“coming in last”
It’s ok. I’ve been there. And I am sure I will be there again. The first triathlon I did, I came in almost dead last in the swim portion among all the competitors, male and female, young and old. At the Arnold Amateur, I came in 31st among 34 competitors. It was not a good feeling, but it was a feeling I embraced.
After getting out of the water at that first triathlon, I was so disappointed in myself I could not think straight. I got on my bike and rode like my life depended on it, and then when I hit the road for my run, I ran the whole run not even paying mind to the physical pain I was experiencing. In the end I was one of the fasted bikes and runs in the women’s division, and over all was pleased with my performance. Vowing to improve my swim. In June, I will do another tri, and you can bet I am practicing on my swim.
After leaving the Arnold Amateur stage, I thought of all the mistakes I had made. All the things I didn’t do right. And all the ways I would never let myself be so unprepared again. When we returned home after that trip, I looked to see when there was another competition, and started planning my workouts, my eating schedule, and my posing practice. I will be doing the North Carolina States and the Charlotte Cup this month.
You can do one of two things when you come in last…one you can quit. You can say, well maybe this just isn’t for me, maybe I should pick another hobby, maybe I don’t ever want to feel like a loser again. Or you can say, I am ready to honestly look at myself, my physique…my performance…my weaknesses, and improve them. You can say that you are the under dog that will come out on top at the end of the movie, because you have heart…you have dedication…you have desire. You have the raw fire, that instead of scares you, fuels you to be a greater version of yourself.
So don’t ever let “coming in last” keep you last.
Be the last to leave the gym.
Be the last to quit.
Be the last to give up on yourself.
Be the last one standing.