” It’s just a sprint tri...”
” I run but I’m reeeeeeeally slow...”
” I know 1000 meters is a short swim for most people but it’s long for me…”
That last one is from this morning.
As a new athlete, I find myself qualifying nearly every accomplishment. Including the term “athlete” which I squirm at typing. Every statement ends with an ellipsis, sheepishly trailing off. Not doing anything impressive! Nothing to see here, folks!
I believe this is the plight of the ambitious newbie with internet access. There are so many blogs of fantastically accomplished and talented people. I find these blogs incredibly inspiring and informative but they can certainly skew your perspective.
I was less affected by them when I first started running. I was at square one and devoured stories of people who started where I currently was but had gotten to square three! They were marathoners and Ironmen whose early race times looked not unlike mine! Rad! As I’ve trained beyond square one, I’m guilty of comparison more and more. And the more I compare myself to people who are clearly more experienced than I, the more inclined I am to qualify my workouts and accomplishments.
Let’s take this morning as an example: I swam 1000 meters in 26 minutes and then cycled on the stationary bike for 50 minutes. Yesterday, I had a 45min cycling/25min running brick workout. They were both tiring but totally manageable. Great success, right? [Borat voice, natch.] It takes a lot of effort for me to push the training tweets of awesome future Ironmen out of my mind and recognize that for me, right now, those workouts show tremendous growth and should be celebrated, not mumbled.
Oh, and also, “most people” can’t and don’t swim 1000 meters. That’s just silly. And yes, for most trained swimmers, 1000 meters is a short workout. I am in that sweet spot between “most people” and “experienced mega athlete” and that’s a great place to be. No ellipsis!
Do you compare and qualify or are you one of those fabulously grounded people who are “on their own path” “running their own race”? 😀