Competition or no competition?

The concept of competition has been on my mind A LOT over the last few years…

Ironically being selected to represent Australia at the World Triathlon Championships was the real turning point for me – that was when I truly felt in my gut that I wanted my Worlds experience be to my own. I had no interest in ‘beating’ anyone or turning the opportunity into a stressful competitive one. I wanted to cherish the experience and I damn well did! I high five-d and jump and smiled through the Mexican 92% humidity and I’m so glad I did.

I still wanted to give the race a good crack, and I did, but not at the opportunity cost of everything else I love in my life.

I’m a keen believer in balance. Sure, get outside your comfort zones and challenge yourself, but keep your big picture eyes on as well.



 

Training and racing with other people can allow you to enjoy friendly competition to push yourself to see what you are capable of. My main point is that I don’t think winning should be the sole focus. If you end up on the podium as a result of your efforts, that’s a different story. But I think gearing your entire triathlon experience around winning is at the expense of truly connecting with the reasons why you are doing triathlon in the first place. You lose the ability to enjoy the journey because the whole focus just becomes about the medal at the end (cue endless research on the psychological detriments of extrinsic rewards and the reality of post-medal depression). 

 

 


I’m keen to know your thoughts… please comment below!

 

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