looked at my 735XT, it was showing around 7:40 but my heart rate (HR) was already at up high (zone 5) because of the hills.
Anyway.. my brain relates these experience to normal daily life that, sometimes we have different milestone than our friends, some might get married first, some might already have their house while others might have great career.
We run at different pace in our marathon called life.

  • There are times when you need to run harder during the hills till your lung screams.
  • There are times when you are just cruising at steady pace.
  • Or there are times when you're walking to recover.

But as long as you're still running, isn't it okay?

PS: I don't really get the science behind making use the HR data to run more efficiently. And according to my triathlete friend, try to be at zone 3 – forever running zone as much as possible.

The art of waiting

I don't always dislike waiting, because it actually allows me to read or play games while waiting. What I don't really enjoy is the outcome of waiting.
For example, you're in line for getting rare merchandise or limited food quantity for quite some time and when your turn is up, you don't manage to get it.
While some people have more patience, I find myself on the impatient side.
Can you wait patiently? Or you like to move fast?
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To be a neighborhood Spider-Man 

Have you watched Spider-Man? Do you like it? 

This post might have some references to the movie so, spoiler ahead. I’m actually not a big fan of Spider-Man, but I saw a lot of positive reviews from my friends. So, I decided to give it a go. (*ahem* at least I can see RDJ) 

Overall, it’s very enjoyable to watch this Spider-Man movie. So, here are the 3 key things I learned from it

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What’s your tactic? 

I was stuck. Playing Pokémon Shuffle. In one of the card mission to get Lucarionite. This has been quite sometime, so I decided to google it up. And some other gamers also experienced the same problem. 

Apparently, I misunderstand the mission instruction. 

Then, I saw a link about different stage problem and few ways of solving it. 

It made me think that a game can be very deep when it comes strategizing it. Well, most of the games I play is either puzzle or RPG, so naturally it comes with it. While I don’t play a lot of hack and slash game type, but I think it might have some tactics still. 

When it comes to test, I’ve been hearing it’s more about the tactics, like do this first, then pay attention to this and this. 

Of course learning about the exam material itself is important but if you know the tricks of the test, it seems easier. 

Do you usually try to crack it yourself? Or are you going to build a tactic?

PS: Now I’m thinking, does that mean if I know the tactics for life, it will make the test from life easier? 

Nothing to lose

My sensei said, when we are worried about something big like exam, don’t be. Just ダメもと (dame moto).

Dame moto is short form of ダメでもともと (dame de moto moto) which means nothing to lose. 

Even if you fail the exam, doesn’t mean our ability decrease. We just go back to square one or our original state. 

When we never challenge ourselves, how can we tell we are growing? 

When you’re a little lost, it’s time to listen more

I was watching “Hotel Honnouji” by Ayase Haruka and Shinichi Tsutsumi about Nobunaga Oda. 

I was thinking how many movies about time travel and related to him I had watched before. But I find that each movie was focusing on different things.

The female character was a little lost about what she’s going to do next after her company went bankrupt. And she went to Kyoto to see her fiancée who always busy with his work. The purpose was to meet his parents and do some wedding preparations.

There were few memorable lines from the movie was when she was having conversation with Nobunaga Oda. But these two were my favorite: 

1. When she said, she has no big dream to fulfill like him

Big or small, who decides that? Isn’t it “are you going to do it or not” more important.

2. When she said, it’s impossible for her because she’s not special 

Who decides it’s impossible or not. People said it’s impossible because no one has been doing it before, right? 

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My “you’ll thank me later” moment

It’s almost 2 weeks ago since I started a new habit to wake up earlier and allocate some time to do some drills in the morning before taking shower. 

I have no issue waking up in the morning (most of the days) but there are times when I just want to play my game longer in the evening before going to bed. And I find it hard to wake up in the morning. 

So, there are times when I dragged myself out of bed, with my brain pulling up all sort of cards to keep myself in bed, to fulfil the plan. 

As a result, I feel accomplished throughout my day because of the completing the small self-bestowed mission. 

The brain likes to pull this card before my exercise time. But brain also likes the refreshed feeling after exercising. Difficult to please eh.. 

Anyway, thanks to not listening to brain by pushing through the original plan, brain is actually benefited from this. 

This reminds me that sometime ago I always have pain on my left knee when I run more than 10km. I was inspired to be able to run full marathon and I was thinking if I should change my dream because my left leg won’t be able to take it. 

But I went ahead to run my first HM and sore for the whole week. 

Long story short, I still run as per today. 

What I learned from this is, there will be times when we doubt ourselves. When we faced our first road block, when we failed for the first time, when everything seems to tough or something didn’t turn out as what we want it to be. But! Keep going. Take a rest if you feel you need to, take smaller steps. Just keep going.. 

And “you’ll thank me later” moment will follow 🙂

Happy weekend! 

Perfect or working solution?

“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading. 

In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine. 

The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it. 

He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it. 

For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one. 

However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve. 

So, what is your approach?