Got into a solid gym workout this morning. I enjoy the time to expand thought while training. Today's theme was the positive relationship between endurance sport discipline and life success.
For most all of my days, I have been surrounded by an environment that propagated "average." Can remember a factory job as a teenager, when a co-worker exclaimed, "Hey, slow down, the pay is the same!" In my mind, average equates to going to the back of the line; I'm not one to do well stacked up behind others who are getting better opportunities.
I did average pretty well until my endurance sport epiphany in 1983. Then I learned that success means there's always more, another pound to lose, a race to finish, a workout to complete. Endurance sport makes you strive for excellence. As I mentioned before, I'm a man with average ability - but a world class attitude.
Other areas of my life represent the results of the endurance sport mindset. I wouldn't have achieved my faculty in residence status at Appalachian State without that go get 'em ultrarunner disposition. The University of Florida folks invited me back to be a program supervisor at their study abroad in Italy this May. It was due to the fact I brought my "A game" to our Spain trip in 2009; that's why they call me "The Hammer" and saw extraordinary value in my participation.
Average (or below) performance works for a great many people. But it doesn't work for me.