Is there any other good choice but to try? Doesn't failure to try begin and end with failure already? Why choose failure without trying first? Why give up until totally defeated? My view is that the spirit is broken long before the body is.
"A man is never defeated until he is defeated in spirit." Protect the spirit as one of the most vital assets we have for fulfillment. It must be guarded against the outside influences. You know: the chicken little, the sky is falling panic cries of the news media trying to sell you something. It must be guarded against doomsday prophets we sometimes find are our friends and families. It must be guarded against our own laziness and lack of courage to take a stand for hope in our lives and refuse to buckle under the surf of cascading waves of negativativity the world sometimes heaps upon us, time after time after time.
And so, time after time after time, after time, we must put our faces into the winds of misfortune and negativity, grit our teeth, looking to the heavens and say "NO."
And time after time, after time, I have failed at my ironman quest. The demons of negativity remind me unmercifully that I am too old. My former failures are spotlighted before me to break my spirit but this time after time, I put my face into the winds, looking to heaven and between clinched teeth say "NO." I will try again. The spirit of Hope is still intact.