I am uber competitive. I think everything in life is more fun when you are competing against yourself, or someone else – even if they don’t know it.
Last week, I gave you my bucket list for big challenges – Western States 100 (this June), Badwater 135, and swimming the Catalina Channel. While these big challenges spark my imagination and keep me motivated, it’s the little daily challenges that make every day fun and interesting. Here are some of my past and present unique (read: oddest) daily competitions:
1. Trying to beat my buddy in chin-ups: My count – 2; His count – 5. I’m gaining on him! Keep drinking beer, buddy!
2. Being the first one awake in the morning. I hate when my running buddies are out training before me. This problem is exacerbated because I am on the West Coast, and thus, on Pacific Time. Basically, I have to wake up at least an hour earlier than they to make sure that I beat them out the door. This competition is definitely tiring, but so worth it.
3. Swimming longer than the person sharing my lane. I don’t care if you are 116 years old, you are going down! If you are going to swim for an hour, then I will swim for an hour and 15 minutes. And I hope you stop more often, too.
4. Beating my former co-workers at Malibu Grand Prix racing, even though I had never done it. This was just stupid. But I won
5. Unloading the clean dishes before Dance Moms goes on commercial. I don’t know those ladies, but I feel competitive just because they’re so crazy. Hmmm…that didn’t sound right.
6. Folding and hanging up a load of laundry before the water starts to boil for the spaghetti. No way that water is going to beat me!
7. Upping my long run to 30 miles from the planned 20 because someone I didn’t even know posted on Twitter that he was going to run 30 miles. In Scotland.
8. Hitting “Publish” on a blog post before editing it because I promised myself that it would be done by 8:30 NO MATTER WHAT. Later, I had to go back and edit it when a friend asked me why I was “pimping up my bike”. Sigh.
9. Jamming up the 121 stairs in front of the woman carrying a briefcase and a latte because there was no way I was going to get stuck behind her. Did I mention that my workout was already over and I was sitting in my car waiting for my kids?
10. Drinking coffee on my treadmill while wearing only one shoe because I HAVE to start by 5:30. Yes, I burned my mouth, and no, I did not figure out a way to run with only one shoe.
So, even as you read this post, I am probably out somewhere trying to beat the guy at the gas pump next to me in filling my tank first, or racing the mailman down the street. You never know when a good competition might arise, so keep your eyes open and your competitive spirit burning. And then tell me what you are doing. Not that I plan to compete against you
What kinds of crazy things are you competitive about?