Competition, Discipline, Goals, North Carolina, Run, Slow Triathlete, Triathlon

Complete or Compete

Only one letter changes the meaning and spirit of these two words.

Last night I went to a Tri 101 event and the speaker, Rebecca, said something that stuck with me – she said that at these events you’re either doing them to complete OR to compete. Hadn’t heard that before but it was a little light bulb to me. One of those Oprah a-ha moments.

So I thought about it. Recently I did a personality profile test – there’s a ton of them out there – but this one focuses on your top 5 strengths. My top strength is being a “learner”. I’m not really convinced that it’s an accurate reflection of me as a younger person, but it’s totally accurate as a 40-something today, and I also think it’s very much why I’m gravitating toward this tri stuff. There’s always something to learn, and you can compete with yourself all day long. We recently did a exercise challenge at work – when I exercise I look like this, literally dripping in sweat…but I’m not sure that was true for everyone! Learning that sweating out the demons regularly is a very, very good thing for everyone in my house. It’s definitely a form of competing, even if it’s a mental game of getting up and committing, or making time, or whatever it is – so much of this is in your brain, not your legs.

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I’m already thinking about what I’m learning through winter training to get better and apply that in the summer. I’m already thinking about what I can learn this summer to work toward 2017 and 2018, setting realistic but challenging goals for the future.

I didn’t feel great tonight, didn’t want to do much of anything (stomach, ick). I had planned on swimming after work, but my stomach said NO in a big way. But I made it happen & ran a little tonight. My plan was to just do a mile walk/run. But I ran by this beautiful purple tree and thought to myself…I should have taken a picture of that! It won’t be like that much longer. So – in true #trimafia fashion – I did a second loop around the block just to get the pic. So glad I did. It’s super pretty and I love nature. Good call!

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