Trek Women
August 22, 2007

I am a “Completitive” Athlete

Laura_maclean___bike3I was talking to my Mom and she asked me if I was ready for this Sunday's Accenture Chicago Triathlon, my first ever triathlon! I told her that I was really nervous but felt like I was pretty much right on schedule with my training. I shared with her that my ultimate goal is simply to finish the Olympic distance and be happy about my race.

She reminded me of when I was a competitive swimmer as a kid on a local youth team and in high school. She said that I was always more interested in training for a race than I was in actually racing. You know, she was right.

That got me to thinking about being a “competer” vs. a “completer.” Some might question, why race when you’re not going to win. I think that I'm like the millions of athletes out there who sign up for bike centuries, triathlons, 10K runs, marathons, masters swim meets, etc. because we want to see if we can rise to the challenge. Then, we sign up for another race to see if we can do it better.

I’ll probably never be a competitive athlete. That’s okay because I’m a “completitive” athlete. My prize is the feel good finish.


GOOD LUCK IN CHICAGO! The website looks great. Im going to use it as a motivating tool for the chubby patrons at the barracks.


Posted by: Jamie Dalecki | Aug 23, 2007 8:03:15 AM

Your blog looks great and you write as if you have been blogging for years. Hope your triathlon goes great. Your entries are very inspiring and make me want to leave work and go to a bike shop to purchase a road bike. Of course if I do--I'll want expert advice from you. Miss you in Atlanta!

Posted by: Valerie Bycott | Aug 23, 2007 10:13:58 AM

Hi Laura,
Nice story - what a good lesson about life. I think people are like that in all facets of life. Good Luck in Chicago!


Posted by: Kim McCarley | Aug 23, 2007 10:46:49 AM


Your biggest, loudest fans are ready to cheer you on from the sidelines during the triathlon. We'll be the ones in the matching t-shirts with a picture of your face on the front!

You're awesome, and so brave to be trying something new and intimidating to most of us. We're incredibly proud of you, and excited to read your blog!


Posted by: Becky DeCabooter | Aug 23, 2007 11:09:05 AM

Good Luck Laura,

My husband asked me why do the MS150 if you're not sure you can make the whole 150 miles. I told him it wasn't about the destination, but about the journey.

Good luck on your journey!

Posted by: Rhonda Budge | Aug 25, 2007 6:19:32 AM

Congratulations on the tri!

I just finished my first tri. I've recently lost ~80 pounds (OK, I have a lot more to lose too), and decided to do a sprint tri to celebrate.

Of course, I didn't have a bike when I signed up for the event. But I bought a 7300 Hybrid and it's a very nice bike for crusing the neighborhood.

Now I'm wondering if I could use a faster bike for the more serious riding, but am worried about biking positions and flab getting in the way.

You're an inspiration - thanks for sharing your story.


Posted by: Viz | Aug 27, 2007 5:49:12 PM

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