For many years I have been a participant in races and events, towing the start line and expecting everything to go smoothly, celebrating the finish line with my friends, peers and coach, thanking a few volunteers along the way.
This year as I dived into supporting community events, particularly athletic ones, where I wasn’t at that start line or finish chute, I had a moment to see from a different angle (literally) a whole new perspective and had a moment of clarity on the value we derive from these moments.
Let's take a moment to celebrate the folks who came up with the idea (sometimes crazy) to travel in some way from Point A to Point B with some challenging format to make it a little tougher.
These events are what many of us spend time in our work weeks dreaming about, its where we get to unwind, rewind, accelerate, develop confidence, refine our techniques – it occurred to me it’s a moment of deep value add to our lives where we seek to add to the necessary daily grind that takes place in the ordinary course of a day or week.
We’ll spend 1,000 hours getting ready for the 3 or 4 or 10 hours on course that a creative and committed adventurer came up with and had the determination and courage to put together and bring us along too.
So, this year, let's drink a toast and give a portion of our thanks for those who bring us on the trail, give us that purpose to prepare for, keep us safe out there and celebrate the adventure with.