Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Try and Tri-again

It is easy to let the memory of our high school awkwardness impair our greatness as adults. As a teen, I thought I was not good at math; I kept introverted out of a fear that people wouldn't like me, and even while I swam I thought of myself as lacking athleticism. Facing my trepidation over math, and finding that I am certainly capable, awakened something in me. If I am good at math and people do seem to like me, there is every possibility that I may actually have some athletic potential.

Tomorrow I embark on a long path toward, potentially, a triathlon. For even the most accomplished athlete it is a feat; for me, a voyage. Few people actually know about my plan. While that means I don't have a mass of people cheering me on, it also means I don't have doubters and detractors. For now it is enough to battle my own doubts. The first step is to face the running head on. Running, I think, is something not so requiring of natural ability as desire and effort. What is that inspirational phrase, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Getting back into swimming, if you will pardon the pun, will be like riding a bike. And the biking will come in due time.

Tomorrow, I run.

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