I’ve noticed some talk about competitiveness lately in some of the blogs I read. Some have debated whether or not it’s a good thing; others have encouraged it; and still others have talked about a lack of it.
Here’s my two cents: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being competitive, as long as it’s for the right reasons. I am a competitive soul, no doubt. I find that I get competitive in many areas of my life, but mostly it’s to prove something to myself. When I race, I’m competing against my own times. Yes, there are a few girls out there that I’ll admit I enjoy beating. But if they have the better day than I do, I don’t begrudge them that, nor do I fall apart.
Where I think competitive nature turns into a bad thing is when beating others, or a certain someone, is all that drives you. I’ve seen plenty of examples of this in my many years of racing. Someone’s race day is made or broken based on whether or not they beat so-and-so. Even if they PR’d, if they didn’t beat that certain competitor, they’re not happy. That, to me, isn’t quite healthy.
To me, someone who competes solely to beat others is missing out on the big picture. They miss out on that great sense of accomplishment you get by setting a PR, or fighting against a tough course or Mother Nature. In fact, I’d wager that much of the joy of racing is lost when the only thing that matters is beating certain others.
What do you think?