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I get to the event to learn there might not be a Competitive heat.

I’m crestfallen.

(I’m here to win. I’m here to win! I’m at an event where the race directors don’t know if they’re going to run a competitive heat?!! That’s why I’m here! To compete!! To say “I’m an Elite Athlete.”) My mind and emotions are in complete control, but my heart is screaming.

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Then, I look at the Sharpie written on my arm:“100%. Nothing Less.” And “I Win.” Those are two indisputable truths to my day. No matter what, the agreement I have with myself is to give 100%. And by doing so, I Win. My tattoo reads: Relentless Forward Progress. That is one indisputable truth for my life.

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To be truly OK with whatever circumstance is either a gift, or, I think, for most of us, a long and arduous, lifelong journey. No matter how privileged we are, we want what we worked for… we want what we believe we deserve… we want what seems right.

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We ended up with 16 competitors – Four of them women. But more importantly, I got to practice being ok with intending to give God my best no matter what — even if only for a few minutes.

I won the race. I won the race! And it feels AWESOME!

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