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The Competitive Spirit and the Calloused Mind

Competitiveness and determination have fueled many athletic pursuits. In this section, we’ll explore how the competitive nature evolves with age, the shift from racing to adventures, and the philosophy of embracing hard challenges, leading to compassion, discipline, and intense focus.

A Competitive Fire

My competitive nature has always propelled me to excel in sports. However, with age comes the realization that speed isn’t everything. Instead, I found the drive to seek out challenging things, especially those that favor a calloused mind. These pursuits are not merely about racing against time but going beyond limits and discovering new strengths.

From Races to Adventures

The shift from traditional races to adventures with friends and like-minded people transformed my perspective on competition. Together, we still undertake arduous challenges, often harder than most ultra-races, but the emphasis is on enjoyment, camaraderie, and mutual support. An extraordinary bond forms when people endure hardships together.

The Art of Aging with Grace

As I age, I find myself more compassionate with myself but also more disciplined. Many instances of discipline have evolved into habits, fueling consistent training. A focus on intensity has become paramount as physical explosiveness declines with age. But what improves is the tolerance for enduring hard challenges, a diet nourished by persistence and determination.

“Use It or Lose It”

The adage, “use it or lose it,” has become a guiding principle. It reflects a commitment to continually work on what’s vital for an aging athlete, particularly maximum power and explosiveness. Understanding the body’s limits, embracing consistent challenges, and maintaining a relentless drive allows for growth and continued passion.

Competitiveness matures with age, transforming from mere speed to embracing life’s hard challenges. This evolution celebrates not just the triumphs but also the friendships, the shared experiences, and the wisdom that comes from understanding oneself. It’s a testament to the enduring human spirit and the joy of running not as a race against others but a fulfilling journey with them.

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