by Mykaela A.Jones
Back in 2018, former United States Marine and realtor, Denny Ying, decided to sell everything he owned, buy a bike, and ride across these great United States in order to raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. I had the pleasure of interviewing Denny again, this last week where he shared some of his accomplishments and personal growth in his inspiring journey.
At the end of 2018, according to Ying’s athletic accomplishment video on his advocacy page, he actively rode for a total of 85 days, with his most active month being in November, and completed 5,386 miles just in 2018.
While he may have accomplished great distances and may have accomplished some personal goals, that doesn’t mean he didn’t share his own struggles. Ying says, “One of my biggest struggles came when I went through Kansas. I was struggling due to physical and mental exhaustion. I couldn’t reach my mileage goals while I was there… Kansas has been challenging, but pivotal and monumental for me.”
Ying was open about the struggles with himself and the journey, stating, “What really struck me, as someone riding for this cause, is that I’m only human.” He also stated whole-heartedly that he had begun to doubt himself, until after a phone call with a friend while he was on the road. In this conversation, Ying talked about his doubts and his struggles, and his friend said, “Denny, it sounds like you aren’t proud of yourself.”
This singular phone conversation made Ying realize he had his own
“I can’t focus on anything good in my life when I tell myself these [self-deprecating] stories, so when my life started falling apart in 2018, I decided that I needed to give back.”
That is when Ying’s ride across America was planned. Ying
When asked about his upcoming journey and the plans he has for the year, he was proud to announce that not only will he be competing in his first Iron Man to raise awareness for his cause, but he will also be taking this trip for mental health all the way to Europe, from where he plans to bike and to spread the word all the way to Tokyo, Japan.
Ying said traveling through Colorado has
“I realize when things got hard I was able to become someone I had never been before, which is an endurance athlete. Looking back seven months, I am where I never imagined I’d be. Maybe adversity is nice. We give ourselves the opportunity to have a
The interview ended with Ying stating that he hopes that reading his story will help whoever gets the chance to read it.
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