I am not sure when it happened exactly. At some point, I began to care less about being the Best and became much more interested in becoming the best that I can be. There is a difference. I was less interested in being the big fish in a small pond and much more interested in being a small fish in a big sea. The Best is relative to those with whom I am surrounded. The Best is about my ego. The Best is short lived. The Best is about being a big fish in a small sea.
The best that I can be is not dependent on anyone else but myself. The best that I can be is about telling myself the truth about who I am at any given time. The best that I can be is always about seeing a new level within myself. The best that I can be is about being a small fish in a big sea.
At any time we are given the ability to make a choice with those whom we chose to associate with. We are faced with choices daily to reach for the challenge or stay within our comfort zone. Here is the thing – many people convince themselves that they can’t do more. Fear of failure is a powerful thing.
What is often forgotten is that we are able, prepared and fully capable of doing the very thing we convince ourselves we cannot do. Most of us in this sport have figured this out on some level – that is how we got to triathlon. Yet, within the journey of preparing for a race there is any number of opportunities to consider the many places we have questioned our abilities. I have had the experience many times where a particular workout or interval has shown up in my plan and I have had the chance to rewrite the idea that I don’t have what it takes and have surprised myself. I have done this enough times that now I look for the times when I can amaze myself.
Somewhere along the line I adopted the idea that to get the results I desired all I needed to do is find someone getting those results and do what they did to the best of my ability. Sometimes that means swimming with the sharks and feeling like a minnow. As I get ready to go to training camp, I have that familiar feeling. Just like going to camp as a kid – who will the new kids be? Will I be able to hang with them? I can’t wait to see my old friends! The best part of putting myself in a new training environment with new training partners is that I get to see what I can do. I get to redefine the Best that I can be. Being a small fish in a big sea is about learning to be faster, stronger and tougher both in Ironman and in life!