Why Train?

Tonight, I received the news that my swim coach is retiring. My heart sank as I read the email. While I am very happy for her and fully support her decision, I selfishly know that I will miss her presence at pool deck dearly. All of a sudden, some of my joy and motivation to keep training and pushing hard flee with the news. Why is that? I wonder. Well, part of the reason for training hard is to not disappoint her. I know she pours her heart and soul into the program and I want her to see results. In other words, she keeps me going.  Dropping time in my swimming is my way of saying thank you.  This is when I realize much of my motivation in training - be it swimming or running - derives from people, especially those have invested in me and those who are walking with me.

Maybe we could accomplish a lot on our own, but our records and accomplishments will pass and fade away. Only God and the souls of men last for eternity. What other treasured possession have we but our relationship with God and people?

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