Someone Else Is

One of the most standout moments of my (albeit short) Navy Lacrosse career was when we begged our coach for a break at practice. I think we wanted to get out early to go to dinner, or maybe go watch one of the guys’ games, or maybe we just wanted to go to our rooms. But, of course, she said no (she always said no). But this time we were getting ready for Club nationals and, after she said no, she gave us the quote:

“Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.”
Tom Fleming

For some reason, this has always stuck with me. I’ve thought of it often – the early mornings and the late nights when I trained while working full time especially. And I always kind of chuckled to myself when I saw its truth play out in life. I’d convince myself I was the most unlucky person in the world having to get up at 4:30 am to get to the gym by 5. But, when I got to the gym…..there were always people already running on the treadmill. Or in the pool. They were training while I was not.

Today was one of those days. The workout on tap wasn’t the issue — I was pretty confident I could crush the bike hill repeats. But for whatever reason, all I could think was woe is me for having to ride my little self out to Mosby Mountain where there’s typically no company (usually I live for the quiet of Mosby as a respite from the real world!) and have to go up and down all by my little lonesome.

And then, this other guy appeared out of nowhere. In my secret little training garden, there was in fact, another person getting the work done and doing his own repeats. And then, about 20 minutes later, another guy appeared – RUNNING up the hill I was doing repeats on.

If I hadn’t shown up today, someone else would have. It’s easy to forget that when I get into my “training bubble” – and a good reminder on days like today.

After all, the magic in Coeur d’Alene isn’t going to make itself 🙂

2 comments on “Someone Else Is”

  1. Good post. Interestingly it is not other athletes I think of, it is the average people that really make me think on this. It is when I walk into the Y at 5am and see tons of parents and other regular people getting up when no one wants to get up and get it done. Very little to grumble about when other people can find away. So inspiring!

  2. Good post. Interestingly it is not other athletes I think of, it is the average people that really make me think on this. It is when I walk into the Y at 5am and see tons of parents and other regular people getting up when no one wants to get up and get it done. Very little to grumble about when other people can find away. So inspiring!

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