When I started out in this sport years and years ago, I chose what events I did based on one important thing. Was it fun? Fun for me does not involve pain so that cut out any events over 200 meters, and left me with the sprints and the events where you sprinted and jumped at the end. The funnest event of all though, was always the relay. Your sprinting with teammates. If you do a sport where you have teammates you work with all the time, you might not quite understand the rarity of this and what a nice added dimension it can add to your experience, but believe me it does.
All these years later I still love what I do, but there are times when I forget to have fun. When I go through slumps… or have a string of bad competitions that make me start to worry how I’m going to make ends meet… or start putting ridiculous pressure on myself based on outcomes, it makes it a little difficult to remember to enjoy what I’m doing. I forget to have my fun. I’ve started this season off doing my best to hold on to that feeling. I mostly make my living in the sandpit now, but once upon a time I was a decent sprinter. More importantly though, sprinting was fun to me. And truth be told, I find it easier to have fun doing things that don’t determine whether I have rent money or not sometimes. So this year I’ve started off my season running two 4×100 relays and a 100 meter race just for fun. It’s been great.
The following video is from our 4×1 relay at Florida Relays. My team is in lane 5, team BoogieFast (don’t ask). I am the second leg, in all black. It’s a little difficult to pick me out which I think is more reason to make sure I wear my socks this season. Blending in is no fun. 🙂 We came in 2nd, but I really think we would have won if our third leg hadn’t slowed down half way thru her turn because of a hamstring problem.