Tuesday, March 22, 2011

10,000 Hours

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” - Albert Einstein
I once heard it takes around 10,000 hours master something, whether it be painting, writing, playing the guitar (Kyle, you have a lot of work to do :), or even triathlon.
The funny part is that when we're doing what we love, most of the time, we barely count the moments, hours or days. We just enjoy the journey and one day we wake up this amazing butterfly, emerging from our cocoon for everyone to see - right?!
Well, maybe for some, but for me, I doubt it will ever be quite like the sentence above. Sometimes I struggle, sometimes I toil, sometimes I slave away working on technique or doing repeats on the track that make me want to hurl. Sometimes I sit in the car with all of my running clothes on at 6:30 at night while the rain pours down on my car and floods the track feeling so run down and just bag the whole thing. That's my life.. that's how it feels to me sometimes.

Other times it's the joy of warmth of the sun beating down on my bike while I watch my closest friends crest the hill in front of me to meet for a ride, or reveling in the sheer determination it took to eek out that last mile repeat and hitting a decent time, or even just speaking to a new triathlete who is totally lost about how to train, or when, or why they are sinking in the pool that makes me smile and remember where I first started.

I'm no where near a master of this sport, or any sport really. I'm not the best, or the brightest or the most interesting. I'm not some amazing person who has it all together.. I'm a type-A personality, multitasking crazy women who has decided to try and do most of the workouts on her schedule, most of the time while still trying to keep the rest of my life in some semblance of order (which may or may not be happening at any particular juncture when you may bump into me :)

As I was trudging up and down the stairs last night to my basement, trying to figure out if I had enough energy to get up and down one more time to take things out of the dryer and I thought "I wonder if everyone else's life is like this while they're trying to master something too!" So, what do you think?? Do you think it takes a 10,000 to master something?? What are you trying to master these days??

Here's some great quotes to get your motivated!

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
Tommy Lasorda

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not wait for your ship to come in - swim out to it
Author Unknown

The photo's I've included show just how beautiful my mastering of this sport is at times (aka.. not so much!) but I certainly don't intend to stop trying any time soon.. you can count on that :)

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Steve said...

Kim Kim Kim, I haven't read you a long time, but you know what?? That was such an honest post. I love it. Sometimes we feel we are great, and sometimes we feel we are sand and dirt, and all that other stuff huh?

To me, it seems when someone tells me they sometimes feel like dirt is when I love them the most. We are strong some days, but not all days. Nothing wrong when telling people when we feel good, and nothing wrong when we tell people we don't.

Good Luck with all. :)

I like this post a lot. I am also glad I read people like you. :)

Teresa said...

You have come such a long way and are going to go even further...in this sport and life! Keep it up!


JImmy said...

You're not a master? Tell that to all those women and MEN you smoked in Cozumel! HA!