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What does it all mean?

posted on Tuesday, 24th November 2009 | find under Tamara

I sat up last night thinking about what sport meant to me. This was mainly due to a skype chat with a fellow sports afecionado and friend. Sport is a huge part of my life. It has shaped my career as well as my social circle. It makes me somewhat selfish as i put training high on my priority list. Luckily i have understanding friends and a sports mad boyfriend but early morning training means that im no night owl and diets mean im also a very fussy dinner guest.

In order to really get to grips with the question i instead thought back to a time when there was no sport in my life. I got very sick following a sporting accident that saw me puncture my kidney. The years that i had spent building up skills and fitness were void. Some disappeared over night and other slowly diminished as the weeks wore by. My body was irreversibly damaged and i found myself then battling huge health complications for the next two years. Training was no longer top of my list. Working out was now not a pleasure but instead a reminder of how far i had fallen. Instead of invigorating me it served only to highight my weakness. I could no longer call myself an athlete. My title was stripped along with a huge chunk of my self confidence and identity. So how do i know how much sport means if i was able to live without it? Because i wasnt. The first chance i could i got back into training. I praised myself for every mile run rather than every mile lost. I put myself back into competitions knowing that i was no longer at my former standard. My love for sport is stronger know because i chose to do it for the right reasons. It has a time and place in my life and my heart. I want to do this forever and it is no longer about being at the top its about being at my top. I recognise my own strenghts because i am now very aware of my weaknesses.

I train for me, I train for life!

Worksrider on What does it all mean?
By Worksrider - 28th September 2010
Thank you. It is all about perspective, and recognising that sport is not about being the best, but the best you can be. It is down to the individual to decide the compromises that they are prepared to make.
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