Thursday, June 18, 2009

What IF?


What if every time you toed a race starting line you forgot all your previous racing times?

What if you raced in the moment at each race and did not compare yourself to others?

Would it change the way you race? Would you enjoy yourself more?

I like numbers and statistics and seeing how fast I can go. I love competition. But at the end of the day numbers are only numbers - they should not define us or bring us down. If you finish a race and honestly gave your best on that given day then that is success.

13 comments:

Teresa said...

Right on! 100%agree!

Terrish B said...

YEAH!!! Sounds perfect, but so hard to do sometimes.... I love this!!

Running and living said...

Sounds great, but I doubt any of us competitive people would be able to do that. Numbers are not only numbers because we give them meaning. As long as we have additional criteria to measure our success, that's in my book. Ana-Maria

Molly said...

Very true! I raced in miserable weather in Boise this past weekend, ending with at time so far off my PR it's not funny, but I was thrilled just to have survived, to have executed my race plan well, and to have finished.

Alaskan Assassin said...

It is all about fun. None of us will make a living off of this so might as well forget about the numbers and have some fun.......right??

Number are for the birds.

Mike said...

I love your post today, that's exactly how I feel. I am too late getting in the game to be a racer, but I recently did a century for diabetes research. I did my best, was happy to finish, and felt like a winner!

Jeffrey said...

That's loser talk

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Ignore Jeffrey. I think it's beautiful.

Meg Runs said...

Thanks for that!

FLATOUT JIM said...

Why that's just crazy talk. That's like eating tofu instead of T-Bone steak.

KIDDING OF COURSE. It's easy to live in the moment when you are in the middle of the race and ready to hurl.

There's no comparing yourself to anyone when you are trying to lose that lump in the pit of your stomach, and you are starting to taste that powerbar for the second time.

t-odd said...

I needed that! and very timely as well with my first race tomorrow.

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Wow, you could not have said it any better. It's challenging to do when I feel like I am trying my best but I am getting passed by a ton of people in my age group. I always try to race in the moment!

solarpowered said...

Excellent thoughts. As you know from my blog, I really need to do this kind of thinking... It's tough, but I'm working on it. :)