Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 15, 2010

A Dead Heat

Dead Heat    

         It’s the last event of the 9 and 10-year-old swim meet. It all comes down to the final event, the boys’ medley relay. At the beginning of the anchor leg they are dead even, and the competitors continue to swim shoulder-to-shoulder all the way to the finish.   

A “Dead Heat!”

        Amazingly, it ends in a dead heat. The meet was being timed with electronic touch pads. All the spectators and competitors looked to the scoreboard. The two teams tied to the hundredth of a second. Our daughter exclaimed “it’s the same to the millisecond!”

      The parents, spectators, and coaches are amazed. Coach Tom in his more than 30 years of competitive swimming and coaching says he has never seen it happen. The officials confer and finally it is official – it’s a dead heat! These youngsters gave it their all and ended up in a tie.

        This got me thinking about the converse of this scenario. Every moment and every second counts. We can’t afford to drift off and we can’t afford to waste time.

        In Ironman racing there is free time to be had if we pay attention and keep our mind on the task at hand. There is free time if we do not waste time in the transition area, drifting off on the bike course, and even in the port-a-potties!

       As we focus on the big important blocks in our lives, the four anchors, we also need to make sure we take care of the tasks at hand and don’t waste a second. Like in Ironman racing we have to have one eye on the finish line, or horizon, and the other eye on the road, or immediate task, at hand.

       Life usually doesn’t offer us a dead heat, so we need to stay focused and make every effort, every second, count. In the meantime, we can enjoy the youngsters enjoying the thrill of fitness and competition, as well as enjoying a rare “dead heat.”

Not wasting time, 

David

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