I have really enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics, reading the results each morning and talking about it each day with my co-workers, students, family and friends. It has been exciting and I have learned about some sports I wasn’t so familiar with. Like curling…
Interesting how some spectators feel like they are somehow part of the team. They use first person when they talk about Team USA. Maybe I am too literal in this way, but I am not on Team USA, so I feel weird using first person. “We have a tough race tonight,” someone might say and I am thinking, “Um, you’re not doing anything tonight but watching.” I would feel uncomfortable taking on the role that I feel is reserved for the athlete.
But we aren’t really that different from olympic athletes, are we? We overcome our own obstacles and achieve our own fitness goals that seem insurmountable at times.We may not be able to compete at the elite level, but we have jobs and families and we still manage to steal some time to set our own personal records.
And like Lindsey Vonn, we get injured and we miss out on races or workouts, and we try to salvage what’s left and it just isn’t successful. But, we also win some medals in spite of it all. And like her teammate, Julia Mancusco, we sometimes have our runs ended abruptly because of circumstances we can’t control.
How many of us make a move to put ourselves ahead like Apolo Ohno, not necessary to find ourselves disqualified, but to find that we simply were not ready for that step? And who sincerely believes they have the best technique, but cannot necessarily bring it on race day and end up with the silver? Don’t we all feel that sometimes? That silver just isn’t what we are capable of?
Even with a perfect training plan, excellent training times, and the highest tech clothes and shoes, we cannot predict how our competitions will end. The weather conditions may not be favorable. We may not feel 100% that morning when we wake up. Traffic may not cooperate on the way to the race. These are all factors that we cannot control that greatly affect our race performance. On your next race day, remember the struggles of the elite athlete, and accept the challenge of however your day unfolds.