That's me in just the suit
One of the newspaper articles written about the meet said that our team had class and even mentioned that we probably won the award since we congratulated teammates and competitors alike.
Congratulating my friend Ali, from another school, on her win in the 200 yard freestyle
A newspaper photo of me congratulating her immediately after the race, I came in third
Oh, and this also happened:
First in the 100 yard backstroke
That win meant a lot to me, it was a great way to end my high school swimming career, but so did the Sportsmanship Award. I would always shake my competitors hands after a race, whether I won or lost. I tried to be as gracious and humble of a winner as possible, and I would celebrate the triumphs of others around me.
I like to think that I do that today as a triathlete.
Mike and I aren't the fastest swimmers, although we are faster than most, cyclists or runners. But we do this because we love it.
I have seen and heard a few things lately that have made me sad. Sad for our sport and for some of those that compete in it.
Case in point: At the Corporate Challenge, two days after our marathon - I was not running it and Mike just walked it, a co-worker of Mike's asked him if he had raced over the weekend. When Mike said, yes a marathon, the same co-worker said, "oh did you finish this time?"
Later that same co-worker was talking about how Mike (not me, because this guy didn't even acknowledge the fact that I am a triathlete as well) should join a local team if he "wants to be competitive".
I have also seen some bad mouthing online and ungracious behavior of those who compete in the triathlon world. It makes me sad.
Often runners bad mouth cyclists and vice versa. Well, Mike and I are both as triathletes.
Support one another
Everyone out there is trying as best as they can, and maybe what they did was their personal best. Who am I, or anyone else for that matter, to take that away from them?