Random, I know…
I did the Rev3 challenge with my awesome teammates (MJ & Jess). My leg was the twenty-five mile bike. Now, let’s process this. Yes, I did train for it. Yes, I sucked wind. I loved it! It was an incredibly humbling experience. The athleticism of the participants blew me away. After about the thirtieth biker passed me, I started processing the concept of winning.
Is winning being out and doing it? Or is winning about actually winning?
The SheJam’s portion of the triathlon earned $10,000 for cancer. That’s winning!
I’ve also been playing–Red Light, Green Light. This is much more of a sedentary competition. You submit blocks of writing to be reviewed and then try to keep in every round without having to start over with another manuscript. I made it four rounds, then back to start. I’ve started over with a new manuscript! Just got the green light to go to the next round. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
The lessons that I’ve learned from both of these experiences are similar. It’s simple, if you train hard–as hard as you possibly can–you do well. Did I train enough for the Tri? Probably not. Have I trained hard enough as a writer? I hope so. At this point, with each green light I feel the thrill of the chase.
Competition, in all forms, is worth the time and effort that is put into it. I know there are things to learn on the journey, but wouldn’t it be cool to win?