Tuesday, 01 February 2011 08:00

Blood, Sweat and Tears

We have all heard this phrase before but what exactly does it mean.  For each individual it is going to mean something different.  The same way that being competitive means something different to each person.  There is no one definition and I think that we can say the same for a lot of items in life as well as endurance sports. When you train or race you put everything you have into it.  You will push yourself to a level you never thought existed.  Think about a time when you raced a 5k, 15k, half-marathon, marathon or triathlon.  At some point in that race you experienced a point that your mind told you to quit. You persevere and you get to the finish line.  You reflect on the race and think about what could have been done to get through that point where the mind said to quit.  You poured your blood, sweat and tears into that race and you will do it again.  Why?  Because the satisfaction on knowing that you stared your mind down and won.  The knowledge that nothing is impossible.  The sheer emotion of pumping your arms and the elation of jumping up and down when the race is over.  It doesn't matter how hard it was.  It doesn't matter that you almost didn't make it.....what matters is that you DID make it.  That you beat the course and in the process made yourself better as well as those around you. We don't always take stock of those around us when we are training or racing but rest assured there is always somebody watching.  Somebody sizing you up or somebody gaining knowledge.  Somebody getting inspired and motivated to push themselves and have them pour their own blood, sweat and tears into the process and the outcome.  Don't take anything for granted.  Don't EVER feel like it can't be done.  Others are counting on you to spill that tear of blood, that tear of sweat and that tear of emotion. I can't think of anything better than the accomplishment of hitting a goal.  It doesn't have to be endurance sport related either.  You have a big project at work and you hit the deadline despite all the questions you had about getting it done.  The best part of endurance sports is that we learn that what we put into it we will get out of it and we can then apply that to life. You pour your heart and soul into your training for that race day.  Sometimes you clean up and sometimes the course wins.  You may walk away disappointed that you didn't get that time or that you didn't qualify but in the grand scheme of things you poured your blood, sweat and tears into it and there is nothing better than knowing that. Life is hard and sports is a microchosim of that.  You learn that you can tackle even the hardest of projects or training sessions.  You go through the ringer and come out the other side a little battered and bruised with some blood but you come out.  That is the important part.  You finished what you started. There are no shortcuts to success.  It is done through hard work and determination.  It is done on the notion that nothing is guaranteed so take advantage of it TODAY and not tomorrow.  It is done through all the adversity.  No matter how you do it....well JUST DO IT! You can rest tomorrow.  You can relax tomorrow but you know you will not.  You know when the alarm goes off you will wake up and go at it again because that is what you do.  You shed blood, drip sweat and pour tears into your lifestyle.  Embrace it and let the world know that you just did something no matter what that something is.
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