Triathlon makes me who I am.
It allows me to see how hard I can push; how I can push on a hard day, how I can push on an easy day, and the difference between what I’m able to do when I’m tired, and when I’m not tired, and what I’m able to override in my body, and what it’s telling me with my mind. It kind of gives me a sense of how strong I am in my mind.
I compete in triathlon to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and to stop this state-run Genocide from happening. It is rarely spoken about by media, so to place this issue into the public eye is to help stop it. I do this by raising awareness of two documentary films, Free China and Transmission 6-10, both of which inform people about this issue. You can find out more about them on my ‘Support’ page.
This is my way to help to change things, to make things better, and to actually let everyone know that I think Truth, Compassion and Tolerance are a way that the world can go forward. I very much feel like an ambassador to those three values, and that is why it’s important to me to be the best person I can be, and to push myself as hard as I can, and to genuinely try my hardest.
If I wasn’t doing triathlon for this reason, I would be questioning myself. I would feel unfulfilled with what I was doing, so it kind of makes me who I am, and it is what I do, and this cause is really what drives me.
I think everyone has their own ideals in their head. A lot of people can see solutions to problems that are in the world, but will never have the drive to do anything about them. For me, I feel that if I don’t do anything about those things, about those problems that I see, I just won’t feel good, I won’t feel as though I am doing anything with my life. So, I need to do triathlon because it’s what I’m good at. It’s my way of making a difference, to try and do something good in the world. It doesn’t matter whether it succeeds or not, it’s just knowing that I’ve tried.
I think when we come to challenges in our training, races, and day to day life, the hard things are made a lot easier by the fact that you feel that it is the right thing to be doing, and in fact turns a hard thing into a good thing.”
Marc Lovatt