Every single of us, we are the results of natural selection, every of our characteristics, every our gene had to win it’s place in our DNA by succeeding. It is the genetic variety, differentiation and the so called mutations, what allows us to adapt and develop. Individual from individual, generation from generation, we have different abilities and these clash in a competitive fight, for the stronger ones to survive.
I would go so far as to say, life is survival by improvement.
And it is not just about open competition, about the clearly visible talents, and most definitely it is not about an individual. But let’s take a look at something specific.
Mass events are not my favorite, but even I have to say, Sportisimo Prague Half marathon 2016 was quite inspiring. While I have been running 20km routes for years, only now thanks to my colleagues did I run in an official race (team motivation > individual). With the time of 1h 25m (4:01 min/km) I have surpassed my goal and managed to finish 339th out of 11 thousand. What helped was the adrenaline from the crowds, but also the sports watches, which just a year ago I was not sure whether to buy.
Back then, I was afraid these will change my relaxed running routine into a more performance oriented one, and they sure did. When you can see detailed statistics of your tempo and heartbeat, you just won’t settle with mediocre performance. It is not only about your position in a race, it is also about the effort. You want to stay as close as possible to your limits, because if you don’t push them, they deteriorate. Sounds smart? It sure is. But it is not enough.
Even more important is to choose well, which limits you want to push. What is worth the energy and time?