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  • Ultra-endurance sports didn't just change me physically,

  • they actually gave me a brand new life.

  • Throughout my 30s, I was climbing the corporate ladder,

  • very intent on achieving

  • the traditional idea of the American dream.

  • But deep down inside, I started to question

  • this path that I was on.

  • For well over a decade,

  • I really hadn't been taking care of myself.

  • I had become a junk food addict,

  • I was 50 pounds overweight, kind of semi-depressed,

  • and shortly before I turned 40,

  • I was climbing up a simple flight of stairs

  • to go to bed one evening, and I had to pause halfway.

  • I was winded, I was out of breath,

  • I had tightness in my chest,

  • and it was a very specific moment in time

  • in which I realized that not only that

  • I needed to change my lifestyle habits

  • but that I had the willingness that I truly wanted to.

  • I realized that vague ideas of eating better

  • or working out a little bit or going to the gym

  • weren't really going to work for me.

  • I needed something specific, something definitive.

  • I'd played around with a bunch of different diets,

  • to no avail,

  • and I sort of attempted this

  • experiment in plant-based eating as kind of the last

  • thing that I hadn't explored.

  • And I didn't have a big expectation

  • that it would make a big difference,

  • but within about seven to 10 days

  • of eating nothing but plants,

  • nothing with a mother, nothing with a face,

  • I experienced this extraordinary thing,

  • like I had this resurgence in vitality,

  • my mental acuity improved, my sleep improved,

  • I had this sense of well-being and energy

  • that I hadn't really felt since I was a teenager.

  • And I didn't really know what I was doing,

  • but I knew in that moment that I was onto something.

  • And it started getting me thinking

  • about human potential and my own potential,

  • because if I could make such a simple, basic shift

  • and experience such a dramatic result,

  • where were there other untapped reservoirs

  • of potential that I could explore?

  • And that's what got me interested, ultimately,

  • in the world of ultra-endurance sports.

  • At the peak of training, I would say

  • I was training about 25 hours a week,

  • so it was really almost a second job,

  • and at the time, I was still a practicing attorney,

  • I have four kids, I'm busy doing a lot of things,

  • and in order to make the time that was required

  • to appropriately prepare for this race,

  • I had to make some significant cuts

  • and really look hard and fast

  • at how I was spending my time on a day-to-day basis.

  • I had to get rid of late-night television

  • and sort of business meetings that could be

  • pushed to a conference call or an email chain

  • to free up the time that was required

  • so I could show up at the starting line and know

  • in my heart of hearts that I could complete this race.

  • I started training, which really connected me

  • with myself in a very profound way,

  • and to the surprise of myself and many other people,

  • I ended up showing some prowess in this field

  • and ended up competing at a very high level,

  • specifically a race called Ultraman,

  • which is a double Ironman distance triathlon.

  • Over the course of three days,

  • it completely circumnavigates

  • the entire big island of Hawaii.

  • (playful orchestral music)

Ultra-endurance sports didn't just change me physically,

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    Angel Hsu posted on 2019/10/15
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