Sunday, August 18, 2013
Training is for "Life"
"Oh, what are you training for?
That totally threw me for a loop. It was not the response I was expecting, and somewhat shamefully, not one I would think to say. But when you get right down to it, isn't that truly why we do things like running and triathlon? We race and train for the lessons they teach us about life - struggle, faith, strength, persistence, compassion, and relationships. Sports show us who we really are and give us the experiences that allow us to become more of who we want to be. Swimming, biking, and running provide time away from the distractions of the world to ponder life's larger questions.
What a powerful response in just one word! The runner and I exchanged some "have a good run" sentiments and parted ways. But I continued on, with a new perspective and a giant smile on my face, knowing he had it exactly right.
So what are you training for?