Generally speaking, the majority of my close friends are mad about competing in sports competitions. My sister competes in, at least, one triathlon a year and she used to be a rower and competed in national regattas. My brother competes in national tennis competitions and an ex-university mate is competing in the UK Ironman competition this month. So, what drives them to get out of bed in the morning, put on their trainers and go running for 20 miles? What possesses them to endure the physical and mental challenges that competing entails? Is it because they need psychiatric help, i.e. they are a few fries short of a happy meal? Or, perhaps it’s because they are ambitious and they want to do better and be better at something. Whatever the real reason, in my opinion a mixture of ambition and craziness is life-affirming and it’s completely hot; in deed it’s the full package.
Don’t believe me, check out this video, look me in the eye and tell me you don’t feel alive.