Happy Tuesday everyone! Last night I put the treadmill workout I did on Sunday into a pinnable image because it was definitely a good one! Third image is a charm right? The first one I thought was ugly, the second one my computer died while making it (where was my warning?!?!), and there you have the third one. Oh well right? This was definitely a good one, lots of recovery time to make it through the 10K but also some increased intensity to keep you from dying of boredom. Confession: I watched episode 12 of Once Upon a Time while I did the first 45 minutes and then listened to my playlist on spotify the rest of the time. It’s been a LONG time since I watched the TV while jogging, it was interesting.
What Defines An Athlete
Switching gears, today I want to ask you guys something. How do you define who or what an athlete is? I started thinking about it after reading Rob’s new post at the Formulx Blog 3 Things To Do Before Your WOD. In the article he refers to both an 80 year old woman and your stereotypical crossfit competitor as athletes. Personally, I LOVED that reference. I’ve been active my whole life, but I’ve never considered myself an athlete, even when I was extremely active in high school. I always thought my friends as athletes because of the sports they were involved with, but I never thought of myself as one (even when I was cheering and dancing 3-4 hours a day.)
So what makes an athletic person become an athlete? Is it the amount of time you train, the amount of dedication you put into it, the level of commitment, participating in competition or is it sheer raw talent? Or is it something else entirely?
I’m still not entirely sure the answer to the question. To me, it seems like success has always defined an athlete. Someone who has “proved” their ability earns the title. However, after reading Rob’s post I would reframe my thinking to anyone safely pushing themselves to gain new abilities and become better earns the title of athlete.
What do you think an athlete is?