She almost gave up before her triathlon, but strangers helped her find strength.

At one point or another, many of us have probably flirted with the idea of making big, sweeping changes to our lives.

Maybe we'll learn a new language. Perhaps we'll change careers or finally learn how to play an instrument. These grand ideas come to us without warning, but most are swept aside or forgotten about after some real talk or a good night's sleep.

But sometimes, on rare occasions, we take the risk. And truly amazing things can happen.


Teej knows all about this. After a health scare, she decided she wanted to take better care of herself. For most of us, that might mean taking a few more walks or switching to decaf in the afternoons. But Teej went bigger, much bigger and decided to sign up for a triathlon.

Hours of swimming, biking, and running in a highly competitive environment? That's one way to jump-start a fitness routine. She spent the next year training for her big race.

Preparing for your first competition is daunting for any triathlon novice, but Teej had an even bigger hurdle to climb.

"I don't know how to run, bike, or swim," she says. "So I had to kind of teach myself how to do these things."

But she surprised herself, toughed it out, and made it to the starting line — only to discover her biggest competition wasn't the racers lined up beside her, it was the little voice in her head that said she wasn't an athlete at all.

Listen to Teej tell the story of her first triathlon and the boost of confidence and new friends she gained along the way.

And give a little more consideration to your next big, sweeping, grand idea. It may just change your life.

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A spearfisherman in Australia appears to have escaped death after a photographer with a drone stumbled across him being harassed by an aggressive shark.

Matt Woods was sitting on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia when he sent out his Mavic 2 Zoom to take some photos of the ocean when he noticed a spearfisherman fending off what appears to be a mako shark.

"I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water," Woods told The Daily Mail. "The diver was fending the shark off and poking it with his spear gun. The shark then went after his float that is attached to the diver. He was charging it and trying to bite it, thrashing it about."

Imagine being the spearfisherman. You're all alone in the ocean, there's no one to help you, and for what feels like an eternity a shark with massive teeth is trying to take a bite out of you.

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