I was thinking about what I enjoy about racing while in the pool today. It's not uncommon for my mind to wander when I'm swimming laps. Most people think I'm crazy, the folks I know that do race (whatever the sport), get me. For me, racing is not just about competing. That's part of it. The big draw for me is the fact that I am forced to live in the Now. Those of you that know me, know that I'm always planning something; dinner, my weekend, my next training plan. You name it and I'm probably working on a plan for it. It's what I do in life and in work. When I'm racing, I become very aware of my body and how I'm feeling. It's all about assessing how I feel at that very moment in time. Can I go faster? Should I back off? I don't think ahead to the next km. It's all about the here and now.
That for me, is the single best gift racing has ever given me.