As I lay down my paddle, let me say my final thank you to my family for the past 2 years.
I joined this team as a curious observer. I never was serious in pursuing this sport. But as the trainings got more intense, the fire ignited, the passion burned, it became a lifestyle. It became my life.
As time progressed, I earned my keep. Not only did I get to represent the team in international competitions, but I had the chance of representing our beloved and embattled country. It was one of the highlights of my life.
But sadly, this year was met with tribulations and struggles. To top it all up, the sport I got to love also became my undoing. I seriously injured my back to the point that it needed surgery. But still, I fought hard in my last international race with the team. Until my final stroke, I gave it my all until my body said stop. It was an abrupt end to my passion.
As I recovered, the enthusiasm faded. The passion got lost. The fire gone. When I got cleared to resume all activities, I know that it would take a miracle for me to come back as the same person who loved the sport. The decision for me to leave the game hurts like hell. But I cannot come back with the lack of enthusiasm and will to win. That is not the Titan in me.
As I lay down my paddle, I'll cherish all the good and bad memories that I had with the team. The sport made me a better person. It changed my outlook in life. Will I be back? I don't know.
Now that I'm pursuing another passion of mine, I'll make sure that I'll carry the Philippine Titans name with pride and conviction. I'll make the team proud with my accomplishments in Ironman.
To my @philippine_titans family,thank you and I love you guys from the bottom of my heart.
My name is Joannes Paulus Adoremus, bow paddler of the Philippine Titans, signing off!
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