As you walked with me into the transition area to pack up my stuff after my first triathlon of the year, the smile across your face filled my heart.
As I was packing up the last of my stuff you asked me, “Dad, did you win?”
My answer was, “I finished, so for me, that is just like winning.”
Before you could say anything someone passed by with their bag and bike and I only caught their back as they walked away, but as they walked away they said, “You won when you started.”
I said, “You’re right.”
At that point you had already moved on to other topics, but it immediately became the next thing I wanted to write to you about.
As I was training for the half marathon, I use a training program from Hal Higdon that played a bunch of motivational snippets from him. One was, “You became a winner when you started this program.”
It’s a simple but poinant truth, you can’t win or finish anything that you don’t start.
I would also add that anything worth starting is worth starting with a purpose and if there is not a purpose you will rarely finish, so get a purpose first and then start.