Jundeb Andre Esquivel
8 Hobbyists On Being Epic & Doing Your Best
“Carpe Diem. Make your lives extraordinary.” This is one of the best lines from the movie, Dead Poets Society. We have the power to be great, if not the best, that we can be. Take it from these Hobbyists. Dare to be epic. And seize that moment when you felt that you shattered your own walls and went for it!
Electrical Engineer, Singapore
I started the sport of mountain biking together with my friend in Singapore. It just so happened that He wanted to buy an MTB so I did the same! Before, I was into so many hobbies and sports! I was into basketball, tennis and mostly other ball games.
Getting into Mountain Biking opened my eyes and heart to the beauty of nature. I also have a different sense of accomplishment when I reach new and different places on two wheels. I did a couple of XCM (Cross Country Mountainbike) races in Singapore and Malaysia.
When I gave in to another challenge of joining my first ever Xterra Lite in 2013, I can barely swim 100meters without stopping! I felt I was the worst swimmer ever! But being determined and competitive, I pushed myself to train and come raceday, I placed 1st in my age category (with luck, I suppose!). I felt so happy that from then on I fell in love with this sport and the challenges it brings.
I always join events that involve mountain biking. Doing the Absa Cape Epic 2015 was the ultimate pinnacle race that I did. It's an 8-day stage race (about 800km with about 16,000m of elevation) on the rugged terrains of South Africa along side with professional riders and hobbyists too from different parts of the world. It was also dubbed as the "Tour de France" of mountain biking. It was a partner event and I was so proud to represent our country by being the First Filipino to compete on that race. We were not aiming for a top finisher but being there and crossing the finish line with our flag on the finale was already a podium for me. That moment was PRICELESS.