I stopped being a perfectionist and a new world appeared
What was your first experience with WMG that you entered as a triathlete？
I had a difficult time with swimming, which was very painful, but I did a good job with my favorite bike. It is also a good memory that I was able to compete with Michael Torys who was active as a professional on a bike. This was the first time I learned that I could find my strength even in the worst possible situation.
Until then, I had been a perfectionist, always wanting to be at the top. However, I realized the importance of continuing sports over a long period of time.
How did that change come about ？
Taking the top was a natural goal for me. However, many injuries come from the pressure and stoicness that go hand-in-hand with high goals. The more you aim for medals, the more injuries you have. I felt that I couldn't continue to do sports as it was, as my records gradually dropped with age.
I now want to continue playing sports even when I am over 100 years old. While taking a good rest, I am shifting to a style that will allow me to do my best.
What drives you now, instead of the goal of top ?
I also like traveling to places I haven't seen yet. The pleasure of tasting the food culture of each country and viewing the scenery of traveling by rail is indispensable.
When considering international competitions, I will give priority to places I have never been to. Since WMG changes its location every time, it's one more fun point.
Tell us about the appeal of enjoying the international competition and the sport itself.
My eldest daughter is a triathlete with two children. In 2047 when my first grandson is 30, I will be 79 years old. If I can continue the competition for a long time, my dream of three generations participating in WMG could come true.
I feel that my job is to convey that lifelong sports are fun and teach this to future generations.
I also want to convey the importance of breaking my country's shell and going outside. The information you see in the press is biased and does not help you understand the country.
I hope many people will enjoy the world with their own eyes and enjoy it through sports.